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MHS Principal interviewed on Haitian American radio show


Malden High School Principal Ted Lombardi participated in this month’s Haitian American radio show “The Way of Salvation” at the Philadelphie Seventh Day Adventist Church in Malden. Hosted by Communications and Radio Assistant Director Evenns Semerzier, the show broadcasts locally on station 104.1 FM and can be accessed online at People from all around the globe regularly tune in to the show. The questions addressed to Principal Lombardi included such topics as goals for AP classes, community partnerships, collaborating with Bunker Hill Community College, and how parents can get involved. The next show is scheduled for Sunday, May 28 at 4 p.m. Lombardi is shown above with Semerzier.



Ribbon-cutting celebrates Forestdale Park improvements


An official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place to commemorate the completion of upgrades to Forestdale Park, including improvements to bring the park into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act, in particular ADA-compliant dugout shelters. Mayor Gary Christenson, Councillor-at-Large David D’Arcangelo, Department of Public Works Director Bob Knox and Malden Redevelopment Authority’s Director of Community Development, Nick Pernice, along with residents, players and parents, celebrated the overhaul to the baseball park.

The City spent $135,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the renovations. The grant funded the removal of concrete pavement, old benches and old chain-link fencing and the installation of ADA-accessible concrete walkways, curbing, two dugout shelters with players’ benches, chain-link fencing and lawn-seeding adjacent to the existing ball field. The new dugout shelters will accommodate space for players in wheelchairs so they will be protected from the elements alongside their teammates.

This field has been the home field for the D12 Challenger League for the past 11 years as well as for Forestdale School and surrounding neighborhoods. The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages four to 18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions. Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age and can include as many as 15-20 players. In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance to bat. The Challenger players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches and safety equipment as other Little League players.


Donate books for local children


Malden Reads is assisting the Malden Kiwanis Club in collecting new and gently used books for local young people. You can drop off books for young people of all ages (0-18) at MATV, Malden’s Media Center, at 145 Pleasant St. or at any of the remaining Malden Reads events.

The Malden Kiwanis will be hosting an event called “Bubbles and Books” with the support of Malden Reads, on Saturday, June 3 from 2:30–5:30 p.m. at Miller Park (Harvard Street) in Malden. Young people of all ages, and their families, are invited to experience the magic of James Dichter’s giant bubbles, face-painting, a storyteller, a puppeteer and slush. All young people will receive a book to take home, and remaining books will be distributed throughout the community.

MATV is open Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. There is a brightly decorated box in the lobby for dropping off book donations. You can also drop off book donations at the Malden Chamber of Commerce (2 Maplewood St.) and El Potro Mexican Restaurant (156 Highland Ave.) For more information about the event, contact Robin Jorgensen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The “Bubbles and Books” event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Northeast Metro Tech holds assemblies on opioid awareness, brings in speakers affected by addiction


Superintendent-Director David DiBarri announced that two speakers from Teen Challenge New Hampshire spoke to students at Northeast Metro Tech about how opioid addiction has affected their lives. Teen Challenge New Hampshire provides clinical counseling and support to adults, teens and families struggling with drugs, alcohol and other life-controlling problems.

Northeast Metro Tech’s assemblies came after a group of students attended the New Hampshire Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness in March. Put on by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, the event was designed to educate middle and high school students about the dangers of opioid addiction while promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. There, students listened to a series of speakers directly affected by opioid addiction, including athletes and parents who lost their children to overdoses.

Following the summit, students wanted to have similar speakers present to the entire student body at Northeast Metro Tech. Working with Zach Brewster, Resident Life Supervisor at Teen Challenge New Hampshire, Northeast Metro Tech brought in speakers Sean Vandell, Wade Desrosiers, Jeff Sallies and David Scholtz, who shared their real-life stories about how opioid addiction has impacted their lives.

“The speakers put a name and face to addiction, which is a powerful educational tool for students to better understand the many facets of this disease,” Superintendent DiBarri said. “We would like to thank Teen Challenge New Hampshire for coordinating with us to have speakers share their very personal stories with students.”

Seniors and sophomores attended the presentation on April 24; juniors and freshmen, on May 2. The presenters told students about their struggle with addiction – how it landed them in jail and affected their relationships with family.

“They talked about overdoses and withdrawal. It was real, it wasn’t sugarcoated,” said Athletic Director Don Heres, who attended the opioid summit with students in March and helped organize the assemblies. He continued, “These are real people who have struggled with addiction, and their stories really impacted students and teachers. They gave very powerful and impactful presentations.”

Additionally, before the end of the year, students will watch the movie “If Only,” a short film that highlights the negative effects of prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.


Mystic Valley Regional Charter honors teachers


On Tuesday Mystic Valley Regional Charter School held its annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. All of Mystic Valley’s faculty and staff were treated to lunch at the Eastern Avenue campus. The food was provided by Ristorante Serena, which is located in Maplewood Square, and served by parent volunteers through the PTO.

Special recognition was given to employees celebrating five- and ten-year anniversaries with the school. The five-year employees were given a clock and the ten-year employees were given a watch – both items are emblazoned with the Mystic Valley logo. The five-year recipients were Denis Ambrose, Tim Doherty, Nancy Grassi, Kevin Joyce, Michael McCarthy and Ryan Walsh. The ten-year recipients were Carmela DelCore, Marty Gately, Bob Kravitz and Asha Nair.

Receiving the most special recognition, as well as standing ovations, were Teachers Diane Guerriero and Judy Courtney, who are retiring. Mystic Valley’s Interim Director, Alex Dan, presented each of them with a Mystic Valley rocking chair and gave a speech extolling their virtues as members of the Mystic Valley teaching community and wishing them the best of luck in the future.

The following is a summary of Mr. Dan’s speech:

Diane Guerriero

An original staff member, she served in several roles in the school. She is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother of three. Her son was recently married, and she has been a valued member of the Mystic Valley library trivia team. Guerriero volunteered to help run the science fair in the early years in order to shore up her already strong science knowledge for the classroom, indicative of her overall approach to teaching and learning. She loves antiquing and has a place in New Hampshire where she loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loves walking and staying active. Truly a remarkable teacher and person, Guerriero, along with a few others, has been monumentally important to Mystic Valley as the school has grown and developed around her. We thank Mrs. Guerriero for all of her numerous contributions to the school and wish her a restful retirement.

Judy Courtney

She is a former Patriots cheerleader. Courtney is a member of the Coast Guard Reserves, and she serves once every two years in that capacity. Along with Guerriero, she is one of the few remaining original staff members. Courtney is a devoted mother of three and grandmother of two. She is also an outstanding member of the Mystic Valley library trivia team. She can sing three fight songs from schools either she or her family attended. Her excellence in the classroom is only overshadowed by her versatility, as she has held several key positions for our school over the years, including lead teacher and reading specialist.

Once a student started choking while she was teaching. She performed Heimlich and saved a life! One of her former students described her as one of the greatest teachers she ever had; she remembers her love of music and support of the arts, most notably theater. On behalf of your colleagues, students and the school, thank you, Mrs. Courtney.


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