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THE MALDEN ADVOCATE - Friday, November 17, 2017

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Christmas Tree Lighting Three new Malden Police Officers sworn in Gary Christenson, Mayor Police Chief Kevin Molis at Fellsmere Pond ouncillor-at-Large Craig Spadafora, Ward 3 Councillor John Matheson and Mayor Gary Christenson are pleased to announce this year’s Fellsmere Pond Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Following the Annual Parade of Holiday Traditions on Saturday, November 25 (from 2-4 p.m.) and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Malden Public Library (4 p.m.), there will be a second Tree Lighting Ceremony at historic Fellsmere Pond (6 p.m.). Santa

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Claus will be on hand to visit with children, and everyone is invited to enjoy hot chocolate and delicious cookies! The 24-foot artificial “Giant Everest” tree was purchased by Councillor Spadafora and will be the City’s official Christmas Tree when the new City Hall is built, but for next couple of years it will be displayed at Fellsmere Pond during the Holiday Season to add to Malden’s postcardperfect start to the holiday season!

and Police Commissioner Salvatore Gennetti recently congratulated three new police officers after being sworn in. Salvatore Paci, a Malden High School and UMass Boston graduate, previously served as a Malden Police Department Cadet and a Northshore Community College Police Officer. Noelle Bowie-Pierce, a Malden High School and Endicott College graduate, interned with the Somerville Police Department and Massachusetts State Police be-

City Clerk Tom Brennan issues the Oath of Office to new Police Officers (from left) Noelle Bowie-Pierce, Amanda Grenier and Salvatore Paci.

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Shown from left: Mayor Gary Christenson, new Police Officers Noelle Bowie-Pierce, Salvatore Paci and Amanda Grenier and Police Chief Kevin Molis.

fore becoming a Malden Police Cadet. Amanda Grenier, a graduate of Arlington Catholic High School and New England College, interned at

ing at the Lowell Police Academy. The officers, who are filling vacancies due to retirements, will now begin their field training program.

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Design Review Committee (SDRC), with help from the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA), began a process to update the sign rules. Through the summer, SDRC and MRA worked closely with Mayor Gary Christenson, the City Council and other stakeholders to craft a modern and effective ordinance. The new sign rules were approved by the City Council on October 17 and signed by the mayor on October 25 and take effect immediately. The newly revised Ordi-

nance provides a modernized and orderly process to permit signs and provides clear standards to help businesses and others understand what signs are allowed. The sign rules provide more flexibility in terms of the size, type and permitted location of signs. They also take into account neighborhood context in determining what signs are allowed. For example, fewer and smaller signs are permitted in residential

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THE MALDEN ADVOCATE – Friday, November 17, 2017  
THE MALDEN ADVOCATE – Friday, November 17, 2017  
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