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March 17 – Malden Reads film screening of “Tyrus”

Don’t miss a special Malden Reads screening of the film “Tyrus” on Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Malden Senior Community Center. The film celebrates the life and achievements of a pioneering Chinese-American artist, Tyrus Wong, and is cosponsored by the Chinese Cultural Connection as part of their East Meets West cultural dialogue program.

Wong, who came to the United States with his father at the age of nine in 1920, was the original illustrator for the Disney movie “Bambi.” The beautifully textured brush strokes of the settings for the animated film were based on original paintings that Wong produced in his time off while working at an entry-level job as an animator at Disney. Walt Disney chose Wong’s art as the basis for the look of “Bambi,” and all the artists who worked on the film were trained to imitate Wong’s style.

Wong was let go from his job at Disney before “Bambi” was even finished, and he went on to work for 26 years at Warner Brothers, creating the looks for dozens of films, including “Around the World in Eighty Days.” In addition to being a painter, he was a muralist, ceramicist, lithographer, designer and kite maker. For a while he worked for Hallmark creating Christmas cards, one of which sold over a million copies. For the last 30 years of his life, he became locally famous, especially on the beaches around Santa Barbara, for his flying works of art – his breathtakingly beautiful kites. Wong died last December at the age of 106.

The documentary picks up on many of the themes of this year’s Malden Reads book choice, “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman, a novel about an older man who finds support in his neighborhood and an unlikely group of people. The two works share themes of resilience, openness and the power of diversity. The film screening will followed by a discussion.

Malden Reads Arts & Crafts on March 25

Children and their families are invited to join local artists Greg Cook and Kari Percival in creating fun crafts related to the themes of this year’s Malden Reads book selections. The event will take place at the Malden Public Library on Saturday, March 25, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. The crafts will eventually be displayed as a diorama in the front window of MATV, Malden's Media Center.

Book Discussion at the Dockside on March 29

Are you enjoying the book “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrick Backman?

Come join other Malden Reads enthusiasts for a facilitated discussion of the book at the Dockside Restaurant (270 Medford St.) on Wednesday, March 29 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in their function room. We will start with some yummy Dockside pizza and then dive into a lively discussion of the book. No prior experience in book clubs or book discussions is necessary!

The event and the pizza are free. Alcoholic beverages and other items off the menu are at your own cost. Reading the book and an RSVP is required for this event. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Let us know what kind of pizza you like!

Enter Ove’s World: an age sensitivity training on March 30

On Thursday, March 30, from 7:00-8:00 p.m., join Malden Reads for snacks and a discussion with a Lahey Hospital expert on what it really feels like to become older. We’re looking to have a good discussion together with adults of all ages – and we encourage you to bring your kids and grandkids, ages 15 and up. The event will take place at the Malden Public Library. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “Enter Ove’s World” in the subject line for more information.

 

 

Celebrating a Diamond Anniversary

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Mayor Gary Christenson congratulated Midge and Arnie Hammersley on their 60 years of marriage and presented them with a citation on behalf of the City of Malden in recognition of their milestone. Malden residents for more than 60 years, the Hammersleys were married in 1957 and paid $50 a month in rent for their first apartment! Arnie, a Korean War and U.S. Air Force Veteran, worked for 32 years at the Malden Fire Department, retiring as a Captain in 1996. Midge worked in the Malden City Clerk’s Office for many years and then at the IRS in Boston. Midge and Arnie are extremely proud of their three children – David, Donna and Paul – as well as their six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

When Mayor Christenson asked them their secret to such a long and happy marriage, they replied that commitment to each other and their family has been the key to their enduring success!

 

   

Mystic Valley History students advance to State Finals

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On March 4, Mystic Valley sophomores participated at the district-level National History Day (NHD) competition. Malden residents Grace Dias and Joshua Cram will be moving on to the state competition next month with a second place showing with their documentary about Anita Hill. Ameera Omar received an honorable mention for her documentary titled “Galileo’s Stand Against Tradition,” and Jake Williams and Steven Nguyen also received an honorable mention for their group performance titled “KKK: Defunding the Rights as Americans.” Their honorable mentions make them eligible for the state competition if one of the qualifying groups from other schools is unable to attend.

   

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

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At Irish-American Club on Saturday, March 11

U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark was 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 Representative Steve Utrino, State Representative Mike Day and State Representative Paul Brodeur. (Photos courtesy of Jason Law)

 

   

Malden will see Hallmark Health in court

The City of Malden heads to court next week for a showdown with Hallmark Health over safety violations at the Malden Hospital property. In 2013 former Malden Building Inspector Scott Fitzgerald cited Hallmark Health, which owns the hospital, for the building’s disconnected fire sprinklers, water damage, insufficient emergency exit lighting and changes to the fire alarm system. Hallmark responded with a lawsuit against the City, demanding that the violations be dismissed. Malden countersued and asked the court to require Hallmark to fix the problems and pay the City’s legal fees.

Three years and scores of billable hours later, a judge and jury are scheduled to resolve the issues in Middlesex Superior Court.

Back in 2013, when Fitzgerald issued those citations, the hospital was a hot topic at City Hall. Councillors were floating the idea of taking the property by eminent domain. There were complaints about trash at the site, and concerns about fires and break-ins. City officials also expressed frustration that Hallmark wanted any potential buyer to pay to raze the building and clean up the site.

Hallmark has argued that the safety violations were part of an attempt by the City to gain control over the redevelopment of the property. The company bolstered that claim with complaints that the City continually demanded information about the property’s sales price and the conditions of a purchase and sales agreement with Fellsmere Housing Group, which is hoping to build more than 300 homes and residential units on Hospital Hill.

Late last month, Hallmark won a round in court when a judge denied the City’s emergency motion to dismiss the company’s complaint and pay Malden’s legal bills. And there was more.

“Given the confidentiality provisions of the purchase and sales agreement and the issues that are involved in this litigation, I find that the disclosures sought by the City are not warranted,” wrote the judge in response to the City’s motion. Although the judge concluded the City’s legal strategy was not motivated by politics, Hallmark’s request to keep the purchase and sales agreement under wraps was granted.

In order for Fellsmere Housing Group to move forward with its plan to redevelop the hospital property with residential housing, the zoning for the site would need to be changed to allow multifamily construction. Currently, the property is zoned for single-family homes. And Hallmark needs to clear the safety violations that the City continues to maintain against the company and the site.

   

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