THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, March 8, 2019 Page 5 Questions raised about community preservation proposal By Barbara Taormina T he Community Preservation Committee (CPC) has recommended funding for eight projects this year and, if approved by the City Council, the biggest slice of this year’s $637,549 preservation pie will go to the Roosevelt Park Improvement Project. The Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA), which is spearheading the project, hopes to create a multi-sport fi eld on the 3.7acre site on the corner of Salem and Branch Streets, next to the Salemwood School. The project also includes an outdoor classroom where students can contribute to the design of planned rain gardens. Earlier attempts to renovate Roosevelt Park have been stalled because the city was unable to cobble together enough money to leverage grants needed to launch the $2.6 million project. The MRA is requesting $1.9 million in community preservation funding that will be paid out over several years. FUNDING | SEE PAGE 7 Police still searching for shooting suspect By Barbara Taormina A n arrest warrant has been issued for a local teen believed to responsible for the fatal shooting on Eastern Avenue near the Bowdoin Apartments last Saturday, March 2. Malden Police are searching for Yahia Mastouri, 18, in connection with the shooting of Jeury Batista, 23, of Salem, Mass. Mastouri is wanted on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault with the intent to rob, and unlawful possession of a fi rearm. Malden Police responded to a report of a shooting at the apartment complex around 6:18 p.m. Officers found Batista, who was severely wounded, and rushed him to MelroseWakefield Hospital, where he died a short time later. According to a joint press release from the Malden Police and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s Offi ce, a prelimiRealize Your Dream Habitat is building homes in Malden Eligibility: • Low income (50-80% of Area Median Income) • Ability to pay an affordable mortgage • Need for housing • Willingness to partner with Habitat • Other eligibility requirements Application Deadline: 5pm, April 8, 2019 Information Session Locations (all at 6pm) 3/14 Malden YMCA 3/20 Malden Senior Center 3/28 Malden Public Library (Chinese translator present) Visit habitatboston.org/apply for an application familyselection@habitatboston.org | 617-423-2223 Use and resale restrictions apply. Occupancy standards apply. Selection by lottery. Preference for residents of Malden. dine drink gather enjoy THE NORTH SHORE'S HOTTEST NIGHTCLUB! IN THE MUSIC HALL Friday, March 8 Yahia Mastouri nary investigation suggests that the shooting occurred as part of a suspected drug deal, and was not a random act of violence. Police Chief Kevin Molis praised and thanked the Malden Police Patrol Division for their response to the shooting. Malden Police Detectives continue to investigate the case with members of the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the DA’s offi ce. According to police, Mastouri is approximately 5 feet, 11 inches tall and was last seen in Malden on the night of the shooting. Any member of the public with information about Mastouri’s whereabouts should contact the Malden Police at 781-322-1212 or the Massachusetts State Police at 508-820-2121. Tips may also be left anonymously online at www.maldenpd.com. The public should not attempt to approach Mastouri. 505 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 Tel: 617-387-1120 www.gkdental.com • Family Dentistry • Crowns • Bridges • Veneers/Lumineers • Dental Implants • All on 4 Dental Implants • Emergency Dentist • Kid Friendly Dentist • Root Canals • Dentures • Invisalign Braces • Snap On Smile • Teeth Whitening We are the smile care experts for your entire family LIVIN' ON A BAD NAME Bon Jovi Tribute IN THE MUSIC HALL Saturday, March 9 LAVISH Saturday, March 16 WILDFIRE Celebrate St. Paddy's Weekend! IN THE MUSIC HALL Friday, March 15 IN THE MUSIC HALL Saturday, March 30 THE DOORS EXPERIENCE Doors Tribute KISS FOREVER Kiss Tribute Band IN THE MUSIC HALL Friday, March 22 IN THE MUSIC HALL Saturday, March 23 MARYBETH MAES BAND TANGERINE 221 Newbury Street, Danvers For Tickets call (978) 774-7270 or www.breakawaydanvers.com In House Dental Plan for $399 (Cleanings, X-Rays, Exams twice a year and 20% OFF Dental work) Schedule your FREE Consultations today Like us on Facebook advocate newspaper Facebook.com/Advocate.news.ma

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