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The Melrose Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat at Melrose Businesses October 28

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat at Melrose Businesses is this Friday, October 28th from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Sponsored by AFC Urgent Care of Saugus, Malden and Stoneham, businesses on Main Street (both in Downtown Melrose and on the northern end of Main Street), Essex Street, West Foster Street, West Wyoming, West Emerson, Franklin Street & Franklin Square will be participating. Main Street from Upham Street to Grove Street will be closed to vehicles during this time.

Children in third grade and younger are invited to trick or treat where they see the orange and black balloons. Click here for list of participating businesses.

This is a rain or shine event. The Chamber sincerely thanks the business community for supporting this fun tradition, we hope to see many families there!

For more information about this event, please contact the Melrose Chamber of Commerce at info@melrosechamber.org or 781-665-3033.

Whole Foods & Friends of the Fells Present “Fall for the Fells” on November 6

Whole Foods Market and the Friends of the Fells have partnered to offer the Fall for the Fells 5K Trail Race and Festival on Sunday, November 6th at Medford High School (489 Winthrop Street, Medford).

The event will feature a 5K trail run through the woods of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, a kid’s fun run, family activities by Knucklebones, free samples, and food trucks. Festival activities are free and open to the public. Race registration is $25, or $30 for a parent/child (under 13) registration. Day of registration fee is $30 or $35 for parent/child. To register, visit www.fells.org/run-for-fun-and-for-the-fells/.

“Like Whole Foods Market, the Friends of the Fells is community-focused. That’s what this event is all about – bringing the community together to celebrate healthy, active lifestyles while enjoying family activities and great food.” – Matthew Robertson, Community Relations, Whole Foods Market

“The Friends of the Fells is delighted to partner with Whole Foods Market on this first-ever 5K trail race. We are excited to introduce a new generation to the beautiful fall woods behind the Medford High School as well as have a fantastic free festival that’s fun for all – with support from Medford Family Network and Knucklebones, among other great local vendors.” – Neil Anderson, Executive Director, Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation

The Fall for the Fells event runs from 12-4pm, with registration opening at 10am. Whole Foods Market Medford (2151 Mystic Valley Pkwy, Medford, MA 02155, 781-395-4998) will offer early bib pick-up for registered runners on Saturday, November 5th from 12-4pm. For more event information, email zone9events@wholefoods.com .

Six MHS Students Are National Merit Commended Scholars

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Mr. Jason Merrill, Interim Principal, at Melrose High School announced that Joseph Connolly, Emily DiPietro, Sean Hogan, Gregory Leo, Alva Ronn, and Ethan Weiss have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, has been presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishment, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Flagg Acres Cleanup November 6

Members of the Melrose chapter of the National Honor Society along with volunteers will hold a clean-up of Flagg Acres as a community service project on Sunday, November 6, from 1:00pm to 3:00 pm. Volunteers should meet at the entrance to Flagg Acres off of Swains Pond Avenue (between 315 and 325 Swains Pond Avenue). Please wear boots and bring gloves. Be Difference Makers, Clean Up Flagg Acres.

City Puts Forward New Downtown Employee Parking Program

Mayor Rob Dolan has announced the next phase in the City’s comprehensive plan to improve downtown parking with a proposal that directs employees to park in designated areas, leaving the spaces closest to businesses available for customers. The measure was passed recently by both the Board of Aldermen and the Traffic Commission. “I believe this proposal is a major benefit for both businesses and customers. By ensuring the closest parking spots in our municipal parking lots are being utilized by customers, it will absolutely have a positive effect on an already thriving downtown,” said Dolan.

The new employee parking program would do the following:

  • Allow employees to park in certain designated locations at no cost
  • Sticker based permit; employee must present proof of employment
  • New signage would be installed that designates 170 spaces for employees
    • Berwick Street: 50 spaces
    • City Hall: 60 spaces
    • Friend’s Court (behind Papa Gino’s): 16 spaces
    • Larrabee Lot (behind Giacomo’s): 34 spaces
    • Livermore Lot (Caruso Block): 10 spaces

For businesses that need to be able to park in close proximity to their front door, an alternative parking pass that will allow employees to park in any lot at any time would be sold at a cost of $600 a year and capped at 35 permits.

In 2012, the City completed a Parking Study of downtown and adjacent parking lots. The study concluded that downtown Melrose has an ample supply of parking, but that the management of available public parking should be adjusted to ensure availability for customers. Since that time the City has implemented several measures to improve the situation, including: Changing parking limits from two to three hours to encourage shoppers downtown, eliminating inconsistent signage, improving signage, and the purchase of 1 Kimball Court to create 25 new parking spots.

“I also want to thank the Parking Working Group that was created as part of this process. Their experience and expertise helped guide the City get to where this initiative is today,” added Dolan. Members of the Parking Work Group included:

  • Alison Socha, Re/Max
  • Joan Cassidy, Melrose Redevelopment Authority
  • Joan Ford Mongeau, Chamber of Commerce (past ED)
  • Chris Cinella, Edward Jones
  • Joe Turner, Turner’s
  • Kevin DeVinney, Eastern Bank
  • Steve Trulli, Whittemore Hardware
  • Representatives from DPW, Police Department, Mayor’s Office, and Office of Planning and Community Development