Pine Banks From the Air

I just wanted to share this beautiful photo of Pine Banks Park at night, taken by photographer Paul Hammersley. Melrose and Malden have made many improvements to the park over the past few years, and we all have a lot to be proud of.

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Deadline for Logo Contest Extended to August 9

We have received a number of strong submissions for the “Melrose: One Community Open to All” logo contest, but with so many people on vacation at this time, we have had several requests to extend the deadline. Therefore, we have decided to extend the deadline to Wednesday, August 9, to ensure that everyone who wants to participate has a chance to get their entries in.

The contest, which is sponsored by Mayor Dolan, the Melrose Human Rights Commission, Melrose Organizes for Real Equality (MORE), the Melrose High School Visual Arts Department, and Melrose Arts, is for the best design for a new “Melrose: One Community Open to All” logo to be used to express unity, support and pride in our shared community. The new logo, along with the original slogan, will be used on stickers, bumper stickers, magnets and window decals, which will be made available to Melrose residents and local businesses.

The details of the competition are as follows:

  • The artwork may have a maximum of two colors, be on a white background, and must fit into a 5″ x 5″ square;
  • The contest is open to all Melrose residents of all ages;
  • Submissions should be made via email to mayorsoffice@cityofmelrose.org or can be dropped at the Mayor’s office;
  • All submissions are due by July 30;
  • All entries will be reviewed and judged by a three-person committee;
  • The judges will announce their decision in August;
  • All entries will be displayed in City Hall;
  • The first stickers will be available at the Victorian Fair on September 10.

The original blue and white “Melrose: One Community Open to All” bumper sticker was produced by Melrose resident David Simko, who was a community member of the Human Rights Commission’s Education and Community Outreach Committee. The Human Rights Commission was formed in 1992 in response to an earlier hate incident, and hate crimes went up in the summer of 1993. At that time, numerous members of the community spoke out to counter this image of Melrose, and the Commission sponsored a human rights declaration signed by over 1,000 Melrosians, public service announcements on local TV, and several public events to promote equality and harmony.

This is a perfect time to revitalize this initiative and refresh the logo, sending the message that now, more than ever, Melrose is a welcoming community.

Press Release From Melrose Police Department Regarding Vandalism at Netherlands Cemetery

MELROSE — Mayor Robert J. Dolan, Police Chief Michael L. Lyle and Human Rights Commission Director Adam LaFrance report that the Melrose Police Department is searching for three suspects who were seen tipping over six headstones at the Netherlands Cemetery early this morning.

On Thursday, July 27, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Melrose Police were dispatched to the Netherlands Cemetery Association Burial Ground, located at 38 Linwood Ave., on a report of young males vandalizing tombstones.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to a witness who said that around 3 a.m., he saw three males, likely teenage boys, kicking over tombstones at the cemetery and then fleeing the area.

Two suspects, a slender white male, between 5-feet 7-inches and 5-feet 8-inches, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black backpack, and a slender black male, between 5-feet 7-inches and 5-feet 8-inches, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and carrying a skateboard, ran down Linwood Avenue toward Malvern Street.

The third suspect is described as a white male, with a heavy build, who was wearing a black t-shirt and eyeglasses.

“I am deeply saddened and outraged by this vandalism and potential hate crime,” Mayor Dolan said. “Cemeteries are sacred grounds. Any malicious destruction is deeply saddening and must be given the full attention of law enforcement to bring the individuals responsible to account for this horrible act. On behalf of the citizens of Melrose, we offer our deepest sympathies to the Netherlands Cemetery Association, the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts and the individual families affected by this cowardly act.”

“To go to a sacred place in the city and act with such disrespect is disgraceful and these three suspects should be ashamed of themselves,” Chief Lyle said. “If anyone saw or heard anything early this morning in the area of the cemetery, we ask that you immediately contact police.”

The Netherlands Cemetery, formally called the Netherlands Cemetery Association and Roxbury Mutual Society Burial Ground – is the third-oldest Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts and contains about 475 interments. It was established in 1859 by a group of Dutch Jews living in Greater Boston who formed the Netherlands Cemetery Association and opened the Netherlands Cemetery for its members.

“Melrose is one community, open to all. The Melrose Human Rights Commission and the City of Melrose denounce the recent desecration of tombstones at the Jewish cemetery on Linwood Avenue and stand firmly with our Jewish family, friends and neighbors against this reprehensible behavior,” LaFrance said. “It is the latest in a string of such petty vandalism in the region and a concerning incident here in Melrose. The Commission supports the efforts of the Melrose Police Department to investigate thoroughly the incident and those involved. We encourage all residents to report such acts and to work to cultivate a community of mutual understanding and respect.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212 or the Human Rights Commission’s hotline at 781-979-4140. Residents can also submit anonymous tips through the police department’s tip line: Text MELROSE to TIP411 (847411).

Upsetting Act of Vandalism at Netherlands Cemetery on Linwood Ave

Last night vandalism was reported at the Netherlands Cemetery in Melrose. This cemetery, located on Linwood Ave., has a long history with the community.

Netherlands Cemetery, formally called the Netherlands Cemetery Association and Roxbury Mutual Society Burial Ground – is the third-oldest Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts and contains about 475 interments. It was established in 1859 by a group of Dutch Jews living in Greater Boston who formed the Netherlands Cemetery Association and opened the Netherlands Cemetery for its members. It is currently operated by the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts.

I am deeply saddened and outraged by this vandalism and potential hate crime. Cemeteries are sacred grounds. Any malicious destruction is deeply saddening and must be given the full attention of law enforcement to bring the individuals responsible to account for this horrible act.

On behalf of the citizens of Melrose, we offer our deepest sympathies to Netherlands Cemetery Association, the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts, and the individual families affected by this cowardly act.

The Melrose Police Department is in the process of conducting a full investigation of this vandalism and potential hate crime. We will provide further information as it becomes available. Anyone with information is urged to call the Melrose Police Department at (781) 665-1212 or the anonymous tip line at (781) 665- TIPS.

City Hall Interns Digitize World War 2 Service Records

The City Hall summer interns are diligently organizing the World War 2 service records of Melrosians and entering the information into an electronic database. Their hard work ensures that the service of the brave men and women of Melrose will never be lost to the erosion of time. The interns are doing a great service to their community and to the veterans that defended us during World War 2!

Big Upgrade to Senior Transportation!

Northern Bank in Melrose has generously donated a brand new van to the Melrose Council on Aging. The 8,000 annual rides given by these vans greatly benefit our seniors and this new van will further contribute to those efforts. The effects of Northern Bank’s generosity will not go unnoticed and will make a difference in the lives of the seniors of Melrose!