Melrose to Consider Reducing Speed Limits

On October 24th, the Board of Aldermen will take up a proposal filed by Ward 3 Alderman Frank Wright to establish a speed limit of 25 mph on most streets across the City. The provision was included as part of the Municipal Modernization Act recently signed by Governor Baker.
“As Ward 3 Alderman, the number one issue I hear from constituents is their concern with speeding on neighborhood streets,” said Wright. “In 2009, I filed legislation to create ‘traffic safety zones’ allowing speed limits to be reduced to 20 miles per hour near parks, playgrounds and senior living facilities. Adopting this provision of the Municipal Modernization Act is a necessary next step to bring traffic speeds down across the City. The provision provides another tool for police to be able to enhance public safety and enforce speeding laws in Melrose.”
According to Mayor Rob Dolan, the adoption of the provision is a no brainer and just one of several steps the City is taking to combat speeding through public awareness. “I applaud Aldermen Wright for filing this order to adopt the 25 mph speed limit across most of the City. Speeding is our number one public safety issue at the moment. Combined with our commitment to increased enforcement on neighborhood streets and directed patrols, we will be able to target areas of the city that are problematic.”
The City will also put forward a funding order to add additional solar flashing speed panels, similar to the one recently installed on Howard Street.
“The last piece is to create a citywide public awareness campaign to alert drivers that reckless behavior behind the wheel is not ok. We are a densely populated community full of active residents ranging from young families to the elderly who deserve to be able to walk, bike, and drive in a safe environment, added Dolan.
Melrose Police Chief Mike Lyle is also supportive of the order. “As Police Chief and a member of the Traffic Commission, we are constantly looking at the challenges posed by more vehicles on our local streets. Using discretion is always key but this provision would enhance the capabilities of the Melrose Police to properly enforce.”

Research Your Home’s History on October 24

Join members of the Melrose Historical Commission for a hands-on tutorial on how to research the history of your home on Monday, October 24, 7:00-9:00 PM. If walls could talk, what stories would your home tell? There are a wealth of resources at local libraries and online to aid your research on the architectural style and history of your home, its inhabitants, your neighborhood, and the whole city of Melrose. Volunteers from the historical commission will explain how you can put these resources to use. This event is limited to eight parties on account of space considerations and to ensure that each attendee’s home receives attention. To make a reservation, please write to At the completion of the event, the Melrose Historical Commission will collect donations that will be used to further our mission of protecting, preserving, and promoting Melrose’s historical resources.

Melrose Police Department to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day

Chief Michael L. Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend, and encourages the public to drop off their unused or unwanted prescription medications.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents can visit the Melrose police station, 56 West Foster St., to dispose of their prescription drugs. The event is run in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is free of charge, no questions asked. The DEA will accept pills and patches, but cannot take liquids, needles or sharps.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to take a moment and look through their home for any old, unused, or unwanted prescriptions that can be safely disposed of during our take back event,” Chief Lyle said. “We encourage citizens to stop by and participate to help remove potentially dangerous drugs from your homes and our community.”

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last month, 6.4 million Americans, ages 12 and over—2.4 percent of the population—abuse prescription drugs, more than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine combined. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, surpassing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The majority of prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Last April, during its 11th Take Back Day, the DEA and more than 4,200 of its national, tribal and community law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds (about 447 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at almost 5,400 collection sites. Since the program began six years ago, about 6.4 million pounds (approximately 3,200 tons) of drugs have been collected. That’s more than a quarter pound of pills for each of the 25 million children ages 12 to 17, in America.

Residents can also drop off their prescription drugs at the Melrose Police Department’s collection kiosk, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the station’s lobby.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 22 Drug Take Back Day, visit the DEA Office of Diversion Control site or contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

Voter Registration Deadline Is Today for November Election

Today, October 19, is the last day for Massachusetts residents to register to vote for the November 2016 election. The Elections Office in City Hall, 562 Main St., will be open till 8 p.m. this evening to receive voter registrations.

To check if you are registered, and to find out where your polling place is, check the Secretary of State’s Voter Tools page.

For more information about the Melrose election, including early voting and absentee ballot procedures, see the City of Melrose Election Department web page.

Come to the Polymnia Cabaret on October 22!


The Polymnia Choral Society will begin its 2016–2017 season with its Third Cabaret evening on Saturday, October 22, 2016. There will be two Cabaret performances, at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m., at the Temple Beth Shalom at 21 E. Foster St., Melrose.

The Cabaret has proved in recent years to be a very successful, fun-filled show. As a season-opener for the Polymnia Choral Society, the Cabaret is a fundraiser that underwrites various expenses for the community chorus, now in its 63rd season, and provides Polymnia a way to say “thank you” to its generous supporters. In a venue less formal and more intimate than a concert hall, the Cabaret offers Polymnians and their supporters an opportunity to share music and merrymaking for an evening of talent and fun.

Several Polymnia members will be in the spotlight for the production, including Melrose citizens and members from the surrounding communities of Wakefield, Saugus, Malden, Reading, and Stoneham, including Brendan Carroll, Joanne Colella Boag, Marcy Holbrook, Jenny Donovan, Kristyn Brophy, Katrina Faulstich, Steve Francis, Michael Margolis, Jessica McGuire; Spotlight on High School Talent winners Gerard Fresca, Maria Tramontozzi, and Grace Thompson; and Polymnia’s own Musical Director, Murray Kidd. Musical numbers include songs of Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Phil Coulter, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, among others.

The evening will include raffles, a silent auction, snacks, and a cash bar.

Cabaret tickets are $25 ($15 for students) and are available online at or at Miter Biter Frame Company, 479 Main Street, Melrose.

Polymnia Choral Society is a not-for-profit organization supported in part by grants from the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts; the Melrose Cooperative Bank; the Melrose Rotary Club; and the Wakefield and Melrose Cultural Councils, which are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and several private benefactors and sponsors.

Boys Soccer Fund-Raiser at Billy’s Roast Beef October 19


Let Billy’s Roast Beef at 1291 Main St, Wakefied, do the cooking Wednesday, October 19th from 5-8 pm while 20% of your dinner bill goes to help the Melrose High School Boys Soccer Team.

Present this flyer on October 19th from 5-8pm, to the folks at Billy’s and they will generously give 20% back to the Boys High School Soccer Team.

Have a fantastic dinner & thank You for your support!

Artist Reception for Nicole Alexandra Cacchiotti Tonight


Madison Ave will be hosting an event this Tuesday Night from 3-6 pm featuring the artwork of Nicole Alexandra Cacchiotti, for the Melrose Art Walk! Please stop by and enjoy refreshments, raffles, prizes and discounts throughout the store!

Cacchiotti, a Suffolk University Global Business Student, and internationally recognized award winning photographer captures the warmth, beauty and majesty of the European countryside, and her picturesque landscapes are on display at Madison Ave in Melrose.

Nicole’s photography has garnered honors and awards including Firsts, Seconds and the prestigious “People’s Choice” Awards and her image was recently selected for the cover of Spiralis Magazine. Nicole is a juried artist member of the Copley Society of Art, the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Cape Cod Art Association, where her photography is currently on exhibit.

COME MEET THE ARTIST Tuesday, October 18, 3 – 6 PM, at Madison Ave, 523 Main Street, Melrose. Featuring Fine Art, Prizes and Refreshments!

Contact Madison Ave at 781-662-7798, Cacchiotti at or visit

MHS News: Meet Interim Finance and Administration Director Marianne Farrell


This post was written by summer intern Michael O’Neill.

Melrose Public Schools has a new Interim Director of Finance and Administrative Affairs, but she’s a familiar face: Former Melrose High School Principal Marianne Farrell.

Farrell began her tenure in her new position on July 1. As her title suggests, she will play a leading role in the financial and administrative operations of the entire school district, and she will work closely with the district’s staff and administrators. Farrell describes her main responsibility as “looking at how all the pieces in the district work together and finding ways for us to support the schools.”

Before taking her new position, Farrell served as principal of the high school for four years and as assistant principal for 13 years, making this her 18th year working for the Melrose school system. She also spent time as a math teacher and assistant principal at other high schools before coming to Melrose. “From the very beginning I knew I wanted to be an educator,” she says. When asked about making the jump from teaching to administration, she talks about wanting to make a bigger impact at schools: “In every role that I’ve had, I’ve always seen that there’s more I could be doing. So I’ve always tried to go up to that next level.”

Farrell believes her familiarity with administrative work and with the Melrose school system will be key to her transition into this new role. “My past experience in the schools and in this community helps me really get right into the job, as opposed to having to learn who the people are and how things are done. I can hit the ground running,” she says. Farrell has completed training with the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials for the position.

Farrell plans on using those tools to help achieve some of her goals this school year. “I’d like to review some of our policies, some of our procedures, some of our practices, so that we can streamline them a little bit and make them more efficient,” she mentioned, adding, “With the use of technology, I think maybe we can do some things differently so that turnaround times are quicker.”

Moreover, Farrell feels well prepared to take on whatever the position may demand of her: “I’m up to the challenge,” she says. “I’m really excited to be taking on this new role, and I hope that the work that I do here will continue to support all of the good things that are being done in the district.”

Marijuana Forum October 18

How will legalized recreational marijuana impact our kids and communities?

The public is welcome to join Dr. Alan Woolf of Boston Children’s Hospital and state Senator Jason Lewis on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 645 Main St., Melrose, for a discussion about the potential impact of upcoming Ballot Question 4: Legalization of Marijuana for Recreational Use.

Dr. Woolf will give an overview of how marijuana use, including edibles, can impact adolescent brain development. Senator Lewis will discuss how the bill is written and the potential impact for local communities. Dr. Woolf and Senator Lewis will answer important questions including: How could this impact our youth? What are edibles? Can our communities and schools benefit from tax revenues? What are the lessons learned from Colorado? An open Q& will take place at the end of the event.

Bikes Not Bombs Fundraiser at Liberty Bell on October 19

The First United Methodist Church of Melrose will have a fundraiser for Bikes Not Bombs at Liberty Bell, 866 Main Street, on Wednesday, October 19. Liberty Bell will donate a portion of proceeds from food ordered from 5-8 pm to Bikes Not Bombs.

FUMC Melrose has set the goal of raising $10,000 this year for Bikes Not Bombs, a Boston-based non-profit organization that uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change through its local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation.

Call the church office at 781-662-7060 or visit for more information.

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