Chronicle Covers “Super” Melrose


Like all of you, I was very proud of the Chronicle show last night about our wonderful city. Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and all the citizens and businesses that participated. It isn’t one individual or a group of individuals that makes a community great, it’s all of us. Whether you have lived here for many generations or you just moved here last week, all of us have an equal stake in keeping Melrose heading in the right direction. What this Chronicle piece shows us doing, and what we must continue to do, is work as a team. That includes all citizens, our business community, our houses of worship, and a responsive government. It’s always a source of pride to show the world what we’re doing, but as we know, there is always more work to be done. Let’s get back to work. It’s an honor serving as your Mayor!

Tickets on Sale Now for Evening of Mini-Golf at Melrose Public Library

What are YOU doing on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 8:00-11:00 p.m.? How about heading out to the Melrose Public Library for a fun-filled, adults-only evening of mini golf, music, and more?

The event, which is hosted by the Friends of the Melrose Public Library, will help raise money for programs, services, and other offerings that help make our library so special. To purchase tickets, go to:

Each ticket includes unlimited mini-golf, one free drink (then cash bar), hors d’oeuvres, lots of music, a 50/50 raffle, and some fun-filled literary happenings.

On Sunday, January 29 between 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., everyone is invited to pay-as-you-play mini golf, lunch available for purchase, and free family karaoke—no tickets are required.

Businesses, organizations, and individuals in Melrose and surrounding communities can become “Mini Golf at the MPL” sponsors. For information about becoming a sponsor, send an email to, with “Mini Golf Sponsorship Info” in the subject line.

Many thanks to Mini Golf at the MPL Title Sponsor Agent Expertise Team at RE/MAX Leading Edge!

‘Chronicle’ Featuring Melrose to Air January 5


The TV show Chronicle featuring Melrose and Milton, which were picked as two of Wallet Hub’s top ten small cities in the U.S., will air on Thursday, January 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tune in to see some of the people and businesses that make Melrose a great place to live!

Post-Holiday Recycling Event on January 7


Do the winter holidays leave you buried under piles of wrapping paper, cardboard, Sytrofoam®, plastic bags and film wrap, bottles, cans, Christmas trees and perhaps old home/office electronics, used textiles, books and more? Unburden yourself from that baggage and give all those things a festive goodbye at the City Yard on Saturday, January 7th from 8:00am until 12:00pm! Please read the event details (below and in the flier above) carefully.

Melrose DPW will be hosting its first ever post-holiday recycling event in order to reduce the amount of solid waste generated by our community. Every piece of trash that gets picked up by the curbside hauler here in Melrose has to get hauled over 30 miles to Haverhill, where it is incinerated and its ashes are landfilled. The costs of doing this (financially and environmentally) are far greater than if the recyclable and compostable materials are diverted out of the waste stream on the household level, prior to being picked up curbside. Curbside set-out is always greater during the holiday season, and delays in pickup often result from these excessive loads and congestion of hauler vehicles at the waste disposal facilities.

Looking back over the past 10 years of records, December is frequently the month in which Melrose produces the greatest amount (by weight) of trash, but this year could be different! On January 7th Melrose DPW can help you get rid of your unwanted packaging materials, Christmas trees and certain old possessions you no longer want, while simultaneously keeping Melrose green by properly recycling these materials at this special recycling event.

Residents may bring the following items:

  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Christmas trees without decorations
  • Sytrofoam®packing blocks and coolers (ONLY clean white #6 polystyrene foam with tape removed; NO packing peanuts, coffee cups, or colored foodware)
  • Wrapping paper (no foil or tissue paper)
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Plastic bags, bubble wrap and film wrap
  • Bottles, cans, “commingled”
  • Textiles
  • Books
  • Old TVs and electronics (laptops and screens cost $20 each)
  • Metal goods ($25)
  • Tires ($2-$8)

DPW staff and volunteers from the Melrose Recycling Committee hope to see you there to start the New Year off on the right foot! Call Melrose DPW at 781-665-0142 or email with any questions.

Recycling Facility Holiday Schedule

All DPW offices and operations will be closing at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 23rd and Friday, December 30th. This closing includes the Recycling Facility at 72 Tremont Street. The Recycling Facility is also closed on Saturday, December 24th, and Saturday, December 31st. Please attend our special Recycling Holiday Event on Saturday, January 7th, from 8 a.m. to noon to recycle Styrofoam, paper, cardboard, commingles, electronics, trees, and metal goods.

2017 Solid Waste Schedule Is Now Available


The 2017 Curbside Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Schedule is now available. This schedule will be mailed out to Melrose residents this week. Copies are also available at the DPW Operations Facility & Recycling Center and at City Hall.

A PDF file of the collection calendar can also be downloaded from the city website:

Please note the additional recycling info, including a list of the 2017 recycling events (the first of which will be Sat. Jan. 7). If you have any questions please contact Sadie Brown at or 781-665-0142.


Fitzgerald Physical Therapy Is Open at Washington Street Office


Fitzgerald Physical Therapy Associates is now accepting new patients at its new office at 2 Washington Street in Melrose. Pictured above are Staff Physical Therapist Garrett McCarthy DPT, Staff Physical Therapist Ilya Gluskin DPT, Owners Holly and Sean Fitzgerald, Mayor Dolan, Front Desk Manager Heather Leahy, and Practice Administrator Kimberly Harding. FPT offers outpatient physical therapy services to a wide range of patients from Pediatric to Geriatric with a focus on orthopedic injuries and Sports Medicine.

Caution: Icy Roads Ahead

Although today may feel like spring, with temperatures in the mid 50s, we are expecting a very serious drop in temperature this evening and an even deeper drop overnight. As tonight progresses, particularly after the football game, we will begin to see some black ice, and overnight a flash freeze could happen. DPW will have salters out, however, please be careful while driving this evening and use special care tomorrow on your stairs and sidewalks and when driving. Drive slowly, give yourself plenty of time, and remember that although they are treated, the roads may still be slippery. Please use caution. Thank you.

Snow Information for December 17, 2016

We are expecting about 5 inches of snow this morning, and the snowplows are out. The City Hall server is down so e-mails cannot be received at this time.

Please call the City Yard at 781-665-0142 with any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

2016-17 Snow Shovelers List

Melrose High School has provided us with this list of students who are available to shovel snow. Price and times are up to you to coordinate with these individuals.

Brian Pelrine, 781-835-7032
Nick Richards, 781-484-8159
Radouane Dris, 857-389-8746
Matheus DeOliveira, 617-513-1846
Charles Femino, 781-507-1432
Adam Bartletta, 781-654-1922
Nathan O’Gara, 781-475-7716
Adam Lahkiky, 781-258-8874
DJ Abbas, 781-428-1271
Eli Coleman, 339-293-7354
Mike Calvert, 781-710-4843
Jack Wells, 781-307-7029
Michael Fennell, 781-572-9471
Anthony Ventura, 781-854-6121
Will Pregeo, 781-799-1448
Louis Izzi, 617-984-9466
Charlie Stanton, 781-484-8760
Ryan Long, 617-599-8389

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