Come to the Melrose Dog Festival on Sunday!

The Melrose Dog Festival will be held on Sunday, September 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine (but hopefully shine!), featuring music, games, giveaways, vendors, raffles, and more. the Melrose Animal Clinic will be doing $30 Microchipping on site, and there will be training tips and demonstrations. Concessions will be available for both humans and dogs! There will be a VERY special presentation (more on that later) and LOTS of excellent educational information to share! (The dog park itself will be closes from 11am – 2pm for special events and training workshops).

Can’t make the Melrose Dog Festival but want to enter the raffle to win the Dyson Animal Vacuum and the Craftsman Snowblower? No problem: Make a secure donation online at via the yellow PayPal DONATE link and in the “instructions to seller” seller at checkout, indicate which product you’d like your chances to go towards—you can divide your chances any way you choose (PayPal link is not mobile friendly, so you must enter from a laptop or PC). Winners will be announced at an upcoming Veteran’s event in November (more details to come). Prizes can’t be shipped but must be picked up from the Melrose/Wakefield area. Proceeds from this raffle will support NEADS: Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans and their Canines for Combat Veterans program AND Dogs on Deployment! We are very excited to collaborate on this fundraising effort with our friends from the Melrose Veterans Memory Project!

Learn more about pet emergency preparedness at the Melrose Dog Festival! Friends from SMART and the Animal Rescue League of Boston will be there to talk about what you can do…and we’ll be providing opportunities for to win a fully stocked emergency pet backpack! And in case you don’t win, we’ll have info on what to include in one so you and your pets can be prepared for anything.

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is leading National Preparedness Month. Are you and your pet prepared for a disaster? The ARL’s Rescue Services suggests finding a pet-friendly emergency shelter in advance, as well as getting a pet emergency backpack ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation. For a list of supplies to include in a pet emergency bag, visit

Special Offer at Ocean Sushi


Ocean Sushi, at 16 Oak Grove Ave. (around the corner from Bobby C’s) is offering a special this week: Philadelphia Maki (smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, and scallion) is just $3.99 until Sunday, September 21. No minimum for delivery; check their website at or call (781) 388-9000.

Cabaret to Open Polymnia’s Season

Polymnia Cabaret poster

Polymnia Choral Society will kick off its 61st season by presenting a Cabaret on Saturday, September 20 at Temple Beth Shalom, 21 East Foster Street, Melrose. Two 90-minute shows, at 5:00 and 8:00 PM, will feature music director Murray Kidd in his role as professional singer, popular local singers Joseph Holmes and Brendan Carroll, and High School Spotlight winners, among others. Tickets, $25 and $15 for students, will include the show and appetizers. There will also be a cash bar.

Tickets are available at Miter Biter Frame Co, 479 Main Street, Melrose, Sweet Thoughts, 504 Main Street, on line at or by calling 617-633-5006. Seating is limited, so advance purchase is recommended.

Eileen Christiansen and Adrianna Repetto compare notes in The Grass is Always Greener in last year's Cabaret.

Eileen Christiansen and Adrianna Repetto compare notes in The Grass is Always Greener in last year's Cabaret.

Don’t miss Melrose Swap Day Saturday, September 27th!

Swap Day Flyer

The City of Melrose and Melrose Birth to Five are co-sponsoring the second annual Melrose Swap Day, a free community reuse event. It will take place in City Hall Parking Lot from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 27th.

Don’t miss this opportunity to drop off your items as well as pick up!. Melrose Birth to Five will have a section that will be accepting all children’s clothing for the swap. If possible, please separate by gender and size.

Please be aware that baby toys and equipment are not included as part of the Swap Day event.

For additional information, please email

Where: City Hall Parking Lot
When: September 27, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fall-Winter 2014 Flu Clinic Schedule

2014 flyer Melrose Reading & Wakefield dates with current dates

MAAV Kicks Off Fall Fund-Raiser Sept. 17


The Melrose Alliance Against Violence invites the public to a Team Captain’s Kick-Off Party for MAAV’s 19th Annual Walk Against Violence on Wednesday, September 17, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Windsor at Oak Grove Village Clubhouse, 12 Island Hill Ave.

All are invited to enjoy ice cream sundaes and learn more about MAAV, its Annual Walk, and how to captain a team. In addition, a survivor of domestic violence will share her personal, compelling, and inspiring story.

Melrose High School Launches Alumni Association

Melrose High School is in the process of establishing an alumni association for members of all classes from past to present as a means of improving communication about new and exciting things going on at Melrose High School, as well as events in the alumni community. As graduates of Melrose High School, we would love to have you involved! If you have ideas for alumni networking events, would like to share reunion information, or are interested in sharing your experiences with current students, please feel free to share that information with us through the email address below.

The first step in this process is to develop a database of alumni. Please email your contact information to

If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Association Executive Board, please contact Mrs. Carpenter at or send a message to the alumni association email above.

Monday Evening Recycling Hours Start This Week

The DPW Recycling Center on 72 Tremont Street will be open extended hours on Mondays this fall. The Center will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Mondays from September 15 to December 1. Take advantage of these extra hours to drop off regular recyclables (paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum) textiles, books, yard waste, CFL bulbs and more!

Melrose Education Foundation Night Out on September 20

Beebe Estate

The Melrose Education Foundation will kick off the school year with a Night Out at the Beebe Estate on Saturday, September 20, at 7 p.m. The cost is $35 per person and there will be a cash bar, music, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. Tickets can be ordered here.

From their press release:

This is your chance to learn more about the Melrose Ed Foundation and hear directly from educators about the positive impact that Foundation grants have had on our students.

Enjoy great conversation, food and drink, and music within the parlors of the beautiful Greek Revival-style mansion and on its grounds. New this year: We’ve added a classic white canopy for all to enjoy the late summer air during this festive evening.

Special thanks to our event sponsors: Absolutely Fabulous, Benchmark Studio Group, and Hannaford & Dumas Printing.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Foundation’s work, come to the “Meet and Greet” with the Board of Directors at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 29, at Remax, 536 Main Street.

City to Honor Minor McLain on POW-MIA Recognition Day

Minor McLain

The City of Melrose will dedicate the corner of Franklin and Albion Streets to World War II veteran Minor McLain as part of National POW-MIA Recognition Day on September 19, 2014, at 10 a.m.

The permanent monument will display the name, rank, and medals of the long-time resident in addition to a short biography highlighting his contributions to the United States and his beloved Melrose.

McLain served as an infantryman during World War II in the European Theatre. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry and the Purple Heart for his service in the United States Army. He also served for a time as a Prisoner of War.

“Minor served in every possible way,” said Ryan McLane, Director of Melrose Veteran Services. “Not only does his service record read with the highest possible distinctions, he was also heavily involved in the community and a staunch advocate for veteran causes to include POW-MIA advocacy.”

The McLain family will be on hand to receive the honors as will members of the VFW Harold O. Young Post #2394. McLain was a long-time member of this historic post, holding the positions of Chaplain and Historian.

The public is welcome to the attend the public unveiling of this important monument in addition to hearing comments about his distinguished service and life.

National POW-MIA Recognition Day is honored annually across the country on the third Friday in September with ceremonies drawing attention to the important cause of making sure we never forget those who sacrificed on behalf of their nation.

The City of Melrose selected this important day for the McLain square dedication as a tribute to his lifelong commitments to education and veteran issues.

For more information please contact Ryan McLane at 781-979-4186 or


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