Page 2 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, March 1, 2019 Committee plans public meeting on plastic bag ban By Barbara Taormina M alden is gearing up to join 93 other cities and towns in Massachusetts that have banned single-use plastic bags. The Citizens Engagement Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss a new plastic bag ordinance on March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Linden School. The proposal to ban the bags was launched by a group of concerned residents and his been shepherded through offi cial channels by Ward 6 Councillor David Camell with the support of the entire City Council. “I see them on the streets as garbage, caught in chainlink fences and stuck in storm drains,” Camell told committee members this week. A bill to ban plastic bags throughout the state has 8 Norwood St. Everett (617) 387-9810 www.eight10barandgrille.com Kitchen Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-10pm Fri-Sat: 12-11pm Sunday: 1pm-10pm NEW $10 Dinner Menu! Come in and Try our New... Choose from 16 Items! 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Paper does decompose in landfills much faster than plastic, which some scientists believe needs 1,000 years to melt away. Still, the amount of energy and water required to manufacture ~ Virginia Ruane ~ Malden almost 100 years ago paper bags far exceeds what’s needed to produce plastic. Reusable bags made of cloth or other materials seems to be a preferred alternative. Still, Malden is taking it slow, making sure all residents and businesses are on board with the change. “We can all see that plastic bags are something that should go away,” said Ward 7 Councillor Neal Anderson. “Still, we want to make sure that people understand why we are doing this.” Frank. This cute, nice restaurant, where he was working, was right in the middle of Malden Square. The name was Perry’s Restaurant. It was located almost at the corner of Pleasant Street and Washington Street. The restaurant was owned by Mr. Manual Perry, a fair but fi rm boss. The two ladies in the picture were also from Malden. This restaurant was very popular, in the day, with the local businessmen. Its location was perfect for a quick lunch, just what they wanted. You could have a tasty sandwich with dessert and coff ee, and the price was always right. I am sorry to say that Perry’s is no longer there. It was a perfect location for any business. There is a restaurant there now called Mystic Station, next to MATV, and I wish them both the same success that Perry’s had. In the late 40s and early 50s, many local drugstores had a lunch counter. They usually had a schoolboy working behind the counter. His job was to serve ice-cream cones, sundaes and banana splits. The boys dishing out these delicacies were called “Soda Jerks” (with respect). The local movie theaters also hired young men to be ushers. There were plenty of ways that the young kids could get jobs in Malden in the good old days (1940-50s). In about the year 1950, my husband and I were taking our walk to the Square (In those days we did not have a car; in fact, most families did not have a car. We also did not have a TV.) On our walk, we came upon a store called Gill’s, right on Pleasant Street. In the middle of the front window was a TV with a for sale sign on it. We decided to go in and look around. Of course we saw one that we liked and the price was $100, which we thought was a fair price. So, we became owners of a new TV. Gill’s also did repairs on all electric appliances. We had never heard of Gills, and we were very happy to know it was there. The city of Malden had a lot to off er its citizens in the 1940s1950s. Malden has changed in many ways. The people of Malden are now from every nation, religion and ethnic group. We now have new cultures to get to know. And when we get to know them, I think we will like them and welcome them. Malden, still, has a lot to off er its citizens in 2019. Virginia Ruane is a lifelong Malden resident. Send comments and suggestion to virginiaruane@aol.com.

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