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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.

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.


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