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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Red Raiders romp over Masco in season opener

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Melrose tops Chieftains, 36-6, in Friday night thriller Published in the September 15, 2017 edition By LUC SULLIVAN MELROSE—The Melrose Red Raider football team kicked off their season last Friday, September 8 at home at the Fred Green Memorial Field with an impressive display of offensive firepower and defensive expertise for a 36 -6 victory over Masco to start their season 1-0. Things started rolling for the Red Raiders three minutes into the game, as quarterback Charlie Stanton connected with wideout Michael Fennell on a 3rd and long that brought out the chains. After measurement , the Raiders were a yard shy of the first. Deciding to go for it, Stanton handed off to running back Rey Guity , who brought the rock off tackle and through a Masco linebacker for a first down around the Masco forty yard line. Melrose offense went hurry up, handing off to Guity and completing an inside slant to Michael Fennell for a drive-saving first down, setting up the Raider offense inside the Masco thirty yard line. A series of short runs and an incomplete pass brought up fourth and four . Quarterback Charlie Stanton received the snap and lobbed a pass to Michael Fennell by the right sideline for yet another first down inside the Masco red zone. A four yard gain by Guity only brought Melrose closer to the end zone. The Raiders ‘ air superiority was established as Stanton took the snap on second down and rolled out to the right and fired a laser into the end zone where Fennell was mid-dive. Fennell hauled it in for the Raiders first touchdown of the 2017 season, giving Melrose a 6-0 lead with three minutes left in the first. Masco began their possession with a hand off up the middle but ran smack in the wall of Melrose defensive tackle Jake Fortier for a loss. Masco found a groove and began driving after two big gains on the outside. Melrose’s Colin Kiernan and Kevin Peete caused   big collisions but Masco advanced into the Raider red zone soon punch ed it up the middle for a touchdown, leaving the score at 6-6 with about ten minutes left in the second quarter. As Masco lined up for the extra point and the go ahead, Melrose’s Cameron Rosie burst through the line like a ball seeking missile and dived in front of the kick, blocking it, and keeping the score tied. After forcing Melrose to punt, Masco advanced to the Melrose 25 and on fourth and two saw the ball stripped for a fumble recovered by Melrose captain Adam Caffey . Melrose ran the ball on a series of carries by Rey Guity and Jack Sullivan (in QB duty) but was forced to punt just as the clock ran out at halftime, the score locked, 6-6. After the half, Melrose kicker Kemar Bynoe sent the ball deep into the Masco end zone and Christopher Cusolito rushed down the field with enough speed to be clocked on radar and landed an absolute stick on the Masco return man. With the ball on the Masco 25 , the Chieftains ran directly into the immovable forces of Drew Difraia and Jake Fortier . On second down , Melrose’s Kevin Peete came through with the phenomenal coverage of...

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Girls volleyball in the driver’s seat

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Off to a quick 3-0 start to season Published in the September 15, 2017 edition By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose High girl’s volleyball team have spiked their way to a 3-0 start to the season with consecutive wins over Lexington, Arlington and undefeated Woburn. Melrose kicked their season off on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at home against Lexington and dominated the Minutemen 3-0 in straight sets. Coach Scott Celli debuted some newer faces on the court, including sophomore starters Emma Randolph, Grace Davis, Mary Kate Mahoney, Erin Torpey and Nicole Abbott. and also brought to the court experienced senior leaders who led in hitting and assists, like their tri- captains Lily Fitzgerald, Saoirse Connolly and Jill Mercer. Connolly led in scoring for Melrose with 11 kills, followed by Randolph, who had 8. Senior captain setter Lily Fitzgerald had 18 assists for the day, while Jill Mercer in libero duty proved she will be the anchor on defense this season. Melrose also showed strong back row defense with the work of Mary Kate Mahoney, Nicole Abbott and Lydia Lombardo. While overall, Melrose had an “off night” on serving, Abbott in particular looked stellar at the line, along with Lydia Lombardo and Saoirse Connolly. On Friday, Melrose traveled to Arlington and took a 3-1 victory in sets of 25-15, 22-15, 25-13, 25-18. Once again, Connolly led on offense with 12 kills while Lydia Lombardo showed punch with 7. Melrose’s steady setter Lily Fitzgerald showed finesse with five of her own. On Tuesday, Melrose hosted and beat Woburn (3-1) who came into the game with talented hitters but were no match for Melrose. As a result, Woburn fell 3-0 in three sets, 25-15, 25-19, and 25-23. They enjoyed a 25-15 first set win that featured terrific defense from libero Jill Mercer and back row work from Nicole Abbott and Mary Kate Mahoney. Woburn took an early lead in set two but Melrose went on a tear, outscoring the Tanners from a timeout to set whistle. Woburn showed plenty of life in set three but Melrose topped them, 25-23. Melrose (3-0) will host reigning state champ Notre Dame (of Hingham) on Thursday (post deadline). They then travel to Wilmington for a 5:00 p.m. contest on...

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Red Raider soccer fit to be tied

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Recent action against rivals drew stalemates Published in the September 15, 2017 edition By LUC SULLIVAN MELROSE—The Melrose High school boys soccer team faced off against the Woburn Tanners for a 3-3 tie on Tuesday, September 12 at the West Knoll in Melrose. The Melrose soccer team is fresh off of a playoff run last year and have several players back this year for the 2017 season. Tuesday’s game came on the heels of the team’s 1-1 tie against Arlington on Sept. 8. On Tuesday, Melrose started off with several battles for possession and back and forth action culminating with Melrose’s Tarekegn O’Neill sending an excellent pass over to Thomas Michaels, who broke free of containment and sent the ball whizzing past the Woburn goalie for Melrose’s first score. The Tanners would answer back, however, less than ten minutes later, sending a PK sailing into the Melrose goal for the tying score. With the score at 1-1 and the first half winding down, Melrose’s Shea Champagne took matters into his own hands and blasted a shot past the Woburn net minder from outside the goal area for the go-ahead score. Melrose was in the lead at 2-1  but less than 25 seconds later, the Woburn squad was able to answer with a goal of their own, tying the score once again and bringing the game to 2-2 at the half. The Red Raiders came out buzzing after the half, attacking the ball, moving it well and forcing the Woburn defense on their toes with misdirection. Melrose’s Tarekegn O’Neill set up a nice scoring chance with an absolute boot from behind midfield, the ball landing exactly in front of Melrose’s Peter Wiesen who took a shot with a header that nearly went in. After this chance, Melrose goalie Jared Dowell faced off against a Woburn PK. As the kick left the Woburn players foot it sailed toward the lower left corner of the net, while the Melrose goalkeeper made a spectacular dive, saving the shot with a fingertip deflection and keeping Melrose in the game. Meanwhile Melrose’s David Kurti set plays up left and right in the right spot to keep the ball moving for the team. With fourteen minutes left in the game Melrose’s Miguel Contreras sent the ball sailing from the corner flag, perfectly landing in front of the left goalpost and Sava Vlajkovic, who shot it towards the opposite corner, where it banged off the right post and in for Melrose’s third goal. But once again, just four minutes later Woburn was able to answer, and sunk one into the Melrose net for the tying goal. The last ten minutes wound down scoreless, leaving the final message on the game clock— Melrose 3, Woburn 3. Melrose will look to pick up a solid “w” when they travel to Wilmington on Thursday (post deadline) and will battle Malden in Mayor Cup action at Pine Banks on Saturday at 11:00...

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Marietta Haeg Schwartz, 55

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Published in the September 15, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Marietta Haeg Schwartz, a resident of Wakefield and a Minnesota farm girl at heart, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, September 6, at Winchester Hospital, at age 55. With a quiet strength, Marietta was genuine, unassuming, and always true to herself. Marietta was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the oldest child and only daughter of six children. Raised on a small farm in Minnesota, Marietta graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud in 1979, College of St. Benedict in 1983, and received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1988. In the fall of 1988, Marietta moved to Boston, and took a job at UMass Boston as an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department. She worked at UMass for almost 30 years, more recently serving as an associate dean in the College of Science and Math. Marietta also served as the director of the Student Services Center, and co-director of the UTeach Program. Marietta, with a down to earth perspective, made a positive impact on her students through her love for chemistry. Marietta was a capable, self-reliant and confident woman. She was a member of the American Chemical Society, and supported women in chemistry through the Women Chemists Committee. As a mother, Marietta volunteered within the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, guiding Graham and Ian as they both became Eagle Scouts. She was actively engaged in the Wakefield community as a volunteer for the Farmer’s Market, 4th of July Parade, and was a longtime, passionate supporter of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. Marietta sang in the choir at St. Joseph’s Church in Wakefield for many years. Compassionate with a deep sense of faith and social justice, Marietta cared about the future, and the well-being of others. At home, she loved reading, watching the Red Sox, Patriots, and doing jigsaw puzzles. She loved iced coffee, going out for Indian food, or getting together with friends for a cup of tea and a chat. Although she made friends everywhere she went, her roots and family in Collegeville always held a special place in her heart. She was famous for making dozens upon dozens of cookies for her family, friends or neighbors, and loved playing a family game of “schmear.” She will be missed, but always lovingly remembered and admired for her warmth, calm nature and inner strength. Marietta was the devoted mother of Graham T. Schwartz of Atlanta, GA, and Ian M. Schwartz of Ft. Hood, TX. She was the beloved daughter of Eileen and Richard Haeg of Collegeville, MN. She was the dear sister of Gregory Haeg and his wife Megan of Collegeville, MN, Daniel Haeg of Collegeville, MN, Benedict Haeg and his wife Claire of Sauk Centre, MN, Christopher Haeg of Collegeville, MN, and Timothy Haeg and his wife Kelly of Collegeville, MN. She was the former wife of Eric Schwartz of Marblehead. She was the caring aunt of Cecilia, Carl, Vivian, Francis, Stephanie, Nicholas, Madeline, Hanna and Thomas. Family and friends are invited to gather for a Celebration of Marietta’s Life at the Schwartz family home, 4 Bugli Ln., Wakefield on Sunday, September 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at St. John’s Abbey...

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Jacqueline E. Herook, 85

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Published in the September 15, 2017 edition HAVERHILL — Jacqueline E. Herook, 85, of Haverhill, a former resident of Wakefield and Reading, died Monday, September 11 in Haverhill. Born in Melrose on November 9, 1931 she was the daughter of the late Donald P. and Doris (Eaton) Ilsley. Mrs. Herook was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1949. She later made her home in Wakefield and then Reading for many years. She was retired from the North Andover Public Schools where she had worked for many years. Mrs. Herook was a direct descendant of Governor William Bradford, first Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and she was also a member the “Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.” She was the beloved wife of the late John T. Herook. She was the loving mother of David J. Herook and his wife Lorraine of Bradford, Donald B. Herook and his wife Sandra of Haverhill and Alan T. Herook of Bradford. She was the sister of Phyllis Baker of FL and the late Norman Ilsley and Winnifred Dunnett. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren: David, Jason, Stacy and Nikara Herook. Mrs. Herook’s family would like to thank the staff of the Hannah Duston Nursing Home of Haverhill for the compassion and care given to their mother during her time there. Her Funeral Service will be held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday, September 15 at 11a.m. Interment will follow at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-8...

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Constantine G. Charos, 90

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Constantine G. Charos, 90

Published in the September 8, 2017 edition MELROSE — Constantine G. “Dino” Charos, 90, of Melrose, died at the Genesis at Wakefield Center on Sept. 4.  Dino was born and raised in Roxbury and was a graduate of Roxbury schools. He served his country as a Fireman First Class during World War II, serving in the Merchant Marines, U.S. Coast Guard and on four different vessels in the U.S. Navy.  Dino resided in Melrose since 1950 and worked as a labor foreman for Turner Construction in Boston for 25 years before his retirement in 1985.  He was a member of the V.F.W. Harold O’ Young Post #2394 in Melrose and the U.S.S. Beatty Reunion Club for many years. Dino was a Mason and Shriner, was an avid gardener and had the “best tomatoes.” He was a hard worker and enjoyed traveling across the country and all of Europe with his late wife Catherine.  Dino loved to spend his time at the beach in Marshfield and with his children and grandchildren. He was the beloved husband of the late Catherine V. (Hegerich) Charos for over 40 years.  He was the loving father of George Charos of Marblehead, Paul Charos and his wife Jean and Christine McAnneny and her late husband William, all of Wakefield. He was the cherished grandfather of Brian, Matthew, Justin and Amanda. He was the caring brother of the late Christos Charos, Catherine Lucas and Peter Charos. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 4-7 p.m. The funeral was held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Forest Hills, Cemetery, Boston.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Constantine’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., PO Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011. For directions and to sign online condolence visit...

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