2011

Stone Soup

 

• On March 26, OGIA co-sponsored Stone Soup, with Malden Access Television, and Immaculate Conception Parish as a benefit for Bread of Life. The event featured storyteller Bruce Marcus, and Chefs David Stein and Laura Lewis.

2010

Oak Grove Community Building: Making a Difference in Our Community…

 

• On Saturday, April 24, in celebration of the Boy Scouts of America nation-wide Centennial Day of Service, Boy Scouts of Troop 603 joined Oak Grove Improvement Association in a landscape clean-up of the Oak Grove Community Building and the surrounding area.

Oak Grove Community Building Maintenance

• OGIA continued to maintain and landscape the grounds of the Oak Grove Community Building and the Veteran’s Memorial in Oak Grove Square

OGIA Addresses Identity Theft

• OGIA partnered with the Victorian Society of Malden to sponsor a speaker on identity theft.

Spring Fling Bingo (Children/Senior Citizens)

• Sponsored the Spring Fling Bingo at the Robinson Cuticura Building for children and senior citizens. The children received books as their prizes to promote reading.

Lincoln Commons Phase 2

Worked with artist Elizabeth Scorsello to complete the plantings at the Lincoln Commons corner seating area.

Malden Reads Sponsorship

OGIA sponsored and worked with Malden Reads, a community reading project, starting in July, 2010. This project came to an end in April, 2011.

6th Annual Harvest Moon Festival

• Produced and coordinated the 6th Annual Harvest Moon Festival at Fellsmere Pond.

Holiday Traditions

OGIA marched once again in the Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions, with a familiar red friend.

Following the parade, OGIA sponsored two events at the Malden Public Library: Joe the Storyteller led off with his holiday narrative, followed by Cookie Decorating!

Remembrance Tree Lighting

• Co-sponsored the Remembrance Tree Lighting Ceremony with the Malden Chamber of Commerce on December 7 at Malden City Hall Plaza.

2009

Children’s Bingo

• OGIA sponsored a children's bingo game at the Oak Grove Community Building on April 19th. Books were given as prizes to promote reading.

Scholarship Fundraiser: Dockside Restaurant

• On April 23, OGIA held a fundraiser for the Malden High School Scholarship Fund at the Dockside.

Oak Grove Community Building Maintenance

• OGIA continued to maintain and landscape the grounds of the Oak Grove Community Building and the Veteran’s Memorial in Oak Grove Square.

Family Movie Night

• Sponsored a Family Movie Night on March 14th at the Oak Grove Community Building as a food drive for Bread of Life. Admission was a food item for donation. The drive was successful, collecting over 100 pounds of food!

Lincoln Commons Circle Garden

• Worked with residents and Neal Anderson, Councillor of Ward 7, to landscape and clear the seating area at the circle of Lincoln Commons, near the corner of Cross and Henry Streets.

5th Annual Harvest Moon Festival

• Produced and coordinated the 5th Annual Harvest Moon Festival at Fellsmere Pond.

Holiday Storytelling and Cookie Decoration

• Sponsored a storyteller and cookie decorating at the Malden Public Library following Malden's 2009 Parade of Holiday Traditions.

2008

Oak Grove Community Building Clean-up

• OGIA was delighted with the overwhelming turnout of over 35 volunteers on Saturday, April 19, 2008, for a clean-up of the Oak Grove Community Building. We started at 7:30AM and were treated to breakfast by one of the volunteers. The day ended with wonderful surprise dinner provided by one of our neighbors! We called it a day at 9:00PM.

• We had a great group of volunteer students from Malden High School's Interact Club working through the afternoon. We marveled at their spirit and willingness to learn and help. They worked hard but always remembered to have fun. They are a true inspiration to our community.

Oak Grove Community Building Maintenance

• OGIA continued to refurbish the Oak Grove Community Building, painting the exterior doors and interior of the building.

 

Healthy Malden

• OGIA participated in the Healthy Malden Fundraiser.

4th Annual Harvest Moon Festival

• Produced and coordinated the 4th Annual Harvest Moon Festival at Fellsmere Pond.

Liberty Elm Tree Project

• OGIA secured a grant to plant the first Liberty Elm Tree in the City of Malden on the grounds of the Oak Grove Community Building with the aid of the same Boy Scout troop they worked with on the initial landscape project in 2004. This tree is dedicated in the memory of Virginia “Ginny” Greenleaf, a 35-year member of the Oak Grove Improvement Association.

Veterans' Memorial

• OGIA began maintaining the Veterans' Memorial in Oak Grove Square as part of our ongoing efforts for improvement of the area.

2007

Malden High School Scholarships

• OGIA awarded $5,000 in scholarships to Malden High School students in 2007.

Bullying

• OGIA sponsored a workshop on Bullying at the Malden Public Library

3rd Annual Harvest Moon Festival

• The location for the 3rd Annual Harverst Moon Festival was moved from Patchell Park to Fellsmere Pond.

2006

Malden High School Scholarships

• OGIA awarded $25,000 in scholarships to Malden High School students in 2006.

2nd Annual Harvest Moon Festival

• OGIA produced and coordinated the 2nd Annual Harverst Moon Festival at Patchell Park.

2005

1st Annual Harvest Moon Festival

Block Party

• In 2005, OGIA held its first Block Party.

• OGIA proudly held its 1st Annual Harvest Moon Festival during the fall of 2005 at Patchell Park. This was to be our first fundraiser, but when Hurricane Katrina hit the people of New Orleans, the majority of our members agreed that they could not have the proceed go to our organization. All proceeds were contributed to the Salvation Army for the express purpose of providing aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. From this time forward, the Harvest Fest evolved into the Harvest Moon Festival, an family-friendly annual event held at Fellsmere Pond to promote community.

• OGIA continued maintenance of the Oak Grove Community Building and its grounds.

• John Preotle, of Preotle, Lane and Associates, presented the OGIA with a painting of the Oak Grove Community Building.

• December marked the 2005 Holiday Party, sponsored by OGIA at the Oak Grove Community Building.

2004

Oak Grove Community Building Landscape Project

• In 2004, OGIA worked with a local Boy Scouts Eagle Scout project on the initial landscape project for the Oak Grove Community Building. From this time onward (with the exception of 2006-2007) OGIA has maintained the grounds of the Oak Grove Community Building, adding planting beds, shrubs, numerous flowers and fencing.

Recapturing an Old Tradition

• OGIA donated a blue spruce which we planted on the grounds of the Oak Grove Community Building in the hopes to recapture an old tradition, based on the history of the organization. Traditionally, the original 36-foot tree had been placed on the grounds by the Improvement Association, and decorated during the holiday season to bring the neighborhood together in a united spirit of friendliness. Children of the area would gather around the tree during the Christmas season and sing holiday songs.

Holiday Party

• Once again, OGIA sponsored the 2004 Holiday Party, held at the Oak Grove Community Building.

2003

New Incorporation

• In 2003, the Oak Grove Improvement Association was incorporated. Believing in the idea of community, the Association expanded its corporate purpose from the limited benefit of the residents of the Oak Grove community to include all residents of the City of Malden. The Oak Grove Improvement Association became a Massachusetts Public Charity and was designated a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service effective as of 2003.

Oak Grove Community Building Refurbishing Project

• History began to repeat itself! OGIA went to work on the interior of the Oak Grove Community Building: furnishings were purchased, including chairs, tables, barrels, clocks, and a microwave; the walls were rehabbed, including the removal of 1970's-era paneling, patching, and painting; curtains were added, and the whole interior was cleaned. As a result, through numerous volunteer efforts, OGIA, with permission from City representatives, transformed the Oak Grove Community Building into a point of community pride. This building now provides a home for charitable, cultural and civic organizations of the City of Malden.

2002

Patchell Park Renovations

• Councillor Bill Spadafora and one of the local residents worked together on the renovation project of Patchell Park and on updating the park equipment, which involved the removal of the old equipment, and the selection of new equipment. They worked cohesively for months on this renovation project and the planning of a rededication ceremony to introduce and celebrate the new park equipment and enhancements to the park. The same local resident became Oak Grove Improvement Association’s new President the following year.

Patchell Park Re-Dedication Ceremony

• On Sunday, September 29, 2002, Patchell Park was rededicated. It was a beautiful day for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, barbecue, and, of course, the new park equipment! Local political leaders, Councilor Bill Spadafora, School Committee Representatives Frank Russell of Ward 3, Bill Mini of Ward 4, and State Representative Chris Fallon were in attendance, along with a special guest of honor, Mrs. William F. Patchell. Over 100 residents turned out to enjoy the celebration! This event served as a catalyst to bring members of the community together. An informal network of residents was created!

Oak Grove Community Building Falling Into Disrepair

• In the fall of 2002, a group of local residents desiring to foster a sense of community, and concerned with the condition of the Oak Grove Community Building, banded together to revive the Oak Grove Improvement Association. Elderly residents, who were deeply committed to the interests of the neighborhood, came forward to offer assistance in the re-establishment of the OGIA. The “Holiday Party” was reintroduced. The turnout was very successful with over 150 attending. This was followed by a successful children’s Valentine Day bingo, and soon after the first Block Party was held.

Holiday Parties at the Oak Grove Community Building

• Beginning in 2002, and continuing through 2005, the Oak Grove Improvement Association ran holiday parties at the Oak Grove Community Building each December.


2003 Holiday Party

2001

Concerns Over Patchell Park

In the fall of 2001, residents voiced concern to Ward 3 Councillor, William (Bill) Spadafora, about the condition and safety of the playground equipment at Patchell Park. This community concern served as the impetus for the re-establishment of the Oak Grove Improvement Association.