Melrose Police Create Safe Zone for Online Transaction Meet-Ups

As of August 1st, the lobby of the Melrose Police Station is now an official safe zone for residents looking to complete online transactions made on websites like Craigslist or eBay. The Melrose Police Department partnered with OfferUp, an online market place, to establish a safe “MeetUpSpot” with the intent of creating an environment where residents can complete transactions while not having to worry about their safety when meeting a stranger. The Melrose police station is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is covered by security cameras.

The Melrose Police cannot ensure the legitimacy of an item you buy online, but it can provide a safe, monitored space for you to carry out the physical transaction. I hope everyone who makes purchases online and picks them up in person will use this resource when meeting up with a stranger, especially when cash is involved.


Melrose Honors its Military Wounded and Fallen, Becomes a Purple Heart City

The Purple Heart is a decoration awarded to military servicemen and servicewomen that have been wounded or killed in action. Melrose is paying tribute to the heroes of our community that have been awarded the Purple Heart by becoming a Purple Heart City and designating a Purple Heart Trail. The Purple Heart flag will fly proudly tomorrow at City Hall. The sacrifices of our Purple Heart residents and all other Americans harmed while fighting for our country will always be remembered and honored.

Come Support Melrose Students Performing in “Shrek the Musical!”

Come join Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre as they proudly present the fun-filled, family friendly “Shrek the Musical!” first weekend of August.

“Shrek the Musical!” will be performed at the Melrose Performing Arts Center located at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway, on Thursday August 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 7:30 p.m as well as a matinee on Saturday August 5 at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; and $10 for children under 18. Tickets will be available at the door and online at

Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre is a six-week theater program devoted to teaching children about theater from on stage singing, dancing and acting to the behind the scenes magic of set design, lighting and costuming while putting together a spectacular musical theater production.

WRYT has a long and illustrious history of fabulous children’s theatre. Past productions of Wizard of Oz, Seussical, Peter Pan, Annie, and My Son Pinocchio have begun to build a strong theatrical foundation for youths with an appreciation and interest in the arts. We have seen our costs soar to great heights and come together to create theatre- yet at the end of the day we are most proud of the family that WRYT has become and the legacy and impact that this program has on the community and it’s students.

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.” -Music Theatre International. The production is directed by Adam Schuler, with music directed by Samantha Prindiville, choreographed by Sarah DiTonno, stage managed by Grace Dolan and production managed by Alison Butts.

Please join and share the “Shrek the Musical” facebook event page at

Join us in support of the Melrose residents performing: Rachel Aveni, Isabelle Chardavoyne, Meagan Conlan, Sam Chetkin, Rose Egan, Julia Foley, Olivia Frakt, Abigail Gauch, Michela Galego, Mia Galego, Joshua Mena, Fiona O’Donnell, Sam Rossi, Bennett Serisky, Bridgette Schaad, Jackson Sorice, Kaylee Sanford, Mairéad St. Clair, Camille Wahl, Olivia Webb, Zoe Vandervelde.

Installation of Winthrop School Modular Classrooms Complete!

Our construction teams have finished installing the new modular classroom buildings at Winthrop Elementary School! We are currently working on the interior of the classrooms to make them ready for use. Keep following the blog for more updates as progress is made.

One of the four sections of the building being installed
This is the main hall way of the new building
Water fountain located right outside of classrooms for easy access
Perspective from the hallway looking into one of the new classrooms
One of the new classrooms
The other new classroom
One of the three new bathrooms in the modular building

Progress Made on Horace Mann Renovations!

We are making significant progress on the renovations at the Horace Mann School! Keep following the blog for more updates as the projects are completed.

This is a small portion of the space that will become the library and the music and arts classroom. A wall will be built to separate the learning spaces.

One of the new kindergarten classrooms

The other new kindergarten classroom

Some of the detail work in the new bathrooms separating the new kindergarten classrooms

The unfinished new administration suite

The brand new nurse’s suite
Every classroom is being re-painted to a color of the teacher’s choice

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).