Public Forum on Early Education and Literacy at the ECC tonight

Please join Representative Paul Brodeur, the North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network, and Melrose Birth to 5 at the Franklin Early Childhood Center for a Public Forum on Early Education and Literacy.

Hear from Megina Baker, an expert in the field of Early Childhood Learning

When: Wednesday, April 9th from 6:30 to 8:00
Where: Franklin Early Childhood Center, 16 Franklin Street, Melrose MA 02176

Light refreshments will be provided

New parking regulations

Spring has sprung, and along with the crocuses you may notice the new parking signs that are popping up in our downtown municipal lots. Some of these spaces used to be one-hour and two-hour spots, but now we are making them uniform and increasing the parking time to three hours to accommodate the evolution of our downtown, which now has a variety of businesses that entice customers to spend more time shopping and dining downtown.

Effective immediately, all parking spaces in the following lots will have a three-hour limit between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.: City Hall, Dill’s Court (behind Shaw’s), Larrabee Lot (behind Hugo’s), Field’s Court (behind Starbucks), Livermore Lot (across from Ell Pond), Friends Lot (behind Papa Gino’s), and Berwick Street between West Foster and Grove streets. These time limits will not be in effect on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays and will not apply to permit holders who have purchased commercial parking permits.

Over the last year we have taken many recommendations from our parking study, including repaving and restriping the Dill’s Court parking lot, which added nine parking spaces, relocated and more clearly defined the handicap parking spaces, and added crosswalks to improve pedestrian safety. We instituted a new signage program to educate Melrosians and non-Melrosians as to parking options in our downtown, addressed drainage problems that interfered with parking, and implemented a snow removal plan that removes large piles of snow from the primary downtown parking lots, making more spaces available during the winter months.

Melrose 2014 Construction Update

Good news and bad news! Construction season has begun! The great news is that Melrose is embarking on some of its most important and comprehensive infrastructure projects in the summer of 2014. They include the state-funded reconstruction of the Highlands business district, as well as the state funded Lebanon Street project, a total reconstruction that goes from Hospital Square to Grove Street. It also includes much infrastructure work, be it water, sewer, gas, and roads, throughout the city.

The bad news is that the New England construction season is very short, so much work must be done in a short time—and it began today. That means your travel time to work, school, friends’ houses, and sporting events may be a bit of a challenge.

My blog is here to hopefully alleviate some of those challenges by allowing you to plan better to get to where you need to go while we make our community even better! We will put up periodic updates titled “Construction Update” which will report, a day ahead of time, which roads will be closed, which will have detours, and where construction will be progressing. We will put this up on Twitter as well, and we will update school principals, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Aldermen as a means to get the information to your friends and neighbors. Please spread the word about this blog and the @CityofMelrose Twitter and how they can make this construction season a bit more bearable.

Here are the updates for tomorrow!

  • Franklin Street: The street will be narrowed to one lane due to installation of gas mains near Greenwood Street, working toward the tracks. No detour is planned at this point, bue expect traffic delays.
  • Lebanon Street: Workers will be digging test pits between Emerson and First streets. There will be minor interruptions and traffic will be slow.
  • Linwood Avenue: Closed between Lynde and Sylvan streets.
  • North and South Cedar Park: Open to residents only due to road work.
  • West Foster Street: Sidewalk restoration between Myrtle and Berwick streets will cause traffic delays, and the sidewalk on the south side of the street will not be accessible.

Come see “The Pajama Game” at MHS this weekend

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Melrose High School will present “The Pajama Game,” a musical based on the novel “7 1/2 cents,” will be performing this weekend Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. and also on Saturday, April 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Over 50 MHS students are involved in the show as cast, orchestra, and technical crew, and it will be performed in the MVMMS Auditorium.

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Zumba for the ECC this Thursday

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Join Infuze Dance Fitness for a Zumba Fundraiser for the Franklin Early Childhood Center at Memorial Hall this Thursday!

50 Days in the Schools #26: Fifth-graders learn to speak out against tobacco

Health teachers Caylan Kenney and Caitlinn Casey with some of their students' projects

Health teachers Caylan Kenney and Caitlinn Casey with some of their students’ projects

Rather than simply telling students that tobacco is bad for them, health teachers Caitlinn Casey and Caylan Kenney are having their fourth- and fifth-grade students the students do the teaching—with a variety of creative projects designed to let them be anti-tobacco advocates.

“They had the option of choosing their own audience, and they could make a puzzle, create a game, a poster, an advertisement—some made T-shirts or a slide show or a video,” Casey said. “We presented them in class, like a science fair, and students walked around and looked at everyone else’s projects.” In some cases the third-grade classes got to check out the projects as well.

“We are moving toward a skills-based health program that goes along better with national standards,” Kenney explained. “There are eight national health standards that focus on different skills, and one of them is advocacy.”

“I want them to be able to say ‘No!’ and encourage others to as well,” said Casey. “We learn prevention skills, like communication and saying ‘No,’ but this was an aspect that was advocacy as well.”

The students did have to include content they had learned in class, so the projects tested their knowledge of the material as well as their persuasion skills.

Casey said she was impressed with her students’ creativity and enthusiasm for the project. “It was due two weeks from the day I assigned it, and I had students a week later saying ‘Can I pass it in early?’” she said. “It was cool to see how, instead of always writing and talking, what their strengths were outside the classroom.”

Play It Forward: 5K Race to benefit the Horace Mann playground on Sunday

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The Horace Mann 5K race to raise funds for a new and improved playground will be this Sunday; check out the flyer above for all the details, and there’s more at the school website.

Shop Local Friday: Melrose Boot Camp Yoga & Wellness Studio

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I was happy to be able to join with other community members to cut the ribbon on Joy Fay’s new Melrose Boot Camp Yoga & Wellness Studio at 195 Green St. Many of you have taken Joy’s boot camp and yoga classes, and it’s great that she has found a permanent home for them.

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Highlands Congregational Spring Fling Auction is this weekend!

Here’s a press release about the Highlands Congregationasl Church Spring Fling Auction, which will be Saturday, April 5, at 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall.

Need some cheering after this winter? Would an evening with family or friends, watching the Red Sox play help? We have four tickets for April 20th, which is Easter night, the night before Patriots Day/Marathon Monday, and the start of school vacation week. That’s a good-times trifecta! They’re great seats: infield grandstand, Section 29, Row 13, under the overhang in case the weather is uncooperative. Come up with the winning bid and they’re yours.

Then there’s that door prize: a new Kindle Fire HDX. Yes, really! Remember, though, that you must be present to claim the prize if you’re the winner. So, while you’re waiting, what else might you find tempting? Read on….

How about a week in Zephyrhills, Florida? Tickets to the May 1st opening night of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in Boston? A “Friend” level membership to the famed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston? Free carpentry? Or how about free fencing? A month of free personal training at Get in Shape for Women? All it takes is your being an alert bidder. So what is this all about? Keep on reading…

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Shop Local Friday: Pamper Your Feet at Melrose MedSpa

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Melrose MedSpa wants you to rediscover your baby soft feet—with Baby Foot™!

Baby Foot™ is a plastic slipper bag filled with 17 fruit acids designed to naturally remove your unwanted dead skin around your heels and feet!

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We know how facial peels restore the your skin to its youthful glow, now we can finally do the same for our feet!

Contact us today to rediscover your baby soft feet in time for sandal weather! 781-620-2315 or e-mail info@melrosemedspa.com

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