Author Archive: Mayor Dolan

City Wide Band Night Is October 14

Find out what it’s like to be in a marching band! City Wide Band Night is October 14; here’s everything you need to know:

  • Students grades 3 – 8 are invited to an open rehearsal with the MHS Marching Band.
  • All students are welcome and anyone who plays a band instrument is highly encouraged to attend!
  • Report to Fred Green Field at 5:50pm on Wednesday October 14th
  • Parents should take a seat in the stands in front of the press box
  • Students can come down and sit on the field (students may also sit in the stands with parents if they want)
  • Rehearsal will start at 6:00pm with a short playing intro from the band and color guard followed by introductions
  • Students will then be invited out onto the field (they may bring their instruments) and will break into sectionals to be led by the high school band members
  • Students will learn some basic marching positions, terms, concepts, etc while marching together with their friends.
  • Parents are welcome to and encouraged to take pictures during this time
  • The MHS Marching Band will perform their 2015 Halftime Show at 6:50
  • WROR will be there again this year!

Shop at Whole Foods to Benefit MAAV on October 13


Friends of the Fells Story Walk and Coloring Contest

Here’s a press release from Friends of the Fells about a fun event they are sponsoring.

It’s Fall! by Linda Glaser is the next book for our collaborative StoryWalk™ from Saturday, October 10 through Sunday, October 18. The book brings out all the colors and beauty of the fall season. Skip and swoosh through the leaves, as red, orange, yellow, gold and brown leaves fall down around us. A marvelous way to experience the colors and textures of fall, explore the wonders of autumn, including the animal life, the plant life, and the weather of the season! The Friends of the Fells is delighted to announce our collaboration with the DCR, Medford Family Network, North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network, and Mass in Motion to offer another StoryWalk™ in the Middlesex Fells Reservation! The walk will begin at Greenwood Park, in Stoneham (across from the Stone Zoo), and will continue along the Crystal Springs Trail in an easy, 1/3-mile loop.

Coloring Contest: Stop by the Botume Visitor’s Center, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham, to pick up the coloring page, or download it here. Please mail to: Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, 235 West Foster Street, Beebe Estate, Melrose, MA 02176 by October 26th. Prizes will be awarded. Please include child’s name, address, telephone number and/or email address.

Foster your child’s connection with nature as well as their literacy skills by participating in our StoryWalk™ in the Fells!

The StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Celebrate 40 Years of the GAPP Program on October 20

Please join me on October 20 for this significant event!

On Tuesday, October 20th, The German American Partnership Program will be recognizing its 40th anniversary with a community celebration at Memorial Hall.

If you were ever involved in the GAPP Program as a student, a host family, an administrator, or a supporter, please join Mayor Rob Dolan and Superintendent of Schools Cyndy Taymore in honoring 40 years of this remarkable exchange program.

“The Melrose-Oberalster partnership, established in 1975, is one of the two longest existing GAPP programs in the United States,” said Mayor Rob Dolan. “This is a remarkable achievement and a testament to all those who have been involved over the years. I want to especially thank Dr. Phyllis Dragonas for spearheading the creation of the GAPP Program in Melrose and always making is sure it was special for those involved. It now continues to thrive under the outstanding leadership of Director of Global Languages Dr. Kim Talbot. This event will be a great opportunity for all those who have participated in the past, whether it be as a student, supporter, or a host family, to reunite.”

“This program is a model for all exchange programs,” said Superintendent of Schools Cyndy Taymore, “not solely because of its longevity, but also because of the personal experiences and relationships it fosters for every student, host family, and administrator that participates. The GAPP program continues to flourish thanks to the work and support of so many in the Melrose community, as well as the guidance provided by Sean Miner and Michelle Stepper.”

The German American Partnership Program was created in an attempt to develop a real-life experience that would serve as an added dimension to the study of the German language at Melrose High School. A four week student partnership program was established with Gymnasium Oberalster, located in a residential community of Hamburg, Germany. This student exchange between the two schools is under the sponsorship of the Goethe Institute, which serves as the German Cultural Embassy in this country.

If you would like to attend this free event, please RSVP at

GAPP 40th Anniversary celebration
Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30pm
Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street

Teal Pumpkins Mark Allergy-Friendly Treats This Halloween


The Teal Pumpkin Project is a way to make Halloween a special night for all our children, including those with food allergies. The idea is simple: If you’re offering non-food treats instead of or in addition to the traditional candy, paint a pumpkin teal or put up one of their downloadable posters to let trick-or-treaters know. The food allergy organization FARE is promoting the idea, and they have more information, as well as downloadable posters, at their website.

Enjoy BabySongs with Jessica Buster at Kids Club on October 9

BabySongs featuring Jessica Buster will provide the entertainment for this month’s Melrose Kids Club on Friday, October 9, from 10-11 a.m. at Memorial Hall.

Local Melrose mama Jessica Buster began BabySongs three and a half years ago, creating a community of other parents and caretakers who gathered together with their small people to sing and swap songs. Eventually Jessica was asked to lead regular sing-alongs and performances in venues around town, including the public library, the YMCA, and Lilah-Rose, the children’s boutique on Main Street. Her engaging style is informal and welcoming, and her repertoire includes old favorites and more unusual offerings, traditional folk songs, participatory movement songs, puppets, and the use of song-based picture books.

Dine Out October 7 to Benefit Bread of Life

The First United Methodist Church of Melrose will have a fundraiser for Bread of Life at Liberty Bell on Wednesday, October 7. Liberty Bell will donate a portion of proceeds from food ordered from 5-8 pm to Bread of Life.

FUMC Melrose has set the goal of raising $15,000 for Bread of Life this year, so every Super Beef and shrimp plate helps the church reach its goal and, more importantly, helps Bread of Life feed those in need.

Police to Hold Second Community Meeting October 28

Following up on September’s community meeting, on the topic of opioids, Police Chief Michael Lyle will hold a second community meeting on the topic of cyber crime, with experts from state and local agencies. The meeting will be held in the Milano Center on October 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Melrose High School to Be an AP Capstone School

More great news from Melrose High School! Melrose High School was notified by the College Board that Melrose has been accepted to become an AP Capstone Diploma Program school beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. This is a credit to our staff and students, and in particular the success of our Advanced Placement programming. Melrose High School is excited to offer this experience to its current students.

AP Capstone™ is an innovative diploma program from the College Board that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two AP® courses—AP Seminar and AP Research—and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study experienced in other AP courses. In AP Seminar, students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing information from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence-based arguments. In AP Research, students cultivate the skills and discipline necessary to conduct independent research in order to produce and defend a scholarly academic thesis.

The AP Capstone program aims to empower students by:

  • Engaging them with rigorous college-level curricula focused on the skills necessary for successful college completion;
  • Extending their abilities to synthesize information from multiple perspectives and apply skills in new situations and cross-curricular contexts;
  • Enabling them to collect and analyze information with accuracy and precision;
  • Cultivating their abilities to craft, communicate, and defend evidence-based arguments; and
  • Providing opportunities for them to practice disciplined and scholarly research skills while exploring relevant topics that appeal to their interests and curiosity.

AP Capstone Opportunities:

  • AP Seminar will be open to all students as a rigorous elective advanced placement course.
  • AP Research will be open to any student who enrolls in and earns a qualifying score in AP Seminar.
  • Students who earn a qualifying score in AP Seminar and AP Research, as well as earn a qualifying score in at least 4 additional AP courses, will receive an AP Capstone Diploma from the College Board.
  • Earning an AP Capstone Diploma will be worth up to a semester’s worth of college credit.
  • Students who earn qualifying scores in AP Seminar and AP Research, but not on four additional AP Exams, will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
  • AP Seminar will be open to current 9th and 10th graders beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.

The AP Capstone Program enables students to investigate complex issues and to evaluate multiple perspectives while developing their own point of view. Research themes will be based on student interests, global or international topics as well as both local and/or civic issues. Students will further develop creative and critical thinking skills while utilizing the Quest process.

  • Question & Explore
  • Understand & Analyze
  • Evaluate Multiple Perspectives
  • Synthesize Ideas
  • Team, Transform, & Transmit

October 7 Is Walk or Bike to School Day

This Wednesday, October 7, is the semi-annual Bike Walk to School Day, organized through the Safe Routes to School program in Massachusetts. There are over 600 schools that participate, including four in Melrose.

Why Walk or Bike?

  • It’s Fun! There’s a feeling of joy and independence — a sense of adventure. People can appreciate things they don’t notice while driving, seeing friends and neighbors.
  • Healthier Habits. Incorporate a regular physical activity into your child’s day. This will also help your child pay attention better during school.

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