Video: Melrose Is Not Your Stepping Stone

Check out this tongue-in-cheek video response to the comments in the Globe article about Melrose being named the hottest real estate market in the country:

We found this on the Fancy Pants Melrose Twitter, and we don’t know who’s behind it, but it’s nice to start the week with a chuckle!


Melrose Police Prepare for Start of School with Safety Procedures

Students aren’t the only one gearing up for the start of school. Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department has several safety endeavors prepared for the beginning of the new academic year.

The first day of school for students in the Melrose Public Schools District is Sept. 1.

Melrose police will be visiting the Horace Mann, Hoover, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Winthrop elementary schools during the first week of classes to meet students and talk about best safety practices.

“We certainly want to take the time to speak with our younger community members to educate them on how they can remain safe while in school and away from home,” Chief Lyle said. “Safety is a our number one priority and we hope students have a smooth transition come September.”

Police officers will also be present around the elementary schools during the first few days of school and will be available to answer parents or guardians’ questions. Traffic supervisors will be out to ensure students safely cross the street.

School Resource Officer Jim Applegate will be out and around the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School and Melrose High School as students make their way to class the first week of school. Officer Applegate is also permanently stationed at both schools to interact with students and provide guidance on any safety related matters.

Additionally, Chief Lyle recommends parents and guardians take a moment to review several procedures outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to prevent accidents this school season.

Most injuries to children in kindergarten through third grade occur when they run into the street mid-block, while older students are most often hurt at intersections. To prevent potential tragedies, children should:

  • Be aware of pedestrian hazards and how to avoid them
  • Know traffic signs and signals, and safe walking zones
  • Wait for the “walk” signal at a crosswalk, or for a crossing guard to signal the OK to proceed into the street

Welcome to the Class of 2028!

Class of 2028 - small

This year’s Kindergarten Welcome Party for the Class of 2028 was the best ever! Thanks to all the MHS athletes who came out to play sports with the incoming kindergarteners, and to all the families who came out to make this such a special day!

If you would like a larger copy of this photo, e-mail my assistant, Brigid Alverson, at, and she’ll send you the file.

Have a Burger for MHS Grad Night Tomorrow!

The Whole Foods Market Good Will Grill returns Saturday, August 29, 2015 at their Melrose location from 11 a.m-2 p.m. This time around it’s to benefit the non-profit organization Melrose Grad Night, the annual substance-free event for MHS seniors. Come on down for a $5 burger, meet some committee members, see photos from the 2015 celebration, and show your support for the committee that supports Melrose’s newest tradition!

Franklin Market is Open for Business!

Franklin Market

The new Franklin Market, on Franklin Street near the Highlands commuter rail station, is open for business! New manager Jitendra Patel has a shiny new look for the store, with Green Mountain Coffee, many flavors of slush, and both fresh and packaged foods available.

This store was Lyman’s Market when I was growing up, and it’s great to see it taking on new life. We have just completed a major revitalization project on Franklin Street, making it more pedestrian-friendly and enhancing the neighborhood atmosphere, and I hope this store will flourish with new management and its new surroundings.

“We are looking forward to being a vital part of the Melrose Highlands community,” Mr. Patel told me. “I hope our neighbors stop by often to pick up a cup of coffee, a snack, or some last-minute groceries. We will be offering some specials over the next few weeks, so come in and say hi!”

School Supplies Drive a Success!

School backpacks

This year’s School Supplies Drive, sponsored by Chris Cinella of Edward Jones Investments, was the best one ever! Generous Melrosians, Rotarians, and others donated over 50 backpacks and hundreds of notebooks, boxes of crayons, packages of pens, glue sticks, rulers, and other necessities to help ensure that all our Melrose students have a great first day of school. Thank you, Chris and Edward Jones!

Happy Birthday Lora!

Lora Crouss

I was so happy to be able to attend the celebration of Lora Crouss’s 100th birthday yesterday, together with Ward 3 Alderman Frank Wright, Alderman at Large Marybeth McAteer-Margolis, David Henry, Chair of the Congregational Housing Board, and our legislative delegation, Rep. Paul Brodeur and Sen. Jason Lewis, who brought proclamations from both houses of the legislature and the Governor.

Lora is someone who has truly used her 100 years wisely, staying active in her church and community and quietly helping others, by hosting foreign students, helping housebound elders, and many other gestures of kindness. I was honored to be there to help celebrate her first 100 years—and to wish her many more!