Come to the Pizza Palooza on April 1

If you’ve ever dreamt of wandering through a roomful of pizza, with free access to many different choices for the world’s most perfect food—dream no more. Instead, come to Melrose Rotary Club’s fifth annual Pizza Palooza on Saturday, April 1, at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School cafeteria, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Partnering with Melrose Rotary for the event will be members of The Bridge: A School Community Partnership, the group that matches volunteers in the community with needs in the schools. The Bridge is also the sponsor of the recent wildly popular Annual Trivia Bee.

The Bridge will help Rotary sell tickets and staff the event, and, in return, will share in the profits.

Among the Pizza restaurants that will participate in the Palooza extravaganza are Alfredo’s, Bobby C’s, Comela’s, Gerry’s, Greenwood House of Pizza, Melrose House of Pizza, Papa Gino’s Petrone’s, Schoolhouse Pizza, Stearns and Hills Bistro, Theo’s, Whole Food Market, and Wood and Fire.

Tickets for Pizza Palooza cost $10 for adults and $7 for students, with children under 6 eating free. The ticket price includes unlimited servimgs of pizza, one beverage, and one dessert. Tickets are available at Miter Biter, 479 Main Street, or at the door.


DPW Welcomes Spring!

April is the month that we (hopefully) say goodbye to snow and welcome the return of spring. Melrose DPW celebrates the changing seasons by cleaning and storing our snow equipment and resuming a variety of services and events for residents:

  • Saturday April 1st from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Saturday hours resume at the City Yard Recycling Center. Details on what items DPW accepts can be found in a chart at the bottom of this page of the city website.
  • Week of April 10th: Curbside yard waste pickup resumes (and continues every other week through the month of June). Details and a link to the schedule can be found here.
  • Saturday, April 15th from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Paper Shredding event for residents. First box free, each additional box $5. Details and event flier can be found here.
  • Now through May 8th: Backyard compost bins and rain barrels on sale to Melrose residents (at or below market value). Details can be found here.

Please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator, Sadie Brown, with any questions;; 781-665-0142 x18.

Focus on Melrose 1: Blazing Our Own Path

Today, we are starting a new series of blog posts titled “Focus on Melrose.” I hope these will help all citizens better understand City operations and the issues we face as a community. We will use my State of the City address as a starting point, but I hope to bring in more information and more voices to give you a fuller picture of our City. We will present a different aspect every Thursday.

After I was elected Mayor, in 2001, I sat with my transition team and we tried to map out some general principles of government that would be the framework for my administration. At the time, some of these were obvious and others were not so obvious. 16 years later, they still hold true, and I always begin my Inaugural and State of the City addresses with a statement of these principles.

  • Assemble the best management team;
  • Manage costs, manage debt, and always stay ahead of a potential crisis;
  • Ensure equal access to resources and opportunities;
  • Strive always to bring depth and meaning to the slogan “Melrose: One community open to all”;
  • Embrace transportation planning that accommodates a mix of modes, including auto, rail, bike, and pedestrian;
  • Promote a citywide agenda that always puts public education at the forefront;
  • Continue to invest in the maintenance and enhancement of our city’s infrastructure and technology;
  • Create a vibrant economic climate that attracts and supports a wide diversity of businesses, cultural, historical, and recreational opportunities in every part of the city;
  • Promote balanced and responsible suburban design and planning, and protect our city’s environmental greenbelt;
  • And most important, promote and involve an active citizenry that works in partnership with a responsive government to manage this City in a thoughtful, honest, and accountable manner.

To kick this off, here are a few images from the past year that illustrate how we carry out these principles in everyday life.

The facade of the proposed new building at 530 Main St.
Melrose students are studying music and writing a symphony with composer Robert Bradshaw
Melrose High School students and senior citizens enjoy dining and dancing together at the Spring Fling
A yoga group at the Healthy and Sustainable Melrose fair
Mayor Dolan discusses state and local issues with Speaker of the House Robert De Leo
A map showing locations of new LED streetlights
Transit-oriented development near Oak Grove
The new Learning Commons at Melrose High School
The new parking area at Kimball Court
Operation Respect students are recognized for their work raising funds for the veterans’ trip to the Washington, DC, memorials
Mayor Dolan swears in the first members of the new Melrose Commission on Women
A member of the iRaiders robotics team works on his project
Teeing off at the library mini-golf fund-raiser

MHS Student Julia McLaughlin Wins MIAA Sportsmanship Award

Congratulations to Melrose High School senior Julia McLaughlin, who will be awarded the 2017 Boston Bruins-MIAA Sportsmanship Award at a special ceremony on April 4. This award is presented annually by the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) to one individual from each high school ice hockey league in the state who best exemplifies the highest standards of fair play and sportsmanship.

The presentation of this prestigious award will take place on Tuesday, April 4th at the TD Garden during an intermission of the Boston Bruins game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Congratulations Julia!!

Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony on April 5

The Melrose – Wakefield – Saugus  Veteran Services District and Mayor Robert J. Dolan invite Vietnam-era veterans, their families, and the public to a Pinning Ceremony and Reception for Vietnam Veterans on April 5 at from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. in the GAR Room, Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose. Vietnam-era veterans from Melrose, Wakefield, and Saugus are being honored.

Each veteran will be presented with a pin and a certificate, and there will also be a reception with light refreshments. Any veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, is eligible to participate.

Vietnam-era veterans who believe they are eligible to take part in the ceremony should contact Veterans District Director Alicia Reddin directly via e-mail,, or phone, 781-979-4186.
The Melrose-Wakefield-Saugus Veterans Services District is officially a partner member of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, together with the Department of Defense.
This is the first of several ceremonies honoring Vietnam veterans that the Melrose-Wakefield-Saugus Veteran Services District will hold over the next three years.


Wednesday, March 29: The Meeting That Could Save a Life…

On March 29, Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Kathy Guevara and Police Chief Michael Lyle will host a community meeting about Narcan, the drug that can reverse the effects of opiates—potentially saving the life of someone who is overdosing.

The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster St.

Guevara will discuss the use and the limitations of Narcan, and she plans to have someone who has actually been revived by the drug discuss what that’s like—and what it’s like to be given Narcan when the person is not overdosing. “People are often afraid to give someone Narcan,” she says. “They think, ‘What if I give it to them and they don’t need it?'” The answer is that it won’t do any harm. “There are no side effects,” she says.

Narcan only works with opiates, so it won’t help someone who is suffering from alcohol poisoning, and while it will revive someone who is overdosing, the effects are temporary. “You still need intervention,” she says. “You can’t just think ‘I administered Narcan so I don’t have to call 911.’You still need medical intervention. It’s short term.” In addition, more than one dose may be required to revive someone who has taken synthetic opiates, such as Fentanyl. “It’s very potent, and it binds very tightly to the receptors,” she explains.

At the community meeting, Guevara will offer a training in how to use Narcan and will distribute information about the drug and how to obtain it. The bottom line, she says, is this: “It saves somebody’s life, and hopefully it gives them a chance to get to the point where they can attain recovery.”

Congratulations to Melrose’s Amazing Grace!

Grace Zinck, Melrose’s own Amazing Grace, was crowned Miss Junior Teen 2017 in the Miss Amazing Massachusetts pageant last weekend.

Grace has a lot to be proud of. As everyone who knows her can tell you, she is kind, generous, and filled with a special spirit. She brings smiles to everyone around her. And it’s not just Grace who is amazing: Every year her family runs the Amazing Grace golf tournament here in Melrose to raise money for children with disabilities and their families.

Congratulations, Grace! You are showing us all what true beauty looks like!