PHOTO: The band plays on

Aug 15, 2019 by

Published August 16, 2019

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Interim DPW director named

Aug 15, 2019 by

Published August 16, 2019 MELROSE — The list of those wishing to succeed John Scenna as DPW director was lean, to say the least. So Mayor Gail Infurna turned to an experienced hand to run the show for the time being. On Tuesday, she named former Wakefield DPW Director Richard Stinson the interim director of Melrose’s Department of Public Works. Stinson will temporarily succeed John Scenna, who is leaving Melrose early next month to become the head professional in the department that runs the Lynnfield Center Water District. Stinson retired July 5 as the longtime Wakefield DPW director. Only Dick Boutiette’s 31-year tenure as Wakefield DPW chief was longer.   When he retired, Stinson had 40 years of public service, 33 of those in Wakefield, the town he grew up in. Following is the release from Gail...

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It’s time to shop locally and save on state sales tax...

Aug 15, 2019 by

Published August 16, 2019 MELROSE — At Melrose Oriental Rug and Marty’s Furniture, you can save a bundle this weekend. The same goes for Carpet Trades, Maestranzi Brothers, Boston Appliance and Gardner Mattress, to name just a few more. The annual sales tax holiday is here and for some, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Shoppers have already been scoping out what they want to purchase without paying the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax. The two-day tax suspension Saturday and Sunday will allow consumers here to avoid paying the sales tax on most retail items — excluding food and drink at restaurants — that are priced less than $2,500. National Federation of Independent Business State Director Christopher Carlozzi described the upcoming event, the latest in a Massachusetts tradition, as “an excellent opportunity...

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Police host another great NNO, bike rodeo...

Aug 15, 2019 by

Published August 16, 2019 MELROSE — The Melrose Police Department hosted a successful National Night Out and Bicycle Safety Rodeo this week according to Police Chief Mike Lyle. Held on the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out is a nationwide campaign designed to strengthen the relationship between police and fire officials and residents in order to foster partnerships and improve safety in neighborhoods. As part of the festivities, the Dills Court parking lot, across from the police station on West Foster Street, was lined with public safety and utility vehicles – including the Fire Department’s antique 1925 engine – for children to tour. Representatives from both the Melrose Police and Fire Departments were on hand, along with members from the National Guard, D&R Paving, which sent a tractor trailer carrying a roller and...

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PHOTO: So… let me tell you about the race...

Aug 8, 2019 by

Published August 9, 2019

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