Mayor Infurna to Take the Oath of Office This Morning

Mayor Gail Infurna will take the oath of office this morning, February 5, at 11 a.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber, City Hall. All are welcome to attend.

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Flu Shot Update

The Melrose-Wakefield Health Department will sponsor a flu clinic Thursday, January 18, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Wakefield Town Hall.  Everyone is welcome. 

Also, the Public Health Nurse is available at the Health Dept office Monday – Thursday for flu shots. Please call 781-979-4129 in advance to let her know you are coming. Flu shots are free with most health insurance (not United or Aetna).

Melrose Police Raise Funds for Downs Syndrome Organization

The Melrose Police Department participated in a “No-Shave ” event from November 1 to January 1 this year to raise money for a great cause.

This year 25 Officers participated-and/or donated.

$3150.00 was raised by Officer Donations.

This year’s cause will go to sponsor our own Melrose Police Officer Mike Plumer who is running the 2018 Boston Marathon on behalf of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

Mike’s needed goal is $10, 000.00 in order to get an official bib number, and register with the MDSC team. If anyone would like to donate to this worthy cause, the link is here.

Mike is pictured in the attached photo (third from right) along with just some of the Officers who grew their beards for the event.

Temple Beth Shalom hosts 30th Christmas Dinner at Green Street Baptist Church, Melrose

This Christmas, Temple Beth Shalom will once again serve a wonderful, festive holiday meal to anyone in the greater Melrose community who wants to attend. Dinner will be served at the Green Street Baptist Church, 179 Green St., Melrose on Sun., Dec. 25; serving starts at 1:30pm.

We welcome the elderly, the disabled, families, singles—anyone who wants to be with us on Christmas Day. We shop, decorate, pick up guests who need transportation, cook, serve, provide music, and clean up—and all those tasks are done by Temple Beth Shalom volunteers. We decorate, make and service dinner as well as coordinate with The Melrose Council on Aging to pick up and bring home guests. We shop, decorate, pick up guests who need transportation, cook, serve, provide music, and clean up. Come join us on Christmas day for a fun filled day!

The Temple is located at 21 East Foster St., Melrose. For more information, email tbschristmasdinner@gmail.com.

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.