Inside Malden: Ideas and Stories That Inspire

Blog, TV show and podcast premieres this month Community resident Ose Schwab aims to “introduce Malden to itself” with a local groundbreaking multi-media program that features in-depth personal stories that inspire. The one-hour interview format show premieres this month on MATV Public Access (Comcast 3, Verizon 28) and online with an accompanying blog on MATV’s citizen journalism site Neighborhood View (neighborhoodview.org). It is also available as a podcast (downloadable or streamed) from the Neighborhood View site. Inside Malden will offer introspective conversations with Malden change-makers, including thought leaders, artists, musicians, scientists, activists, writers, etc. who live or work in Malden. The premiere episode features an interview with Malden resident Souad Akib, who is the founder and Executive Director of the American Association for Arab Women (AAAW). The AAAW is a non-profit organization empowering women from Arab countries to thrive in their new home. By supporting these women, the AAAW helps families to thrive in Malden. Malden benefits by this service as immigrant families become engaged residents. In addition, the AAAW sponsors events that invite all […]


Artist Marketplace at Luva Spa

The handiwork of a talented group of Malden artists is on display at the Holiday Marketplace at Luva Spa and Gallery, 379 Main Street.  Today (Thursday, December 18) was the first day of the two-day pop-up.  The marketplace will be open from 9am – 5pm on Saturday, December 19. For sale are beautiful handmade scarves, hair and hat pieces, tree ornaments, jewelry, cards, photographs, food items and more. Allison de Faria, the Events Coordinator for Luva Hair and Day Spa, extended the invitation to the Malden artists. Luva is a local business that has supported the arts in Malden since it opened in 2011. Along with their full day spa offerings, they feature rotating exhibits from local artists in their extensive gallery space. The artists whose work is featured in the marketplace are Bonnie Blanchard, Elizabeth Scorsello, Ginny Remedi, Ose Manheim, and Elena Martinez.   Elena Martinez comments, “We are very grateful and excited to have this pop-up marketplace. We want Malden to know that there are artisans in the community and we are actively looking […]


Temporary construction barrier collapses on Pleasant Street

A mother was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday, December 15 when a temporary construction barrier made out of plywood fell outside of the old Granada Theatre building and former dollar store located at 21 Pleasant St. The mother’s two-year-old child was unscathed by the collapse. According to reports, the injuries were minor. One source told MATV’s Neighborhood View that the wall fell on the baby’s stroller but the little one was protected by the frame of the stroller. The facade fell on five people in total, including the woman and uninjured child. A wind gust is believed to be responsible for the facade’s collapse. The building has a history of bizarre events. The Granada Theatre closed in the mid-’80s and was later demolished after two girls snuck in the building in 1987 and set a fire that destroyed the historic structure.    


Sousaku Bistro: Japanese Tappas and Bar in Malden

Sousaku Bistro, newly opened, is the collaboration of three warm and welcoming friends, chef Boky Chu and Malden resident, manager Lewis Lai and bartender Aiden Pan.  Sousaku means “creativity” in Japanese and is expressed in the menu and signature dish, Sousaku Sushi Pizza that is served on a bed of thin rice pressed with seaweed, coated with tomato paste and topped with choices like broccoli, zucchini and eggplant, shrimp, scallop and tuna, crawfish, or salmon and pineapple, and a layer of cheese and deep fried. They offer a colorful variety of sake cocktails like Melting Snow, a combination of sake, Grand Marnier, lemon juice and grenadine, Wasabi-tini, a mix of sake, plum wine, wasabi and pineapple juice, and others like Red Sun and Blueberry Mojito. “We serve the best whisky in the world.” says Lai of their Taiwanese Kavalan Whisky named best single malt at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards. Their artful hand is also presented in Chu’s hand-written Japanese script displayed on the wall, in the uniquely designed tables, domino chopstick rests and the […]


It’s a goal for the H4H hockey tournament

The morning began as a wet, drizzly, raw November day but once the various teams arrived from almost every neighborhood in Malden, the day took on a remarkable change. The grey mist turned into a parade of bright and colorful hockey jerseys worn by old-school buddies coming together to remember a friend and play some old fashion street hockey for a good cause. It was the fourth time the annual “Home for the Holidays Street Hockey Tournament” was being held and this year, according to one of the organizers Chris Rosa, what started out as a small group of pals playing some pickup games turned into a 10-team tournament that raised over $4,000. The money is going to the Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey organization and this year the event honored the memory of Joe Vaitkevicious aka ”Bones,” who just a few months ago at the age of 41, lost his life to cancer. His old hockey number “92” was painted on the boards of the rink located outside the Linden School. The rain made the […]


Photos from Malden’s Parade of Holiday Traditions 2015

Malden’s Parade of Holiday Traditions returned on Saturday, November 28 starting at 2 p.m. at the Salemwood School. The parade’s grand marshal? It was outgoing Malden High School Principal Dana Brown. “There is no one more deserving,” says Mayor Christenson. “Dana has contributed so much to the high school, our students and the community – he’s even emceed this parade for many years – I can’t think of a better person to honor as we kick off the holiday season.” Here are photos by contributor Thomas Kinney from the Parade of Holiday Traditions in 2015:

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Record a holiday greeting at MATV

Revel in the holiday magic of the season and dust off that old Santa hat. Reserve your spot to record a greeting in MATV’s annual “Holiday Greetings from the Community.” The greetings will play on MATV throughout the holiday season. You can also request an electronic link to your individual greeting that can be shared on social media. Plan to come on down to the MATV studios to sing a song, do a dance, perform a skit, or just spread a few words of holiday cheer. Individuals, organizations, community groups and local businesses are all welcome. Greetings recorded in the MATV studio are free to all Malden community members. If you’d like a greeting recorded off site (in Malden), there is a $10 fee. There is also a $10 fee to provide an electronic link to your individual greeting or a DVD copy. Click here for details. Scheduled studio times are: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, Noon – 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, Noon – 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. […]


ABCD offers fuel assistance program to Malden residents

The state and federal governments have asked Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) to step in and provide critically needed services to thousands of low- and moderate-income families in the Mystic Valley area. ABCD will serve 10 cities and towns in thearea including Malden. John J. Drew, President/CEO, Action for Boston Community Development, says that through the agency’s Mystic Valley Area Opportunity Center, ABCD is working closely with residents and community groups to provide the services and opportunities that low- and moderate-income children, families, and seniors in Mystic Valley towns need to meet basic needs and move forward with their lives, especially with winter weather approaching. “Many people are struggling to make ends meet, and ABCD is mobilizing resources and providing basic services for the Mystic Valley area’s low-income residents,” he says. “We have been on the ground with Fuel Assistance, Housing Services & Homelessness Assistance and Head Start for almost a year now. We want to reach out and make sure people in need in this region know that ABCD is here to help […]


El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill gallops into Malden

Shopping local this holiday season? Check out Malden’s newest restaurant, El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill. Armed with several locations in the region including Somerville and Lowell, Malden’s El Potro is the largest venue of the three and is located at 156 Highland Ave. For the record, the restaurant’s name means “pony” in Spanish. “We want to become a part of the fabric of Malden,” El Potro’s owner Elias Interiano said in a City of Malden press release. “We look forward to getting to know the community and becoming a destination spot for families and friends.” Owners:  Elias and Joana Interiano Cuisine:  Authentic Mexican and Central American Opened:  September 15 in honor of Mexico’s Independence Day Music:  Mariachi from the band, Mariachi Estampa de America translated “Sounds of the Americas” Locations:  Malden, Somerville and Lowell Address:  156 Highland Ave., Malden Hours:  Sunday thru Wednesday 11 a.m – 10 p.m.; Thursday thru Saturday 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Phone:  781-605-3120 Website:  elpotromexicangrill.com      


New drone shop HeliDirect takes off in Malden

Remote helicopters taking flight in Malden? Yep, the drone craze has landed at 730 Eastern Ave. According to the City of Malden’s website, the new electronics shop called HeliDirect opened earlier this year. “HeliDirect President and CEO Sam Minh Le is a premier e-retailer for hobby-class and remote control helicopter and multi-rotor products, parts and accessories,” reported the City of Malden. “The engineering team and advisors for the business are MIT alumni. Many management and staff members are remote control helicopter and multi-rotor pilots and maintain a commitment to providing the best products and support in the industry.” Owner:  Minh Le, Malden resident Opened:  Retail store on July 15, 2015.  Began online sales in 2005 with mini-helicopters and in 2012 added drones. Products:  Mini-helicopters and DJI brand drones Expertise:  Technical support, repair service, before-and-after sales services Services:  Offering moderate, non-warranty, in-house repair services, fast shipping Location:  730 Eastern Ave., Malden, MA Hours:  Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Phone:  877-439-4354 Website:  HeliDirect.com Below is a video segment […]