Great Event Saturday Night to Support MVMMS PTO!

I want to thank everyone who came out last Saturday night as the Melrose Underrated All-Stars played the Harlem Rockets to benefit the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School PTO. Thank you to the PTO for arranging this great event and to all those who came to cheer us on.

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Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with Scott Macaulay

For over 30 years, Scott Macaulay has hosted Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who doesn’t want to spent the holiday alone or at home, and he will continue the tradition this year. He will be serving cheese and crackers from 12-12:30 p.m., hot hors d’oeuvres from 12:30 to 1, and dinner at 1. Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in a home-like atmosphere! To reserve a place, call 781-662-7235.

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness on November 20

On November 20, Melrose will celebrate the Second Annual Random Acts of Kindness Day. Spend the day recognizing the goodness in our community and the kindness that we can share together. And at the end of the day, come to Giacomo’s for dinner and help support the Emergency Fund.

Not sure how to get started? Try one of these 100 suggestions to bring kindness to our community:

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Thanksgiving Football Tickets Available Now

Melrose Football will host Wakefield in the 58th Annual Thanksgiving Day Game at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, November 23.

Pre-sale tickets for the Thanksgiving Melrose vs. Wakefield football game at Fred Green Field are now available in the Mayor’s Office, the Melrose High School main office, and Gray’s Appliance.

Pre-sale tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. All game day tickets will be $10.00.

Anyone planning to attend the game is strongly encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time, as we expect long lines.

Cheer on Our Melrose Teams This Weekend

Congratulations and best wishes to all our Melrose High School athletics teams that are playing in the finals and semi-finals this weekend!

Football
MIAA Division 4 State Semi-Finals, Melrose vs. Hopkinton
Saturday, November 18, 2 p.m., at Weymouth High School
Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for students

Volleyball
MIAA Division 2 State Finals, Melrose vs. Westboro
Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m., at Worcester State University
Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for students

Girls Cross Country
This is the first time in the history of Melrose High School that the Girls Cross Country team has qualified for the finals as a team. Congratulations!
MIAA Division 4 State Finals
Saturday, November 19, in the early afternoon, at the Wrentham Development Center in Wrentham

Girls Swim
MIAA Division 2 State Finals
Sunday, November 19, 9 a.m., at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester

For changes & updates please go to MHS Athletic Twitter: @MHSRedRaiders

Power Outage Currently Affecting Melrose

We have received notification from National Grid that a power outage is affecting portions of Melrose, including Melrose Laurel, Grove, Foster, Albion, Upham, Main, Green, and First streets and Swains Pond Avenue, approximately 2,000 customers altogether. National Grid has three crews working on the problem and they hope to have it resolved by 5 p.m.

Laugh with Julie Nolan on November 18

Comedienne Julie Nolan will be performing at JJ Grimsbys on Saturday November 18th. It will be a fundraiser for both the Melrose Emergency Fund and “Families in Need”. Tickets are $30.00 and are still available from Grimsby’s or from Julie in person. Doors open to a buffet at 6pm. Show starts at 8pm. Her show in September sold out, so you don’t want to miss it!

Julie has performed her self-deprecating style of humor about her upbringing in a strict Irish Catholic home, raising her special needs children and other day-to-day humorous observations at a variety of local venues including Giggles, Kowloon and Laugh Boston. She has opened for numerous bands including Joshua Tree and The Beatles Cover Band. In addition to performing stand-up comedy, Julie also hosts her own talk show entitled The Julie Nolan Show. The half-hour, lighthearted show airs regularly on Melrose Mass TV (MMTV) and is cross-posted to Julie’s YouTube page (thejulienolanshow). Julie’s guests have included Charlie Moore, David Ortiz, Kathy St. George and many other local authors, politicians and celebrities. Julie graduated in 1984 from Melrose High School and in 1988 from Merrimack College. A lifelong resident of Melrose, Julie happily shares her home with her first husband and their two sons. She will be performing at JJ Grimsbys (where she once worked as a waitress on bartender) on Saturday night.

Matt Heaton Returns this Friday to Melrose Kids Club!

Melrose Kids Club is excited to welcome back Matt Heaton this Friday, November 17th to Memorial Hall.

Matt is a favorite of the sing-along circuit of the greater Boston area, entertaining children and families with a great collection of songs. Matt also performed at the Melrose Common Playground opening in 2015!

We are excited to hear a great performance this Friday, November 17th, beginning at 10am at Memorial Hall.

To hear more of Matt’s music, please visit http://www.mattheatonmusic.com.

Dine at Giacomo’s and Support the Emergency Fund on November 20

Come down to Giacomo’s on Monday, November 20, and enjoy a nice dinner—while helping the Melrose Emergency Fund!

On Monday, November 20, Melrose will celebrate its Second Annual Random Acts of Kindness Day, and Giacomo’s Restaurant, at 454 Main Street, has stepped up with a fund-raiser that’s a great way to end a great day: If you dine at Giacomo’s between 4 and 10 p.m., your water glasses will be refilled and your table cleared by one of three celebrity busboys: Mayor Rob Dolan, Police Chief Michael Lyle, or State Representative Paul Brodeur. The busboys will donate their tips to the Emergency Fund, and Giacomo’s will make a donation as well.

Giacomo’s has a longtime tradition of doing these fund-raisers at its North End and South End restaurants, for Boston Medical Center and other charities. “We have had incredible support here since we opened our Melrose location, and now we would like to give back to the community that has made us feel so welcome,” said Giacomo’s owner Richard Talieri. “The Melrose Emergency Fund benefits so many people throughout the year, and I feel it is one of the things that makes Melrose so great.”

“This is a fun way to kick off this year’s campaign and a great way to finish Random Acts of Kindness Day,” said Dolan. “This Thanksgiving we have so much to be grateful for, but there are many in our community who are not as fortunate. We can all lend a hand to a neighbor in need.”

So head on down to Giacomo’s on Monday, have a nice dinner—and don’t forget to tip!

If you can’t make it, you can still donate to the Melrose Emergency Fund: Send a check to Melrose Emergency Fund, Mayor’s Office, 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176 or bring it directly to the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of City Hall. Checks should be made out to the City of Melrose, with “Melrose Emergency Fund” in the memo line. For more information about the fund, call 781-979-4440.

Come to the Indoor Farmers Market on November 19

Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market is offering a Fall Harvest Indoor Market on November 19th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose.

We will have most of the farmers and vendors who were with the Melrose and Wakefield farmers’ markets during the summer, as well as some new local vendors. As always, the market will offer a wonderful array of local produce, sustainably raised meat, poultry, eggs, and cheese, fresh fish, pasta, dips and spreads, maple syrup, honey, preserves, teas, spice blends, wine, cider, and a wide array of fresh baked goods. A selection of artisan vendors offering soaps, herbal products, hand crafted jewelry and more will also be attending, featured in our “Artisan Loft.”

The harvest market will feature the Magic of Yarrow’s exquisite balloon twisting skills, delightful and phenomenal face painting from Masks by Design from 12-2pm, a professional caricaturist, Matt Bernson, from 11-3, and tasty recipes and cooking demonstrations by Suman Shah, from Fork on a Road. Live music from The Bohemians is from 12:00pm-2:00pm (supported by The Melrose Cultural Council and the Messina Fund for the Arts).

Here are the vendors we expect on November 19: Aaronap Cellars (wine), Ackermann’s Maple Farm, Baer’s Best at Lover’s Brook Farm, Bagel Land of Winchester, Brooklyn James, Coutts Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Dicks Market Garden, Emmett’s Edibles, EPOCA, Fire Garden Pottery, Goodies Homemade, Habibi Gourmet Food, In Good Taste, Jenne Rayburn, Kim Gregory Pure Pastry, Laszlo Family Farm, Lilac Hedge Farm, Miles, Dirt, and Rover, Muddy River Herbals, Oakdale Farm, Pleasant Moments by HFR, Rachel’s Creations, Roberto’s Seafood, Sasquatch Woodworks, Sat Nam Designs, Seven Hills Farmstead, Shady Pine Farm, Sheepshed, Soluna Garden Farm, Sweet as JAM Design, Sweet Spot Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Bread Shop, The Popover Lady, The Roasted Granola, The Sweetbay Shop, Trestle and Twine, Ugly Baby Soap Company, and West River Creamery.

Market goers can preorder their fresh, hormone/antibiotic-free turkeys and pick them up at the market. Two vendors are taking orders, Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm.

The market accepts SNAP and HIP benefits. SNAP match up to $10 is generously funded by Melrose Bank. We are also doing a raffle to help cover our SNAP match program.

No cash? No problem, “Market Money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card at the Market Table. Although many of our vendors accept credit/debit.

For more information, sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates. See you at the market!

Our Indoor Farmers’ Market has been generously sponsored by Rite Window, who provides the Greater Boston area with beautiful windows, doors, siding, roofing and gutters.

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