Monthly Archives: November, 2015

Learn About Community Electricity Aggregation at these Information Sessions


The City of Melrose is offering public information sessions regarding the new Community Electricity Aggregation Program. Please come to any of the sessions with your questions and learn more about the program. Attendees may find it helpful to bring a recent National Grid electric bill to refer to during the presentation.

  • Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00 PM in the downstairs meeting room of the Melrose Public Library
  • Wednesday, December 2nd at 9:30 AM at the Milano Senior Center (registration required – please call 781-662-6886)
  • Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 PM in the GAR Room at Memorial Hall
  • Thursday, December 10th at 9:30 AM at the Milano Senior Center (registration required – please call 781-662-6886)

The City of Melrose recently received state approval to offer a Community Electricity Aggregation Program to residents and businesses on Basic Service with National Grid. The Program is a form of group purchasing in which the City arranges electricity supply on behalf of Melrose ratepayers. The goals of the Program are to provide competitive choice, longer-term price stability and reduced electric rates, while also including local renewable energy.

Following a competitive bid process, the City selected Constellation New Energy, Inc. for a contract term from January 2016 to January 2017. Under the contract, the rate per kWh for electric supply will be fixed for twelve months at 9.6 cents which compares to the current National Grid rate of 13 cents.

Current National Grid Basic Service customers will be automatically enrolled in the program unless they opt-out via postcards in letters that were mailed to eligible account holders on November 24th. The opt-out period is 30 days from the postmark date on the letter. Aggregation programs were designed to be opt-out in Massachusetts in order to incent electric suppliers to offer their best rates. Once enrolled, program participants can leave the program at any time without penalty or cost.

Program participants will continue to receive one bill from National Grid. Outages and emergencies will still be National Grid’s responsibility. Budget Plan arrangements with National Grid will also stay the same.

The primary intent of the Program is to provide price stability and savings over the duration of the twelve-month term. However, there is no guarantee of future savings as National Grid Basic Service supply rates change every six months and may drop below the program rate. Most of the savings are expected during the winter months when National Grid’s rates spike as happened for the past two winters and this month as well.

More information on how to enroll in the Melrose Program or about the local renewable energy in the Melrose Local Green standard product is available at, by calling (844)463-5767, or by attending one of the upcoming public information sessions.


Melrose Honors Police Officer Garrett Swasey

Garrett Swasey
Flags are flying at half staff at City Hall and Melrose High School to honor Police Officer Garrett Swasey, a former resident of Melrose and 1989 graduate of Melrose High School, who was killed in the line of duty in Colorado Springs on Friday.

We will remember Officer Swasey with a moment of silence at Home for the Holidays on Friday night.

A memorial fund has been set up for the Swasey family.

Road Construction Update for November 30

Tremont Street is closed to through traffic due to water work.

Sidewalk work continues on Whittier, Baxter, and Cutter streets.

Lebanon Street/Mass DOT Project
Work crews are doing curb work along the project corridor.

National Grid
Crews are working on Essex Street and at Harold and Goss.

Chief Lyle’s Statement on Police Officer Garrett Swasey

Police Chief Michael L. Lyle issued the following statement in response to the tragic killing of Garrett Swasey, a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police officer and Melrose native, who was murdered by a gunman who attacked a Planed Parenthood clinic on Friday:

“The entire Melrose Police Department mourns the loss of our brother officer and native son of Melrose. Officer Swasey graduated from Melrose High School in 1989, along with Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan and several of our current Melrose police officers. This is a tragic and senseless loss of life, as a man who dedicated much of his life to helping others was murdered while performing his duties.

“On behalf of our entire community, I offer my most sincere condolences to the Swasey family, especially his wife and two children, during this impossibly difficult time.”

Officer Garrett Swasey

Garrett Swasey

It is with deep sorrow that I share with you that Garrett Swasey, a police officer at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was killed in the line of duty during yesterday’s horrific shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Garrett grew up in Melrose and was a member of the Melrose High School class of 1989. He was one of three people who were killed in the shooting, two citizens and one police officer; many other innocent victims were injured.

Officer Swasey was active in his community and his church in Colorado. As a class of 1989 graduate, I remember him to be a kind and caring young man with many friends, dedicated to his skating career, and excelling in all areas at Melrose High School.

The entire Melrose community mourns the loss of Garrett, and our thoughts are with his parents and family, who were longtime residents, as well as his wife Rachel and their two children.

Please keep his family, those who have passed, and all the victims, in your thoughts and prayers.

Road Construction Update for November 25

UPDATE: Tremont Street is now open.

Expect road closures in areas of Hillside Park, then Baxter, Cutter, and Whittier streets, due to paving.

National Grid will be doing gas work on Harold Street.

Tremont Street Update

Tremont Street will be open on Wednesday, November 25, and through Thanksgiving weekend. Work will resume on Monday, November 30, with the following detours:

  • Tremont Street will be open southbound at Lynn Fells Parkway up to the DPW yard and 50 Tremont Street but otherwise will be closed.
  • Tremont Street will be open to abutters and business traffic only northbound at Emerson Street.
  • There will be no on-street parking on Tremont from Lynn Fells Parkway to Lake Avenue.
  • Access to the DPW recycling center will be from the north entrance, from Lynn Fells Parkway.

Work is expected to continue on Tuesday, December 1. Check back for further updates.

Congratulations to the ‘Elf’ Cast & Crew!

Elf 2

I want to congratulate the cast and crew of “Elf The Musical Jr.” for the great show they put on last weekend. I went with my daughter and I thought it was an excellent production. I was so proud of all our middle school students and their teachers. Well done!

Show Your School Spirit During Red Raiders Week!

As you know Melrose High School is going to the Super Bowl on December 5. This is an opportunity to showcase all of the great achievements of our football team, our band, our cheerleaders, our student body, and our staff and to celebrate all of our schools and the great things that are happening every day! Let’s celebrate Melrose!
Next week starting on Monday and going on to the game on Saturday will be Melrose Red Raiders week for the City of Melrose. We are planning some great activities:

  • Starting on Monday, we will light the City Hall tree in brilliant red and white to celebrate Melrose High School.
  • Let’s make this a city-wide event! Via the Chamber of Commerce, I am inviting local businesses to decorate their windows and citizens to decorate their homes to show their Red Raider spirit. E-mail pictures of your decorations to or Tweet them to the city Twitter account, @CityofMelrose, and we will re-Tweet them and put them on our blog for all to see.
  • Follow our blog next week as we do feature stories on the Melrose High School football seniors, band members, and cheerleaders during the run-up to the game.
  • Next Friday, December 4, city-wide, from the ECC to Melrose High School, from the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital to all our businesses to City Hall, will be Red and White Day. I encourage everyone in the city to wear red and white. Tweet pictures of your family and co-workers dressed in red and white and we will re-Tweet them and put them on our blog.
  • Melrose Red Raider Week will culminate on Friday, December 4, with Home for the Holidays, including the tree lighting on the City Hall lawn at 6 p.m., the stroll down Main Street at 6:30, and the arrival of Santa immediately afterward.
  • Let’s get as many people as possible to Gillette Stadium on December 5 as Melrose takes on Dartmouth for the 2015 MIAA Super Bowl.

Go Melrose!

Ticket Information for MIAA Tournament

Tickets for the MIAA Tournament in Gillette Stadium on December 5 are now available via Ticketmaster. More information is available here; the Melrose-Dartmouth game is scheduled to begin at approximately 3:30.

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