Shop Local Friday: Peek inside Affairs to Remember

Here’s a video tour of the new Affairs to Remember Florist shop.

Welcome to our store, Affairs to Remember Florist at 547 Main St. Melrose. We are diagonally across from City Hall. This video was made to demonstrate the in-store experience, a shopper’s view of our bright, beautiful space. It shows you all a little bit of what we carry. As you can see, we have lots of flowers in our large walk through cooler, where you can hand select a bouquet for yourself or one of our sales associates can mix one up for you. We carry balloons, stuffed animals, delicious hand made chocolates and all natural, vegan soaps. We deliver flowers all around our local area and have a network of florist who will deliver your flowers to someone special nationally or internationally. I know that everyone is just waiting for spring to arrive. If you stop into our store spring is already here. We have had tulips since January. Mention that you saw our video on the mayor’s blog and get two bunches of tulips for $9.99 instead of one bunch. Make spring happen in your home even if Mother Nature is taking her sweet time.


Dine at Mexico Lindo this Monday and help the Girl Scouts!

Mexico Lindo flyer

The Melrose Girl Scouts (Troop 71254) are having a fund-raiser at Mexico Lindo on Monday, March 3, from 5-9 p.m.; 15% of all proceeds will to toward their trip to Washington, DC. So stop by and have a tasty meal—it’s for a good cause!

Biggest year ever for Melrose Science Fairs

Superintendent Taymore with the volunteers who organized this year's Science Fairs
Superintendent Taymore with the volunteers who organized this year’s Science Fairs

The Melrose Science Fairs are in full swing, and this year they are bigger and better than ever. We have 750 students participating this year, more than ever before, and 140 judges and volunteers. Special thanks to the Melrose Education Foundation, Superintendent Taymore, all the principals, and the parents and volunteer judges who helped make this Melrose tradition even bigger in 2014. Special thanks to JRM Waste & Recycling for being this year’s T-shirt sponsor. And congratulations to our young students for their innovation—this year’s projects are the best ever.

Here are the times the fairs are open to the public:

Roosevelt School, Thursday, February 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
Horace Mann (grades K-2), Monday, March 3, 6-7:30 p.m.
Winthrop School, Wednesday, March 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
Hoover School (grades 3-5), Wednesday, March 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Horace Mann (grades 3-5), Wednesday, March 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
Hoover School (grades K-2), Thursday, March 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Lady Raiders basketball team makes donation to Emergency Fund

Girls Basketball

The Melrose Lady Raiders basketball teams presented me with a check for $200 for the Emergency Fund recently. I want to thank coach Lindsay Shanahan, the Lady Raiders Booster Club, and most importantly, the student athletes who worked so hard over the holiday season selling “Melrose Strong” magnets to raise the money. That is a wonderful and generous act that is very much appreciated by our neighbors in need.

Ithaca College Choir to perform in Melrose

The Ithaca College Choir, under the direction of Dr. Janet Galván, will visit Melrose as part of its annual Spring Tour. The choir will perform its program “Ithaca, My Ithaca” on Thursday, March 13 at 8:00 pm. The concert will take place at First United Methodist Church of Melrose (645 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176), and feature music by composers such as Haydn, Brahms, Verdi, Bob Chilcott, and Moses Hogan.

The concert is free and open to the public. Contact First United Methodist Church at (781) 662-7060 or, for more information.

Melrose Fire Department ambulance goes to 100% ALS

Yesterday was a historic day as the Melrose Fire Department ambulance went to full ALS (Advanced Life Support). This was the ultimate goal that was set out when we started our own ambulance service. Here is the letter I shared with the Fire Department yesterday:

To all:

Congratulations to all on achieving a 20 year goal of returning ambulance service back to the Melrose Fire Department. Many thought it would never be returned and said we would fail when we started this endeavor together a few years ago in very bad times…… but let it be known that it is back stronger, more sustainable than ever, and at a service level second to none.

It is an example to cities and towns across the state that privatization cannot compete with a highly skilled public workforce and management working together to achieve a common goal…


“Pothole Season”: Your guide to getting potholes fixed

As Spring approaches, so does “Pothole Season.” Potholes are created when water (from snow, snow melt, and winter rain events) gets into cracks in the roadway. The water then freezes and expands, and pressure from roadway traffic causes the pavement to break and form a “pothole.” The constantly fluctuating temperatures experienced this past winter have not helped this issue. As March approaches, so do more warm days and cold nights—a perfect recipe for more potholes to form. Additionally, with every snow storm that arrives, the potholes addressed are liable to reopen with either our salting or plowing operations.

The DPW Operations Highway Division is prepared to address this issue daily as weather allows. Work orders submitted are reviewed and completed daily. Our DPW Engineering Division evaluates streets daily and assists in prioritizing pothole issues. Please understand that priority is given first to main roads (i.e. Upham, Washington); then to neighborhood collector roads (i.e. Damon, Vinton, Foster); and then to local neighborhood streets. Work orders submitted are also prioritized in this order. As long as weather allows, we make all efforts possible to address them within 7-10 work days.

You can submit pothole repair requests using one of the following:

  1. E-mail the Department at
  2. Enter a request on the DPW Work Order Request System located on the City of Melrose website
  3. Use our mobile app, See Click Fix
  4. Call our Operations Facility at 781-665-0142. The office is open from Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The DPW will also have a listing of pothole work orders on the City of Melrose website. Feel free to visit the listing to see if your issue is already listed or to check the status of your request.

Thanks for your patience in our attempts to tame this springtime challenge.