Monthly Archives: February, 2015

Come to the ECC Fundraiser on Friday!

Did you know that 60% of Melrose kindergarteners get their start at the Franklin Early Childhood Center? The ECC PTO’s largest annual fundraiser is coming up at Bellevue Golf February 27, 2015. BLOOM will include appetizers, sweets, live music, and one of the best silent auctions you will see this year! Representative Paul Brodeur will be serving as the auctioneer for the LIVE auction. Doors open at 7:00. Tickets are $30/person or $50/couple at the door. You may purchase tickets ahead of time here.

The ECC PTO’s mission is to fund enrichment programs that enhance learning and organize activities that strengthen the ECC community. “Alumni” families and other members of the community are most welcome – we appreciate your support!


MAAV Parent Workshop Tomorrow

Parents: Become an MVP in your teen’s life! Join us for “The Importance of the Bystander (you!): Parents Matter in Teens’ Lives,” a free parent workshop that will be held on Wednesday, February 25 at 7pm in the second floor project room at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School.

The workshop will feature trainers from the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program and peer leaders from Melrose High School, who will facilitate discussions with parents. The workshop will feature tips on how parents can identify and support their teens if they are concerned about an unhealthy relationship, as well as an open dialogue with MHS students and MVP trainers.

MVP’s program teaches people how to play a central role in identifying and preventing violent relationships, teen dating and domestic violence, and sexual assault. One of the hallmarks of MVP’s approach to preventing violence is recognizing the power of the bystander. MVP views all participants as potential bystanders who can be empowered to confront abusive incidents. Over the past two years, dozens of students at Melrose High School have been training with the MVP program, and many of these students will participate in this parent workshop.

No registration is required. This workshop was organized and sponsored by the Safe STEPS for Teens Project, a partnership between the Melrose Public Schools and the Melrose Alliance Against Violence. For more information about this workshop, contact MAAV at (781) 662-2010.

Special Offer on MSO Tickets


The Melrose Symphony Orchestra has a special offer for readers of the Mayor’s blog: Use the discount code mayorsblog (case sensitive) when ordering tickets for the March 7 concert online and get 50% off the price! Here are the details:

MSO Spring Concert: “Love and Longing”
Saturday, March 7, 8:00 pm
Pre-Concert Talk, 7:15 pm
Memorial Hall, Melrose

$30 General Admission
$11 Students

About the Concert
The Melrose Symphony presents “Love and Longing,” an entertaining and insightful evening of romantic masterworks featuring three iconic composers: Richard Wagner, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Antonin Dvorak.

The concert opens with Wagner’s dramatic Prelude and Liebestod (literally, “love-death”) from the tumultuous love story of Tristian and Isolde. Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture. This piece encapsulates the thunderous and dramatic conflict between the Montagues and the Capulets,and features an achingly beautiful love theme for Romeo and Juliet.

The final piece is Dvorak’s lyrical and lush Cello Concerto featuring Nicholas Finch. Cellist Nicholas Finch is a native of Melrose, attended Melrose public schools, and now performs with some of the premier orchestras in the US, holding the position of principal cellist with the Louisville Symphony.

Pre-Concert Talk
Join conductor Yoichi Udagawa for a pre-concert talk at 7:15 pm. Maestro Udagawa will talk about the composers and their works, as well as some of the “hidden meaning” behind the music. This great evening supporting local music will surely inspire and delight all audience members!

Tickets and More Information

Soloist Sponsored by the Melrose Rotary Club
Melrose Cooperative Bank, Official Bank of the Melrose Symphony

Boxing Event to Benefit Mass Fallen Heroes on February 26

Murphys Boxing Card

Murphys Boxing hosts “The Memorial Series,” another highly-anticipated night of boxing featuring up-and-coming boxers to raise money for the Claddagh Fund on behalf of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes.

The event takes place Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Melrose Memorial Hall from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Featured on the card is Ryan Kielczewski from Quincy (21-0) with 5 KO’s, Jonathan Guzman (17-0) from the Dominican Republic and Spike O’Sullivan who is making the trip from Ireland (18-1) with 11 KO’s. Other participants include military veteran Brandon Montella (Woburn), Greg Vendetti (Stoneham) and Aleksandra Lopes (11-3).

Established in 2010 by Boston firefighters, local veterans, Gold Star families, police officers and other patriotic citizens, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes was organized in order to memorialize our fallen by creating a permanent public tribute and to provide advocacy and support service for local veterans and families of the fallen serving the Global War on Terrorism since 2001. For more information, please visit

Where Did the Snow Go?


DPW pulled off one of the biggest snow hauls in the City’s history last night! This is an early morning shot I took at the tennis courts/snow farm at Tremont Street and the Lynn Fells Parkway! The focus was corners and our business districts. The Cedar Park area will be completed on Monday.

Let’s get together as a community and support our local economy that, like all of us, has taken such a financial hit over this winter!

Let’s rally together and keep Melrose small businesses strong!

Chili Chowder Challenge Is On!

Winter weather notwithstanding the Chili Chowder Challenge is still on at Memorial Hall on Sunday, February 22, from 12-3 p.m. Warm up with chili and chowder prepared by Bobby C’s Restaurant, the Melrose Veterans Memory Project Club, VFW SGT Harold O Young Post #2394 (2 teams), VFW Lt Norman Prince Post #1506, Tooba’s Cafe, Boston’s Wounded Vet Run, Melrose Emblem Club, Melrose Veteran Services, Melorse Veterans Advisory Board, Cafe Salerno, and Whole Foods Market Melrose. Tickets are just $10, and proceeds go to Operation Remember, which will bring a group of Melrose veterans to the national war monuments in Washington, DC, this May, and will also install the first dedicated war memorial to Melrose Korean War veterans.

Today’s Challenge: Where Do We Put the Snow?

As we continue to clear the streets, a new challenge emerges: Where do we put all the snow? We have already filled up two snow farms, one on Route 99 and one at Mount Hood. We have hauled over 2,500 truckloads of snow, and we have no room left in these snow farms. Snow placement is highly regulated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. We cannot just put snow anywhere—it has to be placed in an area that is approved. As you know, we do not have many of these areas, so we have made the decision to create a snow farm using some of the tactics we used in 2010 and 2011. For those that can remember, that was the year before we rebuilt Fred Green Field, and we used the old football field as a snow dump, knowing we would be rebuilding the staium in the spring.

We have planned and funded a full renovation of the Richard D. Lyons Tennis Courts on the Fellsway at Tremont Street to be done in May, so we will be using that facility as a snow dump beginning Friday night. Please do not be shocked when you wake up Saturday morning and see a tennis court full of snow. We are not destroying the tennis court; it will be fully rebuilt, and a plan is in place as there was when we used Fred Green Field as a snow dump. Below is a rendering of the new tennis court we can all look forward to in the spring (the colors for the courts have not been chosen).

Tennis Courts

Fun in the Snow at the Winter Festival

Train 2

Here are some photos of folks having fun at the Melrose Winter Festival this afternoon. It was a great opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities such as face painting, snowshoeing, and train rides, as well as a festive barbecue. Thanks to the Melrose Parks Commission, Melrose Recreation Department, Melrose Parks Department, and Golf Management Company, LLC for all they did to make this great day such a success.Beanbags

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Winter Festival 3

Winter Festival 2

Winter Festival 1

National Guard Helps Out

Snow Removal 2

Snow Removal 1

Once again the National Guard is helping Melrose DPW as well as assisting communities throughout the Commonwealth. Thank you for your service to our country and our community!

iRaiders Team Pulls Out the Stops to Get It Done


James Horne sent us this update on the Melrose High School iRaiders team, who spent 23 hours on Monday and Tuesday working on their robot to get it done by the deadline.

This year’s competition (every year is different) is called Recycling Rush. The competition is build around two teams with three robots each. Each team collaborates to stack 60 recycling totes into towers. The cherry on top (worth bonus points) is to place a large round trash barrel onto the stack with a pool noodle placed through a 4.75″ round hole in the cover. (This is a hard task for a human, never mind a robot guided by players located 20 feet away.)

What is even more amazing is how the team operated to get the robot built. There were numerous time setbacks that included both the snow and loss of CAD software in the first 8 days of school due to a server failure. Once the server was fixed, the students created a 95% complete CAD model. They even used a backup computer at a mentor’s house to finalize designs on a snow day and get them over to Churchill Corporation for fabrication. Equally important was the leadership exhibited by captains Joe Valente and Meghan Cincotta. Both of them took control of the team and transformed it into a truly student-led initiative. They controlled the design elements, they worked with the supply chain to get parts ordered and fabricated, and then they built and executed daily work schedules to make sure that the robot was fabricated in as efficient a way as possible. (To put this in perspective, imagine taking a team’s coaching staff and having them serve as a resource for the captains, but the captains come up with the strategic plan for the season, communicate before practices to build a plan, and run all the daily workouts. It takes VERY talented students to pull this off.)

Please join me in a big round of applause to Joe, Meghan and the extended team for their patience, collaboration and excellent execution in spite of the challenges of mother nature and a disrupted computer environment


They are joined by mentors who travel from as far away as Boston and Salem, New Hampshire, to make it work. On the faculty side we have Nancy Naslas who’s liaison work has gone a long way to helping assure that we’re on track. Betsy Giovanardi’s CAD I-IV program has stepped up to the real 3D world and has had a profound impact on the level of modeling we’ve been able to achieve. The Melrose High School faculty is joined by Mr. Johnson, who chairs the metal fabrication. area and Mr. Callahan, who chairs the CAD and 3D printing area at Northeast Vocational in Wakefield. Mr. Johnson and some of the students on the team did TIG welding of the aluminum structure to keep it strong and lightweight.

The team will get some well deserved down time during the rest of the February break in anticipation of our two district competitions on March 6-8 at Reading High School and March 26-28 at Northeastern University.

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