Reminder: DPW Day is Thursday, May 30

DPW Day, our annual open house at the City Yard, will be tomorrow, May 30. This is a special event for children to introduce them to the many things our Department of Public Works does, and this year’s theme is “Public Works—Everyday Superheroes.”

DPW Day is designed as a field trip for elementary school children, but Melrose residents are also invited to bring their children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, age 8 and under, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. The Melrose Free Press has all the details.


Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

Here’s the schedule for the Memorial Day weekend events. I hope in particular that everyone will join us for the Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 26, at 1:30 p.m. The parade will go on rain or shine!

Massachusetts Vietnam Fallen Soldiers Tribute
On Display, May 19th, 2013 – Melrose Vietnam Memorial

Veterans Breakfast and Assembly
Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School
Friday, May 24th, 2013: 8 a.m.

Decoration of Veteran Graves
Flag Retirement Ceremony
Wyoming Cemetery
Saturday, May 25th, 2013: 10 a.m.

Veterans Day Breakfast
Memorial Hall
Sunday, May 26th, 2013: 9 a.m.

Veterans Memorial Tour
WWII-Korea, Vietnam and WWI Memorials
Sunday, May 26th, 2013: 10 a.m.

Veterans Day Religious Ceremony
Memorial Hall
Sunday, May 26th, 2013: 12 p.m.

Memorial Day Parade
Main Street to Wyoming Cemetery
Sunday, May 26th, 2013: 1:30 p.m. Kickoff

Closing Ceremonies
Wyoming Cemetery
Sunday, May 26th, 2013: 2:30 p.m.

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2013 Memorial Day Events]


Flags Fly for Vietnam Fallen Soldiers


Veteran Services Officer Ryan McLane and the Veterans Services Advisory Board, with help from other volunteers, installed a tribute the the fallen Vietnam veterans from Massachusetts and Melrose over the weekend. The display is located near the Melrose Vietnam Memorial at Ell Pond on Main Street. Here are the details:

1,331 flags for the Massachusetts soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War. Each flag in the tribute represents an American life sacrificed for the country.

11 Flags of Honor for Melrose residents who were killed in action.

10 flags in front and back for 10 years of war.

Two blocks of flags flank the 11 flags of honor. Each block represents the American flag with 13 rows of 50 flags.

Please take a moment this Memorial Day to reflect on the price of freedom. We will not forget.

For more information, see the Melrose Patch.

Help Maggie Raise $10,000 for The One Fund Boston


Maggie Clark, 16, of Porter Street, has raised over $7,000 to donate to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings via The One Fund, and she’s not stopping there.

Maggie, a sophomore at Bishop Fenwick High School, is selling Boston Strong T-shirts that she designed herself. Trying to keep costs low, she visited several local print shops and settled on the T-Stop in Wakefield to print them up. “Rod gave me a really good deal, and he has been really great,” she told me. Not only that, he made the T-shirts quickly so she could get them into people’s hands.

Maggie’s original plan called for her to make just 90 T-shirts to sell to family and friends, but the word spread quickly, and she soon had orders for over 150. Then she reached out to Marathon Sports. “I saw they had their shirts in the window, and I asked if they would help out, and they said ‘sure,'” she said. “I ordered 200 more for them, and they sold out.” She also spread the word via Facebook and newspaper articles, and now she has sold 1,000 shirts.

But she’s not stopping there. Maggie hopes to sell enough T-shirts to make a $10,000 donation to The One Fund, so she will be selling them at Neighborhood Nights Out this summer and at other city events. They can also be ordered by e-mailing Maggie directly at The T-shirts are $12 apiece, and additional donations are accepted as well. Children’s sizes are available.

Check It Out: Rec Programs May Qualify for Flexible Spending Accounts

Did you know that you may be able to use your Flexible Spending Account – Dependent Care for Melrose Recreation programs, clinics, and camps?

Many of our summer programs could qualify for reimbursement under your Flex Spending Account with Dependent Care. This means you can register your child or children for several recreation programs, clinics, and/or camps and be eligible to use your pre-tax FSA dollars to pay for the programs.

For financial reimbursement simply submit a Reimbursement Claim Form from your carrier to the Recreation Dept. for a signature and receipt of registration. You can then submit the form to your carrier for reimbursement.

Prior to registering, please be sure to check with your employer and/or provider to make sure that the recreation programs you have enrolled in qualify as eligible expenses for FSA purposes.

Melrose Children Raise Money for Bombing Victim’s Family

Boston Strong

Maeve, Roddy, and Ella McGillicuddy and Maggie Sullivan were selling Boston Strong bracelets today on Damon Avenue. They raised over $250 for the family of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. The bracelets say “no more hurting people,” which is the text of a sign Richard was photographed with before his death. Thank you, kids, for working so hard for such a great cause!