Schools plan next steps

Jun 3, 2020 by

As leadership transition moves ahead, robust planning for fall continues Posted on: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 MELROSE — Entering the final weeks of a school year like no other, the Melrose Public School District continues to take action on major priorities, including a Superintendent of Schools transition and a robust planning process for the fall, even as many uncertainties persist. Professionals throughout the District are examining what has happened during the last three months of the remote-learning emergency, including what is working well and what needs to be improved. Planning efforts are being continually adjusted and will be informed by another District-wide family survey later this month. “While I never could have imagined ending my career in public education during a pandemic, I am as proud as ever to be part of the Melrose...

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The city reopens

May 28, 2020 by

Published May 29, 2020 MELROSE — Governor Charlie Baker recently announced his plans for opening up Massachusetts and Melrose will begin its transition as well, following the guidelines issued by the state. “It’s important for folks to understand that this is by no means a return to business as usual,” said Mayor Paul Brodeur. “The Statewide ‘Safer at Home’ policy remains in place.” He advised that all residents continue to do the following: • Stay home and work from home as much as possible—especially older residents and those at high risk for illness. • Wash your hands and disinfect surfaces. • Cover your face when outside the home. • And when you do venture out to pick up your curbside delivery, follow the rules and be patient. Under the reopening guidelines, houses of worship and...

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Mayor: Budget-setting difficult in current climate...

May 28, 2020 by

Published May 29, 2020 MELROSE — The City Council continues to pore over Mayor Paul Brodeur’s first spending plan, an $88.4 million budget document that allocates about 2 percent more than what municipal government and the schools have to work with this year. The mayor’s budget covering the year beginning July 1 proposes $5 million for the Police Department, $4.8 million for the Fire Department and nearly $33 million for schools. The various areas of the city’s public works department are also getting a total of several million dollars under the Brodeur plan. The schools’ proposed allocation is 2 percent more than what educators are working with in fiscal year 2020. The police request request a 0.3 percent increase and fire’s proposal reflects a 0.8 percent spending hike. A couple of weeks ago, Brodeur outlined the...

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Peter V. Curran, 92

May 28, 2020 by

Published May 29, 2020 MELROSE — Peter V. Curran, 92, of Melrose, died peacefully on May 25, 2020. Peter was born in Melrose on May 28, 1927 to Joseph V. and Selina (Hall) Curran. He was raised in Melrose and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, from there he went to work at Lawson’s Machinery in Melrose and then entered the United States Marine Corps serving in the Pacific and in China. Peter married the late Marilyn (McCann) Curran in 1951 and together they raised their five children in Melrose. Peter found his calling when he joined the International Union of Operating Engineers in 1951. He became a skilled heavy equipment operator with a very good reputation throughout the region. Some of the many projects he worked on will be familiar: Rt. 495, The North...

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Rolando Visentini, 72

May 28, 2020 by

Published May 29, 2020 MELROSE — Rolando Visentini, 72, of Melrose, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Beloved husband of 48 years to Michelina (Pastore) Visentini. Dear brother of Rolanda DiScipio, Medford and Lina Visentini, Genova, Italy. Devoted father to his son, Agostino, daughter Daniela, son-in-law Alex, and adoring grandson Lorenzo. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.   He was born in Italy and came to the United States with many hopes and aspirations. He was a man who loved his family deeply and had a passion as a machinist. He enjoyed hobbies which included fishing, model ship building, gardening and outdoor activities.   Due to the pandemic, Rolando will have a private family viewing at Gately Funeral Home and laid to rest during a private burial service at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. At...

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Guy R. Runge, 83

May 28, 2020 by

Published May 29, 2020 MELROSE — Guy Russell “Rusty” Runge, 83, a longtime resident of Melrose, died at home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Rusty was born in Reading on January 3, 1937, son of the late Carl “Chappie” Runge and Dorothy (Shattuck) Runge. A three-sport athlete, Rusty graduated from Reading High School and signed with the Boston Red Sox upon his graduation in 1956. Rusty played catcher in the Red Sox minor league organization for two years, and never forgot the thrill of catching batting practice at Fenway Park with Ted Williams at the plate. An accomplished athlete and sportsman, Rusty shared his love of sports with his children and grandchildren. Rusty worked for over 25 years as an Iron Worker with Local #7 before retiring and working...

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