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.
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.
Here’s a reminder from the Chamber of Commerce:
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.