Monthly Archives: April, 2015

Local Author Profile: Margaret Redfern

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When Melrose author Margaret Redfern sees something, that is just the beginning.

For instance, as she was sitting in her car near Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, a thought popped into her poetic mind. “It was one of those days when people were walking on the pathways and sitting on the benches, and I asked myself, ‘I wonder what the benches hear?’” she said. “So I answered my question about the cares they have, the cares that we all have, as well as the beauty and calmness it inspired. In the verse, the bench is speaking, and the people sitting on it are within the ‘hugs of a bench’ as they share their concerns with it.”

The answer to her question took the form of a Photo/Verse entitled “Bench Musings.” An exhibit of Redfern’s work is currently up in the lobby of the Melrose Public Library, as part of their Poetry Month celebrations.

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Melrose Education Forum Sponsors “The Pressured Student” on May 7

The Pressured Student

For parents, educators, and teens, who want to better understand the psychological pressures K-12 students experience during their 13-year school journeys and the support they need along the way.

Dr. Thompson is a New York Times bestselling author, clinical psychologist, school consultant, international speaker, and the author of nine books, including The Pressured Child and Raising Cain. Book signing and sales will take place at the end of the evening.

  • Location: Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School (MVMMS), 350 Lynn Fells Pkwy., Melrose
  • Doors open at 6:30
  • Q&A with Dr. Thompson
  • Introduction by “Raising Cain” filmmaker and Melrose Resident Tug Yourgrau
  • Book signing and sales after the event

Admission is free, thanks to sponsorship by:

  • Melrose Education Foundation
  • Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School PTO
  • Melrose High School PTO

About the Talk
Students often do not judge themselves by grades, yet are continually monitoring their own development while searching for connection, recognition, and power. For his research, Dr. Thompson followed students in independent, Catholic, and public schools. He’ll share stories from the trenches, taking you into student’s school-day experiences, revealing three types of students and how each one’s journey has its own set of pressures. Learn how students manage their school careers and how we can support them along the way.

About Dr. Thompson
Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, best-selling author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He has authored nine books and leads workshops for teachers, administrators, parents, and students throughout the United States and internationally on the subjects of children, schools, and parenting. Dr. Thompson has appeared on “The Today Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and “60 Minutes,” has been quoted in major newspapers and magazines, and has been featured on National Public Radio. In 2006, he wrote and hosted the PBS documentary “Raising Cain.”

Dr. Thompson’s books, including The Pressured Child:Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life and Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys will be sold after the event.

Learn more about Dr. Thompson at:

Come to Healthy Melrose this Saturday!

HM Flyer 2015

Healthy Melrose is right around the corner! There’s still time to sign up for the road race, plus there’s a complete list of vendors and free samples at the Healthy Melrose website. Check out the Healthy Melrose Facebook for more—and be sure to stop by the Melrose High School Athletic Complex on Saturday to join the fun!

Mayor Dolan Starts Weekly Segment on Boston Herald Radio

Last week I started an ongoing segment on Boston Herald radio, 1510 AM, called “Getting It Done with Mayor Dolan.” Special thanks to Melrose resident and executive producer Tom Shattuck, who is the executive producer for Boston Herald radio and host of the morning drive show. Tom does a great job talking about issues with a great sense of humor and a local flair. We talk about a variety of issues that affect local government in Melrose and throughout the state. Here is this week’s segment.

Hospital Square (Main & Lebanon) Paving on Thursday & Friday

Street paving will be completed by J. Tropeano, Inc. at Hospital Square on April 30 through May 1 (weather permitting). Streets affected include: a portion of Main St., Green St., Porter St. and Lebanon St.

Minor delays are expected as access will be limited from 3:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during this time. Parking on the street is prohibited from 3:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the construction area.

DPW thanks you for your cooperation. For questions about this work, call the Melrose Engineering Department at 781-979-4178.

Friends of the Library Book Sale this Weekend

The Friends of the Melrose Public Library invite all book lovers to a giant spring book sale on Sunday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the library lawn, located at 69 West Emerson St. Many gently used books will be for sale, at great prices! There will also be coffee mugs, umbrellas, tote bags, Frisbees and T-shirts promoting the library.

The Friends of Melrose Public Library, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to the support of the Melrose Public Library. The purpose of the Friends is to promote the Library and to develop supplementary funding to assist in enhancing the patrons’ enjoyment of the Library. The organization provides extras outside the basic operating funds provided by the city.

Membership in the Friends is open to anyone interested in supporting the goals of the organization. For more information, email or pick up a brochure at the Library’s circulation desk. Friends of the Melrose Public Library is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All memberships are tax-deductible.

Arts in April This Weekend

Arts In April 2015

Melrose Arts will host the 10th Annual Arts in April Festival at Memorial Hall on April 24-26. This three-day festival is a juried show featuring original fine art and fine craft by 42 artist exhibitors from Melrose and the surrounding area. Here’s a rundown of the events:

Friday Evening Preview Party – April 24 (7:00 – 9:30pm)

  • Live music at by The Giovanni Moltoni Quartet
  • Delicious Desserts by Whole Foods included with admission
  • Cash Bar offering beer, wine, and soft drinks
  • Preview Party Admission $10 in advance / $12 at the door

Saturday April 25 (10am – 5pm) & Sunday April 26 (11am – 4pm)

  • Free Admission on Saturday and Sunday
  • Enjoy the exhibition at your own pace
  • Take part in the Community Art project by Melrose Arts and Follow Your Art
  • Food available for purchase Saturday and Sunday, provided by Whole Foods

This 10th Annual Juried Show supports Melrose Arts’ effort to encourage the artistic vibrancy of our community.

About Melrose Arts:

We unite artists, arts organizations, patrons and other enthusiasts of culture to encourage, present and sustain artistic and cultural activities in Melrose for the benefit of its citizens. The Arts Festival is our most popular and anticipated annual event. Visit for more information.

Final MSO Concert of the Year is May 2


Don’t miss the Melrose Symphony’s season finale pops concert, “Gershwin, Mancini, & More,” on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

The MSO closes out its 97th season with perennial favorites as well as some new hits including the music from the TV drama “Downton Abbey.” Piano soloist Janice Weber joins for the 1920’s jazz-inspired classic “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin. The concert also includes a tribute to Henry Mancini complete with music from The Pink Panther, music from John Williams, and more.

Melrose Symphony “Pops” concerts offer classical music in a fun and informative setting led by the charismatic conductor Yoichi Udagawa. Bobby C’s Ristorante provides beverages and light food during the performance.

Tickets & More Information
Tickets are $10 for students; $29 general admission; and $37 for reserved table seating. Buy online and save 20% with the discount code mayorsblog.* Tickets may also be purchased in-store with cash or check at Sweet Thoughts or Miter Biter, both on Main Street, Melrose.

*Offer valid online only

Concert Sponsored by ABC Home Healthcare
Melrose Cooperative Bank, Official Bank of the Melrose Symphony​

Bellevue Ave. Makes the Globe’s List of Top Spots to Live!

The Boston Globe did a roundup of the best streets in the Greater Boston area, and Bellevue Ave. in Melrose was one of them:

Melrose is one of those subdued suburbs that tends to be overlooked. But there’s much to recommend it, including its convenient commuter location about 9 miles from Boston, its good schools, its proximity to Middlesex Fells Reservation, and its small-town Main Street, lined with boutiques and restaurants (including worth-a-trip Turner’s Seafood). “It’s very, 9 similar to Arlington,” says Linda Hutchinson of the town’s Brad Hutchinson Real Estate, “but more affordable.” Less than a half-mile long and easily accessible to downtown Melrose, Bellevue Avenue, in the Country Club neighborhood, has “bigger, grander” houses than much of the town, with a price-per-square-foot of around $230 in 2014. Hutchinson calls it “one of the most prestigious streets in the city.”

Learn About Community Solar Energy Tonight!

As the solar energy industry matures, new options are emerging for organizations, businesses and individuals. It is estimated that 75 percent of the buildings in Melrose are not suitable for solar panels due to orientation, shading or structural issues. There is, however, a way that the people associated with these buildings – residents, members, employees, etc. – can participate in a solar program. It’s called Community Solar. Interested parties can invest in a solar array on another building and receive bill credits that reduce their monthly electric charges.

On Thursday, April 23, the Melrose Energy Commission will host a free Speaker Series discussion on Community Solar, explaining how virtually anyone can participate in a solar energy program. This event takes place at the Milano Center, 201 West Foster St., beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Featured speakers are Dave Kane of Village Power, a company that facilitates Community Solar programs, and David Bliss, a member of Melrose’s Unitarian Universalist Church who was instrumental in the church’s recent installation of a solar array.

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