Author Archive: Mayor Dolan

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,

Come to the Farmers Market Today!

The Sally Frank Farmers Market is on today, rain or shine! This week’s vendors include Dick’s Market Garden, Flats Mentor Farm, Roberto’s Seafood, Fior d’Italia (fresh pasta, sauces, and entrees), Soluna Garden Farm, and Ackermann Maple Farm. Rich Eibert will play live music from 4-6 p.m. and this week’s artisan is Sarah’s Originals, making placemats, table runners, aprons, bibs, pillows, cloth books, wristlets, baby accessories, and seasonal and holiday crafts.

Ride your bike to the market and get $2 in Market Bux for everyone in your family who rides!

The market will close at 6:30 p.m.

The last Farmers Market of the season will be next week, October 30. On the Edge Knife will be there to help you sharpen your knives and other utensils, just in time for the holiday season.

Starting Sunday, Nov. 23rd, the farmers market moves indoors to Memorial Hall, 590 Main St., for the monthly winter farmers market. The Thanksgiving Harvest Festival will be on November 23, and then the market will be on the third Sunday of every month until April. All markets will from 12-4 p.m. This is a combined effort with the Wakefield Farmers Market.

MHS Band Hosts First Citywide Band Night

The Melrose High School Band is doing something very cool tonight: They are hosting a Citywide Band Night for elementary and middle school band students. The students will have the opportunity to march alongside the members of the Melrose High School Band under the lights on Fred Green Field. Parents are asked to accompany the students and stay the whole hour. To sign up, click here. In case of rain, the event will be postponed to October 22.

Lebanon Street Update

The work on Lebanon Street is moving into a new stage this week, as the City of Melrose completes its water main improvements and National Grid finishes its gas main improvements on the street and the surrounding area. Here’s what has been done so far:

  • The City has upgraded 1,800 feet of water main on Lebanon Street between Porter Street and Upham Street and 270 feet at the intersection of Lebanon Street, Grove Street, and Lynde Street.
  • National Grid has upgraded approximately 4,000 feet of gas main and 65 gas services on Lebanon Street, Upham Street, Porter Street, Green Street, and East Emerson Street.

With that work done, the roadway improvement project got under way this week. The scope of the entire project includes curb realignment, the installation of ADA compliant sidewalks and ramps, roadway paving, new traffic signals, and drainage improvements. This project will run from Lynde Street to the Main Street/Green Street/Lebanon Street intersection and is being overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

The first stage of the project is drainage improvements and installation of electrical conduit; this will continue throughout the remainder of the construction season and possibly into the winter. Curb work, sidewalk installation, and roadway paving are scheduled for next year. All sidewalks disturbed during the construction this year will be temporarily patched with asphalt before being replaced with concrete next year. The final sidewalk and roadway improvement phase of the project will begin next construction season.

The Engineering Division will be working closely with the Department of Transportation throughout the project. Please feel free to contact City Engineer Andrew Street, 781-979-4172 or, with any questions or concerns.


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