Author Archive: Mayor Dolan

Chief Lyle’s Statement on Police Officer Garrett Swasey

Police Chief Michael L. Lyle issued the following statement in response to the tragic killing of Garrett Swasey, a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police officer and Melrose native, who was murdered by a gunman who attacked a Planed Parenthood clinic on Friday:

“The entire Melrose Police Department mourns the loss of our brother officer and native son of Melrose. Officer Swasey graduated from Melrose High School in 1989, along with Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan and several of our current Melrose police officers. This is a tragic and senseless loss of life, as a man who dedicated much of his life to helping others was murdered while performing his duties.

“On behalf of our entire community, I offer my most sincere condolences to the Swasey family, especially his wife and two children, during this impossibly difficult time.”

Officer Garrett Swasey

Garrett Swasey

It is with deep sorrow that I share with you that Garrett Swasey, a police officer at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was killed in the line of duty during yesterday’s horrific shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Garrett grew up in Melrose and was a member of the Melrose High School class of 1989. He was one of three people who were killed in the shooting, two citizens and one police officer; many other innocent victims were injured.

Officer Swasey was active in his community and his church in Colorado. As a class of 1989 graduate, I remember him to be a kind and caring young man with many friends, dedicated to his skating career, and excelling in all areas at Melrose High School.

The entire Melrose community mourns the loss of Garrett, and our thoughts are with his parents and family, who were longtime residents, as well as his wife Rachel and their two children.

Please keep his family, those who have passed, and all the victims, in your thoughts and prayers.

Road Construction Update for November 25

UPDATE: Tremont Street is now open.

Expect road closures in areas of Hillside Park, then Baxter, Cutter, and Whittier streets, due to paving.

National Grid will be doing gas work on Harold Street.

Tremont Street Update

Tremont Street will be open on Wednesday, November 25, and through Thanksgiving weekend. Work will resume on Monday, November 30, with the following detours:

  • Tremont Street will be open southbound at Lynn Fells Parkway up to the DPW yard and 50 Tremont Street but otherwise will be closed.
  • Tremont Street will be open to abutters and business traffic only northbound at Emerson Street.
  • There will be no on-street parking on Tremont from Lynn Fells Parkway to Lake Avenue.
  • Access to the DPW recycling center will be from the north entrance, from Lynn Fells Parkway.

Work is expected to continue on Tuesday, December 1. Check back for further updates.

Congratulations to the ‘Elf’ Cast & Crew!

Elf 2

I want to congratulate the cast and crew of “Elf The Musical Jr.” for the great show they put on last weekend. I went with my daughter and I thought it was an excellent production. I was so proud of all our middle school students and their teachers. Well done!

Show Your School Spirit During Red Raiders Week!

As you know Melrose High School is going to the Super Bowl on December 5. This is an opportunity to showcase all of the great achievements of our football team, our band, our cheerleaders, our student body, and our staff and to celebrate all of our schools and the great things that are happening every day! Let’s celebrate Melrose!
Next week starting on Monday and going on to the game on Saturday will be Melrose Red Raiders week for the City of Melrose. We are planning some great activities:

  • Starting on Monday, we will light the City Hall tree in brilliant red and white to celebrate Melrose High School.
  • Let’s make this a city-wide event! Via the Chamber of Commerce, I am inviting local businesses to decorate their windows and citizens to decorate their homes to show their Red Raider spirit. E-mail pictures of your decorations to or Tweet them to the city Twitter account, @CityofMelrose, and we will re-Tweet them and put them on our blog for all to see.
  • Follow our blog next week as we do feature stories on the Melrose High School football seniors, band members, and cheerleaders during the run-up to the game.
  • Next Friday, December 4, city-wide, from the ECC to Melrose High School, from the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital to all our businesses to City Hall, will be Red and White Day. I encourage everyone in the city to wear red and white. Tweet pictures of your family and co-workers dressed in red and white and we will re-Tweet them and put them on our blog.
  • Melrose Red Raider Week will culminate on Friday, December 4, with Home for the Holidays, including the tree lighting on the City Hall lawn at 6 p.m., the stroll down Main Street at 6:30, and the arrival of Santa immediately afterward.
  • Let’s get as many people as possible to Gillette Stadium on December 5 as Melrose takes on Dartmouth for the 2015 MIAA Super Bowl.

Go Melrose!

Ticket Information for MIAA Tournament

Tickets for the MIAA Tournament in Gillette Stadium on December 5 are now available via Ticketmaster. More information is available here; the Melrose-Dartmouth game is scheduled to begin at approximately 3:30.

Road Construction and DPW Update for Thanksgiving Week

Here is the DPW schedule for the balance of this week. There will be no road work on Thursday or Friday.

DPW Operations

  • DPW will be open a full day on Wednesday. Regular hours are in effect for both office, operations, facility and project crews.
  • Recycling Center @ DPW Operations Center is closed on Thursday and Friday; open for drop off on Saturday.
  • Thursday curbside trash and recycling is on Friday; Friday routes will be collected on Saturday.
  • Next week is the last curbside collection week for yard waste.

Road Construction

  • Baxter Street Roadway Project: Final paving on Wednesday.
  • Lebanon Street: Clean up and landscaping of Lebanon @ Grove/Lynde Island and other finishing work.
  • Tremont Street: Water work continues, with work focused on the area of the skateboard park and DCR pool.
  • Hillside Park is scheduled to be paved on Wednesday morning (from Maple Terrace to top of hill and around corner).

Next Week

  • Gas work will resume on Essex Street.
  • Water work will continue on Tremont Street.
  • Minor work on Whittier Street will continue as part of the Baxter Street project.

Road Construction Update for November 24

Tremont Street closed to through traffic between the Lynn Fells Parkway and Lake Avenue for water main installation; Lake Avenue open to residents only.

National Grid/Keyspan installing new gas services on Glendower Road and Ferdinand Street. Crew will be finished and off Glendower before school gets out.

Sections of Baxter, Cutter, and Whittier streets will be closed throughout the day for preparatory work for paving tomorrow.

Berm being installed on Summit Avenue.

Expect traffic delays at the intersection of Green and Howard streets due to paving work.

Harold Street closed between Lean and Birch Hill due to gas work.

Mass DOT/Lebanon Street project: Cleaning up staging area between Lynde and Grove at Lebanon

Expect minor delays at the intersection of West Emerson, Tremont, and Essex streets due to painting of crosswalks.

Come to the Winter Farmers Market on November 22

TG and Winter small

The Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market is back this year – a monthly indoor farmers market in Melrose starting this Sunday!

At Memorial Hall, 590 Main St., in Melrose 11/22 from 11am-3pm (new time from last year based on people’s polled responses).

We will have over 30 food vendors from both Melrose & Wakefield farmers’ markets all in one building. Get all your Thanksgiving fixings as well as winter stores.

Dick’s Market Garden is running a special — a heaped box filled with your choice of vegetables and fruits – about 40 lbs of food for $20 – $15 if you buy 2! Choose from 7 different kinds of squashes, 15 types of apples, 4 different types of potatoes, broccoli raab, doc hoy, Brussel sprouts, kale, and onions. Buy for Thanksgiving and get another for winter stores!

To see a list of all the vendors at the market this Sunday, click here. See you at the market!


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