OneMelrose announces formation of Prop 2 1/2 override campaign...

Sep 20, 2018 by

Published in the September 21, 2018 edition MELROSE — On Thursday, September 20, OneMelrose made its formal announcement on the formation of a Proposition 2 ½ override support campaign committee led by Melrose residents Alison Sarnoski and Lisa Lewis. “I’m excited to get this campaign off the ground, as the Mayor has committed to filing a ballot question to support our city services,” said Ms. Sarnoski. “I look forward to the upcoming Listening Sessions hosted by the Mayor – I hope Melrosians from across the city will attend and offer their ideas about the future of Melrose.” Mayor Infurna recently announced a community input process to solicit comments, concerns, or ideas from residents about the current Melrose city budget, after a difficult budget process earlier this year that left many dissatisfied with funding levels for schools and city services. These concerns are reinforced...

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Koles reflects on Montvale Tire and retirement...

Sep 20, 2018 by

Published in the September 21, 2018 edition By GAIL LOWE MELROSE —His face lights up when he talks about his retirement plans. Tony Koles, the former owner of Montvale Tire on Main Street and a second store on Montvale Avenue in Woburn, signed papers on Monday, Sept. 10 to sell the business to Sullivan Tire & Auto Service. Koles’s retirement plans have been in the making for the past three years. In business since 1968 on a lot in Woburn, formerly owned by Phillips 66, Koles moved operations to Melrose in 1973 when Phillips moved its business out of New England. He had the full support of local business owners and friends to move to his current Main Street location, and Melrose auto owners have come to depend on Koles for tires, regular maintenance,...

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OutLoud Open Mike with Jon Waterman Sept. 26...

Sep 20, 2018 by

Published in the September 21, 2018 edition MELROSE — Singer/songwriter Jon Waterman will appear at OutLoud Open Mike Wednesday, September 26 to kick off the Fall season. OutLoud-at-the-Beebe Open Mike for poetry, prose, and music features this compelling local musician (www.jonwaterman.com),favoring the evening with original songs and fascinating guitar riffs. A folk balladeer drawing from a variety of traditions, Waterman captures tragedy, irony, and triumph in his musical renditions, whether chronicling historical events, or personal passages. Open Mike sign-up is at 7:15 p.m. Open Mike starts at 7:30 p.m. Each performer is allotted 10 minutes, before the feature, and shorter slots are usually available after the feature. Creative atmosphere is receptive and respectful. In the Beebe Estate’s art exhibit space, 235 West Foster, Melrose (www.BeebeEstate.org). Parking is available on the grounds. OutLoud meets the...

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Ruth Hussey, 96

Sep 20, 2018 by

Published in the September 21, 2018 edition MELROSE — On September 16, 12 days after her 96th birthday, we lost Ruth E. Hussey formerly of Everett. Known to all as “Gram” or “Aunt Ruthie,” she was born the eighth of nine children on September 4, 1922 in Dubois, Pa. Tragically, at the age of four, while her father, Edward Faulkner, was in Massachusetts preparing to move his family to Everett, his wife, Myrtle (Stoddard) and her 10th child were lost during childbirth. The nine children (Margaret Boyer, Edward Faulkner, Jim Faulkner, Grace Polito, Ione Neale, Ethel Parent, Olive Faulkner, and Willian Faulkner) were raised by their single father through the Great Depression and with kind gestures from the community. She graduated from Everett High in 1942, married and had five children (Chuck Hussey, Carl...

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John J. Doherty, 59

Sep 20, 2018 by

Published in the September 21, 2018 edition MELROSE — John J. Doherty, 59, of Melrose, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018 surrounded by loved ones at Massachusetts General Hospital after being involved in a tragic accident. He will be sadly missed by his family. He was the beloved husband to his wife Carol (Marlun) Carpenter Doherty. He was the loving father to Christopher J. Carpenter and his wife Fallon Carpenter of Reading, Michael J. Carpenter and his wife Jennifer Carpenter of Reading and John J. Doherty Jr. of Melrose, and his grandson (and best bud) Benjamin J. Carpenter of Reading. Caring brother of Frank LeBlanc and his wife Patricia LeBlanc of Billerica, Sarah Haught of Wilmington and Mary Karimi and her husband Roy of Gaithersburg, Md. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews,...

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Mary C. Vesprini, 88

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Published in the September 21, 2018 edition PEABODY — Mary C. Vesprini, 88, beloved wife and mother, passed away quietly on September 13, 2018 at Brooksby Village in Peabody after a long period of declining health.   Born on April 17, 1930 in Revere, Mary was the only child of Cornelius and Cecelia (Hurley) Ahearn.   On her mother’s side, Mary hailed from the colorful Hurley Family, proprietors of many popular amusement attractions in the heyday of Revere Beach. She grew up riding on the flying horses of the Hurley’s Hurdlers Carousel, the Tilt –a-Whirl, and the death-defying Cyclone, the first roller coaster ever to reach 100 feet.   After the untimely death of Mary’s father, in 1941, Mary’s mother joined her siblings on “the Beach” and opened up her own stand, Mary Ahearn’s Frozen Custard, where Mary...

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