Important Information for Older Homes and Water Connections

In the coming days, you will be receiving a letter from the City that describes ways to ensure that the water you are drinking is lead-free.

Please be assured, the water coming from the City’s water main in the street has no lead and is of the highest quality.

One of the most important steps to determining whether your drinking water has the potential for lead is to determine the material of your home’s water service line, which is the pipe that connects your home or business to the water main in the street. If you do not know your water service material and would like to find out if it contains lead, please contact the Melrose Engineering Division at 781-979-4172.

Whether or not you have a lead water service, older homes may also have lead in solder in internal plumbing or in older brass fixtures. For this reason, the City suggests that all customers follow these steps to be sure that the water you are drinking is fresh:

  • Most importantly, flush the tap until after the water feels cold before use. The flushing of your tap ensures the best quality water.
  • Never use hot water from the faucet for drinking or cooking, especially when making baby formula.
  • Never boil water to remove lead. Boiling water for an extended time may make lead more concentrated.
  • Check your plumbing to make sure it is not adding lead to your water.

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Christmas Snow Update

Merry Christmas, Melrose! We have a white Christmas, but driving is very treacherous. Sanders and salters have been out since 6 a.m. We have been focusing on hills and churches, and we are now going into neighborhoods. We are now at the height of the storm with some whiteout conditions and heavy snow falling for another hour. There is not a lot of accumulation, but it is very windy, so please use caution driving. There are no parking restrictions today due to the Christmas holiday.

After it stops, we should be able to treat this with salt, and it should get a lot better as the day goes on.

Thank you to the DPW workers who are out here working hard on Christmas morning to make things safe.

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

Weather Alert

Although we love the idea of a white Christmas, there are a lot of people on the roads and temperatures are going to drop. While we are going to get a few inches of snow, the concern is slippery roads. The sanders will be out, but there is a possibility of a flash freeze so please use caution driving.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Melrose! Please drive safely!

Holiday Schedule for DPW Solid Waste & Recycling

The Department of Public Works wishes all Melrosians a happy holiday season and reminds residents that the Operations Facility and Recycling Center (City Yard) will be closed and there will be no curbside collection on Monday, December 25th or Monday, January 1st. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will also be on a holiday schedule both weeks, with a one day delay starting Tuesday, December 26th and Tuesday, January 2nd. Therefore, for both of these weeks, Monday’s trash and recycling route will be picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday’s trash and recycling route will be picked up Wednesday, and so on through Saturday, which is when Friday’s route will be picked up.

Holiday City Yard Hours at a Glance:

Friday December 22nd – All administrative, engineering, and cemetery offices will be closed for the entire day. The City Yard (but not the Resident Services Office) will be open from 7:30 to 12:00.

Monday, Dec. 25th – All Department office and operations (including the City Yard) will be closed for the Christmas holiday.

Friday December 29th – All DPW offices and operations (including the DPW Resident Services Office) will close at 12:00, while the City Yard will close at 3:00 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 1st – All offices and operations will be closed for the New Years Day holiday.

Saturday December 30th and Saturday January 6th – The City Yard and Resident Service Office will be open from 8-12:00 for recycling drop off services. All regular items will be collected on these two weekend opportunities including paper, cardboard, wrapping paper, glass and plastic bottles and cans. Please do not bring large rigid plastics, plastic bags or trash! Residents may also bring down their Christmas trees and yard waste on these days.

Shop at Buckalew’s and Help the Emergency Fund!

Buckalew’s will partner with the Melrose Emergency Fund this holiday season. As we begin our 4th year here in Melrose, we want to give back to the community that has been so generous to us. As a resident in Melrose for over 10 years, I know that we live in a growing and thriving city, but there are still many in our community who need help. The Emergency Fund does just that – it directly helps our neighbors and provides them with basic needs, such as food, fuel, and utilities.

We will donate a percentage of the proceeds earned between Dec 16th – Dec 31st to the Melrose Emergency Fund. We will also have a donation bucket at the counter to collect any additional contributions from our customers.

As a reminder, if you can’t make it down to the store, you can still donate to the Melrose Emergency Fund: Send a check to Melrose Emergency Fund, Mayor’s Office, 562 Main St. Melrose MA 02176 or bring your donation directly to the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of City Hall. Checks should be made out to the City of Melrose with “Melrose Emergency Fund” in the memo line. For more information about the fund, call 781-979-4440.

Christmas Eve Service at First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church in Melrose invites you to Christmas Eve service on Sunday, December 24 at 7pm at 121 West Foster St. in Melrose.

The service will feature traditional Christmas music with our choir and organist accompanied by trumpet.

Babysitting will be available during the service.

The Christmas season has been a busy for the members of First Congregational. Earlier in December they hosted Melrose for their annual Winter Wonderland Christmas Fair. On Sunday, the middle and high school youth delivered a carload of donations to the City Mission Society Gift drive in Winchester and stayed for two hours helping with the inventory and sorting of donations. Their donations include three blankets they had made during Sunday School Class. They also have a caroling group that recently performed at Fitch Home.

For more information about First Congregational Church in Melrose, please see there website at

Drop Your Crayons Off at FUMC Melrose

The First United Methodist Church of Melrose, 645 Main St., is collecting used crayons. The goal is to collect a bajillion crayons over the next few weeks, so bring your boxes, tins and tubs of old crayons and leave them at the entrance of the church, or drop them into the bottle on the lawn. The crayons will be sorted as part of the MLK Day of Service. Gently used crayons will be shared with neighboring schools in need. The other crayons will find new life in upcoming arts and crafts projects.

For more information, call the church office at 781-662-7060 or send a message via the church’s Facebook page at