An open letter to the Melrose community...

Aug 6, 2020 by

Posted on: Thursday, August 7, 2020 We, the educators of the Melrose Public Schools, entered into this profession because we love interacting with students in the classroom. But we also have a responsibility to keep our students safe. We receive training every year on administering an EpiPen; we practice fire drills and lockdown drills; we function as mandated reporters. We are the ones tasked with keeping students safe while they are under our care. Coming up with the best plan to return to learning is a difficult, emotional, and philosophical challenge for us. Unfortunately, as much as we would like to be back in our classrooms with our students, those same classrooms are currently unsafe environments for them and for us. The district administration had the best of intentions when crafting the current hybrid...

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Emergency Fund relaunched

Aug 6, 2020 by

Published August 7, 2020 MELROSE — These are tough times, as everyone knows. And Mayor Paul Brodeur wants to do something to help. Brodeur this week announced the relaunch of the Melrose Emergency Fund, used to assist residents who need it. He said, “We all know it is important to support each other in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on families throughout Massachusetts, and Melrose is no exception. According to data from the state from June, over 2,000 Melrosians are unemployed, for a local unemployment rate of 14.3%. For context, the overall unemployment rate for Massachusetts is 17.4%. “We also know that the federal government has failed to continue enhanced unemployment benefits, meaning that folks on unemployment will no longer receive the $600 supplement to regular state unemployment benefits that...

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MEA leader urges remote learning for now...

Aug 6, 2020 by

Published August 7, 2020 MELROSE — As administrators work to retool their return to instruction plan for the 2020-21 academic year, they are being urged by the teachers’ union not to open school buildings until it’s safe to do so. Lisa Donovan, president of the Melrose Education Association, wrote in a letter that for the time being, remote learning should be the only teaching method. “Educators continue to grapple with weighing the benefits of in-person instruction versus the health and safety standards needed to return to classrooms and campuses. Faced with a pandemic that is actively spreading to children, teens, and adults, we know that it is not safe to return to in-person learning at this time,” she writes. “As educators, we are advocating for a return to in-person learning that is guided by...

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Sidewalk Saturdays this month

Aug 6, 2020 by

Published August 7, 2020 MELROSE — The Melrose Chamber of Commerce and Presenting Sponsor Gately Funeral Home invite the public to shop, eat and do business during Saturdays in August. Come to downtown Melrose and Franklin Square/Franklin Street to support your local businesses in a safe and socially distant way outside, but don’t forget your mask. There will be some great deals and sales while supplies. For those shoppers who are comfortable, you can still patronize your favorite business inside as well — Melrose businesses have taking many precautions to safely welcome you back. At the time of this press release, current Sidewalk Saturdays participants include: • Affairs to Remember • Ana Donohue Interiors • Beansprout Gifts • Buckalew’s General Store • CVS (downtown Melrose) • Fit Life • Giacomo’s Ristorante • Gloss • Gray’s...

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PHOTO: Proud artists

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Published August 7, 2020

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