The Greater Medford Family Coalition will meet for the first time tonight at 7 p.m. at Holabird Academy, 1500 Imla St.
The group will serve the area within the rough boundaries of Hudson St., Anglesea St., Holabird Ave., Imla St., Boston St., and Dundalk Ave.
Resident Mike Bradshaw has spearheaded the formation of the coalition. He said that there has been no community association for the neighborhood since Nancy Granger, president of the Southeastern Improvement Association, passed away earlier this year.
“People were starving for something,” said Bradshaw, adding that he hopes the new group, though open to all, will have some focus on families.
“My whole premise behind the thing is that I wanted to create an atmosphere conducive to families,” Bradshaw said.
He did add that all community associations must deal with “crime and grime,” however.
Tonight’s meeting will largely be an introductory session, Bradshaw said.
He would like to get children involved at some point.
“Maybe they could see how local politics work—we could bring the politicians to them,” he said. “What kinds of problems do you have? Bullying? Playground falling apart?”
Bradshaw added that he hopes the new group will embrace social media as well as the Internet in general.