THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, May 5, 2023 Page 13 It is said in Malden hat the Malden Public Schools is seeking a new Ferryway K-8 School Principal and any qualified applicant may contact the Human Resources Department at MPS by calling 781-397-6100 – or search on Schoolspring.com to apply. T **** That the Salemwood K-8 School hosted a delicious International Food Night last week, with lots of students and parents taking part. **** That Ward 7 School Committee member Keith Bernard has announced he is seeking reelection in this fall’s municipal election. **** That longtime Ward 5 School Committee member Adam Weldai is not seeking reelection this fall. **** That Weldai is also a newlywed, having “tied the knot” on his wedding day in Rockport on April 1 with his bride, Victoria. **** That Malden’s special education transportation provider, North Reading Transportation (NRT), was recently acquired by national transportation conglomerate Beacon Mobility. **** That Malden Little League officially opened its 2023 season with a Minor Division game at Forestdale Park on Tuesday night. MBTA Alerts of Adjacent Orange Line Projects T he MBTA would like riders to be aware of adjacent projects on the Orange Line. While the OLT team does not directly oversee these projects, we coordinate closely with the teams leading them. • Speed Restrictions: The MBTA has launched a live, online Speed Restriction Dashboard found at https://www.mbta.com/performance-metrics/speed-restrictions that provides riders with up-to-date information on speed restrictions across the MBTA system. The dashboard reports on location, speed limit, when a restriction was put in place and the reason for the restriction on the Red, Orange, TURF| FROM PAGE 1 ity.” Since the plastic surface can heat to unsafe temperatures of 140-170 F in the sun, and anything above 120 F could burn skin, “artificial turf would create a hazard for anyone wanting to use the park on a warm, sunny day – a hazard that could be avoided.” Other concerns include costs, Blue, Mattapan or Green Lines. Riders are encouraged to use the updated MBTA Trip Planner tool (https://www.mbta.com/ trip-planner), the Alternative Service page (https://www.mbta. com/projects/alternative-service-options-during-speed-reMBTA | SEE PAGE 18 exclusion of key stakeholders from the planning of the park, and Malden’s own code against installing impervious surfaces in public open spaces. The long-term costs of artificial turf do not include the disposal and replacement of the shock pad and carpet every eight to 10 years. The Park’s adjacent neighbors and Salemwood Elementary School community members were not invited to help develop the plan but will have to bear the greatest burden of health and environmental consequences. Finally, “According to the city’s Open Space Plan, Roosevelt Park is permanently protected Open Space, and the City’s Code requires that “All Open Space shall be pervious.” Both the Synthetic Turf Council and the EPA define artificial turf as impervious, because “the rainwater it collects is most often redirected into the rain sewer system instead of being allowed to percolate into the soil.” Regional environmental justice and conservation organizations who signed on to the letter in solidarity with the Friends of Roosevelt Park are ACE, the Conservation Law Foundation, Beyond Plastics Greater Boston, the Friends of the Malden River, the Mystic River Watershed Association, Safe Healthy Playing Fields Massachusetts, and Wicked Cool Mystic. These organizations fight for clean air, land and water, along with equity, justice, health and well-being, in communities in Massachusetts and New England. They asked Malden officials to halt “current plans for the park and reevaluate with meaningful input from the surrounding community.” Like us on Facebook advocate newspaper Facebook.com/Advocate.news.ma

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