Keeping it local

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Published in the October 13, 2017 edition MELROSE — As Melrose’s biannual municipal election of candidates approaches, the city’s chief executive officer has some words of advice for voters: Evaluate office hopefuls on their contribution to the community, their positions on issues specific to Melrose and their vision for the future of our community. And not what political party they belong to. As divisiveness continues to plague the national landscape, more and more people are interested in local candidates’ party affiliation. Mayor Rob Dolan, who is not up for reelection November 7, shakes his head in bewilderment at this development. In an email response to a couple of questions, Dolan explained that “one of the positive things that has come out of the recent presidential election has been a renewed sense of activism among individuals of all political stripes. A renewed and invigorated Democratic City Committee and Republican City Committee are positives for our community and that often leads to greater civic engagement, which is a good thing. “Being a member of a political party means that you believe in a core set of beliefs and philosophies of government. Of course, that core set of philosophies is part of a candidate’s makeup and must be considered as he or she seeks elected office. At the same time, Melrose has always taken great pride in the fact that local elections are nonpartisan events: We do not run with a D or an R after our names; we all run with an M after our names, and that stands for Melrosian. No one should be naïve enough to think that political parties don’t play a role in local government. Of course they do, as they do in all elections, and I and others have benefited from them. But as national political parties become more separated, and the often visceral rhetoric between the two becomes sharper, Melrosians must be vigilant to maintain a civil and productive spirit in our local government and electoral process. I am seeing a slow erosion of this, in Massachusetts and across the country, and it is not in our interest. “I hear more now than ever, when a new candidate is running for local office, the first question is ‘What political party do they belong to?’ That is a legitimate question. However, I encourage my fellow Melrosians to evaluate candidates on their contribution to the community, their positions on issues specific to Melrose, and their vision for the future of our community.” The mayor continued, “In 16 years, I thankfully have yet to witness divisive partisanship within the Board of Aldermen or the School Committee. I have worked with many individual School Committee members and aldermen. There have absolutely been differences of opinion, but they have not been driven by partisan considerations. I think this is one of the reasons for our community’s success, and for the good of this city, I hope that continues. “As an example, I have had the privilege, throughout my tenure as mayor, to work with many presidents of the Board of Aldermen and chairs of the School Committee. We are the leaders of the three branches of local government. All of us are elected in nonpartisan elections, but it should be noted that many have been Republicans and many have been...

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MEF announces fall grant application period

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Published in the October 13, 2017 edition MELROSE — The Melrose Education Foundation is making up to $23,000 in grants available to Melrose Public School educators and staff. Educators may apply for grants online at between now and Friday, October 27. Grant recipients will be notified of decisions in late November 2017. Educators and staff across all subjects and grade levels in all Melrose Public Schools are encouraged to apply. Grants can be used to fund professional development, technology, and curriculum materials to pilot new initiatives or to expand successful programs already underway to reach more students. This year, educators who apply for professional development opportunities that require local travel may obtain a small stipend to cover mileage and parking. For the first time, as part of this fall 2017 grants round, the Foundation is proud to launch a pilot program with the Roosevelt School PTO to administer $1,500 in PTO grant funding. The Foundation will also continue its collaboration with the Melrose High School PTO to administer $2,000 in grant funding. By working together, the grants process is streamlined for educators and, in some cases, the organizations can partner on grants for greater impact and to reach more students. A non-profit 501(c)(3), the Melrose Education Foundation launched in June 2013 with the mission of supporting innovation and excellence in Melrose Public Schools by raising funds to provide grants to educators and sponsoring free, community events on topics in public education. Since its founding, the Foundation has awarded nearly 150 grants totaling more than $100,000.  Learn more at: The Foundation encourages parents and community members to remind educators about the availability of Melrose Education Foundation grants and to urge them to apply by October 27. We proudly thank the Foundation’s many supporters, including its Board of Directors, dozens of volunteers, individual donors and local corporate partners. For more information about the Melrose Education Foundation, to access the grant application, to read about previous grants, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit:...

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Fire Department open house Sunday

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Published in the October 13, 2017 edition MELROSE — The Melrose Fire Department will host an open house at its Main Street headquarters this Sunday, October 15, from noon to 2 p.m. As part of Fire Prevention Week observances around the country, the local fire service will have a slew of activities, which will include a tour of the main firehouse and may include a live, outdoor burn demonstration if the weather cooperates. This always-popular event is open to the public. Papa Gino’s has generously donated pizza and Shaw’s has generously donated soft drinks for the...

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Red Raider’s overtime win one for the ages

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Melrose (5-0) tops Stoneham, 44-38 in clash of unbeatens Published in the October 13, 2017 edition By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE — If Melrose residents heard an extraordinary amount of cheering around 9:00 p.m. last Friday night, blame the Melrose Red Raider football team who pulled off a 44-38 overtime win against unbeaten Stoneham (4-1) in overtime at Fred Green Field. It was a remarkable, come-from-behind win against a relentless Spartan team with a lot of stake: both teams came into the game at 4-0 looking for a league jackpot. Now, Melrose, at 5-0, remains perfect on the season and in the driver’s seat in the league and division. Melrose’s Rey Guity and Isaac Seide were once again a steady 1-2 punch, as the duo combined for five touchdowns, and Melrose’s Colin Keirnan had the game (and tackle) of his life, stopping a sure touchdown by Stoneham’s Tre Pignone in the final play in overtime. Couple that with a solid second half from Melrose QBs Charlie Stanton and Jack Sullivan, and a timely pickoff by Gabe Nyland, nearly every Raider came off the field a hero. The game really came down to one overtime play. With the score tied at 38-38 in regulation, officials lined Melrose up on the ten for a chance to score. Mission accomplished. Stanton handed off to Isaac Seide for a TD on the first down and Melrose took a lead of 44-38 (2 pt. fail). Stoneham (4-1) then had their turn, and Melrose’s defense held the fort, forcing a fourth and goal from the 6-yard line. Stoneham QB Jack McCabe threw a screen to a wide Tre Pignone who appeared to have a clear path to the end zone, until he was tripped up by 5’9 175 lb Melrose senior captain Colin Kiernan, who pulled the 6 foot running back down at 3-yard line. The sounds of victory were the perfect prelude for Homecoming weekend. Many alumni – included the team’s newest ones, were on hand to watch Melrose’s comeback. “Our kids played their hearts out for four quarters and then some,” said Melrose coach Tim Morris. “They didn’t panic and just kept playing. They came up big when we needed them to.” Stoneham proved potent from the beginning. They opened the game with a 12-play opening drive that culminated in Pignone’s (4 TDs) 1-yard touchdown. The Spartans went for two (as they did all night, forcing Melrose to do the same) and made it a 8-0 game. But Melrose struck back on their first possession, when Rey Guity went 90 yards on a kickoff return to make it 8-6. Melrose faced an uphill battle before halftime, however, giving up two more touchdowns including a 56-yard touchdown pass from McCabe to Pignone, and a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by Stoneham’s Seth Russell. Trailing, 22-6, the Red Raiders were in an unfamiliar place this season, holders of a large deficit. But they held nothing back. Stoneham’s choice of kicking off to Seide or Guity in the backfield was a hopeless one, and this time, it was Seide who ran the ball 54-yards to set up Melrose’s next touchdown: Jack Sullivan tossing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jack Whitley. Stoneham 22, Melrose 14. “Rey and Isaac have been a great force in our offense, and those on the team who blocked for them,” says coach Morris. ...

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Scarpa brothers prove a triple threat

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Native sons & former Lancers now an Ithaca football trio Published in the October 13, 2017 edition By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—Football is no stranger to the Scarpa family of Melrose. These days, the sport has proven a tie that binds for three of their young family members: triplets Anthony, Ben and Michael Scarpa,19, a trio now playing college football for the Ithaca University Bombers. The 2016 Malden Catholic graduates were game-changers for the Lancers during their four seasons at the school. Anthony was a tight end for the Lancers, Mike an offensive lineman and Ben a jack-of-all-trades, who played everything from linebacker, running back to safety. This season Ben (5’10 180lb) is a wide receiver for the Bombers, and both Mike (5’10 240lb) and Anthony (6’3 250 lb) are offensive linemen, all coached under the tutelage of Dan Swanstrom. It’s been an excited opening to their season, just this week Ithaca College picked up its third consecutive victory and moved to 3-0 in the Liberty League with a 46-6 win over the University of Rochester. The Scarpa triplets are the sons of Michael and Linda of Melrose and sister to Olivia, a sophomore at Melrose High. The trio started in the Melrose Pop Warner circuit, where they were coached by their dad. The Winthrop School & Melrose Memorial Veteran’s Middle School alums then attended Malden Catholic, where they helped turn around a 0-11 Lancer team to winning team in a notoriously tough Catholic Conference (that includes rivals St, Johns Prep, and Xaverian.) After helping the Lancers earn a 7-4 season (the team’s best record since 1997) during their senior season, the Scarpas competed in Malden Catholic’s first Div. 2 playoff appearance in years. Anthony and Ben were named Catholic Conference All-Stars and Mike awarded the Team Leadership Award that season. “They absolutely helped us turn around the team,” says Malden Catholic head coach Jeff Smith. “They dedicated time in the weight room, brought high energy to the team. They’re unique in their own way—if you look at the three of them, it’s like small, medium, and large,” he jokes. And while the Scarpas packed a punch on Donovan Field, they were just as impressive in the classroom. “I had them in class, they were great students. All of them gave back to the community, volunteered their time. They’re really good kids from a good family.”  Anthony spoke of the transition from high school football to college. “It’s a big change, faster and more intense” he said. “You have a greater understanding of the game. But there is great camaraderie and fun, the same kind of morals and goals we experienced while playing at Malden Catholic.” Says Michael Scarpa, “We have great coaches who are teaching us a lot about things on and off the field. Also, being able to play in a game like the Cortaca Jug game is a once in a lifetime experience.” Anthony recalls his experience at Malden Catholic and that exciting senior season when a trip to playoffs was on the line against Catholic Memorial. “That game went down to double OT,” he said. “My brother Ben scored twice, including the touchdown in overtime.” That represented the Lancers first Catholic Conference victory in several years and helped Malden Catholic punch a ticket to the Div. 2 North playoffs.  Ben Scarpa spokes of their determination to win that season. “Malden Catholic was always struggling, so as a...

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Lady Raider hitters sweep Reading, 3-0

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13-0 Melrose to face tests against Winchester, Fenwick Published in the October 13, 2017 edition By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose High girls’ volleyball team remains unbeaten after back-to-back wins over Belmont and Reading last week to remain a perfect 13-0 (10-0 league). On Monday, Melrose hosted the Reading Rockets (5-6) at a humid Melrose Middle School gym and fought to victory in sets of 25-17, 25-22 and 25-13. Senior capt. Saoirse Connolly and sophomore Emma Randolph led on offense with 10 kills a piece.  Melrose enjoyed a strong first set open after senior captain Jill Mercer led on the service line with back to back aces and kills from Erin Torpey, Lily Fitzgerald and Saoirse Connolly that gave Melrose a slim lead of 6-4. Melrose had the case of the first set shakes, allowing the Rockets to climb into the match at 11-9, but some lights out serving by Fitzgerald and well timed kills by Randolph and Grace Davis extended Melrose’s lead to 17-12. Mercer was strong again on the service line, with service points and an ace, extending the set to 21-14. Emma Randolph and Saoirse Connolly smacked some set killers for a final 25-17 and it was Melrose 1, Reading, 0.  Reading had all the momentum in set 2, and played with an intensity that threw Melrose off guard. It was a dirt fight with ties of 2-2, 4-4 before solid serving from Nicole Abbott and Saoirse Connolly broke it open at 9-6. Melrose offense appeared stalled while Reading climbed into the game and made it a 14-14 contest. The Rockets took their first lead at the 17-16 point but a well timed kill by Lydia Lombardo tied it back up at 17. Melrose fell to another deficit of 21-19, but a tremendous rally by Emma Randolph thwarted that, with 4 straight kills helped lift Melrose, and a huge save by Erin Torpey preserved the set win, 25-22.   That battle took the wind out of Reading’s sails, and despite the set score, the Rockets proved a great defensive team that made Melrose work. But Melrose fared better in set three, taking leads of 4-0 behind kills of Lombardo and Randolph. Sophomore Mary Kate Mahoney impressed over the day, and was particularly strong in set three, with excellent back row defense and nice runs on the service line that helped Melrose take a 15-7 lead. The closest Reading got to Melrose was 17-12 and monster kills by Randolph and Connolly reversed that. Lily Fitzgerald finished the set with missile-like serving with back-to-back aces and Lombardo kill closed the game up 25-13.  At 13-0 Melrose, already guaranteed a playoff spot, is currently ranked within the top five in most polls. Their attackers Emma Randolph and Saoirse Connolly have big numbers with 130 and 129 kills, respectively, and Lily Fitzgerald has tallied 293 assists, which puts all within the top 5 of the state. At presstime, Melrose was slated to travel to Winchester on Wednesday to face the 10-1 Sachems, who knocked them out of the playoffs last season. Melrose’s next text is on Monday when D2 rival Bishop Fenwick arrives for a 5:30 game....

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Janina M. Murphy, 94

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Published in the October 13, 2017 edition MARBLEHEAD — Janina M. (Chmielewski) Murphy passed away at her home in Marblehead on September 28, 2017.  She was 94 years of age.  Janina was born in Somerville on November 25, 1922, was raised in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School.  Mrs. Murphy lived in Melrose for over 50 years and the past six years in Marblehead. During WW II Janina worked for the Department of Defense in Washington D.C., and after raising her family she worked as a bookkeeper at Tom’s Service Center in Saugus for 15 years, and at the Barrett and Turner Dairy Company in Malden for over 20 years.  She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Church in Melrose where she taught CCD, was a lecturer at church, was a member of St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality, and was one of the editors for the “Myrtle Street Journal”.  Mrs. Murphy was a talented artist who enjoyed painting, crafts, sculpturing and making clothes for her family. She was also an avid reader and read a book a day for many years. Janina liked taking trips to Cape Cod, Hampton Beach, Scarborough, Maine, Newport, Rhode Island, and traveling to Vermont.  But above all she cherished the times spent with her family. Mrs. Murphy was the beloved wife of the late Robert P. Murphy.  Loving mother of Robert P. Murphy Jr. of Moultonborough, New Hampshire, Gary W. Murphy and his wife Anne of Pennslyvania, Janina M. Glabicky and her late husband Robert of Marblehead, Kevin C. Murphy of South Boston, and Christine M. Daugsiewicz and her husband Philip of Melrose.  Cherished grandmother of Patrick Murphy, Bridget Bruce, Danielle Quinn, Christopher and Caitlyn Murphy, Nicholas, Daniel, Andrew and Michael Glabicky and Brooke Murphy.  Proud great grandmother of Henry and Alexander.  Beloved aunt of Doug & Laura Boyer as well as numerous other nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 11.  A Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Thursday, October 12 was  followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 46 Myrtle St. Melrose, MA 02176 or to St. Anne’s Church, 290 Jefferson Ave. Salem, MA 01970. To send a message of condolence please visit To send a message of condolence please visit...

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Cynthia H. Boyle, 66

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Published in the October 13, 2017 edition SAUGUS — Cynthia Helen (Cavanagh) Boyle, 66, of Saugus, formerly of Melrose and Somerville, died peacefully surrounded by her family on October 7, 2017 after a long illness. She is survived by her beloved husband Patrick Boyle after 46 years of marriage and her beloved and devoted children Julie, Brian and his wife Melissa, Stephen and his wife Chrystal, Patrick and his wife April and her five grandchildren Walter, Lillian, Hannah, Riley and Finnian. She also leaves her sisters Georgette and her husband John Curran, Kathleen and her husband Kevin Donovan, and her brother Thomas Cavanagh. She was predeceased by her brother Walter and parents Walter and Georgette Cavanagh. Cynthia worked in Catholic school education for 46 years at St. Francis Xavier school in Weymouth, St. Francis of Assisi in Medford, St. Anthony School in Everett where she was the principal for 12 years and finally at St. Mary of the Annunciation school in Melrose where she was the principal from 2007-2016. Cynthia was a graduate of St. Anna’s in Somerville, St. Mary’s High School in Cambridge, Boston State College, Salem State College and the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College. She was also adjunct mathematics faculty at the Woman’s Institute of Technology in Boston and Middlesex Community College. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, October 13, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, at St. Mary’s Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Donations can be made to St. Mary of the Annunciation School, 4 Myrtle St. Melrose, MA 02176. To leave an online message of condolence please visit...

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Sally T. Green, 79

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Published in the October 13, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Sally T. (Gray) Green, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 5, 2017. She was 79 years of age. Sally was born in Lynn on November 22, 1937, one of three children of the late Joseph and Mary (McGonnell) Gray. She was raised in Lynn, graduated from Lynn English High School, and from Northeastern University. While on a ski trip, Sally met her future husband, John F. Green. They were married on February 16, 1958 in Lynn and moved to Wakefield to raise a family of six children. Sally worked at Temp Ed for several years, then for the US Passport Agency, and later for US Customs as a Purchasing Agent for 23 years. Sally enjoyed being a part of the Wakefield community. She was environmentally conscious, socially responsible and aware of the world beyond her. When her children were young, Sally volunteered in Wakefield public schools, and later in life served on the Wakefield Conservation Commission for over 10 years. Sally loved going into the city to work every day, or in her free time to experience the City of Boston. She loved the vibrancy of the theater, visiting the Boston Harbor Islands, and the spectacle of the Tall Ships. Throughout her life, the beach also was a favorite, whether King’s Beach in Lynn or Singing Beach in Manchester-by-The-Sea. Most importantly, family always came first. Sally loved dancing with her husband John, taking road trips to Maine with her sister along the New England coast, and spending time with family in Waterville Valley for a week every summer. She loved to entertain at home which served as the family center and gathering place for generations. With the gift of making everyone feel special, her role as a mother and grandmother came naturally to “Grammy.” She enjoyed baking for her grandchildren, attending their sporting or school events, and loved weekly Thursday night “Fish Nights.” Grammy always could be counted on to have an answer to impossible homework questions. Throughout her life, Sally was the perfect combination of grace and strength. She happily served as both the family backbone and kind-hearted nurturer, and loved every minute of it. She will be dearly missed but always lovingly remembered as a strong, resilient, and caring matriarch. Sally was the beloved wife of the late John F. Green with whom she shared 33 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Susan A. Mansfield and her husband Fred of Wakefield, Richard L. Green of Andover, Nancy E. Green and her fiancé Jack of Tewksbury, Linda L. Callahan and her husband Paul of Wakefield, Judith F. Green of Wakefield, and Carol L. Bovest and her husband Daniel of Boxford. Dear sister of Ann Reddy and her husband Tom of Lynn, Peter Gray and his wife Kim of Rock Island, IL. Cherished grandmother of Christian, Terrence, David, John, Mary, Audrey, Joseph, Jacqueline, and Melanie. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to gather in honor of Sally’s life for her Memorial Service at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5 Bryant St., Wakefield on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10am. Gifts in Sally’s memory may be made to Operation Troops Support, 16 Trinity St., Danvers, MA 01923. For...

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