News In Brief

DeMaria to Host Second Hale Park and Central Ave Park Community Meeting

Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that he will be hosting a second community meeting at Hale Park on Glendale Street on Tuesday, October 12 at 6pm to further discuss the upcoming renovations of Hale Park and Central Ave Park.

“My Administration and I are committed to developing designs for Hale Park and Central Ave Park that will best serve the community,” said Mayor DeMaria. “The first meeting on September 14th was very informative and we listened to the residents in this neighborhood express their thoughts and concerns. Our parks and recreational spaces are an important part of our City and we are looking forward to meeting with them again to continue our discussion and finalize the designs.”

The previous meeting was held at Hale Park on Tuesday, September 14th where residents shared their feedback. They explained their concerns regarding the conditions of the current parks as well as the future designs. After receiving the community’s feedback, the Administration and the architect will be presenting the new proposed designs at the October 12th meeting.

Hydrant Flushing

Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that the Water Department will be flushing water mains throughout the City will continue through November 12. Hydrant flushing will be performed Mondays – Fridays between the hours of 8 A.M. and 8 P.M.

“Flushing our hydrants is crucial to maintaining clean water throughout the community,” said Mayor DeMaria. “I am grateful to the Water Department for dedicating their time to ensure the City’s is providing clean water to our residents.”

The purpose of flushing is to remove sediment build up in the mains and to verify the safe operation of hydrants and valves. Hydrant flushing may result in temporary discoloration of the water, caused by small particles that dislodge during the flushing as well, temporary reduction in pressure. 

Discolored water will be temporary and is not harmful. However, the discolored water might stain your laundry, especially white materials. Therefore, please avoid doing laundry during the noted flushing period

Prior to washing clothes, including times after the hours stated in this notice, please check the cold water for possible discoloration. If water is discolored, let the cold water run for a few minutes until water becomes clear. If it does not clear at that time, try again later. Unfortunately, the City cannot fully guarantee the safety of doing laundry and/or the possibility of discoloration even during the evenings and other times of the day as the water system has been disturbed. Therefore, please check your water carefully prior to doing laundry and inspect the laundry before drying it.

The Water Department appreciates your patience as we work to improve the quality of the drinking water.  If you would like additional information, please call the Water Department at 617-394-2327

Mass. Home Care Awarded Grant

The Massachusetts Association of Home Care Programs has been awarded with one of 12 new funding awards granted by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in cooperation with No Wrong Door. Mass Home Care is the Trade and Advocacy Association for Mystic Valley Elder Services and the other 27 state Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) and Area Agencies Aging (AAAs).

The No Wrong Door Community Infrastructure Grants were awarded to the most exemplary community-based organizations across the country seeking to improve healthcare delivery to their residents. The unprecedented $3.4 million grant, shared across the 12 awardees, will extend over a two-year project period. This funding will be used to connect Massachusetts health entities with our network of local, community- based organizations under a single administrative body with the goal of delivering quality and comprehensive care for older adults and people with disabilities.

In partnership with the ACL, No Wrong Door aims to streamline care delivery and provide both individuals and providers with access to appropriate services and supports. Mass Home Care (MHC) is dedicated to serving the unique long term care needs of Massachusetts residents, and as such was identified by No Wrong Door as the ideal conduit for such an integrated network of aging services providers.

MHC, in partnership with the Commonwealth’s network of Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) and Area Agencies Aging (AAAs) will, in the course of this two-year project, lead a community integrated health network (CIHN) that will coordinate accessibility and delivery of services to address social determinants of health (SDoH) in historically underserved Massachusetts communities.

With the establishment of the CIHN, MHC will unify Massachusetts home care entities to:

• provide access to long-term services and supports (LTSS) to providers and patients,

• leverage health information exchange systems for seamless delivery of care between CIHN providers,

• launch an evidence-based quality improvement program to advance health outcomes and boost social impact, and;

• improve the quality and consistency of care delivered by the state’s extensive network of aging services providers,

• innovate products to identify and target social determinants of health specific to underserved Massachusetts populations.

With these goals in mind, MHC intends to facilitate a new wave of improved long term care services and supports tailored specifically to the needs of Massachusetts residents and their health providers.

Photo Contest Featuring the Malden River

The revitalization of the Malden River is well underway. All one needs to do is come to the shores of the Malden River at Rivers Edge Park in Medford, River Green Park in Everett or stand on the Medford Street Bridge in Malden! The restoration of the Malden River from an industrial wasteland back to its long ago natural beauty and grandeur is well underway. Considerable public and private investments at River’s Edge, the River Green Park and the proposed new public park at Malden’s DPW have resulted in renewed interest and appreciation this long forgotten jewel.

The Friends of the Malden River (FoMR) invite community members and the general public to document these positive changes by participating in a Photo Contest which showcase the Malden River in three categories: views of the Malden River; people enjoying the environs of the Malden River; and, wildlife around and in the Malden River. A first and second place winner will be announced in each category with the first place winner receiving $20 and the second place winner receiving $15. The contest begins on October 1st and ends November 15th. All entries must be submitted to the FoMR at their email address [email protected].  Detailed contest information can be found on the FoMR website, Winners will be announced there in early December.

So grab your camera or cell phone and spend an hour or two (or all day) exploring the banks and waters of the Malden River. There are many vantage and access places along the River. Check out the views from the Medford Street bridge in Malden; visit the vistas and walking paths at River’s Edge Park in Medford or stroll through the amazing newly created River Green Park in Everett. You can easily walk to any of these locations or bike along the Northern Trail to come into close proximity to the trails and walkways lining the Malden River. So, discover the Malden River again! Document your discoveries and you may even win a prize!

The Friends of the Malden River is a community group working to promote awareness and interest in the Malden River, improve its water quality, and increase access for public enjoyment. Founded in 2012, the group operates in Everett, Malden, and Medford, the three communities that border the river.

Local Post Office will be Closed to Celebrate Columbus Day

 Local Post Offices will be closed on Monday, October 11, in celebration of the federal holiday Columbus Day. There will also be no collection or street delivery of mail on Monday, except for guaranteed overnight service.

What never closes is, where you can order shipping supplies, buy and print postage, track a parcel or apply for job with the Postal Service. We’re hiring now in a community near you.

Full retail and delivery services will resume on Tuesday, October 12.

 The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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