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Malden pulls April fools prank on residents

Posted by Jarret Bencks  April 1, 2013 05:08 PM

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The City of Malden pulled a little April Fools Day prank on its residents.

Using the city's website and Facebook page, the city announced a faux new program to collect dirty snow using specially marked bags available at local stores.

In part, the announcement read:

Beginning today, the Malden DPW will begin collecting snow using special bags that can be found at select stores. ... these snow bags may look like yard waste collection bags but are lined with special cold-insulating waterproof material to allow them to hold up on a warm spring day. Remember, you must put your snow in official City of Malden snow collection bags or bags will not be collected. Collection will be restricted to 1 bag per week and bags must not exceed 30 pounds in weight.

The references to restrictions on the number of bags and their weight pokes fun at the city's oft-complained about pay-as-you-throw trash program, which, coincidentally, is the subject of a scheduled announcement tomorrow by Mayor Gary Christenson.

A call to a City Hall spokesperson to see how residents have reacted to the prank wasn't immediately returned late Monday afternoon.

Malden has a little history of pranking its residents. Last year, the city's website announced on April 1 that city hall would be put on stilts, rather than demolished, to reconnect Pleasant Street, which has been separated since Malden Government Center was built in 1975.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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