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.

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: