THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, October 15, 2021 Page 15 FORUM | FROM PAGE 1 noting some recent progress on some here and now issues. "Just this month we kicked off a series of meetings on a conversion of the Malden Courthouse to a potential community arts center; welcomed a $300,000 grant to pursue a revamp of the Fellsmere Pond area; and renewed discussions on the future of the Malden Hospital site, without any plans for housing or a school on that site." Ward 4 challenger Jeffrey Donahue, who formerly held that Council seat and lost two successive attempts to return as ward councillor in 2007 and then again in 2015, set the tone for the debate in that ward right away. Donahue mixed in criticism of the incumbent with some statements on his own vision for Malden. Donahue said he is a lifelong Malden resident with his family going back five generations in Malden. "I see a lot of stuff going on with the City Council with our ward councillor (O'Malley) that is very divisive behavior," Donahue said. "It gets to the point where we say 'is this where we are going as a community?' " "Do we really want a bus lane going from Sonny's Car Wash up Rt. 60 through Malden Square? Do we want property taken in Oak Grove so that a strand can go from Melrose to Malden Square? This is what we're focusing on?" Donahue said. "We need public safety addressed and more support for our police department. We need equipment for the DPW. We don't need games of 'gotcha' up there and filing FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests. What I find troubling is the day I filed for the election, Councillor O'Malley immediately filed a FOIA request seeing if any department heads or City Councilors had any contact with me. Our ward has suffered immensely. There are people who don't feel they're being represented and it's time for a change," Donahue added. Councillor O'Malley in his opening statement said "my opponent will try and portray me as someone who does not collaborate but we all know that just is not true as we have accomplished so much over the past five years. We now have public comment at City Council meetings. We have removed over 1,000 lead lines. All one has to do is look at Malden Center to see the fruit of our labors." O'Malley cited the "hard work of police and public safety departments" in helping the city's progress. The incumbent also said that this election "is a pivotal moment for Malden. We are still battling a historic public health crisis and we as a city cannot afford to move backwards." O'Malley said, "My opponent had over eight years to accomplish his goals but he couldn't deliver." If reelected, O'Malley said his goals would include:"Protecting public assets, including parks, schools and other public buildings. We will continue to invest in our infrastructure, including safe roads for all users, including motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. I will hold government accountable, by exposing government corruption and ethics violations, each and every time I see them." "Together we can grow the local Malden economy by 2,500 new jobs by 2025, '25 by 25'." Councillor O'Malley said. "With my experience and leadership we can grow these bold visions together." The Council candidates also answered a series of questions, some of them are continued here. (The following question was submitted from the Malden Advocate) Q:Do you believe there is a sense of unity, or not, in Malden and what value do you place on promoting and supporting unity in this community and how would you do that, if elected this year? Ward 1 incumbent Crowe said: "I do believe there is a sense of unity (in Malden). I think social media does divide us at times. We need to have real conversations and get to know people in our community, figuring out how to work together. One you know a person and what they stand for, you can really get to make a difference." Ward 3 incumbent Linehan said: "I place a high value on unity. One of our strengths on the City Council is that we don't always agree, but we respect each other's perspectives." Linehan also noted that there are positives and negatives with social media, with many people becoming newly-generated "commentators". "But with Facebook, the technology allows you to reach over 3,000 people immediately. That means something." Ward 3 challenger Curtis: "Unity is huge. The camaraderie we have developed during the pandemic has brought us all together. We have to continue that." Curtis said if elected he will "always be there for everyone. That would be the top priority." Curtis said, "Now is the time to get out there and meet people. Everyone has a voice and should be heard." Ward 4 incumbent O'Malley: "In 2016 when I first joined the Council, unfortunately the Council was very divided, very dysfunctional." O'Malley said progress has been made since then. "But coming together with my colleagues we were able to put an end to that in 2017. Malden is more united now than it has ever been. We are unified against government corruption, we are unified against city of Malden officials breaking the law and stealing public tax dollars from us. This is something that was happening before 2016”. "It was not uncommon to read in the newspapers that public officials were stealing our tax dollars. It was so bad we didn't even know how much money they were stealing from us. So I think the residents of Malden are definitely unified when it comes to this," O'Malley said. "We are also unified against xenophobia. We are unified against racism and homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism. "For people that are losing power because their politics are no longer palatable for the vast majority of Maldonians to portray what is going on in our community as divisive is simply not true, it's not truth. And truth over lies is what's going to change our community and what people are going to vote for in November. So I do think we are very united and I look forward to serving in November." Ward 4 challenger Donahue: "Unity is all around us, you just have to look for it. Look at what just went down on Pearl Street at the stadium with First Responders; look at the summer basketball leagues, the Soccer Nights. I know who makes my coffee in the morning, the students who go to school with my kids. The unity is here in Malden, you just have to go find it. "Malden has made strides in the last 20 years and how far we have come to have unity. But for people to say there was divisiveness and 'I saved the Council,' I really find that troubling. Because the divisiveness starts in Ward 4." Donahue then continued to direct remarks toward incumbent Councilor O'Malley: "You talk about how 'we brought this Council back'. You've filed FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests on almost every one of your colleagues. "To sit here and say that 'we brought this Council back' and I'm not palatable, I lost by 4 votes against Jim Nestor (in 2007), that's hardly your community saying they don't want you. And when you and I ran head-to-head (in 2015) it was 30 votes," Donahue said. "But since that time, the divisiveness that has gone on has affected our Ward and our constituents. We need representation that can foster relationships, work with other Councillors and get things done." (The following question was submitted from the Malden Chamber of Commerce) Q: What is your opinion on the planned expansion of Mystic Valley Charter School into Maplewood Square? Ward 1 incumbent Crowe: "It was a shock to everyone when this plan was first made public. It's not a good fit for the city. Maplewood is one of the true squares in the city and we want to preserve it.... we want to have a better Malden, not a better charter school." Ward 3 challenger Glen Curtis: "Schools don't need permitting from the city but they also don't have the right to put something in a neighborhood that doesn't want it or need it. We should be able to have a discussion about this. I don't understand the animosity and the fighting. We should run the city like a business and make decisions that way." Ward 3 Councillor Linehan: "A lot of constituents (have expressed to me) that this (plan) is not good for Maplewood Square. We have to listen to residents' concerns on this issue and get on a better path." Ward 4 challenger Donahue: "Finding out on social media (about this plan) was a punch in the gut. I feel bad for the businesses; there are some really thriving businesses down there. This blindsided everyone, there has to be more discussion." Ward 4 incumbent O'Malley: "This has been in the works for over 20 years and (Mystic Valley Charter) has now taken over a huge part of the city. We are losing the character of this comFORUM | SEE PAGE 17 ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~ COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT Middlesex Probate and Family Court 10-U Commerce Way Woburn, MA 01801 (781) 865-4000 Docket No. MI21P5159EA Estate of: Kathleen F. Jeskey Date of Death: 08/18/2021 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition for Formal Adjucation of Intestacy and Appointment of Personal Representative has been filed by Patricia M. Earle of Naples, FL requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner requests that: Patricia M. Earle of Naples, FL be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond in unsupervised administration. 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