2016 Curbside Collection Calendar

The 2016 Curbside Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Schedule is now available! This schedule (see below) will be mailed out to Melrose residents very soon.

Curbside Collection Calendar 2016 reduced

You can download a larger version here.

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Holiday Reminder: Trash & Recycling Schedule

Curbside Collection Schedule
The Public Works Department reminds residents that there will be no curbside collection on Friday, January 1 due to the New Year’s Holiday. Friday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Saturday, January 2. (Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on a normal schedule through Thursday, December 30.)

Curbside collection of Christmas trees will occur on the same day as trash and recycling for the next 3 weeks, beginning on Monday, December 28th and continuing through Friday, January 15.

Recycling Center (City Yard) Hours
The Recycling Center (City Yard) at 72 Tremont Street will be closing at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 31 and will remain closed through the weekend. We will be open during regular weekday hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. this Monday through Wednesday.

For updates, check the Melrose Recycles blog.

Winter Farmers’ Market Is this Sunday

The Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers’ Market is this Sunday, December 20, from 11 a.m.-3pm, Memorial Hall, 590 Main St., Melrose

Check out the list of who is at the market from our List of Vendors.

Bring your knives because On the Edge Knife will be outside of Memorial Hall and will sharpen your knives while you shop!

We will have 3 vegetable farmers, 2 meat farmers, fish, and cheese…

Then there’s wine, hard cider, teas, pasta, breads, spices, salts, salsas, popovers, jams, Lebanese & Egyptian dips..

And for dessert, cheese cake, pies, brownies, cookies…

There’s even something for the dog!

This is a joint market between the Melrose/Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market and the Wakefield Farmer’s Market—check out the websites!

See you at the market!

Middlesex Fells StoryWalk Starts This Weekend

It's WinterIt’s Winter by Linda Glaser is our next StoryWalk™. What a great way to combine literature, exercise, and family fun!  The book combines a cheerfully illustrated song of praise to winter with a pinch of science. The text begins with thoughts and feelings of winter: the joy of catching snowflakes on the tongue, the anticipation of wondering just how much snow will fall, and the warmth generated by making snow angels and building snowmen. In addition to the fun, there are descriptions of several creatures’ hibernation habits, creatively illustrated in cross sections showing the insides of underground and underwater hiding places. A list of suggested nature activities adds to the scientific focus. The intricate, brightly colored cut-paper-and-paint illustrations evoke the crispness of winter and are simply fun to look at. Dress warm and enjoy. The StoryWalk™ is a collaboration of the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Mass in Motion, Medford Family Network and the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network. The walk will begin at Greenwood Park, in Stoneham (across from the Stone Zoo), and will continue along the Crystal Springs Trail in an easy, 1/3-mile loop.

Foster your child’s connection with nature as well as their literacy skills by participating in our StoryWalk™ in the Fells!

The StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Melrose Schools Get Great Results on PARCC Tests

Superintendent Cyndy Taymore is pleased to announce that Melrose Public Schools received positive results from the 2015 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment, with five out of seven schools in the district earning the highest performance classification for their scores, or Level 1.

Results from the assessment indicated that the Melrose Public Schools are increasing their student growth percentile and composite performance index (a measure of the extent to which students are progressing toward proficiency) across English Language Arts (ELA) and math in grades three through eight.

The Lincoln Elementary School was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education for achieving superior standards of academic excellence and closing the achievement gap.

Additionally, the Hoover Elementary School was commended for the second year in a row for high progress and narrowing proficiency gaps.

The Winthrop Elementary School was commended for the first time for high progress and meeting their gap-closing goals.

Melrose is the only community in Massachusetts with three “commended” schools in the same district.

“I’m tremendously proud of the progress each of our schools has made. This was the first time our students took the PARCC exam and their performance is a reflection of their hard work and the hard work and tireless dedication of the faculty and staff here in Melrose.,” Superintendent Taymore said. “We are not done learning, however. We will continue to work to ensure the Melrose Public School district provides a world class educational experience for all of our students.”

Schools statewide are classified into levels 1 through 5. Those that met their gap-narrowing goals were designated as a level 1 and those that require additional assistance were placed in levels 3, 4, and 5.

Superintendent Taymore did not have students at Melrose High School take the PAARC exam, as passing its equivalent, the MCAS is required for graduation. MHS, however, did earn a level 1 status for students’ performances on the MCAS.

Melrose schools earned the following designations based on their scores on PARCC and MCAS:

• Hoover School: Level 1
• Lincoln School: Level 1
• Roosevelt School: Level 1
• Winthrop School: Level 1
• Melrose High School: Level 1
• Melrose Middle School: Level 2
• Horace Mann School: Level 3

While the Horace Mann School remained at a level 3 this year, it showed significant improvement. Averaging out the results, Horace Mann is expected to become a level 2 school next year.

Results from 2014 to 2015 at Horace Mann illustrated that the composite performance index in the “all students” category increased 18 points (from 61 to 79), meeting the school’s target goal. Additionally, all grades earned an “Average/Above Average” score in Math and ELA.

“The Horace Mann School has shown remarkable progress,” Superintendent Taymore said. “We are confident that this growth will continue and that the school will rise to level 2 next year.”

All five of the district’s elementary schools, along with the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, took the pilot exam during the 2014-2015 school year.

​The district will participate in PARCC again this year. It is expected that a new exam, MCAS 2.0, will be implemented by the state in 2017.​

Temple Beth Shalom to Host Christmas Dinner at Green Street Baptist Church

Temple Beth Shalom annual Christmas dinner will take place at Green Street Baptist Church in Melrose on Fri., Dec. 25, at 12:30 p.m. with dinner served at 1:30 p.m. “This Christmas, we will once again serve a wonderful, festive holiday meal to anyone in the greater Melrose community who wants to attend. We welcome the elderly, the disabled, families, singles—anyone who wants to be with us on Christmas Day. We shop, decorate, pick up guests who need transportation, cook, serve, provide music, and clean up—and all those tasks need volunteers,” says Rabbi Arnie Fertig.

For more details contact Ruth Greenholtz at rgrnhlz@gmail.com.

The Temple is located at 21 East Foster St., Melrose. For more information, visit the Temple’s web site at www.tbsma.org or email rabbiallison@gmail.com.