Melrose Police Host Third Successful Junior Police Academy

The Melrose Police Department hosted three sessions of the Junior Police Academy this summer, with a total of 119 participants.

The Melrose Police Department hosted three sessions of the Junior Police Academy this summer, with a total of 119 participants.

Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to announce that the Melrose Police Department hosted a successful Junior Police Academy this summer.

In its third year, Melrose Police held three sessions in June and July, drawing in 119 students.

Each one-week program was free and open to children ages 10 to 13. The courses were held at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School with outdoor activities on Fred Green Field. Classes ran from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

Participants completed physical training, including stretching, calisthenics, running, and competitive squad games aimed to test focus, speed and teamwork. Students also spent time in the classroom learning about investigations, patrol procedures, traffic, bullying, drugs and cyber safety to be informed about the dangers they could encounter when using technology.

“The Melrose Junior Police Academy has certainly proven to be a success year after year and we’re pleased that students came out for a week to learn what it’s like to be a Melrose Police Officer,” Chief Lyle said. “I would like to commend Sgt. Chuck Byrne, School Resource Officer Jim Applegate, Officer Al Brown and the countless other officers who taught different classes for their dedication and hard work. They are tremendous instructors and assets to this program.”

Melrose Police were excited to expand and continue the program this year to allow for additional children to attend. Prior to 2014, the course hadn’t been offered since the early 1980s. With assistance from the community, the Melrose Police Department relaunched the program for girls and boys. Sessions are taught by Melrose police officers and members of the Melrose Alliance Against Violence.

Melrose Police would like to thank Stephen’s Auto Body and Towing and the Melrose Substance Abuse Coalition for sponsoring the academy. Additional thanks to the Melrose Alliance Against Violence, Shaw’s Supermarket, D’Amicis Bakery, Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School and Principal Brent Conway, Two Dogs Cupcakes, The Lunch Box Concessions, The T-Stop, Kevin Cronin, Josh Brown, and the college and high school counselors who donated their time to the program.

Bike Parking Program Expanding in Melrose

Bike Parking

Through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion program, the City of Melrose has been able to purchase additional bike racks.

Bike racks are currently available in downtown Melrose, at many of the schools and other public buildings, and the commuter rail stations. Adding more bike racks to the City’s infrastructure is one way to improve conditions for bicyclists and promote bicycling as a viable, healthy, and fun means of transportation. Incorporating small positive changes, like biking around the City to run errands, keeps families active and healthy.

Thanks to the Health Department’s partnership with the Mayor’s Office, Office of Planning and Community Development, Department of Public Works (DPW) and Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, residents can view a map of locations and find most of the 34 racks with a “Bike Melrose” sign affixed to or placed nearby.

To access the Bike Rack Map, visit the Mass in Motion-Melrose/Wakefield website and click on the “Move More” heading.

Park your bike at one of the racks, snap a photo and tweet @MiMMelWak #bikemelrose.

Same Roads, Same Rules: The City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, in conjunction with Mass Bike and Safe Routes to School, offers the following rules of the road reminders:

Bicyclists:

  • Always stop before entering the road and look both ways
  • Ride on the right, in the same direction as cars
  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs
  • Look back and signal before turning
  • Stop for people walking

Motorists:

  • The law says bicycles are vehicles so it is ok (and often safer) for them to ride in the middle of the lane.
  • Stay a few feet away from bicyclists when passing; don’t try to squeeze past them.

The Health Department sells bike helmets ($20/each), in a variety of colors and Toddler-XL sizes. Visit them at City Hall, Lower Level, during normal business hours or call 781-979-4130.

Come to Movie Night on August 3!

MH Movie Nights 2016 poster for city

Thank You, Melrose Police!

Ed Stations and Police

Last week I partnered with the students in the Summer Education Stations program at the Roosevelt School to show our appreciation for the Melrose Police Department. Over 200 students drew cards thanking our local police officers for their service to our community. We invited Chief Lyle and Officer Galvin to come down to pick them up. Thank you Melrose Police and all first responders for all you do for us!

Fundraiser for a Great Cause on August 4

Ryan Feeney

Ryan Feeney of Melrose is a great kid who is dealing with a tough disease: Neurofibromatosis. The Feeney Family is having a fund-raiser to help find a cure on this Thursday, August 4, at the Knights of Columbus. Details are below. If you want to contribute online, here is the fund-raising page for the September 10 Coast to the Cure bike ride, which also benefits neurofibromatosis research. Ryan is a student in Melrose who participates in countless community activities. He is a brave young man and a real inspiration to us all. It is an incredibly worthy cause, and all donations are much appreciated.

NF_Fundraiser_KoC_2016

Come to the Summer Stroll and Four Corners Music Festival This Weekend!

All this weekend’s events are a go—it looks like the rain won’t interfere with the fun. Here’s the schedule:

The 4th Annual Downtown Summer Stroll will take place this Friday, July 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Melrose. This event drew well over 1,500 residents to downtown Melrose last summer to eat, shop, and listen to some great music outdoors. entertainment will be provided by the Giovanni Moltoni Trio, Waiting for Neil, and illusionist Phil Smith. Check out this post for more information on the performers.

The Four Corners Music Festival will take place on Saturday, July 30, at the West Knoll. Grammy-nominated children’s performers Alastair Moock and Friends will kick off the show at 2 p.m. Attractions include

  • Music throughout the day from great local talent including Tad Overbaugh and the Late Arrivals, The Bridgebuilders, Cold Car, and other local music talent on the community stage!
  • Food from Saigon Alley and Barracuda on the Fly food trucks
  • Inflatable obstacle course and bounce house for kids
  • Games and activities for kids all day with the Melrose Recreation Department
  • Plenty of free parking available

Here’s the full schedule of performers:

Main Stage:

2:00 p.m. Alastair Moock and Friends
3:00 p.m. Tad Overbaugh and the Late Arrivals
5:00 p.m. The Bridgebuilders
6:45 p.m. Cold Car

Community Stage:

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Tim Ko.
2:15 – 2:40 p.m. Calvin Mausteller
2:45 – 3:10 p.m. Flash Jack Eppington
3:20 – 3:30 p.m. Nick Ryan
3:40 – 3:50 p.m. Gabe Klapman
3:55 – 4:20 p.m. Frank Stanford
4:25 – 4:45 p.m. Victoria Mall
4:55 – 5:05 p.m. Liana Joy
5:10 – 5:20 p.m. Molly Corr
5:30 – 5:50 p.m. Sam Chetkin
6:00 – 6:10 p.m. AARB
6:15 – 6:25 p.m. Ken Carter
6:35 – 7:20 p.m. Jiblantos

NOTE: All times are approximate.

Summer Local Business and Development Update

In late Spring, I blogged an update on the progress of several important commercial properties throughout the City. I thought this may be a good time to revisit the progress being made and to take a look at the overall commercial real estate market here in Melrose.

Without a doubt, the residential and commercial real estate markets have never been more active than they are at this moment. A sentiment shared by Jason Madden of Pondfield Commercial Group: “The commercial market in Melrose is strong, with demand far exceeding the supply. We wish Main Street Melrose had another full block of retail buildings because we speak to business owners who want to open in Melrose, but there is no inventory available for them to occupy,” he said.

In addition, Melrose also has been able to maintain a very competitive commercial tax rate compared to many of the surrounding communities as shown in this 2015 graphic with local commercial tax rates.

Commercial Tax Rate

The property I am asked most about is 530 Main Street, the old Moynihan Building that housed Breads and Bits of Ireland. The building recently changed hands and was purchased by John Wise of Wise Construction in Winchester. Wise Construction is responsible for the project at 99 Essex Street, which transformed the former Universalist Church building into a 15 unit residential building in an architecturally sensitive way. That project has been very well received and has helped to spur resurgence along the Essex Street corridor. We are extremely excited with the plans being developed for this landmark property on Main Street that will soon be made available to the public.

Mr. Wise added, “We are thrilled to be investing in Melrose and to be a part of the future of Main Street. We are currently in the initial design phase of the project and are expecting to submit our plans for review within the next 60 days. We have had significant interest in our retail space and look forward to bringing in new, exciting tenants to Main Street. Melrose is a thriving community and we are impressed by the quality of interest in this project from both the local community and the Greater Boston area.”

Also on Main Street, The S.D.M. Foundation will occupy the spot previously occupied by Boston Candle Company at 465 Main Street. The S.D.M. Foundation is a non-profit tutoring center created to help residents develop computer and technology skills through classes and programming.

We are also very excited about the opening of T’ahpas 529, located at 529 Franklin Street. Local businessman Lorenzo Tenreiro plans to open his third food establishment in Melrose, and this latest endeavor is his most ambitious yet: a Spanish Mediterranean Restaurant with fine dining for 77 patrons and a full bar. This great new addition is scheduled for opening this October.

Ice Cream will soon return to West Wyoming Ave, as a new establishment, Cloud 9, will replace the old Heavenly Licks at 40 West Wyoming Ave. This re-opening along with the recent approval of a new multifamily residential building to replace the dilapidated building at 10 Corey Street will pave the way for the revitalization of this important connection between downtown Melrose and the Wyoming Business District.

Further down the road, the Washington Street corridor has seen the opening of Little Sprouts Daycare in the location of the old registry building and the opening of Fitzgerald Physical Therapy Associates taking over the ground floor commercial space that anchors the new multifamily residential building at 2 Washington Street.

This past week, final approval was given by the Planning Board for the City to proceed with the demolition of 1 Kimball Court. By purchasing this abandoned property, we will be able to add 23 additional parking spaces in Dills Parking Lot (behind Shaw’s). This will add a significant amount of parking to our downtown area that will give an immediate boost to local businesses and their patrons.

Finally, there is the Caruso Building at 681 Main Street. As previously reported, after several years of vacancy and family litigation, there is a pending sale of the building between the family. At the moment, the potential owner is working with the State to remediate any areas that have been identified by the Department of Environmental Protection from decades past. We are hopeful that we will see resolution soon and a proposal for development at this historic location.

With the downtown Summer Stroll taking place this Friday night, I thought this was an appropriate time to focus on some positive local business development. While it is always important to keep a focus on our local businesses, the vacation-heavy times of July and August are especially trying for many small businesses. It is up to all of us collectively to support our neighbors in the community by spending time and money in these great stores throughout our business districts.

Affairs to Remember Offers Free Class on Friday Before the Summer Stroll

It all starts outside our front door! Affairs to Remember is looking forward to seeing old friends and making new acquaintances during this annual event. We are hosting a fun new class from 5-6 on Friday just before the stroll begins, so you don’t have to miss a minute of the festivities. It’s a fun class where you come to the shop and make a tabletop garden. With your registration we will have some fun “mocktails” and some yummy treats. Call the shop for more information and to pre-register. (781) 665-7477. Space is limited so register early.

From the Chamber of Commerce: “Come to downtown Melrose to enjoy this growing tradition! Main Street will be closed to vehicles between Upham and Grove Streets creating a pedestrian walkway where you can stroll, sip, dine and shop! Restaurants and retailers will extend their footprint onto the sidewalks for patrons to eat, shop, and linger. Specials, tastings, demos and live music make this a not to miss event! The Stroll also opens up the City of Melrose Four Corner’s Music Festival. Come to Main Street and patronize your favorite restaurants and merchants!”

July 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WHERE: Main Street, Melrose MA

This free event is just one more way to take part in a community activity that builds connections and strengthens communities.

Performance Times Set for Four Corners This Saturday

Why drive to Boston or leave Melrose to hear great music when you have it right here on Saturday! We have performances lined up throughout the day at the Four Corners Music Festival happening at the West Knoll, located across from Melrose Middle/High School from 2pm-8pm. A full schedule of the bands and performers is listed below. Bring your family and come support your talented friends and neighbors. The event will feature two stages of great music!

As a reminder, don’t forget to bring a blanket, lawn chair, cooler, and sunscreen.

Also, we will have amazing food options from Saigon Alley and Barracuda on the Fly food trucks, as well as an inflatable bounce house and obstacle course for kids along with fun and games with Melrose Recreation!

Here is the schedule for Saturday:

Main Stage,
Melrose Four Corners Music Festival, 2016:

2pm Alastair Moock and Friends

3pm Tad Overbaugh and the Late Arrivals

5pm The Bridgebuilders

6:45pm Cold Car

Community Stage,
Melrose Four Corners Music Festival, 2016:

2pm – 2:15 Tim Ko.

2:15pm – 2:40 Calvin Mausteller

2:45 – 3:10 Flash Jack Eppington

3:20-3:30 Nick Ryan

3:40 – 3:50 Gabe Klapman

3:55 – 4:20 Frank Stanford

4:25 – 4:45 Victoria Mall

4:55 – 5:05 Liana Joy

5:10-5:20 Molly Corr

5:30 – 5:50 Sam Chetkin

6:00 – 6:10 AARB

6:15 – 6:25 Ken Carter

6:35 – 7:20 Jiblantos

NOTE: All times are approximate.

Upcoming Road Closings

Please be advised of the following upcoming road closures in Melrose

  • DPW will be repairing an emergency water break on Main Street in front of CVS beginning at 10:00pm this evening (Wednesday) and working overnight. Main Street will be closed from Upham to Foster during this time beginning at 10pm. Work may have to continue into Thursday.
  • Beginning at 7am Thursday morning, water main upgrades will be taking place on Tremont across the Lynn Fells Parkway. Detours will be in place during this time on Tremont Street and the Lynn Fells Parkway. Work will take place throughout the day Thursday with the potential of Friday morning also.
  • Final Paving of Essex Street will take place on Monday August 1st weather permitting. Paving will commence at 5am in order to make businesses accessible by mid-morning. Paving will continue throughout the day on the balance of Essex Street towards Emerson, including Willow Street.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the DPW City Yard at (781) 665-0142

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