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Melrose Emergency Fund seeks donations

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Local Headline News, Melrose News, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Melrose Emergency Fund seeks donations

Published in the November 24, 2017 edition MELROSE — As the holiday season begins, Mayor Rob Dolan asks Melrosians to consider making a donation to the Melrose Emergency Fund. “Over the past year, we have spent a lot of time reflecting on what it means to be a community,” Dolan said. “Helping our neighbors is an important part of that, whether it’s clearing a senior citizen’s sidewalk, helping with a school fundraiser, or bringing a meal to a sick friend. The Emergency Fund is another way to do that, and it allows us to help our neighbors at the moment when they need it most – at a time when we may not even know that they are facing a crisis.” The Emergency Fund provides one-time help to Melrose families who are going through financial emergencies. It is administered by the City but consists entirely of donations from the public. The aid may range from providing a winter coat for a child to helping a family pay their bills while dealing with a serious illness. While every situation is different, the fund focuses on basic needs such as food, fuel, and utilities.  “The goal of the fund is that no one in Melrose will go cold or hungry,” said Dolan. The Emergency Fund is about more than just helping people, though, Dolan said. “This is how we, as Melrosians, can say ‘We are all in this together—we are one community that not only is open to all but also cares about each of its members.’ We receive donations from all over the community, from individuals, organizations, local businesses, school sports teams, even book clubs. Many people ask their friends to donate to the fund in lieu of a holiday gift. This generosity of spirit is what sets Melrose apart from other communities.” Because the fund is administered by city staff as part of their regular duties, there are no administrative costs – every penny goes directly to aid for Melrose residents. “We meet with the family to determine what kind of help we can offer,” Dolan said, “and we work with other agencies as well to ensure they are not overlooking any sources of help.” During this holiday fundraiser, names of the donors will be published every week. To make a donation, send a check to Melrose Emergency Fund, Mayor’s Office, 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176 or bring it directly to the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of City Hall. Checks should be made out to the City of Melrose, with “Melrose Emergency Fund” in the memo line. For more information about the fund, call...

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Chamber’s Home for the Holidays is next weekend

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Local Headline News, Melrose News, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Chamber’s Home for the Holidays is next weekend

Published in the November 24, 2017 edition MELROSE — It’s that time of year – the Chamber’s annual Home for the Holidays is coming up on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2. The event is a wonderful way to welcome the holiday season to Melrose. A weekend-long “community wide open house,” Home for the Holidays offers something for everyone. From cookie decorating and “reindeer” rides to tastings and specials, from sales and fairs, and, of course, to Santa Claus arriving in Melrose’s beautiful downtown, Home for the Holidays brings out the best in the community. Organizers invite you to leisurely stroll through our city, stopping by stores, restaurants and other institutions that will be ready to welcome you with holiday cheer. If you don’t want to stroll, hop on one of the free trolleys that will carry residents and visitors to the various business districts on Saturday. The festivities start on Friday night, December 1, when Mayor Robert Dolan lights the tree on City Hall lawn and the twinkling lights of Main Street in preparation for the arrival of Santa Claus. Bring your singing voice and join in on the caroling too! On Saturday, December 2, trolleys will carry shoppers, prepared to start their holiday shopping, to our different business districts and families looking for holiday cheer, to various activities in these districts. The trolley rides are made possible through the generous sponsorship of many local businesses. But the trolleys are more than just transportation: guided by city, community and business leaders, these trolleys are vehicles filled with music, laughter and fun. This year, Home for the Holidays is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Hallmark Health System, and we thank them for their continued support of the Melrose business community. And, don’t forget: the Chamber of Commerce makes it easy for you to shop locally by purchasing a First Stop Melrose/Shop Locally Gift Certificate. In denominations of $10 and $25, these gift checks can be used at any local retailer or service provider. They can be purchased at Hourglass Gift Gallery, 458 Main Street, or Melrose Bank, 638 Main Street. You may also call the Chamber office with any questions at...

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PHOTO: A view from above

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Melrose News | Comments Off on PHOTO: A view from above

Published in the November 24, 2017 edition

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Giacomo’s kicks off giving campaign

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Local Headline News, Melrose News, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Giacomo’s kicks off giving campaign

Published in the November 17, 2017 edition MELROSE — On Monday, Melrose will celebrate its Second Annual Random Acts of Kindness Day, and Giacomo’s Restaurant, at 454 Main St., has stepped up with a fundraiser that is already a longtime tradition at Giacomo’s Restaurant in the North End. If you dine at Giacomo’s between 4 and 10 p.m., your water glasses will be refilled and your table cleared by one of three celebrity busboys: Mayor Rob Dolan, Police Chief Michael Lyle, or State Representative Paul Brodeur. The busboys will donate their tips to the Emergency Fund, and Giacomo’s will make a donation as well.  Giacomo’s has a longtime tradition of doing these fund-raisers at its North End and South End restaurants, for Boston Medical Center and other charities. “We have had incredible support here since we opened our Melrose location, and now we would like to give back to the community that has made us feel so welcome,” said Giacomo’s owner Richard Talieri. “The Melrose Emergency Fund benefits so many people throughout the year, and I feel it is one of the things that makes Melrose so great.” “This is a fun way to kick off this year’s campaign and a great way to finish Random Acts of Kindness Day,” said Dolan. “This Thanksgiving we have so much to be grateful for, but there are many in our community who are not as fortunate. We can all lend a hand to a neighbor in need.” So head on down to Giacomo’s on Monday, have a nice dinner — and don’t forget to tip! If you can’t make it, you can still donate to the Melrose Emergency Fund: Send a check to Melrose Emergency Fund, Mayor’s Office, 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176 or bring it directly to the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of City Hall. Checks should be made out to the City of Melrose, with “Melrose Emergency Fund” in the memo line. For more information about the fund, call...

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Parent University Nov. 18

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Melrose News | Comments Off on Parent University Nov. 18

Published in the November 17, 2017 edition MELROSE — Don’t forget to register for Parent University which will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Melrose High School Learning Commons. Parent and community involvement lead to higher rates of academic success for children. Melrose Parent University is designed to increase caregivers’ ability to support students, and help both caregivers and community members understand current trends in education. Parent U is a morning of workshops focused on education, parenting, and related topics.The event is free, but registration is required. Babysitting is also available, but you must be pre-registered. This year’s event features keynote speaker Dr. Christopher Willard, a clinical psychologist and consultant specializing in mindfulness. He will speak about increasing resilience and reducing stress and anxiety for children, teens and families. Participants may also register for two additional workshops. Topics range from early college planning and saving, to strategies for preventing bullying, to understanding the student perspective.  Parent University is brought to you by the Melrose Education Foundation and Melrose Public Schools. Our keynote speaker sponsored by the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition and the Melrose Substance Abuse Coalition. Thank you to our generous local partners: Rockland Trust, Joy Healthy Life, and the Melrose Public Library,  as well as our many individual donors, volunteers and Board...

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Fall harvest indoor market on Nov. 19

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Melrose News | Comments Off on Fall harvest indoor market on Nov. 19

Published in the November 17, 2017 edition MELROSE — Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market is offering a Fall Harvest Indoor Market on November 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main St. We will have most of the farmers and vendors who were with the Melrose and Wakefield farmers’ markets during the summer, as well as some new local vendors. As always, the market will offer a wonderful array of local produce, sustainably raised meat, poultry, eggs, and cheese, fresh fish, pasta, dips and spreads, maple syrup, honey, preserves, teas, spice blends, wine, cider, and a wide array of fresh baked goods.  A selection of artisan vendors offering soaps, herbal products, hand crafted jewelry and more will also be attending, featured in our “Artisan Loft.” The harvest market will feature the Magic of Yarrow’s exquisite balloon twisting skills, delightful and phenomenal face painting from Masks by Design from 12 – 2 p.m., a professional caricaturist, Matt Bernson, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., and tasty recipes and cooking demonstrations by Suman Shah, from Fork on a Road. Live music from The Bohemians is from 12 noon-2 p.m. (supported by The Melrose Cultural Council and the Messina Fund for the Arts). Here are the vendors we expect on November 19: Aaronap Cellars (wine), Ackermann’s Maple Farm, Baer’s Best at Lover’s Brook Farm, Bagel Land of Winchester, Brooklyn James, Coutts Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Dicks Market Garden, Emmett’s Edibles, EPOCA, Fire Garden Pottery, Goodies Homemade, Habibi Gourmet Food, In Good Taste, Jenne Rayburn, Kim Gregory Pure Pastry, Laszlo Family Farm, Lilac Hedge Farm, Miles, Dirt, and Rover, Muddy River Herbals, Oakdale Farm, Pleasant Moments by HFR, Rachel’s Creations, Roberto’s Seafood, Sasquatch Woodworks, Sat Nam Designs, Seven Hills Farmstead, Shady Pine Farm, Sheepshed, Soluna Garden Farm, Sweet as JAM Design, Sweet Spot Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Bread Shop, The Popover Lady, The Roasted Granola, The Sweetbay Shop, Trestle and Twine, Ugly Baby Soap Company, and West River Creamery. Market goers can preorder their fresh, hormone/antibiotic-free turkeys and pick them up at the market. Two vendors are taking orders, Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm. The market accepts SNAP and HIP benefits. SNAP match up to $10 is generously funded by Melrose Bank. We are also doing a raffle to help cover our SNAP match program. No cash? No problem, “Market Money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card at the Market Table. Although many of our vendors accept credit/debit. For more information, sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates. See you at the market. The Indoor Farmers’ Market has been generously sponsored by Rite Window, who provides the Greater Boston area with beautiful windows, doors, siding, roofing and...

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Take a few minutes to be kind next week

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Melrose News | Comments Off on Take a few minutes to be kind next week

Published in the November 17, 2017 edition MELROSE — On November 20, Melrose will celebrate the second annual Random Acts of Kindness Day. The concept is very simple: Do something kind for someone — a friend, family member, or total stranger. That’s all it takes. Last year, Melrosians donated socks for the homeless, gave rides to neighbors, raked leaves, bought coffee, gave up their parking spots, and more. To get more ideas, check out the Facebook page: 100 ideas for individuals: 1. Hold the door 2. Buy someone coffee 3. Cook a meal for a family in your neighborhood 4. Leave quarters in the laudromat 5. Donate old towels to A Better Companion for doggy baths 6. Buy groceries for the person behind you in line 7. Compliment your waitperson 8. Leave a funny note on a random car 9. Add notes of kindness to Melrose Library’s “Wonder Wall” 10. Leave flowers on someone’s doorstep 11. Shop local 12. Drag your neighbors’ trash/recycling bins back to their house 13. Give a ride to someone who needs one 14. Participate in a fundraiser 15. Donate to the Melrose Symphony 16. Visit a store you have not been to before and purchase something, regardless of how small 17. Run an errand for someone 18. Visit the Milano Senior Center (with your kids!) 19. Write a thank you to someone who has helped you or touched you in some way 20. Deliver coats to City Mission Society to stock their annual Christmas Shop. Contact for more info 21. Compliment a teacher or administrator or secretary 22. Donate your talent 23. Write a letter to the editor about something great in our city 24. Put your phone away 25. Introduce yourself to someone new 26. Compliment a stranger 27. Leave the biggest tip you can afford 28. Write a thank you note to the awesome Melrose librarians! Or stop by to say “thanks!” 29. Let someone in the check out line go ahead of you 30. Tell whomever is helping you to take his or her time, you’re in no hurry 31. Give someone a book you think they’d like 32. Wipe the counter at Starbucks 33. Pick up litter and dispose of it 34. Put a sticky note with positive words on a bathroom mirror 35. Drop off some treats for our public safety officials working long hours/overnights/holidays 36. Give blood 37. Give your T seat up to elderly, impaired, pregnant people 38. Send dessert to another table 39. Tell your siblings how much you appreciate them 40. Hug your mother or someone else’s mother 41. Carpool 42. Walk 43. Say yes when the cashier asks you if you’d like to donate to a cause 44. Commit to using fewer plastic bags 45. Clean someone’s windshield 46. Do the dishes, even if it isn’t your turn 47. Tell someone how great s/he looks 48. Don’t say one negative thing all day long 49. Have a clean up party at The Melrose Common 50. Give things away that you no longer need 51. Play basketball with your kids, or your neighbor’s kids 52. Write someone a real letter on paper and mail it 53. Call your father or a father figure and tell him your favorite memory of him 54. Let...

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PHOTO: Happy Birthday

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Melrose News | Comments Off on PHOTO: Happy Birthday

Published in the November 17, 2017 edition

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Decision 2017

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Melrose News | Comments Off on Decision 2017

Published in the November 10, 2017 edition MELROSE — Tuesday’s municipal election saw a mix of new and familiar faces chosen to help lead the city over the next few years. Just under 30 percent of those 19,676 voters eligible to participate turned out for the 2017 municipal balloting. No incumbent School Committee member decided to seek reelection, at least one of whom citing the need for new sets of eyes to oversee the operation of public education in Melrose. Elected this week to first terms were the 2017 election’s top overall vote-getter Jennifer McAndrew, John Obremski and Jennifer Razi-Thomas. Unsuccessful in their bids for School Committee seats were Christian Hashem and Peter Navarra. In the race for four alderman-at-large positions, longtime public servant Donald L. Conn Jr. failed to win reelection, sending some concern through the city because of his steady aldermanic hand and a deep institutional knowledge of how Melrose works. Nonetheless, Mike Zwirko and Monica Medeiros return to the Board of Aldermen as city-wide representatives. Also elected were first-time municipal office hopefuls Kate Lipper-Garabedian and Manisha Gadia Bewtra. Conn and Mark Askenazy finished out of the running. In the ward alderman races, the three incumbents who faced opposition won reelection. Ward 3’s Frank Wright bested M. Julie DeLillo, Bob Boisselle held off Jason Kraunelis in Ward 4 and Ward 6’s Peter Mortimer defeated Nancy Lewis. There were 21 candidates for alderman and School Committee this year. Ward 1 Alderman John Tramontozzi, Ward 2 Alderman Jennifer Lemmerman, Ward 5’s Gail M. Infurna and Ward 7’s Scott Forbes are unchallenged for reelection. The School Committeewomen who have decided not to seek reelection are Chris Casatelli, Jessica Dugan and Jaime...

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The School Committee’s new faces

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Melrose News | Comments Off on The School Committee’s new faces

Published in the November 10, 2017 edition MELROSE — Sears Avenue’s Jennifer M. McAndrew, a dedicated educational volunteer, was one of three first-time candidates elected to the School Committee Tuesday. And she won in impressive style. McAndrew was the top vote-getter across the city during the 2017 municipal election, with 3,686 ballots cast her way all over Melrose. Finishing second in the race for three empty school board seats was John S. Obremski of Hawley Road, who received 3,156 votes, followed by third place finisher Jennifer G. Razi-Thomas of Walton Park. Also running were Christian J. Hashem and Peter I. Navarra. McAndrew said, “I am honored to be elected to the School Committee and humbled by the opportunity to serve and work with the entire Melrose community. Together we can build and sustain a strong school district that empowers all students, supports our educators, and strengthens our city. “Melrose is a great community, and I congratulate all the candidates who ran this year. It is inspiring to see so much civic engagement in a local election. Thank you to my husband Dave, our children, and all our friends and supporters for your help with this campaign. “I look forward to working on important issues in front of us, including responsibly managing the growth of a thriving school community, supporting student achievement across the district, and continuing to invest in Melrose High School — our flagship school — for growth and innovation.” John Obremski said the day after winning a school board seat, “I am excited and passionate about the future of the Melrose Public Schools. As a School Committee member, I will listen and work collaboratively with parents, committee members, and staff of the Melrose Public Schools to support exemplary teaching and focus on the well being of the whole child. I will work to create a realistic, positive, focused vision, encouraging all children to engage and love learning. “As I said throughout the campaign testing to proficiency is not the end all be all for our children, and I will support innovative teaching, increased engagement, active student growth and social emotional learning.”   Jennifer Razi-Thomas said, “As a rookie candidate who entered the race for School Committee late and was fortunate to win the third seat that was open, I want to thank the kind and generous people of Melrose. “I found through these last few months a city that is full of civic engagement and pride. So many of my neighbors and friends helped with my campaign to get the word out about me with very little time to spare and were unfailingly supportive and enthusiastic about my desire to serve on the Committee. City leaders were also fantastic in mentoring and coaching me. I would like to especially thank Gail Infurna, Christine Casatelli, Paul Brodeur, Rob Dolan and Sam Hammer. I was heartened to learn that the voter turnout around the city was at a very high level for a local election that did not feature any ballot questions or the mayor’s race. It was inspiring to see the effort and energy of all the candidates, their supporters and the voters making for an exciting day yesterday. “All this demonstrates that Melrose is an excellent place to live as it features citizens who will engage and work...

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