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Melrose Youth Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ Coming December 1-3


Mayor’s Podcast #4: Business Redevelopment & Renovations Update

Planning Director Denise Gaffey and Mayor Dolan chat with Jon Sappachetti about renovations and redevelopment of businesses in downtown Melrose.

MHS Briefly Placed on Lockdown Following Threat

Superintendent Cyndy Taymore and Police Chief Michael L. Lyle report that Melrose High School was briefly placed on lockdown following a threat this morning. A student was then detained by police, injuring an officer in the process.

The sequence of events is as follows:

  • At approximately 9:30 a.m., administrators at Melrose High School were informed by a parent that a male student may have a gun in the building.
  • MHS immediately went into a lockdown and the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School went into a shelter in place. The Melrose Police Department was immediately notified.
  • The MHS School Resource Officer, along with school administrators, went to the classroom of the student in question and took him into custody, confiscating his backpack in the process.
  • Upon a search of the student, he had no weapons on his person or in his backpack.

When confronted, the student would not listen to the instructions of police and left the building. He was then detained by police outside MHS. During that altercation, a police officer was injured. The police officer was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

The lock down and shelter in place were lifted at approximately 9:45 a.m. and classes resumed as normal.
Superintendent Taymore and Chief Lyle would like to stress that at no time was anyone in the schools or community in any danger and there was never a weapon in the building.

Spirit Medium Maureen Hancock Comes to Memorial Hall on September 15

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First New Residents Move in at Melrose Station

I had the privilege of greeting the first residents to move into The Residence at Melrose Station this week. This is a beautiful addition to our City and a wonderful opportunity for Melrosians to stay in the community, close to friends and family, as their needs and lifestyles change.

The view from The Residence at Melrose Station

Update: School Construction Projects

Crews are continuing to work seven days a week on the expansion of the Winthrop and Hoover schools and the renovation of the Horace Mann. We have seen about 15 weeks of work done in a 10-week span, and crews continue to work aggressively toward the first day of school on August 30. We look forward to a grand opening and an exciting new start to the 2017-2018 school year. Enjoy the final two weeks of your summer vacation!

Horace Mann

Kindergarten 1 Classroom

Kindergarten 2 Classroom

New front entrance and administrative suite


Music and Art Room


Kindergarten 1 Classroom

Kindergarten 2 Classroom

Additional playground area

Addition and entrance area


Addition and entrance area

Kindergarten 1 Classroom

Kindergarten 2 Classroom

Kindergarten 3 Classroom

City Planner Denise Gaffey and Architect Charlie Hay of Tappé Architects survey the work at the Hoover School

Melrose Police Create Safe Zone for Online Transaction Meet-Ups

As of August 1st, the lobby of the Melrose Police Station is now an official safe zone for residents looking to complete online transactions made on websites like Craigslist or eBay. The Melrose Police Department partnered with OfferUp, an online market place, to establish a safe “MeetUpSpot” with the intent of creating an environment where residents can complete transactions while not having to worry about their safety when meeting a stranger. The Melrose police station is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is covered by security cameras.

The Melrose Police cannot ensure the legitimacy of an item you buy online, but it can provide a safe, monitored space for you to carry out the physical transaction. I hope everyone who makes purchases online and picks them up in person will use this resource when meeting up with a stranger, especially when cash is involved.

Melrose Honors its Military Wounded and Fallen, Becomes a Purple Heart City

The Purple Heart is a decoration awarded to military servicemen and servicewomen that have been wounded or killed in action. Melrose is paying tribute to the heroes of our community that have been awarded the Purple Heart by becoming a Purple Heart City and designating a Purple Heart Trail. The Purple Heart flag will fly proudly tomorrow at City Hall. The sacrifices of our Purple Heart residents and all other Americans harmed while fighting for our country will always be remembered and honored.

Come Support Melrose Students Performing in “Shrek the Musical!”

Come join Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre as they proudly present the fun-filled, family friendly “Shrek the Musical!” first weekend of August.

“Shrek the Musical!” will be performed at the Melrose Performing Arts Center located at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway, on Thursday August 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 7:30 p.m as well as a matinee on Saturday August 5 at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; and $10 for children under 18. Tickets will be available at the door and online at

Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre is a six-week theater program devoted to teaching children about theater from on stage singing, dancing and acting to the behind the scenes magic of set design, lighting and costuming while putting together a spectacular musical theater production.

WRYT has a long and illustrious history of fabulous children’s theatre. Past productions of Wizard of Oz, Seussical, Peter Pan, Annie, and My Son Pinocchio have begun to build a strong theatrical foundation for youths with an appreciation and interest in the arts. We have seen our costs soar to great heights and come together to create theatre- yet at the end of the day we are most proud of the family that WRYT has become and the legacy and impact that this program has on the community and it’s students.

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.” -Music Theatre International. The production is directed by Adam Schuler, with music directed by Samantha Prindiville, choreographed by Sarah DiTonno, stage managed by Grace Dolan and production managed by Alison Butts.

Please join and share the “Shrek the Musical” facebook event page at

Join us in support of the Melrose residents performing: Rachel Aveni, Isabelle Chardavoyne, Meagan Conlan, Sam Chetkin, Rose Egan, Julia Foley, Olivia Frakt, Abigail Gauch, Michela Galego, Mia Galego, Joshua Mena, Fiona O’Donnell, Sam Rossi, Bennett Serisky, Bridgette Schaad, Jackson Sorice, Kaylee Sanford, Mairéad St. Clair, Camille Wahl, Olivia Webb, Zoe Vandervelde.

Installation of Winthrop School Modular Classrooms Complete!

Our construction teams have finished installing the new modular classroom buildings at Winthrop Elementary School! We are currently working on the interior of the classrooms to make them ready for use. Keep following the blog for more updates as progress is made.

One of the four sections of the building being installed

This is the main hall way of the new building

Water fountain located right outside of classrooms for easy access

Perspective from the hallway looking into one of the new classrooms

One of the new classrooms

The other new classroom

One of the three new bathrooms in the modular building

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