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Arts in April This Weekend

Arts In April 2015

Melrose Arts will host the 10th Annual Arts in April Festival at Memorial Hall on April 24-26. This three-day festival is a juried show featuring original fine art and fine craft by 42 artist exhibitors from Melrose and the surrounding area. Here’s a rundown of the events:

Friday Evening Preview Party – April 24 (7:00 – 9:30pm)

  • Live music at by The Giovanni Moltoni Quartet
  • Delicious Desserts by Whole Foods included with admission
  • Cash Bar offering beer, wine, and soft drinks
  • Preview Party Admission $10 in advance / $12 at the door

Saturday April 25 (10am – 5pm) & Sunday April 26 (11am – 4pm)

  • Free Admission on Saturday and Sunday
  • Enjoy the exhibition at your own pace
  • Take part in the Community Art project by Melrose Arts and Follow Your Art
  • Food available for purchase Saturday and Sunday, provided by Whole Foods

This 10th Annual Juried Show supports Melrose Arts’ effort to encourage the artistic vibrancy of our community.

About Melrose Arts:

We unite artists, arts organizations, patrons and other enthusiasts of culture to encourage, present and sustain artistic and cultural activities in Melrose for the benefit of its citizens. The Arts Festival is our most popular and anticipated annual event. Visit for more information.

Final MSO Concert of the Year is May 2


Don’t miss the Melrose Symphony’s season finale pops concert, “Gershwin, Mancini, & More,” on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

The MSO closes out its 97th season with perennial favorites as well as some new hits including the music from the TV drama “Downton Abbey.” Piano soloist Janice Weber joins for the 1920’s jazz-inspired classic “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin. The concert also includes a tribute to Henry Mancini complete with music from The Pink Panther, music from John Williams, and more.

Melrose Symphony “Pops” concerts offer classical music in a fun and informative setting led by the charismatic conductor Yoichi Udagawa. Bobby C’s Ristorante provides beverages and light food during the performance.

Tickets & More Information
Tickets are $10 for students; $29 general admission; and $37 for reserved table seating. Buy online and save 20% with the discount code mayorsblog.* Tickets may also be purchased in-store with cash or check at Sweet Thoughts or Miter Biter, both on Main Street, Melrose.

*Offer valid online only

Concert Sponsored by ABC Home Healthcare
Melrose Cooperative Bank, Official Bank of the Melrose Symphony​

Bellevue Ave. Makes the Globe’s List of Top Spots to Live!

The Boston Globe did a roundup of the best streets in the Greater Boston area, and Bellevue Ave. in Melrose was one of them:

Melrose is one of those subdued suburbs that tends to be overlooked. But there’s much to recommend it, including its convenient commuter location about 9 miles from Boston, its good schools, its proximity to Middlesex Fells Reservation, and its small-town Main Street, lined with boutiques and restaurants (including worth-a-trip Turner’s Seafood). “It’s very, 9 similar to Arlington,” says Linda Hutchinson of the town’s Brad Hutchinson Real Estate, “but more affordable.” Less than a half-mile long and easily accessible to downtown Melrose, Bellevue Avenue, in the Country Club neighborhood, has “bigger, grander” houses than much of the town, with a price-per-square-foot of around $230 in 2014. Hutchinson calls it “one of the most prestigious streets in the city.”

Learn About Community Solar Energy Tonight!

As the solar energy industry matures, new options are emerging for organizations, businesses and individuals. It is estimated that 75 percent of the buildings in Melrose are not suitable for solar panels due to orientation, shading or structural issues. There is, however, a way that the people associated with these buildings – residents, members, employees, etc. – can participate in a solar program. It’s called Community Solar. Interested parties can invest in a solar array on another building and receive bill credits that reduce their monthly electric charges.

On Thursday, April 23, the Melrose Energy Commission will host a free Speaker Series discussion on Community Solar, explaining how virtually anyone can participate in a solar energy program. This event takes place at the Milano Center, 201 West Foster St., beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Featured speakers are Dave Kane of Village Power, a company that facilitates Community Solar programs, and David Bliss, a member of Melrose’s Unitarian Universalist Church who was instrumental in the church’s recent installation of a solar array.

Greening America’s Cities

Here is an op-ed column that I co-authored; it appeared in several newspapers, including the Melrose Weekly News and South Coast Today.

This year, in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Day Network has launched the Green Cities program — encouraging investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy towards the goal of 100 percent renewable by 2050. One U.S. city has a head start on this initiative, setting a national example in the realm of sustainable communities.

Melrose, Massachusetts, has strived to increase solar installations throughout the community. The city led the way with a large-scale solar installation on the roof of its high school and middle school complex. The residential solar program primarily began with the Solarize Mass initiative, a statewide renewable energy program that attempts to cut marketing costs by amassing a group of potential customers for a single solar installer — the higher the number of participants, the lower the cost of installation to each one. The city of Melrose now heads its own solar program, continuing the effort and providing residents and businesses with information and guidance toward establishing their solar projects.

Since the solar installation launch in 2012, Melrose has seen an increase in solar installations from seven homes to more than 120. The city abandoned the use of a single installer but still assists residents with the process. The Melrose Energy Commission has partnered with EnergySage to provide information, comparable quotes from several vetted solar installers, and savings projections on the different ways to pay for solar. A local church used Energy Sage to procure an installer and just went live with a new 100 kW system last month. Another church financed its new system by selling shares to the congregation.

Melrose is setting a standard for other U.S. cities through its green practices, implementing sustainable standards in many facets of the community. Melrose acts as a leader for U.S. cities in taking action to better its community through green actions. Transforming our outdated electricity grid into a cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy system is a critical step toward securing a sustainable future.

In the absence of international lawmakers taking major steps toward sustainability and the mitigation of climate change, we must take it upon ourselves at the local government and citizen level to continue to push the movement forward and demonstrate to the world that we demand environmental progress.
Today, Earth Day, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries will participate in Earth Day activities and events making it the largest civic observance in the world. This Earth Day, Melrose serves as an example for more comprehensive sustainable management plans for our U.S. cities that not only benefit the environment, but the economy as well. Raising awareness and advocating for change at the local level collectively leads to global change.

Mayor Robert J. Dolan is the mayor of Melrose, MA. Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network.

Happy Earth Day!

This post is reblogged from the Melrose Recycles Blog.


Happy Earth Day Melrose! Today is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, here are some earth-friendly things you can do all year long as well as some upcoming events right here in Melrose:

Get to know the organizations that make up Sustainable Melrose at the upcoming Healthy Melrose Fair on May 2 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at Melrose Athletic Complex, 360 Lynn Fells Parkway.

Volunteer for one of the Sustainable Melrose member groups and work on positive change in your community.


Reduce your waste! Follow the Melrose Recycles Blog, sign up to receive the Melrose Recycles e-newsletter and commit to reducing your waste by reusing and recycling more! Use reusable bags instead of plastic or paper, pack a waste free lunch for you and your family, recycle textiles and compost food scraps. Have other household items that someone else can reuse? Drop them at Swap Day on September 26th.


Still recovering from the increase in electric rates this winter? Get a no-cost MassSave home energy assessment and learn how to save energy in your home. Sign up with Next Step Living or MassSave. Well over 1,000 of your Melrose neighbors have already taken this step and many have added insulation in their homes using the generous MassSave incentives.

Starting to think about your garden? Native plants are in tune with our New England environment and attract birds, bees, butterflies, and other beneficial wildlife. See how and all the reasons why at Grow Native Massachusetts.

Participate in Earth Day Worship on April 19 at First Congregational Church, 121 W. Foster Street. Earth focused worship is at 10 a.m., followed by a coffee hour talk at 11 a.m. where energy efficiency improvements made to the church will be presented. We look forward to sharing what has changed, how it impacts our energy usage and ways you can make similar improvements to your own home, workplace or organization.

Take a hike in the nearby Middlesex Fells Reservation or in any number of Melrose Conservation Commission trails. Check out the Melrose Open Space and Trail Map Pocket Guide.


Go Solar Melrose! Check out the energy production in real-time from the 351kW solar photovoltaic installation on the high school and middle school. Join the more than 120 Melrose homeowners who have chosen clean energy. Check out the online solar marketplace at Energy Sage.

Buy local – Mark June 11th on your calendar to buy from local farms: Opening day for the Sally Frank Farmers’ Market!


Secretary Urena Speaks at Veterans Town Hall


Massachusetts Secretary of Veteran Services Francisco Urena made an outstanding presentation at the Melrose Veterans Town Hall meeting this evening. He made it clear that the Baker/Polito administration is committed to working with cities and towns to end veteran homelessness. Veterans Services Officer Ryan McLane and I are very thankful for this partnership.

Winter Guard Fund-Raiser at Mexico Lindo Tonight

Winter Guard Fundraiser Poster pink

Trash and Recycling Pickups on Holiday Schedule

Trash and recycling pickups will be on a holiday schedule this week due to the Patriots Day holiday.

Pickups regularly scheduled for Monday will take place on Tuesday, Tuesday pickups will be on Wednesday, and so on for the rest of the week.

Come to the Veterans Town Hall Meeting Tonight

Join Melrose Veteran Services and Massachusetts Secretary of Veteran Services Francisco Urena for the spring Veterans Town Hall Meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Melrose Elks Lodge. The agenda will include discussion of the Memorial Day events, site selection for the Korean War monument, updates on other veterans’ issues, and a question and answer session.


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