Road Construction Update for November 19

Essex Street Project
Expect delays at the intersection of Essex, West Emerson, and Tremont streets due to gas work, which will extend to Lake Avenue.

National Grid/Keyspan
New gas main being installed on Harold Street at Beech.

Whittier Street closed to through traffic between Baxter Street and West Wyoming Avenue due to drainage work.
Expect delays on Baxter Street, between Cutter and Conant, due to concrete pouring and curb work.
Sections of Baxter, Cutter and Whittier streets will be closed during the day for structure work.

Lebanon Street/Mass DOT
Expect minor delays on Lebanon Street due to driveway work starting at Porter Street and moving south.

Recycle Your Recycling Bins (and Other Stuff) on November 21

On Saturday, November 21, DPW is holding a rigid plastics recycling drop off event. It will be held at the DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street from 8 a.m. to noon. Rigid plastics include: lawn furniture, children’s toys, laundry baskets, storage containers, recycling bins and more.

If you decided to use a different bin or barrel for Melrose’s single stream recycling program and would like to get rid of your old red or green recycling bin, bring it to the event to be recycled.

The items collected at all Saturday events include: CRT’s ($10-15) including televisions, monitors, and lap tops, CFL bulbs, tires ($2-4), mercury items, clothes, books, dried latex paint, metal and white goods ($20) including microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners and exercise equipment. The fees help defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only). Recycling stickers and educational information will also be available.

This will be the last special recycling event of the year, though the city yard will be open on Saturdays through December 12. For more information and questions, please visit our website or call 781-665-0142.

Thanksgiving Football Tickets Available Now

Pre-sale tickets for the Thanksgiving Melrose vs. Wakefield football game at Fred Green Field are now available in the Mayor’s Office, and Gray’s Appliance

Tickets will also be sold in the main lobby of Melrose High School on Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 25, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. All game day tickets will be $10.00.

Anyone planning to attend the game is strongly encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time, as we expect long lines.

Proceeds from the pre-sale tickets solely benefit MHS.

MVMMS Presents ‘Elf The Musical Jr.’ This Weekend


Melrose Middle School Drama is proud to announce its production of the holiday favorite “Elf The Musical Jr.” The production will be performed at the Melrose Performing Arts Center located at the Middle School on Friday November 20th and Saturday November 21st at 7:00 PM with additional matinees on Saturday November 21st and Sunday November 22nd at 1:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and are available at the door and online at “Elf The Musical Jr.” is based on the beloved 2003 holiday film, “Elf” with songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin and The Wedding Singer) and a book by Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers and Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone.) Melrose Drama is excited to be one of the first programs in the country to produce this musical!

“Elf the Musical Jr.” tells the hilarious “fish-out-of-water” story of Buddy the Elf and his quest to find his true self. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole. Adopted by his elf family, the would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his stepbrother doesn’t believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York experience the true meaning of Christmas.

Appropriate for all ages, this modern day holiday classic is brought to you by the same team that brought you prior Melrose Drama classics “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mulan;” Director Adam Schuler, Musical Director Kristen McEntee, Technical Direction David McCall and Choreographer Becca Flint. Come and embrace your inner elf and be filled with holiday cheer!!

For additional information on the show see the Melrose Drama webpage, the “Elf” event page, and the Melrose Drama Facebook page.

U2 Tribute Band Joshua Tree Comes to Memorial Hall November 20

U2 Joshua Tree Poster_Flyer

On Friday night, November 20, Joshua Tree, America’s Best U2 Band, comes to Melrose Veterans Memorial Hall, 590 Main St. Melrose. The Knights of Columbus is proud to be sponsoring this event to benefit The Knights of Columbus Food For Families Fund. This will be the only chance to see Joshua Tree.

Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. This is an all-ages show. The evening will include cash bar, raffle prizes, pizza and more.

Tickets can be purchased at Melrose Knights Of Columbus website at or send check payable to Melrose KofC to: Melrose Kof C, PO Box 760828, Melrose Ma. 02176. Call 781-662-9154 for more info.

Tickets only $25.00 per person ($30.00 day of show or at the door) or reserve a premium seating table of 10 for $250.00 by calling 781-662-9154. Tables are limited. Get your tickets early!

For more information, visit

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service November 24

Here is a press release we received from the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church.

Giving thanks makes us whole. At least that is what recent research on gratitude suggests. This is something people of faith have known and practiced for thousands of years. Each Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Melrose houses of worship join together to offer a Thanksgiving service. Weaving together the strands of our traditions, we offer thanks for the blessings in our lives. We act upon our gratitude with an offering collected to support those who are without food. The offering is split between the Melrose food pantries: A Servant’s Heart and Pantry of Hope.

We hope you will join us as we lift our voices up in songs of thanksgiving and speak words of gratitude. The service is on Tuesday, November 24th 7 P.M. at the Highlands Church, UCC, 355 Franklin Street. Parking is available across the street as well as on side streets. The handicapped entrance is at the rear of the church on West Highland Avenue.

Road Construction Update for November 18

Essex Street Project
Expect delays on Essex Street at Main and Myrtle due to gas work.

National Grid/Keyspan
Intersection of Birch Hill Road and Harold Street closed for installation of a new gas main.

Whittier Street closed to through traffic between Baxter Street and West Wyoming Avenue due to drainage work.
Driveway work on Baxter Street, between Cutter and Conant.
Structure work on Baxter and Whittier streets.

Expect delays on Tremont Street between the City Yard and Lynn Fells Parkway.

Lebanon Street Project
Cleanup work on the staging area at Lynde and Grove streets.

Energy Commission Hosts Free Seminar and Demonstration on Heat Loss

Flemming Lund is not only going to explain how infrared diagnostic technology can detect difficult-to-find energy losses in a home or building—he’ll be giving a live demonstration at the Milano Center. This unique workshop, next in the series hosted by the Melrose Energy Commission, takes place on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:15 p.m. at the Milano Center, 201 W. Foster St.

“The most common complaints I receive are about ice dams or that the house is freezing,” says Lund, who is certified for infrared analysis and is a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater. “We use the most modern technology available to diagnose hard-to-find problems.”

Common issues include leaking ducts, which cause energy losses up to 25 percent, as well as leaking windows, uneven insulation patterns and areas that have no insulation. Improper insulation and air sealing can also result in ice dams and mold.

A question-and-answer session will follow the demonstration.

For further information about this workshop, contact MEC at 781-662-2616 or

Additional information about Infrared Diagnostics LLC is available at www.

Road Construction Update for November 16

Lebanon Street/DOT Project
Lebanon Street closed between Upham and East Foster streets.
First Street closed at Gooch.
Winter Street closed at Dell Avenue.
Expect closures on East Foster Street at Dell Avenue and at Gooch and Lebanon at Foster as the day closes out.
New signs are being installed on Lebanon Street, between Porter and Upham, and on Upham between Dell and Gooch.

Essex Street Project
Essex Street northbound closed at Willow Street due to sidewalk work between Willow and West Emerson streets.
Gas work on Essex Street opposite Shaw’s.

Sidewalk Work
Expect delays on Baxter Street between Whittier Street and Conant Park.
Also: Berm installation work on Beech (between Swains and Wheeler), Woodland (between Greenwood and Clifton Pk), Greenleaf Place, and Farwell at Hesseltine Avenue.

Whittier Street closed between Sibley and West Wyoming Avenue.

National Grid
New gas main being installed on Harold Street at Goss Avenue.

Harvest Fair at the Unitarian Universalist Church on November 14


The Harvest Fair is an annual tradition that brings out the whole Melrose community. It will be held on Saturday, November 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, at 70 West Emerson St., across from the Melrose Public Library.

The fair will feature baked goods, crafts, holiday decorations, vintage jewelry and collectibles, plants and garden supplies, and a gigantic rummage sale, featuring toys and baby needs, household items, furniture, books, and tools. The popular “re-gifting table” filled with brand new gifts will also be back.

Harvest Cafe offers Breakfast Coffee Cake and Lunch Menu

Downstairs, the Harvest Cafe will be serving breakfast coffee cake and beverages. Vegetarian and meat chili, as well as other lunch options, will be available, along with homemade apple crisp and brownies.

Quilt Raffle

The annual Harvest Fair will feature the raffle of  a lovely, bright and light, hand-made patchwork quilt. The quilt pattern is hand-pieced and machine-quilted in intricate floral patterns with multiple pieced blocks arranged by the quilting group, the MUUC Quilters. The size  is suitable for a full or queen sized bed.

Raffle tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10.  The drawing will be at the fair, November 14 at 2:00pm.

The quilting group meets weekly on Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. downstairs at the church during the church year. They have made several dozen lap quilts, which have been donated to a variety of Veterans’ Hospitals in Massachusetts, as well as baby quilts and larger quilts, for families overcoming homelessness. New quilters are always welcome.

Massive Pie Bake results in Over 30 Pies

Each year, over 30 pies, including apple, blueberry, and pumpkin pies are made, and they are always a sellout. Family size and personal size pies are sold. Homemade cookies and cakes are also featured.

Come to shop, come for breakfast and lunch, come early for best selection. Bring your friends and neighbors!


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