Due to the tremendous amount of rain today, we have some isolated flooding. DPW is staffed at this time. Please contact the City Yard at 781-665-0142 with any concerns.
For Melrose High School offensive guard and defensive tackle Jesse Gauvain, the path to the Super Bowl is simple: “We just worked hard in practice and did what our coaches told us to do, and we started to do better,” he said.
“We worked together as a team,” said center and defensive end Mike Doucette. “There wasn’t a big gap between the starters and the backup. Everybody is working together toward that same goal.”
That includes Casey O’Donnell, who pitches in in numerous ways, including handing out water at practices and games. “I wanted to help out with the team,” he said. He also enjoys the camaraderie with the players, both on the field and in school.
The team appreciates the support they get from their school and their community, said Doucette. “We know having games in Melrose is a big deal, and we love having our fans around—like how the Mayor and our school administrators want everybody to dress up in red and white and decorate their houses. It’s good to see that when we can be successful, everybody around can be a part of it and bring the whole community together.”
As for heading to the Super Bowl on Saturday, Gauvain said, “It will boost our self confidence for the rest of our lives. No one can take that away. We have worked so hard, and we have accomplished this, and it is going to help us throughout our lives, knowing we can be successful at whatever we put our minds to.”
Added wide receiver and punter Colby Andrews, “All the hard work and practice we do pays off in the end.”
On Saturday, November 15, the Melrose DPW will hold a paper shredding event at the DPW Recycling Center on 72 Tremont Street from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents can bring one box for free and additional boxes for $5.00 each (checks only).
Other items that will be accepted include: CRTs (televisions, monitors, and lap tops), CFL bulbs, tires, mercury items, textiles, books, dried latex paint, metal and white goods (microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment). Some items have a small fee that helps defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only).
For more information, call 781-665-0142.
Don’t be alarmed if you hear military jets flying low over Melrose tomorrow morning—it’s part of a pre-planned event. Here’s the scoop:
The Massachusetts Air National Guard has advised MEMA that on Wednesday, November 12th, five F-15 fighter jets from Barnes Air National Guard Base will fly over areas of eastern and southeastern Massachusetts at low altitudes (between 1000’ and 5000’) as part of a pre-planned media event. More specifically, the F-15’s will fly at these low altitudes over Bedford (Hanscom Air Force Base), Salem, Boston (State House and Fenway Park), Norwood, Foxboro (Gillette Stadium), Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard at the following times:
0810 Hanscom AFB, Bedford (1000’)
0813 Salem (1000’)
0816 Boston, Massachusetts State House (1000’)
0818 Fenway Park (1000’)
0821 Norwood Airport (5000’)
0823 Gillette Stadium 1000’)
0832 Cape Cod (5000’)
0842 Nantucket (5000’)
0847 Martha’s Vineyard (5000’)
The Melrose Whole Foods is doing something special for Veterans Day tomorrow: They will be taking up a collection for the Melrose Veterans Relief Fund at the cash registers all day.
The relief fund allows Melrose Veteran Services staff the ability to solve local veteran issues like hunger, homelessness, heating and oil emergencies.
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.
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.
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.