Melrose Mourns Alderman Bill Forbes


I join the citizens of Melrose in mourning the loss of Alderman William Forbes.

Bill was an American hero who served with distinction in the Vietnam War. He was a great coach, a civic leader, a true man of faith to his church, and a devoted father, grandfather, and husband.

Like my parents, Bill came to Melrose to seek a better life for his children and family. Like many new Melrosians today, he fell in love with this community. He dedicated his years in Melrose to giving back more to this city than he ever received. Until his final days, he tirelessly advocated for the future of this community, its children, its veterans, and its seniors. To me he is the perfect example of a citizen activist, and I am forever grateful for his constant counsel, which he shared until his last days.

Bill and Mary have passed down their love of their city and their country to their children, who are veterans, and in particular to their son, Alderman Scott Forbes, who continues his family tradition of service to the city. We have lost a great Melrosian and a great American, and we thank his family for sharing him with us.

Melrose Does It Again!

Welcome to Melrose

Once again, Melrose is one of the top real estate markets in the country—and #1 in Massachusetts!

From CNN Money:

Melrose, Massachusetts, is the seventh hottest ZIP code in the country, but it’s cooled off from last year when it took home the top spot, thanks to an increase in inventory.

Homes are selling in 29 days, as the median list price shot up 13% from last year to $462,000.

Check out the full article on the CNN Money website.

City-Wide Yard Sale is September 24—Maps Available Now!

On Sat., Sept. 24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Friends of Milano Center will hold their 4th Annual City-Wide Yard Sale. This year there are a record number of participants with 104 yard sales within our 4.76 square mile city.

You can download your map from the City of Melrose website here or pick up a paper copy in the City Hall parking lot on Saturday, September 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friends of Milano Center are a volunteer-driven nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of residents who support the Milano Center. 100% of the proceeds from this important fundraiser benefit the programs and services provide at the Milano Center.

Kevin Barry Band Wins Highland Games Championship


Congratulations to the Kevin Barry Pipes & Drums, who won the Grade V championship at the New Hampshire Highland Games this past weekend. Over 20 bands from the Northeast region took part in the competition. The Kevin Barry band participates in our Memorial Day parade every year, and band members include Melrosians Jay and Gary Taggert, Ron Neff, Patrick McDonnell, and John White. Well done!

2016 Flu Shot Clinic Schedule


Local Business Spotlight: Erik’s Barber Shop


This blog post was written by City Hall summer interns Ryan Donahue and Jack Summersby. Photo by Michael O’Neill.

Erik Savoia is the owner of Erik’s Barber Shop, a Melrose institution at 950 Main Street and has been open for 20 years.

The shop is “A traditional barber shop for today’s gentleman of leisure,” Erik says. What does that mean? It’s a relaxing place to get a haircut or even a shave. There’s coffee for the adults, lollipops for the kids, and magazines to leaf through while you wait. Erik’s offers discounts for families, children, and senior citizens, and it’s not unusual for two or three generations of the same family to come in to the shop together.

Erik found Melrose appealing because of its family-oriented lifestyle and Victorian architecture. The style of the building suited the sort of business he wanted to have. He started small, opening with three chairs, then added more for a total of seven; he plans for one more addition in the future. This family-oriented shop is also a family business: Erik was the first in his family to become a barber, then two of his brothers followed after him, as well as his niece and nephew. His sons also work in the shop.

While the shop can get very busy, especially before school starts and during the holidays, Erik is proud of how it has grown over the past 20 years. He is strongly dedicated to his business and plans to continue it for a long time with his two sons, Damien and Devon.

Erik’s Barber Shop is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

Public Safety Update

Over the last several hours, the Massachusetts State Police have been conducting a search for an individual in the Saugus/Melrose/Mount Hood area. As a precaution, the Hoover and Winthrop schools were placed on lockdown. The State Police have withdrawn their search of the area and the Winthrop and Hoover schools are no longer on lockdown and are resuming normal operations.

If you have any further concerns, please contact the Melrose Police at 781-665-1212.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Interested in Learning More about Melrose Birth to Five?


Do you have a child in Melrose under the age of 6 and want to get involved in the community? The Melrose Birth to Five Advisory Committee is currently looking for additional committee members.

The Melrose Birth to Five advisory committee was formed in 2013 to serve as a resource for parents and caregivers of children under the age of six. In addition to providing residents with updated information about ongoing events for young children, the group has created a Kindergarten Basics program for parents and sponsored numerous community events, such as the New and Expectant Parent Expo in March, the opening of the Melrose Common Playground, Melrose Kids Club, family concerts at Memorial Hall and throughout the city, and the Community Swap Day in October.

If you are interested in learning more, please email Mike Lindstrom in the Mayor’s Office at If you would like to attend the next advisory group meeting, it will be held on Monday, September 19th in the basement conference room of the Melrose Public Library from 7pm-8pm.

More information about Melrose Birth to Five can be found at

“Sharrows” Increase Driver and Bicycle Safety Throughout Melrose


This post was written by summer intern Michael O’Neill.

If you have driven on any of Melrose’s newly resurfaced roads lately, you have probably noticed some new markings. Sharrows—officially known as Shared Lane Markings—are arrows painted onto roadways that indicate that cyclists are allowed on the road just as much as motor vehicles are. This means that motorists must give bikes the same space, right of way, and general treatment they would for other cars. Cyclists must obey the same traffic laws that motorists do.

The increasing frequency of “sharrows” (a portmanteau of “share” and “arrow”) on Melrose roads is helping keep cyclists and motorists safe, and residents should be aware of exactly what they entail. They are not separate bike lanes; rather, they are a reminder that bikes and cars are sharing the lane equally.


The main goal of these sharrows is to increase safety for bike riders and automobile drivers alike. The Melrose Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee has been advocating for their use in Melrose, and now several of the newly repaved roads in Melrose feature sharrows. “I think the greatest benefit to the sharrows is how they alert and remind motorists that our streets and throughways are shared environments,” says committee member Carol Naczas. “As communities strive to improve and diversify our public spaces, it’s important to provide outreach and education.” Other safety benefits of sharrows, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials, are reminding drivers and cyclists to maintain a safe distance from one another, encouraging safe passing by motorists, and reducing the number of bikes on sidewalks.

Sharrows are a simple, inexpensive way to clarify the rules of road and remind both motorists and bicyclists to be mindful of one another. Look for these pavement markings around Melrose, including on Franklin Street, Lebanon Street, Essex Street, and the Lynn Fells Parkway.

Melrose Drama Cabaret Night on September 23


Come join the award winning Melrose Drama program as they kick off the 2016/2017 Theater Season with a special evening of fun and music at the “Melrose Drama Cabaret!” The Cabaret will take place on September 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Melrose Performing Arts Center located at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway in Melrose. The event will feature performances from current Melrose Drama students as well as Melrose Drama alumni and will include some “sneak peeks” from the 2016/2017 season including Disney’s “Tarzan” and “Mary Poppins.” Tickets will be $10 at the door and proceeds from the event will go to Friends of Melrose Drama, a newly formed parent support organization operating as an affiliate of the not for profit Community Coalition of Melrose, Inc.

For more information on the Cabaret, please see the Melrose Drama Facebook Event page, the Melrose Drama website, or email the Friends of Melrose Drama at

Thank you for supporting the Arts in Melrose!

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