Page 12 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, September 27, 2019 MRA’s Build Day reinvigorates former problematic property MRA Financial Specialist Stephanie LaVerde hammers a nail into a window pane. MRA board members and staff participated in the eight-hour Build Day. Shown from left to right are Financial Specialist Stephanie LaVerde, Board of Directors Treasurer Amanda Linehan, Comptroller Karen Bushee, Executive Director Deborah Burke, Program Assistant Maureen Taylor and Administrative Assistant Yira Arencibia. Bottom: Community Development Director Alexander Pratt, Rehab Specialist Kevin Nestor, Senior Accountant Roberta Connolly, Executive Assistant Sherrill Hachey, Board of Directors Vice Chair Robert Foley, Rehab Specialist Wayne Martineau and Rehab Consultant Andrew Scarano. MRA Executive Assistant Sherrill Hachey, Housing & Community Development Program Assistant Maureen Taylor and Comptroller Karen Bushee sheath the outside wall. MRA Board of Directors Treasurer Amanda Linehan hammers in a window frame header during last Thursday’s Habitat for Humanity Build Day. (Advocate Photos by Tara Vocino) AmericaCorps National volunteer Harrison Corder holds an impact driver while sitting on a scaffold. Front: MRA Comptroller Karen Bushee and Program Assistant Maureen Taylor. Back: Senior Accountant Roberta Connolly and Executive Assistant Sherrill Hachey carry a 60-pound construction horse to make a working platform. J& • Reliable Mowing Service • Spring & Fall Cleanups • Mulch & Edging • Sod or Seed Lawns • Shrub Planting & Trimming • Water & Sewer Repairs Joe Pierotti, Jr. MRA Rehab Consultant Andrew Scarano and Rehabilitation Specialist Kevin Nestor use the chop saw to cut two-inch blocks to fill in gaps to keep an even surface. S LANDSCAPE & MASONRY CO. Masonry - Asphalt • Brick or Block Steps • Brick or Block Walls • Concrete or Brick Paver Patios & Walkways • Brick Re-Pointing • Asphalt Paving www.JandSlandscape-masonry.com • Senior Discount • Free Estimates • Licensed & Insured 617-389-1490 Designing and Constructing Ideas that are “Grounds for Success” Landscaping MRA Rehab Specialist Wayne Martineau and Board of Directors Vice Chair Robert Foley frame the exterior walls. By Tara Vocino M alden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) board members and employees helped reinvigorate two single-family Habitat for Humanity homes on a property that was formerly problematic during Build Day at 964-968 Main St. last Thursday. “The previous homes had to be demolished approximately five years ago, because the homes had public health violations,” MRA Executive Director Deborah Burke said. “It’s a good team-building exercise to help build two new houses on the same site.” Crews broke up into two groups of six – one group framed two walls, sheathed them and carried platforms at 964 Main St. while the crew at 968 Main St. installed 10 window headers as well as cut and assembled 20 blocks using a chop saw, tool gun and paper saw, according to Burke. Tara Vocino may be reached at printjournalist1@gmail.com. MRA Board of Directors Vice Chair Robert Foley peeks through a window, holding a tape measure. MRA Executive Director Deborah Burke carries a window header while Financial Specialist Stephanie LaVerde supplies water to the building crew.

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