Monthly Archives: July, 2014

Local Designer Featured in Boston Globe

Today’s Boston Globe has a nice article about Melrose resident Justine Sterling, owner of Justine Sterling Design, who used her interior design skills in her own house to create a project room for her children. It’s not too often you see a basement looking this bright and airy. Check it out!


Melrose #1 Real Estate Market in Massachusetts

Great news for Melrose: The Boston Business Journal took a look at housing markets in Massachusetts, and Melrose comes out on top:

Using a collection of sales and pricing data provided by, the BBJ’s quarterly ranking uses a weighted formula to identify the local home markets most — and least — in demand in a given quarter, in this case the three-month period that ended June 30. The Q2 research included data for 355 ZIP codes in the state, encompassing neighborhoods from the tip of Cape Cod to Berkshire County.

“Topping the second quarter’s rankings and making its debut among the BBJ’s top-10 hottest communities was the middle-class city of Melrose, population 27,000. According to Zillow, Melrose home values were on a tear in the most-recent quarter, rising 7.4 percent since the end of March and posting a 19 percent gain on a year-over-year basis.

Bill Donohue, a broker and co-owner of Sexton & Donohue Century 21, said the city’s price appreciation has become palpable of late, citing as an example the recent sale of a Victorian that listed for $750,000 and ultimately sold for $805,000. He said the seller received eight bids after the first open house and that the same house probably would have sold for around 25 percent less just three years ago.

He said young professionals in particular are pouring into Melrose, drawn by the city’s diverse housing stock, historic downtown and commuting options. Indeed, it seems many of the same sellers in Boston’s frothy condo markets are pulling up stakes to raise families in the city’s northern suburbs, Melrose included.

“It’s amazing to me but we are getting multiple offers on just about every house we list,” said Donohue, whose Melrose brokerage has been in business for roughly two decades.”

DPW Response Line Information

The DPW Response Line, 781-665-0142, will be open late tonight if we have severe weather this evening.

Four Corners Music Festival Is Today!

Four Corners

The Four Corners Music Festival is today! Here’s the schedule—check it out and come join us for some live music in the parks!

Summer Stroll Was a Big Hit!

Full house at Turners...

Full house at Turners…

Last night, the people of Melrose took to the streets—to enjoy live music, good food, and some amazing 3D chalk art at the Summer Stroll. Here’s a look at the festivities!

... and also at Stearns and Hill

… and also at Stearns and Hill

... and at Absolutely Fabulous

… and at Absolutely Fabulous

The East Coast A Cappella group played crowd favorites

The East Coast A Cappella group played crowd favorites

And we had some sidewalk art, including this piece in front of Miter Biter

And we had some sidewalk art, including this piece in front of Miter Biter

Happy Birthday to Melrose Whole Foods!

Whole Foods Birthday

Happy birthday to Melrose Whole Foods, which celebrated its first year in our city on Thursday with a cake and a great party. Whole Foods has been an incredible community partner, and we wish them many more!

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Special Meeting of the Board of Aldermen Has Been Cancelled

The Special Meeting of the Board of Aldermen regarding the ballot question to consider liquor license changes, scheduled for Monday evening, has been cancelled. The other Aldermen’s Committee meetings will proceed as scheduled.

Visit the Sally Frank Farmers Market Today!

Farmers Market 4

It’s a great day to visit the Sally Frank Farmers Market! Visit Dick’s Farm Stand from Lunenberg and many others at Cedar Park today from 1-7 p.m. This week’s bounty includes tomatoes, corn on the cob, and much, much more. For kids, Blake the Balloon Guy will be at the market all day, twisting balloons into funny hats, animals, and more. And this is the week to get your knives sharpened—don’t keep putting it off! On the Edge knife sharpening service is here for their monthly visit to the market to sharpen your kitchen knives, scissors, gardening tools, and more!

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New Wind Sculpture Is Up at Cedar Park

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Here’s a first look at the new wind sculpture by Lyman Whitaker that has been installed in Cedar Park. It’s a wonderful piece of public art that really enhances our community! Thanks to Melrose Arts for all their hard work in bringing it to us, as well as the Melrose Cultural Council, the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts, and the private donors who made this possible, and to Ward 3 Alderman Frank Wright for his assistance with the project.

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Countdown to Four Corners – Brittaney Brannock

Brittaney Brannock

Melrose’s own Brittaney Brannock is only 19, but she has already been to the Grammys. Her song, “What I’ll Never Get,” took first place in the fourth annual GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Teens Make Music Contest, and the prize was a trip to the Grammy awards. With talent like that, it probably won’t be her last trip there.

Brannock’s song was about the impact of her father’s drug and alcohol addiction on her life. “It’s about learning to get away from all that — like not being a victim of your parent’s or friend’s or relative’s abuse,” Brannock told the Melrose Free Press earlier this year. “Not falling into the same trap.”

You can hear the award-winning song and some of Brannock’s other original compositions on her website—and then come see her in person at the Four Corners Music Festival on Saturday at the Horace Mann School from 5-8 p.m.

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