Happy Birthday to Melrose Whole Foods!

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Happy birthday to Melrose Whole Foods, which celebrated its first year in our city on Thursday with a cake and a great party. Whole Foods has been an incredible community partner, and we wish them many more!

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Special Meeting of the Board of Aldermen Has Been Cancelled

The Special Meeting of the Board of Aldermen regarding the ballot question to consider liquor license changes, scheduled for Monday evening, has been cancelled. The other Aldermen’s Committee meetings will proceed as scheduled.

Visit the Sally Frank Farmers Market Today!

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It’s a great day to visit the Sally Frank Farmers Market! Visit Dick’s Farm Stand from Lunenberg and many others at Cedar Park today from 1-7 p.m. This week’s bounty includes tomatoes, corn on the cob, and much, much more. For kids, Blake the Balloon Guy will be at the market all day, twisting balloons into funny hats, animals, and more. And this is the week to get your knives sharpened—don’t keep putting it off! On the Edge knife sharpening service is here for their monthly visit to the market to sharpen your kitchen knives, scissors, gardening tools, and more!

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New Wind Sculpture Is Up at Cedar Park

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Here’s a first look at the new wind sculpture by Lyman Whitaker that has been installed in Cedar Park. It’s a wonderful piece of public art that really enhances our community! Thanks to Melrose Arts for all their hard work in bringing it to us, as well as the Melrose Cultural Council, the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts, and the private donors who made this possible, and to Ward 3 Alderman Frank Wright for his assistance with the project.

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Countdown to Four Corners – Brittaney Brannock

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Melrose’s own Brittaney Brannock is only 19, but she has already been to the Grammys. Her song, “What I’ll Never Get,” took first place in the fourth annual GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Teens Make Music Contest, and the prize was a trip to the Grammy awards. With talent like that, it probably won’t be her last trip there.

Brannock’s song was about the impact of her father’s drug and alcohol addiction on her life. “It’s about learning to get away from all that — like not being a victim of your parent’s or friend’s or relative’s abuse,” Brannock told the Melrose Free Press earlier this year. “Not falling into the same trap.”

You can hear the award-winning song and some of Brannock’s other original compositions on her website—and then come see her in person at the Four Corners Music Festival on Saturday at the Horace Mann School from 5-8 p.m.

Come Downtown for the Summer Stroll on Friday


The Melrose Chamber of Commerce and the City of Melrose are pleased to announce the Second Melrose Summer Stroll on July 25, with generous funding from the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts and TD Bank. From 6:00 pm -9:00 pm Main Street will be closed and transformed into a two-block walkway, spanning from Upham Street to Grove Street. There will be live musical performances, local artists will be painting and sketching, and a professional chalk artist will create a 3-D masterpiece. Restaurants will serve food and beverages on the sidewalk, while our local merchants will offer tastings, demos, specials and sales within their stores. The YMCA will also offer babysitting services that night; please call the Y at 781-665-4360 for details.

So take some time to stroll Main Street on July 25th and discover what makes Main Street Melrose so special.

More details will be posted on the Melrose Chamber of Commerce website.

This is a rain or shine event.

City Teams Up With Edward Jones to Collect School Supplies

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Once again this summer, Edward Jones Investments will collect school supplies for Melrose students at their office located at 502 Main Street. “Our office began this partnership with the City in 2010 and it has really grown each year by leaps and bounds, said Edward Jones Financial Advisor Christopher Cinella. “It is very rewarding for us to be able to help out the students of Melrose.”

Residents can drop off new and unused school supplies in the designated box that will be located at Edward Jones. At the end of the summer, those supplies will be given to the Melrose Public Schools for the upcoming school year.

This is a wonderful program. Chris and his staff have made a great effort to make sure that the first day of school is a special day for every Melrose child. These supplies will help them get off to a good start in the new school year. Having a local businesses get involved like this is just another example of why Melrose is such a unique and wonderful community.

Supplies will be collected until mid-August.

Road Construction and Traffic Update for July 22-23

Lebanon Street will be closed from East Emerson to Porter Street from 8 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. tomorrow morning for water main improvements. Porter Street will be closed between Rowe and Lebanon. Main Street traffic passing the intersection can expect delays.

Water main improvements at the intersection of Marvin Road and Franklin Street will take place starting at 8 p.m. and continue until 8 a.m. Westbound traffic will be detoured at Tremont Street. Eastbound traffic can expect delays.

Meet with Congresswoman Clark this Saturday

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Countdown to Four Corners – Spotlight on Kevin Barry Pipes & Drums


The Kevin Barry Pipes and Drums musical group will be playing traditional Irish and Scottish music at the Melrose Gazebo on Saturday as part of the Four Corners Music Festival. This band has many members from Melrose and marches in the Memorial Day Parade every year. What you may not know is that they also take part in many competitions, and they took first place in the New Hampshire Scottish Indoor Games last April, with a First Place in Piping and a Third Place in Drumming leading to a First Place overall finish. Here’s a taste of their traditional tunes from a performance last year:

Founded in 1921, the pipe and drum band is a non-profit organization based out of the Malden Irish American Club that seeks to educate the local community in Irish and Scottish traditions through song and performance. Currently, the Kevin Barry band competes in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) in the Grade V category, and also is involved in many local parades and functions. Come on down to the Four Corners Festival this Saturday, July 26, and enjoy the sounds of the Kevin Barry Pipes & Drums, Howie Newman, and more!


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