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    Malden YMCA acquires Boys & Girls Club of Medford

    The Malden YMCA is acquiring the former Boys & Girls Club of Medford under an agreement that will include the Medford Recreation Department and expand programming at the Gene Mack Gym.

    With the change, the gym — which had been home to the Boys & Girls Club since 2001 — will be renamed the Medford Youth Center. It will be staffed by existing Boys & Girls Club employees, and administered by the Malden YMCA.

    The Medford Recreation Department — currently housed at City Hall — is relocating to the youth center.

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    “The collaboration between the Malden YMCA and Medford Recreation will add tremendous opportunity for our entire community,” Medford Mayor Stephanie M. Burke said in a statement. “Providing a central location for residents to learn, engage in activities, and grow is the goal of our Recreation Department relocating to the Gene Mack Gymnasium.”

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    The Malden YMCA has served Everett, Malden, and Medford since 1881. While it has not had an existing building in Medford, the Y has offered services to city residents over the years, including a free summer lunch program for children and a new Weekend Grocery Program that since February has provided 776 Medford residents with nutritious food at no cost.

    In collaboration with Medford High School, the Y also operates an in-school food pantry to serve students and their families who are in need. For many years, it has operated the Medford Housing Authority’s Willis Avenue Community Center.

    John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.