Author Archive: Mayor Dolan

Focus on Melrose: Metro Mayors Opioid Report

This week, I attended a meeting of the Metro Mayors Coalition to hear a report on how the cities in the area are tackling the opioid crisis. The report was sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and brings a lot of information together in a single place.

I’m attaching the two pages about Melrose below; they show the different efforts we have been making to prevent substance abuse and to help those who are dealing with it as well as their families. You can download the entire report: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Metro Mayors Communities.

DPW Is Sprucing Up Melrose for Spring!

Spring is here! DPW is out planting trees and hanging flags and flowers. Enjoy spring, Melrose! Feel free to call DPW at 781-665-0142 with ways we can help.

Running for Fun—and Funds—at the Horace Mann

The Horace Mann School is having a fund-raiser today—the students are running laps around the field to raise money for their school. Go Horace Mann Huskies!

Melrose Student Honored as Young Conservationist of the Year

Congratulations to Hoover School fifth-grader Scarlett Timm, who was honored by Zoo New England recently as Young Conservationist of the Year. Timm is ten years old and has spent the past five years raising money for elephant preservation. As the Melrose Free Press reported,

“My mom read an article and told me that the elephants were getting killed and I said we need to do something about that,” Timm remembered.

Timm and her family began making string and bead bracelets complete with an elephant charm in a variety of designs, and selling them for $5 at the farmer’s market in Melrose. For four years, Timm raised about $100 annually – money she donated to a Wildlife Conservation Society campaign called 96 Elephants.

This past year she started selling hats, crocheted by her mother and grandmother, at the Melrose Farmers’ Market, and she raised almost $1,000 for her cause. Rep. Paul Brodeur nominated Timm for the award after seeing her selling the hats at the Farmers Market.

Congratulations to Scarlett for her activism and kudos to her family for their support.

Green Street Baptist Church to Hold Memorial Day Sunday Service

VFW Post 2394 and Post 1506 will join with the Green Street Baptist Church to hold a Memorial Day Sunday Service on May 28th at 11:00 am. This year in observance of the Vietnam War we are inviting those who served in Vietnam and their families to join us.

“On behalf of a Grateful Nation….” how many times have we heard this solemn phrase and to every veteran and their families it has a special and personal meaning. To those who have lost a love one it reminds them of an empty space at family gathering. To those who have a family member on active duty it is the day to day worry for those in harm’s way, and for those in harm’s way it is the worry that all at home is well and that their families will be cared for. As Memorial Day approaches it is fitting that we also remind ourselves that we as veterans have a special obligation as part of the grateful nation to observe and participate in the observance of that day, to remind and educate our neighbors and children that we are truly grateful to those who made the supreme sacrifice that so many have so willingly made for All.

Green Street Baptist Church is located at 179 Green Street, Melrose.

Melrose Welcomes the Aruba Police Force

I was happy to welcome a group of officers from the Aruba Police force to Melrose this week. They have been touring the country during the month of May, in coordination with National Law Enforcement Week, and they stopped in Melrose at the invitation of Melrose resident Bob Morrison. They met with me and with Patrol Commander Mark DeCroteau of the Melrose Police Department to discuss their experiences and their unique challenges. It was a very interesting visit and I hope they will visit Melrose again!

Melrose Housing Authority Job Opening

The Melrose Housing Authority is seeking a part-time Maintenance Laborer for daily help with all maintenance related work including painting, cleaning, and landscaping. Hours are Monday thru Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


  • General cleaning of buildings and grounds.
  • Landscaping, lawn mowing, weed trimming, and leaf pickup.
  • Painting in vacant units and common areas
  • Trash removal

Hours: 30/wk.
Pay: $14/hr.

This position requires general knowledge and skill in construction and landscaping. This position is a 2017 summer employment position from July 10, 2017 through September 1, 2017. Melrose Housing Authority is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact: Please mail/email resume to Lisa Young, Executive Assistant, at 910 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176. Email:

Please reference Summer Employment Position in email attachments. Applications will be accepted until vacancy is filled.

Apply Now for 2017 Summer Internships at City Hall

High school students who will be going into grades 9-12 in September are welcome to apply for summer internships at City Hall. Interns have the opportunity to work for a variety of different departments throughout the city and learn workplace skills while earning community service hours as well. The internships will run from July 10 through August 17. Interns will work one day a week, and the schedule is flexible to allow for vacations and other activities.

To apply, the prospective intern should send an e-mail to my assistant, Brigid Alverson, at with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Home phone
  • Cell phone
  • Age
  • Grade (in September)
  • School

Farm Direct Coop Has Openings for the 2017 Season

The Farm Direct Coop, a multi-farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) operating in Marblehead, Melrose and Salem has limited availability for memberships for the 2017 season. In the traditional CSA model, shareholders join up with one farm and share in both the risks and the bounty of the harvest. The FDC maintains the ethic of supporting local agriculture, but supports more than 80 local farms, dairies, bakeries and other vendors of local, artisanal products.

In operation for nearly 25 years, the Farm Direct Coop has morphed from a handful of families joined with one farmer in Marblehead, to an 800 member organization with two pickup days per week in three towns. In addition to organic vegetable shares, the coop also offers IPM fruit, bread, eggs, cheese, fresh mushrooms, flowers and a cook’s share featuring local staples and intriguing specialty cooking items. Fruit and vegetable shares come in two sizes so members can custom order their share sizes to meet the needs of their household. Other items such as local grains, honey, maple syrup and a large variety of other local products are offered regularly as add-ons.

The FDC differs from other CSAs in that rather than receiving a pre-filled box, members choose their own produce in an open air market setting. Most weeks during the regular season, which runs June through October, offer members some choice as to what goes in their bag. Members can also put shares on hold up to two weeks during the season to accommodate vacations.

Opening day is soon approaching! The official start will be June 6th for Tuesday pickups and June 8th for Thursday pickups. Follow this link to the signup page to enroll, or visit for more information about the coop.

Come to the 2017 Memorial Day Parade on May 28

Mayor Rob Dolan, the Melrose Veterans Advisory Board, local veteran organizations, and the Melrose Veterans Services Office invite the public to participate in the 2017 Melrose Memorial Day Parade.

This year’s parade will honor Gulf War era veterans, and all veterans from that period are invited to march in the parade as part of the Grand Marshal’s section.

The parade will be held on Sunday, May 28. Floats and antique cars will assemble in front of Memorial Hall at 12:30 p.m. All other participants will assemble at 1 p.m., and the parade begins at 1:30. The parade will travel down Main Street to the Wyoming Cemetery on Sylvan Street.

Here is the full schedule:

Saturday, May 27
Decoration of Veteran Graves and Flag Retirement
10 a.m., Wyoming Cemetery

Sunday, May 28
Coffee Social
10 a.m., Memorial Hall, GAR Room

Tour of Veterans’ Monuments
11 a.m., starting at the Honor Roll on Main Street

Memorial Day Parade
1 p.m. lineup in the parking lot behind Memorial Hall
1:30 p.m. step off

“This parade is our annual remembrance of all the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country, as well as our living veterans and those who are currently serving,” said Dolan. “I hope everyone will participate, either by marching or by coming to watch the parade and pay tribute to our veterans.”

Groups or individuals who wish to participate in the parade should call the Veterans Services Office, 781-979-4186, or e-mail Veterans Services Officer Alicia Reddin at

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