MHS Seniors Accepted into Top Colleges

Great news from Melrose High School! Once again, our seniors have been accepted into the top colleges and universities around the country. Here’s the list of this year’s college acceptances. Congratulations to the Melrose High School Class of 2016!

Adelphi University
Albertus Magnus College
Alfred University
American International College
American University
Arizona State University
Assumption College
Azusa Pacific University
Becker College
Bentley University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Brown University
Bryant University
Bunker Hill Community College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Castleton University
Central Connecticut State University
Champlain College
Clark University
Clarkson University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Colby College
Colby-Sawyer College
College of St. Joseph
College of the Atlantic
College of the Holy Cross
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Curry College
Daniel Webster College
Dean College
Drexel University
East Carolina University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eckerd College
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Elms College
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fairfield University
Fitchburg State University
Fordham University
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
Furman University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hampton University
Harvard University
Heriot-Watt University
High Point University
Hilbert College
Hofstra University
Husson University
Iona College
Ithaca College
Johnson & Wales University
Johnson State College
Keene State College
King’s College
Lasell College
Le Moyne College
Lehigh University
Lesley University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Lynchburg College
Lyndon State College
Manhattanville College
Marist College
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
McGill University
Merrimack College
Middlesex Community College
Mitchell College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
New England College
New England Conservatory of Music
New York University
Newbury College
Newcastle University
Nichols College
Norfolk State University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
North Shore Community College
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Norwich University
Nova Southeastern University
Oberlin College
Old Dominion University
Oxford Brookes University
Pace University, New York City
Pennsylvania State University
Philadelphia University
Plymouth State University
Portland State University
Providence College
Quinnipiac University
Regis College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College
Rivier University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Joseph’s College (Maine)
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Michael’s College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
Sheffield College
Simmons College
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern New Hampshire University
Springfield College
St. John’s University – Queens Campus
State University of New York at Potsdam
State University of New York at Purchase
State University of New York at Stony Brook
State University of New York York at Buffalo
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A&M University
The George Washington University
The University of Alabama
Thomas College
Trinity College
Tufts University
Union College
Unity College
University of Bridgeport
University of California, Davis
University of Central Florida
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Hartford
University of Maine
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of New England
University of New Hampshire at Durham
University of New Haven
University of Oregon
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Maine
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of the Virgin Islands-St. Thomas
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of West England, Hartpury Campus
Utica College
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Wheaton College MA
Wheelock College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester State University

Community Meeting on Senior and Summer Safety on May 25

Chief Michael L. Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department will host its May community meeting on senior and summer safety at the Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster St., on Wednesday, May 25 from 6-8 p.m. District Attorney Marian Ryan and representatives from Eastern Bank and the Boston office of the FBI will be there.

Topics will include popular scams that often affect seniors, such as the IRS scam, the grandparent scam, lottery scam, computer phishing scam and utility scam.

Additionally, police will provide summer safety tips to those in attendance. Residents will be reminded to always lock their vehicles, while securing valuables in the trunk or taking them with them. The community will also be advised to alert neighbors and the police department when they’re going on vacation.

“Our community is not immune to the various scams out there today and we certainly want our residents to be aware so they can avoid becoming a victim,” Chief Lyle said. “At the same time, as families head off on their vacations, we encourage them to let the police department know and we will periodically check your home if it’s going to be vacant.”

This event is part of the department’s monthly community meetings initiative, where police and other city and state officials gather to discuss a prevalent topic with residents.

May’s community meeting will be the last for the spring and summer. The initiative will resume in September.

Untold Stories of Melrose: Mike Noone

The Untold Stories of Melrose is a series of interviews by two senior interns from Melrose High School, Freddie Kelley and Connor Locke, who have been working in my office for the past few weeks.

Michael Noone

Michael Noone is a social studies teacher at Melrose High School.

My father was killed in a car accident when I was two and a half years old. He was hit by a drunk driver coming home at night. While I wasn’t old enough to know what happened at the time, that event has certainly had an effect on me in certain ways.

I think about my relationship with my mother, who I’m very close to. When that event happened she was there for me, in spite of the tragedy that she went through. We’ve always maintained a tight bond between us, and I think a lot of it goes back to that event. She remarried when I was five years old and my stepfather, to me, is just my dad.

I feel almost as if I’m fortunate because I have two fathers. I have my father whose name I carry. I’m a junior, Michael James Noone Jr., and I’m extremely proud to carry that name, and carrying on his legacy and the life he didn’t get to live. But I also have my father now, who has been an amazing influence on my life. I have two younger sisters, one from each of my fathers, who I am extremely close with. I feel blessed and fortunate to have both of my sisters. When I think about what’s had the most impact on my life, it’s family. Of all the events that you have no control over in your life, this is the one I think about most. I feel really fortunate more than anything when I think back on how my family came together under difficult circumstances, and how close we’ve all been as a result. When I think of the person I am today, I owe all of that to my family, and especially my parents. My parents are my two heroes, my mom and my dad, and I have another person looking out for me too.

Memorial Day Events Honor Veterans

Flags by Women's Monument

Mayor Robert J. Dolan, the Melrose Veterans Service Office, Veterans Advisory Board, and the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School group Operation Respect have placed 1,500 American flags on the City Hall lawn, surrounding the Women Veterans Monument, to honor the 1.5 million women who served in the military starting in the Civil War.

The installation of the flags marks the beginning of the Melrose Memorial Day events. The traditional decoration of the graves in Wyoming Cemetery will take place on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. The traditional tour of Veterans Memorials will take place on Sunday, May 29, beginning at the Women’s Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m.

The Memorial Day Parade will also take place on Sunday, May 29, starting at 1:30 p.m., and will travel from Memorial Hall down Main Street to Sylvan Street, concluding with a closing ceremony at Wyoming Cemetery. This Grand Marshals of this year’s parade are women veterans, and all women veterans are invited to march in the Grand Marshal section of the parade.

“This is the third year that we have used flags as a visual reminder of the sacrifices made by members of our military,” said Mayor Dolan. “The flags will remain on the City Hall lawn throughout the week as a powerful reminder of those who have served so that we can be free. I hope that all Melrosians will participate in the many special events that are scheduled this weekend.”

Melrose Mourns Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr.

Ronald Tarentino Jr.Melrose joins with communities and police departments throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in mourning the death of Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr., who was killed in the line of duty yesterday morning. This comes just days after the Melrose Board of Aldermen honored the memory of Melrose High School graduate Garrett Swasey, who was killed in an attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs last November, and whose name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. last week as part of the National Police Week observances.

In accordance with Governor Baker’s order, we will fly the City Hall flag at half staff in his memory until his interment.

Police and Fire Training at 10 Corey Street This Week

The Melrose Police and Fire Departments will be using the building at 10 Corey St. for training, including active-shooter training, from Monday through Thursday this week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The building will soon be renovated, so the police and fire departments are taking the opportunity to use it for training during this time. You may notice increased activity or see police and fire vehicles around the building during this week.

Local Business Spotlight: Summer Sale at Barre and Soul

Barre and Soul’s Summer Sale goes from now until June 1st and is as follows:

Group Bike Ride to Boston on May 20

This Friday morning (May 20) the Melrose Ped/Bike committee will be leading a bicycle commuter convoy from Melrose to Boston, open to everybody, with options to join either at the start or at points along the way in Malden and Everett.

We will finish in City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston with a mini-festival sponsored by Boston Bikes. This Friday is the *only* date this summer with the Boston Bikes festival at the end, unlike previous years in which there was another one each month for several months.

The route can be seen here.

Join at any of the following three locations:

7:00 a.m.: We’ll depart promptly at 7 a.m. from the corner of Main St and E. Foster St in Melrose.
7:15 a.m.: The intersection of the Northern Strand Trail and Main Street in Malden
7:30 a.m.: McDonald’s parking lot at Beech St and Route 99 in Everett.

Questions? Contact ride leader Andy Paul at andrewkpaul@hotmail.com

Untold Stories of Melrose: Joy Fay

The Untold Stories of Melrose is a series of interviews by two senior interns from Melrose High School, Freddie Kelley and Connor Locke, who have been working in my office for the past few weeks.

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Joy Fay is the owner of Joy Healthy Life, which includes Melrose Boot Camp and Joy Yoga. She ran the Boston Marathon for 15 years to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Center. This is the first year since 2001 that she has not run the marathon.

Something that has influenced me as a person was running the Boston Marathon for my first time in 2001. I think taking on that challenge is life changing, because it made me believe I could do anything and it really sparked my interest in fitness. I run a business called “Melrose Boot Camp,” and I opened a yoga studio on Green Street called “Joy Yoga.” So now I’m offering fitness and wellness enrichment opportunities for all ages. Running the marathon empowered me to know that I could do anything I set my mind to and get it done.

I ran the marathon in the year of the bombing. I got to Kenmore Square before they turned us away. When I got word, I was up by Boston College. There was a lot of talking, but no one really knew what was going on. I was getting text messages from all of my Melrose friends saying, “Are you OK?” “Stop running!” and I thought they were crazy, calling me when I was trying to run a marathon. I heard people exclaiming, “My children are at the finish line!” It gives me the chills. It always will. We got shut down towards Boylston Street; I had to walk quite a ways once they shut down the race officially. There was just chaos. All of the cell phones were shut off. We were all in a daze. I had a friend who jumped in and ran with me that day—thank goodness I had her with me. She jumped in with me around mile 20. It was just so frightening that I am so glad that I had someone with me. To not know what was going on, too. I didn’t have the whole story. They didn’t tell us anything on the route—they just wanted us to keep going.

I am full of gratitude. I am so grateful that I am here today. I feel such sorrow for the families that were affected and all the lives that were lost. It was such a devastating day, I can’t even put it into words. I think it makes me more grateful for what I do have. That was going to be my last marathon. But I said that I couldn’t finish on that note. I went on to do it again, and again. That event strengthened me in a way: It made me more grateful, more appreciative for our law enforcement and our first responders, and more aware. We live in an amazing place where we are fortunate not encounter those kinds of things on a daily basis, but people in some places do encounter those things. It made me appreciate the safety of where I live.

Photo by Tanya O’Hara.

City to Host “Complete Streets” Public Informational Meeting

This June, the City of Melrose will submit its first ever “Complete Streets” policy to the Baker Administration for consideration. What does this mean for neighborhoods and residents? Come find out on Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber at City Hall, when City officials will present and also take questions from residents on the proposed Complete Streets policy.

The purpose of the City of Melrose’s Complete Streets Policy will be to accommodate transportation infrastructure users of all ages and abilities by creating a network that meets the needs of individuals utilizing a variety of transportation modes. Such users include motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transportation patrons. The policy will be applied in all decision-making for both public and private infrastructure planning and construction.

Through the Complete Streets program recently established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City would become eligible for additional state grant funds for roadway improvements that will enhance health, safety, livability, community character, and economic vitality. By incorporating Complete Streets as a guide, the City will advance its efforts to provide safety and accessibility for all users of our infrastructure. The ultimate goal of the Complete Streets policy will be to formalize the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of streets so that they are safe for all users as a matter of routine.

This is your chance to be heard about where the city should focus its road and transportation policies.

What: Complete Streets Informational Meeting
When: Wednesday, May 25th @ 7pm
Where: City Hall, Aldermanic Chamber

Melrose Named One of the Safest Cities in America

Great news! The website Neighborhood Scout did a survey of crime data and found that Melrose is one of the 100 safest cities in the country. They based their calculations on both crime reports and population. Our city ranked number 73 on their list, making it safer than 70% of the cities in the U.S. This being National Police Week, this is another example of the great efforts of our public safety personnel.

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