The Melrose Schools website will be upgraded with a more attractive design, greater flexibility, and an up-to-date platform that will streamline the site for both users and administrators. The greatest bonus for users will be more up-to-date information in an easy-to-use format that will be searchable and easy to navigate.
This new design will allow us to be more flexible, not just right now but going forward. This will give us the potential to do things three years from now that we haven’t even thought of yet.
“This is more than just a new design,” said Superintendent of Schools Cyndy Taymore. “We are rethinking the way we administer it and streamlining the workflow so we will be able to keep it updated efficiently and maintain consistency throughout the district.”
The website is being redesigned by Joe Silva of Full Circle Design as a multisite using the open source WordPress platform, one of the largest growing platforms in the world. The new infrastructure will allow the sites to “talk” to one another, so that when a calendar listing is added or updated on one site, it will synchronize with all the other calendars on the site.
All the sites–the district site and the sites for the individual schools–will have a common look and feel, and will work the same way from the user’s point of view, but principals can customize them with artwork so that the sites will each have a distinct personality.
The calendar system will be similar to that used on the Mass in Motion website. It will offer several different display options, and events will be grouped into categories, so that users can select one type of category, such as sports events, or look at all the entries.
Behind the scenes, the calendars for the different schools are linked, so users can view the calendar for the whole district on the home site or see just the events for a particular school at that school’s site. Users can click on event to find more information or to share it via Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Similarly, the staff directory will be set up so that the full directory is available on the district’s home site and each school site will have that school’s directory.
In addition, the website will bring all the principals’ blogs together on the same platform, with a uniform look. “When your child moves from the middle school to the high school, the blog should look the same,” said Dolan. “This way, nobody has to re-learn how to use it.”
Another improvement: Announcements, alerts, and other information will be entered as web pages, not as PDFs, because web pages are searchable.
The site will be live before the start of school in September. “We will have a group of parent volunteers test the site as it is being developed,” Silva said. Many of the new features are in response to suggestions made during the Our City surveys.
The City of Melrose is pleased to announce a plan to take a proactive approach toward protecting residents, young and old, who suffer from serious cognitive impairments that put them at risk for wandering and getting lost.
Caregivers of residents with cognitive disabilities are invited to register their loved ones in a special Open Enrollment event on Friday, May 10, from 2-4 p.m. at the Carriage House Lounge in the Milano Senior Center.
Modeled after the Amber Alert Program, the Melrose Alert program is designed to collect specific information about a potential missing person, along with photo identification. This information will be kept on file for immediate use in the event a loved one is reported missing.
“There is nothing more frightening than learning that a child or a loved one has gone missing,” said Mayor Rob Dolan. “Children and senior citizens who cannot communicate, or who have cognitive disabilities, are particularly vulnerable. This program will allow the police to immediately communicate the important details about a missing person so that all personnel can be on the alert.”
“Time is of the essence when someone is missing,” said Police Chief Michael Lyle. “With this program, we will already have important information in hand when the call first comes in, and we can distribute it quickly to officers in the field.”
“Seven out of ten Alzheimer’s patients live at home, and 60% will wander or become lost,” said Council on Aging Director Dawn Folopoulos. “This program is an important measure to protect both children and senior citizens.”
The program was developed jointly by the Melrose Police Department and the Council on Aging and is designed to provide rapid response in locating cognitively impaired residents who have been reported missing.
Residents with a loved one (of any age) suffering from a serious cognitive impairment are encouraged to stop by the Council on Aging office (235 W. Foster St.) or the Milano Senior Center (201 W. Foster St.) for a registration form. Registration forms can also be downloaded from www.cityofmelrose.org/alertform.
The City of Melrose in conjunction with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will be hosting a Commuter Rail Corridor Visioning Public Meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will take place in the GAR Room of Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose.
This is a very important process as we as a community continue to try and identify smart, responsible growth for Melrose. This approach can be seen throughout the community in projects such as Oak Grove Village, Stone Place, as well as infrastructure improvements at Cedar Park and Wyoming Commuter Rail Stations. My hope is that the next areas to go through this re-birth are the Tremont Street corridor as well as the Highlands Business District.
Tomorrow’s public meeting is the first step in identifying opportunities for and barriers to transit oriented development along Tremont Street between the Cedar Park and Highlands Commuter Rail Stations. As a community, we will work with MACP to develop a vision for the area and make recommendations on potential changes to land use and zoning.
We will also develop recommendations for how to improve walking, biking, and transit access from surrounding neighborhoods to the two Commuter Rail stations
The visioning meeting will be a discussion about the future of the Tremont Street/Essex Street Corridor, including the areas around the Cedar Park and Highlands Commuter Rail Stations. We are seeking to gather input from Melrose residents, businesses, customers, property owners, and other constituents regarding neighborhood planning for the Tremont Street/Essex Street area. Participants will take part in an interactive discussion to identify issues and suggest ideas for improving the corridor. For more information on the corridor process and to RSVP for the meeting visit http://www.mapc.org/melrosetod .
The study is made possible by funding through the Metro Boston Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. These funds are distributed by the Metro Boston Sustainable Communities Consortium to support the implementation of MetroFuture, the regional plan for Metro Boston. The grant supports local planning efforts, state and regional policy work, development of tools and data, and capacity building for local residents and leaders. More information on the Sustainable Communities Grant can be found at www.mapc.org/metrofuture/sustainable-communities
As the weather finally turns to warmer temperatures, it almost time for one of my favorite community events of the year, the Healthy Melrose Family Fitness & Wellness Fair! The 2013 Healthy Melrose fair will be held for the first time outdoors on Saturday, May 4, at the new athletic complex at Melrose High School.
This event, co-sponsored by the City of Melrose and Hallmark Health, has become one of the most exciting, informative, educational events on the North shore. It began several years ago at Memorial Hall as a small informational fair and has blossomed into a massive community event that saw over 2,500 participants last year. I cannot thank those who helped create the fair enough, from people like Melrose resident and teacher Marlene Joslin to those who lead the Healthy Melrose Committee today: Jenine Wright, Joe Ingemi, Shannon Delgado, Deirdre Roy, Lisa Viliott, Meredith Baker, and many more.
In addition to over 50 Vendors, Healthy Melrose 2013 will feature three adult participatory events. This year’s theme is “Run, Dance, Ride, for Health.” We will kick off the event with a 5K Road Race at 10:30 a.m. and then follow up with Zumba on the football field at 12 p.m. and over 100 spin bikes on the field for an amazing outdoor ride led by professional Mad Dogg Master Instructors at 1 p.m.
Pre-registration is required for these events on active.com, as space is limited.
In addition to adult events, there will be plenty for the kids also. There will be a kids’ fun run around the track at 10 a.m. In addition, Theresa from Kidzfun will be running activities and obstacle courses on the field for children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a bounce house and face painting!
There will be no shortage of great vendors, organizations, and of course free samples at Healthy Melrose, including Flatbread Pizza Company, Immaculate Baking, Hint Water, Equal Exchange, Stonyfield Farm Yogurt, Taza Chocolate, Whole Foods Market, Life Alive and many others.
A new addition to the 2013 Fair will be a Healthy Melrose bracelet that will allow participants to receive discounts all month long from many of the vendors participating at the Fair.
Healthy Melrose 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Melrose High School Athletic Complex
10:00 a.m. – Kids’ Fun Run
10:30 a.m.- Healthy Melrose 5K
12:00 p.m. – Zumba on the football field
1:00 p.m. – Spinning on the football field
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Kidzfun Activities
I would like to notify the residents of Melrose that there are two significant events tomorrow that may impede traffic between 7:30 and 9:30 tomorrow morning. The first event is the Colleen Kelly road race, which will begin at the Winthrop School at 8:00 and proceed past the Common into Wards 6 and 7 and will finish at the Common. There are approximately 300+ runners and volunteers. The Melrose Police Department will be administering traffic flow and supervision. Please be patient.
At 8:30, the National Little League parade will begin at the Beebe School and finish at Conant Park, which will impact traffic in the Ward 3 area.
Thank you for your patience during these two important community events.
- Melrose is NOT in a lockdown.
- Melrose officers assigned to NEMLEC are in the Watertown area
- The T is closed
- There is no taxi service in Boston out or in city
- Melrose City Hall is open
- There are no disruptions in Melrose city operations
Here is the letter I sent to all the Melrosians who ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday. We will be honoring them, as well as those who were killed or injured, in a special event on Saturday, April 27, at 9 a.m. at the Clarence DeMar memorial on Main Street by Ell Pond. I hope you can join us.
Congratulations. I understand that is a hard word to hear, in light of the tragedy that occurred during the Boston Marathon, but you deserve it. That cowardly terrorist attack not only killed or maimed hundreds but also took away the moment that you have worked so hard for, that you have raised so much money for, and that you and your family have made many sacrifices for. The range of emotions you must feel along with your family and loved ones must be overwhelming, and the City of Melrose shares your grief, frustration, and anger.
Every year, we have a small presentation with the Melrose Running Club to recognize those who have run the Boston Marathon and also to recognize the rich history that Melrose has with the Marathon, from the great Clarence DeMar to Bill Rodgers to local resident and legendary Marathon trainer Bill Squires. This year, 40 Melrosians ran in the Boston Marathon.
I ask you to please join your fellow citizens to allow us to recognize you and to remember those who were killed and injured on April 15. Although this was obviously a great tragedy, the terrorists also took away something from everyone who ran, which was the opportunity to be cheered and to be recognized for their tremendous achievement. We hope this will show that whoever did this will not deny these runners their moment. I hope that all of Melrose will come out to recognize you and your hard work.
Enclosed is an invitation to a ceremony that we are having in your honor. I hope you will allow your fellow citizens to pay tribute to you and give you that cheer at the finish line, not on Boylston Street but on Main Street in Melrose. We invite you, your family, and your friends to join us in giving you what that cowardly terrorist tried to take away. As a community, city, and country we should never allow that to happen.
If you can attend, please call my assistant, Brigid Alverson at 781-979-4440 or e-mail email@example.com by April 22. I hope you will be able to join us.
Robert J. Dolan
I would like to invite the entire community to a special event at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, to pay tribute to those who were killed and injured in the Boston Marathon bombings and to celebrate the Melrose runners in this year’s Boston Marathon.
The event will begin with a brief ceremony and laying of a wreath at the Clarence DeMar memorial on Main Street at Ell Pond to remember those who were killed and injured. After that, the event will move to the Ell Pond Gazebo, where I will present each of the runners with a special commemorative medal.
Every year, we have a private celebration, sponsored by my office and the Melrose Running Club, to celebrate Melrose’s participation in the Marathon. This year, we want to invite every Melrose resident. Although this was obviously a great tragedy, the terrorists also took away something from everyone who ran, which was the opportunity to be cheered and to be recognized for their tremendous achievement. We hope this will show that whoever did this will not deny these runners their moment. I hope everyone will come out to recognize these athletes who worked so hard, many of them first-time marathoners, some of whom raised thousands of dollars for everything from cancer research to liver disease to wounded warriors. We want to give them their moment, hopefully with neighbors and family, together as a united community in the wake of this terrible tragedy.
Here’s the schedule:
9:00 a.m. Remembrance Ceremony, Clarence DeMar Memorial
- Welcome by Mayor Dolan
- National Anthem
- Remarks by a member of the Melrose clergy
- Laying of the wreath; moment of silence
9:30 a.m. Award and Recognition Ceremony, Ell Pond Gazebo
10:00 a.m. Refreshments
I received this message today from Hallmark Health:
Hallmark Health System (HHS) joins with our community in sadness over the tragic Boston Marathon bombings. We recognize that many people are deeply affected by this tragedy.
HHS counselors will be available to offer support for local residents on Wednesday, April 17, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Conference Room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and on Wednesday, April 17 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Board Room at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.