THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, March 13, 2020 Page 5 “Malden: Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday…” Greg Lucey named B.R.L. Commish By Peter F. Levine Y ou meet the nicest people at Stop & Shop on Charles Street! During a recent stop in for a Dunkin’ dark roast and my monthly supply of Ellio’s Pizza, I encountered a few of Malden’s best and brightest. To backslide just a bit – a wise man once taught me the key to maximize the Ellio’s experience. Recently back from his college days at Worcester State future City Clerk Greg Lucey advised if you add additional mozzarella cheese to the frozen slab – while not exactly Highland Café pie – at three in the morning it will taste just as good as the Highland! Insert great big smiley face. First person I see as I start walking the aisles is Virginia Ruane’s daughter Janice. I adore Janice and her tall husband Rick. Janice quietly goes about her business and does so much for the children of Malden. For that we are grateful. Her husband Rick, that’s another story. A Malden guy until the 9th grade at Beebe in 1971, he took himself and his immense basketball talent to Medford High and tortured his little friends from Malden whenever he and his stacked Medford High teams played us. All is forgiven since. Rick married well and came back home. When he did get home, I scooped him up and made him part of the “Twin Towers” along with Mark wrap it up and move along. Insert smiley face. Greg and Marie are in my “Malden: Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday Hall of Fame.” MALDEN: TODAY | SEE PAGE 22 dine drink gather enjo Friday, March 13 at 9 PM TB12 Boston Marathon Fundraiser SIERRA Live music featuring The Yankee Village area – current site of Stop & Shop on Charles Street – First Congregational Church steeple in background. (Photo courtesy of Facebook) “Bunza” Burns on all my great hoop teams in the strong Malden Men’s Recreational Hoop League. What can I say about Janice’s mom Virginia that hasn’t already been said? Her columns are a must read with Maldonians eager for the next wonderful Virginia Ruane reminiscent. Janice and I chatted for a while – she mentioned that she has a picture of those basketball glory days hanging in her offi ce at the Forestdale School. We all had short shorts on and a few of us had no shirts on. Must have been quite a while ago. Insert another smiley face. On a side note, my late friend Jimmy Damiano would chide me whenever Virginia’s article would appear. He’d say, “Peter, if you could only write like Virginia Ruane you would be worth reading!” On a very recent Saturday afternoon I spied City Clerk Greg Lucey and his wife Marie leisurely walking the aisles, Marty following closely behind. The cart Greg pushed contained cans of Pastene Kitchen Ready Ground Peeled Tomatoes, ziti rigatoni, chicken cutlets and more. A sure sign that Greg and Adam would be feasting once again on another epic Sunday dinner. Luce and I agreed that opening day is a sure sign that spring is near and wondered how, back in the day, we could have gone to so many Fenway openers, many of them in 30-degree weather! We also talked about his dad (former Mayor) Ed still loving local print media, $2,300 studio apartments in Malden and the recent death of our close friend Jimmy Damiano, Marie giving Luce the (well-rehearsed) high sign to Friday, March 20 at 9 PM BRIAN MAES BAND WILDFIRE Saturday, March 21 at 9 PM FUNBUCKET With 43 CHURCH STREET Friday, March 27 The Nation's #1 U2 Tribute Experience With: Mary Beth Maes & Coolidge Park JOSHUA TREE TANGERINE Party with the Party Band! Saturday, March 28 at 9 PM with 80'S REUNION BAND Saturday, April 4 at 9 PM LIVIN' ON A BAD NAME y Saturday, March 14 at 9 PM Celebrate St. Paddy's Day! Bon Jovi Tribute Sensation! 221 Newbury Street, Danvers For Tickets call (978) 774-7270 or www.breakawaydanvers.com Everett's Newest Real Estate Office Commercial Sales and Leasing Residential Home Sales Real Estate Consulting Apartment Rentals Real Estate Auctions Business Brokerage Personal Property Appraisals Mass Licensed Auctioneer 560 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149 | 617-512-5712 | sam@broadwayRE.com ADRIANA RESNICK DOMENICA RIGGIO SAM RESNICK

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