VEX Robotics Team Looking for New Members

The VEX robotics program will be holding a recruitment event in the iRaiders robot lab at 6:30 on Thursday September 21st. The lab is located through the Melrose St. Marcoux Gym entrance of the High School. Students and parents in the 7th and 8th grade are welcome to come on down to learn about one of the strongest robotics programs in Melrose.

In years past this is the team that won the World Championships, and has won several state and New England championships at the middle school level. It is the perfect next step for students that were involved in the Lego League program or students that want to fuel their interest in STEM.

Meghan Cincotta and Chloe Melville both came through this program and ultimately went on lead the high school team as captains in both their Junior and Senior years. Both students are now enrolled in college engineering programs in the greater Boston area.

More information can be found at http://www.iraiders.org

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TOPSoccer Returns to Melrose for a Third Year!

For the third consecutive year, Melrose Youth Soccer will team up with the TOPSoccer program to host a six-week soccer season for children with physical and/or cognitive challenges. TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program committed to helping young athletes with disabilities learn the game of soccer in an atmosphere that is both nurturing and exciting with one-on-one support. The Melrose program, under the support from Melrose Youth Soccer Board Members and organized by students from Melrose High School and Malden Catholic, will begin the season Sunday, September 24 and continue the following five Sundays into October (October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29). Sessions will be dedicated to hosting participants between the ages of 5 and 17 from 11:30-12:30 at the Franklin Field (Greenleaf Place, Melrose). Registration for both players and volunteers is available on the Melrose Youth Soccer website (www.melroseyouthsoccer.net – Follow the Registration links). If you would like your son or daughter to participate, or have any questions, please contact Bob Lynch-Galvin (bob.lg65@gmail.com) or Mark Donahue (myschildprotectionofficer@gmail.com ).

Remembering September 11, 2001

All flags at City of Melrose buildings are being flown at half staff today in remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Please join me for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane struck the World Trade Center.

Please keep all the victims, and in particular Melrosian Raymond Rocha and his family, in your thoughts on this day.

(Photo by Mark Buckawicki)

Everything you need to know about Saturday’s Concert & Fireworks!

We’re just two days away from the big day! Here is some helpful information to help you prepare to celebrate with us:

Basic Information:
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Gates open at 5:30 pm, Concert at 7 pm, Fireworks at 9 pm
Morelli Baseball Field
All Ages Welcome

Will there be road closures?
Yes! Here is an interactive map of road closures, parking lots, and gate entrances.
4:30-9:30 pm: Tremont Street from Lynn Fells Parkway to Melrose Street
6:00-9:30 pm: Tremont Street from Lynn Fells Parkway to West Emerson & Lynn Fells Parkway from Vinton Street to Melrose Street

These roads will be closed to thru traffic however, parking will be allowed on all streets on a first-come, first-served basis (including the Memorial Knoll).

Where should I park?
In addition to street parking, there are parking lots open at the high school (3 lots off of Melrose Street), Memorial Knoll, Trinity Church, Roosevelt School, Melrose Library, and Robinson Funeral Home.

Is there disabled parking and seating?
Disabled parking and drop-off is available on Tremont Street by the 3rd base entrance. The accessible seating area is located behind the VIP area by third base. Persons with disabilities are admitted into the designated area on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person is allowed one guest and that guest is allowed to bring a folding chair.

What should I bring?
Blankets, folding/beach chairs, food, beverages – are all welcome. Chairs are not provided. If the ground is wet, you may want to bring a tarp or shower curtain, too. Please no canopies, tents, grilling, open flames, smoking, or bicycles in the fenced area. No pets (except for service animals) are allowed.

Where can I sit?
Guests are welcome to sit anywhere in the outfield of Morelli Field. Overflow seating will be open on the football field and bleachers, however, no food or drink is permitted on the football field.

The VIP area located in the infield is by invitation only. Please check-in with the VIP attendants for admittance into the VIP area.

What food will be available?
La Qchara, Regina Pizzeria, Big Daddy Hot Dogs, and the Cookie Monstah Truck. Food trucks and vendors will be open from 5:30-9:00 pm.

When is the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo?
Kids and adults are welcome to try the instruments of the orchestra from 5:30-6:45 pm. The Petting Zoo will be located by the food trucks and vendor area.

Will you have MSO merchandise for sale?
Yes! Visit MSO Information & Shop tables located by the food vendors. We have long and short sleeve shirts, 16 oz tumblers, and canvas tote bags available for purchase (cash, check, or credit).

What is the concert etiquette?
While this is a casual and fun concert, we ask that you respect the musicians and conductor and refrain from any noise during the performance. Parents should keep children seated with them and not allow them to run around during the concert. You’re welcome to take photos and videos (share them with us using the hashtag #mso100) – but please no flash photography.

What is the rain policy?
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Memorial Hall at 7 pm. There is no rain-date. Please check www.mso100.org for any cancellation or weather updates.

For additional questions or concerns, please contact Jessi at jessi@melrosesymphony.org. Thank you and see you on Saturday!

We are able to present this historic celebration free of charge thanks to our generous sponsors:

Melrose Bank Foundation, Premier Sponsor
Melrose Rotary Club,
Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts,
Hallmark Health Medical Associates,
Waste Management,
and The Maurer Family Foundation

Paying It Forward With Kindness To Others

Smiling as they “scooped”, Abby, Ellie and Michelle Walsh brought joy to many people with their kindness.

On Tuesday afternoon, August 8th, sisters Ellie and Abby, along with their mother Michelle arrived at the Milano Center to scoop ice cream and make sundaes for guests in attendance that afternoon.

Helping the senior population is very important to the Walshes and this is the second year they have provided this treat.

Thank you from the Melrose Council on Aging, the Milano Center, and all their guests!

Groups Are Forming Now for Destination Imagination

Melrose Destination Imagination is now forming teams in grades K-12 for the 2017-2018 tournament season!

What is DI? DI is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that inspires and equips students to become innovators and leaders. Each year, DI publishes seven new STEAM-based Challenges. Groups of 2-7 kids of similar age form a team, choose a Central Challenge, and work collaboratively over a period of a few months on solutions to that challenge. Teams also practice “Instant Challenges” to learn quick thinking and teamwork. Teams then present their technical and theatrical solutions at a regional DI tournament in March.
The hallmark of DI is “no interference.” Kids work completely independently on creative ideas and trial-and-error solutions to challenges. Parents do not assist with costumes, props, scripts, or ideas!

Melrose DI will host several free “Improv Nights” for kids and parents to try the program, ask questions, and potentially partner up with other parents and kids interested in forming a DI team for this season. Interested kids and parents are encouraged to attend as many Improv Nights as possible to get a full picture of the program.

September 20: try fun team-building games
October 3: try technical building challenges
October 18: fun improv games to learn team-building and theatrical skills
October 24: parent Q&A, tips for starting a team
6:15 – 7:00pm for grades K-2
7:00 – 8:15pm for grades 3 and up

Unitarian Universalist Church basement
70 W. Emerson Street, Melrose

For additional information, and to see previews of this year’s challenges, visit “Melrose Destination Imagination” on facebook or email us at di@melrosedi.com.

Kids Club Is Back on Friday, September 8!

On Friday, September 8th, Jeannie Mack will be returning to perform to start another season of Melrose Kids Club. Jeannie is always a crowd favorite each season with a great selection of children’s music that gets everyone moving. Kids Club begins at 10 am at Memorial Hall. The event is free and open to all children under 5 and their parents and caregivers.

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