Today, we are starting a new series of blog posts titled “Focus on Melrose.” I hope these will help all citizens better understand City operations and the issues we face as a community. We will use my State of the City address as a starting point, but I hope to bring in more information and more voices to give you a fuller picture of our City. We will present a different aspect every Thursday.
After I was elected Mayor, in 2001, I sat with my transition team and we tried to map out some general principles of government that would be the framework for my administration. At the time, some of these were obvious and others were not so obvious. 16 years later, they still hold true, and I always begin my Inaugural and State of the City addresses with a statement of these principles.
- Assemble the best management team;
- Manage costs, manage debt, and always stay ahead of a potential crisis;
- Ensure equal access to resources and opportunities;
- Strive always to bring depth and meaning to the slogan “Melrose: One community open to all”;
- Embrace transportation planning that accommodates a mix of modes, including auto, rail, bike, and pedestrian;
- Promote a citywide agenda that always puts public education at the forefront;
- Continue to invest in the maintenance and enhancement of our city’s infrastructure and technology;
- Create a vibrant economic climate that attracts and supports a wide diversity of businesses, cultural, historical, and recreational opportunities in every part of the city;
- Promote balanced and responsible suburban design and planning, and protect our city’s environmental greenbelt;
- And most important, promote and involve an active citizenry that works in partnership with a responsive government to manage this City in a thoughtful, honest, and accountable manner.
To kick this off, here are a few images from the past year that illustrate how we carry out these principles in everyday life.
Congratulations to Melrose High School senior Julia McLaughlin, who will be awarded the 2017 Boston Bruins-MIAA Sportsmanship Award at a special ceremony on April 4. This award is presented annually by the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) to one individual from each high school ice hockey league in the state who best exemplifies the highest standards of fair play and sportsmanship.
The presentation of this prestigious award will take place on Tuesday, April 4th at the TD Garden during an intermission of the Boston Bruins game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Melrose – Wakefield – Saugus Veteran Services District and Mayor Robert J. Dolan invite Vietnam-era veterans, their families, and the public to a Pinning Ceremony and Reception for Vietnam Veterans on April 5 at from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. in the GAR Room, Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose. Vietnam-era veterans from Melrose, Wakefield, and Saugus are being honored.
Each veteran will be presented with a pin and a certificate, and there will also be a reception with light refreshments. Any veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, is eligible to participate.
Vietnam-era veterans who believe they are eligible to take part in the ceremony should contact Veterans District Director Alicia Reddin directly via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone, 781-979-4186.
The Melrose-Wakefield-Saugus Veterans Services District is officially a partner member of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, together with the Department of Defense.
This is the first of several ceremonies honoring Vietnam veterans that the Melrose-Wakefield-Saugus Veteran Services District will hold over the next three years.
On March 29, Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Kathy Guevara and Police Chief Michael Lyle will host a community meeting about Narcan, the drug that can reverse the effects of opiates—potentially saving the life of someone who is overdosing.
The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster St.
Guevara will discuss the use and the limitations of Narcan, and she plans to have someone who has actually been revived by the drug discuss what that’s like—and what it’s like to be given Narcan when the person is not overdosing. “People are often afraid to give someone Narcan,” she says. “They think, ‘What if I give it to them and they don’t need it?'” The answer is that it won’t do any harm. “There are no side effects,” she says.
Narcan only works with opiates, so it won’t help someone who is suffering from alcohol poisoning, and while it will revive someone who is overdosing, the effects are temporary. “You still need intervention,” she says. “You can’t just think ‘I administered Narcan so I don’t have to call 911.’You still need medical intervention. It’s short term.” In addition, more than one dose may be required to revive someone who has taken synthetic opiates, such as Fentanyl. “It’s very potent, and it binds very tightly to the receptors,” she explains.
At the community meeting, Guevara will offer a training in how to use Narcan and will distribute information about the drug and how to obtain it. The bottom line, she says, is this: “It saves somebody’s life, and hopefully it gives them a chance to get to the point where they can attain recovery.”
Grace Zinck, Melrose’s own Amazing Grace, was crowned Miss Junior Teen 2017 in the Miss Amazing Massachusetts pageant last weekend.
Grace has a lot to be proud of. As everyone who knows her can tell you, she is kind, generous, and filled with a special spirit. She brings smiles to everyone around her. And it’s not just Grace who is amazing: Every year her family runs the Amazing Grace golf tournament here in Melrose to raise money for children with disabilities and their families.
Congratulations, Grace! You are showing us all what true beauty looks like!
Congratulations to the students, staff, and families of the Hoover School, who took top honors in not one but two events in the past week!
On Thursday, the Hoover School Fifth Grade were the champions of the Rotary Spelling Bee. They had some tough competition from the Lincoln School, which also made it to the finals. Congratulations to Hoover team members (front row) Quinn H., Thea S., Mara T., and (back row) Ava W. and Raessler G.
Then on Saturday evening, the Hoover Hawks prevailed over 35 other teams to emerge the winners of the Trivia Bee! Thanks to Jennifer McAllister and all the hard-working volunteers from The Bridge who made this such a wonderful night, and congratulations to Hoover Hawks Erin Hobin-Audet, Brian Tim, and Chris Lee on their victory!
Come and Cheer! 40 teams will be competing in the 16thAnnual Melrose Adult Trivia Bee at 7pm this Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Memorial Hall. At this very popular city-wide event, citizens, city officials, business owners, teachers, school PTOs, club members and non-profit leaders compete on teams to discover which group knows the greatest amount of obscure and non-essential information. Even if you aren’t on a team you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a table Trivia for a small donation. This year’s Trivia Bee is sponsored by East Boston Savings Bank and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, a member of Hallmark Health.
Admission is free and light refreshments are sold at the event, including beer & wine and select items from Wood & Fire Restaurant! You can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win many exciting raffle items including: Red Sox game tickets and amazing sports memorabilia; museum and theater tickets; a Keurig Brewer; a handcrafted quilt; a private wine class and a Cape Cod Weekend, just to name a few! Additionally, each table will feature 3-D art created by Melrose High School students in grades 9-12. The Trivia Bee is held annually as a fundraiser for The Bridge: A School/Community Partnership.
“The Trivia Bee is not your average fundraiser,” said Jennifer McAllister, Coordinator of Volunteers at The Bridge: A School/Community Partnership. “This event generates a lot of excitement in the community with 40 competing teams, local television coverage, and hundreds of spectators.”
The Bridge: A School Community Partnership is a unique non-profit organization that recruits trains and places volunteers in the Melrose Public Schools. Established in 1993, The Bridge mission is based on the philosophy that young people benefit greatly when community members contribute their time, talent and expertise to assist public education.
For more information on the Trivia Bee or volunteering in Melrose Public Schools please call 781-979-2299 or email: email@example.com.
On Sunday, April 2nd at 3 p.m. the Melrose Symphony invites you to a special, 45-minute concert introducing the orchestra to children and adults.
See, hear, and try the instruments of the symphony orchestra in this fun-filled afternoon in Memorial Hall for kids ages 3 and up.
Learn about the instruments of the orchestra through favorite cartoon and superhero music of Superman, Star Wars, and more! You’ll also hear special music from some local superheroes – music teachers Luke Miller and Matt Repucci from the Melrose public schools.
From 1:30-2:30 pm, audience members are invited to try the instruments of the orchestra in the very popular pre-concert instrument “petting zoo.”
This concert sells out! Tickets are $3 for kids and $10 for adults. Purchase online at www.melrosesymphony.org/familyconcert or in-store at Miter Biter or Buckalew’s on Main Street in Melrose.