Register Now for the City-Wide Yard Sale!


The plans for a city-wide yard sale to benefit the Milano Senior Center are moving right along. The big day will be Saturday, September 19, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. rain or shine.

This event is being organized by the Melrose Friends of the Aging, a volunteer-driven nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of residents who support the Milano Senior Center.

Join the fun and have a yard sale at your house on the same day as many of your neighbors. Registration forms are available at the Milano Center, Melrose City Hall, Melrose Public Library, Edward Jones’ office at 502 Main St., and can be downloaded here. Return your registration form, along with a $25 tax-deductible, non-refundable donation made payable to Melrose Friends of the Aging, to the Milano Center at 201 West Foster St., Melrose.

All those who register will have their location highlighted on the city map, which will be provided to eager shoppers. As the day draws nearer, registered participants will receive official signage to help shoppers locate their yard sale and to demonstrate participation in this important community fundraiser.

In addition to holding your own yard sale, consider joining with your neighbors for a neighborhood yard sale on that day. On the map, clusters of yard sales have proven to draw a lot of shoppers. Limited space is also available on the Beebe Estate side lawn for those who don’t have yard space.

The deadline for registration is Sunday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m. at the Victorian Fair—Council on Aging table. Imagine the excitement as yard sale shoppers begin traveling throughout the city following the “Finder” maps.

As in prior years, the “Yard Sale Finder” maps will be available closer to the date of the yard sale at the Milano Senior Center, the Melrose Public Library and online at Watch for additional information in this publication in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit the Council on Aging website, call 781-665-4304 or email us at Members of the Melrose Friends of the Aging greatly appreciate your interest and support.

Get Your Victorian Fair Big Ticket Raffle Tickets Now!


Buy your Victorian Fair Big Ticket Raffles now! There are 16 amazing prizes donated by Melrose businesses worth over $7,000. Look at the list and decide what prizes you would like to win! Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased before the Fair at Miter Biter Frame Company, 479 Main Street; East Boston Savings Bank, 108 Main Street; Edward Jones, 502 Main Street; or Eastern Bank, 441 Main Street. Day of the Fair, you can buy tickets at the Melrose Chamber of Commerce booth at the corner of Main and West Foster Streets—and you don’t need to be present to win. So take a chance on a great prize!

Get Fresh Peaches and Plums at the Farmers Market Today!

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Come to the Sally Frank Farmers’ Market today, where the fall crops are expected to include local peaches and plums! The market is in Bowden Park, next to the Cedar Park train station, and runs from 1 to 7 p.m. today. Enjoy the musical stylings of Harry Hussey from 4-6 p.m. and a free yoga in the park class from 5-6. The Recycling Committee will be there today to help you declutter for fall, and Kathy Vines will give two interactive talks, on Downsizing (from 1-1:30 p.m.) and Organizing with Kids (3-3:30 p.m.) Plus the usual vendors, with plenty of fresh, local foods and crafts for you to enjoy. Check the Farmers Market web page for more details.

Have Dinner at Liberty Bell Tonight and Support Boys’ Soccer

On Tuesday, September 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Liberty Bell Restaurant in the Whole Foods shopping plaza will donate a portion of proceeds to the boys soccer program at Melrose High. Just mention the fundraiser when you place your order—no coupons necessary. Thanks for your support!

Running Club Supports RAD Program

Melrose Running Club President Jason Doucette and Melrose Run for Women Race Director Liz Tassinari present Police Chief Michael Lyle with a donation for the RAD program

Melrose Running Club President Jason Doucette and Melrose Run for Women Race Director Liz Tassinari present Police Chief Michael Lyle with a donation for the RAD program

Last night, the Melrose Running Club presented Police Chief Michael Lyle with a donation of $5,000 to support the Melrose Police Department’s RAD program, a self-defense training course for women. The Melrose Police Department will be hosting a new RAD class, RAD for Keys, in late October. Donations such as these allow us to offer classes such as RAD at no cost to the community. Thank you, Melrose Running Club members!

Photos: Melrose Goes Back to School!

Today is the first day of school for most Melrose students, and we’re blogging your photos here and Tweeting them on the @CityofMelrose Twitter! Tweet us your pix or e-mail them to and we’ll post and retweet! Check back here as we will be posting new photos all day long.

Have a great school year, Melrose!

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Video: Melrose Is Not Your Stepping Stone

Check out this tongue-in-cheek video response to the comments in the Globe article about Melrose being named the hottest real estate market in the country:

We found this on the Fancy Pants Melrose Twitter, and we don’t know who’s behind it, but it’s nice to start the week with a chuckle!

Melrose Police Prepare for Start of School with Safety Procedures

Students aren’t the only one gearing up for the start of school. Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department has several safety endeavors prepared for the beginning of the new academic year.

The first day of school for students in the Melrose Public Schools District is Sept. 1.

Melrose police will be visiting the Horace Mann, Hoover, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Winthrop elementary schools during the first week of classes to meet students and talk about best safety practices.

“We certainly want to take the time to speak with our younger community members to educate them on how they can remain safe while in school and away from home,” Chief Lyle said. “Safety is a our number one priority and we hope students have a smooth transition come September.”

Police officers will also be present around the elementary schools during the first few days of school and will be available to answer parents or guardians’ questions. Traffic supervisors will be out to ensure students safely cross the street.

School Resource Officer Jim Applegate will be out and around the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School and Melrose High School as students make their way to class the first week of school. Officer Applegate is also permanently stationed at both schools to interact with students and provide guidance on any safety related matters.

Additionally, Chief Lyle recommends parents and guardians take a moment to review several procedures outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to prevent accidents this school season.

Most injuries to children in kindergarten through third grade occur when they run into the street mid-block, while older students are most often hurt at intersections. To prevent potential tragedies, children should:

  • Be aware of pedestrian hazards and how to avoid them
  • Know traffic signs and signals, and safe walking zones
  • Wait for the “walk” signal at a crosswalk, or for a crossing guard to signal the OK to proceed into the street

Welcome to the Class of 2028!

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This year’s Kindergarten Welcome Party for the Class of 2028 was the best ever! Thanks to all the MHS athletes who came out to play sports with the incoming kindergarteners, and to all the families who came out to make this such a special day!

If you would like a larger copy of this photo, e-mail my assistant, Brigid Alverson, at, and she’ll send you the file.

Have a Burger for MHS Grad Night Tomorrow!

The Whole Foods Market Good Will Grill returns Saturday, August 29, 2015 at their Melrose location from 11 a.m-2 p.m. This time around it’s to benefit the non-profit organization Melrose Grad Night, the annual substance-free event for MHS seniors. Come on down for a $5 burger, meet some committee members, see photos from the 2015 celebration, and show your support for the committee that supports Melrose’s newest tradition!


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