• Malden,  March 9 2018

    Young Malden brothers recognized for nonprofit that helps cancer patients

    Mayor Gary Christenson recently met with Malden brothers Harrison “Harry” (12) and Heath (8) Bennett to commend them on the success of their nonprofit, Bennett Brothers Balm, and to congratulate Harry on his recent win of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The boys began their nonprofit in June of 2016 after their close friend was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The all-natural, chemical-free, vegan lip and body products were created to raise money for cancer research as well as to help cancer patients ease the dry skin and lips that are often experienced as a result of chemo treatments. The brothers donate all profits to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and…

  • Malden,  March 9 2018

    Fellsway intersection fix gets a green light

    By Barbara Taormina   The long-awaited and much-needed safety improvements for the intersection at Fellsway East and Highland Avenue are finally on the way. Mayor Gary Christenson informed the City Council this week that the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has agreed to pick up two-thirds of the estimated $1 million cost of a long-term intersection improvement plan that includes traffic signals, shorter crosswalks, a reduction in travel lanes and space for bicycles. “This offer represents substantial progress from prior proposals,” wrote Christenson in a letter to Council President Debbie DeMaria. DCR had originally offered a short-term safety plan which focused primarily on adding bike corridors and reducing…

  • Malden,  March 2 2018

    Malden’s achievements celebrated at State of the City Breakfast

    By Barbara Taormina The hottest ticket in town this week was to Mayor Gary Christenson’s 2018 State of the City Breakfast at Anthony’s on Canal Street. For a mere $30, guests were treated to a buffet of scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, Danish pastry and plenty of talk about the strides being made in Malden. The Malden Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the breakfast, announced just before Valentine’s Day that the event was sold out. Those who didn’t snag tickets early were forced to stand at the back of the room to catch a glimpse of Christenson who, once again, delivered a pitch-perfect speech with plenty of overhead slides, video gags…

  • February 16 2018,  Malden

    Beacon Sales Opens at 197 Commercial Street

    Mayor Gary Christenson recently attended the Grand Opening Celebration of Beacon Sales located at 197 Commercial Street. Beacon Sales, established in 1928, is a distributor of residential and commercial roofing and exterior building materials including siding, decking and railing. The Malden facility is one of 15 locations throughout New England that serves commercial and residential roofing, building, waterproofing and masonry contractors. The business prides itself on providing the extra measure of service, and is proud to stock one of the largest inventories of supplies. They have a knowledgeable and professional staff that works hard to put customers first whether the job is large or small. For further information on Beacon…

  • January 5, 2018,  Malden

    2018 Inaugural Exercises

    City celebrates a new council and school committee By Barbara Taormina   Malden began the New Year with an inaugural ceremony that had pomp, color and even a little news. Newly elected and reelected members of the City Council and School Committee were sworn in, members of the city’s religious community offered inspiring invocations and student performances provided some excitement and style. And during the ceremony, At Large   Councillor Debbie DeMaria was elected to serve as the council president for 2018 while members of the School Committee chose Leonard Iovino to serve another term as vice chairman of that board. Mayor Gary Christenson set the tone for the New Year…

  • December 29, 2017,  Malden

    2017 Words to remember

    2017 Words to remember There’s always plenty of talk going on in Malden. The following quotes are a small sampling of some of the opinions and observations offered on city issues, events and places over the past year. “They are worldly kids. They went through a lot and they have a sense that they got through it together. “ -Malden High School Principal Ted Lombardi on the Class of 2017 Gary Christenson Mayor— “Malden is a strong, vibrant city and is moving in the right direction.” -From Mayor Gary Christenson’s 2017 State of the City address     “We’re spending money as fast as it comes in … Taxpayers are…

  • December 8, 2017,  Malden

    Young Malden resident donates funds to help students

    Mayor Gary Christenson was on hand as the Salemwood School accepted a generous donation from Cohen Baclawski, a very special three-year-old Malden resident who attends My Little Best Friends Early Learning Center in Malden. Cohen has a strong passion for recycling. For the past year with the help of his parents he has been saving the money from his recycling efforts for something special. When asked by his mother, Tasha, what he wanted to do with the money, he stated, “I want to help children.” Together, Cohen and his family decided to donate the money he raised to the Salemwood School to help with the lunch program. The City of…

  • December 8, 2017,  Malden

    New Donut Villa Diner owners celebrate Grand Re-Opening

    Mayor Gary Christenson and State Representative Steve Ultrino congratulated the new owner of Donut Villa Diner, Erin Bashllari, at a recent ribbon-cutting. For more than 40 years, Donut Villa, which is located at 1 Highland Ave., has perfected the warm, melt-in-your-mouth, homemade donut. Bashllari, who with his family has operated diners for nearly 50 years, will be keeping the delicious traditions of previous owner John Stefanides as well as beginning some of his own. The family-style restaurant has been completely renovated and employs a staff of six, including family members. The new and improved menu includes Authentic Belgium Waffles and homemade New York-style bagels, hearty hash from scratch, and everything…

  • December 8, 2017,  Malden

    Main St. Laundromat Grand Opening

    Mayor Gary Christenson recently welcomed Main St. Laundromat to 780 Main St. The newly refurbished, modern laundry facility provides a clean environment, stainless washers and a state-of-the-art card system that accepts both cash and credit. Main St. Laundromat offers new high efficiency machines in a variety of sizes, including large capacity machines that will accommodate up to 60 pounds of laundry in a single cycle. As customers wait, they may enjoy free Wi-Fi and cable TV. There is free on-site parking. For more information, including hours of operation, please visit mainstlaundromat.com or call 781-480-1120.