Vendor Applications Now Available for Healthy Melrose

On Saturday, May 7th the Healthy Melrose Family Wellness & Fitness Fair is back with bigger and better events for adults and kids than ever before!

This year we also welcome back Sustainable Melrose to the Healthy Melrose family offering a host of new vendors, giveaways, and educational demos for our patrons.

Please stay tuned for several exciting upcoming announcements regarding more food trucks, more free food samples, and several new awesome family activities in addition to some returning favorites.

In the meantime, there is still limited space left for potential vendors who would like to be a part of this community event that last year saw over 3,000 people attend.

For more information, go to the Healthy Melrose website.

Click here for the Vendor Application and Vendor Criteria.


Third Annual Community Coffee House to Celebrate Healthy Relationships

Come celebrate healthy relationships while enjoying the talents of Melrose! On Saturday March 5, the Safe STEPS for Teens Project will host its third annual Community Coffee House. This event, called “Voices Against Violence,” will feature performances centered around the themes of friendship, love, and relationships.

The Coffee House is being organized by Melrose High School students Tess Castergine and Keith Morris, and will feature performances by middle and high school students and faculty members, as well as local musician Bill McQuaid and his son Sammy, Melrose resident Kris Rodilico, Rebecca Zama and more. Performances will include songs, instrumental performances, and poetry. Morris will join MHS Junior Rachel Freed in emceeing the event, along with MHS senior Joe Colozzo.

This year’s Coffee House will take place on Saturday, March 5 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Temple Beth Shalom, 21 East Foster Street in Melrose. All are welcome and admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5. Seating is limited and refreshments will be sold.

The Coffee House is being sponsored by the Safe STEPS for Teens Task Force, a joint project of the Melrose Public Schools and the Melrose Alliance Against Violence. The event is being held just after the end of February, which is nationally recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. The Safe STEPS Task Force is planning additional events throughout the month of February, including a Youth Leadership Summit with middle and high school students from Melrose and surrounding communities.

North Shore Home Show Comes to Memorial Hall This Weekend

The Kim Perrotti Team of RE/MAX Leading Edge will be sponsoring the 2016 North Shore Home Show at Memorial Hall on Sunday, March 6th from 1-5 p.m. This is a free community event that strives to bring local businesses and consumers together to Inspire, Educate, and Innovate. Come and check out local businesses that can help with all aspects of your home improvement needs. Free raffle for a $250 Lowes gift card amongst others! A great way to get some ideas and spend a Sunday afternoon.

Pre-Easter Events at Highlands Congregational Church

Highlands Pre-Easter Events

Getting ready for Easter at the Highlands Congregational Church in Melrose

The congregation of the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church (355 Franklin Street, Melrose) welcomes everyone to join in these events being planned for the pre-Easter period and then especially for the joyous celebration on Easter Sunday.

Sunday, March 6: The Other America: Religion and Culture in Appalachia.
A Presentation by Student Minister Ashley Werkheiser on March 6, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. Come learn about this unique region of our country, based on her recent seminary class in the mountains of North Carolina! Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, March 20: Palm Sunday. There will be a Blessing of the Palms at the Peace Pole on the church lawn at 10:00 AM, followed by a procession into the sanctuary (snow permitting).

Monday, March 21: Holy Week Yoga and the Labyrinth
On Monday evening at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall we will begin with a gentle yoga class on the Labyrinth. We then roll up our mats for a candlelit walk. As we walk inward on the Labyrinth, we return to our center, to our Self. On our return, we walk outward on the labyrinth, carrying our light to the world. (More information about labyrinths can be found at Please bring your own yoga mat.

Thursday, March 24: Maundy Thursday Union Service.
6:30 PM Fellowship Hall, Soup Supper
7 PM Sanctuary Service of Tenebrae
Our Confirmation class and Worship Team will lead this Union Service. We join with our brothers and sisters from First Congregational Church to sing, pray, remember the Last Supper, and experience the darkness of the crucifixion and the sealed tomb. This contemplative time of worship will help everyone appreciate more fully what God has done in and through the suffering and resurrection of Christ.

Friday, March 25: Good Friday–Labyrinth Walk with Stations of the Cross. The Labyrinth at MHCC will be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM. This labyrinth experience of the Stations of the Cross integrates a sensory and symbolic experience of the Passion. More information about labyrinths and walks at the Highlands can be found at

Sunday, March 27: Easter. The day of joy begins with the 6:15 AM ecumenical Sunrise Service at Mt. Hood. The 10:00 AM worship service in the Highlands sanctuary celebrates the Resurrection. Join us as the cross is transformed into a thing of beauty. Following the service, there will be an Easter egg hunt for the children. All are invited.

Changes at the Chamber

At the breakfast with  four generations of Chamber directors: Lauren Grymek, Joan Ford Mongeau, Beth McNelis, and Jean Gorman
At the breakfast with four generations of Chamber directors: Lauren Grymek, Joan Ford Mongeau, Beth McNelis, and Jean Gorman

On Tuesday I was honored to be the speaker at Joan Ford Mongeau’s last meeting as Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. Joan has worked very hard in her eight years as director, not only continuing the successful traditions of the Victorian Fair and Home for the Holidays but also expanding and improving them and starting new initiatives like the Summer Stroll. I wish her well as she moves on, and I also want to extend a warm welcome to the new Executive Director, Lauren Grymek. Lauren comes to the Chamber with 11 years’ experience at the Seaport Transportation Management Association, almost 10 of them as executive director. She also has an MBA from Simmons College, where she was chosen as graduation speaker by her classmates. I am looking forward to working with her, as I have with the other Chamber directors, to continue to strengthen our local business community and its bonds with Melrose residents.

Melrose Symphony to Perform Music by Iconic Film Composer Miklós Rózsa


The Melrose Symphony continues its 98th Season with an exciting concert featuring two epic composers, Ludwig van Beethoven and film composer Miklós Rózsa. The concert takes place on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 8 pm, in Melrose’s historic Memorial Hall. There will be a pre-concert talk with conductor Yoichi Udagawa at 7:15 pm.

The concert highlights powerfully emotional and passionate music from film composer Miklós Rózsa, opening with his “Parade of the Charioteers” from the 1959 movie Ben Hur. Rózsa won three Oscars and composed nearly 100 film scores including Ben Hur, Spellbound, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and Double Indemnity. In addition to film scores, Rózsa also composed traditional concert music such as his Sinfonia Concertante written for violin and cello soloists with orchestra. The MSO is excited to welcome back acclaimed Boston Symphony musicians violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young to perform this exciting and evocative work. Maestro Udagawa will speak from the stage about the genius of Rózsa and what makes this composition such a masterpiece.

Closing the concert is perhaps the most recognizable piece in all symphonic literature with its famous four-note introduction: Beethoven’s monumental “5th Symphony.”

“Rózsa’s Sinfonia Concertante is a virtuosic tour-de-force for solo violin, cello, and orchestra. The piece is full of gorgeous, sweeping melodies and intricate details of great beauty and power. The musicians of the Melrose Symphony and I are thrilled to be able to perform it with Lucia Lin and Owen Young. This is an exhilarating program with music by two masterful composers – and we can’t wait to share it with our fabulous audience! ” – Yoichi Udagawa

Special: 20% off tickets with discount code mayorsblog20 Tickets are $29 general admission, $10 for students and can be purchased in-store at Miter Biter or Buckalew’s on Main Street, Melrose (cash/check only), or online at

Melrose on the Move: Progress on the MHS Learning Commons

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Last year I proposed, and the Board of Aldermen approved, the continued renovation of Melrose High School. As I said in my Inaugural Address, this will further enhance the experience and offerings at our flagship school, and it is part of our ongoing effort to reshape Melrose High School to become a more effective and efficient learning facility.

I am happy to say that our current major project is on schedule and on budget, and I have some photos of the work in progress to share with you today.

Phase I construction, which includes the Learning Commons and classrooms in the mezzanine space above (Computer Lab, CAD Lab, Business Lab, TV Studio), is well underway. Demolition is nearly complete. The students and faculty have been very accommodating while this work is going on, particularly the administrative staff who work directly below the construction zone!!

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Current work includes installing metal stud partitions (which frame the different spaces) and installing overhead electrical, fire protection and mechanical systems while the space is wide open.

Phase I work is tracking on schedule. Phase II work on the first floor, including the guidance department and directors’ suite, is scheduled for the summer months when school is out of session. At this time, the team is confident that the project will be substantially complete by the first day of the 2016-17 school year.

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