Monthly Archives: November, 2013

Shop Local Saturday – at Hunts!

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Shop local this Saturday—and all season long!

Today is Small Business Saturday, and it’s a great day to stay away from the malls and visit our local businesses instead. Melrose has friendly merchants, plenty of free parking, and great restaurants and bakeries where you can get a bite to eat once your shopping is done. So keep it local this Saturday!

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Bruegger’s Bagels Collecting Toys for Sick Kids

The folks at the Melrose Bruegger’s Bagels store are collecting unwrapped gifts to be donated to Children’s Hospital. Their goal: To collect 397 gifts, one for each bed in the hospital. Gifts can be dropped off at Bruegger’s, Whittemore Hardware, Santander Bank, Hugo’s Appliances, and Sunkiss Tan. Look for the boxes with green candy cane paper and the Bruegger’s name; the boxes will be out until December 6.

Melrose Lowers City Hall Flag to Honor JFK


The City of Melrose joined Massachusetts communities by lowering our City Hall flag today and through the weekend in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Holiday Hours for City Yard and Trash Pickup

The Public Works Department reminds residents that there will be no curbside collection on Thursday, November 28, 2013. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Friday, November 29rd. Thursday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Friday, November 29rd and Friday’s trash and recycling routes will be pick up on Saturday, November 30th

Although a majority of operations will be shut down for the Thanksgiving Holiday through the weekend, the Public Works Recycling Center and Resident Service Office (72 Tremont Street) will be open both Friday, November 29rd and Saturday, November 30th from 8 am to 3 pm. As always, yard waste, plastic, paper, cardboard, books and clothing will be accepted.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at 781-665-0142. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Come to the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival at Memorial Hall!

You can do all your Thanksgiving shopping from local vendors and artisans at the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival in Memorial Hall this Sunday, November 24, from 12-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Sally Frank Farmer’s Market, the harvest festival will feature fresh fruits and vegetables from nearby farms, baked goods, and handmade crafts, as well as live bluegrass music by Don Borchelt & Ed Britt and cooking demonstrations. The Melrose Boot Camp will be there as well to help you get in shape for the big day. Check out the Sally Frank Farmers Market website for more information.

Come to the Melrose School Budget Forum on December 3

A school budget reflects a district’s educational goals and priorities. How and when is the Melrose Public School District’s budget created? What’s included? And where does funding come from? Learn the ins and outs of the school budget process, what factors impact its formation and why you need to know.

Please join us at this public forum sponsored by the City of Melrose, Melrose Public Schools, and the Melrose Education Foundation. This panel discussion with Q&A, led by city officials, will address your questions about the school budget process. The event will take place Tuesday, December 3rd at 7pm at the Roosevelt School.

We are soliciting questions in advance as well as at the event. Please send your questions for the panelists by December 1 to:

Farewell and Thank You to Mayor Menino


Today the mayors of Massachusetts met to recognize and say goodbye to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

I want to offer my thanks to Mayor Menino for his many contributions to the state, as the mayor of the state capital, and to me. In 2002, when I was the state’s youngest mayor and was facing many challenges, Mayor Menino was always available to assist me and answer my questions. He was always generous with his time ad advice. One of his great achievements was his advocacy for health insurance reform for municipalities that allowed communities like Melrose to join the GIC, thus allowing us to advance services while local aid was being reduced by over $3 million.

As Mayor Menino said this morning, cities are where the action is in government today. It’s not necessarily at the state level, and Washington seems to be out of the business. Reform, change, and progressive ideas must come out of our cities across America. It is my hope that his health continues to improve and all municipal officials can replicate his dedication to all people, especially children, seniors, and those less fortunate.

Recycle Your Plastic Bags—and Other Stuff—Tomorrow


DPW is holding a special recycling event tomorrow, November 16, at the City Yard, 72 Tremont Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Now is a great time to clear out your plastic bags—they will be collecting them, and Whole Foods will take them for recycling. They will also be picking up CRTs, including televisions, monitors, and lap tops, for a fee of $7; compact fluorescent light bulbs; tires, for a fee of $2-4; mercury items; clothes; books; dried latex paint; metal; and white goods, including microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment, for a fee of $15. The fees help defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials and must be paid by check. Recycling stickers, curbside recycling bins ($6) and educational information will also be available.

The Mayor’s Briefing: November 14, 2013

Fix your favorite dish tonight and head over to the Lincoln School for the International Welcome Reception, sponsored by the Melrose Human Rights Commission. This is an opportunity to offer a warm welcome to our new residents and sample home cooking from around the world. I hope you will join us!

The general election for Representative in Congress is December 10. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling places and other information are listed on the Election Department website. Not sure where you should vote? Click here to find out what ward and precinct you are in, and what your polling place is.

November 14, 6:30 p.m., Welcome Reception, sponsored by the Melrose Human Rights Commission, Lincoln School
November 16, 7-11 p.m., Lincoln PTO Autumn Gala, Memorial Hall
November 17, 1-5 p.m., 6th Annual Kitchen Tour to benefit the Melrose iRaiders Robotics Programs and Teams
November 24, 12-4 p.m., Melrose Farmers Market Thanksgiving Harvest Festival, Memorial Hall

Curbside pickup is delayed one day from the usual schedule because of the Veterans Day holiday.
This is a green recycle week.
Yard waste is being picked up this week.

The library will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November
November 15, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Toddler Time, free drop-in program for children 18-36 months, in the company of an adult; parents are invited to attend one class a week.
November 19, 7:15-8:45 p.m., Great Books Discussion Group.
November 21, 3-4 p.m., Snack Pack Book Club for students in grades 4 and 5, Library Meeting Room. This month’s book is Rapunzel’s Revenge.
November 21, 7:30 p.m., MPL Book Group
November 22, 3:30 p.m., Melrose Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Free, no registration required, recommended for children age 3 and older. For more information, call the Children’s Room, 781-665-2314.
November 25, 6:30 p.m., Music, Movement, and Mother Goose, with Dara VanRemoortel. Children are invited to attend in their PJs.
November 26, 7:30 p.m., Tasty Books for Hungry Readers
December 2, 7:30 p.m., The Author’s Corner with J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Commencement, Maine and The Engagements
December 4, 10:15-11 a.m., Boppin’ Toddlers, interactive music program with Meredith Pizzi for parents and children ages 10-18 months
December 4, 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m., Rockin’ Babies, interactive music program with Meredith Pizzi for parents and children ages 0-9 months
December 7, 10-11:30 a.m., and December 8, 2:30-4 p.m., Lego Weekend

Milano Senior Center
Transportation is available for all events
November 19, 1:15 p.m., Movie: The Great Gatsby. Snacks and drinks will be provided by Genesis Healthcare. Admission: $1 donation or an item for the food pantry.
November 20, 10-11 a.m., Romance as We Age, presentation by Latoya Etheridge, M.D., of Malden Family Health Center. Learn why dating and intimate relationships are important in our golden years. Reservations required; call 781-662-6886 to make a reservation.
November 21, 12-1 p.m., Thanksgiving Luncheon, featuring a roasted turkey dinner. Reservations required; call 781-662-6886 to make a reservation.
November 26, 1:15 p.m., Classic Movie: The D.I. Snacks and drinks will be provided by Golden Living Elmhurst. Admission: $1 donation or an item for the food pantry.

November 14, 2:30 p.m., School Building Committee, Superintendent’s Conference Room, Melrose High School
November 14, 5 p.m., Northeast Regional Metropolitan Vocational School, Safety and Security Committee, 100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield
November 14, 6 p.m., Northeast Regional Metropolitan Vocational School Committee, 100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield
November 14, 7 p.m., Northeast Regional Metropolitan Vocational School Committee, Executive Session
November 15, 8;30 a.m., Board of Assessors, Assessors Office, City Hall
November 18, 7:45 p.m., Planning Board, Mayor’s Conference Room
November 20, 7:30 p.m., Melrose Public Library Board of Trustees, Trustees Meeting Room, Melrose Public Library
November 21, Board of Aldermen Committee on Appropriations, Aldermanic Chamber

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