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February 2012

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Volume 1, Issue 2

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Caring for the most vulnerable: Housing Families helps the homeless with their struggle

Since the start of the “great recession”, households in the lower 30% of income distribution have been affected the greatest by job loss.

With an average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Boston hovering over $2,000 per month, it’s easy to see why so many families are now homeless.

“We’re focused on improving the lives of these families whose security and stability and safety net have been ripped out from underneath them,” said Patty Kelly, Outreach Coordinator for Housing Families of Malden, a nonprofit organization working to end family homelessness.

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A dream come true for Mayor Gary Christenson

“When you’re in high school, you start thinking about what it is that want to do. Even then, I thought about being here some day. Twenty-seven years later, low and behold.”

An appropriate anecdote for my introduction to Malden’s new Mayor Gary Christenson who welcomed me into his corner office that overlooks downtown.

The former ward one city councilor was elected last November to succeed Mayor Richard Howard, not only bringing an end to a sixteen-year era, but also beginning the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

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Upscale Dining in Downtown Malden: All Seasons Table Restaurant & the Exchange Street Bistro

Young professionals. Relaxing music. Ambient lighting. Modern decor. Not many expect such upscale dining in downtown Malden, but the All Seasons Table and the Exchange Street Bistro truly deliver fantastic cuisine in an upscale setting.

Both restaurants are located within the downtown district, steps from Malden Station and just a stone’s throw away from the site of the proposed 5,000 seat baseball stadium. The two establishments represent the promise and future of an emerging culinary community in the city.

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Minor league baseball may come to Malden


A baseball stadium developer will present plans to the public next week that would convert a nearly 7-acre National Grid-owned site at 100 Commercial Street into a professional minor league baseball stadium, creating more than 100 jobs during the season.
The proposed ballpark has been modeled after Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri. Home to the AA Springfield Cardinals and the Missouri State Bearcats, Hammons was voted the Best Minor League Baseball Park in America in 2006.

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Modern Malden Living: Discover the 160 Pleasant Street Apartments


Just minutes away from Boston on the Orange Line or by car, the new 160 Pleasant Street Apartments offers convenient, modern Malden living in a vital and vibrant neighborhood. For young professionals working downtown to students attending school in the city, the 160 Pleasant Street Apartments offer convenience and luxury at somewhat affordable rates.

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Distractions for a Fun February Vacation


The weather isn’t nice enough for activities you would do in April—but there are still things to do with the kids this upcoming school vacation week across the NoBo Region. Take a look at the ideas and events we have to offer to keep the kids busy and out of the house next week. From the tropics, to the mountains, we have a little bit of everything.

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Theatres across the NoBo region


It may not be snowy, but it has certainly been cold these last few weeks. Are you looking to get out of the house, but keep warm? Do you love drama, comedy, or music? Whether you’re looking to laugh, cry, or just enjoy an evening at the show, you’re sure to have a memorable experience this winter, visiting one of these wonderful theatres from across the NoBo region.

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Revitalizing their community through public art

During my many visits to Malden over the last month, I’ve meandered and wandered the downtown district and into the neighborhoods of this unique community.

As I approached many intersections, I often found myself captivated while stopped at the light or standing on the corner. A formerly drab, yellow or metallic street-side switch box had been turned into an artist’s canvas.

Sure, I had seen projects like this before in hipster communities like Somerville, but not in Malden. If you are an artist, art lover, or arts advocate, Malden may in fact offer the budding colony you never expected just a mile north of the city.

In 2006, a group of like-minded Malden artists banded together an effort to build a community, to revitalize their city, and to strengthen community bonds. Today, this grassroots organization is Malden Arts.

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The Malden Y: A tradition dating back to 1883

Whether you need the total package or a chance to get on the road to a healthier lifestyle, the Malden Y has something for you. It’s more than just a place to work out. It’s the perfect place to get help building a healthy spirit, a tradition that dates back to the nineteenth century.

“Our YMCA has been part of the fabric of Malden since a former mayor of Malden, George Louis Richards recognized the need for a YMCA back in 1883,” Executive Director Debbie Amaral said during a recent interview.

“Our YMCA has evolved as the community has grown and changed. Our programs fill the needs that the members of the community share with us. That is what makes the Y movement and our branch so special.”

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Honoring Malden’s Greatest Generation: The World War II Memorial at Bell Rock Park

Eternally honoring Malden’s greatest generation, more than a thousand past and present Maldonians crowded into Bell Rock Memorial Park to witness the unveiling of an updated World War II Memorial two summers ago.

Today, the Memorial still attracts residents from across the city and state, serving as a symbol of the community’s appreciation for the sacrifices these and all soldiers have made to protect and preserve freedom for all.

The park’s original archway was dedicated in 1953 to memorialize the city’s ward-one residents who served in World War II. Planning for the updated memorial began in 2000, and was completed in 2010.

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