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Melrose Kitchen Tour Tickets Available!

On Sunday, November 4thfrom 1-5pm, please join us for a wonderful afternoon exploring 10 beautiful kitchens on the 11th Annual Melrose Kitchen Tour!  Make your way through ten recently renovated kitchens and be inspired by their design and décor, and enjoy tasty treats from many of our local restaurants.  If you’re considering a renovation of your own, this is a great opportunity to meet many of the local contractors and kitchen designers and to see their work!

All proceeds from the event benefit the Melrose iRaiders Robotics programs (http://iraiders.org/), teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills to girls and boys from elementary through high school levels.

Tickets are $20 and are available now at Buckalew’s General Store, RE/MAX, Century 21 Sexton & Donahue, and Brad Hutchinson RE.  You can also purchase tickets online at www.melrosekitchentour.org or from any member of the iRaiders Robotics team.

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Understanding the Transgender Experience, Tuesday, October 23, at 7 p.m.

All are invited to Understanding the Transgender Experience, a panel discussion, on Tuesday, October 23 from 7-9 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Melrose at 645 Main Street. The discussion will address the question of what it means to be transgender in today’s world. Attendees will hear from four members of the transgender community: an elected official, an office worker, a pastor and a mother of a transgender child. This event is sponsored by SpeakOUT Boston, the Melrose Human Rights Commission, the Melrose Clergy Association and the First United Methodist Church of Melrose.

For more information, contact the church office at 781-662-7060.

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Early Voting for November Election Begins Oct. 22

Registered Melrose voters can once again participate in early voting for this November’s 2018 state election.

Early voting will take place at Melrose City Hall, 562 Main St., beginning Oct. 22 through Nov. 2, during regular business hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30-4:00 and Friday 8:30-12:30. For the convenience of residents, early voting also will be held the evening of Thursday, Oct. 25, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How Does Early Voting Work?
Early voters will complete their ballot in City Hall and place the ballot in a sealed Early Voting envelope that they’ve filled out with their name, address, and signature. The Elections Administrator will ensure that these ballots are submitted to the correct polling location on Election Day. Please note, once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.

How is Early Voting Different than Absentee Voting?
Unlike absentee voting, early voting is for every registered voter. Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early. Absentee voting is still available for registered voters who qualify (qualifications for absentee voting includes the voter being absent from their city or town on Election Day, or the voter having a disability or religious belief that prevents them from going to the polls.)

You can check your voter registration status at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/.

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Howard Street to Be Closed Starting October 22 for Sewer Work

Starting on October 22, 2018, as part of our Sewer Rehabilitation Project, the City of Melrose’s Public Works Department, through its contractor Unified Contracting will begin performing a sewer repair on the stretch of Howard Street, between Hesseltine Avenue and Nelson Road/Ruggles Street. The purpose of this work is to repair the areas of the sewer system that were found to be in need during our infiltration and inflow (I/I) investigations, in an effort to prevent infiltration from entering into the pipes. Infiltration is clean water from below the ground (known as groundwater) that enters the sewer system through defective sewer pipes and structures. This “clean” water takes up space or capacity in a pipe that would normally be available for wastewater. It can cause the pipe and its service connections to back-up and potentially overflow during extreme wet weather conditions, and it costs the City’s sewer ratepayers money to send to the MWRA sewer system for conveyance and treatment.

This work will begin Monday, October 22, with the contractor mobilizing equipment on Friday, October 19 and prep work beginning Saturday, October 20. Work is expected to be completed in a minimum of 5 days but may continue into Saturday and possibly the following week. Unified Contracting will start their work at 7:00 am and may continue past 5:00 pm, however this stretch of Howard Street will be closed for the duration of the repair. This means there will be no public access to this stretch until the repair is complete (a minimum of 5 days starting Monday, October 22). Emergency vehicles will still have access to all roads for the duration of the work. In addition, the residential areas around the work area will be open to abutters only. Included in this notice is a map with the intended detour route around the road closure. Expect traffic on this detour route to be heavy during peak commuter hours.

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Organ Concert at FUMC Melrose, Fri. 10/19 at 7 pm

The First United Methodist Church, 645 Main St., Melrose, will host the first concert of its Organ Concert Series on Friday, October 19 at 7 pm. Heinrich Christensen, the Music Director of King’s Chapel and internationally-acclaimed, award-winning recording artist, will perform works of Bach, Widor, Cooman, Slonimski, Lindblad, Saint-Saëns and Madsen on the church’s fully-restored 1905 James Cole organ. All are invited. Free admission.

For more information, contact the church office at 781-662-7060.

News and Events, Schools

Citywide Band Night is Tonight—October 16!

Calling all students grades 3-8! You are invited to come march with the Band! Students will get a chance to go on the field and learn to march with the MHS Marching Band on Tuesday, October 16.

Meet the band members, watch a marching demonstration, and learn how to march out on the field under the big lights! Elementary band students should bring their instruments.

The night will conclude with a private performance of our 2018 Halftime Show – “Grease!”

The event is 6-7:00 pm the on the Fred Green Field. This is a great family event for budding musicians. Siblings are welcome! We hope to see you there!

Benefits of Citywide Band Night:

  • Students who play a band instrument from grades 3 – 12 are all on the field with each other at the same time! Students realize that they are part of a community through playing their instrument.
  • Band is a team activity where everyone matters, and everyone participates! Young students get to see first-hand what this looks like up close. There are subtle structures, systems, norms, processes, expectations, ideas, etc. that are learned as a natural by-product of being part of a group like this.
  • Younger students have a chance to interact with and learn from older students in a fun atmosphere. They will learn there are systems and vocabulary that all band students know and use to work together. Knowing the systems and vocabulary facilitates teamwork, understanding, and enjoyment.
  • By watching the High School students rehearse, younger students can see what they are working towards as they get older. This example helps give meaning to their lessons and practice while planting the seeds for intrinsic motivation.
  • Students get to see how many other kids are doing what they do! In the weekly small group setting, it is easy not to see that you are part of something much bigger.
  • High school students love working with the younger students(!) and get much fulfillment out of helping them as well as gaining experience in working with and mentoring younger students.
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Senior Sign-Up for Discounts on October 22 & 23

The City of Melrose will once again hold two sessions for seniors to sign up for a variety of discounts and tax exemptions on Monday, October 22, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesday, October 23, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Memorial Hall.

Last year, more than 125 qualifying seniors came to Memorial Hall and took advantage of this opportunity with various City Departments. These sessions offer a relaxed atmosphere where residents can speak directly with city departments to learn more about city discounts on bills and programs that may be available to them.

Residents need only attend one session.

The following discounts and exemptions are in place for qualifying seniors and low income residents:

  • Senior Property Tax Exemption (Age 65+ & income eligible)
  • Water & Sewer Discounts (Age 65+ or income eligible)
  • Solid Waste Fee Discounts (Age 65+ or income eligible)
  • Property Tax Work Program (Age 60+)
  • Help Understanding Your Energy Bill
  • Council on Aging Transportation

What residents should bring:

  • Photo Identification
  • Recent Tax Bill
  • 2017 Tax Return (Social Security Statement if no tax return)
  • Electric Bill