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Malden Receives Green Community Designation

Mayor Gary Christenson is pleased to announce that the City of Malden has been designated a Green Community by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Department of Energy Resources. Through the tireless efforts of City Councillor Craig Spadafora, who also serves as the Chair of the Energy Efficiency Commission, and Public Facilities Director Eric Rubin, the City has met the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program’s five criteria. Some of the criteria includes that the City have the proper research and development zoning in place for light manufacturing or renewable energies, have an energy baseline with a plan to reduce energy usage by 20%, a fuel efficiency vehicle policy, and that the City adopt the new Board of Building Regulations and Standards Stretch Code.

Meeting the criteria has Malden poised to reduce its energy costs, improve the local environment and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with funding through the Green Communities Designation and Grant program. Along with this designation, Malden has been awarded a grant in the amount $332,540. The City will be required to submit a project application proposing how the funds will be spent. One proposal would be to convert the City’s 3,400 streetlights to LED this summer.

“Today is a major achievement for Malden’s vision for a healthier, more sustainable city and one that we are carrying forward through our future,” said City Councillor Craig Spadafora. “I want to thank Mayor Christenson and the City Council for helping us build a more resilient, greener, cleaner city for all residents. Without the dedication of Molly Pidgeon, Josh Ward-Smith, Stacy VanDeveer, Eric Rubin and former members of the Energy Efficiency Commission, this would not be possible. This designation highlights what Maldonians can do when we work together for the greater good of our City and is a strong example of the impact that volunteers are having in and around our community every day.”

“This is a great step for Malden,” said Public Facilities Director Eric Rubin. “This designation is a goal the City has been working toward for a long time. I thank the State Delegation for their support, Mayor Christenson, and the City Council for their unanimous vote on Malden becoming a Green Community.”

State Representative Paul Donato stated, “We are pleased to see the City of Malden achieve this important designation. This funding will enable Malden to deliver on important initiatives in its quest to reduce energy.”

 

STEM Workshop “Light-Up Shoes and Paper Circuits” free for ages 7-14

Thanks to Malden Cultural Council

The Malden Public Library will host a free electronic arts workshop, “Light-up Shoes and Paper Circuits,” on Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Participants may bring their own shoes to light up, or indicate their shoe size at sign-up.

The workshop instruction and materials will be provided by a collaborative STEAM TEAM – Alisha Panjwani of Acera School and Kendall Inglese of LARK Studio – who will integrate a unique blend of science and art for this project of light-up card and paper figure designs. The participants will learn how to work with conductive tape and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and build their own circuits (materials provided). These new skills will be applied to paper and fabrics and end with light-up shoe designs to take home.

Register at the Information Desk, Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St. in Malden. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited.

This program is funded by the Malden Cultural Council, a re-granting service of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Support for this program also comes from the Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership; the Acera School; and the LARK Learning Arts Resource Center.

For questions call Kendall Inglese, Enrichment Instructor at the LARK Learning Arts Resource Center, at 781 244-9400.

   

Sen. Lewis to host “Community Conversation” with state Veterans’ Affairs Secretary

Continuing his “Community Conversations” issue discussions, State Senator Jason Lewis is excited to announce an upcoming conversation he will hold with Massachusetts’s Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, Francisco Ureña. Held in every community of the district, “Community Conversations” are issue discussions delving into a different topic at each forum, with ample opportunity for residents to share feedback and have their questions answered by experts on the given topic.

This upcoming event – Community Conversations: Supporting Our Veterans in the Commonwealth – will take place on Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. The event will occur in the auditorium at Galvin Middle School, which is located at 525 Main St. in Wakefield, and is free and open to the public.

This forum will offer the chance to hear directly from one of our Commonwealth’s chief policy setters and advocates regarding landmark legislation passed and priorities for the future pertaining to our veteran population. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A from attendees. The forum is sponsored by Senator Lewis in coordination with the Veterans’ Service Officers for each of the six communities of the 5th Middlesex Senate district: Malden (Kevin Jarvis), Melrose (Alicia Reddin), Reading (Kevin Bohmiller), Stoneham (Jim Devlin), Wakefield (Karen Burke) and Winchester (Al Wile). On hand will also be a variety of service providers with information regarding programs, services and benefits for veterans and their families.

“Massachusetts has made veterans’ benefits a top priority in recent years, with the passage of VALOR I, VALOR II and the HOME Act, and we want to make sure that our courageous veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much know about and have access to all of the benefits and programs to which they’re entitled,” noted Senator Lewis. “I hope that this conversation offers veterans and other residents more in-depth knowledge of the services available and where our veterans can turn if and when challenges arise. The conversations I have directly with constituents across the district are the best source of information and guidance to help me do my job in the legislature.”

“Community Conversations” forums have been held in all six communities of the 5th Middlesex district on topics including public education, public transportation, small business and entrepreneurship, challenges facing senior citizens and caregivers, energy policy and environmental priorities, and efforts to combat substance abuse and opioid addiction in our region.

   

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 SenatorJasonLewis.com. 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?!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL!

— 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 .

   

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