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Malden Neighborhood Basketball League this week

Saturday, March 11 at Ferryway

Game 1 – Bullets 66, Celtics 59

A 19-12 early lead in the 1st quarter helped the Bullets capture the 2nd spot this year on their way back to the madness. “League MVP candidate” C. Bastien had 25 in this one as A. Sequar, also a “League MVP candidate,” had 15 for the Green. It was “Rookie of the Year Candidate” N. Daniel leading the way with 26 and “League MVP candidate” M. Alexis adding 12 as they got the 3rd slot in the playoffs and will play the Bullets again this Saturday in Round 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Game 2 – Sonics 58, Kings 27

It was a face off of the cousins as Gary bested Chris once again this season and the Sonics took the top spot in the 2017 MNBL Season. “League MVP candidate” & “Rookie Candidate” J. Monteiro had 16; M. Silva, 12; & C. Belfleur chipped in with 10; 2 points in the 1st and 6 in the 4th is a recipe for a long day and a loss, as only H. Mohammed was able to break double digits in this game for the Kings, with 17 on the day.

Sunday, March 12 at Ferryway

Game 1 – Sixers 85, Hawks 56

The Sixers lit it up on their way back to the playoffs by having four get into double-digit scoring on a depleted Hawks squad, who played with four again. N. Turner (29), B. Delphonse (26), M. Callinan (14) and A. Ulysses (10) fueled the boys in Red. “League MVP candidate” X. Sorrano had a weekend-high 33 as A. Alterio had a nice game as well with 15.

Game 2 – Bullets 62, Kings 54

The Bullets sealed their season with a win over the team that beat them in last year’s Finals, as your defending champions had a season they hope to forget immediately – no Kings team has ever lost 12 straight before 2017. The Bullets, who are returning to the madness, were led by “League MVP candidate” A. Sequar (13), also “League MVP candidate” C. Bastien (12); “Buckets” Bouley added 10 for the Blue. The Kings, who played a decent game to end their season, were led by Senior M. Cherif, who showed up and dropped a game-high 20 in his final game of the season. The Kings will have the 2nd pick next season in hopes of rebuilding the almighty.

Game 3 – Celtics 61, Pistons 44

The Emerald Green cruised into the madness on a strong note with “League MVP candidate” M. Alexis scoring a game-high 30; he got some help from K. Kelly with 10. The Pistons, who were an up-and-down team this year, were also up and down during the game – had just 8 points in the 1st & 3rd quarters, which didn’t help their chances. But they were led by A. Elbahlawan with 19 and M. Niboh with 14 – the same two players who got better every week.


Crowe asked to appoint temporary municipal hearing officer

Anyone who is appealing a fine for violating a city ordinance or requesting a review of conditions attached to a city permit or license might be receiving a hearing notice soon. The City Council voted late last month to have Council President Peg Crowe appoint an Interim Municipal Hearing Officer to fill the vacancy created last fall when former Hearing Officer Eda Jane Matchak retired. Over the winter, the list of residents requesting hearings to appeal citations and enforcement decisions began to build, and the council decided the position needed to be filled as soon as possible.

“We have a lot of citizens waiting in line to get before a hearing officer, and I think we should allow the council president to make this appointment at least on an interim basis,” said Ward 6 Councillor Neil Kinnon.

Ward 3 Councillor John Matheson said the city is required by statute to hold bimonthly hearings, and someone should be appointed as soon as possible.

Councillor-at-Large Debbie DeMaria, chair of the Appointments and Personnel Committee, agreed but added that the appointment should be temporary. “I think the position should be posted and we should go through our regular parliamentary procedure,” said DeMaria.

Councillor-at-Large David D’Arcangelo, who also serves on the Personnel Committee, agreed the city should follow a consistent appointments process. And both DeMaria and D’Arcangelo said since the start of the year, their committee has seen a steady stream of exceptional candidates seeking appointments and opportunities on different boards and commissions.

The hearing officer settles disputes that emerge over citations and enforcement actions taken by the city’s two compliance officers, David Morse and James Tuxbury, who are responsible for ensuring that residents, property owners, businesses and anyone granted a license or permit by the city follows all relevant state laws and local ordinances. Issues range from parking tickets to building and health code violations.

Malden’s municipal hearing officer works under the supervision of the city solicitor and is required to participate in an administrative law training program at least once a year. Councillors seemed hopeful that former City Clerk Karen Anderson will bring back her 30-plus years of experience at City Hall and take the job at least temporarily.

“We want to give the interim person at least three or four months to get through the backlog,” said DeMaria, whose committee will also begin the process of reviewing resumes and candidates to fill the position permanently.

“We will probably do that sometime in May or June before we recess,” said DeMaria, adding that the interim hearing officer can also apply for the post.


City sets goals to foster unity

The need for more diversity in Malden classrooms and at City Hall are among the key takeaways from the three community forums on race and diversity held last fall. The city released a report on the Community ’N Unity series of dialogs, which were organized by Mayor Gary Christenson’s office and the Boston-based consulting group, Strategy Matters, LLC.

The three meetings drew crowds of 75 to 120 officials and residents who shared their experiences and views on race and diversity within the city and its neighborhoods. The talks generated a list of community goals and strategies, including bolstering diversity among school and city employees as well as elected officials.

According to the team of consultants who worked with the city to organize and run the forums, participants felt that equal access to influence and power would ease racial tension within the city. “Participants repeatedly asserted that for real change to happen, the city needs to find ways to diversify its staff and officials,” explained the consulting team.

The report cited efforts within the school district to increase diversity among teachers and staff. State statistics show that more than 90 percent of the teachers and staff in Malden schools are white while roughly 69 percent of the students are Asian, African-American or Hispanic.

Last month, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Grandson, school principals and administrators attended a career fair sponsored by the New England Minority Network or Nemnet, a national recruiting firm launched to help school districts find job candidates who will bring more diversity into the district. The Harvard Graduate School of Education is also lending a hand through its Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools, or RIDES project, which works to promote diversity in local schools.

On the City Hall side, the Human Resources Department is planning cultural competency and awareness training for all city employees, and the newly formed Mayor’s Task Force on Racial Harmony is developing its own set of goals and strategies.

The broader, long-term goal of increasing diversity among the city’s appointed and elected officials has also been highlighted repeatedly. The issue has been brought up at both the Community ’N Unity meetings and the recent forums hosted by consultants working on the city’s building moratorium study.

Two Candidate Bootcamps, which were sponsored by the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, were held in Malden over the past couple of months. The meetings were organized to help anyone interested in running for local office understand the responsibilities of different positions and the nuts and bolts of campaigning.


Beacon hill roll

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. The debate over immigration continues to dominate the news following President Trump’s new version of an executive order restricting travel to the U.S. from six countries with links to terrorism.

Where do local state representatives stand on the immigration issue? This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call researched local representative’s votes on several roll calls on the immigration issue from 2013 through 2016. Here are the results.

The first three House roll call votes involve successful attempts by Speaker Robert DeLeo and his Democratic leadership team to prevent Democratic members from having to vote directly against several Republican proposals to restrict access to state funding by illegal immigrants. The Democrats, with a current 125 to 35 membership advantage, control the House.

Here's an example of how it works: The Republicans offer a proposal banning illegal immigrant students from paying the preferred, lower in-state tuition rates and fees at Massachusetts state universities. If the Democratic leadership does nothing, there would be a roll call vote on the lower in-state tuition rates. Most Democrats would vote against it and then would have cast a direct vote on a very controversial issue.

To avoid that situation, a Democratic member offers a "delaying" amendment that would prohibit the ban from taking effect until the Baker administration studies the impact of such a ban.

Under House rules, the amendment to study and delay the ban is voted upon first. If it passes, which it always does, no other amendments can be introduced and the original proposal that would simply prohibit the lower tuition rate is dead without ever having a direct vote on it. Republicans say that the studies are a sham because they are never done.

This is all pre-planned by the Democratic leadership. The presiding officer at the podium calls upon a representative who is loyal to him and that member proposes the study. Even if a Republican member is waving his or her hands and shouting to be recognized, he or she will not be called upon because it is assumed he or she would not propose the study.

GOP members have always been wary of this ploy and have spoken out strongly against it. They urged the Democratic leadership to stop purposely trying to confuse the voters and instead allow a vote directly on the issue itself, not a study of it.

The Democrats fall into four categories. Some Democrats favor the ban and vote with the Republicans against the study. Others say they are truly open to the ban but vote for the study because they want to find out the cost first. A third group opposes the ban but also opposes the study because they feel there should be a direct vote on the proposal. Most Democrats who vote for the study acknowledge that it is designed to protect them by preventing them from being required to vote directly on the ban.

Beacon Hill Roll Call urges you to read the roll calls carefully and be aware that on the first three roll calls, a "Yes" vote is for the study and essentially is against the restriction or ban. Conversely, a "No" vote is against the study and generally favors the restriction or ban.



House 103-46, approved a Democratic leadership-sponsored amendment prohibiting a proposal barring illegal immigrant students from paying the preferred, lower in-state tuition rates and fees at Massachusetts state universities from taking effect until the Department of Higher Education studies the impact of the barring.

Supporters of the study said many of these students were babies when they were brought here by their parents and had no choice about entering the country illegally. They noted some hardworking students are currently required to pay out-of-state tuition rates that are up to five times higher than the in-state rate.

Opponents of the study said sending the bill to a study committee essentially kills it and argued the state should not offer financial rewards to anyone who has broken the law and is in this country illegally. They said it is outrageous to offer low tuition rates to these students while legal citizens from outside Massachusetts, including war veterans, are required to pay higher rates if they attend a Massachusetts state university.

The roll call vote is on the amendment to study, rather than vote directly on the banning of lower tuition rates for illegal immigrants. (A "Yes" vote is for the study. A "No" vote is against the study.)

Rep. Paul Donato                 Yes

Rep. Steven Ultrino                         Was not yet elected



House 107-42, approved a Democratic leadership-sponsored amendment prohibiting a proposal that would allow honorably discharged veterans to pay the preferred, lower in-state tuition rates and fees at Massachusetts state universities from taking effect until the Department of Higher Education studies the impact of the lower rates for veterans. The proposal would offer the discount to all in-state veterans and to any veteran from across the nation who designates Massachusetts as his/her intended home and moves to Massachusetts within one year of attending a state university.

Supporters of the study said there is no estimate on how much it would cost the state to offer this discount to all these veterans.

Opponents of the study said it is outrageous that the state provides the lower tuition rate for some illegal immigrants but not to veterans. They noted that sending the bill to a study committee is the same as killing it.

The roll call vote is on the amendment to study, rather than vote directly on the lower tuition rates for veterans. (A "Yes" vote is for the study. A "No" vote is against it.)

Rep. Paul Donato                  Yes

Rep. Steven Ultrino                         Was not yet elected



House 128-29, approved a Democratic leadership-sponsored amendment prohibiting a proposal requiring sponsors of immigrants who have green cards (lawful permanent residents) to reimburse the state for any means-tested state assistance the immigrant receives from taking effect, until after the state conducts a study of the current system and receives any federal waivers necessary.

Some supporters of the study said the House should get more information prior to voting on this. Others said they simply oppose the mean-spirited measure meant to hurt legal residents who through no fault of their own need some assistance. They noted that the state shouldn't be punishing eligible individuals who have become estranged or disconnected from their sponsor.

Opponents of the delay questioned why the state is providing these benefits when each green card holder is required by law to have a sponsor who has promised to be financially responsible for that person.

The roll call vote is on the amendment to study, rather than vote directly on requiring sponsors to reimburse the state. (A "Yes" vote is for the study. A "No" vote is against the study.)

Rep. Paul Donato                  Yes

Rep. Steven Ultrino                         Was not yet elected



The House considered a GOP-sponsored proposal to require applicants and household members over the age of 18 to provide a social security number upon application for public housing and prohibit anyone who does not supply the number from being eligible for housing.

House 115-44, then approved a Democratic leadership-sponsored amendment replacing the Republican proposal with a new one requiring the state to establish rules and regulations regarding the disclosure and verification of social security numbers for applicants of public or subsidized housing.

The new proposal also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to study and submit a report on the matter of public housing eligibility by July 1, 2016. The report would include the number of applicants and household members for state-assisted public housing who would be unable to access it if required to submit a social security number on their application.

Supporters of the new proposal said the earlier one goes too far and will not solve any problems. They argued the new proposal is a thoughtful and fair approach to this problem.

Opponents of the new proposal said the earlier proposal is simple and effective: if you don’t provide a social security number, you are not eligible for public housing. They argued it is unfair to provide housing to illegal immigrants.

The roll call vote is on the amendment to study, rather than vote directly on requiring a social security number. (A "Yes" vote is for the study. A "No" vote is against the study.)

Rep. Paul Donato                  Yes

Rep. Steven Ultrino              Yes



House 34-124, rejected a Republican-sponsored amendment that would withhold local aid from any cities or towns that do not enforce federal immigration laws. The withholding would also apply to communities that have established themselves as "sanctuary" cities or towns that offer protection in a variety of ways to illegal immigrants.

Amendment supporters said cities and towns that encourage law-breaking are hurting this nation. They argued the state should do everything it can to dissuade those who seek to come here illegally.

Some opponents said the amendment is a mean-spirited political stunt and questioned why supporters would want to punish students by taking away local aid from their schools. Others said the amendment is unenforceable, just like a municipality declaring itself a sanctuary city is nothing but symbolism.

(A "Yes" vote is for cutting off local aid to sanctuary cities and towns. A "No" vote is against cutting it off.)

Rep. Paul Donato                   No

Rep. Steven Ultrino               No


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 March 6-10, the House met for a total of 22 minutes and the Senate met for a total of six minutes.


Mon. March 6 House 11:03 a.m. to 11:13 a.m.

Senate 11:05 a.m. to 11:08 a.m.

Tues. March 7 No House session

No Senate session

Wed. March 8 No House session

No Senate session

Thurs. March 9 House 11:03 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Senate 11:08 a.m. to 11:11 a.m.

Fri. March 10 No House session

No Senate session

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Winter refuses to let go

It’s not over yet.

The late-winter storm Stella blew into New England this week and covered Malden with about eight inches of heavy, wet snow and ice. The storm shut city offices, canceled meetings and slowed the MBTA’s Orange Line down to a crawl.

On Tuesday afternoon, during the height of the storm that brought high winds and sleet to the region, roughly half the homes in Malden lost power for several hours. National Grid blamed the outages on a cable that caused problems at several substations in the city and next door in Medford.

Malden’s younger residents cashed in on two of the snow days typically built into every yearly school schedule. Mayor Gary Christenson’s new virtual personal assistant, Tornado, which debuted during the State of the City address, announced Wednesday’s school closure on the city’s Facebook page.

Residents turned to Facebook for updates on the power outages and to report problems with plowing city streets. While some residents posted thanks to the Public Works Department for keeping up with the storm, others posted the names of their streets and asked plows not to forget them. And several residents who were out shoveling complained that plows came through pushing snow back onto sidewalks and in front of driveways.

“I can understand some of it coming up on the sidewalk, but this … covered the entire sidewalk and my poor neighbor,” wrote one woman, who also noted that residents are fined when sidewalks are not shoveled. She suggested the DPW should pay any fines for sidewalks that plows refilled with snow and chunks of ice.

While Stella may have been the last significant roar of winter, it’s not the end. The 10-day forecast is calling for freezing temperature and snow showers this weekend. Light snow and ice pellets are included in the forecast for the end of next week.

According to the DPW, the city had already spent about $600,000 on snow and ice removal before Stella swept in. It will take some time to add up the cost of winter’s final blasts and the effects of the weather on the city budget.


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