Enjoy the Fourth of July Concert at Mount Hood

Here’s a press release from the Mount Hood Park Association:

The Mount Hood Park Association is sponsoring its 30th Annual July 4th Concert in front of the clubhouse at Mount Hood Memorial Park, 100 Slayton Road.

Festivities will begin on Saturday, July 4, at 6:45 p.m. with the Middlesex Concert Band providing music. This year’s music program promises to be an exciting selection of new songs highlighting the patriotic theme of the day as popular show tunes . Free popcorn and lemonade for the children will be provided compliments of Golf Management Co. while quantities last.

We are continuing the tradition of ending the concert with “Stars and Stripes Forever,” in which all children will be given free American flags to wave while marching in front of the clubhouse.

Come join us for a special July 4th celebration and bring your family and blankets or chairs to listen to music in one of the most beautiful and pristine venues in Melrose.

The Mount Hood Park Association is dedicated to the protection, preservation, and promotion of Mount Hood Memorial Park. To learn more about the Association, please visit our recently renovated web site.

For more information, call 781-665-8172.

Celebrate Independence Day on Melrose Common on July 3

Come join us for our Annual Bike and Carriage Parade around Melrose Common on Friday, July 3. Bring your decorated bike, wagon, carriage, scooter, skateboard, or other custom ride and take part in the festivities. Registration starts at 10 a.m., and the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. sharp, so be sure to register early! Parade winners will be announced at 11:15 a.m. by Tall Uncle Sam. We will also have free face painting, games, activities, and entertainment. Concessions will be available at the event for purchase.

New this year, Mike Piazza will be performing his Flying High Frisbee Dog Show from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mike Piazza is the #1 K-9 Frisbee performer in the world, has been a world finalist multiple times, and is a former Long Distance World Record holder !

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10:00 a.m. Parade Registration Opens
10:30 a.m. Parade Begins (10:30 a.m. sharp!)
11:00 a.m. Event Festivities Begin

  • Face Painting
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Games, Activities, and Crafts
  • Concessions

11:15 a.m. Parade Winners Announced
11:30 a.m. Frisbee Dog Show Begins
12:30 p.m. Event Ends

Family Night at the Americans Game on July 2!

The City of Melrose will team up with its hometown team the Melrose Americans of the Intercity League on Thursday, July 2, for family fun entertainment at Morelli Field during the Americans game against the Wakefield Merchants. The Melrose Recreation Department will be hand offering free slush, face painting, games, entertainment, music, and more. Concessions will also be available during the game. First pitch will be at 7:30pm with all recreation activities at the field beginning at 7:15 p.m. All kids are encouraged to wear their t-ball / little league shirts. More information on the Intercity League and the Americans can be found at http://www.intercityleaguebaseball.com

Local Business Spotlight: Follow Your Art Offers Summer Activities

FYAlogoFollow Your Art invites you to make something with your summer, with creative small group art programming right in downtown Melrose! Weekly programs and drop-in times are available for all ages, including a special workshop for the entire family by Sharon Santillo. All groups and drop-in times are facilitated by local artist teachers. What’s in studio for you? Map making, Fairy houses, Watercolor, Tunnel Books, Sewing, a Drawing Club for middle and high school students, Intergenerational Family Stories, plus Open Studio hours with painting, clay, and sculpture for all ages. For dates, times, cost, registration, and a description of ALL groups, go to www.follow-your-art.com. Hours start next week!

Have a sneak peak:

What is a tunnel book? It’s a cool pop-up book that isn’t really a book at all but more like a piece of art made with layers of cut-out drawings. They can tell a story or show a scene and are fun for multiple ages with a format that becomes more complex for older kids.

Maps are drawings of real or imaginary places that provide information or tell a story. They can be beautiful, with cool folds, borders, and symbols and fancy covers. Maps show us rivers, mountains, oceans, caves, buildings, roads, tunnels, bridges—even secret passageways! Make a map of your neighborhood, hidden treasure, or your own fantasy world.

“When I Was Little” is a book workshop for grades K-2. Young artists interview any family member who knew them when they were little. These interviews become the base for our books, and each part of the process is done step by step with award-winning art educator Sharon Santillo. The last session includes a publishing party! Family members are invited to add a page of their memories to the books.

Come to the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market

Vegetables

The Melrose/Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market is going on today, July 2, from 1-7 p.m. in Cedar Park. Get all your 4th of July needs at the market this week: Along with your meaty barbecue requirements and fresh vegetable greens, cucumbers, squash etc., there will be mozzarella, greek yogurt, pasta—including gluten free—breads, popovers, and all sorts of Egyptian and Lebanese spreads.

The farmers market accepts SNAP and will match up to $5 in Market Money.

Today’s music, from 4-6 p.m., will be by Amy Spillert, singer-songwriter-guitarist from Beverly. Amy’s music is folky and upbeat, inspired by the ocean, nature, history, love, and friendship. She also plays fun family songs as well as some you may have heard before. You can hear some of Amy’s work here as well as on her Facebook page.

This week’s featured non-profit is Girl Scout Troop 65419, which is trying to start a clothing exchange for Melrose residents. They will be at the market to spread the word. People can exchange at the market, if they wish, however, there is no space to try things on.

Holly Pierce will be cooking to the season at the market. Check out Miss Holly’s recipes from last week’s market for Zucchini Fritters and Tzatziki. See Holly in action at the market, shopping for the ingredients at the winter farmers market.

We will have Yoga in the Park from 5 to 6 p.m. 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. We are proud to present the recent graduates of our 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.

You can use your Shop Melrose gift checks at the farmers market! You can buy the gift checks at the Melrose Cooperative Bank and Hourglass Gifts.

For more details, check the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market website.

Local Artist Featured at Coffee Tea and Me

Dennis Cardalisco

Coffee Tea and Me, 421 Main St., is featuring the work of local artist Dennis Cardalisco all this month. Drop by for the opening reception today, July 1, from 5-7 p.m.!

Update on Local Properties

I am happy to report that there have been very positive developments regarding several key commercial properties throughout Melrose in recent weeks. As Mayor, I am often asked about specific properties. I am extremely encouraged by the direction of each of these crucial pieces of property in the City that are under new ownership and/or agreement. In Melrose, where nearly 95% of the properties are residential, having thriving businesses in our commercial districts is especially important.

Here is a rundown of recent developments:

Additional parking for downtown Melrose!

Kimball Court

In addition to the positive real estate developments described below, I am happy to report that I have sent a bond authorization to the Board of Aldermen for the City to purchase the property located at 1 Kimball Court (abutting Dills Court or Shaw’s Parking Lot) that was for sale. The acquisition of this property, if approved, will allow the City to add 21 critical parking spaces to that municipal lot. This will add a significant amount of parking to our downtown area that will give an immediate boost to local businesses and their patrons.

523 Franklin Street (Corinthian Hall)

Corinthian Hall

This anchor property in the Melrose Highlands was recently purchased by Cambridge West Partners LLC. I am very excited about their vision for this property, which will be a tremendous benefit to this newly renovated business district. Sujit Sitole, a principal in the company, said, “Melrose is lucky to have many established neighborhoods full of local and national businesses, and of course three train stations.  The City’s investment in these neighborhoods and visible commitment to smart growth is creating a great opportunity for businesses and residents.  This is very apparent in the Highlands, where the City has set the table for the neighborhood to grow into a transit oriented village with the high quality of life that is unique to New England. “

530 Main Street (Moynihan Plaza)

530 Main St

This landmark property in downtown Melrose formerly housed Breads and Bits of Ireland and currently is where Spice Thai and several other small businesses reside. The property in recent weeks has been purchased by John Wise, a respected business leader in Greater Boston.  There are several exciting improvements and renovations in the works for this property. His goal is to restore this property and enhance our beautiful downtown.

681 Main Street (The Caruso Building)

Caruso Building

After several years of vacancy, this building has been purchased and we are enthusiastic about the renovation and development of this property. This property will soon be under solid ownership, and residents should see improvements in the near future. We will be having discussions with the owners in the coming weeks.

454 Main Street (Absolutely Fabulous)

454 Main St

I am pleased to hear that a lease is being finalized that will bring a high end Italian restaurant to the location previously occupied by Absolutely Fabulous. There will be much more on this in the weeks to come but this is certainly a very positive development at this property downtown.

As we go into the summer, please make it a point to shop local during this summer season. The future of our business districts is in our collective hands.

Have a great Fourth of July, Melrose!

Trash and Recycling Reminders for This Week

Curbside trash and recycling will be on regular schedule during the week of June 29. The DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street will be open regular hours Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 2, and will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.

DPW projects on Lebanon Street and Gould Street will continue Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 2. There will not be any work on Friday, July 3, and the site will be made clean and accessible for the 4th of July weekend.

For more information, call the DPW Resident Service Office at 781-665-0142.

Road and Sidewalk Work to Start on Gould St. This Week

Sidewalk and curbing improvements will begin on Gould Street on Monday, June 29. Work is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. during the week of June 29 and then will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. moving forward. Construction will include removing and replacing existing sidewalks, adjusting curbing, and installing new curbing and sidewalks. Roadway grinding and repaving will follow sidewalk and curb work. Construction will continue for approximately 3-4 weeks.

There will not be any work on July 3, and the site will be made clean and accessible for the 4th of July weekend.

Come to the Senior Health Fair on Friday!

Senior Health Fair

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