Monthly Archives: December, 2013

DPW update: Holiday hours for curbside pickup

New Year’s Week Curbside Collection: There will be no curbside collection on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on a holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Thursday, January 2. Wednesday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up Thursday, January 2; Thursday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Friday, January 3; and Friday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Saturday, January 4th..

The Public Works Department will close at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31. Offices and Operations will re-open on Thursday following the New Year’s Day holiday at 7 a.m.

Cardboard and paper: The DPW Recycling Center on Tremont Street has extra containers available to recycle holiday cardboard and paper. Feel free to visit the facility Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to recycle your holiday wrappings and cardboard.

Christmas tree recycling: The Public Works Department will have curbside collection of Christmas trees during the first two weeks in January. Christmas tree and greens collection will take place citywide in conjunction with the regular curbside schedule from December 30 through January 17. Please remove the stand and all plastic bags, tinsel, twine, lights, ornaments, etc. from the tree. Wreaths and garlands must be free of any wires and decorations; they will not be picked up if any of the above are present. This year, a new drop off location has been added at the Public Works Operations Facility located at 72 Tremont Street during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Also, as in prior years, trees can be dropped off in the parking lot at Mt. Hood during the first two weeks of January.

New group for parents of newborns to launch January 8

Are you a parent of a newborn (0-6 months) looking for a forum to connect with fellow moms and dads of newborns in Melrose?

The City of Melrose and the Melrose Family YMCA invite you to attend our FREE new parents group to connect, get information, share ideas, and discuss the issues and challenges related to being a new parent. Come check out this new community resource for yourself every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Melrose Family YMCA, 497 Main Street. This event is open to all Melrose residents—you do not have to be a member of the YMCA—and no pre-registration is required. Just drop in!

Holiday hours for DPW

Here are the holiday hours for our Public Works Department:

Christmas Week Curbside collections – There will be no curbside collection on Wednesday, December 25. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on holiday schedule with a one-day delay starting Thursday, December 26, so Wednesday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Thursday, December 26; Thursday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Friday, December 27; and Friday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Saturday, December 28th.

Cardboard and paper – The DPW Recycling Center on Tremont Street has extra containers available to recycle holiday cardboard and paper. Feel free to visit the facility Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to recycle your holiday wrappings and cardboard.

Holiday Tree Recycling – The Public Works Department will have curbside collection of Christmas trees during the first two weeks in January. Christmas tree and greens collection will take place citywide in conjunction with the regular curbside schedule from December 30 through January 17. Please remove the tree stand and all plastic bags, tinsel, twine, lights, ornaments, etc. from the tree. Wreaths and garlands must be free of any wires and decorations; they will not be picked up if any of the above are present. This year, a new drop off location has been added at the Public Works Operations Facility located at 72 Tremont Street during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Also, as in prior years, trees can be dropped off in the parking lot at Mt. Hood during the first two weeks of January.

Remembering Tom Sutherland

Tom Sutherland

Our community lost a great Melrosian with the passing of Tom Sutherland. Tom was a true Renaissance man of wide-ranging interests and expertise, a graduate of Melrose High School, an accomplished engineer, an artist, and a craftsman who changed the street landscape of Melrose as the designer of the artisan signs that have come to in many ways define our downtown and business districts. Tom worked with our Chamber of Commerce to beautify our community, and his craftsmanship is one of his many legacies that will last forever. He went on later in life to develop a passion for other art media such as watercolor. He came to me, and we worked closely together with members of Melrose Arts to reopen the Melrose Arts Festival, which had been closed for almost ten years. It is now one of the highlights of the year for the City of Melrose and one of the finest juried arts festivals in the region.

I will always remember Tom as someone who brought fine arts to the masses, through his creative marriage of painting and music in our schools, at the Melrose Symphony, and on television. He was also a talented teacher, and I remember looking out my window and seeing him and several students, many of whom had never held a brush before, painting downtown landscapes. He was he first to utilize the Milano Senior Center for multi-age programming for the arts, and he was the first person we called when we began the Messina Grants, whose goal is to bring fine arts programming to the entire community

He has left a mark on our community that will remain forever, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Janet and his children for sharing their incredible husband and father with our community as a whole. We will miss him.

Services for Tom will be at Robinson Funeral Home.

School is on today

The Melrose Public Schools will be in session today.

Trash and recycling pickup on schedule tomorrow

The latest word from DPW is that there will be no delay in trash and recycling pickup tomorrow.

Snow operations update

With everyone getting out early, we are seeing gridlock in Melrose and the surrounding area.

All roads have been pre-treated. We have had all our sanders out for the past two hours; however, they are having a hard time getting around because of the high volume of traffic. Once the traffic lessens, we will transition to plow operations.

No parking ban due to snow

At this time, there is no parking ban or change in hours due to the snow.

Library to close at 3:30

Due to expected heavy snow, the Melrose Public Library will close at 3:30 p.m. today.

Snow update

The latest weather reports say that the heaviest snow will be between 4 and 6:30 p.m. this evening, with snow falling at a rate of an inch or more per hour. We will have all our equipment out, but with snow falling this fast, the driving is likely to be treacherous, and gridlock can be expected during rush hour.

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