Questions and Answers for October 2014

Some of Melrose’s roads are in pretty poor condition with potholes, uneven pavement, etc. Some of these roads experience heavy traffic. One example is Washington Street, another is parts of Main Street (in the area near the Gazebo), and of course Lebanon Street, which is having work done. Are there plans to repave these roads before winter?

The Lebanon Street Improvement Project that is currently underway is close to an $8 million project in total, including funding by the State, the utilities and the City of Melrose. It includes a new roadway, curbing, concrete sidewalks, ADA ramps, traffic signals, and new electrical conduit, beginning at Robinson’s Funeral Home all the way to Grove Street. It also includes the section of Main Street that you are referring to. Because it is part of the Lebanon project, we have held off repaving that portion of Main Street. Final paving on these roads will occur in the spring, the to allow for any potential settling that may occur after the water and gas work is complete.

The City hired a consultant last year to conduct three separate evaluations of each roadway in Melrose based on the condition of the asphalt, water infrastructure, and sewer infrastructure, in order to help direct our funds in road improvement projects. Washington Street is one that ranks high in terms of needing repair. It will be under strong consideration when our current slate of road projects, funded through our current road bond and Chapter 90 funds is, completed in 2015.

A tip of my hat to the MWRA for completing construction and reopening Ravine Road on schedule and even doing a nice paving job where they excavated the road. Are there plans to plant grass and landscape the area of the Ravine Road/Fellsway intersection where they established the new access to Ravine? If so, what is the target date?

The area was seeded this week, so thankfully, the project is complete.

This MWRA project was very important for Melrose and the region as it created another emergency water supply for the area in case of a crisis. In addition, I was pleased to see DCR reconfigure the intersection of upper Ravine Road and the Fellsway to make it into a T intersection, which will be safer for everyone entering and exiting that busy intersection.

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Video Blog: Road Construction Update

Today I talked to DPW Director John Scenna about the status of the various road construction projects around town.

Farmers Market Moves to Memorial Hall for the Day

The Farmers Market is on from 1 to 6 p.m. today, but due to inclement weather it will take place indoors at Memorial Hall.

This week, On the Edge Knife is coming for the last time—bring your knives to be sharpened to the market before the Thanksgiving rush.

Also at the market this week, 7 ate 9 has made their best selling pumpkin cheesecakes using the pumpkins from Dick’s Market Garden at our market!

Doves and Figs will be at the market bringing their fantastic jams—jams such as Peachy Mean—peaches with a kick of black pepper and hot red pepper flakes.

Dick’s Market Garden will be bringing their late summer, early fall harvest. Cannistraci will bring their fresh baked bread. Shady Pine will bring grass fed meats and eggs. Roberto’s Seafood will bring the fresh catch of the day. Fior d’Italia will bring their pastas. Eventide will bring her wonderful blondies and other fine baked goods.

Sydney Smith and Constance Lafond, artisans, will bring their prints and original paintings, drawings and watercolors, floral photo cards and more—lots of holiday gift ideas.

Our non-profit is Scarlett and Bryce Timm, who are raising money for the Wildlife Conservation Society, specifically for wild elephants. They will be selling bracelets and providing an art and painting table to raise funds for the society.

Kevin Moore will be playing live acoustic guitar starting at 4 p.m.

See you at the market!

Road Work on the Fellsway Tomorrow

The DCR plans on paving the Lynn Fells Parkway from Youle to Vinton Street tomorrow. There will be one lane of traffic open during the morning rush hour, so please allow extra time for your morning commute.

Support Local Veterans at Absolutely Fabulous Tonight!

Sangria Salute

For the third straight year, Gately Funeral Home will host veterans and their supports for a Sangria Salute night at Absolutely Fabulous on Main Street in Melrose.

The Gately staff, on hand to mix their now famous drink, has raised more than $4500 in past events to help support the Melrose Veterans Relief Fund. The relief fund helps support local veterans by assisting with non-traditional financial and medical support to include rent assistance, heating oil and food.

Your support for this great and fun event would be much appreciated. Remember to purchase the Sangria Salute drink and tip generously to help Melrose veterans.

Trick or Treat Downtown on Halloween

Trick or Treat

Don’t be afraid! The Melrose Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat at Melrose Businesses will be on Friday, October 31st from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Sponsored by Doctors Express Saugus and Malden, businesses on Main Street, Essex Street, West Foster Street, West Wyoming, West Emerson, Franklin Street and other business districts will be participating. Children in third grade and younger are invited to trick or treat where they see the orange and black balloons. For a list of participating businesses, visit Please note there is no rain date.

Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, October 25

Saturday, October 25, the City of Melrose will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the DPW Recycling Center, 72 Tremont Street.

From 8 a.m.-12 p.m., you can drop off toxic household items that are not allowed in the trash. Proof of residency is required and a small fee ($2-7) will be charged for each item. Commercial hazardous waste will not be accepted.

Since the improper disposal of hazardous waste is dangerous for Department of Public Works employees and bad for the environment, we encourage you to take advantage of this important event.


Paint products
Oil based paint, stains and varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers/thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid

NOTE: Latex paint will NOT be accepted. Dried-up latex paint can be disposed of Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. -3 p.m., at the Public Works Operations Facility.

Fuels/auto products
Gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, motor oil, engine degreaser, brake fluid, carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes

Gardening fluids
Poisons, insecticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, weed killer

Household items
Rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry set, furniture polish, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, rug and upholstery cleaner, hobby supplies, artist supplies, mothballs, flea control products

Driveway sealer, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals


To safely transport these items, leave the materials in their original containers. Make sure to tighten caps and lids.

Oil paint, pesticides and household cleaners should be sorted and packed separately. It’s also a good idea to pack containers in sturdy upright boxes and pad with newspaper. Drive directly to the collection site as soon as the car is packed. Never mix chemicals or smoke while handling hazardous material.


Empty containers/trash, commercial or industrial waste, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, infectious and biological wastes, pressurized cylinders, ammunition, fireworks and explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, asbestos, oil filters

Please do not throw these items in the trash. To properly dispose of them, call a private disposal company.

For more information, email Jessie Schmitt at or call the DPW Office at 781-665-0142.

MAAV Annual Walk and Candlelight Vigil This Sunday

As the Honorary Chairperson of MAAV’s 19th Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil, I urge everyone to attend this meaningful community event on Sunday, Oct. 19. Since last year’s Vigil, 9 people have been killed in Massachusetts as a result of domestic violence. Several family members of those victims will be joining us to commemorate the lives lost, and to renew our commitment to ending violence in our community. The event begins at 4:00 pm in the Melrose Veterans Memorial School cafeteria. For more information please visit or call 781-662-2010.

Learn Hebrew in a Day at Temple Beth Shalom!

Temple Beth Shalom, Melrose, will hold a workshop on reading Hebrew on Sunday, October 19, from 12–5 p.m. This crash course will use games, group activities, as well as more traditional instruction to teach participants how to recognize Hebrew letters and vowels and to decode Hebrew words as they appear in the prayerbook. Please reserve a spot by contacting Rabbi Allison, Director of Family Education, at All are welcome. Members $10; non-members $15. The Temple is located at 21 East Foster St., Melrose. For more information, visit or call 781-665-4520 and leave a message.

Masons to Hold Open House October 18

Who are the Masons and what is Freemasonry all about? The Wyoming Lodge A.F. & A.M., located at 326 Main St. (corner of West Wyoming Ave.) will hold an open house on Saturday, October 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Freemasons will be on hand to give tours of the historic building and to help the public gain a better understanding of the fraternity, its history, and why Freemasonry has been the common denominator of so many great men throughout our country’s history. For more information, e-mail Michael Nachshen,


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