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Watch the Messina Fine Arts Awards Presentation

We presented the Melrose Messina Fine Arts Awards to local artists and arts organizations a few weeks ago, and now, thanks to Mike Miner of MMTV, you can watch the whole thing! I was gratified to learn that several of the awards allowed the organizations to start programs that are now growing into larger initiatives. I want to thank the members of the MMFA Committee, who worked hard on this all year, and congratulate the artists and organizations who have done so much to enrich Melrose’s cultural life.

Overdose Prevention and Narcan Training on Thursday

Overdose Training flyer June 2015

Free Estate Planning Seminar Tonight to Benefit MEF

John Martino, of the Melrose law firm Martino & Tramontozzi, is offering a free estate planning seminar tonight, June 11, at 7 p.m. at REMAX, 536 Main St. There will be another free seminar on Tuesday, June 23.

The basic Estate Planning package includes:

  • Will
  • Health care proxy
  • Power of attorney

Contact Attorney John Martino with Martino & Tramontozzi for more information at or 781-662-0900.

If you engage Martino & Tramontozzi to organize your estate plan during the month of June 2015, they will donate a portion of proceeds to the Melrose Education Foundation. Be sure to mention the Melrose Ed Foundation when you contact Martino & Tramontozzi!

Come to the Messina Fine Arts Awards Ceremony on June 8!

The Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts Committee invites the public to the Third Annual Presentation of the Melrose Messina Fine Arts Awards at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 8, in the Beebe Estate, 235 West Foster St. The ceremony will highlight the artists and organizations who received funding via the MMFA Awards this year. Light refreshments will be served.

Notice from City Clerk

Nomination papers for the November 3, 2015 City Election will be available in the Election Office on Friday, May 1, 2015.  Nomination papers may be obtained only by a candidate or a person presenting a signed authorization for a candidate. Prior to obtaining nomination papers, each candidate must file with the Election Office, a statement containing his/her name and address and the office for which he/she intends to run.  The last day to obtain nomination papers for Mayoral candidates is Friday, July 10th and the last day to obtain for all others will be Friday, September 11th. 
At this election, the following officials are to be chosen:
Mayor (4 year term)

Three (3) members of the School Committee (4 year term)
Four (4) Alderman-At-Large (2 year term)

One (1) Alderman from each of the seven wards (2 year term)

Candidates for Alderman-at-Large and School Committee will need 120 signatures and a Ward Alderman candidate will need 20 signatures in order to be placed on the ballot.
Please contact Linda-Lee Angiolillo at 781-979-4125 with any questions.

Remembering Irving Smolens, D-Day Veteran and Community Leader

Irving Smolens

Yesterday we lost Irving Smolens, Melrose’s oldest surviving D-Day veteran and a dedicated community leader.

Irving Smolens was a true American hero. After he and his fellow World War II veterans saved the world, they came back and built our community to where it is today. Even up to a few months ago, Irving was incredibly active, particularly with our youth, as a keynote speaker at Veterans and Memorial Day assemblies, speaking to thousands of middle schoolers, as well as taking part in the Veterans in the Classroom initiative. Although he talked about the past and his experiences, he also talked about the future and making sure our children had more opportunities than he had. Along with his wife Edith, a Melrose educator, he was active in many community causes and a passionate civil rights advocate. He will be profoundly missed by all in the community.

Irving Smolens and General Odierno

“I have a great respect for Irving Smolens, not only for his history-book like service record, but for his tireless veteran advocacy. He served as a role model for those who believe that we should never forget the past and the incredible sacrifices made by so few. He is a veteran that this city will never forget.”

—Veterans Agent Ryan McLane

Melrose D-Day veteran Irving Smolens in May, 1945, outside Munich, Germany.

Melrose D-Day veteran Irving Smolens in May, 1945, outside Munich, Germany.

They may walk with a little less spring in their step, and their ranks are growing thinner, but let us never forget, when they were young, these men saved the world.

—President William Jefferson Clinton, speaking on the 50th Anniversary of D-Day ceremony in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 6, 1994.

Winter Festival Thursday – Park at the High School

I want to invite everyone to our Melrose Winter Festival this Thursday, February 19, from 12-2 p.m. at Mount Hood Golf Course. The event will include games, activities, prizes, face painting, train rides, snowshoeing, and a free community barbecue. All public parking for this year’s event will be in the Melrose High School Parking Lots. Shuttle bus service will transport all attendees to the event, starting at 11:45 a.m. and concluding at 2:15 p.m. No public parking is allowed at Mount Hood, on Slayton Road, or at Incarnation Church for this event. Families are permitted to drop off attendees at Mount Hood, but parking is not available. Please join us for this fun-filled winter day!

Library and Senior Center Will Be Closed Tomorrow

Due to the snow, the Melrose Public Library and the Milano Senior Center will both be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 3.

Wrapping Up This Storm

School dropoff went really well today, so we will do the same thing again tomorrow: Once again, the elementary schools will open for dropoff tomorrow at 7:45 a.m. and the high school and middle school will open at 6:45 a.m. to alleviate congestion at dropoff as we continue to work throughout the city. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

Snow removal in the business districts will commence this evening at 7 p.m. and will continue throughout the night. Here are the areas we will focus on tonight:

  1. Franklin/Green Street at Main, beginning at 7 p.m.
  2. Hospital Square
  3. Downtown Main Street
  4. Wyoming Square
  5. Cedar Park and Franklin Street will be done during the course of the night or on Friday.

Please be aware that this may be noisy, parking may be restricted, and detours may be in place during this nighttime cleanup.

For any other issues going forward, please call DPW at 781-665-0142 as we finish our cleanup and move forward with preparation for the next snow event.

No School Tomorrow

The Melrose Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 28.


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