Author Archive: Mayor Dolan

Road Construction and Traffic Update for July 22-23

Lebanon Street will be closed from East Emerson to Porter Street from 8 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. tomorrow morning for water main improvements. Porter Street will be closed between Rowe and Lebanon. Main Street traffic passing the intersection can expect delays.

Water main improvements at the intersection of Marvin Road and Franklin Street will take place starting at 8 p.m. and continue until 8 a.m. Westbound traffic will be detoured at Tremont Street. Eastbound traffic can expect delays.

Meet with Congresswoman Clark this Saturday

Melrose Coffee with Katherine Clark

Countdown to Four Corners – Spotlight on Kevin Barry Pipes & Drums


The Kevin Barry Pipes and Drums musical group will be playing traditional Irish and Scottish music at the Melrose Gazebo on Saturday as part of the Four Corners Music Festival. This band has many members from Melrose and marches in the Memorial Day Parade every year. What you may not know is that they also take part in many competitions, and they took first place in the New Hampshire Scottish Indoor Games last April, with a First Place in Piping and a Third Place in Drumming leading to a First Place overall finish. Here’s a taste of their traditional tunes from a performance last year:

Founded in 1921, the pipe and drum band is a non-profit organization based out of the Malden Irish American Club that seeks to educate the local community in Irish and Scottish traditions through song and performance. Currently, the Kevin Barry band competes in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) in the Grade V category, and also is involved in many local parades and functions. Come on down to the Four Corners Festival this Saturday, July 26, and enjoy the sounds of the Kevin Barry Pipes & Drums, Howie Newman, and more!

Countdown to Four Corners – Spotlight on Tim Ko


Tim Ko

Tim Ko, who will be hosting the Open Mic at Melrose Common on Saturday as part of the Four Corners Music Festival, is a musician who plays acoustic guitar covers of hit songs from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Tim plays a little bit of everything, including rock, country, and blues; you can check out some samples at his website. He also hosts several open mic nights in the greater Boston area. Come on down and be a part of the show this Saturday at Melrose Common!

Countdown to Four Corners – Spotlight on Howie Newman


The Four Corners Music Festival will bring music and fun to four different locations in Melrose on Saturday, July 26. Stay tuned to this blog for information about the performers and all the amazing events we have planned for this special day.


Funny songs, short comedy bits, and lots of audience participation – that’s what Howie Newman will bring to the stage for one of four free music performances during the Melrose Four Corners Music Festival.

Newman’s family-friendly tunes, ranging in subject matter from middle-age dating to intergalactic garbage collection, are sure to bring a smile to your face, and the banter and comedy between each song will keep things lively. The upbeat tunes include hints of jazz, folk, country, and pop, and Newman accompanies himself on guitar and harmonica.

Newman moved to Boston in 1968 to attend Northeastern University and has been sharing music and laughs throughout the greater Boston area ever since. In 1979, he released “Baseball’s Greatest Hits, Volume 1,” as a vinyl disc. The album of funny baseball songs, which Newman claims to be the first of its kind, received airplay on National Public Radio, the Dr. Demento Show, and several radio and television stations across the country.

In 2006, Newman released “Trust Me You’ll Like It,” his first full-length CD, which featured several hilarious satirical songs as well as a few serious ones. Next, with the success of “Baseball’s Greatest Hits,” Newman created a second volume in 2008. In 2012, Newman released his first “live” CD, with several new songs, four classics, and a cover of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Do You Believe in Magic?”

Join the crowd at the Melrose Gazebo at Ell Pond from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, to hear Howie’s music and comedy. For more information on the Melrose Four Corners Music Festival, click here.

MWRA Water Main Work Will Cause Discolored Water

In connection with its Spot Pond Water Storage Tank construction project, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will be shutting down and exercising valves on water mains that supply the City of Melrose on Thursday evening July 17, 2014. Work will begin at 9PM and will be completed by 5AM. Water service to homes will not be interrupted; however, there is a high risk probability that the fluctuations in water flow within this service zone will cause some discolored water in the area.

Discolored water occurs from a small amount of iron in the pipes. While it is safe for drinking, cooking and other uses, please note that iron will stain light colored items in your laundry, especially when bleach is used. Residents should check water clarity before washing any white or lighter colored laundry during this period of work. If you do find discolored water, please run your cold water only until the water runs clear.

Please call MWRA at 617-305-5950 if you have any questions or concerns.

Four Corners Festival Coming July 26!


We’re adding new acts every day, but here’s a look at the initial lineup for the Four Corners Music Festival on Saturday, July 26. Check it out—more details here.

Cooking Demos, Folk Music, and Art in the Park at the Farmers Market Today!

Stop by the Sally Frank Farmers Market today, from 1-7 p.m. at Cedar Park, for a fantastic array of fresh, locally produced vegetables fruit, fish, meat, eggs, baked goods, and other goodies. A new vendor, Flats Mentor Farm, who grows using organic methods, will be there with a wonderful array of Asian Green and other vegetables.

Events include Art in the Park all day, a cooking demo – Summer Salad with Three Dressings – from 3-6 p.m., and Julie Dougherty playing acoustic folk from 4-6 p.m.

Bike to the market and receive $2 in Market Bux!

Kids can enjoy the special Club Sprouts tasting program as well as fun with Blake the Balloon Guy all day.

Melrose Presents: Four Corners Music Festival on July 26

Four Corners logo

Celebrating music, arts and community has always been part of the lifestyle in Melrose. Continuing this tradition, I am excited to announce the first ever Four Corners Festival, which will activate four parks around the city on Saturday, July 26th with free music across the City.

The Four Corners Festival will be a wonderful mix of music for all demographics of Melrosians. This community event will feature performances by many Melrose artists as well as being run by a dedicated group of Melrose residents. This event will be a great way to help connect our neighborhoods while also further supporting our fine arts community. I am looking forward to the Four Corners Festival becoming an annual event in the City.

Four Corners Festival will showcase the Gazebo at Ell Pond, featuring world and folk music; the Horace Mann ball field, for a traditional neighborhood block party with live music; Cedar Park, with a selection of children’s entertainment; and The Commons, with a wide variety of local musicians in an open mic setup.

The Schedule

The Gazebo: 5 to 8 p.m., featuring Howie Newman and more

Horace Mann: 5 to 8 p.m., featuring local musicians

Cedar Park: 2 to 5 p.m., featuring children’s activities, music, and refreshments from The Bohemian Coffee House

Melrose Common: 2 to 5 p.m., Melrose Outdoor Open Mic,

This event wouldn’t be possible without the help of these organizers: Michael Snow is a graduate of Melrose High School, class of 1999 and has lived in Melrose for the better part of his life. Michael currently organizes and produces the Boston Calling Music Festival. Jeremy Van Cleave is a graduate of Melrose High School class of 2006. Jeremy has been performing across the country with different musical acts for the past year and has been living in Melrose since 1999. Kevin Ward is a graduate of Melrose High School, class of 2006, and currently is the Director of Events and Marketing for Pitching in for Kids, a Boston-based nonprofit organization.

For more details about Four Corners, please visit online or email

Affordable Housing Lottery Info Session This Evening

Alta Stone Place

A Public Information Session about the Affordable Housing Lottery for Alta Stone Place will be held this evening, July 15, at 6 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber, City Hall. Here are the details:

Alta Stone Place is a 212 unit rental apartment community located at 1000-4000 Stone Place in Melrose. The 13 affordable apartments being built in Buildings located at 2000 Stone Place and 4000 Stone Place will be made available through this application process and rented to households with incomes at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.

The 8 affordable units in the mill building (2000 Stone Place) feature 13-foot plus ceiling heights with exposed wood beams, exposed brick exterior walls, and oversized mill windows. The 5 affordable units in 4000 Stone Place feature 9-foot ceilings. Units in both buildings feature faux wood flooring in kitchens and baths, carpet in living and bedroom areas, stainless front appliances, granite countertops, plentiful closets, oversized tubs and full size washers and dryers. Please see for more details on the development and the units.

The first units will be ready in October 2014.

Look here for more information.

Information Packet

Lottery Application

Applications are due on August 12.


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