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QMAAAC Update – November 2017/ Quincy Mayor's Asian American Advisory Committee
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1. "The Eye on Quincy TV Show" 
The next "Eye on Quincy" will be broadcast live on Monday, November 20 from 7pm to 8pm on QATV - Channel 8. 
Production workshop is ongoing. If interested, please click on http://www.quincyasian.org for details and to fill out the registration form. 
Feel free also to contact either Jimmy Wong or Betty Yau at 617-376-1298. We are on facebook: Eye on Quincy. 

2. Constituent service - housekeeping notes:
Tips to be a good neighbor. 溫馨提示,做個好鄰居。


3. Special note: MBTA sets date for Wollaston station closure: Jan 2, 2018

4. Recent Quincy News Headlines:
on Quincy Sun: http://www.theQuincySun.com & on the City’s Web: http://www.quincyma.gov
* January groundbreaking for North Quincy hotel
* FY 2018 property assessments ready
* 3 alarm fire blamed on faulty wiring 
* Five arrested on drug charges

5. The "Quincy Monthly Gathering" 
The “Quincy Monthly Gathering” is a self-pay activity which was started in Quincy by a group of Asian community workers in the early 1990s. "New comers" are welcome to join this informal social gathering.
The next gathering will be a luncheon for Tuesday, December 19, 2017 possibly at Quincy City Hall. Time, date and place will be confirmed soon. 
To request an evite to the gathering to meet new and old friends, feel free to write an email to Betty Yau at Kfyau@aol.com or byau@quincyma.gov

Until next time.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Yau, (member) 
co-writer: Tom Fabrizio of the City of Quincy 
on behalf of
Fire Inspector Jimmy Wong (co-chair)
Mayor's Asian American Advisory Committee
(producer of the "Eye on Quincy" TV Show:)
to help create a unified community environment.
to provide a bridge between the City and the Asian American residents
Who we are:
We are a dedicated volunteer group. Many of us are Chinese Americans and long time Quincy residents. Our enthusiasm on community matters makes us realize that civil responsibilities are as equally important as civil rights.

facebook: eye on quincy

Mayor's Blog
Dear Residents,
Last week, I was pleased to join State Senator Jason Lewis, former Mayor Richard Howard, State Representatives Paul Donato and Paul Brodeur, members of the City Council and School Committee and nearly 150 guests to honor former Mayor of Malden, James Conway.
Forest Dale Cemetery Director Jim Cahill and the Trustees of the Cemetery Board came up with a unique way to honor Mayor Conway with the Forest Dale Cemetery Reflection Pool. For more than 60 years Mayor Conway has devoted himself to public service. He began his career by winning a seat on the School Committee in 1964. In addition to serving as the 32nd and 34th Mayor of Malden from 1976 to 1981 and then again from 1986 to 1991, he served on the City Council for eight years, served as a State Representative for eight years and as the Director of the Chamber of Commerce. Jim continues his service as a member of the Malden Licensing Board.
The Reflecting Pool complete with a fountain was beautifully refurbished with the efforts of John DeSantis of the Malden Water Department, Ricky Hoffman of JP Plumbing and Heating and Chris Rosa of Alpine Landscaping.  It is believed that James Eaton, one of the first Trustees of the Cemetery donated the structure to the City of Malden around 1917. It was placed in Maplewood Square to provide water for horses travelling through the area. In later years, it was moved to the cemetery location. Interestingly, there was once a figure adorning the top of the monument, but no one seems to recall exactly what it was. If any of our residents have any idea, please let us know as the Cemetery Department would love to restore that piece.
Again, I thank Cemetery Director Jim Cahill and the Trustees of the Forest Dale Cemetery for this unique and special tribute to Mayor Conway. In line with Malden's motto "Strong Past, Proud Future," this dedication not only allows us to reflect on the past, but it will also serve to remind future generations of an individual who contributed to making us the proud community we are today.
 Mayor Gary Christenson
Note: A video of the event can be seen here.

The City of Malden Honors America's Veterans

Malden's Annual Veterans Day Parade was held Saturday, November 11th kicking off at Elm and Pleasant Streets. There was a brief pause during the parade route to hold a Veterans Day Memorial Service at the YMCA, formerly the Armory, with a Wreath Laying at the World War I and World War II Memorials. Mayor Gary Christenson and Veterans Services Director Kevin were joined by Veterans, local elected and City officials and the many parade participants who marched despite the cold weather.
The celebration was particularly poignant as World War II Veteran James V. "Jim" Hanley, 92, was honored as this year's Grand Marshal. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on November 2, 1944 at the age of 17. On June 19, 1945, PFC Hanley was fighting the Japanese during the last great battle of the Pacific War. He had just seen his best friend in the Marine Corps shot and killed and he was injured slightly in the leg with shrapnel. He was ordered to advance up to enemy lines to lay down smoke grenades that would shield his fellow warriors in an attack. As they approached the Japanese lines, they came under intense fire from the enemy. Within hours, Hanley was shot in chest, arm, neck and back.
For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy forces during the assault and capture of Okinawa, Hanley and his fellow Marines were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and also the Purple Heart Medal. Through their valor and tenacity, Hanley and his comrades in the SIXTH Marine Division contributed materially to the conquest of Okinawa. He was honorably discharged on April 12, 1946 after two years of service to his country. For his service in WWII, Hanley was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.

Veteran Monument and Memorial Square Points of Interest Map 

Director Jarvis also announced the new Malden Veteran Monument and Memorial Square Points of Interest Map that was created to document the many Veteran Monuments, Statues, Memorial Squares and Plaques located throughout the City. These tributes were dedicated to honor the service and sacrifice of thousands of men and women from Malden who have answered our country's call to arms and bravely served in the U.S. military all over the world for hundreds of years. Director Jarvis along with Mayor Christenson and his staff have worked to replace, restore and photograph the various monuments memorializing our veterans so that all can read about Malden's heroes. To visit the Veteran Monument and Memorial Square Points of Interest Map, please visit: http://www.cityofmalden.org/content/malden-veterans-points-interest-map.

Restoration of WWI Memorial

Also announced this Veterans Day was that the project to restore the existing World War I Monument at Devir Park, at the corner of Malden Street and the Fellsway, is currently underway. At last May's Memorial Day Re- dedication Ceremony of the World War I Monument at Devir Park, Mayor Christenson announced the formation of a WWI Monument Restoration Committee.  The Committee's goal is to add two additional bronze plaques with the names of the 1,500 Malden residents who faithfully served our country during WWI, but who are not recognized for their service on any City monument. The WWI Monument, located in the Edgeworth section of Malden on the corner of the Fellsway and Malden Street, was dedicated on July 4, 1920 and contains approximately 500 names of the estimated 2,000 Malden men and women who served in the U.S. military during WWI.
It is estimated the project will cost approximately $50,000 and the City will seek donations and apply for grant monies to accomplish the goal of honoring all 2,000 Malden men and women who served this country 100 years ago. The work will be done by November 11, 2018, the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, the day the armistice was signed at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month.

Malden Debuts Ofo and LimeBike - Dockless Bike Sharing Programs  

The City of Malden is pleased to announce that two bike sharing programs are debuting pilot programs in the City of Malden this month. Ofo and LimeBike each offer users a station-free biking experience. Ofo's bright yellow bikes and LimeBike's lime green bikes provide riders a more convenient, less expensive, healthier method of transportation that is good for the environment.
"This pilot program through the end of 2017 is a great way to gauge residents' interest and will help guide us when implementing a permanent program in the spring, if we decide to go that route," said Mayor Christenson. "Biking is another way to navigate the City and will encourage travel along our Bike Path while promoting a healthier lifestyle."

The full article is on our website. There is also more information on Ofo Bike and LimeBike.
Winter is coming and we want our residents to be well informed on the various resources available to navigate winter in the City of Malden.  As always, you can visit our Winter Weather Central page to get information about parking, snow removal, laws and ordinances as well as information about becoming a snow removal contractor for the City of Malden.

Winter  Parking

Winter parking restrictions for the City of Malden run from November 1st to April 1st. Search our new Street Alerts app or review the Winter Parking flyer to find out if/how your street is affected.  For any questions related to winter parking violations or towing, contact the Malden Police Department at 781-397-7171.
The MBTA is offering a discounted Charlie Card to all who fall under one of these two categories: Malden residents 12-18 years of age who are not enrolled in a Middle or High School or Malden residents 19-25 years of age who are enrolled in a State/Federal Benefits Program and/or enrolled in a Job Training or Education Program. You can find a full list of programs that qualify here.

Office hours are on Tuesdays from 12:30PM-7PM  or by appointment at 17 Pleasant Street, 4th floor.  For more information please contact Jeri Scibelli at 781-397-7000 x2001 or jscibelli@cityofmalden.org.

With a New Van, MTEC Teens are on the Move  

Members of the Malden Teen Enrichment Center (MTEC) are often afforded the opportunity to volunteer, attend sporting and cultural events and participate in other enrichment activities that they might not otherwise experience. A challenge that often impeded these outings was transportation to and from the events. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, MTEC was able to purchase a new van at the beginning of the summer. 

The van has enabled MTEC to develop a stronger presence both within the City and in surrounding communities. The van has brought the teens to and from Malden's Community Gardens where they worked their gardening skills and to and from local parks where they participated in clean-ups and organized movie nights. In July, the teens also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and assisted with the construction of a new home in Dorchester.  More recently, MTEC and the YWCA took a group of teens to the Celebrating 60: Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra performance in Boston and to Education Nation: Build the Future at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. MTEC Coordinator Cathy MacMullin is looking forward to participating in more service projects as Holiday Season and New Year opportunities arise. "I'm truly grateful to the Bayrd Foundation for all they've done and continue to do for our teens," said Cathy. "You are sure to see the newly decaled MTEC van roaming the streets!"
For more information continue to our full press release.

Malden Streetlights will Soon Shine Brighter    

Last week, crews from Local 103 contractor Coviello Electric began the process of replacing the more than 3,400 high pressure sodium street lights with the latest LED technology.  

Mayor Gary Christenson and Councilor Craig Spadafora, who leads the City's Energy Efficiency Commission, started taking steps to convert Malden's streetlights to LED shortly after Mayor Christenson took office. In 2012, funding was requested to buy-back the City's streetlights from National Grid. When that process was complete and ownership was secured, the City began the process to upgrade the lights to the latest LED standard. A grant was applied for and received in the amount of almost $20,000 to conduct an investment grade audit of the streetlights throughout the City. That was followed by the execution of an Energy Management Services Agreement with Tanko Lighting that called for the replacement of all cobra head lights citywide and will result in a guaranteed savings associated with the upgrade. The conversion will be partially funded through a grant from the Baker-Polito Administration's $11.4 million Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program that offers grants to help cities and towns across Massachusetts convert traditional streetlights to LED technology through the Department of Energy Resources.
It is expected that replacing all of the streetlights will take approximately three months, with the entire process being completed before year end. Residents looking for more information on the initiative should visit www.cityofmalden.org/streetlights and our full press release.

Malden Celebrates a Spooktacular Halloween
The Chamber of Commerce kicked off Malden's Halloween festivities at their 11th Annual Trick-or-Treat event in Malden Square which started on Exchange Street this year. Children received a multitude of treats, including books and coloring materials. They were also provided with a treasure map to participating Pleasant Street establishments, including the Senior Center, who handed out candy and treats. The Mayor and attendees then checked out Malden Access Television's annual Haunted Studio event where children were treated to MATV's Halloween decked-out studio complete with scary creatures, ghosts and goblins! All were invited to walk through a very haunted graveyard that included a few tricks and Halloween treats. More information can be found on our website.

14th Annual Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions & Christmas Tree Lighting
The City of Malden will kick off the Holiday Season with the 14th Annual Parade of Holiday Traditions on Saturday, November 25th at 2 PM. The Parade will lift off at the Salemwood School on Waite Street Extension, will bear left onto Maplewood Street, and will then travel west on Salem Street. The Parade will conclude at the Malden Teen Enrichment Center (MTEC) at Ferry, Salem and Main Streets where residents will be invited in for hot chocolate. Santa Claus will be making a special visit and all children should bring their letters to Santa so that his helpers from the Post Office can collect them to send to the North Pole! At the conclusion of the Parade, everyone is invited to the City Christmas Tree Lighting on the lawn of the Malden Public Library.
For groups wanting to participate in the parade, please fill out the Application to the 2017 Parade of Holiday Traditions which can be obtained by visiting www.cityofmalden.org/holidayparadeFor more information, please email kmanninghall@cityofmalden.org.

For Seniors: Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7)
If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you will receive information from your plan by the end of September. Please make sure you understand this information regarding changes in your plan for 2018. During Medicare Open Enrollment you may change your insurance plan for the next year. SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan changes. To schedule a SHINE appointment, please call the Malden Senior Community Center at 781-397-7144 or call 1-800-AGE-INFO - (1-800-243-4636) and press or say 3. If you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A counselor will call you back, as soon as possible. To read the complete Malden Senior Center Monthly Newsletter click here.

Yard Waste Schedule Information 

Start planning your Fall yard waste disposal now.  Don't forget that this year we have added more pickup days to our Fall schedule. To find out your specific collection days in regards to the new schedule, search your address on our trash app by clicking here. You also have the option of signing up to get alerts on your phone that will remind you about your trash and yard waste collection dates. For additional information, contact the Department of Public Works at 781-397-7160.

Seeking Snow and Ice Removal Services

Now that we are into the Fall season, it's time to prepare for the winter. Although we hope snow is a long way off, the City of Malden Removal of Snow and Ice from Sidewalks Ordinance requires every home and business owner to remove snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property. To help residents who need assistance in complying with this Ordinance, the City is compiling a list of Service Providers who will perform snow and ice removal services for a reasonable fee. The list will be provided to residents upon request.
Residents and service providers will make their own arrangements relative to scope of work, time of performance, fees and payments. Residents who would like to become a Service Provider are asked to submit their name, address, telephone number, email address and other pertinent information to Ron Cochran at rcochran@cityofmalden.org. Service Providers are required by the City to be CORI approved.

Malden Recreation- Winter

Upcoming Winter Recreation Programs:
  • Malden Youth Basketball: Saturdays, December 3rd- February 3rd, at Salemwood School Gym, 359 Salem Street. For boys and girls Grades K-8. 
  • Al Locke Baseketball League: Tryouts are December 7th from 7-8:30PM, 9th from 11-12:15PM, and the 14th from 7-8:30PM at the Salemwood School Gym. For Malden 7th, 8th, and 9th Graders.
  • Malden Youth Wrestling : Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 28th to March 15th, at Malden High School - Wrestling Room, 77 Salem Street. For boys and girls Grades K-8.
For a complete list of programs and to sign up for any progarm please visit maldenrec.com or call the Malden Recreation Department at 781-397-7168.

File Noise Complaints with Massport
If you are interested in logging a complaint having to do with excessive airplane noise over Malden, please visit the Community Advisory Committee page.  
Holiday Meals

Don't Be Alone on Thanksgiving - Free Community Turkey Dinner
Bread of Life would like to welcome the community to join them on Thanksgiving, November 23rd, from 12Noon to 2PM  in the Malden High School Cafeteria for Thanksgiving Dinner. This dinner is open to anyone who would like to enjoy a wonderful holiday meal in good company - free of charge. No reservation is needed. Meals will be delivered to senior citizens in local cities and towns who are unable to attend. If you'd like to volunteer, please call the office at 781-397-0404 or email info@breadoflifemalden.org or visit their website.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Malden First Church of Nazarene will be hosting a free Thanksgiving Dinner, November 23rd, from 12Noon to 4PM in their church located at  529 Eastern AvenueFor more information call 781-321-4230.
The Business Bustle

Stock Pot's Open House For Prospective Food Entrepreneur Clients!

Stock Pot Malden will now hold weekly Open Houses every Tuesday morning  starting at 11AM in their Polka Dot location, 342 Pearl Street. These Open Houses will include a tour, overview of their services and operations, and a Q&A!

These tours will allow people a chance to see Stock Pot's shared kitchen incubator space, meet other current and potential food entrepreneurs, specialty foods entrepreneurs, caterers, personal chefs and a chance to discuss everything that is food entrepreneurship. In order to provide the best experience possible, they ask that you fill out an application form online beforehand so that they can better understand your business (even if it's still at the pipe-dream phase).

Please RSVP to ensure your spot by visiting their event page. Contact Stock Pot at 781-605-1426 with any questions.
Recent Grand Openings

Thai Food Restaurant Opens in Malden

Mayor Gary Christenson, City Councillors Neal Anderson and Ryan O'Malley  helped to welcome new Thai food restaurant "Crying Thaiger" to Malden. Owners Usanus Siritararatn and Nisachon Thanangthirapong are excited to bring home-cooked Southeast Asian dishes into Malden's only Thai restaurant. Located at 114 Ferry Street in the space formerly occupied by Ferry Street Food and Drink, Crying Thaiger is named for a classic Thai dish with the traditional story that the dipping sauce is so hot, it makes the tiger cry. Armed with their Chef's secret sauce from their hometown of Bangkok, Thailand, they hope customers will enjoy it so much they will cry tears of joy.
Crying Thaiger's traditional and popular Thai cuisine offers a great variety of rich and healthful options to accommodate all taste buds. For more information, including hours of operation, please visit www.cryingthaigerMA.com.

Grand Opening of Crazy Good Kitchen

Mayor Gary Christenson was recently on hand to celebrate the Grand Opening of Crazy Good Kitchen located at 906 Eastern Avenue at the location formerly owned by the Lunch Box Diner. The newly renovated eatery serves customers with a modern take on traditional comfort foods from breakfast and brunch dishes to burgers, soups, and a wide variety of sandwiches and salads. New owner Tony Souza has been in the restaurant business since 2002 and currently employs eight people. Crazy Good Kitchen is very much looking forward to developing strong relationships with the community and to becoming a place where folks gather with friends and family any day of the week. For more information, including hours of operation please call 781-480-4729 or visit www.crazygoodkitchen.com.

Mass. Eye and Ear Opens in Malden

Massachusetts Eye and Ear recently celebrated  the grand opening of their new ophthalmology practice at 578 Main Street. The Malden site is the 19th location and advances the effort to bring the expertise of Mass. Eye and Ear specialists to the surrounding greater Boston area. The location offers comprehensive ophthalmology, including cataract surgery and contact lenses, as well as eye plastics services. The practice also plans to expand their services to include optometry, glaucoma and cornea services in the future. A full service optical shop is on the premises and the facility provides free and handicap accessible parking. Find the full story here

Sprint Store Ribbon Cutting

Sprint has recently opened in Malden. The corporately owned retailer is located at 155 Centre Street in the location formerly occupied by Radio Shack. Sprint Store offers personal or business service and supplies cell phones, tablets, mobile hot spots as well as accessories ranging from cases and screen protectors to mobile charging solutions, Bluetooth headsets and audio speakers. For hours of operation or more information, please call 781-399-0550. Find the full story here

100-150 Exchange Street Apartments Grand Opening

The new transit oriented development owned by Combined Properties located at 100-150 Exchange Street Apartments is officially open for business. Designed to mirror neighboring residential community at 160 Pleasant Street, the Exchange Street Apartments offers another living option in the heart of Malden Center. It  features 210 residences, onsite parking and 1,610 square feet of retail space. Find the full story here
Malden Community Hub 
Malden Community Hub is a resource provided by the City of Malden to allow community members to post events, causes, fundraisers, activities, sports, etc. You must submit your event at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure that it will be published in time for promoting the event. Find the form hereAfter approval, we will place your message on our Malden Community Hub Facebook page located here.

SeeClickFix Ticket Spotlight 
Periodically, we like to highlight certain issues that were resolved using our resident issue reporting system known as SeeClickFix.  
In a recent ticket, Ticket #3767104, a resident reported that a catch basin near their home continued to overflow onto their property during rainstorms. The DPW was able to clean it out the same day as the ticket was issued. If you haven't done so already, please sign up or download the mobile app and start reporting issues.

Are you a first time home buyer?

QARI and Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP) are sponsoring a first time home buyer workshop. Come learn how to buy a home and take advantage of today's market!

When: Thursday, 10/19/2017 and Saturday 10/21/2017 (Both sessions are required.)
Where: QCAP (1509 Hancock Street, 4th Floor, Quincy MA 02169)