Monthly Archives: July, 2013

Come to the Mayor’s Night Out

Police Chief Michael Lyle, Fire Chief Christopher Leary, and Mayor Rob Dolan invite you to the Mayor’s Night Out on Thursday, August 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pine Banks Park. Come meet members of the Police and Fire departments and learn more about healthy living and green energy. There will be music, children’s activities, face painting, a bouncy house, and free slush. All are welcome.


1,000 Youngsters Sign Up for Summer Reading

Ginny Rowe and Marianne Stanton welcome young readers to the Children's Room

Ginny Rowe and Marianne Stanton welcome young readers to the Children’s Room

Congratulations to the staff of the Melrose Public Library, who enrolled their 1,000th young reader in their summer reading program on Friday. This is only the second time that enrollment has been this high, and I want to commend the staff on making the Children’s Room such a welcoming place. This year’s summer reading program has a dog theme, and in addition to weekly treats, readers can enter a raffle to win one of four stuffed dogs.

Seamus Quinn, 6, and his brother Ciaran, 16 months, look over the stuffed dogs in the Children's Room

Seamus Quinn, 6, and his brother Ciaran, 16 months, look over the stuffed dogs in the Children’s Room

Childrens Room


Horace Mann Neighborhood Night Out is Postponed

Due to the rain and cold weather, the Neighborhood Night Out at the Hesseltine Field has been postponed. Watch this space for the new date.

Three New Businesses Open in the Area

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This has been a great few weeks for Melrose and the nearby neighborhoods, with three new businesses opening their doors. These businesses bring something new to our community and are making it a very diverse and interesting place to live and shop.

Today I attended the grand opening of Total Knockout Boxing, 1321 Main Street on the Melrose/Wakefield line. This is a women’s boxing gym that offers an intriguing fitness alternative.

Tooba’s, the new sandwich shop at 35-37 Essex St., opened its doors a few weeks ago and it has quickly become a favorite lunch spot for City Hall folk. Longtime Melrose resident Saied Chaharom is the owner, and he offers an excellent selection of sandwiches and wraps.

And of course, yesterday was the grand opening of Whole Foods on Main Street. This was a great day, and I am very appreciative that Whole Foods is donating 5% of the day’s proceeds to local organizations, including our own Melrose Emergency Fund.

If you are a local business owner or are opening a new business and would like to be featured on this blog, give my office a call at 781-979-4440.

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Come to Melrose Americans Family Night Tonight


Come on down to Morelli Field tonight for Melrose Americans Family Night—our hometown team is playing the Reading Bulldogs. Enjoy the game and activities for the whole family, provided by the Melrose Recreation Department.

Whole Foods to Open Wednesday with Donations to Local Organizations

As you probably know by now, the new Melrose Whole Foods will open at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday with a traditional bread-breaking ceremony, and following company tradition, they will donate 5% of net sales to five local nonprofits: The Melrose Emergency Fund, the Friends of the Aging, the Bingham Community Playground, the Melrose Education Foundation, and A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry. Here are two flyers that explain it all. I want to thank Whole Foods for getting involved in our community right from the start.



Working Together for the Bingham Community Playground

I hope everyone is having a great summer. I wanted to take a minute to make you aware of a wonderful public/private partnership that is underway to reconstruct the front playground of the Lincoln School which will be renamed The Bingham Community Playground. Through a combination of corporate donations, city funds, and resident support and leadership, we will hopefully be rebuilding the playground, designed for children 5 and under, in the fall of 2013. To see a design, get involved, or contribute, please visit the Bingham Park Facebook page. If you like what you see, don’t forget to “like” our page!


The Lincoln School Park, located on West Wyoming Avenue, has served Melrose’s youngest children (under five) for 30 years. The playground is well-loved and well-used. Time has taken its toll, and the equipment needs to be replaced. Though situated near the Lincoln elementary school, the front playground is owned by the City of Melrose. Since the start of 2013 a group of local parents have collaborated with the Mayor, Parks Department, and Board of Aldermen to revitalize the park.

The design that was developed not only updates the equipment but expands offerings for children under age five. The new design incorporates safety certified equipment that utilizes recycled materials for construction. The park will not only meet the needs and imaginations of the 5 and under group but will also accommodate children with disabilities with the incorporation of ADA certified equipment.

Additionally, the “Tot lot” will be formally named the David Bingham Park in honor of a Lincoln Elementary School graduate and US Marine who died in the Vietnam War at the age of nineteen.

The City originally slated the park to be redeveloped in 2014-2015, but a generous $25,000, gift from the Scrivanos Family (owners of the local Dunkin Donuts Franchise) provided the funding to accelerate the project into 2013. We are now asking the community to help us match the $25,000 Dunkin Donuts contribution to realize the vision for Bingham Park. To make the park a reality this fall we need to have all the funds by August. Every contribution will bring us closer to our goal for a safe, fun playground for Melrose children.

Here is more information.

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Join Us for Melrose Americans Family Night on Wednesday

The first Melrose Americans Baseball Family Night, rained out on June 26th, will now take place Wednesday, July 10th.

The City of Melrose will team up with its new hometown team the Melrose Americans of the Intercity League next Wednesday, July 10th for family fun entertainment at Morelli Field during the Americans game against defending InterCity League Champions, Andre Chiefs.

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. 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

Join Our Fourth of July Celebration

Here are the details on this week’s Fourth of July celebration, which will feature a bicycle stunt show in addition to the traditional bicycle parade. Check out the Melrose Free Press for information about the concert at Mount Hood that evening.

4th of July Celebration

Ages: All Ages
Date: Thu, July 4 @ Common Park
Cost: FREE!
Time: 10:30am – 1:00pm

Come join us for our Annual Bike & Carriage Parade around Common Park. Bring your decorated bike, wagon, carriage, scooter, skateboard, or other custom ride and take part in the festivities. Registration starts at 10:00am for the parade and we will begin at 10:30am, sharp so be sure to register early! Parade winners will be announced at 11:15am by Tall Uncle Sam and our live DJ. New this year, Chris Poulos will be performing his Bicycle Stunt Show from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Chris Poulos is a Bicycle Stunt World Champion so you will not want to miss his show! We will also have free face painting, balloon animals, magic tricks, games, activities, and an open bounce house for all kids in the crowd. Enjoy ice cold slush and drinks while partaking in our 4th of July Celebration!

10:00am Registration Opens
10:30am Parade Begins (10:30am Sharp!)
11:00am Event Festivities Begin

  • Bounce House
  • Face Painting
  • Live DJ
  • Ice Cold Slush & Drinks
  • Balloon Animals
  • Magic Tricks
  • Games, Activities, & Crafts

11:15am Parade Winners Announced
11:30am Bicycle Stunt Show Begins
1:00pm Event Ends

Council on Aging Partners with Hallmark Health for Senior Health Fair

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On Thursday, June 27, the Melrose Council on Aging collaborated with Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice to host a senior health fair at the Milano Senior Center in Melrose.

Seniors and their families came out in droves to visit the more than 30 local healthcare and healthcare product providers. Visitors had the opportunity to participate in many free screenings including bone density, memory, balance, hearing, blood sugar, and blood pressure. There were also product demonstrations, giveaways and door prize raffles.

This is a great example of community partnerships at work to provide access to the important
information and screenings we all need to enjoy good health. Here are some photos of the event:

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