DPW Recycling Center Opening for Spring Season and Paper Shredding Event

The Public Works Department Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street will be open Saturdays starting April 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for drop off of yard waste, recyclables (including plastic, glass, aluminum, paper, and cardboard), books, textiles, CFL bulbs, and propane tanks. The Recycling Center will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be a paper shredding recycling drop off event at the Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street. Residents can bring two boxes for free and additional boxes for $5 each (checks only).

The items collected at all Saturday recycling events include: CRTs (televisions, monitors, and lap tops), CFL bulbs, tires, mercury items, textiles, books, dried latex paint, metal items (microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment). Some items have a fee that helps defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only). Recycling Center stickers and recycling barrel label stickers will also be available.

For a listing of additional events or for more information and questions, please visit the Melrose Recycles Blog at or call 781-665-0142. To learn more about the volunteer Recycling Committee, visit their website.


Melrose Education Foundation Announces Mini-Grants

Following another successful round of grants to educators this fall, the Melrose Education Foundation announces a spring round of mini-grants to Melrose Public Schools staff.

The Foundation is pleased to make available a total of $5,000 for smaller grants (of up to $300 each) to support professional development, technology, curriculum materials, and classroom-based projects that enhance curriculum.

The application period will be open March 30-April 10, 2015, and the online application will be available at melroseedfoundation.org/mef-grants. Decisions will be announced on/around April 17, 2015. Mini-grants may be used by educators this spring and/or during the summer months in preparation for the 2015-16 school year.

Applicants should kindly note the following:

  • Applicants must be MPS staff.
  • Each grant application may not exceed $300 (for an individual or a group).
  • Routine classroom supplies will not be funded.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Board of the Melrose Education Foundation.
  • Activities should be carried out (and purchases must be made) before December 31, 2015.

Please visit melroseedfoundation.org/mef-grants/ for more information and to submit an online application.

The Melrose Education Foundation envisions a community mobilized in support of a high-performing, innovative school district that engages all students, empowers educators to try bold, new ideas, and creates a student body that makes a difference in an ever-changing world. To learn more or make a donation, visit melroseedfoundation.org, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelroseED and on Twitter @MelroseED.

Buy a Brick to Support the ECC Playground

The ECC PTO is leading a fundraising effort to create a larger, better and more accessible playground area that will encourage outdoor play for all students. The PTO is pleased to have the strong partnership and financial support of the City of Melrose for this playground upgrade, but they need your help to meet the PTO’s financial contribution!

The PTO plans to install a small pathway of engraved bricks near the entrance to the playground, and to raise funds they are offering the public the opportunity to purchase an engraved brick.

There are two sizes available: a standard 4×8 brick for a $100 donation, and a larger 8×8 brick for a $200 donation (or more). Over 80% of this purchase price will go directly to the playground effort, with the remaining cost for ordering, engraving and shipping the bricks. The pathway will be installed, weather-permitting, during the summer of 2015.

This is a great way to recognize a favorite teacher, demonstrate the support of your local family-owned business, make a donation, or just celebrate your family’s love for the ECC!

You can download the form to order the bricks here. The deadline is May 15, 2015.

Learn About Cyber Safety for Children Wednesday Night

The Horace Mann PTO is sponsoring a presentation on “Navigating the Cyber World”, presented by Middlesex Assistant DA Dylan Krasinski on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the All-Purpose Room of the Horace Mann School. Learn how to protect your elementary child’s digital footprint and engage in safe cyber behaviors. This presentation is geared for parents with elementary age children. All Melrose residents are welcome, and free babysitting will be available by Melrose High School students.

Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 4


Presented by: Beanstalk Toy Shop & Beansprout Gifts
Sponsored in part by: Music 101, City Of Melrose, and Melrose Chamber of Commerce
When: Saturday April 4th, 10AM (Sharp!) Rain or Shine
Where: Fred Green Field – Melrose High School Sports Complex
Parking: High School parking lots, off Melrose St., and at the Ell Pond Knoll

Beanstalk Toy Shop and Beansprout Gifts is proudly presenting the 4th Annual Melrose Egg Hunt on April 19 at 10 a.m. (sharp!) at Fred Green Field Melrose High. This year’s event, open to all children ages 3-8, is sponsored in part by Music 101, the City of Melrose, and the Melrose Chamber of Commerce. The Easter Bunny will be hopping on over to Melrose with more than 10,000 toy filled eggs. There will also be exciting prizes for the children and the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures. The event will go on rain or shine.

Volunteers are very much appreciated, and anyone interested in lending a hand should contact Beanstalk Toy Shop at (781) 665-TOYS.