Monthly Archives: June, 2017

4th of July Celebration 2017

Join in the Melrose Independence Day celebration on Tuesday, July 4!

Ages: All Ages
Date: Tuesday, July 4 @ Common Park
Cost: FREE!
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Come join us for our Annual Bike & Carriage Parade around Common Park. Bring your decorated bike, wagon, carriage, scooter, skateboard, or other custom ride and take part in the festivities. Parade registration is no longer required. The parade will begin at 10:30am sharp, so be sure to arrive early! At the conclusion of the parade all youth participants will receive a ribbon. We will also have free face painting, games and activities.


10:00am Parade Begins (10:30am Sharp!)
10:30am Event Festivities Begin

  • Face Painting
  • Music
  • Games, Activities, & Crafts
  • Concessions

12:00pm Event Ends

There is no rain date—if the weather is inclement, the event will be cancelled.


Enjoy Free Movie Nights at Mount Hood

School Construction Projects Get Under Way!

Foundation for the new modular classrooms at the Hoover School

Last week we began work on three vital school construction projects: New modular classrooms at the Hoover and Winthrop schools and a partial renovation of the Horace Mann.

At the Horace Mann, we are renovating two classrooms, reconfiguring the administration suite, and updating the school library. We are also constructing the school’s first-ever dedicated music and arts classroom and re-establishing the main entry at the front of the building. The new entry will be handicap accessible and, to increase security, we are outfitting the entryway with locked double doors and a buzzer. These improvements to the school will enhance the educational experience of all Horace Mann students.

To accommodate higher levels of student enrollment, we are installing brand-new modular classrooms at both the Winthrop and the Hoover schools. These classrooms will have state-of-the-art technology that will provide our students with an up-to-date learning environment.

Work is under way on the foundation for the Winthrop School.

A kindergarten classroom being prepped for renovation at the Horace Mann.

Marie Ryan Recognized as Unsung Heroine

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women recognized Marie Ryan with a well-deserved Unsung Heroine Award last week. Representative Paul Brodeur nominated Marie for the honor, and she attended the ceremony with her daughter, JoAnne Ryan Amirault, at the Massachusetts State House on June 21.

Marie is involved in many Melrose organizations and events and is particularly dedicated to serving veterans. She works quietly behind the scenes and can always be depended on to make sure things get done—and get done properly—yet she never loses her good cheer. She is a member of the Melrose Melrose Veterans Advisory Board and the Emblem Club, and she has taken an active part in veterans-related events, fundraisers, and food drives in the Melrose community. She has organized and assisted with the Melrose Veterans Memory Project fundraisers, the Veterans in the Classroom events, the Holiday Cards to Local Troops events, Veterans and Memorial Day events, as well as the Melrose/Wakefield Veterans’ Services Monthly Mobile Food Marts. In addition to her veterans-related work, Marie volunteers at the Milano Senior Center, St. Mary’s Parish, and A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry. Above all, she is an incredibly kind and good-hearted person who loves a good laugh and brings smiles to all those around her.

“Marie’s dedication to veterans, patrons of the Milano Senior Center, and her church community demonstrates her commitment to our city,” said Representative Brodeur. “It was a privilege to nominate her for this recognition, and I hope that Melrosians view her as an example to emulate.”

The Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts event to honors Commonwealth women who performed unheralded acts of public leadership and volunteerism.

Today Only: Cookies for a Cause at REMAX!

Craving a sweet treat this afternoon? You’re in luck! Stop by REMAX on Main Street between now and 4 p.m. and pick up some fresh-baked cookies—the money goes to a good cause!

Public Meeting on Complete Streets on June 29

The City of Melrose will be holding a public meeting on Thursday June 29th at 5 PM in the Aldermanic Chamber at City Hall to present the proposed 15 Complete Streets projects that the City intends to submit to MassDOT in order to qualify for construction grant funds. There will be an explanation given as to how the list was narrowed down from 43 to 25, as well as what factors were then used to determine the proposed 15 projects that would comprise the City’s Prioritization Plan. For more information about the Complete Streets program and to view the project lists, please visit Melrose’s Complete Streets webpage at: City of Melrose Complete Streets

Enjoy a Free Kids’ Concert at Memorial Hall on June 23!

Steven Ladd Jones

Kick off the start of summer vacation with a free kids’ concert at Memorial Hall on Friday, June 23rd at 5pm!
Children are invited to dress up as their favorite movie characters and join in the singing and dancing to music from their favorite animated movies.

This first of its kind performance in Melrose is not to be missed. It will feature Boston Conservatory at Berklee Theater Faculty (and Melrose resident) Steven Ladd Jones as he leads a group of conservatory students and alumni in a program of songs from kids’ movies—past and present.

The whole family will enjoy this event that features some of the finest musical theater artists in Boston. Bring a blanket and snacks, as we will be opening the floor of Memorial Hall for families to enjoy.

This event is being brought to you free of charge by the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts and the City of Melrose.

For more information, please feel free to email Mike Lindstrom at

FUMC Melrose is collecting donated bicycles, Sun. 6/25, 12-3 pm

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 12-3 pm on Sunday, June 25. Bikes Not Bombs asks for a $10 per bike donation to help with transportation and refurbishing costs.

If twenty bikes are donated by or on Sunday, the church will reach its goal of collecting 100 bikes.

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.

Pirates are Coming to Melrose!

The new Applause Concerts presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance on Saturday, June 24th at 7:30 p.m. at Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. Performed by Greater Worcester Opera, this hilarious romp through Victorian England will be presented in concert, fully staged and costumed, with a professional cast drawn from across eastern Massachusetts. Tickets are just $15 ($10 for students) and can be purchased in advance at Applause Concerts is a new organization looking to start a new major concert series here in Melrose. This show has been sponsored in part by the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts. A great night for the whole family, come help us launch this major new arts initiative for Melrose! For more information call 781-665-0285.

Owners of Net Zero Home to Speak at June 22 Energy Commission Meeting

When David Fink and Barbara Simko decided to renovate their 70-year-old Melrose home, the initial plan was to remodel the kitchen and build an addition. This ultimately evolved into a much more complex project, transforming the 1,572-square-foot structure into a net-zero electric home, one that does not use more energy than it produces.

Basically, the strategy was to make the home as efficient as possible while converting all energy requirements to electricity. In this way, solar panels could provide all the necessary energy. The project took 14 months and was completed in 2013.

Over a four-year period, ending in January 2017, electricity generated by the solar array exceeded household usage, resulting in net-zero energy consumption.

Fink and Simko will describe their exploits at the next meeting of the Melrose Energy Commission on Thursday, June 22. This meeting will be held at the Cassidy Conference Room at Melrose City Hall from 7:15-9 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Fink-Simko residence received a Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Zero Net Energy Building Award (ZNEBA) Finalist award at the organization’s 2015 annual convention.

The project team consisted group of architect Steven Baczek and David Joyce (formerly of Synergy Construction) along with consultants Mike Duclos and Paul Eldrenkamp from DEAP Energy Group. Mark Durrenberger of New England Clean Energy provided expertise and solar array installation. MassSave and National Grid provided partial funding via subsidies.

For additional information, contact the Melrose Energy Commission at 781-662-2616 or

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