FOOGI boasts 10 years of successful plant swaps

On Saturday, June 13th Friends of Oak Grove, also known as FOOGI, held their annual community plant swap at the Malden Community Garden on the Malden bike path Now on its 10th year, the event was well attended by “old timers” as well as a new “crop” of Maldonian gardeners. People from the neighborhood showed up ready to share from their gardens, anything from small herbs to ready to plant pear, peach and fig trees. FOOGI’s mission statement includes turning neighbors into friends and organizing community activities. –Elena Martinez


PHOTOS: Malden Public Library’s ‘Secrets in the Stacks’ event

A lucky group of 20 Malden residents got a special tour of the Malden Public Library’s central stacks and rare books room as part of the 2015 Malden Reads event, “Secrets in the Stacks.” Malden Public Library’s director Dora St. Martin and assistant director Caron Guigli led the tour. Participants had a chance to see and learn and explore the vast collection of treasures the library stack! The tour started at the lower art gallery of the Converse Memorial building, were rare treasures were displayed for participants to see and explore. They were serious when they said . . . . . . attendees must be in good physical condition and be able to climb ladders! Our tour guide, “the librarian,” led us through the stacks, pointing out rare book dating back to 1885, the year the library was built, various tools and systems that had been used for the borrowing flow and creative materials used in library construction .,. the amazing glass floors. –Elena Martinez