Eversource Transformer Delivery to Pass Through Melrose Late Wednesday Evening

eversource-truckWe have been informed today that Eversource Energy will be delivering a large transformer from Everett to Woburn that will briefly pass through Melrose. This will occur late Wednesday evening/early Thursday morning and briefly close the road on Main Street (Malden line to West Wyoming) and West Wyoming Ave (Main Street to Stoneham line). The approved route and delivery is being coordinated by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts State Police.

Below are additional details and a map of the route courtesy of Eversource:

On or about March 1, 2017, a large piece of equipment, called an autotransformer, will be delivered to Eversource’s Woburn Substation on Pond Street in Woburn, MA. The autotransformer will be moved from a dock on Beecham Road in Everett, MA, via a transport trailer, into the Substation.

The delivery route traverses the towns of Everett, Chelsea, Malden, Melrose, Stoneham, Medford, Arlington, and Winchester, and will take several hours to complete.


Here are some quick facts about the delivery:

  • The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has approved the route and the equipment that will be used to support the move.
  • A “six-deck-six” (12-axle) trailer will haul the autotransformer from the dock to the Substation.
  • The autotransformer weighs approx. 467,000 pounds and is 35 feet long, 13 feet wide and 18 feet tall.
  • Maximum speed of the hauler is 5 mph.
  • The approved route from Everett to Woburn Substation is 16.7 miles long with an estimated travel time of 6 to 9 hours.
  • Massachusetts State Police will be escorting the trailer throughout the delivery.
  • The autotransformer delivery will be conducted between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., and will include a State Police escort and certified safety personnel, in accordance with the MassDOT permit conditions. This schedule is approximate and subject to change.

If you have questions about the move, please call the Eversource Transmission Information Line at 1-800-793-2202, or send an email to TransmissionInfo@eversource.com.


Melrose Energy Commission Hosts Climate Change Meeting on March 2

In 2015, 14 mayors in the greater Boston area – including Melrose’s Rob Dolan and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh – convened at the Metro Mayors Climate Preparedness Summit, committing to collaborate in mitigating the progress of climate change. This regional partnership continued to gain momentum at a subsequent meeting held last year.

Melrose residents are invited to a special meeting of the Melrose Energy Commission (MEC) on Thursday, March 2, to discuss how the community can support Mayor Dolan in this program. The 7 p.m. meeting takes place at the Melrose Public Library, 69 West Emerson St. This will be an open discussion where residents can ask questions, make comments and actively participate in the city’s commitment to sustainability.

The long-term goal for the 14 Climate Preparedness Summit communities is to achieve net zero/carbon-free status by 2050. This means the amount of renewable energy produced by the community equals its energy consumption.

As a first step, each municipality has committed to develop or update a local climate mitigation plan and implement at least three climate mitigation actions by 2020. A list of climate mitigation actions was generated at the last summit meeting.

“If you feel that reducing the effects of climate change and promoting renewable energy are important, we encourage you to attend this meeting,” said MEC member Lori Timmermann. “It will be an opportunity to provide input as well as learn what we can do collectively.”

For additional information, contact the Melrose Energy Commission at: MelroseEnergyChallenge@gmail.com

Message from Green Street Baptist Church

ashes-to-goOn Wednesday, March 1st, Rev. Michael Woolf the pastor of Green Street Baptist Church in Melrose will be at the Melrose Highlands MBTA station as a part of Green Street’s ‘Ashes to Go’ program. Michael will be giving ashes to any who wish to receive them before commuters begin their day. Many people are not able to make it to church for Ash Wednesday and would perhaps be unable to mark the beginning of Lent in any way whatsoever. We hope this offers a chance to people who want to engage with their faith tradition if they so choose.

Melrose Symphony Highlights Current & Past Musicians in Upcoming Concert


The Melrose Symphony continues its 99th Concert Season with music of Rossini, Vivaldi, and Tchaikovsky on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8 pm in Memorial Hall. This program highlights current and past members of the Melrose Symphony including Erin Svoboda, Randy O’Keefe, and Matt Repucci.

Melrose native Erin Svoboda returns to play Rossini’s Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra. Svoboda, a graduate of Melrose High School and former member of the Melrose Symphony, is currently the Associate Principal Clarinetist with the Utah Symphony.

Randy O’Keefe and Matt Repucci, both current members of the Melrose Symphony, will perform Vivaldi’s iconic Concerto for Two Trumpets. Both trumpeters are also local teachers: Repucci is the Band Director for the Melrose Public Schools and O’Keefe has been the Band Director at Masconomet Regional School District for over 25 years.

The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, a lyrical and romantic piece which depicts frozen landscapes alongside Russian folk tunes.

Pre-concert talk begins at 7:15 pm. Refreshments and small plates are available from Bobby C’s Ristorante.

Tickets are $29 general admission, $10 students. Save 20% (online only) before Monday, February 27th with the discount code: mayorsblog20.