It’s not about ping pong: Restorative practices come to Malden

Sometimes the best way to tackle a problem is to come at it in a whole new way.  The city is taking a unique approach to conflict at the Malden Senior Community Center by employing “restorative practices,” an outgrowth of restorative justice, using talking circles and trained facilitators to get at the root of an issue and repair relationships. Tensions at the Senior Center came to a head at a meeting on November 10 around the issue of the movement of a ping pong table from the more public and open space in the auditorium to a smaller room on the second level. Ping pong is a passionate pastime in the Chinese community and the Chinese players were upset about the move. But the heated debate and expression of emotion on both sides of the issue revealed tensions and conflicts that went deeper than the topic at hand. Karen Colon Hayes, community outreach coordinator at the mayor’s office had the idea to call upon Candace Julyan, a restorative justice practitioner who has been running a […]


Focus groups will shape the future of Malden Access TV

The Malden community is invited to participate in a series of focus groups that will explore the future of cable service, community media and technology. The four focus groups will be held March 1-2 at various locations in Malden. These focus groups are part of the city of Malden and Malden Access TV’s cable franchise renewal process with Comcast. They provide a chance for interested community members to learn about franchise renewal and share their opinions about future services that could be available to the community through the Comcast cable system. By participating in the focus groups, community members can learn how the cable system works — and opportunities for the future; hear more about community media and public, educational and government access television in Malden; see examples of how schools, community organizations, local government and businesses throughout the country are using modern media technology to communicate, educate and distribute information in this digital age; and provide their own ideas through brainstorming and completing a questionnaire. The focus groups will be conducted by The Buske […]


PHOTOS: Fresh Truck mobile market hits Malden

Fresh Truck, a re-purposed school bus that carries fresh and affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grain products and more, made a pit stop at the Malden YMCA on Thursday, Jan. 14. Christina Murphy, the Mass in Motion Coordinator for the City of Malden, negotiated the pop up and the team behind the mobile market, including CEO Josh Trautwein, rolled into Malden from 3 to 5 p.m. last week. Elizabeth Scorsello, a reporter with MATV’s Neighborhood View and photographer for the citizen journalism site, said the converted bus was packed. “It was so cold,” Scorsello explained. “But it was impressive how many people showed up to the market.” –Photographs by Elizabeth Scorsello 


MLK Luncheon will honor MATV’s Terlonzo Amos and other luminaries

MATV’s Director of Operation Terlonzo Amos will be one of the six honorees at the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon sponsored by the North Shore Black Women’s Association (NSBWA). The event will be held on Saturday, January 16 from 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m. at Anthony’s of Malden. The other five honorees are Marcus Darbouze, journalist;  Arthur Kahn, gemologist; Keith Knight, Jr., cartoonist; Maria Luise, Assistant to Mayor Gary Christensen and Dorothy Martin Long, community activist. The much beloved annual event is a homage to the slain civil rights leader and a fundraiser for the NSBWA, with all proceeds supporting college scholarships for local high school seniors. Terlonzo Amos, a longtime Malden resident and graduate of Malden High School, is currently the Director of Operations at MATV, Malden’s Media Center, an organization whose mission is “Building Community Through Media.” But Terlonzo’s involvement with giving back to his community started long before his tenure with MATV. Terlonzo has been coaching with the Malden Neighborhood Basketball League (MNBL) since he was 19 years old. He has been part […]


Ian Cat and the Crimsons on “Release The Sounds”

Liz Taegel, from MATV’s Neighborhood View, unleashed the second installment of her indie-rock music show called “Release The Sounds.” The monthly program, airing on MATV (Comcast 3, Verizon 28) every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m., spotlights regional musicians handpicked by Taegel. Ian Cat and the Crimsons features Ian Laczynski, Tom Larney and Matt Jones. Here is a clip of Ian Cat and the Crimsons on “Release the Sounds.”

Community Ramadan Iftar in Malden 2014
Inside Malden

Souad Akib | We are different and we are one

VIEW ON YOUTUBE | LISTEN | DOWNLOAD PODCAST Watch the episode on local cable (Comcast 3, Verizon 28) Sundays at 7:30 pm and Thursdays at 11:30 am through January. In a day of troubling reports of terrorist attacks around the world, refugee crises in Europe and the US, war, and the trends of racial, ethnic, and religious profiling, Souad Akib, a native of Morocco and a vibrant and well-loved presence in Malden, offers a concerned but optimistic voice of reason and hope to us all in Malden and beyond. In 2010, Souad Akib founded the American Association for Arab Women (AAAW). In collaboration with other organizations in Malden, this non-profit organization helps women from Arab countries access the resources needed to navigate the systems, culture, and language of their new home. By this empowering support of 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 of Malden to workshops that raise awareness about important topics […]