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Mark Lawhorne July 22, 2014 at 01:21 PM
We had a great turnout by Ward Three residents and the sentiment was undeniably "NO" toRead Moreth is project. It's not that we are against the safety of children walking to schools, it's simply that this project doesn't make sense for this neighborhood and the planning of it didn't involve those that it affects the most- the residents. There is no doubt that the surrounding streets will become 'short cuts' to bypass the expected traffic delays and back ups created by the proposal. Thankfully we were heard tonight- thank you Mayor Christenson for ensuring we had a venue to be heard. We understand there is no guarantee that proposal goes away, but we appreciate your respect to at least arrange and facilitate the forum. I know I have been critical of aspects of your administration but your leadership showed tonight. We should not be at this point in the process without the benefit of public notification. This project has been in the pipeline for at least four years and our current Ward Three Councillor has known about it and advocated for it. He made assurances that he would at the very least make the residents aware. He did not, as a matter of fact, he didn't even show up for tonights hearing.
LCT July 07, 2014 at 12:34 AM
Obtaining a firearms permit in MA is outrageous, plus pricey. It is also patently unfair to beRead Morepena lized by your local Police Chief if he/she isn't a fan of citizens owning firearms. I'd bet good money that within towns there are plenty of "exceptions", i.e. having a relative on the local PD or working in town hall. The typical way of conducting business in Comm of MA. $100 to the local police to apply. $100/year or so to join a gun club as required by our chief to get a license. $75 - $100 to attend an approved safety class as required by our chief. The $100 to apply is non-refundable if you're denied a permit. In my town chief also requires applicant to submit 4 or 5 (I forget exact number, sorry) "letters" attesting to my character. For me this is the worst part, even worse than the expense. First I don't know 4 people well enough to ask them to write me a letter, in essence telling them my business. I was very uncomfortable basically "advertising" that I wanted a permit, which people assume means I'll eventually have a firearm in my house. People talk too bloody much. I asked a close, dear friend to write me a letter, which she was glad to do. Unfortunately she must have said something to her adult children as 2 of them asked me, in front of some total strangers at a picnic, if I'd gotten my "gun permit" yet and did I buy a guy. These people all know exactly where I live & have a good idea of my basic daily schedule. I feel like I might as well have taken an ad out in the newspaper or put a sign in my front yard! Since the chief did not contact anyone who wrote my letters, does not know the character of those people, what is the real purpose of this exercise except inconvenience & implied intimidation? Truth be told just to have to "apply for a license" just to exercise my 2nd Amendment rights is intimidating & condescending. All American citizenps should have the identical rights, with equal treatment, not 50 states having 50 sets of rules. When I went to the police station with my $100, preliminary approved application to a gun club, my birth certificate, filled out police dept application form & certificate of firearms safety course, I was asked zero questions by the officer who processed the paperwork & took my fingerprints. In fact other than to say "hello" & give instructions while being fingerprinted, officer said nothing to me. I had checked off the box asking for license to carry but, of course, got only a permit for target; zero explanation. My town's process is a joke. They didn't need letters. We could have had an adult discussion about why I wanted a permit (just to see if I was of reasonably sound mind). They could have explained why I was denied a license to carry. I know for a fact if I lived 1 mile away in the next town I would have gotten a carry permit. I wouldn't have minded, in fact, I thought it would have been prudent to have me fire a few rounds to prove I could safely handle a weapon. I sincerely hope whatever "new" laws Beacon Hill comes up with includes standardized application process throughout the Commonwealth. All residents should be treated the exact same way, same rules. In my eyes problem is Beacon Hill wants the power but shoves off the responsibilities & actual decision making to each town so no one can "blame" the Commonwealth if there are "issues". We wouldn't want legislators to be actually held responsible for anything.
Wishful Thinker June 04, 2014 at 08:39 AM
Here's an idea for you. Choose a time when no one is using any water in the house. Then look atRead Moreyour water meter to see if any water is running. If there is, then it means you have a leak somewhere. Toilets are a common place for leaks. You can put a drop of dye color in the toilet tank and if it leaks into the toilet bowl then you know you have a leak and need to replace the parts inside the tank (e.g. the flapper). Those parts are not expensive at Home Depot.
AnnieOMalden June 04, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Are you rinsing out your recyclables? That adds up to a lot of water usage if you do that.
david mokal June 08, 2014 at 06:33 PM
I bath now in the Malden River and wash my clothes there which saves a lot of water. Another trickRead Morei s take te cover off the main drain on the basement floor and turn a street cone upside down and transforms into a no flush toilet. FUN!!!!
Bobby James May 09, 2014 at 08:26 AM
You have a computer, also likely a phone with a calendar and email capabilities - set a reminder.Read MoreSc hedule hasn't changed in at least 5 years...
linda May 13, 2014 at 07:47 AM
You may be able to appeal the ticket and be successful but it takes time off from work, etc. IRead Moreagre e there should be signs, not only for the residents, but what about visitors who have no idea what the schedule is and by the looks of the streets one would think we don't even have street sweeping. Also the tickets for parking on the wrong side of the street are ridiculous for visitors. How in the world are visitors supposed to know we have even one side parking if there are no signs. It is amazing that the city gets away with even giving out tickets when there are no signs!
Julie the Jarhead May 13, 2014 at 09:43 AM
I've (successfully) appealed parking tickets in the past. Sometimes all it requires is a letter.Read MoreIf the appeal is denied, and one wishes to press it further, THEN it may require a court appearance.
lcgrz April 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM
nice try. the senate and house already agreed on a local aid resolution back in march. why debate Read Moreit again?
Gene Pinkham April 15, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Because there's a $600,000,000 surplus?
coldwaterdiver April 17, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Maybe I'm missing something, but I read that as the vote was to block any debate or amendments toRead MoreCh apter 70 and Welfare bills that already exist, or did I read that wrong.... It never says he "voted against local aid"
jirkyrick April 06, 2014 at 08:42 AM
I am not a detective, but I know a few. And even if I didn't know them it doesn't take much toRead Morefig ure this one out..... Doh
jirkyrick April 06, 2014 at 08:44 AM
By the way, it's pretty easy to be an urban planner in Malden, just figure out where to build aRead Morehigh rise.
jirkyrick April 06, 2014 at 09:07 AM
It doesn't take Sherlock homes to figure out that there are three high cash volume businesses nextRead Mored oor and these rocket scientist decided to rob a skate board shop in winter..... Something doesn't seem right
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