MacMullin Named Teen Center Coordinator

The long-time resident has been at the forefront of the project since it was announced earlier this year.

Note: The following was submitted by the city of Malden. 

The City of Malden is excited to announce that longtime Malden Resident Catherine MacMullin has been hired as the Malden Teen Enrichment Center Coordinator. Cathy has long been active in Malden working with variouscommunity and youth programs as well as charitable groups.

Last year, Cathy led a group of Malden residents to examine and explore positive solutions to issues faced by teens. Cathy teamed with the Malden YMCA, YWCA, and the Partnership for Community Schools to discuss issues, recruit volunteers, raise funds and met with teens for input. Through this work, the need for a program for teens was realized.

Because of the hard work and dedication of many, the Teen Enrichment Center is scheduled to open late this fall and will provide various fun and recreational activities in a safe, supervised, enjoyable environment for Malden teens.

“I couldn’t be happier that Cathy will be filling this very important position,” said Mayor Christenson. “I look forward to working with Cathy and I know our teens will be in good hands.”

“Our group has worked very hard in getting the Teen Enrichment Center to become a reality,” said City Councillor Greg Lucey. “With Cathy on board, we are going to get our doors open and start serving the over 3,000 teens in our City.” Councillor Lucey is a board member of the Malden Teen Enrichment Center.

To assist the Teen Enrichment Center with improvements and renovations, please consider making a tax deductible donation by clicking here:  www.maldenteenenrichmentcenter.org and following to the “Donate” tab.

AnnieOMalden October 10, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Congrats to Cathy and the teens of Malden!
Ariann Nice October 14, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Congrats Cathy!!! These Teens are lucky to have you, we here at Newland st Appreciate you and all you have and do for our kids! Best of luck we love ya!!
paul surette October 20, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I hope NOT ONE SINGLE tax dollar went to this endeavor. Teen centers are yet another tool/excuse for parents NOT to keep an eye on their kids. I didn't need to go to any 'teen center' when I was a kid. I always managed to find something to do. And I'm sure some knucklehead here will say I hate kids....nice try, but I have three :) And I'm not trying to diminish Miss Macmullin's dedication to children. But I just don't think valuable tax dollars should help pay for these 'afterschool programs' when it's really the responsibility of parents to deal with their kids. Call me kooky.
Michael Victor October 27, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Paul you must have missed the budget this year huh. 150 big ones a year to run this thing. They say less than a 100 kids will use it. Do the math. But the Mayor will have a twenty pictures telling us how great it is. Ca ching Ca ching. It'll be over 200,000 before long. In today's call he said its only for 9-12. I think we need one for 4-8 they are at more risk. Nanny state comes to Malden that is what you got with this guy up there.
Michael Victor October 27, 2012 at 01:43 AM
And you wonder why we can't get enough police on the street. This mayors priorities are out of wack.
moxie November 01, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Okay, let's call you "kooky". So much nicer than my first thought. So those valueable tax dollars hold more worth than a kid in need of mentoring, reinforcing social/emotional skills, or even self esteem support? I get parental accountability, but if it's not there, than what? Tough luck kid? Sit down, shut up, and don't cause anyone any grief? That's a combination ripe for disaster. (And then who do you get to blame for teens running wild)? In order to strengthen this Community, we have to support the people and organizations who are dedicated to fostering beneficial environments and experiences, as they impact our kids. Times have changed and we aren't returning to the Glory Days. The reality is tough to face. We're going to have to broaden our scope of concern and and realize exactly what it takes to support a hugely diverse and dynamic community.
Julie the Jarhead November 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
So, you critics would rather have these kids hang around and -- possibly -- get into trouble. Arrest, jail, trial, incarceration -- yeah, that's a great use of our tax dollars.
david mokal November 18, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I find that no one gives anything a chance. The teen center is new and more and more will go to the center. Julie K., is right it costs way more to chase kids around doing vandalism than the teen center. We have to start someplace.
paul surette November 18, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I had an idea....how about parents do their job?
paul surette November 18, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Sorry, Julie....but I am old school when it comes to dealing with kids with too much time on their hands. What a cop out to say we, the critics of this 'endeavor' would rather kids commit crimes than be blackmailed into giving them a teen center. With all this technology we have today (I didn't have any of it when I was growing up), please don't try and sell to me that a teen center is THE only way of kids staying out of trouble. Parents need to do their jobs, not teen centers!
paul surette November 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I have no doubts to Catherine MacMullin's commitment to kids. I'm not criticizing her....I'm criticizing how this thing is funded!
Julie the Jarhead November 19, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Well, we could al just sit on our haunches and pluck away at our keyboards and wish for the old days when one parent stayed at home and looked after the kids and the biggest problem we had was getting them inside when the streetlights came on. But those days are gone, and wishing won't get them back. Sure, I'd love for parents to take more control over their children, but for one reason or another, it's not going to happen.
AnnieOMalden November 19, 2012 at 04:59 AM
The Teen Center won't be the cure to all our crime problems here yet we have to give those kids on the cusp of turning one way or another a lifeline. I've seen the reality of kids without direction or someone to mentor them not reaching their full potential. Even a part of their potential. Not everyone is meant to be a superstar but it doesn't mean you can't teach a kid how to be a productive, contributing member of society no matter what their homelife is. I'd take that over the scumbags we are awash in now.
paul surette November 19, 2012 at 06:42 AM
to Julie Kelleher and Annie O'...it kills me to do this, but I have to agree with what you said. Over the years, it seems parents are becoming more dependent on others to raise their kids. I guess it's just wishful thinking to expect some parents to step up!
david mokal November 19, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Surette all you do is Psn Moanin and groanin. Anything positive and you shoot it down. Did you try that coconut oil on your head so when you take your head out of your butt hole you may see some plus things going on. The City is moving on up.Leave the Teens alone.
david mokal November 19, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Your Right Julie Dont listen to that Moana Lisa. The teen center is good. An Idle Mind is the Devil's Work Shop so as long as the kids got something to do to keep them occupied its a possitive thing. Im glad someone here has got compassion and a heart.
david mokal November 19, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Mike in the 60's we had 3 dances going on Friday and Saturday plus Signor Pizza was actually like a teen center to hang out 3 theaters and 3 places you could sit and converse without them tossin you out. These kids havent had crap growing up. No wonder they get into trouble. We didnt have time to get into trouble because we had something to look foward too. Its not allways the parents its what they are brainwashed into. Glorified Drug Dealers.,Viscious video games,no place to be connected live. Both parents have to work today to put meat and potatoes on the table. Its very Hard for them. All my kids are in there 40's Im so glad Im not raising kids. I see moms at the register cashing out with lilk kids and a couple bucks short Ill reach in my pocket and give it to the cashier,many times I see moms shopping and having to put things back. Its sad. Remember to fix the future you must look back in History.
david mokal November 19, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Annie..I hope you do not mean the kids are scumbags Its not their fault. My cousin works for DSS and he has mentioned that many Parents who grew up smokin the weed are the ones who do not care about there kids. He has gone into homes where both parents are so high on drugs they coulnd't even stand up. They were not aware what was happening. Its a loosing battle cause they end up giving the kids back. What kind of life is that? You have to walk in that kids shoes. If it were you or me we would rebell too. People here find it so easy to bash and tear down but maybe its time to look on both sides of the fence.
Julie the Jarhead November 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I totally understand your frustration, Paul. It seems that some parents just don't care anymore. (Speaking of frustration, why do I have to re-type my comments after I sign in?)
david mokal November 20, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Well Thanksgiving is here and we should all be so Thankfull to our new Mayor,The Malden Police who has done a great job,Our President Obama. So lets all take a deep breath and be thankful to what we have.
AnnieOMalden November 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM
David: No, I don't mean the kids are the scumbags...but they will grow into them if we don't show them some things can be different than where they come from. Some kids just don't know any better than what they see at home. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well..this is the one holiday it doesn't matter what your religious persuasion is, we all can take a moment to count our blessings.
david mokal November 20, 2012 at 06:33 PM
@ Annie I must have mis-read sorry bout that Everyone have a good Thanxgiving and Plz stay safe. HAPPY THANKSGIVING


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