Author Archive: Mayor Dolan

Lynn Fells Parkway to Be Paved Tonight

The Lynn Fells Parkway from Melrose Street to Vinton Street will be paved tonight, Wednesday, August 24. There will be no parking after 4 p.m. on the parkway or at the knoll. Work will begin at 7 p.m. with the road completely closed from Tremont to Main Street, although access will be provided to business between Main and Melrose streets. The section of the Lynn Fells Parkway from Vinton to Tremont will be closed later in the evening, when traffic volume is lower. The road will reopen around 5 a.m.

Lynn Fells Parkway Work to Start August 21

We have been notified that the beginning of the work on the Lynn Fells Parkway has been moved up to 6 p.m. on Sunday night, August 21st. The paving will be performed on Tuesday night.

Anyone who has questions or requires a special/unique need during this period of construction can call the DCR or feel free to call the DPW Engineering Office of City Hall at 781-979-4172.

Welcome Class of 2029!

New incoming class of  kindergarteners gather for a photo Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at  the Fred Green Field. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

New incoming class of kindergarteners gather for a photo Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at the Fred Green Field. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

Melrose welcomed our incoming kindergarten class and their families last night with an evening of slush and fun. Special thanks to our Melrose High School athletes who came out to play pint-sized versions of football, basketball, and other sports with the incoming class.

Here are some photos of the evening. If you were there, send in your pictures and we’ll post them on the blog and Twitter.

Cheerleaders 2

Riley Neff is lifted onto the top of the pyramid with the help of MHS cheerleaders Samantha Fazio, Sophie Duff, and Izzy Robbins during a welcome to kindergarten slush party  Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at  the Fred Green Field. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

Riley Neff is lifted onto the top of the pyramid with the help of MHS cheerleaders Samantha Fazio, Sophie Duff, and Izzy Robbins during a welcome to kindergarten slush party Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at the Fred Green Field. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

MHS swimmers and incoming class of kindergarteners play with ducks in a pool during a welcome to kindergarten slush party  Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at  the Fred Green Field. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

MHS swimmers and incoming class of kindergarteners play with ducks in a pool during a welcome to kindergarten slush party Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at the Fred Green Field. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

William Roche, 5, poses with a football during the annual slush social for incoming kindergarteners Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at the Fred Green Field. MHS teens ran short sport clinics for the kids. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

William Roche, 5, poses with a football during the annual slush social for incoming kindergarteners Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at the Fred Green Field. MHS teens ran short sport clinics for the kids. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

New incoming kindergarteners enjoy the colorful canvas Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at  the Fred Green Field. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

New incoming kindergarteners enjoy the colorful canvas Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at the Fred Green Field. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

Class of 2029

DCR to Begin Paving Lynn Fells Parkway on August 22

The Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) has notified the City that they will be paving portions of the Lynn Fells Parkway in Melrose during the week of August 22nd during both daytime and nighttime hours. The work includes roadway grinding and re-paving. Roadway grinding is scheduled to begin the night of August 22, 2016.

The project includes upgrades to the Lynn Fells Parkway from Vinton street to Melrose Street. Work previously scheduled for Green Street to the Saugus line has been rescheduled and is presently anticipated to occur in the fall.

During this work, please refrain from on street parking on the parkway, as well as parking within intersections and on immediately adjacent side streets. Traffic impacts should be expected throughout the day and night on the Lynn Fells Parkway and abutting neighborhood streets until Wednesday, August 24.

The DCR will be making every possible effort to keep disruptions to a minimum and ensure that the work is completed in a timely fashion. Message boards have been installed on the parkway and will display any relevant follow up information as the project progresses.

Anyone who has questions or requires a special/unique need during this period of construction can call the DCR or feel free to call the DPW Engineering Office of City Hall at 781-979-4172.

DCR to Start Work on Lynn Fells Parkway on August 16 – Postponed

Update: Construction has been temporarily postponed by the DCR. We will notify you when a new start date is announced.

The Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) has notified the City that they will be paving portions of the Lynn Fells Parkway in Melrose starting this week. The work includes roadway grinding and re-paving. Roadway grinding will start on Tuesday, August 16.

The project includes upgrades to the Lynn Fells Parkway from Vinton to Melrose Street; and from Green Street to the Saugus line. Work will start in the section between Vinton and Melrose Street on Tuesday, August 16th.

We have been assured by the DCR that the roadway will be paved and restriped before the first day of school.

Anyone who has questions or a special/unique need during this period of construction can call the DCR or feel free to call the DPW Engineering Office of City Hall at 781-979-4172.

Here’s a Look at the Work in Progress at Melrose High School

New circulation desk in the Learning Commons

New circulation desk in the Learning Commons

This year’s renovation of Melrose High School is almost complete and I wanted to share some photos with you.

While the school looks great, this is not just a facelift. It’s a major reorganization of the space in several areas of the school to create new classrooms, upgrade technology to modern standards, and make it easier for the staff to collaborate and work creatively with each other and the students.

The walls of the collaborative classroom in the Learning Commons are a wraparound whiteboard.

The walls of the collaborative classroom in the Learning Commons are a wraparound whiteboard.

The former library has gone from a cavernous, partly empty space to a a well configured study area with a new checkout desk, bookshelves, study tables, and student seating areas. On the second floor (the library’s main floor), we have added a blended learning classroom, a computer lab, a collaborative space where teachers can bring two classes together for joint learning, and a graphics lab. There is also a performance space with seating for 200 and a small practice room with video display capabilities.

The performance space, with sound baffles hanging overhead

The performance space, with sound baffles hanging overhead

On the mezzanine level we have completely renovated the classrooms. We now have a brand-new CAD lab with high-performance computers, a business classroom, computer lab, and TV studio. We have taken the CAD lab from the periphery of the school and brought it into this cluster because it makes more sense for it to be near the business and computer areas.

The new CAD classroom, which will have high-peformance computers

The new CAD classroom, which will have high-peformance computers

In the first-floor Art Wing, we have added a fully equipped Maker Space with a 3D printer and high-performance computers.

The entrance to the new Guidance Suite

The entrance to the new Guidance Suite

We have made one additional, very important change: We have consolidated the administrative offices by converting the former “fishbowl” into a Guidance Suite across the corridor from the Principal’s Suite. By removing a blank wall across from the principal’s office we have changed an awkward arrangement into an administrative wing. The Guidance Suite includes six offices for guidance counselors, a conference room, space for an administrative person, and student computers and printers. We have also created five offices nearby for department heads, including the METCO Director, with space for an administrative assistant there as well. The principal’s office will remain where it was, and the Athletic Director will be located there as well. This provides a centralized location for parents who may want to confer with several administrators.

All these areas will be fully functional by the first day of school, and we will hold an open house for the public in September.

A view from above of the student seating area in the Learning Commons

A view from above of the student seating area in the Learning Commons

The student computer station in the Learning Commons

The student computer station in the Learning Commons

Shop with A Local Official at the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market on August 11

Here is a press release from the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market.

The market will celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week on August 11. In addition to the offerings of locally produced food, a number of fun activities are planned. We appreciate the continued support from the City of Melrose and our elected officials. Join these ‘guest shoppers’ at this Thursday’s market:

  • Alderman Donald Conn, President of the Board of Aldermen, will come to the market and present a proclamation at 3:30.
  • Zach Crowley, Chief of Staff, Senator Jason Lewis’s office will be at the market from 3:00 – 5:00.

In his recent press release: “Governor Baker has proclaimed August 7-13, 2016 “Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week” in recognition of the positive contributions Massachusetts’ farmers’ markets have on agriculture and public health in the Commonwealth. The weeklong event coincides with the 17th National Farmers’ Market Week as the United States Department of Agriculture celebrates the nation’s thousands of farmers’ markets.”

“This week, we celebrate the Commonwealth’s many farmers’ markets, which create economic vitality for hundreds of farms and food producers while supporting local communities. I urge all Massachusetts residents to visit their local farmers’ market this week to buy some fresh, local produce and support our hard-working farmers.”

In addition to our ‘guest shoppers’, this week’s market will include the activities below. Check the website for the schedule and details: melrosefarmersmarket.wordpress.com.

  • Cooking Demo Amy Rindskopf will create seasonal recipes from the produce and products available at the farmer’s market.
  • Well Barre will sponsor a Ballet Barre Bootcamp in the Park (Demo Class) taught by dancer and instructor Katharina Schier.
  • Yoga in the Park Barre and Soul Yoga will lead free outdoor yoga classes at the park.
  • Ask a Master Gardener Trudy Macdonald and Maureen Pritzker, Massachusetts Master Gardeners, will be at the market to answer questions you might have about taking care of your garden.
  • Music by Paul Harty, a regular on the North Shore music scene, who performs with a wide variety of musicians and in many styles.
  • Local Artists: KLC Quilting, a local business offering quilting products and services, and Gracie’s Gunnies who crafts one-of-a-kind market/shoulder bags and cross-body bags.
  • Farms and Food vendors: Bagel Land of Winchester, Deano’s Pasta, Dick’s Market Garden, Foxboro Cheese, Jennifer Lee’s Gourmet Bakery, Laszlo Family Farm, Oakdale Farm, Popover Lady, Pour Man’s CoffeeRoasted Granola, Roberto’s Seafood, Samira’s Homemade , Shady Pine Farm, Soup Guy, Suzanne Goodwin

We will continue to accept SNAP and match up to $10. We also accept WIC & Senior Farmers Market Coupons. If you haven’t received your $5 coupon for WIC and Senior Coupons, inquire at the market table.

The mission of the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market, a non-profit organization, is to provide all Melrose-area residents with the opportunity to buy and learn about nutritious, locally grown and produced foods. The Market promotes local farms, organizations and businesses and builds community while contributing to a sustainable future. For information about scheduling, vendors or to volunteer, please go to the website: melrosefarmersmarket.wordpress.com.

A Great Cause: The Mary O’Donnell 5K Race to Cure ALS will be August 14

The second annual Mary O’Donnell 5K Race to Cure ALS will take place on Sunday, August 14, at Pine Banks. The race honors Melrose resident Mary O’Donnell, who died in 2014 of ALS, and proceeds will go to The Angel Fund for ALS Research and its research at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMass Medical Center. More information can be found in this Melrose Free Press article.

Runners and walkers can sign up at the registration page, and donations can be made through the donation page.

Come See ‘The Lego Movie’ August 10 at Memorial Hall!

MH Movie Nights Aug 10 2016 poster for city

Melrose Leads the Way in Renewable Energy

A new report by Environment Massachusetts highlights the 100 cities and towns, including Melrose, that are moving toward 100% renewable energy.

The report links to a more comprehensive report that includes a profile of Melrose’s progress, which includes

  • Melrose’s green municipal electricity aggregation program, which offers Melrose residents the option to purchase electricity from renewable sources at competitive rates;
  • The adoption of fuel efficiency standards for municipal vehicles;
  • The adoption of the state’s more energy-efficient “stretch code” for new buildings;
  • The purchase of two electric cars for City use, and installation of a public electric car charger in the City Hall parking lot;
  • Conversion of city streetlights to LED bulbs;
  • Working with the public to encourage solar energy installation, energy audits, and other energy efficiency measures.

I want to recognize our Green Energy Manager, Martha Grover, and the Melrose Energy Commission who have spearheaded these efforts and helped bring Melrose to the vanguard of Massachusetts cities and towns when it comes to green energy and energy efficiency.

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