• January 4 2019,  Malden,  Malden Sports,  Sports

    MHS basketball team wins tourney

     By Steve Freker If the Malden High boys’ basketball team looks back on its season and wants to point to a time where the season made an about-face in the right direction, the Tornado Holiday Classic tournament will be the place. Playing their best basketball of the season, Malden swept through the two-game slate with wins over Revere and Snowden International to claim the championship, the second victory coming in a convincing, 73-54 decision over Snowden. Malden topped Revere, 56-48, in a first-round game last week. Snowden knocked off Medford, 68-67 in that round. Malden got a fantastic game out of senior David Mervilus in the title game. The 6-3…

  • January 4 2019,  Malden

    21st Annual Triple Threat Trivia Library Fundraiser

    The Malden Public Library’s 21st Annual Triple Threat Trivia Fundraiser fast approaches.  Trivia will be held at Anthony’s Restaurant on Thursday, January 24, 2019 and we are looking for anyone that wants to support the library and have a great evening of fun. To play Triple Threat Trivia, write a check for $360 to the Malden Public Library for a table of 10, along with your team’s name.  Price includes dinner and 3 rounds of trivia.  The buffet begins at 5:30 p.m. and trivia questions begin at 6:30 p.m. As you know, one point can make the difference and teams still have a chance to get that all important one…

  • January 4 2019,  Malden

    Sen. Lewis hosts monthly office hours

    State Senator Jason Lewis will host his monthly open office hours on Friday, January 18 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Malden Senior Center (7 Washington St., Malden). 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 his office at (617) 722-1206 to arrange a meeting.

  • January 4 2019,  Malden

    Malden Hospital’s time may have arrived

     By Barbara Taormina   Three years ago, 71 percent of the residents who went to the polls for the local election voted in favor of the city acquiring the Malden Hospital site, and although it has taken some time, a plan in now in the works. The nonprofit group Friends of Fellsmere Heights has teamed up with Boston Architectural College to develop a conceptual community-based plan for the 18-acre site that straddles the border of Malden and Medford. Hospital site review committees from both cities hope the plan will help open negotiations with the site’s owners, MelroseWakefield Healthcare, formerly Hallmark Health, and provide the information needed to tap state grants…

  • January 4 2019,  Malden

    City promotes four Fire Dept. Officers at City Hall ceremony

    On December 21, Mayor Gary Christenson, Fire Commissioner Emery Haskell, Fire Chief Kevin Finn and Councillor-at-Large Debbie DeMaria joined families and friends at a ceremony to promote four Fire Department officers and welcome six new members of the Department. Lieutenant Sean M. Fitzpatrick was promoted to Captain; Lieutenant Eric DeAvilla was promoted to Captain; Thomas P. Walsh III was promoted to Lieutenant and Sean Fitzpatrick was promoted to Lieutenant. New members of the department being sworn in were Firefighters Ray W. Carr, Kerry E. Howe, Carlos A. Soto, Matthew W. Thomann, Sara J. Finn and Christopher R. Harron. Commissioner Haskell invited family members to officially pin the new officers, and…

  • December 28 2018,  Malden

    Malden to provide parents with tools to address youth substance abuse

       Seven cities and towns in the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition (MVPHC), including Malden’s Substance Abuse Prevention Services, are banding together to launch a social marketing campaign aimed at preventing underage drinking and substance abuse among middle school–aged youngsters. The campaign comes after studies found that although parents and guardians would like their children to not use alcohol and other drugs, many expressed a belief that underage drinking is inevitable.   Over the past two years, MVPHC, which includes Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Winchester and Wakefield, has collected and evaluated data on youth alcohol and substance abuse. It has also conducted focus groups and one-on-one interviews with parents…

  • December 28 2018,  Malden

    City Council discusses Lime bikes

     By Barbara Taormina   Since they have arrived in Malden, Lime Bikes have been on 80,000 trips and logged nearly 70,000 miles. Scott Mullen, a director of Lime’s Northeast division, met with the City Council recently to talk about the bike-sharing system. Malden is one of 16 communities that has a fleet of “dockless” bikes available to riders thanks to a regional contract with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Riders use an app on their cellphones to unlock bikes, which cost a $1 access fee plus a small fee based on time or mileage. “Malden has a great bike infrastructure and a great bike culture,” Mullen told councillors. Malden…

  • December 28 2018,  Malden,  Malden Sports,  Sports

    The Sports Wire

    THE SPORTS WIRE  By Steve Freker   How about these names, which clearly come from the “Blast from the Past” file: Jay Sweeney, Nick Papas, Dennis McHugh, John DiBiaso … Well, maybe not the last guy, He’s still around, just not coaching basketball anymore. Those were the coaches of the four teams that participated in the first-ever Golden Tornadoes Christmas Basketball Tournament, which was held in December 1985 at Malden High School. At the time, such an idea – a four-team, set-aside basketball tournament – was a novelty. Can’t say for sure if this was the first of its kind, but it is safe to say this was one of…

  • December 28 2018,  Malden,  Malden Sports,  Sports

    Malden boys’ basketball team falls in squeaker to Peabody, 68-66

     By Steve Freker   Last-minute wins are commonplace in high school sports; so are last-second victories. On Friday, Peabody delivered a big, old lump of coal in Malden High boys’ basketball’s stocking with a whole different category: a win featuring the winning basket scored with under one second left to play in the game. That’s right. With just 0.7 seconds left on the clock and the score tied at 66-all, Peabody’s Chris Canela found himself with a wide-open baseline and an easy layup as time expired, and when the horn blew, the Tanners had a 68-66 victory on the books. With the loss Malden went to 1-3 overall (0-2 Northeastern…