No Memorial Day Parade this year...

Apr 28, 2016 by

Published in the April 28, 2016 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD —The traditional Memorial Day Parade that has featured veterans, local officials, the High School Marching Band and local Boy and Girl Scout troops has been eliminated from this year’s Memorial Day program in favor of an expanded ceremony on the Common. Veterans Services Director Alicia Reddin told the Board of Selectmen this week that starting this year the Memorial Day ceremony on Veterans Memorial Common will be expanded and the parade from the Galvin Middle School that has traditionally preceded the ceremony will be eliminated. Reddin said that safety concerns were a factor in the decision, which “was based on feedback from community members, veterans, participants and parents of groups marching.” She said that this year’s Memorial Day program at 1 p.m. on...

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Baseball team given a second chance by Melrose...

Apr 28, 2016 by

Mercurio three-run HR in seventh lifts Warriors to 6-4 triumph Published in the April 28, 2016 edition. By JIM SOUTHMAYD MELROSE — Giving a team or a player a second chance isn’t a very good idea. Doing so against last year’s Middlesex League Freedom division champion Wakefield and league MVP Matt Mercurio is a recipe for disaster. Mercurio, a senior, crushed a three-run home run to left field in the top of the seventh as the Warrior baseball team rallied for a 6-4 triumph over a good Melrose team yesterday afternoon at Morelli Field. For Mercurio, it is his third home run of the season and the second that came when Wakefield needed it the most. As result, the Warriors are now 6-2 overall season and 4-2 in the M.L. Freedom division. The home...

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SC raises ‘Stations’ fees

Apr 28, 2016 by

Published in the April 29, 2016 edition MELROSE — The School Committee, facing a significant deficit in the city’s after-school program, agreed this week to raise Education Station fees eight percent. The move, which was opposed by Lizbeth DeSelm and Jaime McAllister-Grande, would provide a badly needed influx of cash to the program, which has projected revenue this year of $636,780 against a cost of $1,735,244. McAllister-Grande, in a public plea in last week’s paper, sought input from parents prior to Tuesday’s vote. The city’s Education Stations have different attendance options for students and parents. The most expensive is the five day Green Line, which currently costs $494 a month to attend. The eight percent increase boosts the monthly tuition to $534. The distribution of Education Station tuitions, according to data supplied by the...

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City budget address Monday

Apr 28, 2016 by

Published in the April 29, 2016 edition MELROSE — Mayor Robert J. Dolan will deliver his annual budget address to a joint meeting of the Board of Aldermen and the School Committee on Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber, City Hall. The public is invited to attend. It will also be shown live on...

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PHOTO: Play ball!

Apr 28, 2016 by

Published in the April 29, 2016 edition

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