Visual Arts Night at Americal Tuesday...

Apr 20, 2018 by

Published in the April 20, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Public Schools Visual Arts Department and the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield invite you to Visual Arts Night at the Americal Civic Center on Tuesday, April 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is very exciting to have both events occur at the same time in the same building. The school K-12 art exhibit will be in the Drill Hall and the ACW portion in the Heritage Room. This display features work from artists 5-65 years old! WMHS Visual Arts students will be working on computer graphics, 3-D printing, making ceramic works by hand and using potter’s wheels, painting, printing and drawing. Wakefield Visual Art teachers Meghan Pierre and Amy Drago from the elementary schools, Emily Sevigny and Ann Whelan from Galvin, and Jonathan...

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The civics lesson

Apr 19, 2018 by

Published in the April 19, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA Terms that perfectly capture their intended meaning often end up as clichés. They are overused because no other words serve the purpose quite so well. The term “politically correct” has become something of a cliché. This provides cover to those accused of politically correctness, as they are able to dismiss the charge on the basis that the term itself is hackneyed or trite. This week I received a personal email from an Item reader who will remain nameless. He told a story that exposed the dark side of political correctness. “The recent foolishness about renaming the Board of Selectmen so they would be “politically correct” made me remember something I would like to share with you,” he wrote, “as it may shed a different perspective on...

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Selectman hopefuls share ideas...

Apr 19, 2018 by

Published in the April 19, 2018 edition. The Daily Item posed two questions to the candidates for Board of Selectmen in the April 24 Town Election. Incumbents Paul R. DiNocco and Brian E. Falvey are being challenged by Deborah M. Butler and Julie Smith-Galvin. Two will be elected. Question 1: The town has a pretty healthy Rainy Day account. Are there any projects you’d like to see the town undertake and pay for with these funds that are not currently on officials’ radar screen? “As you may know, there are several possible endeavors that may need to be addressed or will be addressed in the upcoming years,” current board chairman DiNocco said. “Roads and Sidewalks will always be a top priority. We recently began developing the Main Street Transformation project. The Public Safety Building needs...

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MHS students shine in competition...

Apr 19, 2018 by

Published in the April 20, 2018 edition MELROSE — Principal Jason Merrill is pleased to announce that seven students earned Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in this year’s competition. Members of Melrose High School’s Visual Arts Department submitted more than 30 outstanding student pieces to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in December. Winners were announced in late January. Pieces could be entered in 17 art categories, 11 writing sections, and a “future new” option that challenged the scope of the general art and writing categories. A committee of visual and literary arts leaders judged submissions. Awards are broken into three categories: Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention, and given to those students whose work best exemplifies originality, technical skill and personal voice or vision. The MHS honorees are: • Junior...

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Guest speaker to present case for sustainability...

Apr 19, 2018 by

Published in the April 20, 2018 edition MELROSE — Most of us have heard claims that addressing climate change will hurt businesses and cost millions of jobs but the opposite is actually true. Armed with an understanding of what it means to be sustainable and how it can help their business or organization, business owners and organization leaders choose to adopt sustainable practices that improve their bottom line while combatting climate change.   To help bring businesses and others up to speed on how to do this, the Melrose Energy Commission will host guest speaker Kristin Kelleher, Programs Director at the Climate Action Business Association, on Thursday, April 26 at 7:15 p.m. in the Cassidy Room at Melrose City Hall, 562 Main St.   The Climate Action Business Association (CABA) provides businesses with the resources and tools...

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MEF spring fundraiser underway

Apr 19, 2018 by

Published in the April 20, 2018 edition MELROSE — Our famous pink flamingos are comin’ to town.  Don’t miss out on our most popular fundraiser for the Melrose Education Foundation. Your donation helps fund grants for all Melrose Public Schools. Our flock orders are flying in and the flamingos will begin landing on April 23.   Visit our website: www.melroseeducationfoundation.org to place your order today. Rumor has it a few flamingos are already flying around Melrose – check out our Facebook page to see if you can identify where they are… Here are the details: • For your tax-deductible donation, you can send a  flock of flamingos to a friend or neighbor in Melrose…or to your own yard. The flock will land on the lawn and remain there for 24 hours. • You may send...

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