Great News from MHS: College Acceptances Are In!

Great news from Melrose High School, as the Guidance Department has given us the college acceptances for this year’s Melrose High School graduating class as they stand today. The Class of 2015 has not only excelled on the athletic field and the stage, they have also excelled in the classroom, gaining admittance to the best schools in the nation.

Why go on any further when the list of acceptances speaks for itself? Congratulations to the Melrose High School Class of 2015. We are all very proud of your great achievements.

The University of Alabama
American University
Amherst College
Andrews University
Anna Maria College
Arizona State University
Assumption College
Augsburg College
Bard College
Bay Path University
Becker College
Bentley University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Brown University
Bryant University
Bunker Hill Community College
Carleton University
Carnegie Mellon University
Castleton State College
University of Central Florida
Clark University
Coastal Carolina University
Colby College
Colby-Sawyer College
University of Colorado at Boulder
Colorado State University
Concordia University – Montreal
University of Connecticut
Curry College
Dean College
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Nazarene College
Eckerd College
Elmira College
Elms College
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
The Evergreen State College
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fisher College
Fitchburg State University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida State University
Fordham University – Lincoln Center Campus/Rose Hill Campus
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
George Mason University
Golden West College
Gordon College
Hamilton College – NY
University of Hartford
Hartwick College
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
College of the Holy Cross
Humboldt State University
Husson University
University of Illinois at Chicago
Indiana University at Bloomington
Iona College
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte)
Johnson & Wales University (Providence)
Johnson State College
University of Kansas
Keene State College
Lasell College
Lawrence Memorial/Regis College
Lesley University
Long Island University, Brooklyn
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Macalester College
University of Maine
Manhattan College
Marist College
University of Maryland, College Park
Marymount Manhattan College
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
MCPHS – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Merrimack College
Middlesex Community College
Montclair State University
Montserrat College of Art
Mount Allison University
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
Neumann University
New England College
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
New York University
Newbury College
Nichols College
North Shore Community College
Northeastern University
Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale Campus
Norwich University
University of Ottawa
University of Pennsylvania
Plymouth State University
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Regis College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College
University of Rhode Island
Rivier University
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Rochester
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Joseph’s College-ME
Saint Michael’s College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
Seton Hall University
Simmons College
Skidmore College
Smith College
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida, Tampa
Southern Adventist University
University of Southern California
Southern Connecticut State University
Southern New Hampshire University
Springfield College
St. John’s University – Queens Campus
St. Lawrence University
University of St. Thomas
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
The University of Tampa
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Thomas College
University of Toronto Undergraduate Only
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
United States Army
United States Naval Academy
Ursinus College
University of Utah
Utica College
University of Vermont
Villanova University
Walsh University
Washington College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Wheaton College MA
Wheelock College
Wingate University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester State University
University of Wyoming
Yale University

Sign Up Now for the Horace Mann Golf Tournament!

The Horace Mann 12th Annual Golf Tournament and Ocho de Mayo Party is less than 2 weeks away! Get your foursome together and line up a babysitter for Friday, May 8 at Mt. Hood! Don’t golf? No problem, come for the party and auction!

Here’s the skinny:

  • 9 hole scramble starts at 3 p.m.
  • Clubhouse doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktails, and 7 p.m. is the Fiesta Dinner and Auction.
  • Followed by dancing with DJ Ken Babbin

Please purchase tickets online at until May 6.
Tickets are not available at the door!

Here are a few of the many great auction items:

  • Table for 5 at the Boston Pops and a backstage meet and greet with Keith Lockhart
  • Red Sox Tickets
  • Alvin Ailey Tickets
  • Patriots Tickets
  • Principal of the Day
  • Weekend on Cape Cod
  • Police Car Ride to School
  • (4) 1 day Disney Park Hopper Passes and much more!

Golf and dinner: $86
Dinner only: $37

We hope to see you there!

Kristen Cantin and Karolyn Ormond
Event Co-Chairs

Common Playground Being Completed This Week

The Melrose Common playground will be closed this week for landscaping and final construction. There is a lot of work being done there. Please respect the fact that even though the weather will be great and we all want to use the park, we need to take these moments to complete the park once and for all for the neighborhood and all the children to enjoy. We are looking forward ot the big grand opening of the Common Playground on Saturday, June 6.

Local Business Friday: Affairs to Remember Teams Up with Melrose Grad Night

It’s a win/win!! The Main Street florist Affairs to Remember has teamed up with Melrose Grad Night to donate 5% of the proceeds from ALL flowers ordered for the Junior (May 8th) and Senior (May 26) proms. Just mention Grad Night to help out!

Notice from City Clerk

Nomination papers for the November 3, 2015 City Election will be available in the Election Office on Friday, May 1, 2015.  Nomination papers may be obtained only by a candidate or a person presenting a signed authorization for a candidate. Prior to obtaining nomination papers, each candidate must file with the Election Office, a statement containing his/her name and address and the office for which he/she intends to run.  The last day to obtain nomination papers for Mayoral candidates is Friday, July 10th and the last day to obtain for all others will be Friday, September 11th. 
At this election, the following officials are to be chosen:
Mayor (4 year term)

Three (3) members of the School Committee (4 year term)
Four (4) Alderman-At-Large (2 year term)

One (1) Alderman from each of the seven wards (2 year term)

Candidates for Alderman-at-Large and School Committee will need 120 signatures and a Ward Alderman candidate will need 20 signatures in order to be placed on the ballot.
Please contact Linda-Lee Angiolillo at 781-979-4125 with any questions.

Community Conversation on the State Budget on May 5


Local Business Friday: Play Melrose Bingo!

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The Melrose Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Robert J. Dolan invite you to play Melrose Bingo! From April 15 through May 15, shop locally, play Bingo and be entered to win great prizes donated by Melrose businesses.

Here’s how to play:

  1. Collect a Bingo Card at a participating Chamber member retailer. Participants have a Bingo card displayed, or you can check the Chamber web site. If you prefer, the cards can also be downloaded at the Chamber web site.
  2. Do or buy something suggested on the Bingo Card and get your card stamped at the business.
  3. When you have Bingo (a full row of squares filled either across, up and down, or diagonally) , turn your card in at the Chamber of Commerce Office, One West Foster Street, Floor 2; the Mayor’s Office in City Hall; Edward Jones , 502 Main Street; and the Melrose YMCA, 497 Main Street. Or, scan it and email it to
  4. Your card will be entered into a drawing to win a prize donated by a local business. There will be multiple drawings during the month, so shop often!
  5. All entries will be entered into the last drawing to win a basket filled with Melrose gifts.
  6. Make sure your name, phone number and email address are on the cards.
  7. Have some fun with social media! Put your purchases on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Among the participating businesses are: Madison Ave of Melrose, Affairs to Remember, Bodyography Wellness Center, Marty’s Furniture, Melrose MedSpa, Whittemore Hardware, Brad Hutchinson Realty, Sweet Thoughts, Melrose Family YMCA, Nicolo Salon, Barre & Soul, Demiche Beaute, Morgan Jewelers, Melrose Boot Camp, Joy Yoga, Coffee, Tea and Me, La Qchara, Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Melrose Oriental Rug, Montvale Tire, Hourglass, Rada Boutique, Beacon Hill Wine and Gourmet, Miter Biter Frame Company, The Beauty Café, Petrones, Lilah-Rose, Melrose Floor Covering, Turner’s Seafood Grill and Market, Pepperberry Florist and Gifts, Dorothy’s Lane, Halo Studio, Stearns and Hill’s Bistro, Gerry’s Pizza, Village Variety, Papa Ginos, Bobby Cs, LCM Plus Landscaping, Marathon Sports, Follow Your Art, and Ocean Sushi.

For an updated list of participants, visit

Melrose Bingo is sponsored by Marty’s Furniture.

Local Business Friday: Tooba’s Grand Re-Opening Tonight

Adding new flair to an old favorite: Tooba’s Café now offering beer, wine and new tapas menu

Tooba’s Café in Melrose will host its grand re-opening this Friday, May 1 from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m. Tooba’s will offer complimentary hors d’oeuvres introducing its new tapas menu specialties and will also debut select choice wine and local craft beer. All are welcome to join in celebration.

Owner and long-time Melrose resident, Saied Chaharom, opened Tooba’s in 2013 with breakfast and lunch menus only, but Mr. Chaharom and fellow Melrose resident John Woychick have now teamed up for a new nighttime dining experience in downtown Melrose. Mr. Woychick, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, already heralded for his brunch specialties at Tooba’s, looks forward to expanding his repertoire to the menu starting May 1. New offerings will feature nightly tapas and entrée specials based on Tooba’s signature Mediterranean cuisine. A selection of wine and beer will also be offered as part of Tooba’s new evening repertoire.

Tooba’s is located at 35 Essex Street in Melrose, across from Shaw’s.
Open Friday-Sunday and closed on Mondays.
Lunch: 11:30am.
Dinner: 5:00pm.
Weekend Brunch: 10:00am.
Gluten free options are available.
Catering is available upon request.

For more information, please contact Tooba’s Café, (781) 662-9500 or visit for updates, photos, menus, and special events.

Local Author Profile: Margaret Redfern

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When Melrose author Margaret Redfern sees something, that is just the beginning.

For instance, as she was sitting in her car near Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, a thought popped into her poetic mind. “It was one of those days when people were walking on the pathways and sitting on the benches, and I asked myself, ‘I wonder what the benches hear?’” she said. “So I answered my question about the cares they have, the cares that we all have, as well as the beauty and calmness it inspired. In the verse, the bench is speaking, and the people sitting on it are within the ‘hugs of a bench’ as they share their concerns with it.”

The answer to her question took the form of a Photo/Verse entitled “Bench Musings.” An exhibit of Redfern’s work is currently up in the lobby of the Melrose Public Library, as part of their Poetry Month celebrations.

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Melrose Education Forum Sponsors “The Pressured Student” on May 7

The Pressured Student

For parents, educators, and teens, who want to better understand the psychological pressures K-12 students experience during their 13-year school journeys and the support they need along the way.

Dr. Thompson is a New York Times bestselling author, clinical psychologist, school consultant, international speaker, and the author of nine books, including The Pressured Child and Raising Cain. Book signing and sales will take place at the end of the evening.

  • Location: Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School (MVMMS), 350 Lynn Fells Pkwy., Melrose
  • Doors open at 6:30
  • Q&A with Dr. Thompson
  • Introduction by “Raising Cain” filmmaker and Melrose Resident Tug Yourgrau
  • Book signing and sales after the event

Admission is free, thanks to sponsorship by:

  • Melrose Education Foundation
  • Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School PTO
  • Melrose High School PTO

About the Talk
Students often do not judge themselves by grades, yet are continually monitoring their own development while searching for connection, recognition, and power. For his research, Dr. Thompson followed students in independent, Catholic, and public schools. He’ll share stories from the trenches, taking you into student’s school-day experiences, revealing three types of students and how each one’s journey has its own set of pressures. Learn how students manage their school careers and how we can support them along the way.

About Dr. Thompson
Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, best-selling author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He has authored nine books and leads workshops for teachers, administrators, parents, and students throughout the United States and internationally on the subjects of children, schools, and parenting. Dr. Thompson has appeared on “The Today Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and “60 Minutes,” has been quoted in major newspapers and magazines, and has been featured on National Public Radio. In 2006, he wrote and hosted the PBS documentary “Raising Cain.”

Dr. Thompson’s books, including The Pressured Child:Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life and Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys will be sold after the event.

Learn more about Dr. Thompson at:


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