Monthly Archives: June, 2016

July Events

There’s a lot going on in Melrose this July! Mark your calendar for these dates, and stay tuned to this blog for more information!

July 4: Fourth of July celebration at Melrose Common and the Mount Hood Park Association’s annual concert at Mount Hood.

July 9: Melrose Americans play in the All-Star Tournament, representing the Intercity League, at Morelli Field.

July 12: Blanket and Basket Concert on the Beebe Estate Lawn, featuring Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys, from 6-6:45 p.m.

July 26: Blanket and Basket Concert on the Melrose Public Library Lawn, featuring Jeff Jam, from 6-6:45 p.m.

July 29: Summer Stroll, 6-9 p.m., on Main Street between Upham/Essex and Grove streets. Main Street will be closed down and turned walkway where people can stroll, dine, and shop.

July 30: Four Corners Music Festival, 2-8 p.m. at the West Knoll.


Summer Yard Waste Collection Schedule

The summer yard waste collection schedule has begun. Yard waste (maximum of 10 bags per household) will be picked up the weeks of July 18, August 15, and September 12. Yard waste can also be brought to the City Yard, 72 Tremont Street, which is open from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, check the Curbside Collection Calendar.

Drum Circle for Unity and Solidarity Friday Evening

One Pulse, Many Drums: A Community Drum Circle of Unity and Solidarity

Please join Roman Music Therapy Services at Ell Pond in Melrose on July 1st from 6:30-7:30PM to come together as a community in solidarity with all of those affected by the Pulse Night Club shooting and all people affected by violence in our country and around the world. Please bring your own chair and we will provide drums and instruments for participants of all ages. Rain location will be First United Methodist Church, 645 Main St, Melrose.

First Melrose Community Iftar Dinner a Success!


It was a pleasure to join members of Melrose’s Muslim community, the Human Rights Commission, Alderman Monica Medeiros, Alderman Jen Lemmerman, School Committee member Liz DeSelm, and Rep. Paul Brodeur for a community Iftar dinner on Friday night. We are in the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown, and an Iftar dinner is the traditional breaking of the fast. It was a wonderful event that brought people from all areas of our community together, and I was happy to be a part of it. Thank you to all those who worked so hard to organize it.

Teachers’ Contract Settled

Joint Statement by Superintendent of Schools Cyndy Taymore, the Melrose School Committee, and the Melrose Education Association

School Department officials and the Melrose Education Association are pleased to announce the achievement of a new three year collective bargaining agreement. The mutual goal throughout this process has been to negotiate an agreement that invests in our teachers, serves the needs of our children, and is in the interest of taxpayers. It is a collaborative agreement that serves the educational needs of our students, and recognizes the talent, perseverance, and commitment of our first-rate educators. It will provide our School Department administration with a pathway to work collaboratively with the MEA to strengthen teaching and learning for all children. We appreciate that both the MEA and the School Committee were willing to engage in Interest Based Bargaining that focused on the mutual interests of the students, staff, and community. We look forward to continuing the work of providing first class educational services and opportunities for all students in the Melrose Public Schools.

Mt. Hood Park Association Sponsors Fourth of July Concert at Mount Hood

Here is the information from the Mt. Hood Park Association website.

The Mt. Hood Park Association is sponsoring its 31st Annual July 4th Concert in front of the clubhouse at Mount Hood Memorial Park, 100 Slayton Road, Melrose.

Festivities will begin Monday, July 4th, at 6:45 pm with the Middlesex Concert Band providing music. This year’s music program promises to be an exciting selection of new songs highlighting the patriotic theme of the day as well as popular show tunes. Free popcorn and lemonade for the children will be provided compliments of Golf Management Co as quantities last.

We are continuing the tradition of ending the concert with “Stars and Stripes Forever”, in which all children will be given free American flags to wave while marching in front of the clubhouse.

Come join us for a special July 4th celebration and bring your family and blankets or chairs to listen to music in one of the most beautiful and pristine venues in Melrose.

Join Us for the Melrose Fourth of July Celebrations

Ages: All Ages
Date: Mon, July 4, at Common Park
Cost: FREE!
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Event will be cancelled in case of rain.

Come join us for our Annual Bike & Carriage Parade around Common Park. Bring your decorated bike, wagon, carriage, scooter, skateboard, or other custom ride and take part in the festivities. Parade registration is no longer required. The parade will begin at 10:30am, sharp so be sure to arrive early! At the conclusion of the parade all youth participants will receive a ribbon. We will also have free face painting, games and activities. Concessions will be available at the event for purchase.

10:30 a.m. Parade Begins (10:30 a.m. Sharp!)
11:00 a.m. Event Festivities Begin

Face Painting


Games, Activities, & Crafts


12:30 p.m. Event Ends

Family Night at the Melrose Americans Game!

Date: Wed, June 29
Time: Festivities begin at 7:15pm (First Pitch 7:30pm)
Location: Morelli Baseball Field
Cost: Free

The City of Melrose will team up with its hometown team the Melrose Americans of the Intercity League on Wednesday, June 29th for family fun entertainment at Morelli Field during the Americans game against the Andre Chiefs. The Melrose Recreation Department will be on hand offering games, entertainment, music, and more. Concessions will also be available during the game. First pitch will be at 7:30 p.m. with all recreation activities at the field beginning at 7:15 p.m. All kids are encouraged to wear their t-ball / little league shirts. More information on the Intercity League and the Americans can be found at

Melrose’s ‘Autism Santa’ Featured on WCVB

Michael, Jonathan, and Chandra Miller drop off a donation of toys to the Autism Spectrum Center at Boston Children's Hospital

Michael, Jonathan, and Chandra Miller drop off a donation of toys to the Autism Spectrum Center at Boston Children’s Hospital

Michael Miller, Melrose’s Autism Santa, was featured on the WCVB news last week! Michael and his son Jonathan, who have also been featured on this blog, donate toys to autistic children—they have sent 5,000 gifts to children in every state in the Union. Congratulations to Michael and Jonathan, and thank you for all you do for children with autism!

Check out the Toys AUcross America Facebook page for more information.

Summer Job Opening at Melrose Housing Authority

Assistant Administrative Clerk (Part-Time)

The Melrose Housing Authority is seeking a Part-Time Assistant Administrative Clerk to perform clerical, computer, and organizational functions for a busy office. The ideal candidate should be reliable, hardworking, organized, and will be responsible to provide clerical support to the Assistant Director of Housing Management as well as office staff.


  • Answer all incoming call and direct calls to appropriate person. Take messages when necessary for staff.
  • Assist all walk-in clients, tenant, vendors, or landlords of the MHA to give proper direction for the Melrose Housing Authority Section 8, and/or Public Housing elderly/disabled programs.
  • Receive and write up daily work orders from residents, and direct to proper maintenance staff.
  • Handle all phone inquiries, and walk-ins, regarding the Section 8 centralized wait list and give status update to applicants when requested.
  • Assist Assistant Director of Housing Management with:
    Public Housing Elderly/Disabled and Family annual inspections and recertification papers, Mailings, and other correspondence to tenants/applicants. General lease signings. Monitor application wait list.
  • Receive, open, date stamp, and distribute mail to office staff.
  • Perform clerical support to Executive Director and all staff members when needed.
  • Answer phones and Greet walk-ins in a professional manner.
  • And other duties

Hours: 16-18/wk.
Pay: $12/hr.


This position requires general knowledge and skill in common office administration software (MS Office), as well as public service patience with people of differing cultures, income-levels, education-levels, and logic. Also required is the ability to manage time between routine tasks while providing counter service to walk-in clients. This position is a 2016 summer employment position through September 1, 2016. Melrose Housing Authority is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact: Please mail/email resume to Lisa Young, Executive Assistant, at 910 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176. Email:

Please reference Summer Employment Position in email attachments.

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