Road and Construction Update for April 16, 2014

Lebanon Street: Closed between Emerson and Upham. Detours will be in place. Upham Street will be open to all traffic with construction delays expected.

Lincoln Street: Construction related delays on Lincoln between Porter and Upham.

North and South Cedar Park: Construction related delays.

Franklin Street: Construction related delays.

Belmont Street: Open to abutters only.

Remembering a sad day

Sean Collier

Sean Collier

Today, on the one-year anniversary of the bombing of the Boston Marathon, we remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day, Lu Lingzi, Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, and Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in the line of duty, as well as those who were injured. This is a day that none of us will forget—nor should we.

Boston Marathon victims

Road and Construction Update for April 15, 2014

North and South Cedar Park: Open with construction related delays.

Linwood Avenue: Expect construction-related delays.

Franklin Street: Open to traffic with construction related delays.

Lebanon Street: Traffic traveling into Melrose from Malden on Lebanon Street will be detoured around construction between First Street and Upham Street. Outbound traffic on Lebanon Street towards Malden will be maintained as much as possible with construction related delays expected.

All work will be performed weather permitting. Rain is in the forecast.

50 Days in the Schools #27: Winthrop fifth-graders get the scoop

Meghan Lewis 2
A group of Winthrop School fifth-graders are learning about research, writing, and design by publishing their own newspaper.

The paper is published once a month as an afterschool enrichment activity; fifth-grade teacher Meghan Lewis is the advisor, and all the staff of 19 reporters and editors are in her class (the other fifth-grade class has its own podcast). The newspaper is distributed to all the fifth-graders and the Winthrop staff.

Just like other newspapers, The 5th Grade Scoop has regular features: A cover story, a sports column, a technology column, an advice column, even comics and puzzles. The newspaper club meets at the beginning of the month to figure out the lineup of stories.

“The biggest things we focus on are the cover articles,” said Lewis. “The students pick what they want to do their research on—we do a lot of science research, we did an article on the Olympics, and we also report on things that go on at school, such as the bazaar. We will have a report on their e-camp experience; we have reporters who will ask questions and check in with the teachers there. And then current affairs, but that’s very student directed. I help them with their research and help them figure out where to go for ideas.”

Students can leave questions for the advice column in a box in the computer lab, which is used by both fifth grades. “The questions are often related to peer-to-peer things that are going, on but there are also academic questions: I have this big test, what can I do to study for it?” said Lewis. “In September we had a question about managing homework. My advice columnists work together and also consult our school adjustment counselor.”

The sports column covers national and local sports, including Melrose football and hockey. Comics are drawn by a different student every month, and each student has a chance to draw a comic about something he or she is interested in. The paper also has a monthly doodle contest.

Every month the students come up with a poll for the fourth- and fifth-graders; respondents have six possible answers to choose from, and the reporters present the results as a pie chart. There’s also a doodle contest and an “Interesting Facts” column. “They have so much fun researching the interesting facts,” said Lewis.

The students write up their articles and save them on the school computer, and Lewis does the final layout of the four-page paper. “That’s a good amount of work, but it allows the students to focus more on the writing and research and reporting,” she said. Then the editors review their work: Lewis prints out a draft and sends it to all the students in the newspaper club with a pink pen to make edits. Then the paper goes to its final draft, and once copies are printed, the students fold them and deliver them.

The newspaper gives the students an opportunity to use their English, math, and research skills in a new context, and it also is an opportunity to consider some other problems. “We have had conversations about our advice column and how to include that piece and keep it anonymous,” said Lewis. “We talk about our audience, who we are writing for. They are fifth-graders, so they let their own interests drive their choices.” They also discuss which research sources are the most reliable.

” I always have a large group in September, and it’s nice when I have a few more join in October,” said Lewis. “It’s not just about writing; there is so much more involved. It’s great to see some of my students who don’t think writing is a strength for them become very interested in doing this and put together some fabulous writing, because it’s a different form, it’s student driven, it’s what they are interested in, and it’s more engaging.”

Community meeting about the Tremont/Essex Street Corridor on April 16

Commuter Rail Corridor Rezoning Meeting Flyer 4-16-14

Last fall, we posted some highlights from the Metropolitan Area Planning Committee’s study of the Tremont/Essex Street corridor, which were developed after two meetings with neighborhood residents. The full MAPC report is available here.

Together with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, we will host a discussion about proposed zoning amendments for this area on Wednesday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. on the third floor of the Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster Street.

The Commuter Rail Corridor Plan, which was developed by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, includes recommendations regarding land use and zoning, transportation, and public realm improvements. The proposed zoning amendments are intended to help capitalize on the opportunities and overcome the impediments of the Corridor in order to stimulate investment in the area.

For more information, please contact Adam Duchesneau at 781-979-4193 or ADuchesneau@CityofMelrose.org

Friday closings

City Hall and the Melrose Public Schools will be closed on Friday, April 18, for Good Friday.

The City Yard will be open but will close at 1 p.m. Trash and recycling will be picked up on their regular schedule on Friday.

The City Yard will be open on Saturday, April 19, and we will have a special recycling event that day. Details are on the Melrose Recycling blog.

Road and Construction Update for April 12 and 14, 2014

Saturday, April 12

North and South Cedar Park and Colby Terrace will be closed for paving between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Monday, April 14

West Foster Street between the MBTA Tracks and Myrtle Street will remain open with expected delays; crews will be working on the south side of West Foster Street.

Linwood Ave. will be closed from Park Street to Sylvan Street.

Sylvan Street will be open for the morning commute with construction related delays expected. Temporary closures of the west bound lane between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. can be expected.

Franklin Street will be open to traffic with construction related delays expected.

Lebanon Street will be detoured to Main Street between East Foster Street and East Emerson Street.

In addition, National Grid’s paving contractor, Mathias Paving Corp., will be conducting paving operations in the following locations next week:

  • Clifton Park, Clifton Park Court, Apthorp Street – April 15th-17th
  • East Wyoming Avenue at Summer Street – April 14th-15th
  • First Street at Sewall Street – April 16th-18th

All work is being done to provide final pavement restoration to areas disturbed during gas main replacement projects performed last year. Traffic delays can be expected in these areas.

Road and Construction Update for April 11, 2014

Here are the expected road construction delays for tomorrow, April 11th.

North and South Cedar Park will be open to abutters only for portions of the day.

West Foster Street between the MBTA Tracks and Myrtle Street will remain open with expected delays; crews will be working on the south side of West Foster Street.

Linwood Ave. will be open during construction with expected delays.

Franklin Street will be open to traffic with construction related delays expected.

Lebanon Street will be open to traffic with construction related delays expected in the Upham Street area.

Road and Construction Update for April 10, 2014

Tomorrow, April 10th, Vinton Street will be open to abutters only from West Foster to West Emerson.

North and South Cedar Park will be open to abutters only from Vinton Street to West Emerson.

West Foster Street between the MBTA Tracks and Myrtle Street will remain open with expected delays; crews will be working on the south side of West Foster Street.

Linwood Ave will be open during construction with expected delays; Norris Court and Park Street will be open to abutters only during portions of the day for construction related activities. Both streets will re-open as soon as work is completed.

Franklin Street will be open to traffic with construction related delays expected.

Lebanon Street will be open to traffic with construction related delays expected in the Upham Street area.

Public Forum on Early Education and Literacy at the ECC tonight

Please join Representative Paul Brodeur, the North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network, and Melrose Birth to 5 at the Franklin Early Childhood Center for a Public Forum on Early Education and Literacy.

Hear from Megina Baker, an expert in the field of Early Childhood Learning

When: Wednesday, April 9th from 6:30 to 8:00
Where: Franklin Early Childhood Center, 16 Franklin Street, Melrose MA 02176

Light refreshments will be provided

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