Page 14 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE – Friday, June 21, 2019 ~ POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT ~ Leone announces candidacy for Councillor-at-Large Dear Voters of Malden, My name is Jerry Leone, and when I announced my candidacy for Councilor At Large, I said that I would be discussing with you the important issues that the City needs to resolve and would be available to obtain your input, as I traveled around the City. I am receiving from voters several issues that they would like to see resolved. Many voters have pointed to issues that have stalled due to inaction, the blue bags, overcrowding of schools, high taxes just to name a few. As the election moves closer I intend to not only identify the issues the voters want action on, but also if elected take immediate steps to propose legislation. At the same time those issues that I would like to undertake will be consistent with what the voters want resolved. My objectives include: *Find a means to alleviate our traffic problems especially cut thrus, and not add bike lanes on busy overcrowded streets – a traffic plan that includes casino. * Freeze all new apartments to be approved by the city until the council is given a chance to review the location, tenant base, and impact on the schools. *Veteran senior housing should be determined by location and believe it or not impact on schools. *Replace the lead pipes rapidly as possible and repair the streets. *Provide a way to reduce the overcrowding of our schools. As a former member of the school committee, I know this is a serious issue. We must realize that technology is changing and our students must be given every opportunity to learn new concepts. *Attract commercial businesses with a strategy to come to Malden and invest in plants, offices and provide jobs. *Establish a task force to review existing plans to solve the opioid problem and return the plan to the Council for immediate action. *Resolve outstanding issues relating to trash and blue bags. Many may suggest that these objectives cannot be reached in a year, but action is necessary, and the voters are demanding it. Malden cannot and should not fall behind other neighboring cities and towns. These are just some of my objectives, Let’s keep Malden moving upward. To learn more please visit HYPERLINK "http://voteleone.com" voteleone.com or call 781-635-7070. F itzGerald Park, the pocket park on Exchange Street in Malden Center, is getting a facelift this summer as new benches, an artist’s table, and play equipment are installed to activate the park and further engage the full breadth of the Malden community downtown. The park is used by nearby preschools, professionals working downtown, Malden residents, and customers visiting the downtown. The mural by Malden native Ed Emberley overlooking the park was considered in the design, and the new features and reactivated open space will complement the mural. Existing benches will be repainted and new benches installed, and a drawing table will be added. Children’s play equipment, including a talk tube and animal springers, will be installed, and some of the park will be resurfaced. The project was championed by Mayor Gary Christenson, Ward 4 Councillor Ryan O’Malley and John Preotle of Preotle, Lane & Associates, a longtime steward of the park and the owner of the neighboring office building at 350 Main St. Construction is being administered by the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA), and completed by JNJ Sacca Inc., an Arlington-based construction company specializing in public parks and playgrounds. Malden’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is the primary source of funds for the project, with additional funds provided by Preotle, Lane & Associates and Malden Arts. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of July. WE WORK FOR YOU! * Have your car repaired by Real Manufacturer Certiified Technicians * An I-CAR GOLD CLASS SHOP Highest Certificate in the Repair Industry * Premier Insurance Co. Collision Repair Shop for Geico, Liberty Mutual, Metlife, Progressive and more! * Over 30 Years of putting families back on the Road Safe & Fast! * ATLAS Stands Behind All Repairs with a Limited Lifetime Warranty 1605 North Shore Road, Revere * 781-284-1200 Visit us at: www.AtlasAutobody.com or call (781) 284-1200 to schedule your appointment today! FitzGerald Park improvements slated for completion in July

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