Students set to head back to class...

Oct 16, 2020 by

Published October 16, 2020 MELROSE — Kids are going back to their school buildings beginning Monday after the COVID-19 virus caused a month’s delay in the city’s hybrid learning plan. Cohort 1 students report to class for the first time in 2020-21 after having been taught by their teachers remotely at home since the academic year began on September 16. A month into this very unique return to instruction — students had been out of the classroom since the middle of March thanks to the pandemic — it has become clear to educators that more planning and preparation are needed. In an October 9 memo, Supt. of Schools Dr. Julie R. Kukenberger reminded the School Committee that according to its contract with the Melrose Education Association, educators are afforded early release days on the first...

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Time for The Rise of the Pumpkin People...

Oct 16, 2020 by

Published October 16, 2020 MELROSE — Wicked Melrose will unleash The Rise of the Pumpkin People Oct. 17-31 in conjunction with the Melrose Rec Department. Melrose citizens and businesses are encouraged to decorate for fall with a pumpkin or scarecrow display. If you want your display on the Wicked Melrose map, fill out the form at http://bit.ly/WickedMelrose. And be sure to visit MelroseTogether.com for the digital-only tour...

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MEF seeks donations in time of change...

Oct 16, 2020 by

Published October 16, 2020 The following was submitted by Julia Motl Lowe, the co-chair for fundraising with the Melrose Education Foundation.  Dear Friends, The only constant is change — that phrase keeps rolling around my head these days. As we settle into our new back-to-school routines, we all know one thing for sure: there is more change ahead. As I brace for that reality, I am so grateful to be in a community that cares about and supports each other. This constant change has reinforced for me the importance of the Melrose Education Foundation and its role to support innovation and excellence within our schools. We want our educators to have the resources to test new ideas, technologies, and concepts so they and our students can flex their creative muscle. Without a doubt, this...

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Lorraine Bruno, 89

Oct 15, 2020 by

Published October 16, 2020 MELROSE — Lorraine Mary Lucy Bruno (Robichaud), 89, of North Andover, formerly of Melrose, died peacefully at home with her husband by her side on Oct. 6, 2020. She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years and best friend, Pasquale E. Bruno. She was the loving mother of Patrick M. Bruno and spouse Kimberly, Dean A. Bruno and spouse Meg, Karen V. Heaslip and spouse William, Dana J. Anthony Bruno and partner Edward Brennon, Nina M. Ferguson and partner Troy Kruse, Kimberly A. Cranfill, Nicole Bruno and partner Michael Swisher, and, like a daughter, Donna Johanson and spouse Stephen. She was predeceased by her brother Gilbert Robichaud and two grandchildren. She is also survived by her caring sister Ethel Walsh and husband Robert, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, numerous...

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Civita Cavicchio, 107

Oct 15, 2020 by

Published October 16, 2020 MELROSE — Civita “Tina” Cavicchio, 107, longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Lynnfield. Born on Nov. 5, 1912, in Somerville, she was one of seven children of the late Anthony and Rose (Mitrano) Bertocci. At the age of 8, she and the family moved back to the homestead in Italy until she was 12, when her family returned to America. She married her beloved Salvy in 1932 and they eventually settled in Melrose to raise their family. She was a devoted homemaker. She dearly loved Salvy and her children and was exceptionally active in their lives. Cooking and baking were a specialty of Tina’s and she always looked forward to family gatherings. Not a woman to sit down and let...

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