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BUSINESS REVIEW JUNE-JULY 2011 200 Pleasant Street Suite 416 Malden, MA 02148

(781) 322-4500

$10,000 Up for Grabs at Chamber/Rotary Drawing There is still time to get your tickets for the $10,000 drawing. Only 220 tickets will be sold, so your chances are excellent. Raffle tickets are only $100. This year’s “Luck at the Irish” drawing will be held Thursday, June 16th at the Irish American Club. Tickets for the dinner are only $35, and you don’t need a raffle ticket to come to the dinner. The evening will be lots of fun with raffles, live and silent auctions, and the proceeds benefit, the Malden Rotary as well as the Chamber. So, there is only one question to ask yourself:

“Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya?” Contact the Chamber for tickets or for more information. See last page or flyer for details.

Chamber VP Linda Kane of Stoneham Savings Bank thanks Housing Families Executive Director Jim Goebelbecker and Patty Kelly, Community Outreach Coordinator for hosting our May Business After Hours in conjunction with Dockside Restaurants who provided a mini-beer tasting.

Do the Right Thing Department: City Unveils Discount Parking Program Parking has been a chronic issue for merchants in Malden Square. Scarcity of spaces and confusion about the location of lots and garages has lost potential customers for local businesses. While there is no simple solution, various options were discussed in a meeting of the merchants with Steve Wishoski of the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and Chief Holland of the Malden Police Department. Several steps were discussed; Chief Holland agreed to review enforcement against scofflaws, and the City will look into better signage for local lots. Most important, the MRA launched a new program offering discounted parking to part-time employees of local businesses. This will help reduce congestion by removing these employees’ cars from the street. It will also hopefully generate some more income for the MRA——a true WIN-WIN SOLUTION! The Chamber wants to commend the City and MRA for being so responsive to the issues of local businesses and to thank City Councilor Jim Nestor for orchestrating this meeting. This is the kind of public service we like to see. For more information on this program contact LAZ Parking at 781 324 2090.

Please support the Chamber by supporting our advertisers. A Word from the President…….. I have spent many years on the Board trying to keep a low profile. Lately, that has become more difficult. This is not just because I was elected President last year, but also because, as a local businessman in the food service industry, I was very interested in the Meals Tax issue that arose last fall. The Chamber played a significant role in bringing affected restaurants together to address this issue with City officials. I was very pleased to be part of this because I believe this is one of the most important functions of a Chamber of Commerce. By facilitating communication between businesses, government, and civic agencies, the Chamber can promote a better community. Following up last fall’s collaboration with restaurants, this year, the Chamber assisted in the formation of the Malden Restaurant Owner/Operators Association (see article on next page). The Chamber also assisted in setting up a meeting between City officials and Malden Square merchants which generated the MRA Discount Parking program described on page 1. While the Chamber does not take sides politically, we will always try to help solve problems and serve as a voice for our members. I am glad to be part of this, and look forward to a good year ahead for the Chamber.

John Kaloyanides

Special Thanks . . . Our Hosts for the last two Business After Hours; the Verizon Retail Store for our April event and our co-hosts for the May event, Housing Families and Dockside Restaurant. ♦ City Councilor Jim Nestor for facilitating the meeting between City officials, Steve Wishoski of the Malden Redevelopment Authority and Police Chief Holland and the merchants of Malden Square. ♦ Our very energetic Vice President, Linda Kane of Stoneham Savings Bank who not only serves (or heads) several Boards, but attends all of our Business After Hours events. ♦

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Summer Chinese language and arts enrichment Program for kids age from 6 – 12. Weekly classes for adults in Brush painting, Calligraphy, Mandarin & Tai Ji Exercise For more info about these and other programs please call 781.321.6316 or

Chamber VP Linda Kane of Stoneham Savings Bank presents certificate of appreciation to Jason Termini of the Verizon Retail Store.

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What the heck is the MROA? You may have heard the initials “MROA” lately. The Malden Restaurant Owner/Operators Association was formed earlier this year to provide a forum for local Restaurants to discuss and work on mutual issues. The MROA is a vital part of our community. There is probably no other single industry in Malden which does more for the community than our local restaurants. Many youth sports, teams, charities, and the Chamber itself depend upon the generosity of these restaurant owners and operators. A typical example is last week’s “Go Out for Gus” night, where members of the MROA donated part of their proceeds to a local family so they could purchase a specialty van for their son who is stricken with Multiple Sclerosis.

The restaurant industry is the fastest growing business sector in Malden. Many Maldonians have had the opportunity to experience the quality and variety of Malden food services at the Taste of Malden. At their last meeting, the MROA elected Officers to lead the organization for the next year. Both officers are restaurant owners who have consistently served the Malden community for many years. The new Chair is Joe Crowley, of Pisa Pizza. The Secretary/Clerk is Lisa Urbaczewski, owner of the Dockside Restaurant at Riverview. One of the first priorities of the MROA will be to work with the City on a “Dine in Malden” campaign. This will improve tax revenues for the City since the New MROA Secretary, and Owner of Dockside passage of the Local Option Meals Tax in Restaurant at Riverview, Lisa Urbaczewski accepts January provides a revenue stream directly to the thanks of Chamber Director Ted Coates for cocities and towns from the added tax on meals. hosting the May Business After Hours along with The Chamber hopes you will support Housing Families. Dockside provided samples of some this important community organization by great beers for a Mini-Beer Tasting. patronizing your great local restaurants.

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NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS Please take a moment to review this list of your new colleagues, and patronize them when you can. M & A REAL ESTATE Liz Mlaguzi-Realtor 467 Ferry Street, Malden, MA 02148 (617) 588-0087 ext 707 Buyer’s & Seller’s Agent, Rentals Agent MURRAY HILL TALENT Cory Harding-President 67 Maplewood Street, Malden, MA 02148 (800) 843-2263 Disc Jockey Service, Entertainment, Musicians RE/MAX TRINITY-BILL McFEELY Bill McFeely-Owner 16 Lebanon Street, Malden, MA 02148 (857) 294-7536 Buyer’s & Seller’s Agent, Relocation Services Foreclosure Avoidance WASH N WEB LAUNDROMAT Philip Leahy-Principal 190A Commercial Street, Malden, MA 02148 (617) 548-9685 Laundromat, Dry Cleaning, Internet Café

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Luck at the Irish Dinner and Drawing Thursday, June 16, starting at 5:00 pm Irish American Club 177 West Street Raffle Tickets $100 Dinner only $35 *****************************

Business Roundtable Breakfast with Legislators Featuring Senator Kathleen Clark Wednesday, June 15, 8:00 to 9:30 am Montvale Plaza FREE to Chamber Members RSVP Required; Contact the Chamber *****************************

Expo & Business Card Exchange Sponsored by Oracle USA Monday, June 20, 4:00 to 7:00 pm Burlington Mariott, 1 Mall Road, Burlington $10 for Chamber Members Contact the Chamber to RSVP

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