Monthly Archives: April, 2017

Reminder: MBTA to Replace Railroad Tracks this Weekend on Franklin Street

The City has been informed today by the MBTA that they will be repairing and replacing the train tracks across Franklin Street near Belmont Street in the Highlands. Work will start at 10 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017 and will continue through Sunday evening, with completion by 10 p.m.

The work is required in order to maintain the safe travel of trains through this area and re-establish full service for the Monday morning commute. This is very similar to the project completed by the MBTA last year at the Wyoming Station.

Please note that Franklin Street will be closed in its entirety (in both directions) at this railroad crossing in order to complete this work. However, access to all businesses will be maintained during the weekend and all municipal parking lots in the Highlands will be accessible.

Melrose Police and MBTA officers will be posted throughout the detour in order to assist with traffic flow. Message boards have also been placed in order to educate commuters in and around the area. In general, the following should be anticipated:

  • Franklin Street will be closed at Tremont Street for westbound travel (towards Stoneham). All westbound travel will be detoured to the Lynn Fells Parkway then Perkins Street and back to Franklin.
  • Franklin Street will be closed at Belmont Street for eastbound travel. Eastbound vehicles will be detoured down Belmont Street to Melrose Street to Tremont Street and back to Franklin. Only eastbound travel will be allowed beneath the bridge on Melrose Street.
  • Franklin Street will be detoured at Vinton Street for truck traffic travelling in an easterly direction (towards Main Street).
  • Greenwood Street truck traffic will be detoured westerly toward Stoneham.
  • Traffic travelling onto Franklin from Chipman Avenue will have to turn left and travel towards Main Street only.
  • All businesses will be open and accessible by foot within the detour limits.
  • All municipal parking will remain open in the Highlands Business District during this time with the exception of Marvin Road.

Melrose Veterans Memory Project Art Show on April 30

The Melrose Veterans Memory Project will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary on Sunday, April 30th, by hosting a Veteran Art Show! The event will be held at the Melrose High School Learning Commons from 2-6pm and will highlight the work of local veterans using a variety of different media. Join us for cake, crafts, raffles and more! The Melrose Veterans Adivsory Board will also be holding a Veteran Town Hall Meeting during the event. This is a great opportunity for veterans to voice their concerns and share their ideas about future programming, policies, etc. The Town Hall Meeting is scheduled to begin at 2:45pm.

Featured veterans include Korean War veteran Frank Tambini and Vietnam veterans Glenn Kruse and John Webster.

Spring TOPSoccer to Begin on Sunday, April 30

The Melrose Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program will begin on Sunday, April 30th on the Franklin Field (Greanleaf Place, Melrose) from 1-2 pm. Weekly TOPSoccer sessions are planned every Sunday at the same time and place until June 11th. The US Youth Soccer Outreach program pairs middle-school and high-school volunteers and children ages 6-17 with physical and/or cognitive challenges for soccer skills training, games and activities. Registration for both players and volunteers is available on the Melrose Youth Soccer website (www.melroseyouthsoccer.net – Follow the Registration links). If you have questions about the program, please contact Bob Lynch-Galvin (bob.lg65@gmail.com).

FUMC Melrose is Collecting Donated Bicycles on April 29

The First United Methodist Church of Melrose is collecting donated bicycles to support Bikes Not Bombs. Bicycles can be dropped off on the church lawn (645 Main St.) from 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, April 29. Bikes Not Bombs asks for a $10 per bike donation to help with transportation and refurbishing costs.

You may also drop off your bike Mondays through Thursdays during the office hours of 9 am-1 pm, or call the church office at 781-662-7060 to arrange for a FUMC volunteer to come to your location for bike pick-up.

The church will also be holding a car wash during the bike drop off (Sat. Apr. 29, 10 am-2 pm) to raise money for Bikes Not Bombs, in effort to reach its goal of raising $10,000 for Bikes Not Bombs this year.

MBTA to Replace Railroad Tracks this Weekend on Franklin Street

The City has been informed today by the MBTA that they will be repairing and replacing the train tracks across Franklin Street near Belmont Street in the Highlands. Work will start at 10 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017 and will continue through Sunday evening, with completion by 10 p.m.

The work is required in order to maintain the safe travel of trains through this area and re-establish full service for the Monday morning commute. This is very similar to the project completed by the MBTA last year at the Wyoming Station.

Please note that Franklin Street will be closed in its entirety (in both directions) at this railroad crossing in order to complete this work. However, access to all businesses will be maintained during the weekend and all municipal parking lots in the Highlands will be accessible.

Melrose Police and MBTA officers will be posted throughout the detour in order to assist with traffic flow. Message boards have also been placed in order to educate commuters in and around the area. In general, the following should be anticipated:

  • Franklin Street will be closed at Tremont Street for westbound travel (towards Stoneham). All westbound travel will be detoured to the Lynn Fells Parkway then Perkins Street and back to Franklin.
  • Franklin Street will be closed at Belmont Street for eastbound travel. Eastbound vehicles will be detoured down Belmont Street to Melrose Street to Tremont Street and back to Franklin. Only eastbound travel will be allowed beneath the bridge on Melrose Street.
  • Franklin Street will be detoured at Vinton Street for truck traffic travelling in an easterly direction (towards Main Street).
  • Greenwood Street truck traffic will be detoured westerly toward Stoneham.
  • Traffic travelling onto Franklin from Chipman Avenue will have to turn left and travel towards Main Street only.
  • All businesses will be open and accessible by foot within the detour limits.
  • All municipal parking will remain open in the Highlands Business District during this time with the exception of Marvin Road.

MHS Class of 2017 College Acceptances

Great news! The college acceptance letters are in, and once again, Melrose High School students have been accepted into some of the best colleges and universities in the country. This is a tribute to not only our parents but our teachers, from the ECC to Melrose High School—as well as our students’ hard work and determination. Congratulations and best wishes to all our graduating seniors!

Adelphi University
Alfred University
American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)
Arizona State University
Assumption College
Babson College
Bard College
Barry University
Bates College
Becker College
Belmont University
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater College
Bridgewater State University
Bryant University
California State University, Los Angeles
Campbell University
Case Western Reserve University
Champlain College
Chapman University
Clark University
Clarkson University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Colby-Sawyer College
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University – Irvine
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Curry College
Dean College
Dickinson College
East Carolina University
Eastern Nazarene College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fairfield University
Fitchburg State University
Flagler College
Fordham University
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
Furman University
Gordon College
Harvard University
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Howard University
Indiana University at Bloomington
Ithaca College
Johnson & Wales University (North Miami)
Johnson & Wales University (Providence)
Keene State College
Keystone College
Lasell College
Le Moyne College
Lesley University
Longwood University
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University New Orleans
Lyndon State College
Lynn University
Maine College of Art
Manhattan College
Manhattan School of Music
Marist College
Maryland Institute College of Art
Marymount Manhattan College
Marymount University
Marywood University
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
McGill University
MCPHS – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Mercyhurst University
Merrimack College
Middle Tennessee State University
Middlebury College
Mitchell College
Mount Ida College
New England College
New York University
Newbury College
Nichols College
North Carolina State University
North Shore Community College
Northeastern University
Norwich University
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Oklahoma City University
Pace University, New York City
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Paul Smith’s College
Pennsylvania State University – All Campuses
Philadelphia University
Plymouth State University
Providence College
Purchase College State University of New York
Quinnipiac University
Regis College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rivier University
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Joseph’s College-ME
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Michael’s College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
San Diego State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Siena College
Simmons College
Smith College
Southern New Hampshire University
Springfield College
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University
Suffolk University
SUNY Buffalo State College
SUNY College at Potsdam
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
The Catholic University of America
The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
The College of Saint Rose
The Ohio State University
The University of Georgia
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Scranton
The University of Tampa
Towson University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College (New York)
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Hartford
University of Louisville
University of Maine
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of New England
University of New Hampshire at Durham
University of New Haven
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wake Forest University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Westminster College
Wheaton College MA
Wheelock College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester State University

Report: Major Crimes Down 55% for First Quarter of 2017

Chief Michael Lyle is pleased to announce that the Melrose Police Department saw a more than 55 percent drop in major crimes in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the first quarter of 2016.

  • There was no homicide or arson in Melrose in either quarter. As for other major crimes,
  • Aggravated assaults were down by 71%, from 7 last year to 2 this year;
  • Larceny was down by 61%, from 72 in 2016 to 28 in 2017;
  • Motor vehicle theft was down from 13 to 6, a 53% drop;
  • Robberies dropped from two in 2016 to one this year;
  • Burglaries were up slightly, from five last year to six this year.
  • The drop in major crimes marks a trend for Melrose, which has continued to see a decrease in these types of incidents.

In 2016, the city saw an overall drop of more than 27 percent in major crimes from 2015.

“We continue to see a decrease in major crimes throughout the City of Melrose,” Chief Lyle said. “I certainly want to commend all members of the Melrose Police Department for working to keep our community safe.”

Green Street Baptist Church Hosts Program on the Environment Tonight

Help Keep Our Parks Clean!

This week I got a letter from a Winthrop School student who helped clean up the Melrose Common on Earth Day. She told me it made her sad to see that people were not picking up their water bottles and other items after their events, and she thinks we can do better.

I went to the Common to see for myself. There are plenty of barrels and recycling containers there, but it’s important that everyone remember to use them. So I am asking for your help: Please take responsibility for yourself and your group. If you are using the park, please put your wrappers, bottles, etc., in the barrels and recycling containers, and before you leave, please check around you and clean up anything that you might have left behind.

When I speak to students, I tell them to treat the parks as if they were our own yard—because they are. The Melrose community is our extended family and the parks are a part of our home. They are here for all of us to use and enjoy, but we must also take care of them. Please treat our parks with respect and keep them clean for all of us.

I want to thank the seven-year-old girl who wrote to me for her concern about this issue, and for taking action both by cleaning the park with her parents and by writing to me about it. I know that her actions will make a difference.

You’re Invited—to the Melrose Energy Commission’s April 27 Meeting

Looking for a local way to celebrate Earth Week 2017? Then take a deeper dive into creating a sustainability plan for Melrose with the Melrose Energy Commission (MEC) at our next meeting, Thursday, April 27th at 7:15 P.M. in the second floor conference room at City Hall. Carol Oldham, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, will facilitate the discussion and share what she’s learned from other communities around the state. This meeting follows two robust brainstorming sessions earlier this year when residents shared their ideas and aspirations to make Melrose a more livable and sustainable city. The public is invited to join MEC at this monthly meeting to continue the conversation and plan next steps.

Questions? Contact Lori Timmermann at MelroseEnergyChallenge@gmail.com.

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