More Meetings Coming Up on Weiss Farm Proposal

Here is an e-mail that was sent out by Friends of Stoneham.

The Stoneham Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) plans to hold three more meetings on the Commons at Weiss Farm apartment project, as follows:

At 7.30 PM Thursday, March 31, in the Hearing Room – pro forma development budget & traffic. See agenda posted on town website.
Wednesday, April 6 – time, location and topic to be announced
Thursday, April 7 – time, location and topic to be announced

The ZBA needs to cram these meetings into a short time period in order to meet upcoming deadlines. The public hearing will be closed to additional testimony on or before April 15, 2016. The ZBA plans to render a decision on the project on or before April 30, 2016.

For complete information, view the on-demand videos of the meetings on Stoneham TV at


Chamber of Commerce Seeks Assistant to Executive Director

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce is seeking a part-time Assistant to the Executive Director.

The Assistant to the Executive Director provides support to the Executive Director for all Chamber initiatives including financial management, events, membership, communications, and general office support.

This position is paid hourly and reports directly to the Executive Director. The position averages 10-12 hours per week, with up to 20-25 hours/week during specific times of the year such as the annual Victorian Fair and Home for The Holidays. Working some early evening events as well as some early morning breakfast events throughout the year are also part of this position.

To view the full job description, requirements and how to apply, visit the Chamber of Commerce website.

Rite Aid and Liberty Bell Team Up for Children’s Hospital Fundraiser Tonight!

Rite Aid Pharmacy and Liberty Bell are holding a joint fundraiser this evening for Children’s Hospital. Stop by the Liberty Bell, 866 Main St. (in the Whole Foods plaza) for dinner or take-out between 5 and 8 p.m. tonight, and 15% of the proceeds will go to Children’s Hospital to provide highly specialized medical care, provide outreach programs to help prevent injuries and illnesses as well as funding research for life-saving treatments and cures.

Beer + Bites Comes to Memorial Hall April 2


Today, the world of craft brewing is more dynamic and exciting than ever, with new breweries popping up all over the country—and we want to help you survey the rich variety of locally produced beers, ales, cider and more.

Join us for BEER + BITES, a unique craft brew tasting event, on Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at historic Memorial Hall in Melrose, Mass. Enjoy samples of local craft beverages and complimentary appetizer “bites” from nearby food establishments. (Additional food will also be available for purchase.) Take part in a multi-ticket drawing for a chance to win beer-related prizes, tickets to pro sports events, and more. Get advice from home brewing experts from Beer & Wine Hobby of Woburn, Mass., one of the largest home craft brew and wine and artisan cheese making companies in the United States.

Tickets are $35 online via Eventbrite (plus service and payment processing fees) and $40 at the door (if available). Visit for more information and access to tickets. All tickets include a $1.00 donation to the Memorial Hall Restoration Fund.

Participating brewers will include Harpoon, Clown Shoes, Jack’s Abby, Newburyport Brewing Co., Artisan Beverage Cooperative, Artifact Cider, Down the Road Brewery, Merrimack Ales, Bent Water Brewing Company and more. Food will be provided by La Qchara (Melrose), The Porch Southern Fare (Wakefield) and Buckalew’s (Melrose). Space is still available for local brewers and food establishments, but is filling up quickly. Vendors interested in participating should contact event organizers at

The event benefits Melrose Highlands Congregational Church and the programs and outreach it supports, including mission trips, feeding ministries for A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry and Bread of Life, youth service opportunities such as Common Cathedral and City Reach, and support for area families through initiatives such as the organization’s Giving Tree, Birthday® Wishes program for homeless children, MLK Jr. Day of Service, and City Mission Society’s Christmas Shop.

Memorial Hall is located at 590 Main Street in Melrose.

This is a 21+ event—all attendees will be required to show a valid photo ID to gain admittance.

DeLillo to Participate in Blindfold Challenge

julie-and-mike-2Julie DeLillo, who will go before the Board of Aldermen this week as one of the Mayor’s nominees to serve on the newly formed Melrose Commission on Women, will compete April 16th in the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) 5k in the Blindfold Challenge.

She will complete the race running blindfolded the entire time tethered by a shoe lace to her teammate, Mike Lorenco, who will guide her along the way. This is the third time the pair will run the race together to benefit the Perkins School for the Blind, where DeLillo is the Director of Human Resources.

“The experience is completely nerve wracking. You are running alongside 7000 sighted people, and you can’t see a thing,” said DeLillo about the race. “You develop a lot of trust in your teammate, and you develop a real understanding of some of the challenges blind people and those with other disabilities face every day.”

DeLillo has used her experience at Perkins to remove barriers to employment for those who are visually impaired. She has also taken her knowledge back home to Melrose. Last year, DeLillo reached out to the Chamber of Commerce and coordinated efforts to create the first Braille versions of the Victorian Fair map and vendor listing, which could be picked up at the Chamber booth.

“I was glad we were able to open up the Fair to a greater audience,” said DeLillo. “I hope even more people take advantage of it next year.”

When she is not busy at work, you might find DeLillo running around town, as she is an avid runner, or actively involved in civic life in which she currently serves as Chairman of the Melrose Taxpayers Alliance.

If you would like to support her in the Blindfold Challenge to benefit the Perkins School for the Blind, you may visit her fundraising page at or mail a check payable to “The Perkins School for the Blind,” c/o Julie DeLillo, 13 Circuit St, Melrose MA 02176.

Highlands Church Good Friday Labyrinth Walk and Easter Sunday Services

The Highlands Church UCC, 355 Franklin Street, invites all to participate in Good Friday and Easter services.

On March 25th, Good Friday, our Labyrinth is open 12 noon until 6:00 P.M. On Good Friday, we remember the day of Jesus’s Passion, and the path he walked for our sake. Our Labyrinth will be set up with Stations of the Cross which provide you with a sensory and symbolic experience of the Passion.

On March 27th, Easter Sunday join us for the celebration of the resurrection.

  • 6:15 A.M. Ecumenical sunrise service at Mt. Hood
  • 10:00 A.M. Celebration of the Resurrection in our sanctuary with joyful music and flowering of the cross.
  • Easter Egg Hunt following worship in our garden.