Chronicle Covers “Super” Melrose


Like all of you, I was very proud of the Chronicle show last night about our wonderful city. Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and all the citizens and businesses that participated. It isn’t one individual or a group of individuals that makes a community great, it’s all of us. Whether you have lived here for many generations or you just moved here last week, all of us have an equal stake in keeping Melrose heading in the right direction. What this Chronicle piece shows us doing, and what we must continue to do, is work as a team. That includes all citizens, our business community, our houses of worship, and a responsive government. It’s always a source of pride to show the world what we’re doing, but as we know, there is always more work to be done. Let’s get back to work. It’s an honor serving as your Mayor!

Melrose Kids Club Returns January 13 Featuring Jeannie Mack!

jeannie_mackFriday, January 13th
10am – 11am
Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street

Please join us the second Friday of each month for the Melrose Kids Club at Memorial Hall.

This month’s performance is Kids Club favorite Jeannie Mack.

The Melrose Kids Club is free family entertainment geared for children 5 and under.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations on January 16


The Melrose Human Rights Commission and Mayor Robert J. Dolan invite you to join us on Monday, January 16, 2017 for for our annual day-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

Each year the Commission organizes a Day of Service beginning at 8:30 AM and running to approximately midday. The Day of Service is headquartered at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church and involves a variety of activities and projects inspired by Dr. King’s dedication to communities working together to help one another.

Thereafter, the Commission hosts a Potluck Dinner beginning at 5 PM at the First Congregational Church. We invite all attendees to bring a dish of their choice! The Commission will provide beverages and serving materials. Children and families are welcome!

After the Potluck Dinner, the Commission hosts an annual program and music performance dedicated to Dr. King. For this year’s celebration, the Commission has invited Dr. John H. Bracey, Jr. of the W.E.B. DuBois Department of African American Studies at UMass Amherst as our Keynote Speaker.

Details for the events are below, and you can download the Martin Luther King Jr. Day flyer and the Day of Service Flyer with additional information.

Day of Service
Registration: 8:30AM – 9:00AM
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 West Emerson Street

Volunteer opportunities at various sites across the city
* Please note that all donated clothing and linens should be dry-cleaned beforehand
Juice and light breakfast provided, complimentary pizza at noon

22nd Annual Potluck Dinner and Program
Keynote Speaker: John H. Bracey, Jr., Professor, W.E.B.Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, UMass, Amherst
The First Congregational Church, 121 West Foster Street
Dinner: 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Please bring a main dish or dessert to serve 4-6 people with ingredients identified
Family Program: 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Should you have any questions, please let us know either at or at (781) 979-4140.

We hope you will be able to join us and we look forward to seeing you!

Adam LaFrance
Melrose Human Rights Commission

“One Community Open To All”


Melrose Police and Public Schools Welcome School Resource Officer to Middle School

Left to right: Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Principal Brent Conway and Police Officer William Higgins, who began as the School Resource Officer last week.

Left to right: Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Principal Brent Conway and Police Officer William Higgins, who began as the School Resource Officer last week.

Chief Michael L. Lyle and Superintendent Cyndy Taymore are pleased to announce that Police Officer William (Bill) Higgins began as the School Resource Officer (SRO) at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School (MVMMS) last week.

Officer Higgins will be assigned to the middle school and will serve as a positive role model to students, working to assist them with any problems that may arise inside or outside of school. His first day at MVMMS was Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Students and families should also keep an eye out for Officer Higgins at after school extracurricular activities and events, all of which he will make an effort to attend on a regular basis.

Melrose High School has had an SRO in place for more than 20 years. To launch the same program at MVMMS, the Melrose Police Department received a $125,000 grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to be used over three years.

“Officer Higgins’ presence in the middle school certainly adds value to this community, as he will work to build relationships between the middle school and the police department,” Chief Lyle said. “I’m confident that a continued police officer presence at the school will be beneficial to students, as it has been at the high school.”

A 1990 MHS graduate, Officer Higgins worked as a police officer at the Nantucket Police Department from 1999 to 2012, when he joined the Melrose Police Department.

Officer Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Salem State University, is an active member of the Massachusetts National Guard, and is EMT certified.

“We’re extremely pleased to have a full-time law enforcement presence at the middle school to interact with and assist students,” Superintendent Taymore said. “I know Officer Higgins will be a positive influence on our middle school community and I look forward to working with him and the Melrose Police Department.”

Winter Safety Information: Snow on Roofs

With the recent snowstorm and forecasts of warmer, rainy weather in the days to follow, homeowners, tenants, and business owners should be cognizant of dangers posed by heavy snow loads on roofs. The light, fluffy snow that fell this weekend can act as a sponge, absorbing sleet and rain, becoming increasingly heavy and posing stresses to roof structures. In some instances, the risks posed by accumulated snow may be mitigated by safely removing snow from roofs of both commercial buildings and homes.

Flat and low pitched roofs, most often found on industrial buildings, are at greatest risk of buckling under heavy snow and ice accumulations. Lower roofs, where snow accumulates from higher roof areas, are also vulnerable. Also, many large, box style stores have sections dedicated to the storage and display of seasonal merchandise such as grass seed, mulch and other lawn care products. Often these areas are protected only by light-weight, corrugated metal roofs that may not be able to sustain excess snow loads. Finally, air-inflated structures that protect athletic fields or similar facilities may be susceptible to increased roof loads imposed by accumulated snow.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) have issued safety tips over the years to help minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow as well as information to help recognize potentially hazardous situations. This information is repeated below.



Tips for removing snow and ice from roofs and other areas


  • Use a snow rake for pitched roofs (available at most hardware stores) to remove snow from your roof.
  • Start from the edge and work your way into the roof.
  • Try to shave the snow down to a 2 or 3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean, which will risk damage to your shingles or other roof covering.
  • Keep in mind that any metal tool could conduct electricity if it touches a power line.
  • Also, metal tools will do more damage to your roof.
  • Shovel snow from flat roofs throwing the snow over the side away from the building.
  • Most plastic shovels are better, except for the ones with curved blades—those too will do some damage to your roof.
  • Remove large icicles carefully if they’re hanging over doorways and walkways. Consider knocking down icicles through windows using a broom stick.
  • Wear protective headgear and goggles when performing any of these tasks.
  • Consider hiring professionals to do the job. The combination of heights plus ice makes this one of the more dangerous house chores.
  • If you don’t hire professionals, at least have someone outside with you in case anything does go wrong
  • Keep gutters and drains clean, free of ice and snow and keep downspouts clean at ground level.


  • Unless approved by a registered professional engineer, don’t add your weight or the weight of equipment to the roof.
  • Don’t use a ladder since ice tends to build up on both the rungs of the ladder and the soles of your boots.
  • Don’t use electric heating devices like hair dryers or heat guns to remove snow and ice.
  • Don’t use open-flame devices to remove snow and ice.

According to Meteorologist Tony Petrarca, a cubic foot of dry snow weighs about seven pounds, while a cubic foot of wet snow weighs anywhere from 12 to 18 pounds. So, if it’s possible, hire someone to help with all of the snow clearing.

How to Recognize Problems with Roofs

  • Sagging roofs
  • Severe roof leaks
  • Cracked or split wood members
  • Bends or ripples in supports
  • Cracks in walls or masonry
  • Sheared off screws from steel frames
  • Sprinkler heads that have dropped down below ceiling tiles
  • Doors that pop open
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
  • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
  • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds

Other Safety Tips for Homeowners

  • Make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
  • Check outside fuel and dryer exhaust vents, making sure that they are not obstructed by snow or ice. Never use cooking equipment intended for outside use indoors as a heat source or cooking device. Never use your oven for heat.
  • Clear snow away from furnace and dryer exhaust vents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Ice dams can cause major damage to a home or building. Ice dams occur after a heavy snowfall, followed by several days or even weeks of very cold weather. An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof, usually at the gutters or soffit. When it forms, the water backs up behind the ice dams and creates a pool. This pool of water can leak into your home and cause damage to your walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas.
  • Space heaters need space, so use them in a 3-foot circle of safety; free of anything that may catch fire. Space heaters are not designed to replace your central heating system; they are only designed to provide a little extra heat on a temporary basis. So be sure to turn them off when you leave the room or go to bed at night.
  • Clear snow away from downspouts so water has a place to go.
  • Do not be tempted to use a heat gun or open flame torch to melt the ice; the risk of starting a fire is huge.
  • Also, please remember to shovel out fire hydrants in\around your area in case of emergency.
  • See the Massachusetts Emergency Management web link for additional information about winter and fire safety tips.
  • If you feel you are in immediate danger, get outside and call 9-1-1.

‘Little Mermaid’ Reunion Concert on January 13


Come join Melrose Drama as it journeys back “Under the Sea” for a reunion performance of “The Little Mermaid in Concert!” The Middle School first presented “The Little Mermaid Jr.” in 2012 to great praise and acclaim with standing room only audiences. As many of the students who were eighth graders in that amazing production are now seniors at Melrose High School, it is time to celebrate and revisit this classic family-friendly tale in concert. Complete with original cast members, memories, stories and magical surprises, “The Little Mermaid in Concert” promises to bring a smile to your face as you see and hear the talent and growth of the amazing Melrose Drama students!

This concert is a fundraiser for the Melrose Drama program and will be performed at the Melrose Performing Arts Center located at the Middle School on Friday January 13th, 2017 at 7 PM. Tickets will be $10 and will be available at the door. For more information, please see the Melrose Drama webpage or Facebook page. Come support this great cause while you enjoy an incredible evening of entertainment!

All Are Welcome to Community Dinner on January 11


Parking Ban Begins This Evening

Due to the heavy snow, an on-street parking ban will be in effect in residential areas from 5 p.m. on. The parking ban in the business districts will begin at 10 p.m. All parking bans will end at 7 a.m. tomorrow, January 8.

If you have any snow removal concerns or questions, please call the City Yard at 781-665-0142.

Snow Update for January 7, 2017

Here is some important information regarding today’s snowstorm:

  • The Melrose Public Library will close at 2 p.m.
  • All school activities scheduled for this evening are canceled.
  • All Recreation Department programs will end at 3 p.m.
  • All Recreation Department programs scheduled for tomorrow, January 8, are still on.

If you have any snow removal concerns or questions, please call the City Yard at 781-665-0142.

Snow Information for January 7, 2017

We are expecting about six inches of snow to fall tomorrow, starting in the late morning, with the heaviest snowfall coming in the afternoon into early evening.

  • DPW crews will be out salting and sanding the streets in the morning.
  • All trash, recycling, and Christmas trees will be picked up as usual (Friday’s trash will be picked up on Saturday because of the holiday schedule).
  • The Post-Holiday Drop-Off Recycling Event will take place on Saturday as scheduled, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • The DPW Resident Service Office will be open and will be staffed starting at 8 a.m.

Please call DPW at 781-665-0142 if you have any problems or questions.

Plans Unveiled for New Building in Moynihan Plaza Space

The facade of the proposed new building at 530 Main St.

The facade of the proposed new building at 530 Main St.

As you saw last night on Chronicle, things are booming in Melrose! The latest news is the release of the new plans for the former Breads and Bits of Ireland building, located at 530 Main St. As you can see from the photo above, the new building will have a brick, glass, and metal façade, and there will be space for a business on the ground floor and apartments above. The rear of the building will be four stories but it will be set back in front, so the front façade will appear as two stories from Main Street. The plans include a patio area in the rear that a restaurant in the building could use for outdoor seating. As the building is within walking distance of two commuter rail stations and close to the bus line, it is a perfect example of transit-oriented development which is one of the factors that has made Melrose such a popular place to live.

The building in 1978...

The building in 1978…

“We wholly support a mixed use concept in downtown and the idea of bringing people to live downtown and the vitality that adds to the community,” said City Planner Denise Gaffey. “The storefronts on Main Street have been vacant for at least a year, although the building is located in a prime downtown location and it has historically been a hub of activity.”

The Historic District Commission will meet on January 17 to discuss issuing a Certificate of Appropriateness for the building. The Planning Board has already begun its discussion and will meet for a second time on January 23 for further consideration.

... and what it looks like now

… and what it looks like now

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