Monthly Archives: October, 2017

Melrose Named One of the Best Small Cities in America

For the second year in a row, Melrose has made the top tier of the personal finance site WalletHub’s Best Small Cities in America. And we’ve moved up in the nationwide rankings, from #26 last year to #12 this year!

WalletHub’s analysts looked at 1,200 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 and ranked them on 33 different criteria, including quality of school system, crime rate, and housing costs. Melrose ranked in the top 1% of small cities nationwide, with the lowest unemployment rate of any of the cities surveyed and the 38th lowest crime rate.

Well done Melrose!


Veterans Day Events to Feature Unveiling of World War II Monument on November 11

The City of Melrose and the Melrose Veterans Advisory Board invite all veterans and residents to attend the unveiling of the World War II memorial on Saturday, November 11, at 10 a.m. at the Knoll (opposite Melrose High School). The breathtaking monument will feature design elements and key symbols from the national monument in Washington, D.C. including a water feature as well as the Atlantic and Pacific wreaths.

The Melrose High School Marching band will perform, and World War II veterans and their relatives or friends are invited to lay flowers at the monument in honor of deceased World War II Veterans.

This dedication is the culmination of a partnership between the City of Melrose and a multi-year fundraising effort led by the Melrose Veterans Advisory Board together with the Melrose Veteran Memory Project, which is made up of Melrose High School students under the direction of MHS teacher Lisa Lord.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 11th. Light refreshments will be served immediately afterward at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School.

If you would like to attend and require transportation, please call or email Alicia Reddin at (781) 979-4186 or

DPW Storm Update

As you know, our region was hit with a serious storm last night with high winds, causing substantial damage. Luckily, unlike many areas, we did not have widespread power outages or flooding.

However, we do have many downed trees and limbs. Just to let you know, DPW will be working until dark tonight, and the phones at the DPW Storm Center, 781-665-0142, will be staffed until 6 p.m. to address any concerns or problems. DPW will be back at it tomorrow. If you have a large limb you would like to have removed, please move it to the front of your house, where you put the trash, and place a call to DPW, and we will pick it up.

Thank you for your patience. We have received many calls, but our DPW crews are working very hard to get the job done.

Trick or Treat at Melrose Businesses is Tuesday, October 31

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce annual Trick or Treat at Melrose Businesses will be held on Tuesday, October 31st, from 3:30pm – 5:00pm.

Sponsored by Bell & Izzi and MMTV, the event brings together businesses on Main Street, Essex Street, West Foster Street, West Wyoming, West Emerson, Franklin Street and other business districts in Melrose for a fun afternoon for our youngest trick or treaters. Children in Grade 3 and younger are invited to trick or treat at this annual community event. A list of all participating businesses and their locations will be posted on the Melrose Chamber website,, by Thursday, October 26th.

“This chamber event is just one more example of how the business community in Melrose, and several of our civic organizations, take time out of their work and give back. Business owners and staff and many civic leaders will warmly greet children and their families on October 31st,” said Lauren Grymek, Executive Director of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce.

For the safety of all event participants, Main Street from Upham Street to Grove Street, and Essex Street from Main Street to Myrtle Street will be closed to vehicles during this time. Please note this is a rain or shine event.

For more information on Trick or Treat at Melrose Businesses please visit or call the Chamber Office at 781-665-3033.

Local Business Spotlight: Fall Festival at Affairs to Remember on November 2

Businesses, Individuals Helped Melrose Bloom

This letter to the editor was printed in the Melrose Weekly News on Friday, October 20, 2017. As you know, we partner with the Chamber on this program, and I would also like to thank all our businesses and individuals who have pitched in.

As the largest organization dedicated to economic activity in the City of Melrose, the Melrose Chamber of Commerce frequently receives comments about the beautiful and bustling downtown district, as well how lucky we are to have several, additional thriving business districts throughout our community. We are also very fortunate to have a business community, alongside many individuals, that continually gives back to the City throughout the year, and in many ways.

One of the reasons why Melrose’s business districts are so attractive is because of the hanging geraniums that adorn the Victorian lamp posts, not only on Main Street, but on Essex Street, Franklin Street, West Emerson Street and West Wyoming Street as well. These plants, which go up in early spring and last through early fall, have become symbols of the vibrancy of our city and the support given by the business community and individual residents.

The flower baskets are also another wonderful example of the collaborative relationship which exists between the City of Melrose, the Melrose business community and the Melrose Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber sincerely thanks the City of Melrose’s Public Works Department for hanging, caring for and maintaining the flower baskets.

The following are the businesses and individuals who contributed to this initiative in 2017. Please make sure you thank these business owners and community members who make Melrose “bloom”!

Nancy and Frank Brinchiero; Bay State Center Family Chiropractic; Beecy Bookkeeping; Bell & Izzi, LLC; Brad Hutchinson Real Estate; Buckalew’s General Store; Capuano Construction Company; Century 21 Sexton & Donohue Realtors; Churchill Corporation; The Coolidge; Crowell Associates; Dagle Electrical Construction Corporation; D’Amici’s Bakery,; David Driscoll Consulting; East Boston Savings Bank; Edward Jones Investments; Fred Solomon, DMD, Friends of the Melrose Public Library; Friends of the Milano Center; Gately Funeral Home; The Grateful Thread; Greenwood and Sons; Harding & Stewart Insurance; Hinchey Brothers Plumbing, Inc.; Hourglass Gift Gallery; Hughes & Company, PC; Hunt’s Photo & Video; Jay Morneault, Realtor, RE/MAX Leading Edge; Joseph S. Gulino, CPA; LCM PLUS; Lecce Skin Care; Shannon MacDonald; Alderman Mary Beth McAteer-Margolis; Sue McNamara; Melrose Animal Clinic; Melrose Bank; Melrose Day Care Center and Preschool; Melrose Dental Care; Melrose Family Opticians; Melrose First Federal Credit Union; Melrose Floor Covering; Melrose Glass Company; Melrose Housing Authority; Melrose Lions Club; Melrose Mass. T.V.; Melrose Oriental Rug; Melrose Symphony Orchestra; Melrose Weekly News; Mexico Lindo; Miter Biter Frame Company; Montvale Tire Company, Inc.; North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning; Ocean Sushi; Perella Jewelers; Promotional Solutions, Inc.; Robinson Funeral Home; Rotary Club of Melrose; Chris and Emily Santillo; SDM Foundation; Stearns and Hill’s Bistro; Sullivan & Clark; Turner’s Seafood Grill & Market, Inc.; Waystack & Kirby, Attorneys at Law; Whittemore Hardware; Williams & Alley Insurance; Alderman Michael P. Zwirko

With extreme gratitude and appreciation,

Lauren H. Grymek
Executive Director
Melrose Chamber of Commerce

Melrose Drama Fall High School Plays

Melrose Drama is pleased to present our Melrose High School Fall Plays, “Black Comedy” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Each play is one act and will be performed at the Melrose Performing Arts Center, located at the Middle School, on Friday November 3rd and Saturday November 4th at 7:00 PM. There will also be a matinee on Saturday November 4th at 1:00 PM. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for Students and Seniors and will be available at the door.

“Black Comedy,” written by Peter Shaffer, tells the hilarious tale of struggling sculptor Brindsley Miller and his fiance, Carol, who are having a party to impress Carol’s bombastic father, Colonel Melkett, and millionaire, Georg Bamberger. Their hope is that their two guests might save them financially by purchasing some of Brindsley’s sculptures. Without permission, the two schemers borrow the furniture and effects of their fussy neighbor, Harold, to make their own flat more presentable. Just before the guests arrive, the main fuse blows, plunging the flat into darkness. What follows is a frantic romp with unexpected visitors, mistaken identities, and surprises lurking in every dark corner! Only the audience, can see the action that ensues in the dark. The results are chaotic, disastrous and very funny, indeed!

The second play, the classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” written by Oscar Wilde, tells the story of two young gentlemen living in 1890’s England who have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, who he uses as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind to visit the ravishing Gwendolen. Algy Montcrieff decides to take the name ‘Earnest’ when visiting Worthing’s young and beautiful ward, Cecily at the country manor. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country, and their deceptions are discovered – threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits while hilarity ensues!!

Both productions are directed by Melrose Drama Stage Director Adam Schuler.

For more information on these production and the award winning Melrose Drama program, please see the Melrose Drama webpage at and the Melrose Drama Page on Facebook.Thanks for supporting Melrose Drama and the arts in Melrose!!

Melrose Kitchen Tour Tickets Available!

On Sunday, November 5th from 1-5pm, please join us for a wonderful afternoon exploring terrific kitchens on the 10th Annual Melrose Kitchen Tour! Make your way through ten recently renovated kitchens to be inspired by their design and décor, and sample tasty treats from many of our local restaurants. If you’re considering a renovation of your own, this is a great opportunity to meet many of the local contractors and kitchen designers and to see their work!

All proceeds from the event benefit the Melrose iRaiders Robotics programs (, teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills to girls and boys from elementary through high school levels.

Tickets are $20 and are available now at Buckalew’s General Store, RE/MAX, Century 21 Sexton & Donahue, and Brad Hutchinson RE. You can also purchase tickets online at or from any member of the iRaiders Robotics team.

Melrose UU Church presents ‘The Wounds We Cannot See’ on October 28

The Melrose UU Church, as part of its year-long initiative entitled “Exploring Diversity: On the Path to Understanding”, is excited to be able to offer a viewing of this important film.

The film will be shown at the Melrose UU Church, 70 West Emerson Street, Melrose, MA, on Saturday, October 28th, at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

“The Wounds We Cannot See” is an award-winning documentary about the life of Nancy Ross, a US Navy Airman from Hingham, Massachusetts. As a rebellious teenager she was committed to McLean Hospital, but later found herself as a high-achieving US Navy Airman, until a traumatic rape leaves her broken with PTSD. The gripping story follows Nancy’s life, loves and struggles with addiction, depression and mental illness before she begins to piece her life back together.

Please be sure to come to the Melrose UU Church and see this film, and bring a friend or two, as we continue on our mission to explore diversity. To learn more about the Melrose UU Church’s year-long Diversity initiative, please visit our web page at:

This memorable film is written, produced, and directed by Emerson College graduate Alexander Freeman, a photographer, digital artist and an advocate for marginalized people. More about the film and the film-maker, Alexander Freeman, can be found on the film’s Facebook page at:

(All photos and credits are used with the permission of the film-maker, to whom we give our thanks)

Melrose Symphony’s Opening Night Concert to Feature Largest Orchestra in its History

Nearly 100 musicians will gather on stage at Memorial Hall on Saturday, November 4th to open the Melrose Symphony’s 100th Anniversary Season. The orchestra’s large forces include nearly 60 string players, 24 woodwind and brass players, 2 harpists, 2 pianists, 1 organist, 5 percussionists, 1 timpanist, and 6 additional off-stage brass players.​​

The concert features exciting orchestral showpieces including music from “West Side Story,” the world premiere of “Sonus Lux” composed for the orchestra’s anniversary season, and Mozart’s “Overture to the Magic Flute,” which was played at the Melrose Symphony’s first concert in 1918. The concert closes with Respighi’s “Pines of Rome,” an exhilarating and evocative work depicting Rome’s trees in four different locations.

Tickets are $10 for students and $30 for adults. Purchase online at or in-store at Miter Biter or Buckalew’s on Main Street in Melrose. Get your tickets early – this concert will sell out!

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