Malden Public Library’s Converse Building served as a stunning backdrop to the “Malden Reads” kick-off celebration on Thursday, February 20. Did you know that the awe-inspiring art collection was financed by shoe tycoon Elisha Slade Converse and his wife? Not only did Converse pay for the ornate building, he left $50,000 after his death in 1904.
The “Malden Eats” dinner celebration heads to Tornado Restaurant & Lounge (2 Florence St.), a fairly new Malden restaurant serving “Asian-inspired tapas,” on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 781-388-3988 and reference the “Malden Reads” event. Two of the co-owners, Shanie Leung and Jenny Le, met at Malden High more than a decade ago. The duo saved their pennies from after-school jobs to open up their dream restaurant. And, yes, the name was inspired by Malden High’s “Golden Tornadoes” mascot. Sounds like a perfect storm.
Mayor Gary Christenson signed an agreement with Greg Lamb and Sandi Silk of Jefferson Apartment Group on Thursday, Feb. 20. The deal? Malden Square’s Government Center site located at 200 Pleasant Street. The project includes 245 units of housing, 17,250 square feet of commercial space and 314 parking spaces, according to a release. “This historical day has been a long time coming,” says Mayor Christenson. “The City Council and I are enthusiastically moving forward on the community’s goal of revitalizing the downtown.” Click here for the lowdown.
Malden Access Television (MATV) will be initiating a new Citizen Journalism project in Malden this spring. Through this initiative, MATV will train and support local citizens to cover subjects and issues in their own neighborhood using simple media tools such as mobile phones and social media. Citizens will be trained to upload their stories to a website linked to MATV’s website. Stories can include text, audio only, still photos and/or video clips. The program is intended to tie in with this year’s Malden Reads book selection “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, herself a science journalist who brought to light an important person and issue through her curiosity and reporting. Citizen journalism is intended to move citizens of a community into action around issues, events, & initiatives facing them in their own community. It is about engagement through research, eyewitness accounts, & reporting, with the intent of making our communities better informed & our citizens more active participants. There is much vitality & many new initiatives happening in Malden, as well as […]
One of the best ways to connect with people is over a good meal. We invite you to sample and enjoy new cuisines, mingle with fellow Maldonians, and support local businesses. We also encourage you to converse about the themes of this year’s Malden Reads program. Dinners are fixed price, and feature either buffet or à la carte menu. Beverages are not included. Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your seats in advance. Mention “Malden Reads event” when you call. If you cannot make your reservation, please cancel so that the next party on the waiting list can attend. Click here for details. Lantana Café $20 per person Monday, March 10, 7:00 p.m., 417 Salem St., Medford, 781-393-1930 Oya Cuban Café $20 per person Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m., 121 Exchange St., 781-322-1834 Tornado $20 per person Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m., 2 Florence St., 781-388-3988 Bossa Nova $20 per person Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m., 290 Main St., 781-605-3343 Gala dinner at Triangle with food from Brother Trucker $25 per person specify […]