Come to the Melrose Veterans Memory Project Spring Fling this Sunday!


On March 22, the Melrose Veterans Memory Project will be hosting a fundraising event to benefit Dogs on Deployment and NEADS’ Canines for Combat Veterans Program.

Join us at the Sgt. Harold O. Young VFW Post 2394 on Chipman Ave for an afternoon of fun including presentations by MVMP students, raffles, and dinner!

Tickets cost $20 each and can be purchased at the Veteran Services Office at City Hall or after school at Melrose High School (ask for Lisa Lord).

Stoneham ConComm to Discuss Weiss Farm Project on March 19

At 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 19, the Stoneham Conservation Commission will hold a meeting in the Town Hall Auditorium in Stoneham.

The purpose of the meeting will be to review the developer’s project (Weiss Farm Apartments) as presented in the Notice of Intent filed with the Stoneham Conservation Commission under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. The Notice of Intent explains project work within the 100-foot buffer zone in the Wetlands Protection Act and within the 25-foot no disturb zone in the Stoneham Town Bylaws. After the applicant developer’s presentation, the public will be allowed to ask questions. The meeting agenda is here.

At this meeting, the developer is expected to respond to the comments of the Commission’s peer review consultant.

Come to the Roosevelt PTO Fund-Raiser on Friday!


Get Your “MEET ME IN LAS VEGAS” Casino Auction Tickets TODAY!

Our BIGGEST and most spectacular event of the whole year to benefit the Roosevelt School, Friday March 20 from 7:00-11:00PM, at Bellevue Golf Club! Food, drink, fun, plus fabulous auction items, the 50-50 and mystery raffles, and casino games and prizes! Purchase your tickets today—you won’t want to miss this!


Roosevelt families are dedicated to our community and business partners—sponsor our event and you’ll get high visibility and prominent promotion online, in print, and at the event! We also welcome all gift certificates and cards, items and merchandise, for our online and silent auctions and grand prizes. Email to support us today.

Recycle Your Styrofoam on March 21!

The Melrose Department of Public Works will hold a Styrofoam recycling event on Saturday, March 21 at the DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street from 8:00 12:00 p.m. This event enables residents to recycle Styrofoam, which is a difficult product to recycle and cannot be placed in curbside recycling. ReFoamIt will collect the Styrofoam to be recycled.

Some of the items that will be accepted include: packing blocks, produce and meat trays, take out containers, hot cups from stores such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Honey Dew Donuts, and foam egg cartons. Most items need to have the recycling symbol on them. Visit for a full list of acceptable items.


This is a free event and open to Melrose and Stoneham residents.

The items collected at all Saturday recycling events include: CRTs including TVs, monitors and lap tops ($10-$15), electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, tires ($2-$8), mercury items, dried latex paint and metal items ($20) including microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment. Recycling Center stickers and recycling barrel label stickers will also be available.

For a listing of additional events or for more information and questions, please visit the Melrose Recycles Blog at or call 781-665-0142. To learn more about the volunteer Recycling Committee, visit their website at

Get Your Spring Greens at the Indoor Farmers Market on Sunday!


The Melrose/Wakefield Monthly Winter Farmers Market will hold its next market day on Sunday, March 15, from noon to 4 p.m. at Memorial Hall, and will continue on with its final winter season market day on April 19. Here’s the latest news from the market folks; check their website for updates.

We had to miss our February date due to stormy weather, but we promise an extra special day on March 15, with the arrival of freshly picked spring greens, products and specials just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, and Easter, and tasty Ethiopian food to try or prepare at home from new vendor Adey Foods.

Be sure to check our website for updates, but here is a taste of what our vendors have told us:

  • Farmer Dave’s will have plenty of greenhouse greens, including bok choy, arugula, elegance mix, spicy mix, tatsoi, and lettuce, as well as heads of cabbage to go with your St. Paddy’s Day meal.
  • Shady Pine Farm will have all cuts of lamb and large briskets, also, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • For a quick anytime meal, Fior D’Italia (The Pasta Man) will offer three packages of pastas (not including ravioli) for $12.
  • Far From the Tree Cider will bring their newly released their spring/summer varietal, Sprig, made with cascade hops and fresh mint.
  • For dessert, you can get delicious Shamrock Shortbread Cookies from Goodies Homemade.

We will continue providing a “café seating” area on the stage where you can take a break from shopping and enjoy a tasty beverage or baked treat from Pour Man’s Coffee, a sweet from Spindler’s Confections, a bite of Ethiopian food from a new vendor, Adey, or a cup of delicious clam chowder from Roberto’s Seafood.

NEW! Local artist Anita Roy Dobbs will be on hand to draw pencil sketch portraits – for free! Just take a seat or seat your child, spouse or friend in the “subject chair” and, in 5-10 minutes, you’ll have a lovely sketch to take home and frame. This is sure to be popular, so you might have to take a number and wait your turn. Look for Anita on the 2nd level.

We were pleased to discover that there is more to celebrate than the Ides of March on Sunday. It turns out that our March 15 market day coincides with World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD). Coordinated by Consumers International (CI), this year’s focus is “helping consumers choose healthy diets.”

WCRD was inspired by the address that President John F Kennedy gave to the US congress on March 15, 1962, in which he formally addressed the issue of consumer rights. He was the first world leader to do so, and, for this reason, the consumer movement now marks March 15 every year as a means of raising global awareness about consumer rights.

To celebrate this important day, Chef Holly Pierce, aka Miss Holly, will be creating this month’s cooking demo especially for our youngest cooks, since teaching our children well is the best way to ensure a better and healthier tomorrow. But, be warned: adults will be sure to also enjoy this fun, informative, and tasty demonstration! Holly will start food prep at around 1:00 p.m. on the upper level. To learn more or contact Miss Holly, see or email

Adding to the fun, Lyn Huston of Melrose will be following Holly with a video camera as she decides what to make while selecting ingredients from the vendors and then prepares a number of tasty dishes for folks to sample. Once produced, the video will be available on the market websites and via our local public access stations.

Tomorrow: Give Blood, Save A Life

12th Annual Drive w-contacts poster

On Saturday, March 14, honor all those in our community who have lost loved ones by giving blood, the gift of life.

The twelfth annual memorial blood drive “Give Life, Remember Love” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway. The event is sponsored by the middle school PTO, the Red Cross, and Boston Children’s Hospital. Donors over the age of seventeen are encouraged to make an appointment. (Sixteen-year-olds require parental consent.) For Children’s Hospital, log onto or contact Debra at 781-258-4880. For the Red Cross, log onto or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Walk-ins are welcome as well.

Want to give but don’t have anyone to watch your little ones? Bring them along! Games and face painting will be available to keep children occupied while parents donate.

Supplies of all blood types are critically low this winter, and every donation makes a difference: One pint of blood can save up to three lives. Please join us!

Shop Local Friday: Melrose MedSpa

MedSpa logoOn Shop Local Friday, we feature announcements from local businesses.

We offer the highest quality advanced technology in Laser Skin Rejuvenation, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Tattoo Removal, Custom Peels and Skin Treatments, Oxygen Facial, Dermapen (Microneedling), Ultrasonic Facial, Microdermabrasion, Body Sculpting, and Injectables.

Spring into a New You with Coolsculpting!

You exercise. You eat right. But some stubborn fat bulges are immune to diet and exercise. Finally there is something you can do to get rid of stubborn fat with CoolSculpting and look fabulous by spring. CoolSculpting’s unique technology uses controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate unwanted fat cells without surgery or downtime. The procedure is FDA-cleared, safe and effective. The results are lasting and undeniable.

Toys AUcross America Donates iPad Minis to Middle School

Toys AUcross America

Melrose boasts its very own Santa Claus! With the help of the national charity Melrose resident Michael Miller aka “Autism Santa” and his son Jonathan have been mailing gifts to children on the autism spectrum all over the USA for nearly two years now, all from their Upham Street home. They started with Jonathan’s Thomas the Tank engine collection but now have each child select the toy they want. Michael feels rather than give away what he wants he’d rather give away what each child wants. They do all this from their Facebook page “Toys AUcross America.” In addition to toys and again with the help of Michael and Jonathan created an iPad project. The team along with their fans have provided 95 families within the autism community iPad minis since last September!

​To some kids, tablets are more of a toy, but to children with autism a tablet can mean the ability to communicate with the world around them. Jonathan attends MVMMS and wanted to show his appreciation to his teachers in his academic support classroom as well as provide relief to other students. Jonathan donated two iPad minis to Mr Turner’s classroom by way of Kulturecity. Michael is modest and will often refer to himself as “Just a dad mailing trains,” but his fans will tell you it is much more than that. If anyone would like to help Michael and Jonathan they have a wish list on Amazon under and any toys can be sent to Toys AUcross America PO Box 761243 Melrose, MA 02176.

Green Community Progress Report

Congratulations to Melrose Energy Efficiency Manager Martha Grover and the Energy Commission on this excellent report on our green initiatives. We strive not only to reduce energy costs in the City of Melrose but also to educate our citizens and assist you in managing your energy costs and creating a more sustainable environment. It is certainly exciting reviewing all the achievements and the new initiatives to come. Some highlights include:

  1. Melrose on target to meet its goal of reducing municipal energy consumption throughout the city by 20% in 2015!
  2. Our Green Community initiatives have already netted $1,382,731 in grants and incentives.
  3. In our municipal buildings, we have seen an 18% reduction in electricity usage and a 14% reduction in gas usage in seven months.
  4. We are investigating LED streetlight retrofits for 2015.
  5. We will continue our highly successful residential solar program.
  6. And we are working with homeowners, businesses, and houses of worship throughout the city to reduce their energy costs and save money.

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Liquor License Commission to Hold Public Hearing March 19

The Melrose Liquor Licensing Commission will hold a Public Hearing in the G.A.R. Room of Melrose Memorial Hall on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 7:00 PM to act upon adoption of proposed changes to the Melrose Liquor Licensing Commission’s General Rules and Regulations.

Copies of the proposed Liquor Licensing Commission Rules and Regulations are available for viewing in the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, Melrose, and on the City of Melrose website.


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