Monthly Archives: June, 2013

Whole Foods to Open in Melrose on July 24

Whole Foods logo

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.


About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, 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.


Melrose Americans Family Night Postponed

With the likelihood of more thunderstorms this evening, we have decided to postpone the Melrose Americans Family Night. Stay tuned to this blog and our Twitter for updates; we’ll announce a new date soon.

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 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

Water and Sewer Rate Presentation

Here is the presentation that our Chief Financial Officer, Patrick Dello Russo, our water consultant, Douglas Gardner, and our Superintendent of Public Works, John Scenna, made to the Aldermen’s Committee on Appropriations last night.


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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.

Next Tremont/Essex Street Corridor Meeting Will be Wednesday

The City of Melrose’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD), in conjunction with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), will be hosting a second Commuter Rail Corridor Visioning Public Meeting on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will take place in the Milano Senior Center, Tierney Hall – 2nd Floor, 201 West Foster Street, Melrose.

The visioning meeting will be a follow up discussion to the meeting that was held on April 23rd regarding the future of the Tremont Street/Essex Street Corridor, including the areas around the Cedar Park and Highlands Commuter Rail Stations. OPCD and MAPC are seeking to gather input from Melrose residents, businesses, customers, property owners, and other constituents regarding neighborhood planning for the Tremont Street/Essex Street area. Participants will take part in an interactive discussion to identify issues and suggest ideas for improving the corridor. For more information on the corridor process and to RSVP for the meeting visit

The study is made possible by funding through the Metro Boston Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. These funds are distributed by the Metro Boston Sustainable Communities Consortium to support the implementation of MetroFuture, the regional plan for Metro Boston. The grant supports local planning efforts, state and regional policy work, development of tools and data, and capacity building for local residents and leaders. More information on the Sustainable Communities Grant can be found at

Whole Foods Job Fair at Memorial Hall Next Week

As you know, Whole Foods will be coming to Melrose later this year. If you are interested in working for them, now is the time to apply for a job. They will be holding a job fair in Memorial Hall on the following dates:

Wednesday, June 19: 9 am – 12 :30 pm
Thursday, June 20: 3 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday, June 21: 1 pm – 4:30 pm

Please note that you must fill out an application online at the Whole Foods site before you go to the fair.

Congratulations, MHS Class of 2013!

Melrose High School Class of 2013 graduated on Friday May 31st. The 231 students received a total of 855 acceptances to some 222 colleges.

Melrose High School has prepared them both academically and socially to be successful. We wish the class of 2013 luck in their future endeavors.

—MHS Principal Marianne Farrell

Here are all the colleges that accepted students from the Melrose High School Class of 2013. I think you’ll agree with me that it’s a very impressive list!

American InterContinental University, London
American International College
American University
Anna Maria College
Assumption College
Babson College
Baldwin Wallace University
Bard College
Barry University
Bates College
Becker College
Belmont University
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Bloomfield College
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Brooklyn College of the CUNY
Brown University
Bryant University
Bucknell University
Bunker Hill Community College
California State University, Northridge
Campbell University
Carroll College (Montana)
Castleton State College (VT)
Central Connecticut State University
Central Washington University
Champlain College
Chapman University
Clark University
Clarkson University
Clemson University
Colby-Sawyer College
College of Charleston
College of Staten Island
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Columbia University
Curry College
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Dean College
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duquesne University
East Carolina University
Elms College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Emory University
Endicott College
Evangel University
Fairfield University
Fisher College
Fitchburg State University
Flagler College
Florida State University
Fordham University
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Gordon College
Goucher College
Grand Canyon University
Guilford College
Hampshire College
Harvard College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Hunter College of the CUNY
Husson University
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Johnson & Wales University
Kean University
Keene State College
Lafayette College
Landmark College
Lasell College
Le Moyne College
Lesley University
Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Macalester College
Manhattan College
Marist College
Marist College
Marymount Manhattan College
Marymount University
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
McGill University
Merrimack College
Messiah College
Miami University of Ohio
Middlesex Community College
Moravian College
Muhlenberg College
New England College
New England Conservatory of Music
New England Institute of Technology
Nichols College
North Shore Community College
Northeastern University
Northern Essex Community College
Northwestern University
Norwich University
Notre Dame de Namur University
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Old Dominion University
Pace University, New York City
Pace University, Pleasantville Campus
Pace University, White Plains
Paul Smith’s College
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Plymouth State University
Providence College
Quinnipiac University
Regis College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College
Rivier University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rocky Mountain College
Roger Williams University
Rosemont College
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Joseph’s College-ME
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University – Parks College
Saint Michael’s College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
School of Visual Arts
Simmons College
Southern New Hampshire University
Spelman College
Springfield College
St. John’s University – Queens Campus
St. Thomas University
State University of New York at Albany
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University
Suffolk University
SUNY College at Cortland
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University
Temple University
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
The George Washington University
The Ohio State University
The University of Montana, Missoula
The University of Scranton
The University of Tampa
Trinity College
Tufts University
United States Coast Guard Academy
Universal Technical Institute
University of California at Irvine
University of California at Riverside
University of California at San Diego
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Hartford
University of Idaho
University of Maine
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
University of Miami
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Maine
University of Vermont
Ursinus College
Villanova University
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Washington State University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
West Virginia University
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Wheaton College MA
Wheelock College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester State University

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