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Cultural Exchange

Turkish Cultural Center

Today I met with Enes Ulukaya, Burhan Kaya, and Bilal Arigun of the Turkish Cultural Center in Revere and Boston. Melrose has a growing Turkish population, and it was interesting to talk to these gentlemen about their experiences and the cultural ties between many Massachusetts cities and Turkey. I encourage you to check out their website, which has a lot of information about the cultural activities they offer.

Learn About Solar Energy Sharing Tonight

Here is a press release we received from the Melrose Energy Commission.

Among the many creative options formulated to help people go solar is a new concept: solar sharing. This program connects two groups: 1) people who want solar power but do not (or can’t) have solar panels on their roofs and 2) those who have solar panels and would like to share their electricity (as well as the cost of the solar array).

Boston-based Yeloha is a new company that is offering this service. You can learn more about Yeloha’s solar sharing network at a free presentation hosted by the Melrose Energy Commission on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7:15 p.m. It takes place at the Milano Center, 201 W. Foster St., Melrose, and is open to the public.

Nataly Cahn, Director of Energy Choice at Yeloha, is the featured speaker. She has been working in the New England area, establishing affiliate partnerships with installers, real estate developers, large commercial entities and a variety of local organizations, including the Vermont utility company Green Mountain Power who adopted the platform in September. Homeowners, businesses and individuals are all eligible to take advantage of the program.

“Our goal is to help people access solar in the simplest way possible,” explained Cahn. “Through Yeloha’s sharing network, anyone with a computer or Smartphone can participate. You don’t even need a roof. People can purchase solar energy at a reduced rate by signing up for this program.”

According to Amit Rosner, Yeloha CEO and co-founder, participants can save an average of about 10 percent on their electric bills through solar sharing.

In addition to saving a significant amount of money on monthly electric bills, solar sharing can also help address global climate change.

“This is an excellent opportunity to learn about new ways to support solar power in our area,” said Lori Timmermann, Melrose Energy Commission co-chair. “There’s no obligation to sign up and people will be able to ask questions after the presentation. Not everyone has the wherewithal to install solar panels.

This program enables virtually anyone to obtain the benefits of solar energy.”

Advance registration is not required. For additional information, visit the MEC website, send an e-mail to, or call 781-662-2616.

Come to the Most Blessed Sacrament Holly Festival on December 5

Holly Fair Quilt

The Most Blessed Sacrament Women’s Guild will hold its 52nd Annual Holly Festival and Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Center, 1155 Main St., Wakefield.  Gift Items available for your Christmas Shopping include handmade knitted afghans, sweaters, scarves and mittens, beautiful gift baskets, custom decorated fresh evergreen wreaths, Christmas decorations, jewelry and delicious home baked goods.  There are lots of raffles including a handmade quilt, several Lottery scratch ticket trees, restaurant gift certificates and a cash raffle of $100.00.  Also, 50-50 chances are sold throughout the day.  You can even have a Caricature done! Our lunch menu includes fresh lobster rolls, chicken salad, hot dogs, homemade meatball subs, homemade chili, and pizza.  Honeydew donuts and coffee are available in the morning.  Please come to the Fair to kick off your Christmas season with a fun-filled day of shopping and holiday cheer.

Highlands Congregational Church’s Annual Marketplace on November 14


Sure, the holidays are a magical time of year — but let’s face it, they can be pretty hectic, too! The annual Marketplace at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church is the perfect place to get into the spirit of the season while crossing a bunch of to-dos off your list.

The festivities take place on Saturday, November 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 355 Franklin Street in Melrose. You’ll find plenty to keep you and your family entertained, including fun, hands-on activities for kids. In addition, you will not want to miss our deservedly famous lobster roll luncheon. With a choice of chicken salad or a hot dog for those who don’t love lobster, our menu has you covered!

Looking for gifts for the upcoming holidays or a little something for yourself? Well, look no further! This year’s Marketplace will feature a wide array of options, including heavenly baked goods, jewelry, knit goods, beautiful fabric homegoods, note cards, PartyLite Candles, Avon, 31 Bags, and—timely indeed—exquisite, table-top lit Christmas trees. We’ll have raffle baskets for all ages that are sure to be a hoot, and we’ll also have a great selection of “nearly new” items in our Timeless Treasures room—with hourly markdowns on prices—that you and your budget will both like.

Finally, if you’ve enjoyed these festive Highlands happenings in the past, then you’re probably wondering if you’ll find that famous aged—four years or so—Wisconsin cheddar cheese we always feature, and those memorable Aunt Ruby’s peanuts. Yes, we’ll have them! Don’t be late, though: the cheese sells out quickly, and if you’ve ever tasted it, you know why.

We can’t think of a better way to kick off the holidays. We look forward to seeing you on November 14th!

18 Year Old Pianist Kadar Qian to Perform with Melrose Symphony November 7

Here is a press release we received from the Melrose Symphony.

The Melrose Symphony kicks off its 98th Opening Night on Saturday, November 7 at 8 pm, in Memorial Hall. The concert features 18-year-old pianist Kadar Qian performing Rachmaninoff’s famous “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.”

Kadar Qian is no stranger to the Melrose Symphony; he first performed with the orchestra at the age of 13, and has since performed over 100 concerts, including a solo appearance with the Boston Pops and NPR’s “From the Top.” In addition to his performing career, Kadar Qian is the president of his class at Westford Academy, and has served as the Melrose Symphony’s Assistant Conductor since 2013.

Don’t miss this exhilarating and insightful performance led by the charismatic conductor Yoichi Udagawa. Bobby C’s Ristorante provides refreshments and food during the performance for a perfect night out supporting local culture and businesses in Melrose!

Tickets & More Information
Tickets are $10 for students; $29 general admission. Buy online or purchase in-store cash or check at Sweet Thoughts or Miter Biter, both on Main Street, Melrose.

Concert Sponsored by Melrose Rotary Club
Melrose Cooperative Bank, Official Bank of the Melrose Symphony​

Teal Pumpkins Mark Allergy-Friendly Treats This Halloween


The Teal Pumpkin Project is a way to make Halloween a special night for all our children, including those with food allergies. The idea is simple: If you’re offering non-food treats instead of or in addition to the traditional candy, paint a pumpkin teal or put up one of their downloadable posters to let trick-or-treaters know. The food allergy organization FARE is promoting the idea, and they have more information, as well as downloadable posters, at their website.

Have a Burger for MHS Grad Night Tomorrow!

The Whole Foods Market Good Will Grill returns Saturday, August 29, 2015 at their Melrose location from 11 a.m-2 p.m. This time around it’s to benefit the non-profit organization Melrose Grad Night, the annual substance-free event for MHS seniors. Come on down for a $5 burger, meet some committee members, see photos from the 2015 celebration, and show your support for the committee that supports Melrose’s newest tradition!

Stoneham ZBA to Meet on Weiss Farm Project Wednesday

Below is an e-mail we received from the Friends of Stoneham organization, with some information on an upcoming Stoneham Zoning Board of Appeals meeting regarding the Weiss Farm project.

The next public hearing by the Stoneham Zoning Board of Appeals on the 40B apartment project planned for Weiss Farm is scheduled for 7.30 PM on Wednesday, August 26, in the Banquet Room of the Town Hall.

The meeting will focus on the traffic impact of the project. See meeting agenda on the Town website.

Residents of Stoneham, and surrounding towns, such as Malden and Melrose, have stated their concerns about the size and density of this project at the proposed location and the inevitable increase in traffic and congestion along heavily traveled Franklin Street and other secondary roads. The application provides for construction of 264 apartments and 438 parking spaces at 170 Franklin Street [in Stoneham].

On July 21, 2015, the Stoneham Board of Appeals filed a complaint in Middlesex Superior Court challenging the Housing Appeals Committee (HAC) adverse decision against the Town regarding the land area statutory minimum of 1.5%. In addition, the complaint requests a declaratory judgment that portions of the regulations relied upon by HAC are invalid. See copy of the complaint on the Town website.

In other news, on July 22, 2015, the Stoneham Conservation Commission voted unanimously to deny the apartment project. For details, go the “Updates & Events” page of the Friends of Stoneham website under “Project Updates.” To catch up on general news regarding the Weiss Farm Project, go to the “Links” page and click on any of the newspaper articles hyperlinked in reverse date order.

Please show your concern and attend the ZBA meeting this Wednesday.

Shop Local Friday: Facial Specials at Bodyography

Facial Specials August 2015

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.


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