Maureen Hancock Returns to Memorial Hall on July 24

Maureen Hancock

Part of Washington Street to Be Closed on Friday, July 22

Washington Street (from Pleasant Street to the Malden line) will be CLOSED to vehicles tomorrow Friday, July 22nd from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This portion of Washington Street is being closed in order to complete final paving of the roadway.

All residents looking to access Oak Grove station must do so via Main Street.

Come to the Four Corners Music Festival on July 30!

Four Corners 2016

Celebrating music, arts and community has always been part of life in Melrose. Continuing this tradition, the City of Melrose is excited to announce the 3rd Annual Four Corners Festival on Saturday, July 30th. This year’s event is being held exclusively at the West Knoll Soccer Field (across from Melrose Middle/High School). In addition to outstanding music, this event features artists that all have a connection to Melrose and our community which makes it even more special. I hope you will come out for a great day of music and fun on July 30th!

Highlights of this year’s festival will include:

  • A kick-off performance by Grammy-nominated children’s performer Alastair Moock and Friends to start the event at 2pm
  • Music throughout the day from great local talent including Tad Overbaugh and the Late Arrivals, The Bridgebuilders, Cold Car, and other local music talent on the community stage!
  • Food from Saigon Alley and Barracuda on the Fly food trucks
  • Inflatable obstacle course and bounce house for kids
  • Games and activities for kids all day with the Melrose Recreation Department
  • Plenty of free parking available

Here is a look at a few of the bands that will be performing at the Four Corners 2016:

Alastair Moock & Friends


Alastair Moock has worked with students from several of the Melrose elementary schools to create and perform new School Songs which will be featured at this year’s Melrose Four Corners Music Festival! Alastair is a 2013 Grammy Nominee, two-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, recipient of the ASCAP Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award, and has twice been voted by the Fids & Kamily Industry Critics’ Poll among the Top 3 Albums of the Year. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin daughters in 2006. The New York Times calls him “a Tom Waits for kids” and The Boston Globe declares that, “in the footsteps of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Alastair Moock makes real kids music that parents can actually enjoy.” Moock and Friends’ live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin’ and dancin’ fun for the whole family!

Web links:

Melrose Connection: Alastair and his family have been Melrose residents since 2014, and are Lincoln School parent of two.

Tad Overbaugh & the Late Arrivals


Tad Overbaugh & the Late Arrivals are a 5-piece, rock ‘n’ roll band from Boston, MA. Mixing rock and classic country influences, Tad Overbaugh’s songs fall somewhere between the twang of Steve Earle and the chimey, hook-filled songwriting of Tom Petty. The band is made up of veteran musicians from the Boston, Seattle and Los Angeles music scenes. The collective band members have shared stages with The Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt, The Bottle Rockets, Cracker, Slobberbone, Robbie Fulks, Tim Easton, and Will Hoge. Tad Overbaugh’s latest album, “Beauty & Barbed Wire”, was released in 2015.

Web links:

Melrose Connection: Drummer, Rick Cranford, originally from Holden, MA, moved his music career from Seattle to Melrose in 2011 and now has children at the Hoover Elementary and Franklin ECC.

The BridgeBuilders


The Bridgebuilders are part of a new wave of folk-inspired musicians putting their own stamp on traditional styles. Transcending the boundaries of traditional folk music, the Bridgebuilders began working out their trademark sound, the energetic and musical interaction between six players with years of experience playing together, lending to tunes that are both danceable and listenable. Before too long, the Bridgebuilders incorporated influences from bluegrass, jazz, roots blues, and 20th century classical music, exciting crowds up and down the East Coast from Maryland to Maine and causing the outbreak of an embarrassing number of dance parties.

Web link:

Melrose Connection: Fiddler, Jeremy Van Cleave has lived in Melrose since ’98. He grew up playing in the Melrose Public School string department, now teaches lessons out of his Stoneham music studio, and for nearly ten years has been a morning barista at the local Bohemian Coffeehouse.

Cold Car


An emerging band born from the Boston open mic scene, and growing up fast. Led by Ken Carter and Tim Ko., Cold Car is a roots rock group found swaying on a wave of influences such as Springsteen, Petty, Young, Wilco, and The Felice Brothers. Steady rock, hook-in-mouth melodies, with heart and mind lyrics that shoot arrows at realism.

Web link:

Melrose Connection: Lead guitarist, Tim Ko.(short for Kochanski), brought his family to Melrose in 2011 and is a Lincoln School parent of three.

Sign Up for a Home Energy Assessment at City Hall on July 20

Stop by City Hall on Wednesday, July 20th between 9:00 AM and noon to sign-up for a no-cost home energy assessment with Homeworks Energy. Free muffins and coffee will be provided.

Due to the participation of many Melrose homeowners, the Melrose Energy Challenge 2016 is almost halfway to the goal of achieving 511 home energy assessments by the end of the year. Melrose stands to be awarded up to $34,000 by National Grid for future community energy projects if the goal is reached.

If it’s been more than two years since your last home energy assessment, you’re eligible to receive another one this year. There are new features to the 2016 program such as LED lightbulbs, a grant program to assist with costs associated with removing knob and tube wiring so insulation can be installed in older homes, an expanded 0% financing program that covers a wider variety of home energy improvements, and increased insulation incentives.

There are several ways to schedule your no-cost home energy assessment:

Call HomeWorks Energy at (339) 502-4353 or sign up on-line at

Volunteers and staff will also be at these upcoming events to answer your questions and schedule assessments:

  • Wednesday, July 20th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, at Melrose City Hall Aldermanic Chamber
  • Friday, July 29th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, at the Summer Stroll on Main Street
  • Saturday, July 30th, 2:00 – 8:00 PM, at the Four Corners Music Festival at the Knoll on Lynn Fells Parkway
  • Thursday, August 4th, 3:00 – 7:00 PM, at Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market

Please stop by the table to learn more about how to save energy and money in your home. If you’ve had a home energy assessment and would be willing to have a yard sign promoting the program for a few weeks, contact Martha Grover at or (781) 979-4195.

Come to the 1st Annual Senior Picnic on July 21!

1st Annual Senior Picnic Flyer3

Mark Your Calendar: Four Corners Music Festival Is July 30!

flyer FC 2016 westknoll

The Four Corners Music Festival is back this year on July 30 with a new location, the West Knoll, with live music on two stages, children’s activities, and more!

Calling all Local Musicians: If you would like to perform at the festival, click here.

Calling all Music Teachers, Instrument builders, Technicians, Jam Leaders, and Music Stores: If you would like to exhibit at the festival to create awareness about your shop, skills, or teaching program, click here.

School Supplies Drive Begins July 11

School Supplies

For the sixth year in a row, Chris Cinella of Edward Jones Investments is collecting school supplies for Melrose children. The school supplies will be distributed to families referred by the Red Cross and the Melrose Emergency Fund.

Donations of backpacks, lunchboxes, notebooks, pens, crayons, markers, paper, child-safe scissors, binders, glue sticks, staplers, folders, calculators, construction paper, hand sanitizer, tissues, dry erase boards, markers, erasers, and other classroom supplies are all welcome. They may be dropped off at the Edward Jones office, 502 Main Street, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from July 11 through August 19.

“Education is a priority for Melrose families,” said Mayor Rob Dolan, “and it is important that all our children start the school year with all the they need. Thanks to Chris’s efforts, and the generosity of the citizens and businesspeople of Melrose, we can help make that goal a reality.”

“The children of today are the global citizens of tomorrow, and education is more important now than ever before,” said Cinella. “Our goal is to ensure that all the children in our community are equipped with the tools they need to learn.”

Melrose Students Participate In National History Bee Finals

Christopher Terranova

Christopher Terranova

This was recently posted on the Melrose Schools website.

Two Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School students recently participated in the National History Bee Finals in Chicago, IL. Both Christopher Terranova and Matthew Frawley qualified for the event, held June 10 and 11, by achieving an eligible score during the Boston Regional Finals, which were held here at the Melrose Veterans Middle School in April.

Matthew Frawley

Matthew Frawley

Christopher competed with over 420 8th graders from around the county. Matthew was in the 7th grade division, including more than 325 students. Both boys answered questions pulled from all aspects of world history, including military, social, culture and arts, politics, and science. The format was structured with 10 participants on a panel, competing head-to-head to be the first to “buzz-in” with the correct answer. Each round includes 30 questions and the boys participated in 5 rounds each.

Christopher TerranovaThe National History Bee is an academic competition for elementary and middle school students that tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics.For more information, see:

Come to the Eastern Mass Baseball Classic on July 9

Baseball Trophy

The 5th Annual Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Baseball Classic will be Saturday, July 9th at Morelli Field in Melrose, MA. This event will feature All Star teams from each of the 4 amateur baseball leagues in the Boston area including the Melrose Americans representing the Intercity League. These will all be 9 inning games. The tournament will be a one day event with no consolation game. The schedule for the tournament will be:

1:00 PM – Boston Park League @ Intercity League (Melrose Americans)
4:30 PM – Cranberry Baseball League @ Yawkey Baseball League
7:30 PM – Championship Game

There is a $5 charge for admission. Last year the InterCity League took home the Louis T. DiTullio Memorial Trophy with a 6-3 victory over the Yawkey League. The Melrose Recreation Department will be providing concessions and free kids activities. For more information go to

Aldermen Honor Operation Respect Students

Ward 7 Alderman Scott Forbes, Veterans Services Director Alicia Reddin, and Representative Paul Brodeur with members of the Operation Respect group.

Ward 7 Alderman Scott Forbes, Veterans Services Director Alicia Reddin, and Representative Paul Brodeur with members of the Operation Respect group.

Ward 7 Alderman Scott Forbes offered a resolution recognizing the members of Operation Respect at the June 20 meeting of the Board of Aldermen. This is the fifth year that Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School students have raised money to bring a group of veterans to visit important war memorials. This year they focused on women veterans. The members of Operation Respect not only raise funds for the trips, they also work to raise awareness, and they accompany the veterans and document the trip. As the resolution noted, Donna Houle, Director of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, said that “she has never heard of a group of middle school students anywhere in the country that honors & recognizes women veterans in the manner Operation Respect does.”

“As a 20 year veteran, projects such as Operation Respect truly make me proud to be from Melrose,” said Alderman Forbes. “We continue to set the example for other communities when it comes to recognizing our local area veterans, and its great to see these projects growing in popularity year after year.”


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