• December 29, 2017,  Malden

    2017: A Year in Review

    A Year in Review: Malden in 2017 By Barbara Taormina As the city gets ready to close the books on 2017, many will look back and remember the highs and lows of the past year. While people will have different opinions about the progress of the past 12 months, the following stories reflect some of the moments that mattered most to Malden:  The demolition of City Hall Over the summer, the city watched as the walls came tumbling down at 200 Pleasant St. The old City Hall, Police Station and the First Church of Malden were razed to make way for Jefferson at Malden Center, a private development that will…

  • December 29, 2017,  Lynnfield

    2017: A Year in Review

    Library project — There has also been much discussion about the possibility of a new library. In a presentation to the selectmen, Library Director Holly Mercer said a new library should be built in a way that would prevent voices from echoing throughout the building. She also said the current space constraints require that furniture be rearranged an average of three times a day. Board of Selectmen Chairman Christopher Barrett spoke in support of building a new library. “It’s impressive what you’re able to do every day in spite of the restrictions,” he said. “Great job, it has been an exciting year.” Selectman Philip Crawford agreed. “We commend you for…

  • December 29, 2017,  Everett

    2017: A Year in Review

    City Council lends a $1.3 million hand to the School Department The City Council voted 9-1 on Monday, March 13 to approve a $1.3 million transfer of funds to the School Department in order to help address a $5.3 million budget shortfall left by a change in the state’s funding formula. Only Ward 2 Councillor Stephen Simonelli opposed the transfer. Last year the state changed the way it defines students as being in poverty or academically disadvantaged. While some cities saw an increase in state funding under the change, about 15 – many of them the poorest communities in the state – saw a drastic reduction in aid. Everett was…