Author Archive: Mayor Dolan

Check Out Market Gourmet’s Labor Day BBQ Special

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The new Market Gourmet just opened on Hurd Street at West Wyoming Avenue, and already they are offering a special on Labor Day barbecue. Here are the details:

Labor Day BBQ Package!

Now accepting pre-orders
~Stop in or call 781-662-1691~

Labor Day BBQ Package (feeds four): $46.99
Four 8oz burgers and buns (Blend of beef, pork and veal)
(Add cheese: $3.00)
Plus: Homemade coleslaw, “Mom’s Potato salad,” baked beans, and corn on the cob.
Orders must be in by Friday August 29th

Come by the Farmers Market Today!

The Sally Frank Farmers’ Market is going on today from 1-7pm at Bowden Park on W. Emerson and Vinton Streets. This week, On the Edge Knife will be there to sharpen your knives so you can be your most creative in the kitchen. Patti will also sharpen anything that requires a sharp edge, including scissors and garden tools.

Get your fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, pasta, eggs, meat, baked goods—stock up with a bushel of tomatoes, peaches, pears, can them and have the summer’s freshness all winter. Listen to Stephen Moore play his acoustic guitar and harmonica from 4-6 p.m., or relax with Yoga in the Park at 5 p.m. for an hour.

The Farmers’ Market will continue throughout the winter, starting with the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival, Sunday, Nov. 23 from 12-4 p.m. in Memorial Hall and continuing once a month on the third Sunday of each month from December to April (12/21, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, and 4/19), also from 12-4 p.m., all at Memorial Hall. Melrose is honored to host this winter market, which is a combined effort with the Wakefield Farmers’ Market—you will be able to get all your fresh, locally grown food brought to you right here in Melrose all winter long.

Grand Opening of Market Gourmet

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I was happy to be at the Market Gourmet this morning to help Ben and Ayla Quinones open up their new business—and their daughter Sophia was there as well to help cut the ribbon! The Market Gourmet is a new grab-and-go store that features fresh, wholesome food. Check out their menu on their website, follow them on Twitter, and then stop by for a treat!

Several members of the Quinones family, as well as Sen. Jason Lewis, Rep. Paul Brodeur, Alderman at Large Monica Medeiros, and Ward 6 Alderman Peter Mortimer, were there to help welcome Melrose’s newest business.

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Veterans’ Golf Tournament on September 12

Together with the Melrose Veterans Advisory Board, I would like to invite you to the first major fundraiser for Operation Remember, our year-long tribute to Melrose Korean War Veterans. Proceeds from this day at Mount Hood will benefit the installation of a dedicated Korean War Monument in the spring of 2015. The design for the monument will be unveiled at the event.

The tournament will be on September 12, with registration at 7 a.m. and an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Information on registration and sponsorship opportunities is here.

Opening the New Horace Mann Playground

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We had a wonderful opening ceremony for the new Horace Mann playground last night, and I want to thank the Horace Mann PTO and Playground Committee for all their hard work. Congresswoman Katherine Clark was there, as well as our state delegation, Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Paul Brodeur, and several of the aldermen who helped make this project possible: Ward 2 Alderman Jennifer Lemmerman and Aldermen at Large Jackie Bird, Don Conn, Mary Beth McAteer-Margolis, and Monica Medeiros. The Horace Mann fifth-graders broke the ribbon and led the charge into the new playground.

Playground Committee co-chairs Sarah Orlandella and Liane Cassavoy, and Horace Mann PTO President Kristen Cantin

Playground Committee co-chairs Sarah Orlandella and Liane Cassavoy, and Horace Mann PTO President Kristen Cantin

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. It is handicap accessible and is built using recycled materials.

The Horace Mann fifth-graders "cut" the ribbon by running through it to open the playground.

The Horace Mann fifth-graders “cut” the ribbon by running through it to open the playground.

Sharing and Caring was one of the major donors for the playground. Several members, including Alderman at Large Mary Beth McAteer-Margolis, attended the opening, along with Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Ward 2 Alderman Jennifer Lemmerman

Sharing and Caring was one of the major donors for the playground. Several members, including Alderman at Large Mary Beth McAteer-Margolis, attended the opening, along with Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Ward 2 Alderman Jennifer Lemmerman

Our biggest donors were the Horace Mann PTO and Sharing and Caring, but many other individuals and local businesses contributed as well, and I would like to thank them all:

Eastern Bank
Lowe’s of Saugus
Stephen’s Auto Body & Towing
Whole Foods Market Melrose
Bell & Izzi
The Bianco Family
Barbara & Michael Cassavoy
Coffee, Tea & Me
Mayor Rob Dolan
The Kenney Family
Metro Credit Union
Nelson Brothers Painting & Carpentry
North Shore Family Dentistry
La Qchara
Supercuts
The Westgate Family
Dr. Jennifer S. Wu, PC
Melrose YMCA
Knights of Columbus
Green Street Natural Foods
MT Productions
Toobas
Honey Dew
Peas In a Pod Nursery School
Teachable Moments Childhood Program
Alderman Monica Medeiros
William Burton & Co
The Lab World Group
Alderman Jackie Bird
Total Knockout Boxing
Melrose Day Care
Hallmark Health
Barre and Soul
Millions of Muscles
Alderman Mary Beth Margolis
Alderman Don Conn
Alderman Jennifer Lemmerman
CrossFit Rt. 1
ILoveKickboxing
Dorothy’s Lane
Marathon Sports
Gloss Spa
Mel Madden Photography
Melrose Oriental Rug
Madison Ave of Melrose
Dr. Neil Fried, DMD
Drs. Debra and Nelson Pan
McLaughlin Insurance
Brad Hutchinson Real Estate
Alper Periodontics & Implants
Pepperberry Florist
Melrose Boot Camp
Bohemian Coffee House
ADME Logo
RADA
Kevin Sexton, Century 21 Sexton & Donohue
The Architectural Team
Shaw’s
Comella’s
Absolutely Fabulous
Mexico Lindo
Gray’s Appliance

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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.

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