Whole Foods to Open in Melrose on July 24

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Whole Foods has made it official: The company sent out a press release today saying that their new Melrose store will open on July 24, with a traditional bread-breaking ceremony at 9:45 a.m. The new store will be located in the old Johnny’s Foodmaster market at 880 Main Street. Here’s the press release:

Whole Foods Market Announces Melrose Opening Date
Melrose location to open on Wednesday, July 24

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (June 26, 2013) – Whole Foods Market’s newest location, at 880 Main Street, will open with the company’s traditional bread-breaking ceremony on Wednesday, July 24 at 9:45 a.m.

The 31,513 square foot store, Whole Foods Market’s 24th Massachusetts location, will employ approximately 125 full and part time team members. The natural and organic supermarket will serve the community with the highest quality groceries, produce, seafood, and meats available along with restaurant-quality prepared foods that can be enjoyed in the store’s café seating area. Unique features also include made-in-store fresh pasta and pizza, bulk candy shop favorites, and a full charcuterie. Whole Foods Market Melrose store hours will be 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., 7 days a week.

The public is welcome to be a part of Whole Foods Market history, by attending the bread breaking ceremony at 9:45 a.m. At 10 a.m. the store will officially open for business.

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About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 69,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNEmagazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has more than 325 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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Patients Give Melrose Ambulance Service an A+

Patients who used Melrose’s City-run ambulance gave the service an overall score of 97.20 out of 100 on the annual survey of patient satisfaction. Melrose is “hitting it out of the park,” according to Bill Mergendahl, chief executive officer of Professional Ambulance, which provides billing and other services to the Melrose ambulance service.

I want to commend Chief Leary and his firefighters for their efforts. They have worked hard to create a quality ambulance service for the people of Melrose, and these results show that they have succeeded.

The survey was filled out by 101 patients who used the city ambulance service in Fiscal 2013. Respondents were asked to give the city a score between 1 and 100 in a number of different categories. They included:

· Communication: 96.53
· Medical Care: 95.50
· Billing: 89.81
· Service Quality (cleanliness, waiting time, etc.): 96.56
· Dispatch: 96.04

“Very thoughtful men, gentle and friendly,” commented one user. Some other comments:

“Professional and soothing to talk to.”
“The rescue crew acted very professionally indicating the results of constant training.”
“I would feel very confident in calling up on the rescue co for assistance.”
“Ambulance came right away. They were caring and considerate of my needs.”
“This was during a big snow storm – excellent service.”
“I know everything is going to be fine the minute they walk in.”

Calling an ambulance is always a scary event, but reading this feedback from our residents, I am confident that the people of Melrose are getting fast, responsive, compassionate care, and that can make all the difference.

Here are the results of the survey and comments from patients.

Melrose Vital Signs

Melrose Comments

Tips to Keep the Mosquitoes at Bay

Here’s some timely information from our Health Director, Ruth Clay:

The Melrose Health Department notes that recent rain and the current heat are serving to produce abundant mosquito populations. Mosquito trapping and testing began June 17th through our local mosquito control program. Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website http://www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito and clicking on risk levels.

Establish good habits now to minimize your exposure to mosquitos and the diseases they carry:

• Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient
• Use long sleeves to cover up when possible
• Repair screens
• Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations (bird baths, tires, lawn ornaments)
• Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it

Celebrate Melrose Family Night with the Melrose Americans June 26

The City of Melrose will team up with its new hometown team the Melrose Americans of the Intercity League on Wednesday, June 26th for family fun entertainment at Morelli Field during the Americans game against the Watertown Reds.

The Americans, in their inaugural season in Melrose, have a rich history in the storied Intercity League, the best amateur wood bat baseball league in Massachusetts.

We are excited to have the Intercity League back in Melrose. It is a highly competitive level of baseball. Our first Americans family night is an opportunity for a free night out for Melrose families, and I hope the community comes out to have some fun and support the local team.

The City of Melrose Recreation Department will be on hand serving free slush, face painting, bounce house, and holding several in game promotions and contests.

First pitch will be at 7:15pm with all recreation activities at the field beginning at 6:30pm. All kids are encouraged to wear their t-ball/little league shirts.

More information on the Intercity League and the Americans can be found at http://www.intercityleaguebaseball.com

Come Stroll Downtown Melrose on Thursday

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to the Summer Stroll on Main Street this Thursday, June 20, from 6-9 p.m. Here are the details from the Chamber website:

From 6:00 pm -9:00 pm Main Street will be closed and transformed into a two block walk way, spanning from Upham Street to Grove Street. Thanks to Music 101, live music will fill the air. A four piece jazz band, strolling violinist and accordion players, and local folk guitarist and singer, Howie Newman will entertain guests from one end of the street to the next. Restaurants will serve food and non alcoholic beverages on the sidewalk, while our local merchants will offer tastings, demos, specials and sales within their stores. Among the businesses you can expect to see that night are: Hourglass, Beacon Hill Wine and Gourmet, Petrones, Miter Biter Frame Company, Hugos, Marathon Sports, Halo Studio, Mexico Lindo, Absolutely Fabulous, Madison Ave of Melrose, Whittemore Hardware, Lilah-Rose, beau-tique, the beauty café, The Barbers’s Den, Sweet Thoughts, RADA Boutique, Beanstalk Toy Shop, Beansprouts, Stearn’s and Hills, Affairs to Remember and Turner’s Seafood Grill and Market. The YMCA will also offer babysitting that night until 8:30 pm subject to availability and space.

The Summer Stroll is partially funded by the Melrose Messina Fine Arts Grants and TD Bank. I hope you will be able to enjoy this special evening.