Maldden alld a Vol. 33, No. 6 den -FREEYour Local News & Sports Online in 6 Languages! Subscribe Here! AADD Advocate Staff Report S ome of the most well-known and appreciated contributors to the sport of Baseball in the city of Malden will soon get their due honors. The Inaugural Class of the new Malden Baseball LEGACY Hall of Fame is being announced today for the fi rst time in the Malden Advocate. All those who want to share in honoring these inaugural honorees are welcome and invited to attend the First Annual Malden Baseball LEGACY Hall INAUGURAL| SEE PAGE 9 Deano Summers with his sons, Jacky (left) and Nick, circa 1995 (Courtesy Photo) 4-PEAT! Malden High swim wins 4th straight GBL Championship by topping Revere Santos, Tran, Xu, Yip and Relay Teams rally Tornados, clinching title with 88-79 win on road CTE CAT AT www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday Malden Baseball LEGACY Hall of Fame announced Inaugural 2024 Inductees for March 7 banquet Bob Rotondi is Legacy Selection; other inductees Shawn Brickman, Joe Caraco Sr., Kenny Mazonson, Deano Summers, Sal Turilli, Pearl & Perry Verge Sr. 617-387-2200 By Steve Freker M alden School Committee Vice Chairperson Jennifer Spadafora sounded the alarm once again at Monday’s regular meeting regarding the preliminary Chapter 70 state aid funding fi gure that was proposed recently. While it represented a seven percent increase of around $5.4 million from the FY23 state budget, Spadafora had reservations about the equity of the numbers that are included in Mass. Governor Maura Healey’s second state budget plan, citing far higher proposed Chapter 70 aid for similar districts in the region. Mayor Gary Christenson, who serves as Malden School Committee Chairperson, echoed those E Friday, February 9, 2024 School Committee: Malden Public Schools’ preliminary Chapter 70 state aid numbers are alarming Mayor, SC members express concern over $63.19 million proposed aid; challenge equity of 30-year-old formula Jennifer Spadafora Ward 3 School Committee Member and Vice Chairperson concerns, referencing an “already tight municipal budget” that city AID| SEE PAGE 8 Dog abandoned at Malden park is rescued, life saved by Good Samaritan and Malden Police ‘Big Momma’ has life after emergency surgery and new foster ‘Dad’ “Big Momma,” the mastiff that was found recently, after being abandoned in Trafton Park in Malden (Courtesy/NBC10) By Steve Freker GREAT JOB! Malden High swim Head Coach Jess Bisson congratulated the team after the GBL title-clinching meet win over Revere. (Advocate Photo) By Steve Freker O ver the past two decades-plus, they have consistently been the most successful team of all the Malden High Athletics program hosts. Since 2020, with teams coaches by former pool bosses Coach Barry Fitzpatrick, Mark Gagnon and now, SWIM| SEE PAGE 17 A dog’s life has a bright future after a succession of compassionate and generous people stepped to the forefront and helped save her. It’s so hard to imagine why someone would abandon her, scared and shivering, tied to a pole in Trafton Park in Maplewood. “Big Momma,” as the mastiff has since been named, was found in the cold the night of Dec. 14 on a pole in Trafton Park, “whimpering and screeching for help,” said Kevin Alkins, Malden Police’s animal control officer. DOG| SEE PAGE 5

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