Monthly Archives: May, 2017

New Speed Limit Begins June 1

Reminder: The 25 MPH speed limit for the City of Melrose will go into effect tomorrow, June 1, at 12:01 a.m. The only roadways not subject to this new speed limit are:

  • Lynn Fells Parkway
  • Ravine Road

All other roadways not posted at 25 MPH or less will transition from the current speed limit signage of 30 to 25 over the next week.
“Our goal here is to reduce motor vehicle crashes by 5 percent through education, enforcement and community meetings. Year to date we’ve investigated nearly 300 crashes in the city,” Chief Lyle said. “We understand that there will be a transition period as residents adjust to the new speed limit.”


Back Bay Ringers to Perform ‘Metamorphosis’ on June 4


Sunday, June 4, 3:00 pm
Melrose Highlands Congregational Church
355 Franklin Street, Melrose, MA

The Back Bay Ringers (BBR), Boston’s premier handbell ensemble, announce their spring concert, Metamorphosis. For this concert, all ticket proceeds and additional donations will go to developing a handbell program at Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors and may be purchased online at or at the door.

About the Metamorphosis Concert
Metamorphosis had its origins shortly after the June 2016 shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. Griff Gall, BBR’s Artistic Director, attended an Old South Church/Boston Pride program, highlighting the work of the LGBT Asylum Task Force, a group dedicated to supporting and empowering LGBT refugees in the United States. He was deeply moved by their mission and approached them about BBR presenting a fundraising concert on their behalf that was both reflective and inspiring, and is happening at First Church Boston on Friday, June 2 at 7:30 pm.

The Sunday afternoon concert in Melrose is an opportunity for BBR , in this season of giving back, to reinforce its dedication to handbell artistry, and thus partnered with the music director at Melrose Highlands CC for a benefit concert to help them refurbish their set of handbells.

This concert will begin with pieces representing the dark side of human nature before making a transition to lighter, more joyful pieces. Audiences will recognize such pieces as Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte and the Shaker tune Lord of the Dance, along with the Dies Irae funeral hymn and Dona Nobis Pacem. A featured piece is Prayer for the Innocents by Michael Helman, written in memory of those whose lives were lost at the Orlando shooting.

Gall recalls, “In any story of ‘giving back’ there is a progression of darkness to light and hope; the music of this concert will take the audience on this progressive journey.”

This concert will begin with pieces representing the dark side of human nature before making a transition to lighter, more joyful pieces. Audiences will recognize such pieces as Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte and the Shaker tune Lord of the Dance, along with the Dies Irae funeral hymn and Dona Nobis Pacem. A featured piece is Prayer for the Innocents by Michael Helman, written in memory of those whose lives were lost at the Orlando shooting.

Donna Matson, BBR’s Executive Director, adds: “We all need to be more in tune with the struggling music and arts programs of our area. The afternoon in Melrose gives you a chance to be delighted by the handbell music, and inspired by the concept of advancing a young handbell program.”

About the Handbell Program at Melrose Congregational Church
Melrose Highlands is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, known in town for its music and youth programs. Katherine Foley, in her first year as music director, is working to restart the long-dormant handbell choir. The church owns 2 octaves of Schulmerich Handbells, which have fallen into disrepair over the years and are in desperate need for refurbishment. Ms. Foley comments, “We are so grateful to The Back Bay Ringers for helping us offset the cost of refurbishment, and for getting the congregation excited about handbells!”

Katherine, a graduate of Westminster Choir College, sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as other choirs in the Boston area.

Back Bay Ringers will perform an additional concert on Friday, June 2, at 7:30 pm at First Church Boston (66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA) to benefit the non-profit, LGBT Asylum Support Task Force. All ticket proceeds will go directly to the work of this refugee support group. Tickets can be purchased on line at, or at the door.

Melrose Drama Seniors Present ‘Into the Woods’ June 4 & 5

Come join some of your favorite Melrose Drama Seniors as they present their farewell production, the Tony Award winning “Into the Woods.” The classic Grimm’s fairy tale musical will be performed at the Melrose High School Learning Commons on Sunday June 4th and Monday June 5th at 7:00 PM with a matinee on Monday June 5th at 3:00PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and will be available at the door.

Produced, directed and performed solely by students from the Melrose Drama senior class, “Into the Woods” takes everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them to life in a timeless, yet relevant, modern classic. The musical tells the stories of the Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child, Cinderella, who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack, who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, she reveals that she has placed a curse on their family and the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods is Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and two Princes who are desperately chasing after their loves. Though everyone’s’ wishes are finally granted, the consequences of their actions return to haunt them with disastrous results. The fairy tale community must come together to save each other and their kingdom!

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, “Into the Woods” is sure to be another amazing production from the award winning students of Melrose Drama!

For more information, please contact Melrose Drama at

Fund-Raider for the Melrose Orchestrators on May 31!

Skip the cooking and dine at the Dockside in Wakefield tomorrow, May 31, and if you present the coupon below, 25% of the tab will go to the Melrose Orchestrators to support music in the Melrose schools. You must show the certificate—use the one below or e-mail orchestra teacher Luke Miller at for a PDF if you like. The offer applies only on May 31 from 5-9 p.m., and it’s good for dine-in and take-out.

Focus on Melrose: Metro Mayors Opioid Report

This week, I attended a meeting of the Metro Mayors Coalition to hear a report on how the cities in the area are tackling the opioid crisis. The report was sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and brings a lot of information together in a single place.

I’m attaching the two pages about Melrose below; they show the different efforts we have been making to prevent substance abuse and to help those who are dealing with it as well as their families. You can download the entire report: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Metro Mayors Communities.

DPW Is Sprucing Up Melrose for Spring!

Spring is here! DPW is out planting trees and hanging flags and flowers. Enjoy spring, Melrose! Feel free to call DPW at 781-665-0142 with ways we can help.

Running for Fun—and Funds—at the Horace Mann

The Horace Mann School is having a fund-raiser today—the students are running laps around the field to raise money for their school. Go Horace Mann Huskies!

Melrose Student Honored as Young Conservationist of the Year

Congratulations to Hoover School fifth-grader Scarlett Timm, who was honored by Zoo New England recently as Young Conservationist of the Year. Timm is ten years old and has spent the past five years raising money for elephant preservation. As the Melrose Free Press reported,

“My mom read an article and told me that the elephants were getting killed and I said we need to do something about that,” Timm remembered.

Timm and her family began making string and bead bracelets complete with an elephant charm in a variety of designs, and selling them for $5 at the farmer’s market in Melrose. For four years, Timm raised about $100 annually – money she donated to a Wildlife Conservation Society campaign called 96 Elephants.

This past year she started selling hats, crocheted by her mother and grandmother, at the Melrose Farmers’ Market, and she raised almost $1,000 for her cause. Rep. Paul Brodeur nominated Timm for the award after seeing her selling the hats at the Farmers Market.

Congratulations to Scarlett for her activism and kudos to her family for their support.

Green Street Baptist Church to Hold Memorial Day Sunday Service

VFW Post 2394 and Post 1506 will join with the Green Street Baptist Church to hold a Memorial Day Sunday Service on May 28th at 11:00 am. This year in observance of the Vietnam War we are inviting those who served in Vietnam and their families to join us.

“On behalf of a Grateful Nation….” how many times have we heard this solemn phrase and to every veteran and their families it has a special and personal meaning. To those who have lost a love one it reminds them of an empty space at family gathering. To those who have a family member on active duty it is the day to day worry for those in harm’s way, and for those in harm’s way it is the worry that all at home is well and that their families will be cared for. As Memorial Day approaches it is fitting that we also remind ourselves that we as veterans have a special obligation as part of the grateful nation to observe and participate in the observance of that day, to remind and educate our neighbors and children that we are truly grateful to those who made the supreme sacrifice that so many have so willingly made for All.

Green Street Baptist Church is located at 179 Green Street, Melrose.

Melrose Welcomes the Aruba Police Force

I was happy to welcome a group of officers from the Aruba Police force to Melrose this week. They have been touring the country during the month of May, in coordination with National Law Enforcement Week, and they stopped in Melrose at the invitation of Melrose resident Bob Morrison. They met with me and with Patrol Commander Mark DeCroteau of the Melrose Police Department to discuss their experiences and their unique challenges. It was a very interesting visit and I hope they will visit Melrose again!

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