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Mother’s Day Memories

Some people are blessed with a mother who lives to old age, some not so fortunate, and lost their dear mother at an earlier age. I was gifted, and had a mother who lived to the age of 97. I guess I take after her, since I am 91 – almost 92. I hope I take after her in many ways.

I am sure you all can remember words your Mom said to you through the years. Words you’ve never forgotten. Words of love, compassion, understanding – words of comfort that only a mother can give. They cannot be replaced or found anywhere else.

For an infant, there is nothing like the feel of their mother’s body and especially her arms holding them close. And as a child grows older to have their Mom kiss a booboo – no matter how big or small – it seemed much better. A mother’s gift!

When I was about 10 years old, I was very fresh to my mother. I have forgotten just why, but I was upset with her and went out the door, and never saying goodbye or kissing her. However, my conscience got the better of me. When I got to the first street from the house, I turned around and went back home. I told my mother, “I am so sorry for being mean to you, Mom.”

She looked at me and said, “I am very happy that you are sorry. Thank you for coming back,” and with that she kissed me and said, “Now don’t be late for school.”

Off I went, happy as a lark that my mother forgave me, and I was truly sorry that I had behaved so poorly. That is one of the moments I’ve never forgotten. Being in the good graces of my Mom was so important to me.

In my late teens, my dear friend, Marian, lost her mother, and I went to her wake. It was so sad, and Marian was crying. I felt so sorry for her, I was crying, too.

When I returned home, I told my mother how Marian had been crying. My own eyes filled up with tears for my dear friend. My mother put her arms around me and said, “Honey, wipe away your tears, you will shed many tears of your own someday.”

Those words remained with me all through the years. And now in my elderly age, I think of words that were said to me by my mother – and how true they were. My mother was so right. How wise she was and warmhearted.

When one of my sons was in the first or second grade, the pupils made up a card for their mothers for Mother’s Day. On the front of the card, my son printed, “To My Dear Sweat Mother.” I thought the teacher was right to leave the spelling error. It was too sweet to have him correct it. I treasure that card, and would not part with it for anything. Sweet or sweat, they both applied. I loved it!

Not too long ago, I was speaking to a priest from my parish – Father Bakker, who is now deceased. I had the nerve to ask him, “Father, do you believe that you will see your mother and father after you die and go to heaven?”

He looked right at me and replied,” Yes, I do!” Just what I wanted to hear! I felt so happy that I had asked him a question I often thought of. I am going to remember his answer the rest of my life. It gives me hope.

Remember your mother – send her a card, call her, send flowers, take her out to dinner. She will be pleased to know you cared. If your mother is gone, say a little prayer for her. Remember, a mother’s love is the greatest love of all!



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



Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on the only roll call from the week of May 1-5. There were no roll calls in the House.


Senate 36-0, gave final approval to and Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a bill authorizing $200 million in one-time funding for the maintenance and repair of local roads and bridges in cities and towns across the state. The package is a bond bill under which the funding would be borrowed by the state through the sale of bonds. The measure also authorizes $70 million for the completion of the ATLAS, the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ technology system that will replace an archaic system that is 30 years old and difficult to maintain and use.

Supporters said the $200 million would help cities and towns keep their roads and bridges safe. They noted that the money will be delivered early in the construction season and allow many vital municipal road projects to move forward. They said that ATLAS will replace an antiquated, inefficient system and provide better and more efficient services to Registry customers.

“Local transportation funding for cities and towns across Massachusetts has been a priority for our administration since the first day we took office,” said Gov. Baker upon signing the funding. “State support to repair local roads and improve safety is critical for the people, businesses and first responders of Massachusetts.”

(A “Yes” vote is for the bill.)

Sen. Jason Lewis              Yes

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session.

During the week of May 1-5, the House met for a total of 30 minutes and the Senate met for a total of 50 minutes.

Mon. May 1 House 10:03 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.

Senate 11:05 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.

Tues. May 2 No House session

No Senate session

Wed. May 3 No House session

Senate 1:18 p.m. to 1:56 p.m.

Thurs. May 4 House 11:05 a.m. to 11:18 a.m.

Senate 11:21 a.m. to 11:28 a.m.

Fri. May 5 No House session

No Senate session

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Struggling Tornadoes baseball team routed three times

The Malden High School baseball team has struggled to keep from conceding runs in recent games. Malden fell to Lynnfield, 13-2, last Saturday; 6-0 to Gloucester on Monday; and then-Coach Stephen Freker lost to Saugus, his former team, 14-1, on Wednesday night.

“The last few games we just haven’t started out well, and it shows,” said Freker. “We’re giving up a lot of runs early and we’re struggling to come up with a response.”

Lynnfield registered 13 hits on the Golden Tornadoes. The Pioneers scored thrice in the first inning and once in the second, then broke the game open with a five-run fourth.

By then, the game was out of reach. However, Malden showed some signs of life later on. In the seventh inning, with the score 13-0, the Golden Tornadoes scored two off a pair of RBI singles by centerfielder Lou LoConte and third baseman Tyler West. LoConte was two for four and also had a walk to go with his RBI.

A poor first inning doomed the Golden Tornadoes against Saugus on Wednesday night. Freker, who left the coaching gig with the Sachems to return to his alma mater, met with his former players before the game to say hello. The Sachems ran away with the game from the first pitch, as they scored nine runs in the first.

Malden scored their one run off a double against the Sachems’ reliever in the seventh inning to thwart the shutout.

“We’re not really scoring that much, either,” said Freker. “We’ve looked at the lineup, changed things around with the batting order. We just need to be better.”

The Golden Tornadoes are now 4-10 ahead of Monday’s clash with Danvers.

“We’re not playing well at the wrong time in the season,” added Freker. “We need to be better, and that means starting better.”


Boston City FC to host U.S. Open Cup game in Malden

Boston City Football Club (FC), Malden’s resident professional soccer outfit, is moving on in the U.S. Open Cup, the longest-running soccer tournament in America. Boston defeated the Western Mass Pioneers on penalties on Wednesday night in Ludlow. They won the shootout, 5-4, after extra time and regulation ended with a 2-2 draw.

Keeper Vitor Scariot was the difference in the shootout, as he dropped low to his right to deny Pioneers captain Maxi Viera with the third penalty shot. Substitute Kevin Herrera then converted his penalty to win the game for Boston.

“We’ve each taken three penalties in practice this week and I’ve scored low in the right corner every time,” said Herrera. “You don’t look at the keeper or change your mind; you just have confidence that you’re going to score.”

That said, the match was a physical, high-octane clash. Boston had four players sent off and had to be resolute defensively to force a shootout.

Boston’s goals were furnished by Jhonata Batista and Kamali Webson. Batista scored in the second half while Webson tallied in extra time.

Boston City FC will take on GPS Omens, another team based in Massachusetts, at Brother Gilbert Stadium in Malden on May 17.


Forestdale Park Information Night Wednesday, May 17th & May 31st

Malden’s newest senior community is now under construction and poised to open in early 2018. Executive Director Dinah Olanoff will host an evening of appetizers and light refreshments and an opportunity to discover Forestdale Park on Wednesday, May 17th & May 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Exchange Street Bistro, 67 Exchange Street, Malden.

Get a first look at building renderings, floor plans and design boards and learn about the community’s unique approach to assisted living and memory support.



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