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  • Malden Democratic City Committee hosts 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

    Friday, March 17, 2017 00:00
  • Councillor hosts Ward 4 Community Meeting

    Friday, March 17, 2017 00:00
  • Greatest of All Time

    Friday, February 10, 2017 00:00
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    Friday, March 17, 2017 00:00
  • Mystic Valley History students advance to State Finals

    Friday, March 17, 2017 00:00


Sen. Lewis announces February Office Hours

State Senator Jason Lewis announced his February Office Hours schedule for Malden and all of the communities of the 5th Middlesex district.

Senator Lewis’s Malden office hours for February will occur on Friday, February 17, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Malden Senior Center, which is located at 7 Washington St. The second Friday of every month, Senator Lewis and his staff hold district office hours in Wakefield (10-11 a.m.), Winchester (12-1 p.m.) and Stoneham (1:30-2:30 p.m.). The third Friday of every month, Senator Lewis and his staff hold district office hours in Malden (10-11 a.m.), Melrose (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and Reading (2:30-3:30 p.m.).

Residents of the 5th Middlesex district are invited to come by and share concerns or just say hello, and they are welcomed to attend office hours outside of their town, if it’s more convenient for their personal schedules. Full details on his office hours schedule are available at Anyone unable to attend these times, but who has a concern to bring to the attention of Senator Lewis and his staff, should not hesitate to contact his State House office at (617) 722-1206 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


A Valentine’s Day Story – True Love

I love romance! I want everyone to be happy – every story must have a happy ending! I have a story to tell, and I will share it with you. It is about love and happiness!

Quite a few years ago, in fact about 15 years, my church, the Immaculate Conception Church in Malden, organized a trip to the Holy Land, Israel, under the direction of Father Silva, our Pastor at the time. The trip was scheduled for about 12 days. I decided to sign up for the trip, as did my two very dear friends, Mary Howard and Marie Mayne, both also members of the church.

How exciting! The three of us going so far away!

It was a through flight, and the plane was enormous.

When it came to the seating, Mary and Marie were seated together. I was a little farther away from them. However, I was very lucky, because I was seated beside a handsome young man, who was very friendly and chatty. We introduced ourselves, and I found out that he was single, and he decided to take this trip because he was always interested in going to the Holy Land. He was a member of my church, although I had never met him before. He was so easy to talk to. The longer we chattered, I thought what a waste of time sitting beside me because I was well beyond his years. As we conversed, I recalled this young girl I had spoken to before we boarded the plane. She was alone and had decided to take this trip by herself.

My mind became alive – why don’t I ask her if she would like to change seats with me for the remainder of the trip? She might enjoy being next to a young man – I will ask her. Why not! So I made my way over to her. Here I am, high above the sky in an airplane, going hundreds of miles an hour, changing seats with this sweet young lady. And, yes, she was very happy to make the change.

After we arrived there, I often saw them together, so I knew I had made the right decision. Once she came over and thanked me for making the change of seats. They hit it off beautifully.

When the trip ended, we all said our goodbyes. Never did I suspect any sign of a great romance. I tried and my heart was in the right place. I am sure knowing each other made the trip much more enjoyable. That’s the cupid in me!

At a church service recently, this same young lady with a young girl – her daughter, about l0 years old – came over to me and introduced herself. She told me her love story. The story of the plane ride to the Holy Land, and now they are married, and living happily ever after. I was Cupid after all!

This is a true story and should give hope and courage to any young lady who would like to meet Mr. Right. You never know when Cupid will appear with his bow and arrow! Sometimes, you have to help Cupid. Why not?!


— Virginia Ruane is a lifelong Malden resident. Please send suggestions and comments to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Make a Vow to Lower Blood Pressure and Reduce Sodium Intake during American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and as a leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA urges everyone in Malden, Medford and Everett to help prevent heart disease by lowering your blood pressure. Two ways to keep the pressure off your heart are by monitoring your blood pressure and reducing sodium intake.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer, responsible for 1 in 3 deaths each year in the United States. Additionally, 32.6 percent—about 80 million adults—have high blood pressure with less than half having it under control. High blood pressure is most prevalent in minority communities, and is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms.

To address the prevalence of heart disease, the Y has made a national commitment to the Million Hearts campaign, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes.

As part of this commitment, the Malden YMCA is increasing the availability of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – which is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles to help reduce their chances of developing the disease. Type 2 diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and people with diabetes are twice as likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke as those who do not have it.

The Malden YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about eating healthier, increasing their physical activity and making other behavior changes with the goal of reducing body weight by 7 percent in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. A trained lifestyle coach leads the program over a 12-month period beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by bi-weekly, then monthly maintenance sessions. Increased physical activity and moderate weight loss not only reduce diabetes risk, but also have an impact on lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

Besides monitoring your blood pressure, reducing sodium intake is a great way to keep your heart healthy. Per the American Heart Association (AHA), too much sodium in your system puts an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels. In some people, this may lead to or raise high blood pressure. Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Having less sodium in your diet may help you lower or avoid high blood pressure.

“There are many factors in keeping your heart healthy and having a handle on your blood pressure and sodium intake are effective tools in the preventing heart disease,” said Martin Dubovic, Director of Healthy Living, Malden YMCA “Whether you have high blood pressure, are at risk for heart disease or want to keep your heart healthy the Y has resources that can help achieve better health.”

In addition to programs and services offered in Malden, Medford and Everett, the Y offers the following tips from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help reduce sodium in your diet.


Think fresh: Most of the sodium Americans eat is found in processed foods. Eat highly processed foods less often and in smaller portions—especially cheesy foods, such as pizza; cured meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli/luncheon meats; and ready-to-eat foods, like canned chili, ravioli and soups. Fresh foods are generally lower in sodium.


Enjoy home-prepared foods: Cook more often at home—where you are in control of what’s in your food. Preparing your own foods allows you to limit the amount of salt in them.


Fill up on veggies and fruits—they are naturally low in sodium: Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits—fresh or frozen. Eat a vegetable or fruit at every meal.


Adjust your taste buds:Cut back on salt little by little—and pay attention to the natural tastes of various foods. Your taste for salt will lessen over time. Additionally, keep salt off the kitchen counter and the dinner table and substitute spices, herbs, garlic, vinegar or lemon juice to season foods.


Boost your potassium intake: Choose foods with potassium, which may help to lower your blood pressure. Potassium is found in vegetables and fruits, such as potatoes, beet greens, tomato juice and sauce, sweet potatoes, beans (white, lima, kidney), and bananas. Other sources of potassium include yogurt, clams, halibut, orange juice and milk.

The Malden YMCA offers a community of diverse individuals who can support all people in meeting their health and well-being goals. Learn more by visiting or calling 781-324-7680.



YWCA Malden receives $59,000 grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program for Breast Cancer Awareness Program

Local organization recognized with support from national program

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $59,000 one-year grant to YWCA Malden’s Encoreplus Program to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the 23rd year that the program has received funding from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence.

The breast health program Encoreplus at YWCA Malden will educate women in eight communities north of Boston, including Malden, Everett, Lynn, Medford, Melrose, Revere, Salem and Somerville, and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program will also assist newly diagnosed women living in the communities we serve who just need support services or someone to help them navigate through their care and treatment. Encoreplus staff and Survivor Buddies are available.

Since July 1, 1994, Encoreplus at YWCA Malden has reached more than 30,000 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and has referred almost 5,000 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams. Through our Specialized Outreach and Educational expertise, Encoreplus staff provide holistic case management to assist the women/men who come to us for care. Our Patient Navigation skills include referrals for food assistance, fuel assistance, immigration issues, domestic violence issues, homelessness issues, childcare needs, financial literacy issues, ESL needs, transportation needs, wigs/wig care products and a host of other issues as they unfold.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, 5,940 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Massachusetts this year, and 760 lives will be lost. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as Encoreplus help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.

“We are proud that the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade shares our mission and has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will be able to provide the following patient navigation services: transportation to and from appointments, translation services where they are needed, resource referral services where needed, wigs, wig products, any and all services YWCA Staff and volunteers have the capacity to provide to insure the women/men acquire breast health services and other medical services deemed necessary … It is because of God, my knowledge and training from Encoreplus, that I am alive today. When I began my battle with this disease in 1999, if I had not been well versed in how to advocate for the women I serve, I know for sure, I would not be able to be a blessed to be a blessing to the women we serve today. I also know, without a doubt, it is a true fact that #EarlyDetectionSavesLives,” said Joanne Stroud-Lebeau, Specialist for Women’s Programs at YWCA Malden.

Since 1993, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has awarded more than 1,800 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including Encoreplus at YWCA Malden. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade awards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs to support breast cancer research and access to care. Many programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services. Visit for more information.

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program is administered by Cicatelli Associates Inc. to support community-based, nonprofit breast health programs across the country. The fund’s National Advisory Board selected Encoreplus at YWCA Malden as one of 60 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2017 cycle of Avon Breast Health Outreach Program grants. These organizations were chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income and older women, who are often medically underserved.

For more information on Encoreplus at YWCA Malden, please call Joanne Stroud-Lebeau at 781-397-8612. To learn more about the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, visit


Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner announced

Call for nominations to honor outstanding immigrant entrepreneurs in Massachusetts

The sixth annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 4, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., presented by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) with featured speaker Jeff Bussgang, general partner at Flybridge Capital.

The only ones of their kind in New England, these awards are a special opportunity for Massachusetts to showcase the entrepreneurial talent of immigrants who are drawn here. These entrepreneurs enhance Massachusetts’s neighborhoods, grow the economy and cement the Commonwealth’s reputation as an innovation hub. ILC invites everyone to take a stand for welcoming the best talent in the world by participating in the 2017 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards.

Nominations are being accepted now through March 10, 2017, for outstanding immigrant business founders in four categories: business growth, neighborhood business, high-tech business and life science business. Self-nominations are encouraged. Both the winner and their nominator in each category will be offered a free ticket to the Awards Dinner. Nomination forms as well as sponsorship and ticket information can be found on ILC’s website at

“There was so much negativity generated by last year’s election that we at the ILC are really looking forward to the hopeful inspiration that comes out of the Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards,” said ILC Founder and CEO Diane Portnoy. “Every year, I am so impressed by the triumphant stories of the nominees and winners, from the corner store owner to the innovator curing cancer. I’m sure there are even more great stories out there, and I can’t wait to see the nominations roll in.”

Last year’s award winners: Herby Duverné of Taino Consulting Group in Boston for business growth, Gerardo Loza and Hilda Torres of My Little Best Friends Early Learning Center in Malden for neighborhood business, Mihael Mikek of Celtra, Inc. in Boston for high-tech business, and Garo H. Armen of Agenus, Inc. in Lexington for life science business.

The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Award Selection Committee will review nominations and select one winner in each category. The esteemed selection committee members are as follows:


Business Growth

Debi Kleiman, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College

Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

David Parker, Entrepreneurship for All

Jose Luis Rojas Villarreal (Luis), Boston Private Bank


Neighborhood Business

Leandro Freire, Accion East

Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

Theresa Park, City of Lawrence

Saritin Rizzuto, Metro Credit Union


High-Tech Business

Abi Barrow, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center

Kathleen Hagan, Hagan and Company

Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

Julianne Zimmerman, Reinventure Capital

Life Science Business

Lauren Celano, Propel Careers

Alison Farquhar, GTL Coaching & Consulting, LLC

Frank Hoy, Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.


About The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

ILC of Malden, Mass., is a not-for-profit organization that gives immigrants a voice in three ways. The English-language program provides free, year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston to help them become successful workers, parents and community members. The Public Education Institute informs Americans about the economic and social contributions of immigrants in our society, and the Institute for Immigration Research, a joint venture with George Mason University, conducts research on the economic contributions of immigrants.

For more information, visit the website ILC can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.



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