LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston to rename 20-foot-tall LEGO Giraffe in honor of Giovanni “Gio” Maggiore

On Wednesday, May 31, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston will host a ceremony to rename “Tessie” the large, 20-foot-tall LEGO Giraffe outside of their building to “Gio” in honor of Giovanni Maggiore, the Medford six-year-old who passed away in April after battling Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

Gio was in the news recently when his family and friends nominated his name for the baby giraffe that was born at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY. After his name wasn’t chosen for the new calf, a friend of the family and secretary from the Brooks School in Medford where Gio was a student, reached out to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston to ask if the large LEGO Giraffe could be renamed in Gio’s honor.

WHAT:        LEGO Giraffe Renaming Ceremony


Chris, Maya & Carmen Maggiore, Gio’s Parents and younger sister

Megan Amaral, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston Master Model Builder

David Gilmore, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston General Manager

Gio’s family & friends                   

WHEN:        Wednesday, May 31 at 3:00 pm           


WHERE:       LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

                  Outside by LEGO Giraffe

                  598 Assembly Row, Somerville

ADD’L INFO:         

The ceremony will include an unveiling of a special addition to the LEGO Giraffe in honor of Gio.  Gio’s family and friends will also be invited to stay and enjoy LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston after the ceremony.

The 20-foot-tall LEGO Giraffe outside LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston was originally named Tessie in a 2014 naming contest when the attraction first opened. The giraffe is made up of 22,000 DUPLO bricks.

About LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston is the first and only one in New England. The 44,000-square-foot indoor attraction, geared toward children aged 3 to 10 and their families, features millions of LEGO® bricks and offers a fun, highly interactive and educational two- to three-hour indoor experience. The attraction features interactive LEGO® experiences, LEGO® Rides, LEGO® Studios 4D Cinema, LEGO® MINILAND featuring replicas of Boston landmarks made out of LEGO bricks, LEGO® Factory Tour, LEGO® Ninjago Training Camp, LEGO® City Builder and birthday rooms.


Boston and College Avenue intersection improvements may cause traffic delays this summer

Road and sidewalk construction on Boston and College Avenues in Medford may cause traffic delays in the Tufts University vicinity beginning Thursday, May 25. The phased project, which will improve pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular safety conditions at the busy intersection, is scheduled to be completed in mid-August.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the Boston and College Avenue intersection during the road and sidewalk construction, beginning Tuesday, May 30. Pedestrian traffic will be guided away from the work zone. Curtis Hall at 474 Boston Ave. will be open and accessible during construction.

The Medford Police Department will be on site to direct road traffic.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please visit

You may also contact the Office of Government & Community Relations at Tufts University via phone at 617-627-3780, or online at


 Metropolitan Mayor’s Coalition Votes To Oppose Ballot Question #1

 Wynn Resorts is pleased that the Metropolitan Mayor’s Coalition has voted to oppose ballot question #1. The mayors who voted to oppose ballot question #1 are:

  • MARTIN J. WALSH, Mayor of Boston
  • JOSEPH C. SULLIVAN, Mayor of Braintree
  • MEL KLECKNER, Town Administrator of Brookline
  • RICHARD C. ROSSI, City Manager of Cambridge
  • THOMAS AMBROSINO, City Manager of Chelsea
  • CARLO DeMARIA, JR., Mayor of Everett
  • GARY CHRISTENSON, Mayor of Malden
  • ROBERT J. DOLAN, Mayor of Melrose, Vice-Chair
  • THOMAS P. KOCH, Mayor of Quincy
  • BRIAN ARRIGO, Mayor of Revere
  • JOSEPH A. CURTATONE, Mayor of Somerville, Chair
  • JAMES M. McKENNA, Town Manager of Winthrop



The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition voted to oppose Ballot Question 1, which would allow for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 license, which would permit the operation of a gaming establishment with no table games and no more than 1,250 slot machines. Ballot Question 1, which is being voted on statewide, is written so narrowly that the only property that currently fits the question’s description is located in the vicinity of Suffolk downs in Revere.

The Expanded Gaming Act was passed after years of consideration and debate, and its outcome clearly stated that there would be up to three destination resort casinos and one slots facility throughout the Commonwealth. Ballot Question 1 is premature. Before changing the law to allow for additional gaming facilities, we should wait for all the casinos currently allowed under law to open. This will facilitate an informed analysis of whether the Massachusetts gaming market is saturated, or whether the addition of another gaming facility would bring additional revenue to the state. It would also allow for the residents of Massachusetts to assess the effects these facilities have on their host and surrounding communities.

Modifying laws to suit one interested party sets a bad precedent. This ballot question was filed by one developer who has a clear vested interest in its outcome. If the proponent of Question 1 is successful, other individuals may follow the developer’s lead and attempt to do this in communities throughout the Commonwealth.

While Ballot Question 1 severely impacts Revere, it will also negatively impact our entire region. The members of this Coalition work tirelessly to address issues on a regional scale. We care about transportation, the environment, sustainability and good governance. This ballot question goes against our priorities.

The Metro Mayors Coalition, an organization of cities and towns in the urban core of metropolitan Boston, is a voluntary forum where members exchange information and create solutions to common problems. The municipal officials comprising this group represent over 1.4 million constituents in Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford.



ONCE Somerville launches dedicated web site in partnership with Ticketfly
ONCE Somerville, the two space event hall at 156 Highland Ave, Somerville, operated by locavore caterers Cuisine en Locale, has launched a dedicated web site at

The website, which is built and designed by national ticketing agent, Ticketfly, makes discovering upcoming events at ONCE as simple as scrolling down.

Links provided direct visitors to detailed information about shows, and the venue, as well as linking to the parent company, Cuisine en Locale.

Please visit our new site and take a stroll through the fantastic events coming soon to our little spot at the top of Spring Hill.