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Learn About ‘Eating to Win’ Tonight!

Carbs, Fats and Proteins Oh My!
So much misinformation. What works for weight loss? What is important in athletic performance?

Date: Tuesday, May 9th
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Memorial Hall

Open to ALL ages

Admission is FREE

Presenter Jenine Wright:
Jenine Wright has her Masters in Exercise Physiology and is a Nutrition Educator. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Jenine has worked with a diverse population including high school, college, professional athletes and has trained at the Olympic center in Lake Placid.

Healthy Melrose Is Coming on May 13!

It’s finally time to get outside, get active, get moving, and have fun with Healthy Melrose’s lineup of family friendly events at the 9th Annual Health and Wellness Fair. Healthy & Sustainable Melrose has become the premier Health and Wellness fair in eastern Massachusetts. Last year, we saw over 2,500 attendees, and we anticipate a similar crowd on May 13th.

The 9th Annual Healthy Melrose Family Fitness & Wellness Fair is back Saturday, May 13th at Melrose High School athletic complex from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There will be over 50 vendors on hand to provide information on health and wellness, as well as food trucks, over 10,000 free food samples, free tote bags, and free activities for everyone from toddlers to adults.

There are several new classes and attractions this year, along with the return of some community favorites, so please take a look below:


11:45am-12:15pm | 12:15pm-12:45pm
Multiple stations set up on the field including Spin®, IndoRow®, ​and other cardio and strength training in a series of short circuits. Taught by the highly qualified team at fit life Melrose

Transform your morning into serenity!
Start the fair with tranquility & wellbeing with our favorite BARRE & SOUL instructors! (byom) bring your own mat

Zumba® is BACK!
Get your groove on! Dance with friends or make some new grooves to your own beat! Our favorite past ZUMBA® Instructors are joining us from fit life Melrose!

End the fair strengthening your muscles with an introductory mat pilates class from the talented staff from our local WellBarre Studio

Drive Green Electric Vehicle Test Drive
Get behind the wheel of the new Chevy Bolt or a Sonata Plug-In Hybrid. Mirak Chevrolet and Hyundai will have an all-electric Bolt and a plug-in hybrid Sonata available to test drive as part of Mass Energy’s Drive Green program which offers discounts on the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles

4-5 years old 10:00 – 10:30 9-12 years old 11:45 – 12:30
6-8 years old 10:45 – 11:30 Teens & Adults 12:45 – 1:30

While not required, we do strongly encourage people to sign up in advance for free classes. Please click below and all Healthy Melrose free events are listed on the calendar for May 13th.


Back by popular demand is the 25 foot climbing wall. Get ready to climb to the sky with professional supervision and belaying.

Equally important to having fun is learning about health, wellness, and your environment. The fair will feature 50 vendors offering materials and services to help you live a healthier life.

The fair also features Sustainable Melrose which is a group of civic minded organizations coming together to raise awareness of and support for our shared community responsibilities in environmental stewardship, social well-being, and economic prosperity over the long term. In collaboration with the Healthy Melrose organizers and the city, Sustainable Melrose will be taking steps to make the fair a “zero waste” and “zero carbon” event.

In addition to the electric vehicle test drives, our awesome Sustainable Melrose vendors will have great interactive demonstrations.

For a complete list of vendors, food trucks, food samples, and activities, please visit the Healthy Melrose website.

Enjoy Hallmark Health’s ‘Taste of Spring’ on May 11

Enjoy an evening of delicious food and a lively auction while supporting a great cause. Funds raised will benefit oncology patients and family health services at Hallmark Health. Featuring a variety of auction items including a getaway at Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort, Freedom Boat Club cruise complete with refreshments from Buckalew’s and Whole Foods, a romantic dinner at Davio’s with a limousine ride courtesy of Robinson Funeral Home and roses from Pepperberry Florist, concert tickets to KISS concert, Billy Joel at Fenway, Summer JAMN, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with dinner at Giacomo’s, VIP Patriots tickets and more! Enjoy a signature cocktail and enter to win a raffle for a bracelet donated by Perella Jewelers.

$50 before May 1; $60 after May 1st
Purchase at
For more information call 781-338-7620

Featuring the finest cuisine from: Bonefish Grill, Bobby C’s Ristorante, Del Frisco’s Grille, FuGaKyu Lynnfield, Henry’s Market, Pamplemousse Reading, Pizza Goddess “A Little Slice of Heaven” mobile brick oven catering, Davio’s Lynnfield, Wegmans, Stearns & Hill’s Bistro, The Whoo(pie) Wagon, Turner’s Seafood Grill and Market, Strega Prime Italian Steakhouse, Gaslight Lynnfield, and Fusilli’s Cucina.

Come to the Pizza Palooza on April 1

If you’ve ever dreamt of wandering through a roomful of pizza, with free access to many different choices for the world’s most perfect food—dream no more. Instead, come to Melrose Rotary Club’s fifth annual Pizza Palooza on Saturday, April 1, at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School cafeteria, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Partnering with Melrose Rotary for the event will be members of The Bridge: A School Community Partnership, the group that matches volunteers in the community with needs in the schools. The Bridge is also the sponsor of the recent wildly popular Annual Trivia Bee.

The Bridge will help Rotary sell tickets and staff the event, and, in return, will share in the profits.

Among the Pizza restaurants that will participate in the Palooza extravaganza are Alfredo’s, Bobby C’s, Comela’s, Gerry’s, Greenwood House of Pizza, Melrose House of Pizza, Papa Gino’s Petrone’s, Schoolhouse Pizza, Stearns and Hills Bistro, Theo’s, Whole Food Market, and Wood and Fire.

Tickets for Pizza Palooza cost $10 for adults and $7 for students, with children under 6 eating free. The ticket price includes unlimited servimgs of pizza, one beverage, and one dessert. Tickets are available at Miter Biter, 479 Main Street, or at the door.

Welcome to Melrose, Lucky Cat Yarns!

I was happy to be there to cut the ribbon at the new Lucky Cat Yarns—and to get my first knitting lesson!

Lucky Cat Yarns is located at 167 West Emerson St., and owner Leanne Leno, a Melrose resident, offers an assortment of yarns from A to Z, literally: Alpaca Yarn Company to Zen Yarn Garden. She also gives lessons and has a drop-in class as well. The store is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday (closed Monday). Stop in and check it out!

Local Business Spotlight: Melrose Coop Bank Is Now Melrose Bank

Congratulations to our neighbors down the road, the Melrose Cooperative Bank, on their new name: They are now the Melrose Bank. The bank has been a great member of the Melrose business community over the years, and we wish them luck with the new name!

Come to the New & Expectant Parent Expo on March 18!

Melrose Birth to Five and Hallmark Health will be hosting the City’s 2nd Annual New & Expectant Parent Expo this Saturday from 10am to 12pm at Memorial Hall.

This will be a great opportunity for new and expectant parents to participate in an exciting morning that will cater to your child-rearing needs!

Come learn about local businesses, child-care options, and family support services.

Here is a sample of who you will see on Saturday…with more to come!


  • Hallmark Health- Newborn Services
  • Hallmark Health- Baby Café & Breast Feeding Education
  • Hallmark Health- WIC & Healthy Families
  • Hallmark Health- Obstetrician/ Pediatric/ Urgent Care
  • Hallmark Health- Family Resource Network
  • Melrose Family Room
  • Active Literature
  • First Steps Early Learning Center
  • Anelise Tubinis Photography
  • Nurtured Family Doula Care
  • Lilah Rose
  • Well Rested Baby
  • Suzaluna
  • Wild Tree
  • CL Baby Designs
  • High Water Design Company
  • Temple Beth Shalom
  • Melrose Public Library
  • Melrose Health Dept.
  • Melrose Family YMCA
  • Melrose Franklin Early Childhood Center
  • Roman Music Therapy
  • Melrose Birth to Five
  • Melrose Energy Commission/ Homeworks Energy
  • Happy Family Brands

Gately Donation Boosts Veterans’ Fundraiser

John Gately and John Gately, Jr., present a check for matching funds to Melrose VSO Alicia Reddin

The Annual Veterans’ fundraiser was a big success thanks to the generosity of the Melrose community. With matching funds donated by the Gately Funeral Home, a check for $4,500 was presented to Veterans’ Agent Alicia Reddin. The Gately event is the largest fundraiser of the year, and this year it was boosted by a collection on Veterans’ Day, from parishioners at Incarnation Catholic Parish in Melrose, and by a bake sale put together by a group of local children that raised $40.

The Melrose Veterans Relief Fund is essential for services that might not be covered by other agencies: food, fuel assistance and other incidentals. Alicia noted that one gentleman who benefitted had been in desperate need of a set of dentures, and the fund was able to cover the final cost so he can eat normally again.

Come Out for Local Eats Week through March 12!

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce has joined together with the Reading-North Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield Lynnfield Chambers to sponsor Local Eats Week to encourage diners to visit and our local restaurants and businesses in six member communities.

During Local Eats Week Melrose food establishments are showcasing special menus and offerings, while also introducing new culinary choices at prices that will attract existing and new customers who wish to explore the local dining scene. “Local Eats Week is a true celebration of food not only in Melrose, but in our neighboring communities. It’s also a way to encourage residents to try new places and patronize the many restaurants and businesses that give back to the community throughout the year.” said Lauren Grymek, Executive Director of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s event also encourages participation from non-food businesses through cross promotions and specials at area merchant businesses. Diners will receive shopping discounts and specials when they present a receipt from one of the Local Eats Week participating restaurants.

A list of participating restaurants, merchants and their promotions can be found on the Melrose Chamber website, as well as on the Facebook page @LocalEatsWeek. Diners are encouraged to check back regularly for details. Or, contact the Melrose Chamber at or 781-665-3033 with any questions or for additional information.

Come to the North Shore Home Show on March 5

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The Kim Perrotti Team of RE/MAX Leading Edge is proud to announce the second annual North Shore Home Show. The event takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 12 to 4 PM, and is located in Memorial Hall at 590 Main Street in Melrose.

The North Shore Home Show is a community-centric event, with home improvement vendors taking center stage. Expect to find businesses and individuals that specialize in remodeling, landscaping, moving, interior design, home décor, organizing, appliance and lighting, and kitchen and bath trends. The family-friendly event will also have food vendors and live children’s entertainment. Attendees get a chance to win raffle prizes. The undisclosed prizes are still a secret, but the 2016 winners received some amazing concessions, including Red Sox tickets, gift cards to home improvement stores, credit towards home improvement projects with local vendors, interior decorating services, other types of gift cards, and more.

Kim Perrotti, whose team sponsors the event, said, “I am so excited for our second annual home show this year. It turned out to be a wonderful way for the community to connect with great local contractors last year, and we have many new ones for them to meet this year. My team, who works on putting this show together, tries really hard to think about what types of vendors would be of interest to the community, and it strives to bring them to this local venue. We have a great list of exhibitors this year, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

For more information about the North Shore Home Show, contact The Kim Perrotti Team at (781) 254-5527, or check out the event website at

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