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PHOTO: All the right moves

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Published in the September 15, 2017 edition

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MSO celebrates 100 years in style

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Published in the September 15, 2017 edition By JESSI EISDORFER General Manager Melrose Symphony Orchestra MELROSE — Over 5,000 residents from Melrose and surrounding areas gathered on Morelli baseball field Saturday evening to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the nation’s oldest, all-volunteer orchestra — our very own Melrose Symphony Orchestra. The field was covered in a sea of blankets and lawn chairs spilling over into the adjacent football field; children danced and waved light sabers as the orchestra played music from Star Wars; even the mayor made his conducting debut, pausing only to take a selfie onstage with the orchestra. The weather was perfect, just as Mayor Dolan promised, and the evening was capped off with a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display which left residents buzzing with excitement. Audience members took to Facebook, sharing their photos and accolades of the event: “The performance and fireworks just blew us all away — exceeded any of our expectations by a hundred and then some — wow, wow, wow — thank you and congratulations!” “I’ve lived in Melrose all my life – this was probably the best community event ever!” Conductor Yoichi Udagawa was awarded the key to the city, only the second non-Melrose resident in history, for his 20-year tenure as the orchestra’s Music Director. State Representative Paul Brodeur presented the orchestra with a Resolution from the House of Representatives to mark the anniversary season. Maestro Udagawa commented, “The musicians of the Melrose Symphony and I were thrilled to be able to share an evening of great music and fireworks with the community. The people of Melrose have enthusiastically supported the orchestra for 100 years, and we are truly grateful. Thank you!” It was a milestone event in the works for over five years, costing nearly $70,000 for the special evening. The Mayor’s Office, Department of Public Works, Parks Department, and Fire and Police Departments ensured every detail was perfect for the event. Key sponsors included the Melrose Bank Foundation, Melrose Rotary Club, Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts, Waste Management Services, Hallmark Health Medical Associates, and The Maurer Family Foundation. Without their continous philanthropic support, these historic community celebrations would not be possible. While the Melrose Symphony can’t promise this event will ever be repeated, one thing is for certain: not only is the community lucky to have such a fantastic orchestra, the orchestra is equally as lucky to be a part of such a special...

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Commission on Women issues stat of childcare survey

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Published in the September 15, 2017 edition MELROSE — On Sept. 12, the Melrose Commission on Women released a survey for parents or guardians of pre-school aged children to better understand the current state of childcare in Melrose. “The increase of families with young children and the perceived shortage of childcare options in our area have driven up the cost of care to a level that makes it difficult to pay,” said Sam Hammar, Women’s Commissioner and Childcare Subcommittee Chair. “Women are impacted the hardest by this issue since we are more often the partner (if there is one) that makes a lower salary and thus have to be more flexible with our careers, or even stop working for time when the cost of childcare is too high. In a high cost-of-living area, these years lost are devastating for re-entering the workforce and maintaining financial stability.” “As a parent, I understand the challenges associated with quality, affordable childcare in Melrose and throughout Massachusetts,” said Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan. “I applaud the Melrose Commission on Women for their efforts exploring this important issue and gathering feedback from the community.” “The cost of care is not just a women’s issue. It is a working family issue,” Hammar continues. “The reality of low supply and high costs have raised the issue of dependent care to the forefront of our policy dialogue.” The Melrose Commission on Women is gathering experiences with finding and maintaining childcare. Input from the survey will be used to inform and advocate our city, state, and national leaders on the issue. The Survey can be found at bit.ly/costofchildcare. About The Melrose Commission on Women: The Melrose Commission on Women (“MCW”) works to study, understand, educate, and promote constructive action in areas of interest and concern to women and girls in the community. As a central voice representing the interests of women and girls in the community, the Commission facilitates and promotes economic, health, safety, education, leadership, and advocacy opportunities for women, foster the advancement of women and girls toward full equality in all areas of life, and provides the Melrose community with a needed vehicle for information, advocacy, and action on issues affecting women. MCW is committed to diversity and seeks to improve the lives of women with diverse racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation, and socio- economic...

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MHS students are National Merit semifinalists

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Published in the September 15, 2017 edition EVANSTON, Illinois — This week officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Melrose High’s Tara O’Shea and James M. Talbot are among this year’s semifinalists. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2018. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who...

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Free sundaes this Sunday

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Published in the September 15, 2017 edition MELROSE — On Sunday, September 17, Faith Church and A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry will host their 8th Annual Sunday Scoops Giveaway from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dunton Park in Melrose (the playground located across from Faith Church at 200 Franklin Street). This fun and free community event is the church’s way to thank the greater Melrose community for all the ways they support Faith Church and A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry throughout the year. This event is open to anyone and everyone! You don’t have to be a Melrose resident or a supporter of the food pantry — you just need to like ice cream. In the event of rain, ice cream will be served inside the church (across the street from the park). For the full scoop, go to www.faithchurchac.org/scoops or call 781-662-8226. For more information about Faith Church and A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry, go to...

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PHOTO: A generous donation

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Melrose News | Comments Off on PHOTO: A generous donation

Published in the September 8, 2017 edition

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Schools helping Harvey victims

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Melrose News | Comments Off on Schools helping Harvey victims

Published in the September 8, 2017 edition MELROSE — Melrose High School Principal Jason Merrill and Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Principal Brent Conway have announced that the two schools are partnering with a Texas high school to help families in need following Hurricane Harvey. With recovery and rebuilding efforts now underway, members of MHS and MVMMS wanted to do their part to help those affected by the hurricane in Texas. A Melrose resident, who has a work connection to Mayde Creek High School in Katy, Texas, suggested MHS and MVMMS partner with the school. Katy was hit with a devastating amount of rain and flooding, leaving many residents with nothing. To assist those students, families and community members in need, Mayde Creek High School set up an Amazon.com Wish List. MHS and MVMMS have shared the link with students and parents, many of whom have selected items to send over to their sister school. “Help comes in all forms, and while we may not be able to go to Texas to assist in the relief efforts, we can do something right here in Melrose,” said Merrill. “For anyone looking for a way to support residents in Texas, we encourage you to check out Mayde Creek’s Amazon page and give what you can.” “Students, faculty and staff at both the middle and high school really wanted to do their part to help families who were affected by Hurricane Harvey,” Conway said. “Every little bit counts, and I want to commend the students who have taken the initiative to help their peers.” To find out more about Mayde Creek High School and its relief efforts, visit https://www.smore.com/0nyzf. Those who would like to donate to the school, can visit its Amazon page at...

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Mark Askenazy seeking at-large alderman’s post

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Published in the September 8, 2017 edition MELROSE — The field of candidates hoping to become one of four aldermen-at-large elected in November grew by one recently, with Vinton Street’s Mark Askenazy joining the fray. Askenazy pulled papers for nomination on Friday, September 1. He will compete against incuments Donald Conn, Monica Medeiros and Mike Zwirko, as well as Kate Lipper-Garabedian and Manisha Gadia Bewtra. A fourth incumbent, Marybeth McAteer-Margolis, has announced that she will not seek reelection. There is now one week left to obtain nomination papers to run in this November’s city election. While none of the School Committee incumbents had taken out nomination papers by our deadline this week, five other residents have, with the latest being Jennifer Razi-Thomas of 106 Walton Park, who pulled papers on Friday, August 18. The School Committeewomen up for reelection this year are Chris Casatelli, Jessica Dugan and Jaime McAllister-Grande. In a letter in this week’s paper, Casatelli says she will not seek reelection. Each ward alderman’s position has at least one candidate. Here is a look at the Nov. 7 municipal election so far: ALDERMEN-AT-LARGE Manisha Gadia Bewtra, 330 Grove St. (signatures certified July 7) Monica C. Medeiros, incumbent, 3 Bay State Rd. Michael P. Zwirko, incumbent, 100 Derby Rd. (signatures certified May 26) Kate Lipper-Garabedian, 21 Mystic Ave. (signatures certified May 22) Donald L. Conn Jr., incumbent, 30 Sunset Rd. Mark Askenazy, 100 Vinton St. ALDERMAN WARD 1 John Tramontozzi, incumbent, 794 Franklin St. ALDERMAN WARD 2 Jennifer Lemmerman, incumbent, 21 Bay State Rd. (signatures certified August 2) ALDERMAN WARD 3 Sarah Lang, 229 Lynn Fells Parkway Francis X. Wright Jr., incumbent, 191 Florence St. Julie DeLillo, 12 Circuit St. ALDERMAN WARD 4 Robert A. Boisselle, incumbent, 585 Main St. #101 (signatures certified June 6) ALDERMAN WARD 5 Gail M. Infurna, incumbent, 198 Boston Rock Rd. (signatures certified May 18) ALDERMAN WARD 6 Peter D. Mortimer, incumbent, 47 Mt. Hood Terr. ALDERMAN WARD 7 Scott M. Forbes, incumbent, 41 Mystic Ave. SCHOOL COMMITTEE Peter I. Navarra, 35 Crescent Ave. #2 (signatures certified May 18) Christian J. Hashem, 47 W. Wyoming Ave. #8 (signatures certified June 6) John C. Obremski, 55 Hawley Rd. Jennifer M. McAndrew, 12 Sears Ave. (signatures certified August 2) Jennifer Razi-Thomas, 106 Walton Park ————— Nomination papers may be obtained only by a candidate or a person presenting the signed authorization for a candidate. The last day to obtain nomination papers for all candidates will be Friday, September 15. The last day to submit nomination papers will be no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19th for all candidates. Prior to obtaining nomination papers, each candidate must file with the Election Office, a statement containing his/her name and address and the office for which he/she intends to run. Before any voter may be permitted to sign a nomination paper, said paper must be completely filled out with the candidate’s name and address (number and street) as they appear on the 2017 voting list and the office to which he/she seeks nomination. For more information, please contact the Election Office at 781-979-4125. At this election, the following officials are to be chosen for a term of four years: • Three members of the School Committee, to be chosen by and from the qualified voters of...

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Victorian Fair Sunday

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Published in the September 8, 2017 edition MELROSE – The Melrose Chamber of Commerce and the City of Melrose invite you to attend the 37th Annual Victorian Fair on Sunday, September 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Melrose. The fair offers something for everyone! With close to 200 booths filled with food, games and fun, rides, local entertainment, and local art, the Victorian Fair is a long anticipated event in Melrose. This annual community celebration will once again feature shopping at Artisans’ Marketplace (now indoors at the VFW located at 428 Main Street); local entertainment at Center Stage; sampling and eating food from around the region and world; and various carnival amusements. Between Upham/Essex and Grove Streets, you can walk along Main Street and visit with your favorite businesses, vendors, community organizations and elected officials! Many booths will offer samples, specials, giveaways, raffles and other activities. A particular exciting feature of the Fair is the Big Ticket raffle. For just $10 per ticket, you can take a chance to win one of 13 incredible prizes donated by Melrose chamber member businesses. Some of the prizes include a beautiful rug donated by Melrose Oriental Rug, an Apple iWatch donated by Rockland Trust, a gorgeous pink tourmaline and diamond ring donated by Perella Jewelers and a basket of gift certificates to local restaurants. Don’t miss your chance to win one of these amazing prizes and more! Buy your tickets before the Fair in Melrose at Miter Biter, 479 Main Street or Eastern Bank, 441 Main Street; or contact the Chamber office at 781-665-3033. The day of the Fair, pending tickets are still available, stop by the Chamber of Commerce booth at the corner of West Foster and Main Street (cash only). Raffle drawing is at the conclusion of Center Stage on Fair Day. You do not need to be present to win. The Victorian Fair is an active day! Begin the day by running the EMARC 5K sponsored by Marathon Sports in support of people with developmental disabilities. The race begins at 10:00am near the Melrose Family YMCA and you can register to run by visiting theemarc.org. We also encourage you to walk or ride your bike to the Victorian Fair. Thanks to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee and Mass in Motion, bike valet services will once again be available on West Foster Street. The Victorian Fair is made possible through the generous support of the following members of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce who are this year’s Fair Sponsors: Diamond Level Sponsors Hallmark Health System TD Bank  Platinum Level Sponsors Cassidy Landscaping Melrose Bank Tarpey Insurance Whole Foods Market  Gold Level Sponsors Golden Living Northern Bank & Trust Company Promotional Solutions Rotary Club of Melrose   Silver Level Sponsors AFC Urgent Care East Boston Savings Bank Eastern Bank North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning The Residence at Melrose Station Rockland Trust Turner’s Seafood Grill & Market Wakefield Co-operative Bank   Bronze Level Sponsors Brightview Wakefield Metro Credit Union RE/MAX Leading Edge Stearns and Hill’s Bistro Sullivan & Clark For more information on the Fair and the Melrose Chamber of Commerce, visit...

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37th Victorian Fair will have something for everyone

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Melrose News | Comments Off on 37th Victorian Fair will have something for everyone

Published in the September 1, 2017 edition MELROSE – The Melrose Chamber of Commerce and the City of Melrose invite you to attend the 37th Annual Victorian Fair on Sunday, September 10th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Melrose. The Fair offers something for everyone! With close to 200 booths filled with food, games and fun, rides, local entertainment, and local art, the Victorian Fair is a long anticipated event in Melrose. This annual community celebration will once again feature shopping at Artisans’ Marketplace (now indoors at the VFW located at 428 Main Street); local entertainment at Center Stage; sampling and eating food from around the region and world; and various carnival amusements. Between Upham/Essex and Grove Streets, you can walk along Main Street and visit with your favorite businesses, vendors, community organizations and elected officials! Many booths will offer samples, specials, giveaways, raffles and other activities. A particular exciting feature of the Fair is the Big Ticket raffle. For just $10 per ticket, you can take a chance to win one of 13 incredible prizes donated by Melrose chamber member businesses. Some of the prizes include a beautiful rug donated by Melrose Oriental Rug, an Apple iWatch donated by Rockland Trust, a gorgeous pink tourmaline and diamond ring donated by Perella Jewelers and a basket of gift certificates to local restaurants. Don’t miss your chance to win one of these amazing prizes and more! Buy your tickets before the Fair in Melrose at Miter Biter, 479 Main Street or Eastern Bank, 441 Main Street; or contact the Chamber office at 781-665-3033. The day of the Fair, pending tickets are still available, stop by the Chamber of Commerce booth at the corner of West Foster and Main Street (cash only). Raffle drawing is at the conclusion of Center Stage on Fair Day. You do not need to be present to win. The Victorian Fair is an active day! Begin the day by running the EMARC 5K sponsored by Marathon Sports in support of people with developmental disabilities. The race begins at 10:00am near the Melrose Family YMCA and you can register to run by visiting theemarc.org. We also encourage you to walk or ride your bike to the Victorian Fair. Thanks to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee and Mass in Motion, bike valet services will once again be available on West Foster Street. The Victorian Fair is made possible through the generous support of the following members of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce who are this year’s Fair Sponsors: Diamond Level Sponsors Hallmark Health System TD Bank  Platinum Level Sponsors Cassidy Landscaping Melrose Bank Tarpey Insurance Whole Foods Market  Gold Level Sponsors Golden Living Northern Bank & Trust Company Promotional Solutions Rotary Club of Melrose   Silver Level Sponsors AFC Urgent Care East Boston Savings Bank Eastern Bank North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning The Residence at Melrose Station Rockland Trust Turner’s Seafood Grill & Market Wakefield Co-operative Bank   Bronze Level Sponsors Brightview Wakefield Metro Credit Union RE/MAX Leading Edge Stearns and Hill’s Bistro Sullivan & Clark For more information on the Fair and the Melrose Chamber of Commerce, visit...

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