Proposed Use of Override Funds

Override 2015: Where Your Investment Would Go

A ballot question regarding a $2.25 million override for the City of Melrose is currently before the Board of Aldermen. The first question for all citizens should be: Where is the money going for this proposed override? The answer is here.

Public Safety

  • Two Police Officers: This will strengthen and enhance community policing efforts throughout the City and lower overtime costs due to injuries, military deployment, and other factors. ($150,000)

Melrose Public Schools

After a several month budgetary process by the Melrose School Committee, as well as a Growth Budget presented by our Superintendent of Schools that was publicly reviewed and endorsed by the School Committee, the following positions were identified as priority positions that could not be funded with current resources.

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May Is Food Allergy Awareness Month

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This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week, and all of May is Food Allergy Awareness Month. Here are some facts about food allergies from the Food Allergy Research and Education website:

  • As many as 15 million Americans have food allergies.
  • One out of every 13 children has a food allergy.
  • 90% of all food allergy reactions in the U.S. are caused by just eight foods: Shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat.
  • Symptoms of a food-allergic reaction can include hives, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, and swelling of the throat.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergy results in more than 300,000 ambulatory care visits a year involving children under 18. Reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic.
  • There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of the offending food is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction.

There are many helpful resources, including a full-size, downloadable version of this poster, at the Food Allergy Awareness Week website.

Recycle Your Plastic Bags Tomorrow!

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On Saturday, May 16, Melrose DPW is hosting a plastic bag recycling drop off event at the DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street from 8 a.m. to noon.

Despite the recycling symbol on plastic bags, they cannot go into your curbside recycling bins. They cause issues with the recycling process at recycling facilities. However, they can be recycled separately from regular curbside recycling year round at stores such as Whole Foods and Shaw’s. Most of the plastic is recycled into composite lumber for decks. To learn more about the issues related plastic bags and film, read this blog post written by Recycling Committee member Jeana McNeil.

The plastic bags and film that will be accepted at the event include: dry cleaning bags, produce bags, newspaper bags, case wrap (ex. wraps on beverage cases) and packing air pillows. See graphic below for a full list of items.

This event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market Melrose.

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The items collected at all Saturday recycling events (besides Swap Day) include: CRT’s including televisions, monitors and lap tops ($10-$15), electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, tires ($2-$8), mercury items, dried latex paint and metal goods ($20). Recycling Center stickers and recycling label stickers will be available for free.

Click here to see the full 2015 Recycling Events Calendar.

Design a Domestic Violence Awareness Bracelet for MAAV

Help the Melrose Alliance Against Violence design this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Bracelet! This fall, MAAV will celebrate its 20th Anniversary, and to mark that occasion the organization is holding a bracelet design contest.

Seven years ago, MAAV started a tradition of creating a Domestic Violence Awareness Bracelet that’s sold throughout the community during the month of October. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it’s when MAAV hosts its biggest fundraiser, the Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil.

This year, the community is invited to help design a special bracelet to mark MAAV’s 20th year. The contest is open to all; there is no minimum age and Melrose residency is NOT required. Bracelets cannot cost more than $10.00 each to make when supplies are purchased in bulk, and MAAV will need to produce 200 bracelets, so it must be a design that non-professionals can help produce. The bracelet needs to reflect the mission of MAAV and/or its 20th Anniversary, and should incorporate the color purple, which is the color for domestic violence awareness. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2015.

All the details about the contest rules and judging criteria are available here.

And save the date: MAAV’s 20th Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

Proposed FY 2016 Operating Budget

Click here to download the proposed Fiscal 2016 General Operating Budget for the City of Melrose:

City of Melrose 2016 Operating Budget – Proposed

Come to the Pizzapalooza on Saturday!

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Enjoy a selection of fine pizzas for a good cause! Proceeds go to the Rotary Club and the Melrose Veterans Memory Project.

Heading to Boston? Take the Bike Convoy!

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Have you thought about biking as a commute option for your trip to Boston from Melrose but weren’t sure of a good route? The Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee is leading monthly bicycle convoys from Melrose to downtown Boston on Friday mornings all summer through August.The first one was April 24. The next one will be May 15, and then June 26, July 24, and finally, August 28.

The Melrose convoy is one of several that converge on Boston, where we are met with a mini-festival with plenty of free give-aways. 2013 was the first year that the Boston Bike Friday events included a convoy from a community north of the city, and the Melrose Ped/Bike committee is thrilled to build on that success by coordinating it again.

Meet at the Melrose YMCA at Main and Foster Streets this Friday, May 15, at 6:50 a.m. The group leaves at 7:00 a.m. and arrives at City Hall Plaza in Boston just before 8:00 a.m. You can find the route on the Melrose Pedestrian & Bike website.

A map of the route is below.

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Spring Street Sweeping Continues Throughout the City

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DPW continues with their Spring Street Sweeping Program throughout the city. Each ward and precinct will be swept in the order reflected in the schedule below. Click here to view a list of street names and their ward and precinct. As you can see from the picture above, the sweeper picks up a tremendous amount of debris from the street that is then dumped into a DPW truck for disposal.

Please make every effort to have vehicles removed from the roadway on scheduled days to ensure proper sweeping of your street. If you have any questions, please contact DPW Operations at (781) 665-0142.

SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

Ward 2, precinct 2 – May 13 & 14
Ward 4, precinct 2 – May 15 & 18
Ward 6, precinct 2 – May 19 & 20
Ward 7, precinct 2 – May 21 & 22
Ward 7, precinct 1 – May 25 & 26

Pothole Update

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DPW continues to aggressively fill potholes throughout Melrose. The pothole crew has been steadily addressing potholes since weather conditions allowed in early April. As you know, this Spring has been especially treacherous after a historic winter. DPW has addressed more than 200 work orders during this time, many with multiple locations, and continues to fulfill work orders as they come in. Thank you to everyone for reaching out and helping us identify these areas throughout the city. Our crew continues to be out several times a week. This work does take considerable time and we thank you for your patience.

As long as weather allows, we make all efforts possible to address them within 7-10 work days.

You can submit pothole repair requests using one of the following:

  1. E-mail the Department at potholes@cityofmelrose.org
  2. Enter a request on the DPW Work Order Request System located on the City of Melrose website
  3. Download the Commonwealth Connect App and use it to report potholes through your smart phone
  4. Call our Operations Facility at 781-665-0142. The office is open from Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Charity Fashion Show Tonight to Benefit MHS Scholarship Fund & Melrose Grad Night

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