• January 11 2019,  Malden

    This year, Malden reads ‘The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane’

    This year, Malden reads ‘The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane’ By Barbara Taormina   Members of Malden Reads visited the City Council this week to pass along copies of “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” this year’s choice for their One City, One Book program. Organized by Malden Public Library and Malden Access Television, the program encourages everyone in Malden to read the same book and share their responses at different scheduled discussions, events, or just over lunch. This year’s book, by  New York Times best-selling author Lisa See, traces the experiences of a woman who becomes a tea master in China’s remote southwestern tea region along with the story…

  • January 11 2019,  Malden

    Senator Jason Lewis January Office Hours in Malden

    Senator Jason Lewis January Office Hours in Malden Senator Jason Lewis will host his monthly open office hours on Friday, January 18 from 10:00 -11:00 am at the Malden Senior Center (7 Washington St., Malden, MA). All residents are encouraged to drop in to speak with Senator Lewis and raise any concerns that they would like. Those who are unable to attend should feel free to contact Senator Lewis’s office at (617) 722-1206 to arrange a meeting.

  • January 11 2019,  Malden

    City seeks associate member for Board of Appeal

    Mayor Gary Christenson is reaching out to Malden residents in an effort to fill the vacancy of associate member on the Board of Appeal. The present vacancy is the result of a resignation. The seven-member Board of Appeal (five members and two associate members) operates under the mandates of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A and the City of Malden zoning ordinance. The Board of Appeal assists in the administration of Malden’s zoning ordinance by considering appeals to vary dimensional controls (lot size, frontage, height, setback, etc.) when a literal application of the ordinance would impose a hardship. Residents may also appeal decisions of the Building Inspector to the Board of…

  • January 11 2019,  Malden

    Upcoming Movie Night at the Malden Public Library

      Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday, January 30, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. We will be showing a recent film based on the bestselling novel “The Hate U Give,” which was also the 2018 Malden Reads book selection. The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Algee Smith, Regina Hall, Issa Rae and Common. The film is directed by George Tillman, Jr. “Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right” — www.imbd.com. The New Yorker writes, “The Hate U Give is [a] rare…

  • January 11 2019,  Malden

    Mystic Valley Elder Services receives $5k donation from People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Mass.

    Donation will support Money Management Program People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts (PUCFEM) recently presented a $5,000 check to Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES). The generous donation will help support MVES’s Money Management Program, which assists community-dwelling older adults and adults with disabilities within the MVES service area with basic paying management and economic stability. “We are so grateful for the support of the People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts,” said MVES CEO Daniel O’Leary. “Our agency relies on the generosity of business partners like the People’s United Bank Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts so we can provide this valuable program to older adults and adults living with disabilities.”…

  • January 11 2019,  Malden

    Sica announces new City Council appointments

    By Barbara Taormina   A new leadership team in city government emerged this week with City Council President Jadeane Sica’s announcement of 2019 City Council committee appointments. “It has taken weeks to come up with who would sit on which committee,” said Sica before reading a long list of committee assignments. The Finance Committee, which oversees the city’s spending and the annual city budget, will be led by Ward 6 Councillor David Camell with Councillor-at-Large Stephen Winslow serving as vice chairman. Ward 7 Councillor Neal Anderson, Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy, Ward 4 Councillor Ryan O’Malley and Councillor-at-Large Debbie DeMaria will also serve on the committee. The Rules & Ordinance…

  • January 11 2019,  Malden

    Board supports height cap on multifamily projects

    By Barbara Taormina   The Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend that multifamily residential buildings in the central business district be capped at seven stories or a maximum height of 75 feet. The board’s recommendation will now return to the City Council, which will make the final decision on the change to the zoning ordinance. A two-thirds majority vote of the council is required. Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy sponsored the proposal for the height restriction after an earlier proposal to limit residential buildings to six stories failed to win the support of two-thirds of the City Council last year. Murphy said the concern was that Jefferson Apartment Group’s new…

  • January 4 2019,  Malden

    Another successful Malden Kiwanis holiday basket delivery

    On Friday, December 21, Anthony’s was a busy workshop for the many Malden Kiwanians, MHS and MVRCS Key Clubbers, Malden Catholic students and other community volunteers. Sixty-six families received baskets this year, adding to their holiday cheer. On Friday night the baskets were filled with the gifts for the families, and on Saturday morning Santa’s helpers took off in their sleighs to bring the gifts and a meal to the families. Malden Kiwanis wishes to thank every community member who helped, whether it was a toy donation, a monetary donation or help with distribution. Special thanks to the Malden Chamber of Commerce for helping collect the toys, the Malden Fire…

  • January 4 2019,  Malden

    Malden Overcoming Addiction rings in New Year at third annual Celebrate Sober event

    Malden Overcoming Addiction (MOA) rang in the New Year with its third annual Celebrate Sober event at Club 24 in Malden. MOA Board Member Dana Brown welcomed the crowd of over 100 people to eat, talk, dance and celebrate the New Year substance-free.   Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy donated all the beverages for the water/juice bar, which she manned along with Marie Brown. Food for the event was generously donated by Floramo’s Restaurant, Dockside Restaurant (Malden), Bobby C’s, Kane’s Donuts and Malden Stop & Shop. Pizza was donated by Liz Hart (Tailored for Success). This free night of fun would not have been possible without the many amazing and…

  • January 4 2019,  Malden

    City to continue crafting marijuana ordinance

    By Barbara Taormina   City councillors weren’t able to finish crafting a recommendation for a marijuana ordinance in 2018, so the work will pick up again this month. “This has taken a very long time,” said Ordinance Committee Chairman/Ward 4 Councillor Ryan O’Malley during one of the committee’s last and most contentious meetings of the year. Members were frustrated by multiple drafts of an ordinance with different amendments. Councillors clashed over what should be included in the ordinance and what items should be part of the host community agreement which marijuana retailers must sign to receive a state license. It got personal with councillors swapping comments starting off with the…