Citywide Flushing and Hydrant Testing Program Begins September 19

The City’s biennial water main flushing program will begin Tuesday, September 19, 2017, and run through early November. The intent of the flushing program is to clean out any sediment that collects in water mains and to test and evaluate water system components such as hydrants and valves. Over the course of the next two months, every stretch of water main in the city will be flushed by closing off certain valves in the city’s water distribution system and allowing hydrants in that area to run for a period of a few minutes. Residents should not use their water when we are flushing or testing on their street, as it may result in sediment in home plumbing and discolored water.

Hydrant flushing will be taking place between Washington/Pleasant/Wyoming and Malden next Tuesday to Thursday. Flushing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

More information is available on our 2017 Water Main Flushing page. Please check the street list or call the Engineering Division at 781-979-4172 to determine our daily list of streets to be flushed. The street list will be updated on flushing days, no later than 4:00 pm, to reflect the completed streets and the following day’s anticipated schedule. Some streets may require re-listing for completion, so check the street list for the completion of your street or call the Engineering Division at 781-979-4172.

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Fourth Annual Veteran Golf Open on September 23

The fall season is finally upon us, which means it’s almost time to tee up for the 4th Annual Melrose Veteran Open! This event pairs U.S. Veterans and their supporters for a day of outreach and fun at Mount Hood Golf Course. This year, Melrose Veteran Services is partnering with the Melrose Veterans Memory Project to raise money for continued veteran research and city memorial restoration.

The main target for raised funds is the continued Knoll Restoration Project. Upgrades will include long-term sustainability improvements including irrigation and lighting. The goal of the project is to return the Knoll to its original intention – honoring Melrose veterans and their extraordinary military service.

The Tournament Features

  • Team Scramble Format with prize for 1st and 2nd place team finishes
  • Long Drive Competition (Male, Female and Senior)
  • Putting Competition
  • 50/50 Closest to the Pin (can’t give it back!)
  • Event 50/50 Raffle (can’t give it back!)

Your Entry Gets You

  • Donations may be eligible for a tax deduction through the Melrose Veterans Memory Project (a registered 501c3)
  • Entry into door prize raffles
  • Dinner and award presentation
  • 18 Holes of Golf plus cart
  • AND GREAT COMPANY

Click here to purchase tickets or sponsor the event.

Ribbon-Cuttings Welcome Students and Staff Back to School

Art Teacher Lynnette Bruce cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the Horace Mann School renovation project while Mayor Dolan, Rep. Brodeur, Aldermen Medeiros, Mortimer & Lemmerman, Superintendent Taymore, Principal Mary-Ellen Cobbs, and students looked on. Photo by Frank Goodhue.

We welcomed students to the newly renovated Horace Mann School and the new kindergarten classrooms at the Hoover and Winthrop schools over the past two weeks. I want to thank everybody who was involved in this project, including our Planning Department, Department of Public Works, and our school staff, who worked so hard to ensure that the new areas would be ready for the first day of school. We have a lot to be proud of!

Ribbon-cutting at the Hoover School

Ribbon-cutting at the Winthrop School

Spirit Medium Maureen Hancock Comes to Memorial Hall on September 15

For more information, go to http://www.maureenhancock.com
General Floor Tickets available at $42 per person.
To purchase tickets, go to https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=d5a31ea68055c4c178577c6055030e67

VEX Robotics Team Looking for New Members

The VEX robotics program will be holding a recruitment event in the iRaiders robot lab at 6:30 on Thursday September 21st. The lab is located through the Melrose St. Marcoux Gym entrance of the High School. Students and parents in the 7th and 8th grade are welcome to come on down to learn about one of the strongest robotics programs in Melrose.

In years past this is the team that won the World Championships, and has won several state and New England championships at the middle school level. It is the perfect next step for students that were involved in the Lego League program or students that want to fuel their interest in STEM.

Meghan Cincotta and Chloe Melville both came through this program and ultimately went on lead the high school team as captains in both their Junior and Senior years. Both students are now enrolled in college engineering programs in the greater Boston area.

More information can be found at http://www.iraiders.org

TODAY: ‘Bag It!’ Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Paper Shredding & Mattress Recycling Event on September 16

TOPSoccer Returns to Melrose for a Third Year!

For the third consecutive year, Melrose Youth Soccer will team up with the TOPSoccer program to host a six-week soccer season for children with physical and/or cognitive challenges. TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program committed to helping young athletes with disabilities learn the game of soccer in an atmosphere that is both nurturing and exciting with one-on-one support. The Melrose program, under the support from Melrose Youth Soccer Board Members and organized by students from Melrose High School and Malden Catholic, will begin the season Sunday, September 24 and continue the following five Sundays into October (October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29). Sessions will be dedicated to hosting participants between the ages of 5 and 17 from 11:30-12:30 at the Franklin Field (Greenleaf Place, Melrose). Registration for both players and volunteers is available on the Melrose Youth Soccer website (www.melroseyouthsoccer.net – Follow the Registration links). If you would like your son or daughter to participate, or have any questions, please contact Bob Lynch-Galvin (bob.lg65@gmail.com) or Mark Donahue (myschildprotectionofficer@gmail.com ).

Remembering September 11, 2001

All flags at City of Melrose buildings are being flown at half staff today in remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Please join me for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane struck the World Trade Center.

Please keep all the victims, and in particular Melrosian Raymond Rocha and his family, in your thoughts on this day.

(Photo by Mark Buckawicki)

Everything you need to know about Saturday’s Concert & Fireworks!

We’re just two days away from the big day! Here is some helpful information to help you prepare to celebrate with us:

Basic Information:
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Gates open at 5:30 pm, Concert at 7 pm, Fireworks at 9 pm
Morelli Baseball Field
All Ages Welcome

Will there be road closures?
Yes! Here is an interactive map of road closures, parking lots, and gate entrances.
4:30-9:30 pm: Tremont Street from Lynn Fells Parkway to Melrose Street
6:00-9:30 pm: Tremont Street from Lynn Fells Parkway to West Emerson & Lynn Fells Parkway from Vinton Street to Melrose Street

These roads will be closed to thru traffic however, parking will be allowed on all streets on a first-come, first-served basis (including the Memorial Knoll).

Where should I park?
In addition to street parking, there are parking lots open at the high school (3 lots off of Melrose Street), Memorial Knoll, Trinity Church, Roosevelt School, Melrose Library, and Robinson Funeral Home.

Is there disabled parking and seating?
Disabled parking and drop-off is available on Tremont Street by the 3rd base entrance. The accessible seating area is located behind the VIP area by third base. Persons with disabilities are admitted into the designated area on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person is allowed one guest and that guest is allowed to bring a folding chair.

What should I bring?
Blankets, folding/beach chairs, food, beverages – are all welcome. Chairs are not provided. If the ground is wet, you may want to bring a tarp or shower curtain, too. Please no canopies, tents, grilling, open flames, smoking, or bicycles in the fenced area. No pets (except for service animals) are allowed.

Where can I sit?
Guests are welcome to sit anywhere in the outfield of Morelli Field. Overflow seating will be open on the football field and bleachers, however, no food or drink is permitted on the football field.

The VIP area located in the infield is by invitation only. Please check-in with the VIP attendants for admittance into the VIP area.

What food will be available?
La Qchara, Regina Pizzeria, Big Daddy Hot Dogs, and the Cookie Monstah Truck. Food trucks and vendors will be open from 5:30-9:00 pm.

When is the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo?
Kids and adults are welcome to try the instruments of the orchestra from 5:30-6:45 pm. The Petting Zoo will be located by the food trucks and vendor area.

Will you have MSO merchandise for sale?
Yes! Visit MSO Information & Shop tables located by the food vendors. We have long and short sleeve shirts, 16 oz tumblers, and canvas tote bags available for purchase (cash, check, or credit).

What is the concert etiquette?
While this is a casual and fun concert, we ask that you respect the musicians and conductor and refrain from any noise during the performance. Parents should keep children seated with them and not allow them to run around during the concert. You’re welcome to take photos and videos (share them with us using the hashtag #mso100) – but please no flash photography.

What is the rain policy?
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Memorial Hall at 7 pm. There is no rain-date. Please check www.mso100.org for any cancellation or weather updates.

For additional questions or concerns, please contact Jessi at jessi@melrosesymphony.org. Thank you and see you on Saturday!

We are able to present this historic celebration free of charge thanks to our generous sponsors:

Melrose Bank Foundation, Premier Sponsor
Melrose Rotary Club,
Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts,
Hallmark Health Medical Associates,
Waste Management,
and The Maurer Family Foundation

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