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U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clarkwas the guest of honor at the 16th Annual St. Patrick’s
Day Breakfast hosted by the Malden Democratic City Committee. Shown at the event, from
left to right, are Ward 7 Councillor Neal Anderson, Mayor Gary Christenson, Malden Irish
American Club former President P.J. Quinn, State Senator Jason Lewis, Jason Law, State Rep-
resentative Steve Utrino, State RepresentativeMike Day and State Representative Paul Bro-
deur.
(Photos courtesy of Jason Law)
City sets goals
to foster unity
By Barbara Taormina
T
he need for more diversity
in Malden classrooms and
at City Hall are among the key
takeaways fromthe three com-
munity forums on race and di-
versity held last fall. The city
released a report on the Com-
munity ’N Unity series of dia-
logs, which were organized by
Mayor Gary Christenson’s of-
fice and theBoston-based con-
sulting group, Strategy Mat-
ters, LLC.
The three meetings drew
crowds of 75 to 120 officials
and residentswho shared their
experiences and views on race
and diversity within the city
and its neighborhoods. The
talks generated a list of com-
munity goals and strategies,
including bolstering diversi-
ty among school and city em-
ployees as well as elected of-
ficials.
According to the team of
consultants who worked with
the city to organize and run
the forums, participants felt
that equal access to influence
and power would ease racial
tension within the city. “Par-
ticipants repeatedly asserted
that for real change tohappen,
the city needs to find ways to
diversify its staff and officials,”
explained the consulting team.
The report cited effortswith-
in the school district to in-
crease diversity among teach-
ers and staff. State statistics
show that more than 90 per-
cent of the teachers and staff
in Malden schools are white
while roughly 69 percent of
the students areAsian, African-
American or Hispanic.
Last month, Superinten-
dent of Schools Dr. Charles
Grandson, school principals
and administrators attended
a career fair sponsored by the
New England Minority Net-
work or Nemnet, a national
recruiting firm launched to
help school districts find job
candidates who will bring
more diversity into the dis-
Crowe asked to appoint temporary
municipal hearing officer
By Barbara Taormina
A
nyone who is appealing a
fine for violating a city or-
dinance or requesting a review
of conditions attached to a city
permit or license might be re-
ceiving a hearing notice soon.
The City Council voted late last
month to have Council Pres-
ident Peg Crowe appoint an
Interim Municipal Hearing Of-
ficer to fill the vacancy created
last fall when former Hearing
Officer Eda Jane Matchak re-
tired. Over the winter, the list
of residents requesting hear-
ings toappeal citations anden-
forcement decisions began to
build, and the council decided
thepositionneeded tobefilled
as soon as possible.
“We have a lot of citizens
waiting in line to get before a
hearing officer, and I think we
should allow the council presi-
dent tomake this appointment
at least on an interimbasis,”said
Ward 6 Councillor Neil Kinnon.
Ward 3 Counci l lor John
Matheson said the city is re-
quired by statute to hold bi-
CLASSROOMS
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VACANCY
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