PHOTO: Welcome home!

May 23, 2019 by

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A member of ‘The Greatest Generation’...

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 This is another in the series of “Around Town” profiles and is a Memorial Day appreciation for a member of “The Greatest Generation.” MELROSE — Esther Parsons has lived in Melrose for 68 years. This remarkable woman of 97 hailed originally from Syracuse, N.Y. She married an Everett lad, George Parsons, and started a family in 1943 during WWII. After the war, she and her family moved to Melrose where she worked as a nurse for many years with area hospitals and the Melrose public schools. She has lived the American dream: marriage, five children, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. By any measure a full life for most people. Adding to this remarkable life is Esther’s service in the United States Army Nurse Corps during WWII. As Memorial Day approaches, the...

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Memorial Day street closings

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 MELROSE — The 2019 Melrose Memorial Day Parade, honoring our veterans, is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. Parade participants will arrive at 1 p.m. to line up behind Memorial Hall. The parade steps off at 1:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall on Main Street. The parade will proceed down Main Street and left onto Sylvan Street into the Wyoming Cemetery. The following is a list of streets that will be temporarily closed and the detours that have been set up by the city: • City Hall parking lot will be closed from 8 a.m. through 2 p.m. • Main Street southbound will be closed from Emerson Street to Upham Street at noon to allow lineup of parade vehicles on Main Street. • Main Street northbound and southbound between Emerson and Upham...

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Sporting goods collection for Haiti...

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 MELROSE — The Melrose Recreation Department is working on a special project to collect sporting equipment, sporting apparel, school supplies, and financial assistance for the nation of Haiti. Organizers will be holding the collection on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in front of Melrose City Hall, 562 Main St. Look for the white Recreation van.   They will be collecting for men, women, boys and girls:  All Sports Equipment: Balls, jerseys, cleats, socks, whistles, air pumps, coaches/referees uniforms School Supplies: Pencils, paper, folders, scissors, etc. Financial Assistance: Checks may be made payable to “Fhylah, Inc.” (Foundation to Help Youth of...

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So long, Ecamp

May 16, 2019 by

Published May 17, 2019 MELROSE — A longstanding school science program for fifth graders is coming to an end, a casualty of ever-changing state educational standards. Ecamp, which was held last year at Nature’s Classroom in Yarmouthport and at the Alton Jones Environmental Camp at the University of Rhode Island, had been a longtime staple of fifth grade educational enrichment. But as educators pointed out in a recent memo to parents, Ecamp apparently wasn’t cutting it anymore. The memo, signed by Supt. of Schools Cyndy Taymore and the principals of the city’s five elementary schools, states in part that Ecamp “was adopted many years ago. The goal at that time was to provide an enrichment activity outside of school that supplemented the science curriculum. With the new Science Standards and ever-changing academic expectations, this event no...

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