Monthly Archives: June, 2017

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

End of an Era at the Hoover School

The Brown-McCarthy family just ended a 20-year consecutive run at the Hoover School—a member of their family has been attending every year from 1997 to 2017. Today was the last day of school, so everyone showed up to celebrate. Their T-shirts have their Hoover “graduation” dates on the back.

Congratulations to the Brown-McCarthy family, and best wishes for a safe and happy summer!

Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market presents Urban Farm Tour Fundraiser on June 24

Melrose farmers, beekeepers, and gardeners are opening up their farms to the public again this year for the second annual Urban Farm Tour on June 24, 10am-3pm.

This is a self-guided, family-friendly tour of the best urban farms in Melrose. Participants will get tips on edible gardens, see what’s needed for keeping goats, chickens and bees in an urban setting, learn about composting, and have a chance to ask a Master Gardner questions about their own garden. New to the tour this year is a magical fairy garden, and more farms with chickens and bees. The tour begins at Bowden Park (seasonal location of the Sally Franks’ Farmers’ Market), at the junction of W. Emerson, and Vinton Streets, adjacent to the Cedar Park Commuter Rail stop, where participants can pick up the map for the tour stops. Family-friendly activities, music, and lunch for purchase are available between 11:30-2:30pm at Bowden Park. The tour is bike, stroller, drive, and walk friendly.

The tour cost is $20/adult, $5/child 6-18 yrs. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance, saving $3 on an adult ticket, online, at the farmers’ market each Thursday starting June 8, and at Buckalews, Hour Glass, and Miter Biter.

All proceeds go to the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market which runs every Thursday from June 8th to October 26th, 2-7PM (beginning 9/14 time adjusts to 2-6PM).

For further information or to purchase tickets for Urban Farm Tour visit us at

Melrose Symphony to Celebrate 100th Anniversary with Free Concert and Fireworks

Music lovers will want to attend a free concert and fireworks display marking the 100th anniversary of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Morelli Field, Mayor Robert Dolan announced at a press conference at City Hall Monday, June 12. The mayor did not hide his excitement.

“This is the greatest outdoor concert since Woodstock,” Dolan playfully said of the symphony celebration. “It’s going to be an event that people are going to be talking about until the 200th anniversary.”

The symphony will perform on a stage erected around the home plate area, with what the city hopes are thousands of residents sitting on blankets and lawn chairs on the field, and possibly spilling over into the football field and bleachers. The set list will feature crowd-pleasing tunes from John Williams, Henry Mancini, John Philip Souza, as well as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, capped off with a fireworks grand finale.

A fleet of food trucks will be on hand, but outside food is welcome, too. The concert begins around 7 p.m., but the gates will open at 5:30, providing time for guests to visit the symphony’s “musical petting zoo,” which encourages kids (and adults) to try out instruments with help from musicians.

“We’ve been working with the symphony, probably for a year and a half, about how, where, and when to celebrate one of the real treasures of this community,” Dolan said. The date was chosen to lead into the city’s popular Victorian Fair, scheduled for the next day.

Excerpt from Conor Powers-Smith, Melrose Free Press, June 13, 2017 (read the full article here)

Homecoming Will Welcome Alumni Back to MHS In October

Melrose High School alumni will be welcomed back to the city for a Homecoming Weekend on the Columbus Day weekend this year.

While Melrose High has had homecoming dances, this is the first time that a weekend of activities is being geared toward bringing alumni and students together.

“What we would like to turn it into is an opportunity for Melrose High School graduates to come back and watch their teams play,” said John McLaughlin, who is organizing many of the weekend’s activities.

Homecoming will kick off (literally) with the Melrose-Stoneham football game on Friday, October 6, at Fred Green Field. The Melrose High School Band will perform at halftime. A number of other sports teams will have games on Saturday, and on Sunday there will be a 5K race to benefit the Victoria McLaughlin Foundation, which provides funding for the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School library as well as arts programs and after-school activities for the Melrose Public Schools.

“Homecoming is a great way for generations of Melrose High School alumni to come together, share their experiences, and network with one another,” said Mayor Robert J. Dolan. “It is also an opportunity for alumni to see the great improvements we have made to the Melrose High School facilities in recent years, both the athletic fields and inside the building.”

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