Mask up Melrose

Apr 1, 2021 by

Published April 2, 2021 MELROSE —Even as more residents become vaccinated, Melrose is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, in step with the rest of Massachusetts and the nation. Mayor Paul Brodeur joins Health Director Ruth Clay and Representative Kate Lipper-Garabedian in encouraging residents to continue doing their part in curbing the spread of the virus. All three officials are imploring the public to continue the tried-and-true mitigation efforts: diligent mask-wearing, practicing social distancing, hand washing, getting tested regularly, and cooperating with contact tracers. “We are now in the second year of a global health crisis and people are tired,” said Mayor Brodeur. “I get it, and I empathize. But we have to remain vigilant. There are many opportunities to get tested regularly. For example, the Stop the Spread site at Square One Mall...

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Kristin Foote is chosen as next City Clerk...

Apr 1, 2021 by

Published April 2, 2021 MELROSE — The City Council named Kristin Foote the new City Clerk this week. At a special remote meeting Monday, council members chose their current Clerk of Committees as the successor to Amy Kamosa. A notary public and an attorney, Foote has served as the main resource for the 11-member City Council since 2018. She is the primary liaison between Mayor Paul Brodeur, residents and the city’s heads, boards and commissions. As Clerk of Committees, Foote is responsible for administrative, technical, logistical and strategic support as well as “onboard training for new members,” according to her resume. Foote’s appointment is good for three years. Kamosa’s term ends this month. Foote was one of 19 applicants for the job. Of those, five had “demonstrated municipal and supervisory experience related to the duties...

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PHOTO: Lift off

Apr 1, 2021 by

THIS CANADA GOOSE stretches its wings. (Photo by Raj Das edphotos.com) Published April 2,...

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City’s real estate market stays hot...

Mar 25, 2021 by

Published March 26, 2021 MELROSE —  Massachusetts single-family homes and condominiums continued to set records in February as buyer demand showed no sign of slowing down, according to a new report from The Warren Group, a leading provider of real estate and transaction data. In Melrose, things were no different. The Warren Group said 13 single-family homes were sold here last month for a median price $750,000. That’s up from the nine single-families sold in the city last February, which went for a median price of $675,500. Through the first two months of 2021, 26 single-family houses have sold in Melrose, for a median price of $767,450. Through the same period in 2020, 23 single-families sold for a median price of $655,000. Statewide last month, there were 3,026 single-family home sales recorded in Massachusetts, a 12.8 percent increase from February...

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The sweet life: Local man makes his own maple syrup...

Mar 25, 2021 by

Published March 26, 2021 By GAIL LOWE MELROSE—How sweet it is for Kyle Block and his family to have not one, but four maple trees in their Hillside Avenue backyard. One is a sugar maple while the others are Norway maples, and they have this is common: each tree can be tapped for syrup. According to Block, unlike sugar maples, a Norway maple is considered a “weed tree” as it is an invasive species which grows very quickly and can take over a habitat. Even so, they are still beautiful trees. The other difference is that Norway maples produce less syrup per gallon of sap than what would be produced by a sugar maple. FRESH MAPLE SYRUP comes from the four maple trees in the Block family’s backyard. Kyle Block is shown with his...

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