Budget Address Will Be May 2

I will deliver my annual update on the financial status of the City of Melrose and the Fiscal 2017 budget to a joint meeting of the Board of Aldermen and the School Committee on Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber You are cordially invited to attend or to watch it live on MMTV. We will also post the address here on the blog.


Melrose Medication Take Back Day Is April 30!

Melrose Take Back Day Ad 4-30-16

The Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Melrose Police Department invite you to participate in National Medication Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30th, 2016, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean spending a whole weekend in your attic, garage, or basement anymore; it also includes cleaning out your medicine cabinet! We are fortunate in Melrose to have the ability to safely dispose of medications and syringes all year round. For over five years, the Melrose Police Department has operated a permanent medication drop box located in the station’s lobby available 24/7, while Melrose City Hall on Main Street maintains a syringe drop box available during regular business hours (Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.).

WHO: Anyone can participate in National Take Back Day to help curb prescription drug diversion and abuse!

WHAT: Get rid of any expired or unused medications. Some examples of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include: opioids (such as pain relievers OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet), depressants (Xanax, Valium), and stimulants (Concerta, Adderall).

Accepted in Drop Box

  • Prescription meds, patches, liquids, ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Medications for pets

Not Accepted in Drop Box

  • Needles (Sharps) *accepted at City Hall during regular business hours)*
  • Thermometers
  • Aerosol Cans or inhalers
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

WHERE: Melrose Police Dept. 56 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176 – (781)-665-1212

WHEN: Saturday, April 30th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

WHY: Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing problem in our region, especially for our youth. Among adolescents, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the commonly abused illicit drugs by high school seniors. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey, more than 50% of high school seniors report that prescription drugs are “fairly easy or very easy to get.” When asked how prescription narcotics were obtained for nonmedical use, 70% of 12th graders said they got them from a friend or relative, most times straight from their medicine cabinet without someone knowing.

There is a common myth that abusing prescription drugs is “safer” than abusing illicit drugs. However, when prescription drugs are taken repeatedly or in large doses, this changes the way the brain reacts and can make it harder for someone to feel good without the drug, leading to cravings, addiction, and potentially overdose.

In addition to getting the drugs out of the home, disposing of them at the community drop box is also an environmentally friendly way to prevent drugs from being flushed down the toilet and getting into the water supply.

Help protect your family, your community, and the environment by properly disposing of the prescription and over-the-counter medications you no longer need. Remember, if you cannot attend this Saturday’s event, you may bring ALL unused and/or expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to the Melrose Police Department to the drop box located in the lobby, available 24/7. Syringes can be brought to Melrose City Hall on Main Street during regular business hours. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, please call 781-979-4128.

Messina Fund Committee Reviewing Applications for Arts Projects

The Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts (MMFA) is now reviewing final proposals for this fiscal year for arts programs presented in Melrose, and encourages arts organizations requesting funding to get applications submitted before the end of the fiscal calendar.

Each year the City of Melrose allocates $10,000 in the City budget for artists and arts organizations presenting programming in Melrose for the benefit of the community. Applications are accepted across all artistic disciplines, including visual art, music, theatre, dance, and more.

The committee meets regularly to review requests for funding. The MMFA assesses each grant application for its local focus and value to a broad Melrose audience. MMFA accepts and reviews project applications on a rolling basis, although organizations are encouraged to submit early in the fiscal year.

Applications for MMFA funds are still being accepted for this fiscal grant cycle and qualified artists or organization are encouraged to apply. For more information and to request an application, please email MelroseMFA@Gmail.com

About the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts:

The goal of the MMFA is to supplement the budgets of local arts organizations and individual artists in order to encourage diversity in arts presentations in the city and to provide broad-based arts experiences to the citizens of Melrose. MMFA is named for former Melrose High School Arts Director Joe Messina. Members appointed by Mayor Dolan: Maggie Abdow, Brendan Carroll, Bonnie Cronin, Jean Dancewicz, Demi Dubois, Nancy Kukura, Jennifer Leclerc, and Gina Tempesta.

Come to ‘Arts in April’ This Weekend!

Melrose Arts will host the 11th Annual “Arts in April Festival” at Memorial Hall in Melrose. This two-day festival is a juried show featuring original fine art and fine craft by 42 artist exhibitors from Melrose and the surrounding area.

Saturday Evening Gala Party – April 30th (7:00 – 10:00pm)
Fundraising Silent Auction!!

  • Live music by The Giovanni Moltoni Quartet
  • Silent Auction Fundraiser
  • Light fare included with price of admission
  • Cash Bar offering beer, wine, soft drinks and a Signature Drink!

Buy Gala Party tickets in Advance:

  • On-Line at www.stubwire.com – Search under “Melrose Arts”
  • In-Person at the following downtown Melrose merchants: Hourglass Gift Gallery and Miter Biter Frame Co.

Saturday April 30th (11am – 4pm) & Sunday May 1st (11am – 4pm)

  • Free Admission during the day on Saturday & Sunday
  • Enjoy the exhibition at your own pace
  • Take part in the Community Art Project by Melrose Arts and other family fun.
  • Raffle of fun items including a Keurig coffee maker and Red Sox tickets
  • Food available for purchase from on-site Food Trucks Saturday and Sunday

Where: Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176

Who: 42 juried artist exhibitors from Melrose and surrounding areas
Presented by Melrose Arts.

This 11th Annual Juried Show supports Melrose Arts effort to encourage the artistic vibrancy of our community

About Melrose Arts:

We unite artists, arts organizations, patrons and other enthusiasts of culture to encourage, present and sustain artistic and cultural activities in Melrose for the benefit of its citizens. The Arts Festival is our most popular and anticipated annual event.

Visit www.melrosearts.com or find us on Facebook.

Middle School Presents ‘Shakespeare Gone Seuss’

shakespeareMelrose Middle School Drama proudly presents an “An Evening of Shakespeare Gone Seuss” with two plays, “The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet” and “The Seussification of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Both plays were written by Peter Bloedel and are directed by Melrose Drama’s Margaret Maguire. The plays will both be performed on Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at the Melrose Performing Arts Center located at the Middle School, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose, MA. Tickets will be available at the door.

The plays have been described as a “whimsical reinvention of Shakespeare’s works, complete with rhymed couplets, creative wordplay, and fantastical machines—similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with if he ever had his way with the script.”

“The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet” will also be performed as Melrose Middle School Drama’s entry into the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s 2016 Middle School Dramafest. Melrose will be performing at The Bromfield School, 14 Massachusetts Ave, Harvard, MA, on Saturday, April 30, at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

For any questions on the production, please contact the Director Margaret Maguire at mmaguire@melroseschools.com.

Melrose Drama Presents Les Misérables

Les MizCome join Melrose Drama as they bring the epic musical “Les Misérables” to the Melrose stage! As a follow up to last year’s acclaimed musical production of “Beauty and the Beast,” a cast and crew of over 80 students will bring to life Victor Hugo’s timeless classic tale of hope and redemption. “Les Misérables” (School Edition) will be performed at the Melrose Performing Arts Center located at the Middle School, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway, on Friday April 29th and Saturday April 30th at 7:00 PM with additional matinees on Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at 1:00 PM.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and will be available at the door and online at the Melrose Drama website.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, “Les Misérables” tells the unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit and has become one of the most celebrated and long running musicals in theatrical history. Featuring a timeless score including the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” and “One Day More,” “Les Misérables” has been seen by over 70 million people in 42 countries worldwide and has earned over 76 international awards.  The musical, written by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michele Shonberg, is directed by Mr. Adam Schuler with Vocal Direction by Mr. Shawn Gelzleichter, Choreography by Ms. Becca Flint and features a full orchestra conducted by Mr. Matthew Reppucci.

 For additional information on the show, please check out the Melrose Drama webpage, the “Les Misérables” Facebook event page, and the Melrose Drama Facebook page.