UPDATED: West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes from North Reading; Spraying Scheduled for Tuesday, August 21st...

Aug 17, 2018 by

Posted on: Friday, August 17, 2018 The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced on August 16th that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected in the Lindor Road area of North Reading.  A public health advisory from the North Reading Health Department may be found here.  Information regarding scheduled mosquito spraying may be found...

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Inside the Budget 5: Investment and Debt Management...

Aug 16, 2018 by

Published in the August 17, 2018 edition By MAYOR GAIL M. INFURNA This is the fifth in a series of articles explaining the city’s budget. MELROSE — Some people have asked why the city had money to build modular classrooms when, at the same time, we don’t have money for other needs such as hiring new teachers to address our increased student enrollment. This question is best answered by thinking of it in terms of personal household finances. The cost of a house is more than most people can pay out of pocket, so they take out a mortgage. State and local governments handle capital improvements such as new schools or major renovations in much the same way: Rather than pay the entire cost up front, they borrow money so they can pay for it...

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PHOTO: Sunny disposition

Aug 16, 2018 by

Published in the August 17, 2018 edition

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Kathleen M. Sylvain, 73

Aug 16, 2018 by

Published in the August 17, 2018 edition SAUGUS — Kathleen M. “Kitty” (Faragi) Sylvain, 73, of Saugus, passed away at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on August 8, 2018. Kitty was born and raised in Saugus and attended Saugus schools. She was the beloved wife of Robert Sylvain for over 50 years. Loving mother of Robert A. Sylvain and his wife Rosemarie of N.H. and the late James W. and John J. Sylvain. Caring sister of Charles Faragi of Middleton, Mary Rizzotto of Tenn. and predeceased by 16 siblings. Cherished grandmother of Dara Rose and Leah Kathleen. Great-grandmother of Ryan, Natalee and Thomas. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Monday, August 13. Procession was from the Gately Funeral...

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Thomas M. Loftus, 77

Aug 16, 2018 by

Published in the August 17, 2018 edition MELROSE — Thomas M. Loftus, 77, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away into eternal life peacefully at home on Monday, August 13, 2018. Tom was born in Somerville on October 30, 1940, one of seven children of the late Redmond and Catherine (Flaherty) Loftus. Raised in Dorchester and East Boston, Tom graduated from Don Bosco High School in East Boston. A proud Irish-American, Tom served his country in the US Army as a Private before his honorable discharge in 1961. Tom was married to Christina Scarry, native of Ireland, on July 6, 1974 at St. Clement’s Church in Medford. They settled in Melrose in 1977 and Tom worked as a mover for Casey & Hayes Moving Co. in Boston. After the birth of their son Michael,...

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