Mayoral Candidates Meet with MROA.

October 6, 2011

PRESS RELEASE:

Mayoral Candidates Meet with MROA.

Both candidates running for Mayor of Malden met with members of the Malden Restaurant Owner/Operators Association (MROA) on Wednesday. Councilors Deborah Fallon and Gary Christensen each spent 45 minutes hearing the concerns of Malden Restaurant owners. One of the main topics of discussion was last year’s passage of the local meals tax, both how it was passed and how the proceeds will be used. While the restaurant owners would like the tax repealed, barring that, they requested consideration of mitigating action by the City. Some ideas raised were review and simplification of signage ordinances, relaxation of the City’s 12:45 am closing restriction, and using some of the tax proceeds to advertise Malden as a dining destination.

All the restaurant owners participating were very pleased with the meetings. “We really appreciate the candidates demonstrating such strong interest in our industry” said Joe Crowley of Pisa Pizza, the President of the MROA. The restaurant owners are looking forward to working with the next Mayor.

The Chamber of Commerce is the temporary contact for the MROA. For further information contact the Chamber at 781-322-4500 or email: info@maldenchamber.org

Gary Christenson with MROA Members

 

Deb Fallon with MROA Members

 

 

Business Leaders Meet the Candidates for City Council

At the Chamber of Commerce’s first ever “Meet the Candidates” forum, the business community got a chance to hear from the Candidates for City Council last month.  Equally important, the Candidates got a chance to listen to the concerns of business leaders.

Candidates were all seated at tables in the hall at the Irish American Club where they shared breakfast and ideas.  The program allowed each candidate two minutes to introduce themselves and to answer the question: “What is the role of the City in promoting business in Malden?”  There was much talk about taxes, especially the Local Meals Tax enacted last year by the City of Malden.  Several of the Candidates praised the Malden Restaurant Owner/Operators Association [MROA] for promoting Malden as a dining destination.  Many noted their own backgrounds in the business world.

Photo courtesy of Malden Access TV.  Check their listings to see the full event video.

Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy Addresses Attendees

I Get No Respect

 

        The things we do for charity.  Housing Families held a wonderful Community Day last Saturday at the Dockside Restaurant.  Entertainment was provided by Paula Terenzi’s Dance Complex.  The food was delicious, thanks to the Dockside, Hugh O’Neils, and Pisa Pizza.  I offered to cook.  I even offered to dance, but no, they put me into the Dunk Tank.

Seems we have a lot of potential major league pitchers in Malden.  Thanks for the memories.

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 passage of the Local Option Meals Tax in January provides a revenue stream directly to cities and towns from the added tax on meals.

The Chamber hopes you will support this important community organization by patronizing your great local restaurants.

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 passage of the Local Option Meals Tax in January provides a revenue stream directly to cities and towns from the added tax on meals. The Chamber hopes you will support this important community organization by patronizing your great local restaurants.

Malden Chamber of Commerce • 2 Maplewood St. • Malden, MA 02148 • (781) 322-4500 • info@maldenchamber.org