Monthly Archives: September, 2013

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!

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

Building Improvements Will Reap Energy Savings for Melrose

The City of Melrose has launched an ambitious project to reduce the energy used in all municipal buildings including schools. The $2.4 million project, which includes upgraded lighting systems, weatherproofing, and heating and ventilation improvements, will be paid for entirely by energy cost avoidance, so there is no additional cost to the taxpayer.

“This program will pay immediate dividends, not only in terms of energy savings but greater comfort in our city buildings,” said Mayor Rob Dolan. “Better lighting makes for better work and learning environments; better weatherproofing helps everyone stay more comfortable in winter and summer. And the savings are guaranteed.”

“These infrastructure improvements will decrease energy usage in City buildings overall by 16%,” said Energy Efficiency Manager Martha Grover. “Together with energy savings on vehicles and streetlights, this moves us closer to our Green Community goal of 20% energy reduction by the end of the current fiscal year.”

The contractor for the project, Ameresco, completed most of the work on the schools during the summer and is now focusing on other municipal buildings, including City Hall, the Wyoming Cemetery office, the fire stations, the library, Memorial Hall, the Milano Senior Center, the Beebe Estate, the Mount Hood Club House, the police station, and the DPW Tremont Street Operations Center.

The work includes

  • Energy efficient lighting and sensors everywhere
  • Air sealing, weather-stripping on doors and windows, and insulation throughout
  • Integrated energy management systems in all schools and most city buildings that will allow the facility manager to centrally control set points and monitor mechanical systems
  • Oil to natural gas conversions with boiler improvements at fire and police stations
  • New energy efficient boiler and chiller at City Hall
  • Temperature control system improvements at the older elementary schools (Franklin ECC, Hoover, Horace Mann, Winthrop) such as steam trap replacements and pneumatic controls rehabilitation which will result in better temperature control in the classrooms and increase ventilation.
  • Ventilation control systems and drives at the newer schools (Middle school, Roosevelt, Lincoln) that will modulate systems based on actual occupancy
  • PC power management so that all 1300 computers will go into sleep mode when not in use.

Ameresco was chosen via a regional selection process with 13 other cities and towns. The agreement was signed in early 2012, after which Ameresco conducted a thorough audit of the energy infrastructure of every city building, including schools. Over a period of several months, a committee of City staff and members of the Melrose Energy Commission developed a set of priorities and a list of measures in each building that would net real savings and improve comfort. An Energy Savings Agreement was signed in May 2013, and construction began in June. Project construction is ongoing and expected to continue through 2014. The work is being financed by a Bank of America tax-exempt municipal lease at 2.49% annual interest, and the city will reap guaranteed energy savings of $185,620 in the first year alone.

The Mayor’s Briefing: September 19, 2013

Events
September 21, 8 a.m., Work Out with the Melrose Boot Camp to benefit the Melrose Education Foundation, the Knoll
September 21, 7 p.m., Night Out with the Melrose Education Foundation, Beebe Estate
September 21, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (two shows), Polymnia Choral Society’s Diamond Jubilee Cabaret, Temple Beth Shalom
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 green recycle week.
Yard waste is being picked up this week.
There will be a rigid plastics recycling event this Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drop off your toys, lawn furniture, laundry baskets, and other plastic items. Check the link to see a full list of items that can be dropped off.

Library
September 19, 7:30 p.m., Adult Book Group, Meeting Room
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.

Milano Senior Center
Call 781-662-6886 to make a reservation or request transportation.
September 24, 1:15 p.m., Movie: Paths of Glory. Requested donation: $1 or one item for the food pantry.

Meetings
September 19, 7:30 p.m., Conservation Commission, Mayor’s Conference Room
September 27, 8:30 a.m., Cemetery Committee, Wyoming Cemetery Office, 205 Sylvan St.
October 9, 7:45 p.m., Board of Appeals, Aldermanic Chamber

The Mayor’s Briefing: September 18, 2013

Events
September 21, 8 a.m., Work Out with the Melrose Boot Camp to benefit the Melrose Education Foundation, the Knoll
September 21, 7 p.m., Night Out with the Melrose Education Foundation, Beebe Estate
September 21, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (two shows), Polymnia Choral Society’s Diamond Jubilee Cabaret, Temple Beth Shalom
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.
October 6, 12-2 p.m., Fire Department Open House, Fire Headquarters, Main St.

DPW
This is a green recycle week.
Yard waste is being picked up this week.
There will be a rigid plastics recycling event this Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drop off your toys, lawn furniture, laundry baskets, and other plastic items. Check the link to see a full list of items that can be dropped off.

Library
September 19, 7:30 p.m., Adult Book Group, Meeting Room
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.

Milano Senior Center
Call 781-662-6886 to make a reservation or request transportation.
September 24, 1:15 p.m., Movie: Paths of Glory. Requested donation: $1 or one item for the food pantry.

Meetings
September 19, 9:30 a.m., Council on Aging, Milano Senior Center
September 19, 7:30 p.m., Conservation Commission, Mayor’s Conference Room
September 27, 8:30 a.m., Cemetery Committee, Wyoming Cemetery Office, 205 Sylvan St.

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