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.

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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

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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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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.

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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!

HISTORY

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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