The Melrose High School Band’s Annual Christmas Tree Sale – Important Update

The truck delivering the MHS Marching Band Christmas trees has been delayed. Trees are not expected to arrive on Friday evening. We would appreciate your support on Saturday and Sunday. The sale will start at 9 am on Saturday and we will be there until we sell out.

The fresh Christmas trees are delivered directly from Nova Scotia. Kissing balls, wreaths (decorated and plain) will be on sale for one weekend only. This is the band’s largest fundraiser for the year. For best selection, arrive early! Thank you for supporting the band!


Local Business Spotlight: Jump Start Your New Year!

Melrose High School’s Tim Morris named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

Congratulations to MHS Football Coach Tim Morris! Not only did the MHS football team win the state championship in last weekend’s Super Bowl, but the New England Patriots have named him their High School Football Coach of the Week:

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Red Raiders players and coaching staff Wednesday afternoon to present Melrose High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Tim Morris. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on

“Congratulations to Coach Morris and the Red Raiders for bringing Melrose its first Super Bowl championship,” Tippett said. “In his many years at Melrose, Coach Morris has developed an excellent culture and winning tradition within that football program. His leadership and coaching experience are invaluable, and it is terrific to see him lead his team to an undefeated season and Super Bowl victory. We wish Coach Morris and the Red Raiders continued success in the future.”

This is a well deserved award. Congratulations to Coach Morris, his staff, and all our Melrose High School football players!

Honoring a Helpful Neighbor

I was happy to welcome Melrose High School student Cindy Zhu and her family, along with Melrose Police Officer Richard Conners and his family, to City Hall recently for a special presentation.

Last summer, Officer Conners was called to investigate an incident in a downtown Melrose store, and when he got there, he realized the victim spoke Chinese and knew very little English. After a few unsuccessful attempts to communicate, he called Cindy, who is his neighbor, and who he knew speaks fluent Mandarin. She was able to translate over the phone so he could take a statement from the witness. Thanks to Cindy’s help, he was able to communicate more easily and not only get information but assist the victim.

I want to commend Cindy for her willingness to step in and help a stranger and Officer Conners for his quick thinking!

Music for the Season: Trinity Community Concert Series

Advent Organ Recitals @ Noontime – Trinity Episcopal Church

December 6 – Eric Anderson
December 13 – Rosalind Mohnson

12:15 PM -12:45 PM

Free – Open to the Public
Sponsored in part by the MMFA (Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts)

Mayor’s Podcast: Tax, Billing, and other Discounts for Melrose Residents

Jon Sappachetti and Mayor Dolan discuss discounts available to Melrose residents on their taxes, water bills, and other fees. Water Billing Manager Donna Cardillo, Chief Assessor Chris Wilcock, and Veteran’s Services Director Alicia Reddin all join the conversation.

A Great Weekend for Melrose!

What a weekend! Here are some photos from the Super Bowl in Gillette Stadium and Home for the Holidays.

Photo credit: John Wilcox

Melrose Symphony Invites Audiences to an Open Rehearsal for Holiday Pops

Melrose Symphony soloist Renese King

Even though both performances of the Melrose Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops concerts are sold-out, there’s still a chance to hear the group perform holiday favorites this season.

For the first time ever, the MSO will open its doors for their Holiday Pops dress rehearsal on Thursday, December 7th from 7:30-10:00 pm at Memorial Hall.

This one-time-only event will give audiences behind-the-scenes access to a working rehearsal to see how the orchestra prepares for a performance. The entire program will be rehearsed with occasional pauses to refine certain passages. Since this is a working rehearsal, it is imperative that audience members are prepared to engage as observers in an attentive and respectful manner.

The doors open at 7:00 pm and the rehearsal begins at 7:30 pm. There will be a 15-minute “intermission.” Please note that the rehearsal will not be catered. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at

Take the Pedestrian & Bicycle Committee’s Survey!

The City of Melrose is taking the PeopleForBikes national challenge to rate bikeability in our city. The City Engineering Department and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee have teamed up to see how we stack up against cities and towns that are similar to Melrose across the country.

Please take this 5-munute survey by Dec. 8:
Please share this with your friends and neighbors, and anyone you know who cares about biking in Melrose. We want to hear from those who already cycle our streets as well as folks who would like to but may not feel comfortable on the road. The more survey responses, the more robust the analysis.

What we get:

  • An assessment of low-stress and high-stress street networks
  • A comparison with similar cities and towns
  • A data-driven baseline for tracking our progress as we make infrastructure improvements in the years to come

What you get:

  • The chance to win prizes – a bike, Trek shoes (up to $399), a helmet (up to $200), a Bontrager Flare light set, PeopleForBikes prize packs with helmets, water bottles, t-shirts, socks, two Timbuk2 “Robin” packs (valued at $179!), Camelbak hydration packs….

The survey is only open through Dec. 8, so please take it today:

Learn more about the rating system at:

For additional information, please contact the PedBike committee at

Congratulations to the MHS Football Team!

Congratulations Melrose High School Red Raiders—2017 Super Bowl Champions!

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