Our pandemic tour of Melrose

Jun 4, 2020 by

Published June 5, 2020 By CHARLIE FAULSTICH and ELAINE LeGENDRE MELROSE — With few places to go because of the coronavirus pandemic, many Melrose citizens took to the streets for both a diversion from their newly confined lives and for much needed fresh air and exercise. Being avid walkers, and now working from home with no commute, we took this opportunity to do something we had thought about for some time: to explore all of Melrose in detail. Despite running, biking, and walking in Melrose for nearly 38 years, we had not experienced a lot of Melrose up close and personal. Much of our outdoor activity was constrained to our usual routes in the immediate neighborhoods surrounding our home, between our home and downtown, or at Breakheart Reservation. So we decided what better way...

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Small business task force update...

Jun 4, 2020 by

Published June 5, 2020 MELROSE — For the past few weeks, the Melrose Small Business Task force has been actively engaged with small business owners (SBOs) to better understand their short and long- term needs, as stores and restaurants in the City of Melrose plan to reopen. The Melrose Small Business Task Force wants to ensure business owners and their customers feel comfortable visiting, dining and shopping in our community. Here are just a few examples of what has been done, as well as several ongoing initiatives being explored: • Online Survey – conducted a survey for small business owners to learn more about overall impact to their business, which will allow the Task Force to formulate a mitigation strategy to better address those needs. • Reopening Safety Guidelines – provided small business owners with a complete...

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CSB completes merger with Melrose Bank...

Jun 4, 2020 by

Published June 5, 2020 CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge Financial Group, Inc., the mutual holding company for Cambridge Savings Bank completed its acquisition of Melrose Bancorp, Inc. (OTC: MELR), the holding company of Melrose Bank, effective June 1. “We are proud to carry on the legacy of Melrose Bank, and commit to a level of excellence that continues to exceed customer expectations,” said Wayne Patenaude, President & CEO, Cambridge Savings Bank. “Two like-minded organizations that share similar cultures and core values have officially become one. It is with a strong commitment to those shared philosophies that we will continue to support and invest in Melrose and its surrounding communities. Having a banking location in Melrose is a natural and contiguous expansion of our geographic footprint.” As a mutual bank, Cambridge Savings Bank can take the long view,...

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PHOTO: It was this big

Jun 4, 2020 by

Published June 5, 2020

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Schools plan next steps

Jun 3, 2020 by

As leadership transition moves ahead, robust planning for fall continues Posted on: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 MELROSE — Entering the final weeks of a school year like no other, the Melrose Public School District continues to take action on major priorities, including a Superintendent of Schools transition and a robust planning process for the fall, even as many uncertainties persist. Professionals throughout the District are examining what has happened during the last three months of the remote-learning emergency, including what is working well and what needs to be improved. Planning efforts are being continually adjusted and will be informed by another District-wide family survey later this month. “While I never could have imagined ending my career in public education during a pandemic, I am as proud as ever to be part of the Melrose...

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