Senator Jason Lewis to Hold Office Hours in Melrose this Friday

State Senator Jason Lewis regularly holds district office hours in Melrose on the third Friday of every month, from 11:30am to 12:30pm at the Milano Senior Center at 201 West Foster Street.

For July, the third Friday of the month is this coming Friday, July 18.

Residents of Melrose and the entire 5th Middlesex district are invited to come by and share concerns or just say hello, and you are welcome to attend office hours outside of your town, if it’s more convenient for your personal schedule.

The second Friday of every month, Senator Lewis holds district office hours in Wakefield (10-11am), Winchester (12-1pm), and Stoneham (1:30-2:30pm). The third Friday of every month, he holds district office hours in Malden (10-11am), Melrose (11:30am-12:30pm), and Reading (2:30-3:30pm).

If you are unable to attend these times, but you have a concern to bring to Senator Lewis’s attention, or if you’d like the location for another community’s office hours, he encourages you to contact his State House office at (617) 722-1206 or at Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov.

MWRA Water Main Work May Cause Discolored Water

Here is a press release my office received today from the MWRA.

In connection with its Spot Pond Water Storage Tank construction project, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will be shutting down and exercising valves on water mains that supply the City of Melrose on Monday evening July 14, 2014. Water service to homes will not be interrupted; however, there is a slight risk that the increase in water flow within this service zone may cause some discolored water in the area.

If discolored water does occur, it will result from a small amount of iron in the pipes. While it is safe for drinking, cooking and other uses, please note that iron will stain light colored items in your laundry, especially when bleach is used. Residents should check water clarity before washing any white or lighter colored laundry during this period of work.

Please call MWRA at 617-305-5950 if you have any questions or concerns.

Road Work and Traffic Update for July 12-14

Saturday, July 12

Lebanon Street: Traffic delays between Green Street and Porter Street for gas main installation.

Sunday Night, July 13

Water main improvements at the intersection of Porter and Lebanon streets starting at 6 p.m. and continuing overnight until 12 noon on Monday, July 14. Lebanon Street will be closed from East Emerson to Porter during this time. Porter Street will be closed between Rowe and Lebanon. Main Street traffic passing the intersection can expect delays.

Monday, July 14

Lebanon Street: Traffic delays between Green Street and Porter Street for gas main installation.

Linwood Avenue: Portions will be closed throughout the day for sidewalk construction.

East Foster Street: Closed between Gooch and Lebanon for National Grid gas main installation.

East Foster Street: Expect traffic delays between Cass and Dell streets due to gas main installation.

Erik’s Barbershop to Offer Cuts for a Cause on Sunday

Erik’s Barbershop will have a cut-a-thon this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the Jimmy Fund. Stop by and get a haircut for a good cause!

Small Fire at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital; All Is Back To Normal

The Melrose Fire Department responded quickly today to a fire located on the roof of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. The fire was contained and put out, and the hospital was not evacuated. Patients were not at risk, and service was not stopped. If you have seen a number of public safety vehicles around the hospital today, this is the reason why.

Melrose Wakefield hospital is open. There is no stoppage of services, and business is going on as usual.

Power Outages On East Side, Streetlights Out at Main & Lynn Fells

National Grid is reporting outages in Melrose on Laurel, Albion, Melrose, East Foster, Grove, First, Upham, Linden, Howard, Lynn Fells, and Windsor. To report outages or to reach National Grid, call 1-800-322-3223.

The traffic signals at Main and the Lynn Fells Parkway and Green St. at the Lynn Fells Parkway are without power. Please drive with caution.

Traffic Update for July 8

Lebanon Street: Water main construction continues at the intersections of Grove and Lebanon streets and Lynde and Lebanon streets. Lebanon Street will be closed between East Foster and Malvern for the remainder of the day.

Grove Street: Closed between Gooch and Dell.

Lincoln Street: Closed between Porter and Upham streets due to sidewalk construction. Road open to abutters only.

East Foster Street: Closed between Gooch and Lebanon for National Grid gas main installation.

Detours on Main Street at Franklin Street will be in place for National Grid gas main work. Delays and/or closures on Greenleaf Place can be expected.

Traffic delays near the Porter Street/Green Street/Main Street exchange for National Grid gas main installation.

Linwood Avenue: Portions of the street will be closed throughout the day for sidewalk construction.

Traffic Update: Water Main Work on Lebanon St.

Workers will be doing water main improvements at the intersection of Lebanon Street and Grove Street on Monday, July 7, Tuesday, July 8, and Wednesday, July 9. Work is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am and continue until 5:00 pm.

Traffic flow will be maintained during the rush hours as much as possible. The majority of this work will involve shutting down the intersection of Lynde Street, Grove Street, and Lebanon Street. Planned traffic detours will involve Faxon Street, Dell Avenue, Malvern Street, Linwood Avenue and E. Foster Street.

Traffic Update for Monday, July 7

Lebanon Street: Water main construction at the intersections of Grove Street and Lebanon Street and Lynde Street and Lebanon Street. One lane of traffic will be open on Lebanon Street during the morning commute. Lebanon Street will be closed between East Foster and Malvern for the remainder of the day.

Grove Street: Closed between Gooch and Dell.

Lincoln Street: Closed between Porter and Upham streets due to sidewalk construction. Road open to abutters only.

East Foster Street: Closed between Gooch and Lebanon for National Grid gas main installation.

Detours on Main Street at Franklin Street will be in place for National Grid gas main work. Delays and/or closures on Greenleaf Place can be expected.

Traffic delays near the Porter Street/Green Street/Main Street exchange for National Grid gas main installation.

East Emerson Street: Closed between Rowe Street and Lebanon Street for National Grid gas main installation.

Fourth of July Update

Due to the inclement weather that is anticipated for tonight and into tomorrow, the Fourth of July celebration at the Common Park has been cancelled. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July Celebration will not be rescheduled for this weekend.

The Mount Hood Park Association has rescheduled their Fourth of July Concert at Mount Hood to Saturday, July 5, at 6:45 p.m.

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!

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