Monthly Archives: February, 2017

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


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:

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 Makes Boston Magazine’s ‘Best Places to Live on the North Shore’ List for 2017

We did it again! Melrose made Boston Magazine’s 2017 list of Best Places to Live on the North Shore.

Thank you and congratulations to all the people who make Melrose such a great place to live.

Vendor Deadline Approaching for New and Expectant Parents Expo


If you would like to be a vendor for the New and Expectant Parents Expo on Saturday, March 18, now is the time to sign up! The application is here and the deadline is Friday, March 3.

Join the Fun at the Winter Festival—Today!


The Winter Festival is going on today until 2:30 at Mount Hood. Come on down and enjoy winter fun, games, and a free barbecue! Please note: There is no parking at Mount Hood; park at Incarnation and a free shuttle will bring you to the festival.


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.

A Cappella Brings ‘Music Night’ to Mount Hood on March 3


Come to the Winter Festival on February 23!

Winter Festival - CraftsMelrose Winter Festival
Ages: Open to All Ages
Cost: FREE
Date: Thursday, Feb 23
Time: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Mt. Hood Golf Course – Club House

Get out of the house and help us celebrate the winter at Mount Hood Memorial Park. Come take in the sights, sounds, and all of the beautiful winter views that the park has to offer. We will be having games, activities, entertainment, music, face painting, trail walking, hot cocoa, and a huge free barbecue for all who attend. Don’t miss out on all of the fun and surprises that we have in store. We look forward to seeing everyone there!!!


All public parking for the event will be held at Melrose Incarnation Church on Upham Street. Shuttle bus service will transport all attendees to and from the event from 12:00pm – 2:30pm. No public parking is allowed at Mt. Hood for this event. Families are permitted to drop-off passengers at Mt. Hood but they will not be permitted to park or wait in their cars as this will block the shuttle service.

In partnership with Mayor Robert Dolan, Melrose Parks Commission, Melrose Recreation Department, Melrose Parks Department, and Golf Management Company, LLC.

See the Stars Over Melrose on February 25!


Saturday, February 25 7:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Melrose

Please join Melrose Rotary for a family-friendly evening of great talent performed by your friends and neighbors in Melrose. Over 50 performers ranging in age from 10 to 80-something will be on stage to entertain, delight, and amaze.

There will be guitar, ukulele, piano, and organ (the famous, seldom-played Memorial Hall Slayton Organ).

There will be singles and groups singing genres ranging from pop to folk to Irish to Broadway to opera.

There will be both tap and jazz dancing.

And there will be a hula hoop twirled in ways you didn’t think possible and balanced on an oh-so-talented nose. (yes! really!!— she holds the record!!)

It’s not a competition — just a fun, upbeat, chance to watch performers ranging in age from 10 to 80-something.

It all supports Melrose Rotary, a non-sectarian, international service organization that raises money to support charitable endeavors around the world (eradication of Polio, for example) and in Melrose (skate board park, for example).

The Performers

Caleb Barnes
Blue of a Kind
Brendan Carroll
Sam Chetkin
Christine Corbett and Jean Dancewicz
Dancers from Center Stage Dance Studio:
Kiara Awunti, Amanda Cavicchi, Gianna Filaretos, Emily Nguyen
Jesse DeLaurier
Carol Dixon
Ainsley Donaldson
Gianna Filaretos
Frances Garrett
Beth Grzegorzewski
Eva Lou Hoops
Melrose High School Honors Chorus
Melrose High School Raider Tones A Capella Club
Mark Morgan
Joe Mulholland
Joel Peterson
Amanda Rosa
Rebecca Zama

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