Vendor Applications Now Available for 10th Annual Healthy Melrose

On Saturday, May 12th the Healthy Melrose Family Wellness & Fitness Fair is back with bigger and better events for adults and kids than ever before!

This year we also welcome back Sustainable Melrose to the Healthy Melrose family offering a host of new vendors, giveaways, and educational demos for our patrons.

Please stay tuned for several exciting upcoming announcements regarding more food trucks, more free food samples, and several new awesome family activities in addition to some returning favorites.
In the meantime, there is still limited space left for potential vendors who would like to be a part of this community event that last year saw over 3,000 people attend.

For more information, go to the Healthy Melrose website.

Click here for the Vendor Application and Vendor Criteria.


Melrose Middle School Student Places Third in Statewide Essay Competition

Ruby Robicheau Receiving Award for Patriots Pen Essay

Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Principal Brent Conway is pleased to announce that eighth grade student Ruby Robicheau placed third in the statewide level of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot’s Pen Essay competition.

Open to students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, the annual writing contest asks applicants to share their views on American history and their own experiences in society by responding to a chosen theme. This year’s topic was “America’s Gift to My Generation.”

Robicheau titled her essay “The Greatest Gift from America to My Generation” and wrote about the eagle, which symbolizes the right to equal education, liberty and justice through the Constitution. She also spoke of the opportunities veterans created through their sacrifices.

The contest is held at the local, regional, state and national levels. The first level is sponsored by local VFW Posts. Post winners advance, one for every 15 entries, to the VFW District (regional) level where the one first-place winner is advanced to the VFW Department (state) level.

Melrose VFW Post 2394 sponsored Robicheau in the contest. After moving through the local and regional levels, she became one of 1,722 essays submitted across 55 VFW posts throughout Massachusetts.

“This is very exciting, and is the highest any middle school student from Melrose has placed in this competition,” Conway said. “We want to thank VFW Post 2394 for giving our students the opportunity to participate.”

Robicheau’s entry earned her third place and $500 at the state level. She was honored at an awards banquet on Jan. 21 at the Double Tree Hotel in Milford.

The VFW and Auxiliary granted more than $17,500 to district winners for the Patriot’s Pen, Voice of Democracy and Teacher of the Year awards.

“It was daunting realizing that everyone was looking at me at the head table, but it was also exciting to see everyone honoring educators for their hard work,” Robicheau said about her experience at the awards banquet.

Keep our Recycling Program Effective … Please don’t place Trash in Recycling Bins

The Department of Public Works, in coordination with JRM Hauling is cleaning up our curbside recycling stream over the upcoming months. This adherence to existing regulation is necessary to avoid substantial fines, which in turn impacts Melrose costs and service delivery to residents.

This past summer, after being informed by JRM of increasing amounts of trash and non-acceptable items such as plastic bags and styrofoam in Melrose bins, DPW ran an educational campaign with Teachable Moment door knockers being dropped at homes.

“The door knockers were left at homes with questionable recycling bin contents in order to help educate residents on what and how to recycle,” according to Sadie Brown, DPW’s Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator.
Confused about whether plastic bags and Styrofoam can be recycled curbside with your paper, cardboard, bottles and cans? You aren’t alone! Along with trash, plastic bags and foam have always been on the list of items that are NOT recyclable in the city bins. This includes plastic bags specifically marketed to hold recyclables.

The most common examples of non-accepted items in recycling includes:

  • Recyclables bagged with garbage bags
  • Plastic retail bags
  • Food or liquid
  • Clothing or Linens
  • Cords, Hoses, Chains
  • Wood or Plastic Furniture

JRM has now stepped up their efforts by leaving additional door knockers and stickers at stops that they cannot collect due to the contamination. “Unfortunately, we have to be a little more stringent with what we collect curbside. Plastic bags, styrofoam and other trash were always not allowed in our recycling stream but now we face major costs if collected,” said DPW Director John Scenna. If you receive these notices, please contact the Public Works office who can assist you in understanding the issue and coordinate the collection of said material.
If you have any questions about what to recycle, the services provided by DPW or other recycling issues please call DPW at 781-665-0142 or contact us at Staff is on hand to assist and will be happy to talk you through any confusion, concerns or troubleshooting needs you may have.

Come to the CABARET!

The Polymnia Choral Society’s Fourth Cabaret evening will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018. There will be two Cabaret performances, at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m., at the Temple Beth Shalom at 21 E. Foster St., Melrose.

The Cabaret has proved in recent years to be a very successful, fun-filled show. Previously held as a season opener, this year the Cabaret is a mid-season event for the Polymnia Choral Society. The Cabaret is a fundraiser that underwrites various expenses for the community chorus, now in its 64th season, and provides Polymnia a way to say “thank you” to its generous supporters. In a venue less formal and more intimate than a concert hall, the Cabaret offers Polymnians and their supporters an opportunity to share music and merrymaking for an evening of talent and fun.

Several Polymnia members from Melrose and surrounding communities will be in the spotlight for the production, including Pri Pramanik and Tug Yourgrau from Melrose, Steve Francis, Eileen Worthley, and Birlyn Flint from Wakefield, Kristyn Brophy from Stoneham, Brother Richard Cook from Malden, Joanne Colella Boag and Katrina Faulstich from Woburn, and
Kerry Donovan from Ipswich, and Polymnia’s Music Director Murray Kidd. The performers will be accompanied by pianist Dorothy Travis.

The evening will include raffles, a silent auction, snacks, and a cash bar.

Cabaret tickets are $25 ($15 for students) and are available online at or at Miter Biter Frame Company, 479 Main Street, Melrose.

Polymnia Choral Society is a not-for-profit organization supported in part by grants from the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts; the Melrose Cooperative Bank; the Melrose Rotary Club; and the Wakefield and Melrose Cultural Councils, which are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and several private benefactors and sponsors.

Caution: Thin Ice

This morning there was an incident involving a student walking on ice near Ell Pond. The individual went through the ice; however, thankfully it was near the shore and in shallow water, so the student is OK. However, this is an opportunity for parents to talk to their children about the dangers of ice on the many ponds in Melrose. That includes the ponds at Mount Hood, Swains Pond, and Ell Pond. Please stay off the ice, especially as temperatures begin to warm.