Come to the Indoor Farmers Market on November 19

Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market is offering a Fall Harvest Indoor Market on November 19th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose.

We will have most of the farmers and vendors who were with the Melrose and Wakefield farmers’ markets during the summer, as well as some new local vendors. As always, the market will offer a wonderful array of local produce, sustainably raised meat, poultry, eggs, and cheese, fresh fish, pasta, dips and spreads, maple syrup, honey, preserves, teas, spice blends, wine, cider, and a wide array of fresh baked goods. A selection of artisan vendors offering soaps, herbal products, hand crafted jewelry and more will also be attending, featured in our “Artisan Loft.”

The harvest market will feature the Magic of Yarrow’s exquisite balloon twisting skills, delightful and phenomenal face painting from Masks by Design from 12-2pm, a professional caricaturist, Matt Bernson, from 11-3, and tasty recipes and cooking demonstrations by Suman Shah, from Fork on a Road. Live music from The Bohemians is from 12:00pm-2:00pm (supported by The Melrose Cultural Council and the Messina Fund for the Arts).

Here are the vendors we expect on November 19: Aaronap Cellars (wine), Ackermann’s Maple Farm, Baer’s Best at Lover’s Brook Farm, Bagel Land of Winchester, Brooklyn James, Coutts Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Dicks Market Garden, Emmett’s Edibles, EPOCA, Fire Garden Pottery, Goodies Homemade, Habibi Gourmet Food, In Good Taste, Jenne Rayburn, Kim Gregory Pure Pastry, Laszlo Family Farm, Lilac Hedge Farm, Miles, Dirt, and Rover, Muddy River Herbals, Oakdale Farm, Pleasant Moments by HFR, Rachel’s Creations, Roberto’s Seafood, Sasquatch Woodworks, Sat Nam Designs, Seven Hills Farmstead, Shady Pine Farm, Sheepshed, Soluna Garden Farm, Sweet as JAM Design, Sweet Spot Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Bread Shop, The Popover Lady, The Roasted Granola, The Sweetbay Shop, Trestle and Twine, Ugly Baby Soap Company, and West River Creamery.

Market goers can preorder their fresh, hormone/antibiotic-free turkeys and pick them up at the market. Two vendors are taking orders, Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm.

The market accepts SNAP and HIP benefits. SNAP match up to $10 is generously funded by Melrose Bank. We are also doing a raffle to help cover our SNAP match program.

No cash? No problem, “Market Money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card at the Market Table. Although many of our vendors accept credit/debit.

For more information, sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates. See you at the market!

Our Indoor Farmers’ Market has been generously sponsored by Rite Window, who provides the Greater Boston area with beautiful windows, doors, siding, roofing and gutters.


Unveiling the World War II Monument on Veterans’ Day

The unveiling of the World War II monument on the Knoll on Veterans Day was truly one of the most important and moving events I have attended in my years as Mayor. I want to thank our Veterans Advisory Board, our Veterans Services Office staff, Melrose High School teacher Lisa Lord, and the many young people of Melrose who also contributed to this day for all the hard work and planning that led up to this event. Although only a few World War II veterans remain among us, it was clear from the speakers and the attendees who left flowers at the monument that their memory is being kept alive. Thank you to all who came and to all who served.

Come to Parent University on November 18!

Parent University is coming back to Melrose on November 18th! Join the Melrose Education Foundation and the Melrose Public Schools for a free morning of workshops open to the entire community. We will feature discussions for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children of all ages.

Parent University will take place on Saturday, November 18 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm at the Melrose High School Learning Commons (360 Lynn Fells Parkway). Registration is required; register early for best selection. Learn more and register for this FREE event at:

The program is specifically designed to be of interest to parents and caregivers of all children – from preschool through high school. Parent University sessions will be offered on a wide range of topics, such as: positive discipline; MVMMS’ Project IMPACT (Individuals Making Positive Actions Counst Today); resilience and mindfulness; collaborative problem solving; college financing; Real Talk with Superintendent Taymore; restorative justice; talking with teens.

Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Christopher Willard. Dr. Willard will lead a discussion on mindfulness, stress and resiliency. He has authored multiple books including: Growing up Mindful; Child’s Mind; Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, and most recently, Raising Resilience.

Dr. Willard’s presentations are made possible by generous sponsorship by the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition and the Melrose Substance Abuse Coalition.

Admission to the event is free thanks to the partnership of the Melrose Public Schools, donations from individuals to the Melrose Education Foundation, and support from our generous local sponsors and partners: Rockland Trust, Starbucks, Honey Dew Donuts, Sweet Spot Bakery, Whole Foods, Shaws, Joy Yoga and Melrose Public Library.

For a full list of sessions, schedule and free registration and childcare information, please visit:

Human Rights Commission to Hold International Welcome Reception on November 16

Melrose Youth Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ Coming December 1-3

Cheer on Our Melrose Teams This Weekend!

Our Melrose High School student athletes have had a great fall, and this weekend we have the opportunity to cheer them on to victory as they compete in the finals and championships. Here’s this weekend’s schedule:

MIAA Division 4 North Football Finals, Melrose vs. Marblehead
Friday, November 10, 7 p.m. at Fred Green Field
Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for students.

MIAA Division 2 North Section Volleyball Finals, Melrose vs. the winner of Burlington/Danvers
Saturday, November 11, 3 p.m., Whittier Technical School, Haverhill

Boys Soccer
MIAA Division 3 North Section Boys Soccer Finals, Melrose vs. Watertown
Sunday, November 12, 4 p.m., Manning Field, Lynn
Tickets: $8 for adults, $6 for students

Girls Cross Country
MIAA Division 4 Eastern Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Finals,
Saturday, November 11, 1:55 p.m. at Wrentham Development Center, Wrentham

Boys Cross Country
MIAA Division 4 Eastern Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Finals
Saturday, November 11, 3:15 p.m., Wrentham Development Center, Wrentham

MIAA Fall North Section Swim & Dive Championships
Saturday, November 11, 4 p.m., MIT, Cambridge, MA

MSAA North Regional Division 3 Cheerleading Championship
Sunday, November 12, 4 p.m., Lowell High School, Lowell

Go Melrose!

Mayor’s Podcast: Honoring Veterans

Jon Sappachetti chats with Lt. Col. Bob Driscoll, chair of the Melrose Veteran’s Advisory Board, Veteran’s Services Officer Alicia Reddin, and Mayor Dolan about Veteran’s Day Observances in Melrose, and specifically the World War II monument unveiling at the Knoll this Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m.

Veterans Day Observances for November 11

The City of Melrose and the Melrose Veterans Advisory Board invite all veterans and residents to attend the unveiling of the World War II memorial on Saturday, November 11, at 10 a.m. at the Knoll (opposite Melrose High School). The breathtaking monument will feature design elements and key symbols from the national monument in Washington, D.C. including a water feature as well as the Atlantic and Pacific wreaths.

The Melrose High School Marching band will perform, and World War II veterans and their relatives or friends are invited to lay flowers at the monument in honor of deceased World War II Veterans.

This dedication is the culmination of a partnership between the City of Melrose and a multi-year fundraising effort led by the Melrose Veterans Advisory Board together with the Melrose Veteran Memory Project, which is made up of Melrose High School students under the direction of MHS teacher Lisa Lord.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 11th. Light refreshments will be served immediately afterward at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School.

Before the event, at 9 a.m., the Melrose Commission on Women will lay a wreath at the Women’s Service Tree near the Main Street entrance to City Hall.

Note: The Dog Park at the Knoll will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon on November 11.

November 2017 Election Results

Alderman-at-Large Winners: Michael Zwirko, Kate Lipper-Garabedian, Monica Medeiros, Manisha Bewtra
Ward 1: John Tramontozzi (uncontested)
Ward 2: Jennifer Lemmerman (uncontested)
Ward 3: Frank Wright
Ward 4: Bob Boisselle
Ward 5: Gail Infurna (uncontested)
Ward 6: Peter Mortimer
Ward 7: Scott Forbes (uncontested)

School Committee Winners: Jennifer McAndrew, John Obremski, Jennifer Razi-Thomas

Melrose 2017 Official Election Results

Veterans in the Classroom

This morning a number of our veterans were at Memorial Hall to talk to our young people for the Veterans in the Classroom event. This is a great opportunity for Melrose students to hear firsthand about the experiences of members of the military from many different points of view. Thank you to our veterans, teachers, and staff who work so hard every year to bing our students and our veterans together.

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