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Local Business Spotlight: Everlasting Fitness

Melrose resident, amateur boxer and personal trainer Rebecca LeSaffre is thrilled to announce the opening of Everlasting Fitness on Montvale Ave in Stoneham. Located in Montvale Plaza between Rt. 93 and Main Street, Everlasting Fitness will offer a variety of fitness classes, state-of-the-art equipment, nutrition counseling, a dedicated boxing area, plus flexible space for running sprints, pulling sleds and hammering tires.

“We are excited to open our new location of Everlasting Fitness and help clients achieve their health and wellness goals. We welcome everyone at all levels of fitness regardless of their age or condition,” said Rebecca DiNitto LeSaffre, owner of Everlasting Fitness.

Everlasting Fitness will be offering a variety of classes in this larger space, including: Boot Camp, Boxing, Warrior Workout™ (a self-paced class that combines endurance, strength, speed and mobility exercises), B.L.A.S.T™ (a combination of boxing and strength training), and LIFTTM (a focus on strength training, customized to a client’s individual goals). One-on-one personal training and nutrition sessions are also available upon request.

New clients looking to jumpstart a fitness regime or change their existing one, will receive their first class for free. For more information and a schedule of classes, visit their website at or email

Shop Local: Keep Melrose Strong

By Mayor Robert J. Dolan and Lauren Grymek, Executive Director of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce

Melrose may be one of the hottest real estate markets in the country, but it’s still a place where you can walk into a store and the owner will greet you by name, where the staff at your favorite coffee place knows how you like your coffee, and where business owners go the extra mile for their customers.

One of the best things about Melrose is that it isn’t just a place where people live, it’s a place where people work and shop. Whether you need a birthday cake, a holiday outfit, or a new web design, you can get it here. And that’s why it’s important that you patronize local businesses, for large purchases and small.

That’s getting easier to do: Over the past several years we have seen many new businesses open and thrive in our community. We have made improvements to our business districts, including Melrose Highlands and Cedar Park, and added parking in the central downtown lot, to make it easier than ever before to dine, shop, and do business in Melrose.

Having strong business districts means we can get much of what we need close to home, from groceries to specialty goods. And there’s more to it than mere convenience: Our local businesses not only provide us with necessary goods and services, they also support our community organizations, such as the Melrose Symphony and the Melrose Public Schools, by displaying flyers, selling tickets, donating raffle items, and sponsoring events. Our businesses are an essential part of the fabric of this community.

In order for this to continue in the future, we must support our local businesses as they support us. That means keeping it local. When we choose to dine in Melrose, when we choose to buy our holiday gifts in Melrose, we are choosing to keep our city vibrant. Our business districts thrive because you shop there.

Do you shop local? If not, please do so this holiday season—and all year round. Go to a local business, introduce yourself, and buy something, or treat yourself to a meal in one of our excellent restaurants. You will be greeted with a smile, excellent service, and a quality product—and at the same time, you will be making your community stronger.
Have a great holiday season, Melrose! We all have much to be thankful for.

Phase One of Bellevue Island is Complete!

In partnership with the City of Melrose, LCM PLUS, has adopted Bellevue Park located on Bellevue Ave to make it more usable and enjoyable for the community.

Phase One of the project has recently been completed and includes a beautiful new stone wall, walkways, a sitting area, new landscaping, lighting and irrigation system. Phase 2 will begin in Spring 2018 with the planting of plants and flowers to provide additional beauty and color to the park.

LCM PLUS will also donate their time and labor to the upkeep of this park on an on-going basis to the City of Melrose.

“We are thrilled that Phase 1 of this project is now complete. It was great to see the the park come together so nicely. Special thanks to the Mayor and the City of Melrose for their ongoing support. We look forward to completing Phase 2 in the spring.” says Joe Guarino, owner and President of LCM PLUS.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have partners in the local community like LCM Plus. Joe and his staff have gone above and beyond to make this a beautiful area for passive recreation. His generous donation of materials and labor for this project, as well as the holiday lights at City Hall, are greatly appreciated by myself and the entire community,” added Mayor Rob Dolan.

Established in 1986, LCM PLUS is a licensed builder and landscaping firm headquartered in Melrose, MA. With over 30 years of experience, they have serviced clients from Southern New Hampshire, all the way down to Cape Cod. Services include landscaping, masonry, irrigation, holiday lighting, creative outdoor living and much, much more. Visit or call (781) 662-0883 to learn more.

Home for the Holidays Begins Friday

The annual Home for the Holidays begins on Friday night! Brought to you by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce and Signature Sponsor Hallmark Health, the weekend’s festivities kick off at the City Hall lawn at 5:45PM on Friday with music by local acoustic duo Main Street News, the annual lighting of the tree with Mayor Dolan and the traditional stroll down Main Street to the YMCA to await the arrival of Santa on the fire truck.

Please walk if you can, as parking will be limited. Main Street will be closed to vehicles from West/East Emerson Street to West/East Foster Street starting at 5:00pm.

Then, the festivities continue throughout Melrose on Saturday with free trolley rides between the various business districts. Businesses, merchants, restaurants, schools and churches will be ready to welcome you with a variety of fairs, performances, sales, specials and tastings. The special holiday trolleys run on Saturday, from 10am – 2pm with the trolleys stopping precisely at 2:00pm. The full schedule of activities and trolley routes map can be found on the Chamber of Commerce’s website:

Home for the Holidays is sponsored by Hallmark Health System, and the following businesses have generously sponsored the fleet of trolleys this year: The Bill Butler Group at RE/MAX, Cassidy Landscaping, Century 21 Sexton & Donahue, Churchill Corporation, East Boston, Savings Bank, Eastern Bank, The Fitch Home, Gately Funeral Home, Giacomo’s, Gray’s Appliance, Home Instead Senior Care, Honey Dew Donuts, Marty’s Furniture, McLaughlin Insurance & Risk Management, Melrose Bank, Melrose Glass Company, Next Step Health Care, North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning, RE/MAX Leading Edge,, Robinson Funeral Home, Stearns & Hill’s Bistro and TD Bank. The tree lights and labor have been generously donated by LCM PLUS.

Dine at Giacomo’s and Support the Emergency Fund on November 20

Come down to Giacomo’s on Monday, November 20, and enjoy a nice dinner—while helping the Melrose Emergency Fund!

On Monday, November 20, Melrose will celebrate its Second Annual Random Acts of Kindness Day, and Giacomo’s Restaurant, at 454 Main Street, has stepped up with a fund-raiser that’s a great way to end a great day: If you dine at Giacomo’s between 4 and 10 p.m., your water glasses will be refilled and your table cleared by one of three celebrity busboys: Mayor Rob Dolan, Police Chief Michael Lyle, or State Representative Paul Brodeur. The busboys will donate their tips to the Emergency Fund, and Giacomo’s will make a donation as well.

Giacomo’s has a longtime tradition of doing these fund-raisers at its North End and South End restaurants, for Boston Medical Center and other charities. “We have had incredible support here since we opened our Melrose location, and now we would like to give back to the community that has made us feel so welcome,” said Giacomo’s owner Richard Talieri. “The Melrose Emergency Fund benefits so many people throughout the year, and I feel it is one of the things that makes Melrose so great.”

“This is a fun way to kick off this year’s campaign and a great way to finish Random Acts of Kindness Day,” said Dolan. “This Thanksgiving we have so much to be grateful for, but there are many in our community who are not as fortunate. We can all lend a hand to a neighbor in need.”

So head on down to Giacomo’s on Monday, have a nice dinner—and don’t forget to tip!

If you can’t make it, you can still donate to the Melrose Emergency Fund: Send a check to Melrose Emergency Fund, Mayor’s Office, 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176 or bring it directly to the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of City Hall. Checks should be made out to the City of Melrose, with “Melrose Emergency Fund” in the memo line. For more information about the fund, call 781-979-4440.

Come to the Indoor Farmers Market on November 19

Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market is offering a Fall Harvest Indoor Market on November 19th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose.

We will have most of the farmers and vendors who were with the Melrose and Wakefield farmers’ markets during the summer, as well as some new local vendors. As always, the market will offer a wonderful array of local produce, sustainably raised meat, poultry, eggs, and cheese, fresh fish, pasta, dips and spreads, maple syrup, honey, preserves, teas, spice blends, wine, cider, and a wide array of fresh baked goods. A selection of artisan vendors offering soaps, herbal products, hand crafted jewelry and more will also be attending, featured in our “Artisan Loft.”

The harvest market will feature the Magic of Yarrow’s exquisite balloon twisting skills, delightful and phenomenal face painting from Masks by Design from 12-2pm, a professional caricaturist, Matt Bernson, from 11-3, and tasty recipes and cooking demonstrations by Suman Shah, from Fork on a Road. Live music from The Bohemians is from 12:00pm-2:00pm (supported by The Melrose Cultural Council and the Messina Fund for the Arts).

Here are the vendors we expect on November 19: Aaronap Cellars (wine), Ackermann’s Maple Farm, Baer’s Best at Lover’s Brook Farm, Bagel Land of Winchester, Brooklyn James, Coutts Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Dicks Market Garden, Emmett’s Edibles, EPOCA, Fire Garden Pottery, Goodies Homemade, Habibi Gourmet Food, In Good Taste, Jenne Rayburn, Kim Gregory Pure Pastry, Laszlo Family Farm, Lilac Hedge Farm, Miles, Dirt, and Rover, Muddy River Herbals, Oakdale Farm, Pleasant Moments by HFR, Rachel’s Creations, Roberto’s Seafood, Sasquatch Woodworks, Sat Nam Designs, Seven Hills Farmstead, Shady Pine Farm, Sheepshed, Soluna Garden Farm, Sweet as JAM Design, Sweet Spot Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Bread Shop, The Popover Lady, The Roasted Granola, The Sweetbay Shop, Trestle and Twine, Ugly Baby Soap Company, and West River Creamery.

Market goers can preorder their fresh, hormone/antibiotic-free turkeys and pick them up at the market. Two vendors are taking orders, Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm.

The market accepts SNAP and HIP benefits. SNAP match up to $10 is generously funded by Melrose Bank. We are also doing a raffle to help cover our SNAP match program.

No cash? No problem, “Market Money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card at the Market Table. Although many of our vendors accept credit/debit.

For more information, sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates. See you at the market!

Our Indoor Farmers’ Market has been generously sponsored by Rite Window, who provides the Greater Boston area with beautiful windows, doors, siding, roofing and gutters.

Melrose Police Raise $7,000 for Community Programs Through Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to announce that the Melrose Police Department’s community golf tournament brought in $7,000 to support community programs.

On Oct. 16, 86 golfers hit Mount Hood, 100 Slayton Road for a friendly competition.

Lt. Tim Maher and his team took home first place, beating out more than 20 teams to claim the title.

The golf tournament served as the Melrose Police Department’s annual fundraiser. Money raised is used to support community programs like the Junior Police Academy, Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Program, the Melrose K-9 Program and the Melrose Police Scholarship Fund, which gives college scholarships to Melrose High School students pursuing an education in policing or criminal justice.

“Our first tournament was a great success,” Chief Lyle said. “All the golfers had a lot of fun, despite the cold weather, and we plan to make this an annual event.”

Melrose Police would like to thank all the volunteers for their work on this event and the generous tee and green sponsors:

Melrose Glass, Clean Sweeper Cleaning Services, Ward Insurance, Perella Jewelers, La Qchara, T’ahpas 529, Christian Hashem for Melrose Schools, Committee to Elect Mike Zwirko, Frank and Maura Goodhue, Iron Workers Local 7 Union, Vaughan Plumbing and Heating, Melrose United Soccer, Joseph M. Stanton, MST Certified Public Accountant, Karelas Family, Gately Funeral Home, Committee to Elect Jennifer Lemmerman, Melrose Elks Lodge 1031, Melrose Police Relief Corporation, Melrose Police Superior Officer’s Association, Melrose Police Patrolman’s Association, James Construction, Theo’s Pizzeria of Melrose, Buckalew’s General Store, the Pashoian family, the Forestell family, Michael and Eileen Lyle, Hugo’s Appliances, Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police, Balanced Being Massage of Melrose and Diamond Management Group, Inc.

Trick or Treat at Melrose Businesses is Tuesday, October 31

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce annual Trick or Treat at Melrose Businesses will be held on Tuesday, October 31st, from 3:30pm – 5:00pm.

Sponsored by Bell & Izzi and MMTV, the event brings together businesses on Main Street, Essex Street, West Foster Street, West Wyoming, West Emerson, Franklin Street and other business districts in Melrose for a fun afternoon for our youngest trick or treaters. Children in Grade 3 and younger are invited to trick or treat at this annual community event. A list of all participating businesses and their locations will be posted on the Melrose Chamber website,, by Thursday, October 26th.

“This chamber event is just one more example of how the business community in Melrose, and several of our civic organizations, take time out of their work and give back. Business owners and staff and many civic leaders will warmly greet children and their families on October 31st,” said Lauren Grymek, Executive Director of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce.

For the safety of all event participants, Main Street from Upham Street to Grove Street, and Essex Street from Main Street to Myrtle Street will be closed to vehicles during this time. Please note this is a rain or shine event.

For more information on Trick or Treat at Melrose Businesses please visit or call the Chamber Office at 781-665-3033.

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