• Malden,  October 12 2018

    City Council plans review of City Clerk’s Office

     By Barbara Taormina   City councillors have called for a review of the City Clerk’s Office in the wake of last month’s problem-plagued primary election. During the Sept. 4 primary, some residents were forced to wait in line to vote after several polling locations ran out of ballots. Ward 2 Councillor Paul Condon said he was at the Community Room on Pearl Street when voting slowed to a halt as poll workers waited for more ballots to be delivered from the City Clerk’s Office. “Clearly there was a breakdown in communication,” said Condon. “I waited 35 minutes for ballots and started to see people leave without voting.” Condon said the…

  • October 5 2018,  Revere

    One of first two females in City Council holds campaign fundraiser

    By Tara Vocino Almost all of the City Council, School Committee, best friends and family came out to DeMaino’s Restaurant on a rainy and chilly Monday night to support Council President Jessica Giannino, who is seeking reelection next November. “I love what I do,” said Giannino, who serves the whole city in her Councillor-at-Large role. “My family has deep family roots here. My dad and late grandfather ran Giannino’s Greenhouse since the early 1900s.” As Council President, Giannino is known for keeping the peace during heated debates at meetings, and she said she’s gotten a lot of positive feedback. She respects her colleagues and thanked them for electing her Council…

  • Malden,  May 25 2018

    Councillors question the need for a new parks and recreation committee

    By Barbara Taormina   A proposal to create a committee that gives residents a role in shaping the city’s parks and open spaces was put on hold this week after city councillors questioned how it would fit in with existing departments, committees and ongoing projects. Councillor-at-Large Steve Winslow outlined the benefits of a new seven-member advisory committee, a recommendation included in Malden’s freshly updated Open Space and Recreation Plan. In addition to implementing the plan, the committee would provide advice and strategies on other aspects of the city’s parks and open spaces, including programming, management, maintenance and community outreach. The committee would also develop criteria and guidelines for giving up…

  • May 25 2018,  Revere

    Council still irritated over address changes

    By Sara Brown   The City Council tried once again to resolve the issue of residents having to change their addresses. At the May 21 Legislative Affairs subcommittee meeting, Election Commissioner Diane Colella and City Engineer Nick Rystrom appeared before the council to discuss why almost 500 residents have had to change their address. According to the two, there are many mix-ups to what people think their address is and what different databases in the city say it is. Colella and Rystrom have been trying to make all the databases in the city have the same information. Colella said out of the 500 changes, only three people have been angry…

  • Malden,  May 25 2018

    City Council seeks residents with arborist background for Advisory Committee on Forestry

    The City Council is reaching out to Malden residents with arborist credentials to fill two positions on its newly created Advisory Committee on Forestry. This volunteer Committee will offer recommendations to the DPW Commission and to the Director of Public Works, Bob Knox, who also serves as the City’s Tree Warden on the management, planning and caring for Malden’s public trees. City Councillors Ryan O’Malley, John Matheson and Jadeane Sica also serve on the Committee. Meetings will be held on Tuesday’s after 5:30 p.m., at the Malden Senior Center Cafeteria (7 Washington St.). Please submit your resume to assist the City Council in making their selections and send to lcagno@cityofmalden.org.…

  • May 4 2018,  Peabody

    City Council votes down proposed zoning changes

     By Christopher Roberson   The City Council voted unanimously during its April 26 meeting to deny the request for zoning amendments for uses and applicability. During the meeting, Attorney John Keilty said his proposal was to change the zoning use to allow retail establishments at 58 Pulaski St., which is a light industrial district. “We want to encourage some kind of limited retail users,” he said. Keilty said the purpose of the second zoning amendment would be to identify when inclusionary zoning applies to a single-family home subdivision. Keilty said members of the council’s Industrial and Community Development Committee believed that his proposal needed additional “massaging and revision.” Councillor-at-Large Thomas…

  • April 27 2018,  Everett

    Protests continue against Simonelli

    Napolitano: City Council has done what it can to address controversy By Brendan Clogston   On Monday night the City Council took up controversy surrounding Ward 2 Councillor Stephen Simonelli’s Facebook posts, only to determine that they had no authority in the matter. Some in the community remain unsatisfied with the city’s handling of the incident; however, and are reportedly considering attempting to formally recall the council under a procedure outlined in the city charter. Earlier this month, many in the city’s immigrant community were outraged by Simonelli’s participation in a Facebook thread that contained a number of racist and derogatory comments against Haitians and other immigrants. The incident began…

  • April 20 2018,  Malden

    City Council takes a new direction in hospital debate

    By Barbara Taormina   The City Council agreed this week to reach out to Hallmark Health with the hope of launching a discussion about the future of the former Malden Hospital site. Ward 3 Councillor John Matheson, who heads up the Malden Hospital Site Redevelopment Ad Hoc Committee, drafted a letter to Hallmark Health and Wellforce, Hallmark’s parent company, asking officials to meet with the council. Councillors want an opportunity to explain the community’s concerns about traffic and density associated with Fellsmere Housing Group’s proposal to build 214 condos, 18 town houses and 18 single-family homes at the former hospital site. Matheson said the ad hoc committee voted to send…

  • Everett,  March 30 2018

    City Council approves $500,000 transfer to schools

    By Brendan Clogston   The City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve a $500,000 transfer from the city’s stabilization fund to the School Department, ending a months-long budget crisis. The funds prevent any layoffs from occurring this fiscal year without forcing any concessions from the teachers’ union. It will also allow a number of student trips, like the Marching Band’s trip to D.C., to go forward. This transfer follows an earlier $5 million transfer from the fund to offset the schools’ budget shortfall. These transfers were made to fill a $9 million shortfall in the School Department’s budget, which was caused by a number of factors, including a major…