EEE Virus not expected to affect Middlesex League for now...

Aug 29, 2019 by

Published in the August 29, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield High football team appeared recently in the Boston Herald in a story regarding some Massachusetts high schools in EEE virus zones pushing their football night games up to the afternoon. On Tuesday, the Warriors scrimmaged at Methuen High School, which currently falls in a EEE zone along with other towns like Andover whose risk for EEE range from critical to high. The risk of contacting EEE, a deadly virus carried by mosquitoes, is greater during the evening than daylight hours. That has Methuen and other high schools changing the schedule of their early season games to be played during the daylight. The Warriors and Rangers played their scrimmage at 5 p.m. and made sure to be off the field by 7 p.m. Wakefield is not...

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Home sale prices rose last month...

Aug 29, 2019 by

Published August 30, 2019 MELROSE — Thirty-five houses changed hands in the city last month, at a median sale price of $683,000, according to a report from The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. The number of single-family homes sold here in July is down from the 39 sold during the same month in 2018. However, the median sale price last July was $33,000 less than that of houses sold in Melrose last month. Through July, there have been 131 single-family homes sold in Melrose this year. Last year through the same time, there had been 140 houses sold. Statewide, the median sale price for both single-family homes and condominiums continued to rise in July on a year-over-year basis, according to a new report from The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman.  ...

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Historical walking tour during Victorian Fair...

Aug 29, 2019 by

Published August 30, 2019 MELROSE — Please join the the Melrose Historical Commission for a walking tour of the downtown Melrose historic district on Sunday, September 8 (the day of the Victorian Fair) at 1 p.m. The tour will begin at the Essex Street doors of City Hall and last about one hour. The tour will tell the story of Main Street’s extraordinary Victorian development, relating the history and architecture of the great public buildings and churches in the block south of East and West Emerson Streets, the efforts to preserve that history in the late 20th century, and current attempts to thwart those protections. At the end of the tour, donations will be collected. Those who cannot take the tour are invited to visit the Commission’s booth, where they will be able to ask...

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Delay in vaccine impacts flu shots...

Aug 29, 2019 by

Published August 30, 2019 MELROSE — The late timing of the World Health Organization’s recommendation on one of the flu strains has caused delays in vaccine production by pharmaceutical companies. Due to these delays, the Melrose Health Department will be unable to offer flu vaccines at the Victorian Fair on Sunday, September 8. We look forward to vaccinating you at the following clinics: • Pop-Up Flu Clinic – Melrose City Hall,  Basement Conference Room, Wednesday, September 25 from 1 to 6 p.m. • Memorial Hall flu clinic – 590 Main Street, October 9 from 11 a.m. to...

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Virginia M. Mitstifer, 74

Aug 29, 2019 by

Published August 30, 2019 MELROSE — Virginia M. “Ginny” (Kelley) Mitstifer, 74, of Melrose, died at the Courtyard Nursing Care Center in Medford on August 20, 2019. Ginny was born and raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1963. She went on to earn her degree from Salem State University in 1967 and her master’s degree from Lesley College. Ginny resided in Melrose for most of her life, was a third grade school teacher at the Lincoln School in Melrose for over 35 years before her retirement and loved having family and friends over for the holidays. She enjoyed baking her famous lemon meringue pie, walking, going out to dinner with her friends and spending time with her husband Tom’s family in Liberty, Pa. “It is rare to find...

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