Causes of potholes and what to do about them...

Mar 7, 2019 by

Published March 8, 2019 MELROSE — Even though we have had a relatively mild winter, the return of potholes is an annual spring event. Here’s a quick guide to what causes potholes and what to do about them. Potholes are created when water from rain and melting snow gets into cracks in the roadway on warm days and freezes when the temperature drops. The water expands when it freezes, and pressure from roadway traffic causes the pavement to break and form a “pothole.” This winter, as in the past few years, we have seen fluctuating temperatures, and the constant cycling between warm and cold weather has made the issue worse. As spring approaches, we can expect more warm days and cold nights—a perfect recipe for more potholes to form. Snowstorms just make it worse,...

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Mayor to host budget Q&A on March 13...

Mar 7, 2019 by

Published March 8, 2019 MELROSE — Mayor Gail Infurna will host a question-and-answer session regarding the FY 2020 budget from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at the Learning Commons at Melrose High School. City department heads will be part of the panel as well. “We are doing this as one more way to open up this process to the community,” Infurna said. “We started out with the listening sessions and the community-wide survey last fall, and since then I have been meeting with individual groups and providing information through my blog and the local papers. I am holding this open question-and-answer session to continue that process and to make myself and my department heads available to anyone from the community who still has questions.” If you would like to send a question in...

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Board backs one pot shop

Mar 7, 2019 by

Published March 8, 2019 MELROSE — Route 99 it is. The aldermen, for all intents and purposes, decided this week to allow one adult recreational marijuana business within city borders. The Appropriations Committee voted 9-2 on an amended motion to cap the total of recreational pot shops at one in Melrose after agreeing that a plan to bring one to downtown Main Street was not such a great one. City planners, looking at the coming wave known as the legalized marijuana business, originally sought to limit the pot shops to two so the most tax revenue could be generated from them. Similar zoning districts on Route 99 and on Washington Street were eyed as potential locations, but neighborhood comments about the adverse effects on traffic and overall safety took the latter out of consideration. Then...

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Surprise guests at Band Night Thursday...

Mar 7, 2019 by

Published March 8, 2019 MELROSE — Melrose Public School’s annual Band Night will take place on Thursday, March 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Auditorium. We are excited to announce two special guests this year. You will be surprised at who you see join the students on stage. You don’t want to miss it. Don’t miss upcoming performances by the Youth Band, MVMMS Band, MHS Concert Band, and Jazz Band. More than 180 talented students will be performing. Suggested donations to the Band are adults $5, students/seniors $3.  At the concert, the Band will be selling tickets for their annual sports raffle fundraiser. Tickets are $10. One winner will receive two tickets each to a Celtics, Bruins, Patriots, and Red Sox game. The drawing will be held on March 19....

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Brendan Carroll putting on ‘An Irish Celebration’ March 16...

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Published March 8, 2019 MELROSE — Brendan Carroll is throwing an Irish party at Memorial Hall and everyone is invited. On Saturday, March 16, at 3 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m., the longtime Melrose resident, County Tipperary native and noted tenor will co-host “An Irish Celebration” along with The Friends of Memorial Hall.  Brendan, whose wife is from Dublin, has produced and performed several shows in Melrose and around the New England, including the Victorian Fair and Rotary events. He has performed as a soloist and as project manager for the Polymnia’s performance of “Letters from Ireland’ last year on St. Patrick’s Day. “An Irish Celebration” will highlight music, song and dance from the Emerald Isle. Brendan would like to get over 1,000 people at the two performances “This is a big undertaking but...

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PHOTO: Perfect form

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Published March 7, 2019

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