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YOUR TURN: Who Makes a Difference in Malden?

Help showcase people who are doing great things in your community with our new feature, 'Count Us In.'

Your neighbor who volunteers at the library, your child’s bus driver, and the Little League coach in your community may not seem to have much in common  - that is, at first glance.

But Patch’s new initiative, 'Count Us In,' aspires to bring together all Good Samaritans by highlighting residents who are exemplary at making your community a more positive place.

Partnering with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), 'Count Us In' aims to illustrate HPHC's values. They believe that “amazing things happen when people work together” and that is why we want to share stories about just that. We welcome all great stories coming from great people in the city.

Malden has an impressive Immigrant Learning Center, where teachers work with immigrants to become citizens, learn English and establish their lives in the States; a strong community television station which brings the power of broadcasting to residents; and several anti-poverty groups that help the disadvantaged get on their feet. 

If you know someone who exemplifies being a good neighbor, volunteer or teacher—or someone who has simply helped the community in an inspiring way—please tell us about it in the comments section below. Your local editor will keep an eye on the conversation and will be writing articles about all of the amazing people and stories you share.

broadway Jay October 02, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I'd like to personally thank the USPS Letter Carriers and MBTA Bus Drivers who work long days and are under appreciated for working in inclement weather and at times adverse situations.. Thank You!!
paul surette October 02, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I'd like to thank some of the Starbucks' baristas for helping me to identify some of those cool tunes I hear at their coffee shops. And a shout out to the homeless, for picking my garbage clean of those nasty cans and bottles. :)
J.longbow October 02, 2012 at 08:03 PM
MBTA Bus Drivers? Come on? we probably know what you or your significant other does for work. Great pay, benefits, union, and license to drive like an a**. Whats better than that. Insert child school bus drivers and I would agree. They need an honorable mention for low pay and being responsible for our most precious commodity, kids.
Marc October 02, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I would say the Mayor is making a difference in his short time in office. Complaints about roads, crime and lighting are just a few issues that have been addressed quickly and I am happy with the effort.
Ed October 03, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Mayor Christenson hands down. Excellent excellent job so far.
david mokal October 03, 2012 at 12:58 AM
The Mayor is making a big difference.Handling complaints,crimes.shootings,he's right on it. Im happy with the new Mayor and its a tough job especially having to pick up afyer the Other Mayor's mess.
david mokal October 03, 2012 at 01:05 AM
MBTA no way thats Wellfare With Dignity! Give me a break ! Emergency Room Doc's and Nurses,Police and Fire are the ones who need the BIG Thank You's.
david mokal October 03, 2012 at 01:10 AM
LOL's Starbucks Geezes Crypes 5 buck cup a coffee and a 7 buck Muffin. Wendys got a medium which is the size of DD's large coffee buck sixty nine ! and music piped in.
Teresa Bello October 03, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I think our mayor is doing a great job too. He listens to us and tries to address the issues important to us and I have to admit -- he inspires me. I first met him many years ago, while volunteering. Through the years, he continued to volunteer and I'd see him doing clean-ups right along with the rest of us and more -- too much to go into. He has also been a true public-servant since he first started serving on the school committee.
Tony H. October 04, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Definitely Mayor Christenson. He’s been working tirelessly for the City and I am very pleased with the improvements so far. Terrific vision and implementation. Keep up the good work!

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