LED Streetlights: Tell Us Which You Like Best!

Melrose residents will get to compare and contrast three different types of streetlights and offer opinions on a proposed LED streetlight upgrade for the City of Melrose.

If the Board of Aldermen approves the plan, the City will replace all city-owned streetlights with long-lasting, energy-efficient LED streetlights.

Many Massachusetts cities and towns have upgraded their city-owned streetlights to energy efficient LEDs including our neighbors Arlington, Winchester, and Woburn as well as Boston, Cambridge, and the entire Cape. LEDs provide municipalities with utility and maintenance savings of up to 70% as well as other benefits such as an extended lifecycle, reduced light pollution at night, improved lighting quality, and reduced carbon emissions over existing technology.

Six sample streetlight fixtures have been installed along Laurel Street between Lebanon and Sixth Streets. There are two fixtures each from three equipment vendors of similar wattage and lumens that would replace the existing 50-watt high pressure sodium streetlights that exist on most residential streets in Melrose. The circled points on the map below indicate poles and the vendor name for the sample lights on Laurel Street.

Streetlights

The City is seeking input from Melrose residents via various news and social media outlets in order to gather feedback about the three different fixtures from the public. Please share your feedback and impressions with us via this survey or by contacting Energy Efficiency Manager Martha Grover directly at 781-979-4195 or at mgrover@cityofmelrose.org. This is just one of the factors that will be considered, along with price and product features, as part of the final decision.

The overall project cost is estimated to be $1.2 million. Melrose was just awarded a competitive Green Community Grant of $225,000 from the Department of Energy Resources towards the streetlight upgrade. In addition, the project is eligible for a utility incentive of about $200,000 given the significant savings in switching to LEDs. Annual utility and maintenance savings are projected to be $145,000 which results in a simple project payback of just over five years. All fixtures come with a 10 year warranty, and the lifetime of the LED lights is typically four times that of the high-pressure sodium lights they are replacing.

Streetlights represent seven percent of the City’s annual energy usage with an annual utility and maintenance cost of $230,000.

The Board of Aldermen will review and consider the project for approval in August and September. If approval is granted, the installation would likely take place in November and December.

Ward 1 Alderman to Hold Highlands Meetings Next Week

Melrose Highlands Businesses and Residents:

Come meet Ward 1 Alderman John Tramontozzi to discuss the recently reconstructed Highlands Business District.
Discussions will center on any traffic and parking concerns that should be presented to the Melrose Traffic Commission at its August meeting.

Where: La Qchara Restaurant, 506 Franklin Street
When: Monday August 3 and Tuesday August 4
Time: 6–7 p.m.

Local Business Friday: Blue Waters Art Show at Hourglass

Blue Waters Art Show

Melrose at Moderate Risk Level for West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes from Melrose have been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. Melrose joins Malden, Medford, Reading, Cambridge, Somerville and Boston in this area of Massachusetts to have mosquitoes positive with West Nile Virus. This puts Melrose in the Moderate Risk Level for West Nile Virus, a status that Melrose has held in the past as most years this virus is found in our moquitoes.

The type of mosquito most likely to carry the virus breeds in catch basins and in standing water, not in wetlands. The City of Melrose has completed treating half of the catch basins in the City and will complete the rest by the end of next week.

There are things people can do to protect themselves.

  • Wear mosquito repellent when outdoors
  • Weather permitting, wear long sleeves and long pants when outdoors during peak mosquito hours (from dusk to dawn)
  • Use mosquito netting on baby carriages and playpens outdoors
  • Repair window and door screens in your home
  • Dump standing water twice weekly
  • Be aware of stagnant water on private property (e.g. unused swimming pools)—these should be reported to the Melrose Board of Health at 781-979-4130.

Be sure to regularly check the DPH website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito to see if any changes have been made to our area’s risk level.

School Supplies Drive Under Way at Edward Jones

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For the fifth 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. through August 28.

“Education is very important to Melrose families,” said Mayor Rob Dolan, “and it is important that all our children get off to a good start on the first day of school. I applaud Chris, and the generous citizens and businesspeople of Melrose, for their efforts to help make that 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.”

Junior Police Academy Draws Record Number of Students

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Police Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that this summer’s Junior Police Academy more than doubled its participation from the previous year, drawing 106 children from Melrose to the program.

In 2014, 48 students signed up for the academy. Over one-third of those who partook in this year’s classes had returned for the second time.

The Melrose Police Department offered two sessions this month, July 6-10 and July 13-17, for students ages 10-13. Both were held at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. Classes ran from 8 a.m. to noon daily and were led by Sgt. Chuck Byrne, Officer Jim Applegate and Officer Al Brown. Ten high school and college students also volunteered their time as counselors for the two weeks.

“This year’s program was a huge success and we’re certainly excited to see how popular its become among the community,” Chief Lyle said. “The academy wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of the officers at the Melrose Police Department and our community partners.”

Students participated in a daily exercise program on the Melrose High School athletic complex that featured team competitions at the end of the workouts. They also spent time in a classroom atmosphere learning about cyber-safety, bullying, detective functions, traffic and bike safety, police patrol procedures, the department’s motorcycle unit, drug investigations and substance abuse prevention.

Detective Sgt. Paul McNamara, Detective Dan Ehlers, Detective Greg Forestell, Sgt. Jon Goc, Officer Mike Plumer, Officer Rob Mann, Jen Kelly, Lauren Dustin and Maureen Buzby from the Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Rebecca Mooney from the Melrose Alliance Against Violence and volunteer physical trainer Josh Brown assisted with the instruction.

Prior to last year, the academy hadn’t been offered since the early 1980s. With assistance from the community, the Melrose Police Department relaunched the program in the summer of 2014.

Chief Lyle would like to thank the entire community for their support and all the members of the Melrose Police Department for taking time out of their busy summer schedules to contribute to the academy and to provide excellent training and insight into the law enforcement field.

A special thanks to the Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Stephen and Scott from Stephen’s Auto Body and Towing, Superintendent Cyndy Taymore, Brent Conway, Principal at the Melrose Veteran’s Memorial Middle School, the Melrose Alliance Against Violence, Scott Drago and South Pole Slush Inc., the T-Stop Embroidery & Screen Painting in Wakefield, Superior Packaging and Finishing in Braintree and D’Amici’s Bakery for their support and contributions.

Come to the Farmers’ Market Today!

The Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market is on today from 1-7 p.m. at Cedar Park. Here are a few of today’s attractions:

Along with the usual vendors, 7ate9 Bakery will be at the market with cheesecake popsicles! Come check out the wonderful assortment of fruits and veggies, fish, meat, coffee, yummy baked treats and lots more!

Music this week: Steve Furbish, 4-6 p.m.
“Uncle” Steve Furbish plays a mixture of folk, folk rock, country and originals that are just right for a sunny Summer afternoon. Steve is the founder and leader of NH Lakes Region favorite “Uncle Steve Band” on a rare sojourn to his old home and solo performance. “Uncle” Steve will be performing many favorite songs from his newly released “Living In The Country” and established “Past Life” C.D.s. The music at the market is made possible in part from a grant from the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts.

Business Table: H&R Block
Stop by their booth for free chapstick, pens, thundersticks for the kids and shopping bags. For those looking for a new career, H&R Block has information on their Income Tax Course. Classes start at the end of August!

Artisan: Ginny Remedi Designs
Ginny’s spirited jewelry uses a wide range of styles and media – all her own original work. Adornments include earrings, pins, rings, pendants, barrettes, and bracelets. Also Pleasant Moments – Helen Ray makes soap, bath products and pot potpourri. All soaps are glycerin-based with additives such as oatmeal, herbs and essential oils.

Yoga in the Park, 5-6 p.m., from now until 9/24
Bring your yoga mat with you! Join Barre & Soul Yoga Studio of Melrose for an hour of FREE outdoor yoga every Thursday. All levels are welcome. Children are welcome to join if accompanied by adult. Stretch away the stress and leave feeling centered and rejuvenated. Barre and Soul is proud to present the recent graduates of their Yoga Teacher Training program! Please note, Outdoor Yoga will be canceled if the forecast is rain. Please bring a mat or large towel to practice on.

Cooking Demonstration: Holly Pierce is back at the market this week! Holly prepares a new recipe each week using the fresh ingredients she shops for at the market on that day.

Our market will continue participating in the Plant A Carrot Campaign, a program designed to help farmers markets raise funds as well as raise awareness of farmers and farmers markets all across the country. “Carrots” will be available for sale ($5 each, $12 for 3) all season at the market. To learn more and to get your very own Carrot, be sure to stop by the Market Manager tent!

You can use your Shop Melrose gift checks at the farmers market! What a great gift to give someone to use at any store or even at the farmers market! In $10 and $25 denominations – you can purchase the checks at the Melrose Cooperative Bank or Hour Glass.

Click here to download a full list of vendors who will be at the market, including which weeks they will be coming.

Donate to Hope for Our Sisters at Whole Foods

Today and tomorrow, you can help promote women’s health in developing countries by donating to Hope for Our Sisters, a Melrose-based charity, by rounding up your change or making a donation at the register at Whole Foods. Hope for Our Sisters partners with local organizations and hospitals on prevention and treatment of fistula, an injury often suffered in childbirth, as well as promoting the education and empowerment of women.

Bike to Boston on Friday

Have you thought about making your commute into Boston by bike but weren’t sure how to go about doing it?

The Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee will lead a bicycle convoy from Melrose to downtown Boston Friday, July 24th. Meet at the Y at 6:50 a.m.; the ride starts at 7 a.m. You can find the exact route on this Google Map.

The Melrose to Boston Bike Friday are once a month from April to August. Visit the Melrose and Pedestrian Bicycle Advisory Committee’s website for more information.

Irish Music Group to Hold Fund-Raiser Concert on Saturday

The Realta Geala Youth Ensemble, the Midatlantic Fleadh Champions, will have a special concert and album release party on Saturday, July 25, at the Knights of Columbus, 23 West Foster St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 8. There will be food from Redbones Barbecue of Somerville as well as a cash bar. Tickets are $10 per person, and proceeds will go to Realta Gala’s trip to the All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo in August.

The event will feature the release of the live album from the November 8 concert of the Trad Youth Exchange, which features the Realta Geala group and special guests. Albums will be available for $20, and there will also be raffles.

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