Melrose enters into agreement with Mohegan Sun

Here is a press release that was sent out by my office earlier today.

Mayor Rob Dolan announced today that the City of Melrose has finalized the details of a Surrounding Community Agreement with Mohegan Sun at Suffolk Downs that will provide a number of benefits to Melrose, including a $50,000 annual impact payment once Mohegan’s proposed gaming establishment is open.

“Melrose is pleased to have entered into a Surrounding Community Agreement with Mohegan Sun at Suffolk Downs,” said Dolan. “The benefits of this agreement with the City of Melrose, along with the clear regional benefits of expanded employment, purchasing, and increased revenues for local businesses and municipalities, will be a much-needed boost to our regional economy. As we embark on this new era of expanded gaming in Massachusetts, Mohegan Sun has given Melrose a seat at the table.”

The agreement includes the following:

  • An annual Community Impact Payment of $50,000, commencing when the gaming establishment opens.
  • Participation in Mohegan’s “points program” to encourage customers to visit local Melrose businesses
  • Access to the Community Mitigation Fund established under the Gaming Act giving Melrose the ability to seek additional funding to offset any impacts Mohegan’s project will have.
  • Access to Mohegan Sun’s compulsive gambling counseling services
  • A commitment from Mohegan to use its best effort to purchase $50 million of services annually from businesses within 15 miles of Revere City Hall.
  • A commitment from Mohegan to use its best effort to hire 75% of its permanent work force from within the same area.

Mohegan Sun is one of two casino operators that has applied for a Category 1 gaming license to operate a casino in the greater Boston area. The City of Melrose is currently in negotiations with Wynn Resorts, the other applicant for the license.

“Regardless of how you feel about gaming in Massachusetts, gaming is the law of the Commonwealth, and it is critical that Melrose prepare itself for this new era,” said Dolan. “A great deal of work was done by our Legal and Planning departments to advocate for Melrose’s interests, now and in the future. I would also like to thank former City Solicitor John Cinella for his assistance in giving us some of the history of the bordering site from studies that were completed in the 1980s.”


A “Thank You” for Melrose’s donations to Haiti

I would like to share with you an excerpt from a letter I received from Nunotte and Wildie Zama and Brian Lenfest, who collected donations of sports equipment for the youth of Haiti during the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. It’s wonderful to know that our donations are making such a difference to young people so far away.

This year was a banner year for donated equipment. The children and adolescents in the village of L’Azile have gone from playing soccer barefoot with an empty plastic milk bottle to having regulation soccer balls, shin guard, soccer shoes and even Red Raider uniforms!

The turnout at the High School on that Saturday for the sports equipment drive was very impressive, especially in light of the snow storm. All of these donations speak volumes as to the character of the entire Melrose community.

The donations from Melrose will be shipped directly to L’Azile and distributed to the young people there. In addition, Nunotte and Brian have set up a nonprofit, Foundation to Help the Youths of L’Azile, Haiti, Inc., which will continue their work in the area. However, they said, “our goals are attaining fruition largely because of the support and assistance of your office in conjunction with the Recreation Department, the Melrose Human Rights Commission, Derek Costa, the local papers, the volunteers and, of course, the generosity of the Melrose community.” Thank you to all of you who helped out with your time and donations.

The City of Melrose budget at a glance

As part of our ongoing attempt to make city government more open and accountable, I am pleased to present you with this brief summary of municipal spending for the Fiscal Year 2014 City of Melrose general operating budget. I hope to present this chart each year, after the budget is finalized, so that you can see exactly where your tax dollars are going. More detailed information on the budget is available on the city website.

City of Melrose General Operating Budget, FY 2014
Budget total: $68,037,729

Budget pie chart 2014

Culture and Recreation: $1,351,728.00
Education: $24,344,270.00
Public Safety: $7,367,822.00
City Hall Departments: $3,280,750.00
Employee Benefits: $17,108,918.00
Health & Human Services: $1,417,921.00
Capital Investment: $5,423,647.00
Public Works: $7,742,673.00

Peanut Butter Valentines

PB Valentine 2014

It’s Peanut Butter Valentine time again! Samantha Fazio, Maria Tramontozzi, Maddie Konicek, and Laura Tramontozzi paid a visit to my office to kick off this year’s food drive. Look out for the special Peanut Butter Valentine boxes at the Melrose Public Library, Whole Foods Market, City Hall, the Law Offices of Martino and Tramontozzi (616 Main St.), Melrose High School, Most Blessed Sacrament Church (Wakefield), Northern Bank and Trust, the Roosevelt School, and the Milano Center.

As in previous years, I would like to encourage everyone to donate a jar of peanut butter to this worthy cause. All the donations will go to local food pantries.

Other members of the Peanut Butter Valentines team who were not able to be in the photo were Katie Addonizio, Alison Butts, and Lydia Gyurina.

Local business spotlight: Edward Jones ranks 4th on Fortune Best Companies list

This press release was sent to us by Chris Cinella, our local Edward Jones associate, who has an office at 502 Main St.

Edward Jones Ranks No. 4 on FORTUNE Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For List
Financial-services firm makes list for 15th year
Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 4 on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2014” list in its 15th appearance on the prestigious list, according to Christopher Cinella, a financial advisor in Melrose. The firm was the highest-ranking financial-services firm on the list.
Edward Jones’ 15 FORTUNE rankings also include top 10 finishes for 11 years, top five rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 8 overall.
In the FORTUNE survey of associates, 96 percent of Edward Jones associates said they are proud to work at Edward Jones.
The survey also revealed that 96 percent of Edward Jones respondents say firm leadership is honest and ethical; 93 percent say they are offered the training and development they need; and 95 percent feel pride in what they accomplish.
The full list and related stories appear in the Feb. 3 issue of FORTUNE and now at
To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communications, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.
Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals — from college savings to retirement — and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Edward Jones ranked No. 4 overall in FORTUNE magazine’s 2014 100 Best Companies to Work For ranking. Visit our website at and our recruiting website at Follow us on Twitter @EdwardJones. Member SIPC. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse Edward Jones products or services.