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Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Raymond, ME

As men age, they experience both positive and negative changes. Many middle-aged men learn to let the little things go and focus on family and friendship. They develop new hobbies and reach their peak earning potential. On the flip side, many men undergo unexpected hormonal changes around this same age. That's a hard pill to swallow for a lot of males, but contrary to common belief, having low testosterone isn't reserved for elderly men.

Studies show that around 55% of males suffer from low testosterone. For many, that drop-off happens in their 40s and 50s. But the truth is that testosterone levels can start to decline as early as age 30, leading to various physical and emotional changes such as decreased energy, increased aches and pains, and even sexual performance issues.

If you're a man experiencing symptoms of low testosterone - like ED or erectile dysfunction - you may feel embarrassed, depressed, or like all hope is lost. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Male health clinics like Med Matrix offer advanced, FDA-approved treatments like testosterone replacement therapy in Raymond, ME, to help restore your hormone levels. When your hormones are balanced, it's almost like everything clicks back into place without having to take pills or suffer through surgery.

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Did you know that testosterone is the foundation of all male performance? It's the reason why, in your early 20s, you could have a fun night out on the town and wake up the next morning ready to hit the basketball court. It's the reason why you feel the drive to succeed and find a mate.

Unfortunately, testosterone levels start to decline around the age of 35 (and sometimes sooner, depending on various factors). Past that age, your T levels drop even more. 40% of men over 45 have sub-optimal levels, which can have a negative effect on things like your:

  • Energy Levels
  • Libido
  • Workout Recovery
  • Focus
  • Body Fat
  • Strength
  • Ability to Build Muscle
  • More

Many men approaching middle age aren't even aware that their testosterone levels are dropping. Other males simply don't care and begrudgingly accept the new, uninteresting life that looms in front of them. Today, however, more and more men are ditching that mindset and reclaiming their lives with testosterone replacement therapy in Raymond, ME.

How Does TRT Work?

One of the most common questions we get at Med Matrix is, "What does TRT do?" Testosterone replacement therapy does what its name implies: It's a science-backed therapy that replaces low testosterone levels in men. The main objective of going on a TRT regimen is to improve your life and wellbeing by balancing your hormones. Also referred to as androgen replacement therapy, TRT helps many men deal with and overcome the debilitating side effects of low T.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy works by giving your body the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy levels of testosterone, the male body can't maintain the natural processes necessary for overall health. In fact, men with low testosterone levels are more prone to serious health problems such as type-2 diabetes and even heart disease.

Until their testosterone levels are restored to normal, most men suffer until they find a solution. That's where TRT comes into play. With balanced hormones, the body can finally begin to heal, causing most symptoms of low testosterone to diminish greatly.

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Med Matrix Does TRT Right

Unlike some male health clinics, doctors from Med Matrix approach TRT in the right way. We provide custom plans and helpful tools that change as your body does. Patients choose our testosterone replacement therapy programs because they are:

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Personalized

When you trust Med Matrix with your TRT plan, you never have to worry about working with inexperienced practitioners or "professionals" who don't have your best interests at heart. Instead, you'll gain access to hormone and peptide protocols based on your biology and goals, delivered by experienced medical doctors. We never prescribe TRT based on someone who matches your height, weight, and age. We conduct advanced testing and craft your plan based on you, not someone else.

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Results-Driven

Doctors from our male health center in Raymond make it a point to stay in touch and analyze how your TRT regimen is going. From cutting-edge diagnostics to deep clinical expertise, get the science-backed tools and support you need to reach your peak - and stay there.

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Safe, Easy, & Non-Invasive

Getting on testosterone replacement therapy in Raymond, ME, is safe and easy when you work with Med Matrix. You don't have to worry about surgery or long recovery times. Once we get to know you, your body, and your goals with TRT, the only thing you have to focus on is living your best life.

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Joining Med Matrix's testosterone replacement therapy program is as easy as 1-2-3

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Complete our hormone test and body composition scan so we can track your progress.

Consultation

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During your consultation, we'll get to know you better, go over your bloodwork, and learn more about your needs and goals as it relates to TRT. This consultation can take place via telehealth or from our male health clinic in South Raymond - the choice is up to you.

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Med Matrix offers competitive hormone pricing and access to other cutting-edge treatments such as peptides and stem cells.

Here are the 5 Biggest Benefits of Going on TRT in Raymond, ME

Up to this point, we've talked a bunch about how beneficial TRT can be for men who have declining testosterone levels. But you may be wondering how TRT specifically benefits you and your body. Here are just a few of the biggest benefits of starting testosterone replacement therapy at Med Matrix.

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Higher Levels of Energy

The effects of TRT are not immediate and may not be noticeable at first. However, typically, psychological improvements can be felt within three to four weeks of starting treatment. Most individuals experience reduced fatigue, improved sleep, and an overall feeling of being more rested after about a month of treatment. By this time, you may also notice increased motivation to engage in physical activities, which are crucial for your wellbeing and quality of life.

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Better Sex Life

If there's one thing that men hate most about having low testosterone, it's that their ability to perform in the bedroom becomes compromised. In fact, diminished sexual function, including low sex drive and erectile dysfunction, is one of the most common reasons why men seek treatment for low T. That's for good reason: Recent research shows a strong correlation between libido and testosterone levels.

Fortunately, testosterone replacement therapy in Raymond, ME, can enhance healthy sexual relations with your spouse or partner. Increased testosterone levels in men often lead to increased sexual activity. At Med Matrix, many of our patients report having a higher sex drive within the first three to four weeks of treatment. Many men also reported having stronger and longer-lasting erections.

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More Mental Clarity and Focus

Testosterone has a significant impact on cognitive performance, including memory, concentration, and reasoning. When testosterone levels are low, mental function can suffer. When you begin TRT, the heavy cloud that has been hanging over you can start to dissipate. Mental focus, cognition, and memory show signs of improvement after the first few weeks of treatment. Feelings of depression and sudden mood swings start to subside within three to six weeks. By 18 to 30 weeks, you will notice a significant improvement in self-confidence and mental clarity, as well as an inner strength that is more prepared to face life's challenges.

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Normalized Blood Sugar Levels

When experiencing hypogonadism, your insulin sensitivity may be compromised, leading to fluctuations in blood sugar levels and an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Testosterone replacement therapy boosts your insulin sensitivity, enabling your body to efficiently absorb glucose from your blood after a meal.

Typically, significant improvements in blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity are observed after about three months, with the full effect manifesting after a year. Also, remember this: TRT has been shown to increase your motivation. The tiniest spark of motivation can propel you to become more physically active, further boosting your insulin sensitivity.

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Healthy Red Blood Cell Count

Your body produces red blood cells through a process called erythropoiesis. When you suffer from hypogonadism (low T), red blood cell production can slow, leading to anemia. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can help improve red blood cell count, reduce fatigue, and stabilize blood pressure. Results may vary based on age and dosage, but improvements are typically noticeable after three months, with peak benefits at nine to 12 months.

We should note that some TRT patients have higher hematocrit levels than normal (>51%) and need to donate blood regularly as a result. That's why it's important to work with seasoned male health doctors - like those at Med Matrix - when you're considering TRT in Raymond, ME.

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Build Bigger Muscles

Who doesn't want a great physique? Diet, rest, and exercise are crucial for success. However, when your testosterone levels drop below the normal range, your strength decreases, your body mass decreases, and your once-unstoppable endurance diminishes. Testosterone plays a key role in improving these areas.

Do You Have These Symptoms of Low Testosterone?

Are you used to blasting through your day with productivity and positivity? Have you noticed that you're losing muscle mass and the desire to be with your spouse? Has your partner been complaining that you're too irritable to be around? If you're usually not a curmudgeon, your body is probably trying to tell you something. It could be time to speak with a doctor about testosterone replacement therapy in Raymond, ME. Keep a running tally of whichever of the following symptoms you notice happening in your life.

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Two words that send shivers down the spines of every man are "erectile dysfunction." Unfortunately, when your T levels are lower than they should be, this is one of the most common symptoms that men must endure. Being unable to get it up isn't just embarrassing - it can be downright depressing and lead to issues with mental health. It's a hard topic to discuss, but a personalized TRT plan from Med Matrix can help.

Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Nowadays, we know better. Most doctors understand that low energy levels can be linked to low testosterone levels. If you're finding it difficult to engage in activities you used to enjoy, like playing with your kids or going for a workout, it could be a sign of low testosterone. Sure, it's normal to feel tired from time to time. But persistent fatigue and a serious lack of drive might mean something more.

A study from 2011 revealed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep may experience a 15% reduction in testosterone levels. Additional research found that almost 15% of workers get five hours of sleep or less per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss can negatively impact testosterone levels and wellbeing. The big takeaway here is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but struggle to sleep through the night, you may be one of those men.

Many people over the age of 50 experience memory loss and lack of concentration. It's a normal part of aging. However, those signs can also mean you have low T. A study from 2006 discovered that males with low testosterone levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. This suggests that low testosterone can contribute to reduced cognitive ability. If you can't stay focused on tasks or can't recall words like you used to, have your testosterone levels checked. You could be a prime candidate for TRT.

If you're like millions of other men, coming to grips with hair loss isn't something you want to do. Closely related to hormone imbalances and testosterone decline, hair loss is stressful and embarrassing. It's often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Too much DHT in your body can cause hair follicles to stop production, causing them to die. Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing altogether. While you can't alter your genes, you can address low testosterone in your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and solutions like peptides and stem cells can stop your head from shedding hair.

Gynecomastia, also known as "man boobs," is the enlargement of male breast tissue, often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. Elevated estrogen levels during andropause, also known as male menopause, usually occur due to a lack of testosterone. If you're a man between 40 and 55 and feel embarrassed about having large breasts, ask your doctor about TRT. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it could be the solution to your problem without needing surgery.

Live Life on Your Own Terms with Help from Med Matrix

Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you have to accept a decline in your health and wellbeing. Our male health clinic was founded to give patients like you - men suffering from low T - hope that life can get better. With our doctors and male health practitioners by your side, it's easy to take the first step.

When combined with healthy life choices and regular exercise, TRT in Raymond, ME, is one of the best ways to turn back the hands of time without going under the knife. If you're looking to bridge the gap between an unsatisfying past and a promising future, it's time to contact our male health clinic.

Men with low T choose Med Matrix because we:

  • Prioritize Custom TRT Prescriptions
  • Get a Full Understanding of Your Needs and Goals
  • Provide Compassionate Care from a Team of Licensed Doctors and Experts
  • Specialize in Affordable Male Health Services

Unlike some TRT clinics, we know that your health and wellness goals are unique. At Med Matrix, you'll never have to worry about a "set it and forget it" approach. We're with you every step of the way. If you're ready to reclaim the best parts of being a man, contact our office and ask about setting up your testosterone replacement therapy consultation today.

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Raymond reaches agreement on years-long Sebago Lake dispute

RAYMIOND (WGME) -- The Town of Raymond has reached an agreement years after alleged shoreland zoning violations were discovered along Sebago Lake.Town leaders accused contractors and a homeowner, Donald Buteau, of having work done on two adjacent properties without any permits.Raymond officials allege that piles of rocks were placed along the shoreline, trees were cleared and other violations. The issue was first spotted in the fall of 2021."You're not supposed to do this," said Holly McKibben, who has many tie...

RAYMIOND (WGME) -- The Town of Raymond has reached an agreement years after alleged shoreland zoning violations were discovered along Sebago Lake.

Town leaders accused contractors and a homeowner, Donald Buteau, of having work done on two adjacent properties without any permits.

Raymond officials allege that piles of rocks were placed along the shoreline, trees were cleared and other violations. The issue was first spotted in the fall of 2021.

"You're not supposed to do this," said Holly McKibben, who has many ties to the lake.

McKibben alerted us to this issue in 2022, because she was worried about the drastic changes she saw at the properties.

"It was so not Sebago [Lake]. So much had been done," McKibben said.

In town paperwork, Buteau and Q-Team, which did tree removal work, said Big Lake Marine was responsible for retaining all required local and state permits for the project. In other documents, Big Lake Marine, which is owned by Robert Durant, broadly denied the alleged violations and claimed that the project, and the work, met state and local rules.

"I'm hoping it doesn't go to court," said Don Willard, the town manager, in a 2022 interview.

But eventually, the matter did and the state was also investigating the matter.

By 2023, the issue had cost the town hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"Of course, the town has a lot of money invested in this, unnecessarily, and I'm a taxpayer. I want to see that money come back," said Abel Bates, a Raymond resident.

Bates had brought forward a letter with more than 200 signatures supporting the town's pursuit of the issue and restoring the area.

"I want to make sure the lake stays healthy. And not just Sebago-- this whole business carries on to every body of water in the state," Bates said.

A lawyer representing the Town of Raymond says that representatives for the town, property owner, Q-Team and Robert Durant participated in a mediation effort last week to resolve the Notices of Violation issued in 2021 and 2022 at the two properties.

As a result, the town’s lawyer says the parties have reached an agreement to resolve the violations.

“What the Town and all of the parties want most, and which the agreement requires first and foremost, is the restoration of the two sites to bring them back into compliance with the Town’s shoreland zoning standards. Restoration of the site has always been the Town’s top priority,” Eric Wycoff with Pierce Atwood said.

"I'm glad they've come to an agreement. What I've read-- the restoration process is first and foremost," Bates said.

"It's good news for the lake," McKibben said.

While the details haven't been released publically, Wycoff says that the town will also get payments as reimbursement for the costs incurred in connection with this enforcement matter and “will also provide a meaningful amount of penalties for the violations.”

He says there are several steps before the agreement is finalized. First, it will have to be approved by the town’s select board, which they anticipate to happen on April 4.

In a statement, Buteau confirmed an agreement has been reached.

“Out of respect for the citizens of Raymond, I feel it is not proper for me to have a statement or disclose the specifics of that agreement until after the public meeting,” Buteau said.

Because Big Lake Marine filed for bankruptcy, this will also have to be approved in Bankruptcy Court.

Bates worries the payback won't be the same in the end.

"That's a big concern right there-- is that we don't recover the cost," Bates said.

Then the Superior Court will enter a judgement implementing the agreement.

Big Lake Marine declined to comment.

In a statement, a lawyer representing Q-Team said, "We are looking forward to having this matter behind us, and to focusing our energies on providing top-quality tree services to our customers."

For McKibben-- this all sends a message.

"You have to respect the lake, you have to respect the laws that are in place and you have to play by the rules," McKibben said. "There's a reason we have rules and regulations and zoning enforcement."

Meta's Ray-Ban Glasses Added AI That Can See What You're Seeing

I tried these Ray-Ban AI glasses, and they're pretty wild. Here's how the experimental feature works."Hey, Meta. Look at this and tell me which of these teas is caffeine-free."I spoke these words as I wore a pair of Meta Ray-Bans at the tech giant's New York headquarters. I was staring at a table with four tea packets, their caffeine labels blacked out with a marker. A little click sound in my ears was followed by Meta's AI voice telling me that the chamomile tea was likely caffeine-free. It was reading the labels and...

I tried these Ray-Ban AI glasses, and they're pretty wild. Here's how the experimental feature works.

"Hey, Meta. Look at this and tell me which of these teas is caffeine-free."

I spoke these words as I wore a pair of Meta Ray-Bans at the tech giant's New York headquarters. I was staring at a table with four tea packets, their caffeine labels blacked out with a marker. A little click sound in my ears was followed by Meta's AI voice telling me that the chamomile tea was likely caffeine-free. It was reading the labels and making judgments using generative AI.

I was testing a feature that's rolling out to Meta's second-generation Ray-Ban glasses starting today -- a feature that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg had already promised in September when the new glasses were announced. The AI features, which can access Meta's on-glasses cameras to look at images and interpret them with generative AI, were supposed to launch in 2024. Meta has introduced them more quickly than I expected, although the early-access mode is still very much a beta. Along with adding Bing-powered search into Ray-Bans as part of a new update, which ups the power of the glasses' already-available voice-enabled capabilities, Meta's glasses are gaining new abilities fast.

The demo wowed me because I had never seen anything like it. I have in parts: Google Lens and other on-phone tools use cameras and AI together already, and Google Glass -- a decade ago -- had some translation tools. That said, the easy-access way that Meta's glasses invoke AI to identify things in the world around me feels pretty advanced. I'm excited to try it a lot more.

Multimodal AI: How it works right now

The feature has limits right now. It can only recognize what you see by taking a photo, which the AI then analyzes. You can hear the shutter snap after making a voice request, and there's a pause of a few seconds before a response comes in. The voice prompts are also wordy: Every voice request on the Meta glasses needs to start with "Hey, Meta," and then you need to follow it with "look and" (which I originally thought needed to be "Hey, Meta, look at this") to trigger the photo-taking, immediately followed with whatever you want the AI to do. "Hey, Meta, look and tell me a recipe with these ingredients." "Hey, Meta, look and make a funny caption." "Hey, Meta, look and tell me what plant this is."

Each request triggers a shutter snap, and then a few-second pause while the AI reads the image and interprets it. It's similar to how a phone-based AI camera app might work, except on your face and voice controlled.

Every AI response, and the photo it looked at, is stored in the Meta View phone app that pairs with the glasses. I like this, because it's a visual/written record for later, like memory-jogging notes. I could see wandering somewhere and asking questions, using this as some form of head-worn Google search for my eyes, while shopping or who knows what.

It could also have possible uses for assistive purposes. I wore a test pair of Meta glasses that didn't have my prescription, and I asked it what I was looking at. Answers can vary in detail and accuracy, but it can give a heads-up. It knew I was showing it my glasses, which it said had bluish-tinted lenses (blue-black frame, pretty close).

Sometimes the glasses can hallucinate. I asked about fruit in a bowl in front of me, and it said there were oranges, bananas, dragonfruit, apples and pomegranates. It was correct, except for the pomegranates. (There were none of those.) I was asked to have it make a caption for a big stuffed panda in front of a window. It made some cute ones, but one was about someone being lonely and looking at a phone, which didn't match.

I looked at a menu in Spanish and asked the glasses to show me spicy dishes. It read off some dishes and translated key ingredients for me, but I asked again about dishes with meat and it read everything back in Spanish.

The possibilities are wild and fascinating, and possibly incredibly useful. Meta admits that this early launch will be about discovering bugs and helping evolve the way the on-glasses AI works. I found there were too many "Hey, Meta, look" moments. But that process might change, who knows. When engaged in immediate image analysis, asking direct follow-up questions can work without saying "look" again, but I'm sure my success will vary.

The future of wearable AI is getting interesting

This AI, which Meta calls "multimodal AI" because it uses cameras and voice chat together, is a precursor of future AI that the company plans to mix many forms of inputs into, including more sensory data. Qualcomm's AI-focused chipset on Meta's new Ray-Bans already seems ready to take on more. It's also a process that Meta plans to make more seamless over time.

Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth told me in September that while the glasses now need a voice prompt to activate and "see" so that they don't burn through battery life, eventually they'll "have sensors that are low power enough that they're able to detect an event that triggers an awareness that triggers the AI. That's really the dream we're working towards." Meta is also already researching AI tools that blend multiple forms of sensory data together, ahead of more advanced future wearables.

Right now, know that this is an early-access beta. Meta is using anonymized query data to help improve its AI services during this phase, which may concern people wanting more privacy. I don't know the specific opt-in details yet, but more discrete controls over sharing data look like they may be in place once the final AI features launch, likely next year. The early-access opt-in isn't even available to everyone yet, but according to Meta, more people should get the option over time.

This all reminds me of what Humane is aiming for with its wearable AI Pin, a device I haven't even seen in person yet. While Humane's product is expensive and needs to be worn on clothing, Meta's glasses are $300 and already on store shelves. As watches, VR headsets and smart glasses all evolve their AI capabilities, things could get very different for the future of wearable tech and its level of assistive awareness.

It's clear that a new frontier of wearable AI products is already forming, and Meta's glasses are getting there first.

Editors' note: This story was updated on 12/13 to clarify how the voice prompts work and make a correction. We said "take a look at this" in our original story, but the actual working phrases are "look" or "look at this."

Editors' note: CNET is using an AI engine to help create some stories. For more, see this post.

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'I can't live like this:' Raymond homeowner's noise complaints speak to larger issue

Kristine Bedford, a Raymond homeowner, is at her wit's end over the sound of gunfire coming from next door.RAYMOND (WGME) -- A Raymond homeowner is at her wit's end over the sound of gunfire coming from next door.She reached out to CBS13 about this, begging for help.However, there's only so much that can be done about it."It's more than frustrating. It's anxiety-inducing," Raymond resident Kristine Bedford said.Bedford has lived in a Raymond neighborhood since 2019.New neighbors moved in ea...

Kristine Bedford, a Raymond homeowner, is at her wit's end over the sound of gunfire coming from next door.

RAYMOND (WGME) -- A Raymond homeowner is at her wit's end over the sound of gunfire coming from next door.

She reached out to CBS13 about this, begging for help.

However, there's only so much that can be done about it.

"It's more than frustrating. It's anxiety-inducing," Raymond resident Kristine Bedford said.

Bedford has lived in a Raymond neighborhood since 2019.

New neighbors moved in earlier this year.

"Some of what he fires is so loud it shakes my walls, shakes them. And it goes on for hours and hours," Bedford said.

The next-door homeowners declined to comment, and they did not appear to be around while CBS13 was there.

"I work from home. I can't live like this," Bedford said.

She found there was no noise ordinance for the town.

"Part of it's because of enforcement issues. Who enforces it? Who determines what's loud?" Raymond Interim Town Manager and Town Clerk Sue Look said.

The town of Raymond isn't alone.

We called the surrounding towns. Windham and Poland officials say they don't have a noise ordinance either.

New Gloucester's town manager says they do have a noise ordinance.

CBS13 Reporter Mal Meyer: "Does the town have any kind of ordinance when it comes to having a gun range or shooting on your property?"
Look: "We don't because the state has laws pertaining to guns and enforces the state rules and statutes."

The town of Poland told us the same thing. The law dictates how close you can fire a gun near things like the road or houses.

Meyer: "So as long as those are met, it's allowed to go on?"
Look: "Yes."

If there's a concern, law enforcement could look into it. Or Look says Bedford could consult an attorney.

"It's mostly a state statute issue, and the town is very limited as I understand it for what we can do," Look said.

Bedford is circulating a petition, hoping to change town ordinances. She wants to ban the discharge of firearms, along with any existing or future use of firearm ranges, specifically in a subdivision.

"This is not somebody in their backyard target shooting. There's a big difference," Bedford said.

Even if she gets enough signatures, it has to go through a town process before potentially heading to a vote.

The town says Bedford would have to submit those signatures in the next couple of months for it to possibly be ready for the annual meeting in June.

How MCM Raymond Took Over LA’s Street Sound Without Gang Affiliation

“Be yourself, people gonna respect you for you.”In July, I had the opportunity to link up with 23-year-old rapper MCM Raymond. We met at LV Recording Studios Los Angeles, an intimate studio in a remote location. Upon arrival I was greeted by his manager, Play Maka, whom I previously met. MCM Raymond was very laid back and welcoming when I walked in. We sat down and talked one on one with no cameras before we began the interview. I wanted to get a sense of his aspirations and dreams — I could tell how passionate an...

“Be yourself, people gonna respect you for you.”

In July, I had the opportunity to link up with 23-year-old rapper MCM Raymond. We met at LV Recording Studios Los Angeles, an intimate studio in a remote location. Upon arrival I was greeted by his manager, Play Maka, whom I previously met. MCM Raymond was very laid back and welcoming when I walked in. We sat down and talked one on one with no cameras before we began the interview. I wanted to get a sense of his aspirations and dreams — I could tell how passionate and serious he is about his music. This Friday, his EP Many Can’t Maintain is scheduled to drop. The first single, “Jimmy Choo,” has already been heating up the LA streets.

MCM Raymond was born in Inglewood, California, but says he spent his time across the city of Los Angeles. He steered clear of getting involved in any of the street politics and gangbanging. “I was around it a lot, but I never got into it,” he explained. “It’s not good for me, you either in jail or dead,” he says. A lot of young LA rappers I have interviewed are in street gangs, due to the environment they grew up in. Street politics is a big influence in a lot of LA rapper music being released today.

Instead, he took an interest in music. He often spent time at the studio with his father as a child. “I was in the studio with my dad all the time, and I told him I want to produce,” he says. When he was 12 years old, his dad bought him his first desktop computer. But beat making did not come easy. ”It took me a long time. My dad just showed me my beats from a long time ago, trash,” he laughs.

Despite the desire MCM Raymond had for producing, something kept calling him to the mic. He says his parents were supportive about his music at first, but later began to have doubts. “When I first was getting out, my parents was not messing with it,” he says. He used to ditch class in college to go to the studio. “I was tryna get out there with music, because that’s really what I wanted to do,” he says. MCM Raymond’s classmates at Santa Monica College encouraged him to pursue his dream. “I had a homie, he used to tell me like, bro you don’t even need to be here, you can really do something with this music,” he says.

MCM Raymond’s producing and rapping eventually began to take off. In 2019 he made the beat for his first rap single, “Neighborhood Hoochie,” and later the viral hit “In My City.” By never getting distracted by the gang culture of the area and always staying neutral, MCM Raymond has created his own sound. His saucy, smooth, sing-rap melodies have been anthems for many in the city. “I feel like my music stands out from everyone, it’s different, I feel like not too many people from LA are doing what I’m doing,” he says. Even with LA rap music having different sounds and new genres, MCM Raymond has broken barriers to create his own lane and fan base. Staying true to himself and his goals, he strives to inspire the younger generation. “Be yourself, people gonna respect you for you,” he says.

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