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Published in the April 27, 2018 edition

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Mary-Rita O’Shea retires Monday...

Apr 26, 2018 by

Published in the April 27, 2018 edition MELROSE — One of the most loyal, dedicated municipal employees in the city’s history is calling it a career. City Clerk Mary-Rita O’Shea, a lifelong Melrose resident, officially retires on Monday. The aldermen recognized her distinguished time in City Hall with a resolution on Mary-Rita’s nearly 40 years of service to her hometown. The resolution reads: “Mary-Rita O’Shea has served the City of Melrose in various capacities since 1968, she will be retiring on April 30, 2018 as the City Clerk. The Board of Aldermen congratulates Mary-Rita O’Shea for her years of dedicated service to the City of Melrose; and “Mary-Rita O’Shea is a dedicated and loving wife to her husband, and veteran, Daniel Francis O’Shea with whom she helped raise their son Daniel Francis O’Shea, Jr. “Mary-Rita...

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Aldermen back booze-free MBTA advertising...

Apr 26, 2018 by

Published in the April 27, 2018 edition MELROSE — This week the aldermen passed a resolution supporting the continued use of alcohol-free advertising on MBTA property. Recently the Fiscal and Management Control Board at the cash-strapped T voted to reverse the MBTA ban on alcohol ads. Buses travel Melrose roads every day and there are three commuter rail stops and a subway station, all now eligible to carry those types of ads. The resolution approved by the Board of Aldermen Monday voices strong objection to the T’s change of heart on alcohol advertising and spells out the reasons why. “(R)esearch shows that greater exposure to alcohol advertising is associated with increased drinking in underage youths. For each ad viewed by an underage youth (above the monthly average of 23), youth drink 23% more… “(T)he cost...

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Is convenience killing us?

Apr 26, 2018 by

The scary science behind lunch meats, more Published in the April 27, 2018 edition The following is the first in a series of articles leading up to the city’s annual Healthy Melrose fair on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. By MEREDITH SOFTIC BSN, RN Whole Health Educator Life is busy. Many Americans stock their fridges with lunch meats, bacon, hot dogs, and other prepared foods, or swing by their favorite sandwich shop to grab an on-the-go meal to save time throughout the day. Unfortunately, there could be a big price to pay for convenience. These foods often contain added preservatives known as nitrates and nitrites, which may not be so safe for human consumption. What/where they are Nitrates and Nitrites are added to foods such as deli meats, cured meats,...

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MPD will collect drugs Saturday...

Apr 26, 2018 by

Published in the April 27, 2018 edition MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle reports the Melrose Police Department will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend. On Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., officers will be available at the Melrose Police Station, 56 West Foster St., to collect prescription drugs from any resident wishing to dispose of their old, unwanted, or unneeded prescriptions. The event is free of charge. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. The last event on Oct. 28, 2017 brought in 912,305 pounds — 456 tons — of drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. Since the fall of 2010, 9,015,668 pounds (4,508 tons) of unwanted...

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Chamber Sidewalk Sale Saturday

Apr 26, 2018 by

Published in the April 27, 2018 edition MELROSE — The Melrose Chamber of Commerce invites the public to shop locally on Saturday, April 28 during a Sidewalk Sale with several Melrose businesses. Come to downtown Melrose and Franklin Square to support your local businesses while welcoming spring. There will be some great deals and sales while supplies last. At the time of this release, current Sidewalk Sale participants include: • Beansprout Gifts • Buckalew’s • Cross Cut Sewing • D’Amici’s Bakery • Gray’s Appliance • Eastern Bank • Hourglass Gift Gallery • Lilah Rose • Madison Ave of Melrose • Melrose Oriental Rug • Rada Boutique • the beauty café • Turner’s Seafood Grill & Market • Whittemore Hardware • Wood + Fire “The Sidewalk Sale came out of a group discussion with several...

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