Mental Health Awareness - Millions of children and adults in this country are living with a mental health disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in any given year roughly one quarter of American adults, and about 13 percent of children ages 8 to 15, have a diagnosable mental disorder, including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and eating disorders. Of those with these conditions, NIMH estimates that only about 36% are receiving treatment, and often that treatment is inadequate. We need to do better. By Senator Katherine Clark
Grant for Housing Families - The Malden Cultural Council recently awarded $500 to Housing Families’ GREAT Youth and Families Program. The grant will be used to engage homeless and formerly homeless children and youth in art therapy. Art therapy provides children and youth with a creative outlet to express complicated feelings, allowing them to cope effectively with trauma.
Giving Students the Info They Need to Stay Healthy - By Senator Katherine Clark & Dr. Claire McCarthy - Our children rely on us to keep them safe and healthy—that is our job as parents, educators and community members. When they are young, we make healthy decisions for them - but as they grow, we need to guide them to make healthy decisions for themselves. Along with making healthy decisions about things like diet, exercise, drugs, alcohol and car safety, our young people need to learn to make healthy decisions about sex. We may want to think that our kids wait until adulthood to become sexually active, but according to state data, 46 percent of high school students have had sexual intercourse. Even more worrisome, 42 percent did not use a condom and 74 percent did not use birth control.
POW/MIA Chair of Honor - Mayor Christenson, Councillor James Nestor, Malden Veterans’ Services Director Kevin Jarvis and President of the Local Massachusetts Chapter of Rolling Thunder, Joseph D’Entremont will place a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Chair (POW/MIA) in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 Pleasant Street on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM. This will be a permanent display in an effort to educate the public about Prisoners of War and service members still listed as Missing in Action.
Senator Clark Chairs Hearing to Strengthen Laws and Protect Communities - Today the Joint Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing, chaired by Senator Katherine Clark, to consider a series of important public safety bills. The Committee took up legislation to strengthen our system of oversight of convicted sex offenders and ensure that citizens, local law enforcement and relevant state agencies have the information they need to protect our children and communities.
Students Support Housing Families - This week, students from Malden High National Honor Society hosted a kickball game along with teachers and staff to benefit Housing Families Inc. Game proceeds included donations, raffles and bake sales that will help support Housing Families’ programs.
Senator Clark to Chair Hearing on Bill to Protect Off-Duty Firefighters and EMTs - Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, announced today that the Committee will hear bill S. 829, An act relative to the protection of off duty firefighters and emergency medical technicians tomorrow. The hearing on bill S. 829 will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in Room A-2 of the State House.
New Ladder Style Crosswalks Introduced - Last night Mayor Christenson and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Walkability witnessed the installation of the new ladder style crosswalk at Cross and Walnut Streets. This new design uses Thermoplastic material and will soon be installed at intersections throughout the City. “This durable material is applied with heat and has a life expectancy of 3-5 years and replaces painting which wears easily must be applied yearly,” said DPW Director Bob Knox. Increasing Malden’s overall walkability has been a goal of Mayor Christenson who realizes that improving both pedestrian safety and walkability are vital to the City’s future.
Malden is Moving! - Mayor Christenson joined parents, students and teachers in a “Malden is Moving” walk to the Forestdale School as part of the Safe Routes to School program coordinated by the YWCA in conjunction with Mass in Motion via the Community Transformation Grant. This is an effort to improve students’ health with early morning exercise so they arrive at school ready to learn, which will at the same time reduce traffic congestion and help improve air quality in Massachusetts communities. It was a great way to jump-start the day in a healthy way with fitness, fresh air and fun! For more information, please contact Mass in Motion Coordinator Chris Murphy at cmurphy@YWCAMalden.org.
"Women for Katherine" Support State Senator Katherine Clark's Campaign for Congress - After outraising the entire field in the potential race to replace Congressman Ed Markey, State Senator Katherine Clark today unveiled Women for Katherine which includes community leaders, elected officials and activists who have pledged their support to Katherine's campaign. Katherine is ready to take her lifetime of service to Congress to work for progressive, common sense solutions for the families of the 5th District. Below is the email that was sent out today by Barbara Lee, a national leader in advancing women's equality in American politics, who has endorsed Katherine’s campaign for Congress.
Plan Malden Square 2013 - A group of 34 Master in Urban Planning students from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design recently presented their report of ideas and plans for improvements to Malden Square to residents at the Senior Center. Through a Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) grant obtained by the Office of Mayor Christenson, the students researched Malden's past to help influence their ideas on Malden's future by studying the Square and speaking with community members. These teams of graduate students reported on strategies for Open Space and Natural Systems, Redevelopment, Transportation, Urban Design, Downtown Activities, and Housing and residents were encouraged to discuss, debate, and modify the plans as presented. A video of the presentation will be airing on MATV and on the City’s website beginning next week, and a full copy of their draft report will be posted on the City website in the next couple of weeks for a 30-day comment period to further refine the resident vision for Malden Square.
Celebrating a Century! - Mayor Christenson wished Atria Maplewood Place resident Paul Woods a very happy 100th birthday on April 11th and issued him a citation in celebration of his milestone. When the Mayor asked Mr. Woods what his secret was for such a long and healthy life, Mr. Woods responded “I don’t smoke, never drank and I don’t eat cake!”
Transportation: Improvements Now, Investments for the Long-term - Senator Katherine Clark - In April, the Massachusetts Senate passed a comprehensive transportation finance bill that will address the structural budget gap in our state’s transportation system and support investment in future projects. The plan dedicates more than $800 million in new revenues for transportation and provides approximately $100 million or more annually in new tax revenue for other critical investments such as education, housing, and human service programs. The legislation also guarantees funding benchmarks will continue to be met in future years.
Eagle Court Honors - Mayor Christenson attended Troop 603’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor for James M. Sherman, Jr. Over the course of his scouting career, Jim has earned many merit badges. For his Eagle Project Jim constructed a Raised Garden Bed accessible to women in motorized wheelchairs. The Mayor congratulated Jim on a job well done.