Here’s a update on winter activities and holiday hours at the City Yard.
Recycling Facility Saturday Openings Ending: The Public Works Department Recycling Facility at 72 Tremont Street will be open this Saturday, December 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for drop off of yard waste, recyclables (including plastic, glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard), books and clothing. This will be the last Saturday the Recycling Facility will be open until April 2014. As always, the Facility will continue to be open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. throughout the winter.
Cardboard & Paper: The DPW Recycling Center on Tremont Street has extra containers available to recycle holiday cardboard and paper. Feel free to visit the facility Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to recycling your holiday wrappings and cardboard.
Christmas Week Curbside Collection: The Public Works Department reminds residents that there will be no curbside collection on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Thursday, December 26th. Kindly be reminded that Wednesday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up Thursday, December 26th ; Thursday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Friday, December 27th and Friday’s trash and recycling routes will be pick up on Saturday, December 28th..
New Year’s Week Curbside Collection: The Public Works Department reminds residents that there will be no curbside collection on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Thursday, January 2nd. Kindly be reminded that Wednesday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up Thursday, January 2nd ; Thursday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Friday, January 3rd and Friday’s trash and recycling routes will be pick up on Saturday, January 4th..
DPW Holiday Early Closing Days: The Public Works Department will be closing at 1pm on Tuesday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 31st. Offices and Operations will re-open on the Thursday following each respective holiday at 7am.
Sand for Residents will be available for residents beginning Thursday, December 12th. Sand will be located outside the facility to the left of the building on Tremont Street opposite the skateboard park. Residents (not contractors) are welcome to this material for use on sidewalks. Residents can only take 4 five gallon buckets per visit. The sand is mixed with road salt.
Winter Helpful Hints: With winter upon us, the DPW Staff urges residents to assist the community by keeping their sidewalks clear, not disposing of snow onto public roads, by attempting to always shovel around fire hydrants and keeping them accessible and by clearing drain catch basins on streets so that snow melt and rain can enter them and not flood and eventually ice streets. It is our hope that by working together and cooperatively, we can look forward towards creating a safe and prosperous community.
Have a happy and safe Holiday season!
I was asked the by Collins Center at UMass Boston to join mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem for a training and orientation program for incoming mayors. I was incredibly impressed by the amount of new construction and investment at UMass Boston as well as the Collins Center, which offers professional development and training services to municipalities in Massachusetts. The Collins Center is part of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass. It was a very productive day with great dialogue with some outstanding new mayors, including Marty Walsh, the mayor-elect of the City of Boston.
Here I am with, from left to right, the Dean of the McCormack School, the new Mayors of Amesbury, Brockton, and Boston, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, the new mayors of Chicopee and Beverly, and the Executive Director of the Collins Center.
Polymnia has been making beautiful music in Melrose for 60 years, with concerts that range from sacred music to Broadway show tunes, and on Saturday night they celebrated their Diamond Jubilee with a wonderful concert at St. Mary’s Church. I was there to offer an anniversary proclamation and wish them the best for their next 60 years!
Here is a letter I wrote to the Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs, urging them to continue oversight of the Langwood Commons development in Stoneham near the Melrose border.
Re: Langwood Commons EOEEA #12372
Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Secretary
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Dear Secretary Sullivan,
I am writing to express my sincere hope that your office will continue environmental review of the proposed development of Langwood Commons in the Middlesex Fells. This development will have a serious impact on Melrose and surrounding communities, and MEPA review is essential to ensure that the Middlesex Fells Reservation and the parkways around it are not adversely affected in order to serve the needs of a private developer.
Therefore, I urge you to issue an Advisory Opinion stating that the Langwood Commons project is still subject to MEPA jurisdiction and that public MEPA review of the project will continue in order to protect the environment and ensure public safety.
As you know, I have many concerns regarding this project, which is the opposite of the smart growth we are pursuing in Melrose: This is a large residential development with no public transit nearby. The DCR Parkways are designed to be scenic roads and do not have a large traffic capacity. That is why it is essential that not only the total impact of the project but also the proposed mitigation come under MEPA scrutiny: Poorly planned traffic mitigation measures could drastically change the parkway and degrade the quality of life for everyone who uses them.
Langwood Commons affects several communities, and it is imperative that MEPA review be completed so that the needs of a private developer do not override the common good, and the character of the Middlesex Fells Reservation and the DCR Parkways can be preserved.
Robert J. Dolan
The general election for Representative in Congress is December 10. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling places and other information are listed on the Election Department website. Not sure where you should vote? Click here to find out what ward and precinct you are in, and what your polling place is.
This is a green recycle week.
Compost is being picked up curbside.
This is the final curbside yard waste pickup of 2013.
Crews were out early this morning to salt the streets and treat the sidewalks around municipal buildings.
December 12, 12 p.m. Senior Appreciation Lunch, Sgt. Harold O. Young VFW Post 2394, 14 Chipman Ave. Sponsored by Rep. Paul Brodeur, Mystic Valley Elder Services, and Whole Foods.
Holiday Hours: The library will close at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 and will reopen on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The library will close at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014.
Food for Fines: During the month of December, please help A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry by returning your overdue items along with a nonperishable donation and your fines will be forgiven. Rental and replacement fees are separate from fines and must still be paid in the form of cash or check.
Mitten Tree: Please bring warm mittens and hats to decorate the tree during the month of December. Your donations will be distributed to local needy families.
December 10, 10:15 a.m., Toddler Time drop-in program
December 12, 5:30 p.m., Teen Advisory Group
December 12, 7 p.m., Friends of the Melrose Public Library holiday party
December 13, 10:15 a.m., Toddler Time drop-in program
December 16, 11:15 a.m., Informal Baby Songs with Jennifer Buster, drop-in program for children 0-24 months
December 16, 6:30 p.m., Music and Movement with Mother Goose
December 17, 7:15 p.m., Great Books book group
December 19, 3 p.m., Snack Pack book club
December 19, 7:30 p.m., MPL Book Group
January 8, 10:15 a.m., Boppin’ Toddlers
January 8, 11:15 a.m., Rockin’ Babies
January 8, 7 p.m., History Book Group with Bill Tobin
Milano Senior Center
Please call 781-662-6886 to make a reservation or request transportation
December 10, 1:30 p.m., Holiday Tea (reservation required)
December 13, 1-4 p.m., Be a Santa to a Senior gift-wrapping party. Gifts will be provided and refreshments will be served
December 13, 1:15 p.m., classic movie, A Christmas Carol (starring Alistair Sim). Donation of $1 or an item for the food pantry is requested.
December 17, 12 p.m., Special Holiday Lunch, featuring music by the Melrose High Choral Group (reservation required)
December 30, 12 p.m., Workshop, “If Diabetes Is a Part of Your Life…” (reservation required)
December 9, 7 p.m., Park Commission, Mount Hood Club House
December 9, 7 p.m., Melrose Historical Commission, History and Genealogy Room, Melrose Public Library
December 10, 10 a.m., Melrose Redevelopment Authority, Retirement Office, City Hall
December 10, 5:30 p.m., Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, Mayor’s Conference Room
December 10, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Board of Trustees, Memorial Hall
December 10, 7:30 p.m., Melrose Housing Authority, 910 Main St.
December 11, 8:30 a.m., Board of Assessors, Assessors Office, City Hall
December 11, 7:30 p.m., Beebe Estate Board of Trustees, Beebe Estate, 235 West Foster St.
December 12, 4:30 p.m., North East Metropolitan Vocational School Committee, Curriculum and Graduation Requirements Subcommittee, 100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield
December 12, 5 p.m., North East Metropolitan Vocational School Committee, Safety and Security Subcommittee, 100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield
December 12, 7 p.m., North East Metropolitan Vocational School Committee, 100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield
December 16, 7:15 p.m., Board of Aldermen, Finance Committee, Aldermanic Chamber
December 16, 7:20 p.m., Board of Aldermen Legal and Legislative Committee, Aldermanic Chamber
December 16, 7:45 p.m., Board of Aldermen, Aldermanic Chamber
State Rep. Paul Brodeur, Mystic Valley Elder Services, and Whole Foods invite enior citizens to an appreciation lunch on Thursday, December 12, from 12-2 p.m.m at the Sgt. Harold O. Young VFW Post 2394, 14 Chipman Ave. (The post is wheelchair accessible.) The lunch will be provided by Whole Foods. For more information, call 617-722-2030 and ask for Daniel Marchant.
The general election for Representative in Congress is Tuesday, December 10. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling places and other information are listed on the Election Department website. Not sure where you should vote? Click here to find out what ward and precinct you are in, and what your polling place is.
Please note that Main Street will be closed from Essex/Upham to Grove from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6.
On Friday, Santa will be holding court at Edward Jones investments from 4-5:45 p.m., so bring your children in for a photo. If you’re hungry, the Lions Club will be serving hot dogs and soup at the First Baptist Church. (The small admission fee benefits the good work of the Lions.) Many local merchants will be offering special sales and seasonal refreshments all evening long—check the schedule for details.
I hope you will join me at 6:15 p.m. Friday evening for the lighting of the City Hall tree, with music from Roman Music Therapy. Dancers from the Melrose Youth Ballet will join us (they will be performing The Nutcracker at Memorial Hall over the weekend), and Reverend Damaris Cami-Staples of the First Baptist Church will start us off with a seasonal prayer. After that, we will stroll down Main Street to the Y for the lighting of the Main Street trees and the arrival of Santa. And of course, everyone is welcome to join the Hanukkah festivities at Temple Beth Shalom afterwards.
Then on Saturday, take the free holiday trolleys around town from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. for more holiday shopping and special treats.
My thanks to Joan Mongeau and the Melrose Chamber of Commerce for all the hard work they do every year to make this festive weekend such a success!
Once again, the congregation of Melrose’s Temple Beth Shalom will celebrate Hanukkah with an open house following the tree-lighting during the citywide Home for the Holidays festivities. On Dec. 6, at 6:45 PM, the Temple will throw open its doors and invite the entire Melrose community to enjoy potato pancakes, as well as Hanukkah songs and games. The Temple is located at 21 East Foster St., Melrose. For more information, visit the Temple’s web site at tbsma.org or call 781-665-4520 and leave a message.
To celebrate its Diamond Jubilee Season, Polymnia, joined by young people from the Treble Chorus of New England, will be Home for the Holidays with a concert, titled “Canticles of Light,” on Saturday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church. A second concert will be held on Sunday, December 8, at 3 p.m. in First Parish Congregational Church, Wakefield. The concerts will include not only traditional holiday music such as “Over the River and Through the Woods” and “Lo, How a Rose,” plus a carol sing, but also less traditional works. “There is much beautiful music celebrating the dark time of the year which is often overlooked in the holiday season,” said Murray Kidd, Polymnia’s Music Director. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased at www.polymnia.org or at Miter Biter Frame Company, 479 Main Street, or Sweet Thoughts, 504 Main St., Melrose.