Islam Presentation at First United Methodist Church Melrose on October 21

The United Methodist Women of the First United Church of Melrose, 645 Main St. will host a presentation on The Principles of Islam on Saturday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m. There will be a Powerpoint presentation followed by a panel participating in a question and answer session. The session will be moderated by Asima Silva, the co-founder of, an organization that works with local religious and educational institutions to build bridges of understanding and appreciation between communities of faith.


Recycle Your Rigid Plastics and Dehumidifiers on October 21

Mayor’s Podcast #4: Business Redevelopment & Renovations Update

Planning Director Denise Gaffey and Mayor Dolan chat with Jon Sappachetti about renovations and redevelopment of businesses in downtown Melrose.

Boston Globe Recognizes the MSO

Check out this really nice story in the Boston Globe about the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, written by Melrose resident and Globe correspondent Kathy Shiels Tully! We are so lucky to have this fabulous cultural resource right here in Melrose, and their 100th anniversary celebration was a real high point for our City. Their opening concert for the regular season will be on November 4. Here’s to another 100 years!

Celebrating Melrose’s Commitment to Its Parks

I was pleased to join Aldermen Frank Wright and Mike Zwirko and Representative Paul Brodeur in welcoming Mayor Patrick Guerriero back to Melrose last week for a special event to help kick off the 10 Minute Walk to a Park program. He chose Melrose because he knows, having grown up here, that our city is well provided with parks and green spaces, and most people live within a 10-minute walk of not one but several parks. And we chose Gooch Park as the location because it has a special significance.

Gooch Park is named after Daniel Gooch, who moved to Melrose in 1848, when it was still mostly farmland. He lived at 64 Vinton Street, and he served as the Melrose representative to both the state legislature and the U.S. Congress.

In 1856, Gooch and several partners bought up much of what we now call the East Side and divided it into house lots, which they auctioned off—but even back then, they understood the importance of green space, so they set aside the area we now call Melrose Common as a public park.

Gooch was also the first president of the Melrose Improvement Society, which used membership fees to pay for planting trees, maintaining the parks and public lands, and keeping the streets and gutters clean. In 1887, Melrose became one of the first communities in Massachusetts to establish a Park Commission, and the Commission took over from the Improvement Society.

So it was fitting that we held this event in a park that commemorates a leader who had the vision to realize, back when Melrose was mostly green space, that preserving parks and natural areas would be important to future residents. It is thanks to him that we can enjoy the health benefits, and the sheer pleasure, of having so many parks in our City.

DPW to Do Road Work This Week

The Melrose Department of Public Works will be performing roadway work next week on York Terrace, West Hill and Aaron Street. Final paving of these streets is anticipated to be completed by Friday, October 20, 2017.

Work will also start Monday on Albion Street. Albion Street and Day Street will be closed for the entire week from Franklin Street to Melrose Street. This project will be ongoing for the next three to four weeks and will include roadway reconstruction, some minor drainage work and sidewalk repairs.

Road work on Spear and Hancock Street should start towards the middle of next week and will reach substantial completion for this initial phase of the project by early November.

Lastly, traffic line markings will be painted on Upham Street from Bellevue Avenue to the Saugus city limits Wednesday evening.

Please be aware of road closures and detours in all of the above work areas and plan accordingly, especially for those commuting to and from Melrose High School. If you have any questions, concerns or require a specific accommodation, please call the DPW Engineering Office at 781-979-4172 or you can email .

Learn About ‘Eating to Win’ on October 17

Lots of Activities in Melrose This Weekend!

We’ve got a lot of great things going on in Melrose this weekend. Here are a few you might want to check out:

Tonight, come see the undefeated Melrose Red Raiders play the Winchester Sachems at Fred Green Field at 7 p.m.

Brad Hutchinson Real Estate will hold their annual pumpkin giveaway on Saturday, October 14. Stop by the office at 193 Green Street with a child under 12, and pick out a free pumpkin. The giveaway runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or while supplies last.

Then come to the Horace Mann Pumpkin Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy games, pumpkin decorating, a haunted house, all the delights of the season! This is a fund-raiser for the Horace Mann School and everyone is welcome!

Enjoy the Melrose Arts and Crafts Society’s annual exhibit on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. The exhibit will feature a raffle table, craft demonstrations, and handmade items for sale. Complimentary tea and pastry will be served.

On Saturday evening, cheer on the Melrose High School band in the Northeast Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) Competition from 5-9:30 p.m. at Fred Green Field. Melrose is tentatively slated to perform at 7:20pm. Admission $10 Adults, $8 Student/Senior. All are welcome!

The Melrose Fire Department is holding an Open House at Fire Headquarters on Main Street on Sunday, October 15, from 12-2 p.m., as part of Fire Prevention Week. Activities will include a firehouse tour and possibly an outdoor burn demonstration, if the weather cooperates, as well as pizza and soft drinks.

And looking far into the future…

Downtown Trick or Treat will be October 31 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Music with Dara Returns to Kids Club October 13!

Sing! Clap! Dance! Move! Music with Dara combines new and old classics, finger plays, nursery rhymes, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and simple instrument playing. Children catch Dara’s joyful musical spirit and often ask “Can we do it again?” at the end! Come sing with Dara!

See you on October 13 at Memorial Hall. Show begins at 10 a.m.!

Friends of Melrose Drama Fund-Raiser at Giggles on October 12

Boston’s own Lenny Clarke is going to be headlining this Thursday’s fundraising event for Friends of Melrose Drama at Giggles in Saugus. The show is Thursday October 12th with doors opening at 6:30, complimentary Prince Pizza at 7:00 with the show starting promptly at 8:00. Tickets are $25.00

Please invite your family and friends to see this renowned funny man while we raise funds to help out our award winning Melrose Drama program!! It’s a great deal and a great opportunity to have some fun while supporting our kids who are involved in the arts in Melrose.

Tickets are available at the door and are also available online at

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