Update on downtown upgrade

Dec 13, 2019 by

Published in the December 13, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — You may not have heard much about it recently, but that doesn’t mean the Envision Wakefield downtown infrastructure upgrade project isn’t still moving forward. VHB, the civil engineering consulting firm that the town has retained for the design of the project, will be meeting with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) on Dec. 19 to go over current plans and get feedback. Chairman Edward Dombroski provided a status update at this week’s Town Council meeting. Dombroski has taken a lead role in spearheading the project. He said that after the Dec. 19 meeting, VHB will have greater guidance and will obtain answers to some of the outstanding questions that were raised at the public forums held earlier this year. The immediate goal is to get...

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Finally!

Dec 12, 2019 by

State invites WMHS into Eligibility Period Published in the December 12, 2019 edition. BOSTON — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That simple cliche certainly proved true for advocates of a new or vastly improved Wakefield Memorial High, as the town’s outdated flagship academic facility was accepted into a state building program after being rejected three straight years. A reworked Statement of Interest this time around proved to be a charm. State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), and MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy announced yesterday that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to invite Wakefield Memorial High School into the MSBA’s Eligibility Period. During the 270-day Eligibility Period, the MSBA will work with the district to determine the district’s financial and community readiness to enter...

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Brodeur issues Capital Improvement Program report...

Dec 12, 2019 by

Published December 13, 2019 MELROSE — On Thursday, December 12, Mayor Paul Brodeur announced the release of the Capital Improvement Program Report, which outlines an extensive list of 66 capital investment needs across the entire city. In creating the report, the Capital Improvement Committee singled out 14 projects that they categorized as the most urgent: • City Hall generator • Beebe School renovations • Central Fire Station rear apparatus floor • Self-contained breathing apparatus • Front-line fire apparatus • Library renovation • Public Safety Building • Memorial Hall envelope repairs • School security improvements • Salt Shed replacement • Middle School security • Roof replacements – Phase I (immediate repairs) • Melrose High School bathrooms/third floor – Phase I planning • Lebanon/Sylvan drainage replacement The report recommends that the Mayor’s administration develop a funding plan...

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Fund donations continue to rise...

Dec 12, 2019 by

Published December 13, 2019 MELROSE — Donations have begun to arrive in the Mayor’s Office for the Melrose Emergency Fund’s holiday fundraiser. At press time, they amounted to over $5,000. “I am amazed and touched by the generosity of the people of Melrose,” said Mayor Paul Brodeur. “The Emergency Fund is unique, and it’s part of what makes Melrose special. Melrose may be a small city, but it has a big heart.” The purpose of the Emergency Fund is to provide one-time help to Melrose residents experiencing financial emergencies. Most of the help the fund provides is basic needs—food, fuel, and utilities. The fund depends entirely on donations from the public, and every penny goes to direct aid to Melrose residents. There is no overhead, because city staff administer the fund as part of...

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First snowstorm is no problem

Dec 12, 2019 by

Published December 13, 2019 This is another in a series of “Around Town” articles. MELROSE — Last week’s snowstorm was the first of the season and the first wintry challenge for Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur’s new administration. The city’s response was virtually flawless. So, kudos to our new mayor and the Department of Public Works (DPW) for a job well done. “Although this most recent storm may have turned out to be minor, whenever there’s weather, it’s important that we do everything we can to get it right,” said Mayor Brodeur. “And our DPW certainly came through.” According to Richard Stinson, interim Melrose DPW Director, his department covered over 200 miles of road with 150 pieces equipment clearing the way. City Councilor Mike Zwirko agreed. “The city did a very good job of pre-treating...

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‘Perfect for the job’...

Dec 12, 2019 by

Community celebrates Bernard’s final School Committee meeting Published December 12, 2019 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — “Eat a lot of pizza,” Hood School first graders advised Superintendent Jon Bernard at his final School Committee meeting Monday evening. These words of wisdom regarding retirement, presented in a book created by Hood School first grade teacher Andrea Slaven, were just a few of the many tributes and gifts Bernard received during the meeting. Present and former School Committee members, Select Board members, and community members attended the meeting to share memories and well wishes for Bernard. “Your support of inclusion at the high school and the community that you enabled there at the high school was incredible,” parent Geof Simons said. Inclusive practices, as well as strong community engagement and communication were two of the...

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