New Places to Eat in Melrose

Ellen Holtzman mentioned some classic Melrose restaurants in her article, but we also have some new places in Melrose to grab a bite.

Tooba's

Tooba’s, the new sandwich shop that opened this summer, just got a great writeup in the Boston Globe:

Freshness is the marker of Tooba’s Café: chopped tomatoes, fresh basil, crisp lettuce, and unusual additions like radishes. There are soups, salads and breakfast items like bagels and muffins. The meats are well seasoned, and Chaharom insists he tries to make everything on a daily basis, which means that if he runs out of an item, well, you just can’t order it. Come back tomorrow.

Just steps from Shaws Supermarket (and City Hall!), with great food and a welcoming atmosphere, Tooba’s is definitely a place to check out if you haven’t already.

Comella's

The newest addition to the Melrose restaurant scene is Comella’s, an Italian restaurant that also has locations in several other cities. They’re at 478A Main Street, right downtown.

LaQchara

And coming soon: La Qchara, the new restaurant that Lorenzo and Emily Tenriero of Coffee, Tea and Me are opening at 506 Franklin Street, near the Highlands train station. They will be having an opening celebration on Thursday, October 3, starting at 6 p.m., and they will open for business on the following Monday. Stop by Thursday night to enjoy some delicious refreshments and wish them well on their new endeavor!

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More Good Press for Melrose!

The word is definitely getting out about Melrose! Last week we got a glowing writeup in the Globe North, and this week we have an article in the AAA Horizons by Melrose resident Ellen Holtzman:

Melrose is a small city full of Victorian charm. Old-fashioned streetlights and red brick buildings with detailed facades line Main Street, but there is still a vibrant mix of ethnic restaurants, attractive neighborhoods, cultural activities and appealing shops.

Ellen suggests that visitors check out our downtown, the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and the Victorian homes on Upham Street, and she recommends some great places to eat as well. Thanks, Ellen!

New Developments Bring New Neighbors to Melrose

Stone Place

Check out the great article in the Boston Globe this morning about smart growth in Melrose.

While competition for single-family homes is strong — with most selling within a month of going on the market — Melrose is also attracting a wide range of new residents who like the easy commute and the relatively carefree lifestyle that comes with renting vs. owning.

“It’s a seven-minute walk to Oak Grove,” said Emily Bell, 30, who uses the Orange Line to get to her job in Boston.

As the Globe article points out, these new developments are the result of years of hard work and planning by our City Planner, Denise Gaffey, the Planning Office staff, and the Planning Board, and I want to commend them for their foresight and hard work in formulating a master plan for the city and guiding development so it’s the best possible fit for Melrose.

And to all our new neighbors, from far and near: Welcome!

Street on the Streets: Road Work Update

Our crew working on Everett Street
Our crew working on Everett Street

Here’s an update on the roadwork we’re doing around town, from our City Engineer, Andrew Street:

D&R Paving will be placing the binder course of pavement on Sewall Street, Geneva Road, Summer Street, and Everett Street on September 25, 2013. Paving will begin on Summer Street before moving to Everett Street, Geneva Road, and Sewall Street. Sidewalk crews are scheduled to begin work on Everett Street the week of September 30th.

Here are some photos of the work in progress.

Everett Street
Everett Street
Summer Street
Summer Street
Summer Street
Summer Street

The Mayor’s Briefing: September 25, 2013

Events
September 29, 12-3 p.m., The Melrose Dog Festival, Knoll near the Dog Park
October 6, 12-2 p.m., Fire Department Open House, Fire Headquarters, Main St.

DPW
This is a red recycle week.
Crews are doing sidewalk work around the city, painting crosswalks by St. Mary’s, repairing catch basins, and completing demolition of the Tot Lot at the Lincoln School.

Library
September 26, 3-4 p.m., Snack Pack Book Discussion Group (for students in grades 4 and 5). New members are welcome and no registration is necessary. This month’s book: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.
September 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m., MPL Teen Advisory Group meeting, Trustees Room

Teen Center
All activities are for students in grades 6-8. For more information, see the Recreation Department website.
September 27, Melrose Football Game at Wakefield. Buses leave from the Middle School at 6:30 p.m.

Meetings
Aldermanic Chamber
September 26, 7:15 p.m., Energy Commission, Mayor’s Conference Room
September 27, 8:30 a.m., Cemetery Committee, Wyoming Cemetery Office, 205 Sylvan St.
September 30, 7 p.m., Historical Commission, Melrose Public Library, History and Genealogy Room
October 7, 7:30 p.m., Aldermen’s Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare, Aldermanic Chamber
October 7, 7:30 p.m., Aldermen’s Committee on Public Service, Aldermanic Chamber
October 9, 7:45 p.m., Board of Appeals, Aldermanic Chamber
October 10, 6:15 p.m., Historic District Commission, Mayor’s Conference Room

Melrose High School Update – September 25

The opening of Melrose High School went smoothly this morning despite a bomb threat that was brought to the attention of school officials yesterday.

I want to emphasize that the safety of our students and staff is foremost in our minds at a time like this. We treat every threat with the ultimate seriousness. Here are some of the steps we have taken within the last 24 hours to ensure our students’ safety:

  • Officers from the Melrose Police Department and the regional School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS) team searched both the middle school and the high school last night with the assistance of four bomb-sniffing dogs.
  • After the search, both buildings were locked down for the night.
  • Police were present both inside and outside the buildings throughout the night.
  • Every school entry point was covered by a police officer when school opened this morning.
  • Melrose High School students were encouraged not to bring backpacks; all backpacks that were brought into the building were searched.
  • Middle school staff searched backpacks as students entered.

This is the first bomb threat we have had at Melrose High School since the Boston Marathon, and it’s natural to find an event like this disturbing. That is why I want to make it clear that we have been working hard to ensure that every child is safe. We are fortunate to be able to draw on the resources of NEMLEC, a regional law enforcement group that offers mutual aid to its members. Chief Lyle is very active within this group, and their STARS team was instrumental in helping us search and secure the buildings. They will also assist with the investigation into who made the threat.

I spoke to Chief Lyle this morning and he reaffirmed that the Melrose Police take every threat seriously, no matter how minor it may appear. “We have dealt with this before and we are trained to deal with these situations, and I commend the work of both the Melrose Police Department and our colleagues at NEMLEC,” he said. “We are actively investigating this incident, and when we apprehend this individual or individuals, they will be charged appropriately.”

I would like to commend Superintendent Taymore, the staff of the Melrose Public Schools, and the Melrose Police Department as well as our students and their families for their calm response and for ensuring that education continues in Melrose every day.

The Mayor’s Briefing: September 24, 2013

harvest festival

Mark your calendar now for the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival at Memorial Hall on Sunday, November 24, from 12-4 p.m. The Melrose Sally Frank Farmers Market will be holding an indoor farmers’ market right here in Memorial Hall so you can stock up on holiday goodies. There will be food demonstrations, music, face painting and more. For more information and a list of vendors, check the Farmers Market website and Facebook event page.

Events
September 24, 7 p.m. “The Secret Life of a Massachusetts Teen,” presentation by mental health counselor Jon Mattleman, Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School auditorium. Free; sponsored by Melrose High School PTO
September 29, 12-3 p.m., The Melrose Dog Festival, Knoll near the Dog Park
October 6, 12-2 p.m., Fire Department Open House, Fire Headquarters, Main St.

DPW
This is a red recycle week.

Library
September 26, 3-4 p.m., Snack Pack Book Discussion Group (for students in grades 4 and 5). New members are welcome and no registration is necessary. This month’s book: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.
September 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m., MPL Teen Advisory Group meeting, Trustees Room

Teen Center
All activities are for students in grades 6-8. For more information, see the Recreation Department website.
September 27, Melrose Football Game at Wakefield. Buses leave from the Middle School at 6:30 p.m.

Meetings

September 24, 7 p.m., School Committee, Aldermanic Chamber
September 26, 7:15 p.m., Energy Commission, Mayor’s Conference Room
September 27, 8:30 a.m., Cemetery Committee, Wyoming Cemetery Office, 205 Sylvan St.
September 30, 7 p.m., Historical Commission, Melrose Public Library, History and Genealogy Room
October 7, 7:30 p.m., Aldermen’s Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare, Aldermanic Chamber
October 7, 7:30 p.m., Aldermen’s Committee on Public Service, Aldermanic Chamber
October 9, 7:45 p.m., Board of Appeals, Aldermanic Chamber
October 10, 6:15 p.m., Historic District Commission, Mayor’s Conference Room