Yesterday, I took part in a great event, the presentation of a check for $19,000 by the Zinck family to the Melrose Education Foundation. Grace Zinck, the granddaughter of our former Fire Chief, Frank Zinck, is “surviving and thriving” with Trisomy 18, and every year her family has the Amazing Grace Golf Tournament to raise money for charities that support people with disabilities and their families. This year, they chose to donate the money to the Melrose Education Foundation. As Cathy Zinck, Grace’s mother, explained, last year, Grace’s teachers received a grant from Amazing Grace Golf to pilot a non-phonics-based reading program. Grace is now reading on her own, thanks to the insight from her teachers and a modest amount of money.
“By making a donation to the Foundation, we hope other students can experience the same outcomes Grace did,” said Cathy. “Our goal with the Amazing Grace Golf Tournament is to benefit many children and their families in Melrose, and partnering with the Foundation is a great way to make that happen.”
Grace is truly an amazing young lady, and this is truly an amazing gift to the children of Melrose. The Zinck family for generations has contributed in so many ways to our community, and to see Grace, Brendan, and Audrey continue in that tradition is no surprise. This contribution will change the lives of young people in our community in a substantial way, and on behalf of all the citizens of Melrose, we thank them.
The City of Melrose and Mayor Rob Dolan will host a Veteran Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Melrose Elks Lodge on Myrtle Street. The meeting is open to all Melrose veterans, their families and their supporters.
The goal of the meeting is to receive input from the Melrose veteran community in order to better steer the direction of Melrose Veteran Services. Officials from the Melrose Veteran Advisory Board and all local veteran organizations will also be sending representatives to help guide discussions.
“One of our major goals this year is to tie our planning to the needs of the local veteran community,” Veteran Director Ryan McLane said. “We want to be responsive and to make sure that all veteran voices are a part of the process.”
Topics of discussion will include veteran monument installation and restorations, programming honoring our veteran community, improvements in the veteran benefit process and strategies for improved outreach. There will also be a question and answer session and a chance for veterans to comment openly.
“We want as many veterans as possible at the meeting,” McLane said. “The best way to share our message is to have veterans communicate with one another.”
For more information about this event or to RSVP, please contact Melrose Veteran Services at 781-979-4186 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
At the end of October I presented a Key to the City to Leo Colborne as he stepped down as Chairman of the Liquor License Commission. Leo was first appointed to the commission in 1973, and he is one of only a few individuals who have given over 40 years’ service to a board or commission. There have been many events over the years that could not have happened without Leo Colborne leaving his home to make sure they got their one-day licenses. He always did his work in a quiet and dignified manner, for no pay and little recognition. Thank you, Leo Colborne!
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 centerpiece of our Veterans Day observances yesterday was the dedication of a monument and a Magnolia Virginia tree to the women who served and sacrificed in the U.S. Armed Forces. The dedication ceremony was a wonderful event that featured a number of speakers, including women veterans from World War II through the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. I want to thank our Veterans Service Officer, Ryan McLane, the Veterans Services Advisory Board, the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School students who participated, and the Melrose Garden Club for all they did to make this such a special day.
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.