Library Construction Grants Announced

Great news! Last week, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded Provisional Construction Grants to nine communities through the state-funded Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. Although not funded in this year’s recipients, Melrose was one of twenty-four other communities that have been placed on a waitlist and will receive grants as funding becomes available over the next several fiscal years. Melrose has been ranked 19th out of the 33 libraries.

This is a great first step and a testament to the library staff, trustees, and volunteers who have put a tremendous amount of time and energy in progressing the proposal to this point. For Melrose, MBLC library renovation/construction grant would cover between 40-50% of project costs.

The complete list can be viewed here.

Sign Up for Flag Football by August 1

Melrose Flag Football ’17

Registration Deadline: August 1

Grade Groups:
Grades: K – 1 (Instructional Program)
Grades: 2 – 3
Grades: 4 – 5
Grades: 6 – 7

Days: Saturdays
Cost: $110 per person
Locations: Fred Green Field (High School) & Cabbage Patch Field (MVMMS)

Practices and Games:
September, 9 2017 – November, 18 2017
Our youth flag football leagues focus on socialization, playing skills, teamwork, and basic game strategies. All practices and games will take place on Saturday afternoons on the Cabbage Patch Field and Fred Green Field. Players will have a 30 minute team practice immediately leading into their team game of two halves of 20 minutes running time. Each game will be staffed with referees. Each player will receive their own game jersey. Space is limited.

Instructional Kindergarten and Grade 1 Flag Football Program
This program is designed to introduce kindergarten and Grade 1 students to flag football. The program focuses on basic fundamentals, socialization, and skill building. Students will have a 30 minute skills and drills session which will be followed with 20 minutes of fun team activities and team scrimmages. Volunteer head and assistant coaches will run the practices along with the assistance of Melrose High School Football players.

***One extra practice and/or one extra game have been built into each league in advance due to potential cancelations. If a practice and/or game is cancelled due to inclement weather or HS athletics then it will not be rescheduled or refunded.***

**Flag Football Coaches Needed!!!**
Grades: Coaches needed at all levels (K – 7)
Forms Needed:
Coaching Application
Photo of Driver’s License w/ current address on front or back

*Applications and forms found on Recreation website homepage*
*Directly deliver to Recreation Dept. Office*
*CORI / SORI results typically take 1 week*

Community Electricity Aggregation Program Supplier Changed!

If you are a member of the city’s municipal aggregation program, you will notice on your August electric bill that your supplier has changed from Constellation to National Grid Basic Service. Due to a spike in electric capacity costs in our area, other suppliers no longer have the most competitive rate for the near future. Therefore, we have moved back to National Grid as our supplier. The City plans to continue the aggregation program in late 2018 after the current rate spike ends and when the program can once again provide savings.

Mark Your Calendar: Four Corners Concert on July 29!

The Four Corners Concert is coming on July 29! Here’s the lineup:

Main Stage

Squidhead is a local Melrosian group with an old-school punk sound and a progressive rock twist. Influenced by Pink Floyd, the Ramones, Metallica, and Green Day, the band consists of Cole Feely on lead guitar, Jack Tracey vocals and rhythm guitar, Colby Orton on bass and Stephen Flanagan on the drums.

Pulse Reunion
Pulse is a Boston based group formed more than 10 years ago composed of 4 friends and seasoned musicians passionate about Rock. After a good run in the Boston club circuit all members moved on to different projects. The band is getting back together for this one night, one night only performance to rock out Melrose! They’ll be playing classic hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today!

Free Range Chickens
Debut performance of the Free Range Chickens. All four band members hail from local Melrose chicken coops. A pure dad band hatched by the desire to get together and jam with our kids and have fun. All applauding encouraged!

Shakey Jake and the Blue Vibrations
Shakey Jake and The Blue Vibrations plays groovy Blues for your dancing pleasure. Shake your booty and stomp your feet. Have a ball y’all!

Community Stage

Music 101 Featured Artists
Music 101 is a private music school located on Upham St. in Melrose, specializing in instruction for Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass, and Violin. They will be featuring some of their top young students for this year’s Four Corners festival.

Molly Corr & Diego Winsor

Molly Corr is a sophomore at Melrose High School, and this will be her fifth year playing the double bass. She performs with the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Melrose High School Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Marching Band, Melrose Youth Orchestra, Melrose Drama Pit Orchestra, and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Northeastern Junior Districts.

Diego Winsor is an eighth grader at the Galvin Middle School in Wakefield and he is entering his fourth year of playing the double bass. He plays with the Galvin orchestra, chamber orchestra, and jazz band, along with the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra.

Lucia Gagliano
Lucia Gagliano, who will be a freshman at Melrose High School this year, has been studying piano with Jingjing Zhou since 2010 (with one year off to give cello a try). Lucia’s performance will include Beethoven’s Sonata in F Minor, 1. Alllegro, Eugenie Rocherolle’s Alegrias, and her arrangements of songs from her favorite TV shows, including a medley of the Orphan Black and Stranger Thingsthemes.

Shilei (Lisa) Li
Another student of Melrose based Jingjing Zhou, from Reading Memorial High School, Shilei (Lisa) Li will perform on piano “Grande Valse Brillante, Opus 18” by Chopin.

Sammy & Ray
From the Lincoln School, Raymond Kochanski, drums, and Sammy McQuaid, guitar/vocals, will perform a cover of “Baby” by Justin Bieber.

Gabe Klapman
From the Winthrop school, Gabe Klapman will be playing a couple tunes on the violin from his Irish and Italian heritage… “Shipping up to Boston”, and his new favorite “Funiculi Funnicula” which he learned for a recent trip to Italy!

Sam Chetkin
Sam Chetkin currently goes to MVMMS and has taken guitar for 7 years and vocal lessons for 3 years. He has performed musicals with Melrose Drama and looks forward to performing the title role in the upcoming WYRT production of Shrek in early August. He will be playing a 4-5 song set.

Bourbon Chasers
Country and Rock group, Bourbon Chasers, turn an acoustic trio into a fiery shot of energy and fun. Lead by singer/guitarist, Cam Robbins, they pick from popular country hits, modern and classic, and mix in a lively bunch of familiar rock tunes. Their original music speaks of the same vibe and blends in perfectly with their upbeat sets. With Pete “Gunshot” LaGrange on box and Tim Ko. on lead telecaster, the trio often pull in guest musicians, namely Ethan B. Miller on harp and Katie Delvaux on fiddle.

Mark Your Calendar: Summer Stroll is July 28

School Supplies Drive Begins!

For the seventh year in a row, Chris Cinella of Edward Jones Investments, 502 Main Street, is collecting school supplies to give to the needy children of Melrose. All the school supplies donated will be given to families who are served by the Red Cross and the Melrose Emergency Fund. Donations should be brought to the Edward Jones office anytime between now and August 22.

All types of school supplies are welcome, particularly pencils, pens, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, binders, folders, backpacks, lunchboxes, child-safe scissors, glue sticks, staplers, calculators, calculators, dry erase boards, erasers, construction paper.

“The first day of school is always a special day,” said Mayor Robert J. Dolan, “and we want to make sure that every Melrose child starts off the school year with everything they need, from pens and pencils to backpacks and calculators.”

“Education is more important now than ever before,” said Cinella, “and I want to thank all those who give so generously so that we can provide the children of Melrose with everything they need to get off to a great start.”

The Edward Jones office is located at 502 Main Street and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

AP Scores Continue to Rise at Melrose High School

Good news from Melrose High School: The percentage of students who passed the Advanced Placement test increased this year for the fourth year in a row, with 82% of those taking the test earning a passing grade of 3 or higher. The number of students taking the test has also increased over the past four years. During the same time, the percentage of students in the state and overall who earned a passing grade stayed flat or declined.

To have scores go up while more students than ever before are taking the test is a double win. Congratulations to the students and staff of Melrose High School on this great achievement!

RIP Cara Linehan Buckwell

Melrose lost a wonderful person last week with the passing of Cara Linehan Buckwell, who died at the age of only 34, leaving her husband and baby daughter behind. Cara was a lively young woman who was a wonderful support to her family through her younger sister Laura’s illness. She coached young people in swimming, and after Laura died while waiting for a liver transplant, Cara ran the Boston Marathon to raise awareness and funds for the American Liver Foundation. The Boston Globe ran a wonderful article about her, with a heartfelt quote from her father, Dan:

Through the example she set as a mother, an older sister, a coach, and a friend, “Cara accomplished something I think we all aspire to do, and that’s to leave the world a better place than the way she found it,” Dan said. “She’s had such a big impact on Melrose and Boston and New England and further. She’s reached people everywhere. I can only hope in my life to do nearly as much good as she did in the 34 years that she had.”

Friends and family have set up a fund to provide for Cara’s daughter, Claire, and also to support the American Liver Foundation.

Our thoughts are with the Linehan and Buckwell families during this sad time.

Community Night at the Melrose Americans Game is July 19!

Community Night at the Melrose Americans Game!
Date: Wed, July 19
Time: Festivities begin at 7:15pm (First Pitch 7:30pm)
Location: Morelli Baseball Field
Cost: Free

The City of Melrose will team up with its hometown team the Melrose Americans of the Intercity League on Wednesday, July 19th for family fun entertainment at Morelli Field during the Americans game against the Watertown Reds. The Melrose Recreation Department will be offering free slush, games, entertainment, music, and more. First pitch will be at 7:30pm with all recreation activities at the field beginning at 7:15pm. All kids are encouraged to wear their T-ball/little league shirts. More information on the Intercity League and the Americans can be found here. Rain Cancels.

Free Yoga and Tai Chi Classes at the Knoll

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