New Horace Mann Playground Opening on August 25

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Here are some before-and-after pictures of the Horace Mann playground. Below is the way the playground looked at the beginning of summer, after the 19-year-old equipment was removed, and above are some views of the new playground.

The new design not only updates the playground with safety certified equipment that uses recycled materials for construction but also better accommodates children with disabilities with the addition of several pieces of ADA certified equipment and rubber surfacing material that makes it easier to reach all areas of the playground. The new playground is a collaborative effort between the City of Melrose, the Horace Mann PTO, the Horace Mann Playground Committee, the Parks Department, the Park Commission, and Ward 2 Alderman Jennifer Lemmerman.

We will be opening the new playground on Monday, August 25, at 6 p.m. There will be slush and fun and games, and the children will “cut” the ribbon. I hope you will be able to join us.

Horace Mann demo

Mayor’s Liquor Advisory Committee to Hold Public Meetings

Here is a press release my office sent out this week:

The Mayor’s Liquor Advisory Committee will hold two public meetings, on Monday, September 8, and Wednesday, September 10, to receive public input about a proposed change to the number of seats required for a restaurant to apply for a liquor license. Both meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster St.

Under current law, a restaurant in Melrose must have 50 seats for a beer and wine license and 100 for a full liquor license. After meeting with local restaurateurs and business owners, the advisory committee is considering a recommendation to reduce the requirements to 25 seats for a beer and wine license and 50 for a full liquor license.

“Before we move forward with this important economic development initiative, we want to hear from you,” said Liquor Advisory Committee Chairman David Lucas. “This is your chance to let us know what you think. The Committee is here to listen.”

“The goal is to expand upon our success in making Melrose a restaurant destination and to help small businesses here continue to thrive and contribute toward our community and our tax base,” said Mayor Robert J. Dolan. “At the same time, our objective is to consider these changes in a responsible manner.”

The seating requirements are the only liquor law changes being considered at the meetings. After the committee makes its recommendation, the Mayor will submit an order for a Home Rule petition to the Board of Aldermen for approval. If the Aldermen approve the order, the next step will be to seek approval of the Home Rule petition by the state legislature. “The public will also be able to comment at these public meetings,” Dolan noted, “but we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to have a say right from the beginning.”

Free Movie Night: See ‘Frozen’ Tomorrow at Memorial Hall

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The City of Melrose would like to invite you to the 6th Annual Free Movie Nights at Melrose Memorial Hall. We will be showing Frozen on Wednesday, August 20. All ages are welcome; the movie is rated PG. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movie starts at 6. Families are encouraged to bring their own snacks.

These free movie nights are made possible by the generosity of the Victoria McLaughlin Foundation, Inc.

Here’s the Group Photo of the MHS Class of 2027!

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Our Kindergarten Welcome Party last week was a great success, as we welcomed over 100 students to the Melrose Public Schools. We had slush and fun and games, and I want to particularly thank the athletes from the Melrose High School football, softball, and girls’ track teams and the middle school and high school cheerleaders who came and played with their much younger classmates!

Every incoming kindergartener received a Welcome Class of 2027 button which will get them and a parent free admission to Melrose High School football games. If your child didn’t get a button, or if you would like a larger version of the group picture, please e-mail my assistant, Brigid Alverson, at balverson@cityofmelrose.org.

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Back to School Information

The first day of school for students in grades K-12 in the Melrose Public Schools will be Tuesday, August 26. Full details, including specific instructions for each school and downloadable school information forms, are available at the Melrose Public Schools website, but here are the basics:

School Hours

Grades Kindergarten-5: 8:15 a.m. – 2:22 p.m.
On TUESDAY, August 26th (only):

  • All students in grades 1-5 will meet their teachers at 8:05 a.m.in the designated area. They will line up by class and enter the building at 8:10 a.m.
  • Kindergarten students will meet their teachers at 8:25 a.m. in the designated area. They will line up by class and enter the building at 8:30 a.m.
  • The purpose of the later start time for Kindergartners is to help ease the transition on the first day of school for our youngest students.

On August 27th & 28th, teachers will meet all K-5 students in the designated area at 8:05 a.m. and enter the building at 8:10 a.m. The school day ends at 2:22 p.m.

Drop-off and pick-up procedures for individual schools are posted on the school website.

Here are school supply lists for the Hoover, Horace Mann, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Winthrop schools.

Grades 6-8, Middle School: 7:40 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.
On TUESDAY, August 26th (only):

  • All students in grade 6 should report to the auditorium.
  • All students in grades 7 and 8 should report to their homerooms.
  • Homeroom and Team assignments will be mailed home over the summer.

School supply lists for the middle school are here.

Grades 9-12, High School: 7:45 a.m. – 2:11 p.m.
On TUESDAY, August 26th (only):

  • Students in grade 9 should report to the main lobby of the high school at 7:45 a.m.
  • Students in grades 10-12 should report to school at 9:45 a.m.
  • Advisory assignments will be posted in the main lobby of the high school.
  • All students in grades 9-12 should report to their A-block class at 7:45 a.m. for a full day of school on Wednesday, August 27th.

Early Childhood Center at the Franklin School

All programs will begin the week of September 2nd on the weekday designated by program type. Welcome letters with specific start of school information will be mailed in August. Contact the Early Childhood Center at 781-979-2260 with questions. Limited spaces are still available in certain programming options.

After-School Programming

Grades K-5

The first day of Education Stations, the Melrose Public Schools after school enrichment program, is Tuesday, August 26, 2012. The program will not operate on Friday, August 29th, and Monday, September 2nd, as schools are closed in observance of Labor Day. Pre-registration is required, and information/registration links can be found on the Education Stations Information Page.

Pre-School, Pre-K at the Early Childhood Center
The first day of Education Stations Jr., the Melrose Public Schools after school enrichment program, is Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Note: The first day of the Early Bird Program is Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Pre-registration is required, and information/registration links can be found on the Education Stations Information Page.

Please call 617-529-9895 or email EducationStation@melroseschools.com with questions.

Road and Construction Update for the Week of August 18

Here’s this week’s update on road work around Melrose.

Monday, August 18

  • Cottage Street will be closed between Russell and Wyoming for road and water work. Alden Street will be closed as well.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements at Lebanon and First Street. Expect delays.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Upham Street between Bellevue and Lebanon. Road closed.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on East Foster Street between Lebanon Street and Larrabee Street. Road closed.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Linwood Avenue between Grove and Lynde. Road closed.

Tuesday, August 19

  • Cottage Street between Russell and Wyoming and Alden Street will be closed for pulverization/grading/paving.
  • East Foster Street between Lebanon and Larrabee will be closed for pulverization and grading.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements at Lebanon and First Street. Expect delays.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Upham Street between Bellevue and Lebanon. Road closed.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Linwood Avenue between Grove and Lynde. Road closed.
  • The intersection of East Emerson and Lebanon will be closed for water main improvements.

Wednesday, August 20

  • Cottage Street between Russell and Wyoming and Alden Street will be closed for pulverization/grading/paving.
  • East Foster Street between Lebanon and Larrabee will be closed for pulverization/grading/paving.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Upham Street between Bellevue and Lebanon. Road closed.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Linwood Avenue between Grove and Lynde. Road closed.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Linwood Avenue at Norris Court and Park Street. Expect delays.
  • The intersection of East Emerson and Lebanon will be closed for water main improvements.

Thursday, August 21

  • Cottage Street between Russell and Wyoming and Alden Street will be closed for pulverization/grading/paving.
  • East Foster Street between Lebanon and Larrabee will be closed for pulverization/grading/paving.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Upham Street between Bellevue and Lebanon. Road closed.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Linwood Avenue between Grove and Lynde. Road closed.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Linwood Avenue at Norris Court and Park Street. Expect delays.
  • The intersection of East Emerson and Lebanon will be closed for water main improvements.

Friday, August 21

  • Cottage Street between Russell and Wyoming and Alden Street will be closed for pulverization/grading/paving.
  • East Foster Street between Lebanon and Larrabee will be closed for pulverization/grading/paving.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Upham Street between Bellevue and Lebanon. Road closed.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Linwood Avenue between Grove and Lynde. Road closed.
  • National Grid will be making gas main improvements on Linwood Avenue at Norris Court and Park Street. Expect delays.

Flags at Half Staff Today to Honor Major General Harold Greene

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The flags at City buildings, including schools, are at half staff today to honor Major General Harold J. Greene, 55, who died in Afghanistan on August 5, 2014.

Road and Construction Update for August 14

Here’s the latest on current and upcoming road construction projects.

East Foster Street: Expect delays and possibly closures and detours between Lebanon and Larrabee streets due to paving and sidewalk reconstruction. Work began today and will continue for about four weeks. Construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cottage and Alden Streets: Road and pavement improvements will begin on Monday, August 18 and will last for about three weeks. Expect delays and possible road closures between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Free Movie Night: See Despicable Me 2 Wednesday at Memorial Hall

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The City of Melrose would like to invite you to the 6th Annual Free Movie Nights at Melrose Memorial Hall. We will be showing Despicable Me 2 on Wednesday, August 13, and Frozen on Wednesday, August 20. All ages are welcome; both movies are rated PG. Doors open at 6 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring their own snacks.

These free movie nights are made possible by the generosity of the Victoria McLaughlin Foundation, Inc.

Come to the Blanket and Basket Concert Tonight!

The final Blanket and Basket concert is tonight (Tuesday, August 12th) at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Beebe Estate, 235 W. Foster St., featuring magician John Henry! “Abracadabra” is a wonderful magic show for the entire family, with plenty of audience participation and magic for everyone to enjoy.

This program is funded by a grant from the Melrose Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. A special thank you to the Melrose Public Library and the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network for collaborating to create this fantastic concert series, with help from the Beebe Estate, the First Congregational Church, and Lilah Rose.

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