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Melrose Regional Veterans Services District Commended as District of the Year

Vets District of the Year

I am very proud to announce that the Melrose-Wakefield-Saugus Veterans District was named yesterday as the Massachusetts Veterans Services District of the Year by the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Affairs. Included in the photo are Secretary of Veteran’s Services Coleman Nee, Saugus-Wakefield Veterans Officer Andrew Biggio, and our own Melrose VSO Ryan McLane.

When our district was formed three years ago, it was a rare collaboration between municipalities in Eastern Massachusetts. It is now a model for service to veterans in our three communities.

All credit goes to Ryan and Andrew as well as their support staff and volunteers, and in particular the Veterans Services Advisory Boards in the three communities and our partners in Wakefield and Saugus for this great success.

Our goal from the beginning was to serve all veterans more completely with responsiveness, compassion, and respect. Congratulations on this statewide recognition of excellence.

New Windows on the Way for Hoover School

On June 4, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts School Building Authority voted to invite the City of Melrose into the Accelerated Repair Program for a window and door replacement project at the Herbert Clark Hoover Elementary School. This program will provide 50.79% matching funds to the City for costs to replace the windows and doors at the building.

“The new windows will enhance the Hoover School and create a better environment for learning,” said Ward 7 Alderman Scott Forbes. “This is an excellent investment in our schools, as children will benefit from it for years to come.”

The Hoover Elementary School was built in 1965, and the windows are original to the building and in poor condition. The existing windows are single-pane and cannot be made energy efficient without replacement. The windows are covered with metal bars, which creates safety concerns and is not reflective of a school environment. The classrooms also contain opaque glass block windows that restrict natural light. The project will remove all of the window bars and replace the windows with new double-pane, thermally insulated windows that maximize the amount of natural light and that can be opened and closed, to enhance comfort in the classrooms. The front entry will be made more welcoming, and all of the doors will be assessed and replaced as necessary.

To accelerate the project, the MSBA procured Design Services for Accelerated Repair Projects and has assigned a Project Manager (Strategic Building Solutions) and an Architect (ICON Architecture) to our Project. The Board of Aldermen allocated funding for the feasibility and schematic design phase of the project last month, and work is now getting underway. The City anticipates completing schematic design by December 3, 2014, to allow the Project to be approved for matching funds at the MSBA Board Meeting on January 14, 2015.

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Melrose Mourns Patrick Gill

Patrick Gill

The City of Melrose mourns with the Town of Winchester for the loss of Winchester High School student athlete Patrick Gill, who passed away Saturday morning, following Friday’s Winchester-Melrose football game. The people of Winchester, his classmates, and in particular, his family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. The City of Melrose will fly the flags at half mast at Fred Green Field in honor of Patrick for the remainder of the school week.

Library to Host Launch Party for New Book by Local Author

At Your Service

The Melrose Library will be hosting an activity-filled launch party for resident Jen Malone’s debut novel, At Your Service, which was published last month by Simon & Schuster. The free event, aimed at kids ages 8-13, takes place on Friday, September 12, from 7-8:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

At Your Service revolves around Chloe, a tween girl who lives and “works” alongside her concierge father at a fancy New York City hotel. She loves the perks of the job and excels at taking care of the hotel’s youngest guests… until the day she loses a visiting princess. Now she’ll need to search the city’s famous sites, with the princess’s haughty siblings, to locate the girl before Chloe’s mistake attracts international attention.

While At Your Service has been termed “A love letter to New York City” by reviewers, Malone wrote the manuscript on an antique writing desk at her home here in Melrose.

“I have three school-aged children myself,” Malone says. “I’m constantly taking notes on things they and their friends say or do, so it’s fair to say there are a lot of Melrose kids portrayed in some fashion or another in this book!”

As such, the launch party is geared toward them, offering a night of activities inspired by the book, such as a scavenger hunt through the library for NYC souvenirs, make-your-own Do Not Disturb signs, and cupcake decorating. Books will be offered for sale by Booksellers Café and a signing will cap off the evening.

Malone is currently at work co-writing a new series about a foursome of party-planning tweens that will be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2015. She also has three young adult titles forthcoming with HarperCollins.

This fall, Malone will begin a yearlong Author in Residence grant program with a group of sixth graders at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School.

“I really love interacting with kids this age, and I’m incredibly excited to spend the year working at the middle school. The theme of our program is ‘technology in writing’ and we’ll be using different tech solutions to craft stories and also to interact. So, even though I’ll be in the school a lot, there will also be times I’ll be Skyping with students from just down the street. It’s going to be a blast!” she says.

In the meantime, the launch party will give Malone a chance to interact with her young fans. The library, normally closed on Friday evenings, will open to the public exclusively for this free event.

Come to the Victorian Fair this Sunday!

Here’s a reminder from the Chamber of Commerce:

Victorian Fair Logo

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce and Signature Sponsor Eastern Bank invite you to join us at the 34th Annual Victorian Fair on Sunday, September 7th from 11:30 am -4:30 pm. This year we are pleased to honor our home town Olympian, Steven Langton, winner of 2 bronze medals for bobsled at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

The Fair offers something for everyone. With over 200 booths filled with food, games and fun, rides for all ages, local entertainment, and local art, the Victorian Fair is a long anticipated event in Melrose. Some things to plan to see or do this year include: taking a chance on the Big Ticket Raffle with a chance to win one of 16 luxury prizes; shopping at our Artisans’ Marketplace sponsored by the Melrose Rotary Club in its new location at Main and East Foster Street; and buying the 2014 Melrose Ornament featuring the iconic Ell Pond swans, Mel and Rose.

The Victorian Fair is an active day too. Plan to start your day by running the EMARC 5K sponsored by Marathon Sports in support of people with developmental disabilities. Register to run by visiting theemarc.org. This year, too, we encourage you to walk or ride your bike to the Victorian Fair. The Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee with the Mass in Motion program will offer a bike valet service on West Foster Street from 12 -4 pm.

The Victorian Fair is made possible through the generous support of the Melrose business sponsors: Eastern Bank, Hallmark Health System, TD Bank, Doctors Express, Whole Foods, LCM Plus, Melrose Cooperative Bank, Northern Bank and Trust, Promotional Solutions, Bobby Cs, Re/MAX Leading Edge, East Boston Savings Bank, Turner’s Seafood Grill & Market, Inc., Rotary Club of Melrose, Windsor at Oak Grove, Epoch Senior Healthcare, and Stearns and Hill’s Bistro.

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

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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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.

Global Education in Melrose award ceremony is tonight

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM, Melrose High School’s Global Education in Melrose program, together with the Melrose Human Rights Commission is celebrating the achievement of MHS students in the field of Global Education. Global Education in Melrose (GEM) was created six years ago by a team of high school faculty, parents, and other members of the community, many of whom represented the Human Rights Commission, School Committee, and Rotary Club. The program aims to foster students’ cultural awareness, recognize the accomplishments of students who represent the school around the globe, and provide graduates with skills for participating in and contributing to an increasingly international society.

In order for a broader sector of the Melrose community to attend and share in the appreciation of students who have committed themselves to fulfilling the rigorous requirements of the program – particularly graduating senior Monica O’Shea – the GEM award ceremony is being held in the Great Room, Oak Grove Village, 12 Island Hill Avenue. Ms. O’Shea will present her final GEM project – in which academic work is integrated with creative, reflective, and exploratory endeavors, all inspired and informed by travel, language study, reading, and research.

This event formally marks the continuation of a focused collaboration between the high school and the Melrose Human Rights Commission (MHRC), recognizing that the philosophy and purpose of the Global Education in Melrose program and that of the Commission have much in common. Both the high school and the MHRC extend their congratulations to all Melrose High School students who are committed to the acquisition of knowledge that will enable them to interact and build relationships with people from other world cultures; develop their own values and opinions; demonstrate respect, open-mindedness, understanding, and flexibility in behavior and thinking; and help others to embrace multiple perspectives.

Members of the public are cordially invited to join in celebrating GEM’s achievements and especially to recognize Monica O’Shea’s impressive accomplishments.

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