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!

Big Snow Haul Friday Night – But Go Out to Dinner Anyway

As stated before, we are planning a mega snow haul out of our business districts, including downtown, upper Main Street, Melrose Highlands, upper Franklin Street, Wyoming Square, Cedar Park. This will be a night operation beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, February 20, and running to 10 a.m. Saturday. It will include several pieces of large equipment in addition to in-house DPW staff.

This operation will not affect the downtown restaurants. I encourage you to go out to dinner on Friday and operate as you normally would. We will not begin removal in those areas until after 11 p.m., when the restaurants close. Parking lots are included in this haul, and they will be accessible on Friday night.

This operation is noisy and must be completed in one night due to high costs, the availability of outside contractors, traffic impact, and public safety.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Come to the State of the City Address on February 25

The public is invited to attend Mayor Dolan’s State of the City address at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, in the G.A.R. Room, Memorial Hall.

Come to the Chili Chowder Challenge this Sunday!

Melrose Veterans Services invites one and all to the Chili Chowder Challenge at Memorial Hall on Sunday, February 22, from 12-3 p.m. Forget about the snow and enjoy chili and chowder prepared by Bobby C’s Restaurant, the Melrose Veterans Memory Project Club, VFW SGT Harold O Young Post #2394 (2 teams), VFW Lt Norman Prince Post #1506, Tooba’s Cafe, Boston’s Wounded Vet Run, Melrose Emblem Club, Melrose Veteran Services, Melorse Veterans Advisory Board, Cafe Salerno, and Whole Foods Market Melrose. Tickets are just $10, and proceeds go to Operation Remember, which will bring a group of Melrose veterans to the national war monuments in Washington, DC, this May, and will also install the first dedicated war memorial to Melrose Korean War veterans.

Liquor License Commission Meeting Moved to City Hall

The Liquor License Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. this evening has been moved to the Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall.

At this meeting, which was originally scheduled for January 26, the Commission will receive Mayor Dolan’s proposals for changes to Melrose’s liquor license regulations. A public hearing will be held at a later date to get public input on the proposals.

The full meeting notice and agenda are here.

Monday Snow Update

We have received 86 inches of snow in the last 21 days, which breaks all records. This winter is now the third snowiest in the history of Massachusetts, and it all happened in just three weeks. This is what you need to know:

  • Due to the fact that today is a holiday, trash and recycling are on a holiday schedule. All routes will be delayed by one day.
  • Scheduled events in school buildings are open today.
  • Education Station programs are operating tomorrow at the Roosevelt School.
  • The Melrose Public Library and City Hall will be open tomorrow.
  • The Milano Senior Center will reopen on Thursday.
  • The Council on Aging minivan will be operational for medical appointments and grocery shopping on Tuesday, and the Council on Aging office will be open.
  • The Winter Festival will take place on Thursday. Parking for this event will be at Melrose High School and Melrose Middle School. There will be no parking at the Incarnation Church parking lot.
  • We remain very concerned about the amount of heavy equipment in the city. Please keep your children away from snowplows and trucks and away from snowbanks during the February vacation.
  • If you know anyone that is having financial problems and cannot afford heating oil, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 781-979-4440.

Snow Operations

  • There will be no on-street parking outside of business districts throughout the city until further notice. In most cases, this could remain for several weeks.
  • Several days of sub-zero temperatures have resulted in very icy walkways and roadways, even with treating. Please use extreme caution when driving, give yourself plenty of time, and go slow.
  • DPW crews, together with public safety chiefs, have identified and are in the process of further identifying collector streets, cut-through streets, and corners to be widened. You will see improvement every day, however this is a long and time-consuming process. Please be patient.
  • We are in the process of scheduling a major snow haul in business districts. We will notify you when this will happen. This will include evening work, which will cause disruption. We will give everyone 24 hours notice before this major operation takes place.
  • For any snow-related problems or questions, call the City Yard Snow Operations Center at 781-665-0142.

Obviously, this historic storm is testing all of us. Please continue, as Melrosians, to show your courtesy, your strength, and your neighborliness as we take on this historic winter. Remember your elderly neighbors in need when you go to the store or pharmacy. Please help us remove snow from hydrants and corners, if you have snowblowers.

Red Sox pitchers and catchers arrive in Ft. Myers this Friday! There’s hope in the air! Stay safe, Melrose!

Parking Ban to Be Lifted in Business Districts at 7 p.m.

We will be lifting the on-street parking ban in business districts only at 7 p.m. The parking ban will remain in effect on side streets.

Sunday’s Snow Update

Melrose has received 15 inches of snow. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The parking ban will remain in all areas of the city until tomorrow morning. This includes business districts.
  • The snow is scheduled to stop in the next few hours; however, we are asking you not to drive in the city unless it is absolutely necessary. Wind gusts will remain up to 40 mph, making visibility a concern as well as snow drifts, which will make plowing very difficult. Please give DPW the space it needs to deal with this storm throughout the day, even after the snow stops.
  • Most side streets are now down to a single lane, due to the fact that there is no place to put snow. Please drive slowly and with courtesy.
  • Do not blow snow into the streets. You will be causing a public safety problem, and this will be enforced.
  • Tomorrow is a holiday, so trash will be on a holiday schedule.
  • DPW will be working throughout the week to widen primary streets as well as corners. There is no school this week, so all manpower will be devoted to the neighborhoods throughout the week. Please be patient, as this snow removal process is labor intensive and slow. Pleas know that every staff member is working to the best of their ability as this storm continues.
  • As of this point there is a prediction on Tuesday of three to five additional inches of snow. Please give yourself plenty of time this week to get anywhere you need to go, and drive slowly.
  • Please keep your children off snowbanks and the street, and talk to them about the dangers of plows that might not seeing them. We do not want a tragedy in this city.
  • If you have a snowblower, we need your help. Please open up any areas on your street to improve accessibility and assist public safety.
  • If you have any concerns, please call 781-665-0142.

Thank you, and stay safe, Melrose!

Shop Local for Valentine’s Day at Sweet Thoughts

Sweet Thoughts

Great news! The traditional chocolate-dipped strawberries are back at Sweet Thoughts, just in time for Valentine’s Day. They are available only through Sunday, but if you stop by to do some Valentine’s Day shopping, you can get one free with a purchase of champagne or sparkling wine. They also have chocolates and other unique gifts. So stay local and do your shopping right here on Main Street!

More Snow on the Way

With more snow on the way, the City of Melrose will declare a parking ban beginning at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Don’t let that ruin your Valentine’s Day! All restaurants will be open in downtown Melrose, so go shopping and go out to dinner, because we don’t expect the intense part of the storm to hit us until later in the evening.

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