Take the FYACS challenge

Nov 19, 2020 by

Published November 20, 2020 FYACS is displaying a butterfly mural for Random Acts of Kindness Day. (Courtesy Photo) MELROSE — Follow Your Art Community Studios (FYACS) is holding its first annual fundraiser for its Arts for All Program. Having started Nov. 16, this 45-day event will raise funds through members and the community to build an inclusive, creative community that provides art experiences to all. The goal of the Arts for All Fundraiser Challenge is to generate as many donations as possible. Celebrating the number of people who donate, rather than the total funds raised, is consistent with the mission of Arts for All. Arts for All creates a wider program that engages more of the community and actively invites those with financial constraints and members of traditionally marginalized communities to participate in FYACS...

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Home sales, prices continue surge in October...

Nov 19, 2020 by

Published November 20, 2020 MELROSE – Single-family homes here and across the state continue to sell during the pandemic, according to a report this week from The Warren Group, a provider of real estate and transaction data. In Melrose, 27 single-family houses sold in October, up from 19 sold in the same month in 2019. The median price of the homes sold here last month was $713,000, up from the median price of $655,000 of those houses sold in Melrose during October last year. Through the first 10 months of 2020, 209 single-families have been sold around the city, down slightly from the 215 sold through the same time in 2019. The median sales price of the single-family homes sold in Melrose through October 2020 was $710,000, up from the $650,000 median price of the homes...

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T outlines plan for widespread service cuts...

Nov 12, 2020 by

Published November 13, 2020 MELROSE — The city’s public transportation users will suffer mightily under a severe service reduction plan eyed by the MBTA. The T proposal would eliminate the solely-Melrose #131 bus that goes from the Highlands to Oak Grove as well as the #136 bus that goes to  Reading. Additionally, the Cedar Park commuter rail station would be shuttered. Mayor Paul Brodeur and the city’s Beacon Hill delegation decried the proposed cuts announced Monday. The reductions also include the elimination of weekend trains and stopping weekday commuter rail service after 9 p.m., ceasing all ferries, eliminating 25 bus routes (including the two serving Melrose riders) and halting all subways and buses at midnight. State Rep. Kate Lipper-Garabedian said that “a significant drop in MBTA ridership has led to a revenue gap forecast...

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The real story of our earliest days...

Nov 12, 2020 by

Published November 13, 2020 Being thus arrived in a good harbor, and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed God of Heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth.— William Bradford, Of Plimouth Plantation, 1620-1647 Early Pilgrims gather to thank their God. (Courtesy Photo) By ARNOLD KOCH According to Lisa Wolfinger, director of The History Channel’s “Desparate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower,” “the event that we call Thanksgiving and the people we call the Pilgrims (have) been so mythologized that there are few facts left. We were able to go back to the original source material and look at what really happened from the words of...

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Weekly News hears

Nov 12, 2020 by

Published November 13, 2020 That every year some individual or local group comes up big for the Gately Funeral Home’s October fundraiser in support of the Melrose Veteran’s Fund.  One year a local woman who wanted to remain anonymous gave $1,000. Another year, local Girl Scouts raised money for the event. Because of the novel coronavirus, the fundraising dinner could not be held at Giacomo’s in 2020 but plenty of people kicked in to help raise $6,600, which includes a match from the Gatelys. Wendy Golini donated $1,501 in memory of her dad Marty DiMeo, a World War II veteran whose plane was shot down and who spent time as a prisoner of...

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