Inside the Budget, Part 3: The Mystery of Proposition 2 1/2...

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Published in the July 13, 2018 edition By MAYOR GAIL INFURNA  MELROSE — In the past few years, real estate values in Melrose have skyrocketed. At the same time, developers have built new apartments and condos as well as an assisted living facility. So why are finances so tight? The answer lies in the way Proposition 2½ works: Each year, the total amount of property taxes we can collect (the “tax levy”) is capped at the previous year’s number, plus a 2½% increase, plus the tax on the net value of any new development (called “new growth”). This means that although property values have gone up, that increase in value is not reflected in the city budget. Here are the Fiscal Year 2019 numbers: • Current Tax Levy: $55 million • 2.5% Increase: $1.4 million...

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MC educator victim of hit & run on Herbert St....

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Published in the July 13, 2018 edition MELROSE — Brother Edward Bozzo, the 85-year-old who was out for his morning walk Monday when he was struck and dragged some distance down Herbert Street by a motorist who did not stop, is said to be recovering from his injuries following surgery at a Boston hospital. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Melrose Police had narrowed the scope of the investigation to a person of interest. The driver in this hit-and-run was said to be going the wrong way down the street. According to The Pilot, the newspaper of the archdiocese of Boston, Brother Bozzo is a staff member at Malden Catholic High School and a resident of the Xaverian Brothers’ Melrose community. “A Xaverian Brother for 60 years,” The Pilot writes, “Brother Bozzo came to Malden Catholic in 1986 as assistant to Headmaster...

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Francis T. Cassidy, 83

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Published in the July 13, 2018 edition MELROSE — Francis T. “Frank” Cassidy, 83, of Melrose, formerly of Malden, passed away on July 6, 2018. Frank was born in Medford on April 26, 1935 to William and Alice (Newman) Cassidy. He was raised in Medford and attended Medford Schools. Frank was a member of the Local 22 Laborers Union and worked at numerous construction companies in Boston and the surrounding communities. He was also the superintendent at Salem Towers in Malden for 13 years. Frank lived in Malden for many years where he raised his family with his wife Lorraine, and has lived in Melrose for the past 10 years. Frank was the beloved husband for over 50 years of Lorraine (Dean) Cassidy of Melrose. Loving father of Frank Cassidy of Malden, Mark Cassidy...

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Luciano Fresco, 83

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Published in the July 13, 2018 edition MELROSE — Luciano “Lou” Fresco, 83, passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on July 8, 2018. Lou was born in Boston on November 2, 1934 to the late Charles and Maria C. (Turco) Fresco. He was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School and received his masters in Education. Mr. Fresco lived in Wakefield, Melrose and Reading throughout his life. He started out working as a plumber and then taught plumbing at Lynn Technical School for 10 years and then at the Northeast Regional Technical School in Wakefield for 15 years. He enjoyed building furniture for family and friends, camping in his early years with his children and loved a good cigar. But above all he treasured the times he spent with his grandchildren. Lou was the...

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Lois Pfatteicher, 82

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Published in the July 13, 2018 edition MELROSE — Mrs. Lois (Sharpless) Pfatteicher, 82, a resident of Melrose, formerly of Pittsburgh and East Stroudsburg, Pa., passed away at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Lois was born on June 22, 1936 in Philadelphia, one of three daughters of the late Thomas and Adelia (Cunningham) Sharpless. She was raised in Philadelphia where she graduated from Overbrook High School, Class of 1954. As a young woman, she volunteered at the Overbrook School for the Blind and later worked as a medical technician at Lankenau Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. On June 24, 1961, in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Overbrook, she married the Rev. Dr. Philip H. Pfatteicher. Lois and Philip started a family in Philadelphia before moving to...

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MLL 11’s come back to win District 12 championship...

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Published in the July 13, 2018 edition MELROSE — On Thursday, July 5, the Melrose Little League 11-year-old All-Stars faced off against the Medford LL All-Stars for the District 12 Championship at Conant Park in Melrose. A hot night, two talented teams, and a full crowd of family, friends and fans added to the championship atmosphere. The visiting Medford Mustangs jumped out early and looked strong, building a 4-0 lead against Melrose through two innings. Medford’s lead could have been more if not for a fine defensive effort from centerfielder Nicholas Hitchman who chased down an outfield hit in right center field and hit his cut off man, second baseman Michael Thomas. Thomas quickly turned the relay towards home plate and threw a strike to waiting catcher Dylan Harrington. Harrington skillfully caught the ball with a...

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