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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 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
The Westgate Family
Dr. Jennifer S. Wu, PC
Melrose YMCA
Knights of Columbus
Green Street Natural Foods
MT Productions
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
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
Kevin Sexton, Century 21 Sexton & Donohue
The Architectural Team
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.

MHS all clear

This is the message that was sent for the all clear to parents.

Good Afternoon,

Melrose Police Chief, Fire Chief, NEMLEC & STARS have done a complete sweep of Melrose High School and surrounding areas. They have deemed Melrose High School safe for occupancy. All students were dismissed at 2:11 p.m. All afternoon activities will be held as scheduled.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Marianne Farrell signature




Melrose High School

MHS evacuation: Additional information

The following Connect Ed message was sent to homes of Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School students:

Dear Parents,

Good afternoon! This is Principal Brow at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. The purpose of this message is to inform you that today –Thursday, April 17, 2014, Melrose High School received notice of a written threat in the third floor boys’ bathroom. The Melrose Police, Melrose Fire, and Public Safety Officials have established an incident command center and determined that the high school students will be relocated to the Melrose Athletic Field. It has been determined by the public safety officials that there is no threat to the students and staff at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. The NEMLEC and STARS teams have been called to sweep Melrose High School and the general surrounding areas. We anticipate a normal middle school dismissal at 2:05 p.m. We would like parents to know that school and police officials are conducting an investigation to identify the responsible individual(s). We take all threats seriously and implement this protocol for any threat. The focus of school officials and the police department is the safety of our students and staff.

If this incident has triggered feelings of anxiety, please inform your children that we will have counselors available to meet with any child who is concerned. We wish to thank everyone for their cooperation in allowing the school and public officials to do their job and keep our students safe. Thank you.”

Tommy Brow, Principal
Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School
350 Lynn Fells Parkway
Melrose, MA 02176

MHS evacuation

This is a statement from MHS principal Marianne Farrell:

Good afternoon. This is Marianne Farrell of Melrose High School.

On Thursday, April 17, Melrose High School received notice of a written bomb threat in the third floor boy’s bathroom.

Students will be evacuated to the football field. NEMLEC and STARS teams have been called in to sweep the high school and general surrounding areas. Students will be brought back to the building as soon as it has been cleared and we anticipate a normal dismissal at 2:11 p.m.

Melrose High School

Public safety officials have determined that there is no risk whatsoever to Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. The students remain in place and are safe.


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