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

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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

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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.

   

Ward 7 School Committee Member Catherine Bordonaro announces reelection campaign

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Dear Constituents,

It is with great honor, pride, and enthusiasm, that I announce my candidacy for reelection for School Committee in Ward 7.

It has been a productive and exciting couple of years as we have covered some good ground but I see much more that needs to be done!

During my tenure, I have had the pleasure to participate and accomplish many positive things. My participation in, and facilitating the creation of Families Against Drugs (FAD), has had a greater impact for many families and their loved ones. It has provided the opportunity for families to combat the current problems associated with addictions with support from professional services, as well as other community members. It provides an educational awareness and opens channels of communication before and during issues that may worsen over time. Focusing mainly on Kindergarten through eighth grade, the program facilitates parents working with approachable methods with a child before addiction takes hold. This was an inspiration while serving as a member of Malden Overcoming Addiction. Currently, I am receiving educational training to be completed within the month. At which time, I will be able to serve on a panel for the Department of Children and Families in order to allow positive input for the safety and welfare of children.

As a lifetime resident and graduate of Malden Public Schools, I am a huge supporter of continuing sports oriented programs to keep the children involved in, and currently find time to serve as Coach for the Malden Youth Basketball Winter Program. This program serves as an outlet for children as well as an opportunity to teach them fundamentals of the sport. It also provides a bully block by teaching team effort and mutual respect for one another as I am a huge fan of prevention methods.

I have also had the great honor and privilege to have spoken at the Teen Center on bullying. It is my pleasure to participate in various programs each year such as the Santa and Easter Floats, Community N Unity, Ferryway Fun Night and other local gatherings. I currently serve as liaison for the Special Education Parent Advisory Council that hosts great events throughout the year. These programs make up the spirit of a community in coming together to celebrate special events. I have spent Thanksgivings serving the needy on the Bread of Life line.

I also attended the Open Mosque Day which was a wonderful and educational experience. It gave me an eye opener as to how many different types of cultures are present in the Malden community, as well as the value of each and every individual and their personal beliefs. I had the great opportunity to make friends with a few of the fellow attendees.

This current year, I was fortunate to be the recipient of the Young Democrat Award presented to me by Congresswoman Katherine Clark. I also have been selected to serve as a delegate for the upcoming Democratic Convention. Focusing on important issues, that impact all, I voted against lifting the cap for busing transportation as children always need structure to be transported to and from school safely. I voted against budget cuts that would have impacted the teachers and ultimately the educational benefits of the students they serve. Together with a qualified panel, I chaired the Superintendent Search assigned by the Mayor seeking a qualified person to lead our School district.

Please stop by and join me on June 6th 2017 at Jacks Ristorante located on 655 Eastern Avenue Malden at 6:00pm. And thank you all for the overwhelming support. I will work hard to ensure that our children receive the best education we have to offer to them. I welcome everyone to come out to help me celebrate, at my fundraiser. Hope to see you there.

   

Community ’N Unity Celebration

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To celebrate the efforts during the past year of the Community ’N Unity group, a community celebration was held in the Malden High School Courtyard featuring food, music and local talent. Several MHS students worked hard to organize the very well-attended event. The evening served to celebrate Malden’s commitment to working together. Following a vigil held last July, members of the Malden community attended three forums to engage in a dialogue about race relations. Many residents, including Mayor Gary Christenson and other city leaders and elected officials, participated in the meetings that were designed to engage residents, identify areas for improvement and support collective action. Shown above, from left to right, are Ward 2 School Committee Member Emmanuel Marsh, Police Chief Kevin Molis, event organizers and MHS students – Pierre Landache Jean, Lovelyne Pierre-Louis, Guetchina Letang, Birukti Tsige and Tamerlie Roc – and Mayor Gary Christenson.

 

   

Two alarm blaze rips through Highland Ave. building

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A two-alarm fire devastated the third floor of a 276 Highland Ave. mixed-use building Saturday evening. No people were injured in the fire, though two residents had to flee the blaze, eight more were displaced, and two cats were killed. The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

 

   

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