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Melrose Police Participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

Chief Michael Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department will be increasing the number of patrols on local roads as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

The initiative is funded through a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division and will continue through the remainder of the summer.

Police urge motorists who have been drinking or using marijuana or other drugs to plan ahead and designate a driver, use a ride-sharing service or take public transportation.

“Driving impaired in any way is reckless, dangerous and unacceptable,” Chief Lyle said. “This campaign allows us to educate the public and specifically target impaired drivers who unnecessarily put themselves and public in danger.”

Melrose Police will have several officers on the lookout for impaired and reckless drivers over the coming weeks. Residents are reminded to never get behind the wheel if they have been drinking and to never get into a vehicle if the driver is impaired.

According to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, marijuana or marijuana-type drugs were the most prevalent types of drugs found in drivers involved in fatal crashes from 2013 to 2017. Additionally, from 2013 to 2017, 11 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes were found with both alcohol and drugs in their system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 1/3 of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. On average, from 2013-2017, more than 10,000 people have died each year in drunk-driving crashes.

Melrose Police join 140 local law enforcement agencies across the state that will participate in this campaign to enhance efforts to keep impaired drivers off the road.

If you are charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will lose your license and could face jail time and incur the cost of significant fines and expenses.

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Melrose Police to Hold Third Annual Golf Tournament on September 6

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 6
7 a.m. registration
8 a.m. shotgun start

WHERE: Mount Hood Golf Club, 100 Slayton Road

WHAT: The golf tournament serves as a fundraising event to support the Melrose Police Department’s community programs, many of which are free and open to the public, like the Junior Police Academy and the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program.

Money raised from the tournament will also go toward the Melrose Police Scholarship Fund, which gives college scholarships to Melrose High School students pursuing an education in policing or criminal justice, and assist in funding the department’s K-9 unit program.

Pricing for the event is $150 per golfer and includes a cart, dinner buffet and a gift bag. Residents who don’t want to golf, but want to support the department, can purchase a dinner only option for $50.

Singles, twosomes and threesomes will be paired with others.

Melrose Police are also looking for tee and green sponsors, which are $100 each.

Those who are interested in playing, sponsoring the event, or who have questions should contact Detective Greg Forestell at 781-953-2376 or gforestell@cityofmelrose.org, or Officer John Goodhue at 781-572-8596 or jgoodhue@cityofmelrose.org.

Checks can be made payable to the Melrose Police Department, 56 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176.

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Message from Mayor Infurna: Interim DPW Director

As you may be aware, DPW Director John Scenna’s last official day with the City of Melrose is Friday, September 6. I want to thank John for his many years of excellent service to the City of Melrose, and wish him all the best in his new position as Superintendent, Lynnfield Center Water District.

I had initially planned to hire a new DPW Director as quickly as possible. The City Charter gives the Mayor the important responsibility of recruiting and hiring for all positions in the City, and I will continue to take that responsibility seriously until my last day in office. On July 25, 2019, our Human Resources Director advertised for the position on the employment websites of a number of professional public works organizations where public works professionals routinely look for such openings. As of today, we have only received 3 applications, therefore, I have decided to leave it up to the next Mayor to fill this position.

In the meantime, because I believe it is not in the city’s best interest to leave such a critical position vacant for long, I have decided to name Rick Stinson as interim Director of Public Works. Rick recently retired as the DPW Director of Wakefield, a post he held for 18 years; before that, he was the Director of Operations in Danvers from 1994 to 2001 and the business manage for the Wakefield DPW from 1988 to 1994. He is the president and delegate of the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association and the director for their National Region 1. Rick will be responsible for day to day operations and will report directly to me.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Rick to the City of Melrose as our Interim DPW Director. I look forward to working with him in the months to come.

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Melrose Police Host Junior Academy

Approximately 160 cadets completed the Melrose Police Department’s Junior Academy this summer.

Chief Michael Lyle is pleased to announce that approximately 160 children completed the Melrose Police Department’s Junior Academy this summer.

The Junior Academy is a free, one-week program, and the Melrose Police Department held three sessions this summer from June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 15-19. The program was open to children ages 10-13.

Cadets took part in physical activities crafted to promote team work, and also to test for speed, focus and physical ability. During the academy, members of the Melrose Police Department also taught cadets about investigations, K-9 operations, mountain bike functions, nutrition, physical health, detective functions, patrol procedures, traffic, bullying, drugs and cyber safety.

Sergeant Charles Byrne served as the director of the academy, and the day-to-day operations of the program were also overseen by School Resource Officer Jim Applegate, Officer Alan Brown and School Resource Officer Rob Mann. Lessons to cadets were led by Sgt. Jon Goc, Detective Sgt. Paul McNamara, Detective Dan Ehlers, Officer Joe Donovan, Officer Mike Plumer, Detective Greg Forestell, K-9 Officer Brian Trainor, Officer Nik MacIntosh and Officer Dan Riordan.

Firefighter Lt. Brian Moran, of the Melrose Fire Department, also gave a lesson to cadets in the academy this summer.

“The Junior Academy is a great opportunity for us to teach young residents about law enforcement, and to reinforce safety habits at a young age,” Chief Lyle said. “It also allows cadets to get to know members of the police department in an engaging, fun setting. Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Junior Academy possible; it took a lot of work, and was a great success.”

The Melrose Police Department wishes to give a special thank you to Dominic Ternullo and his wife, Fabiano, of G and T Auto Body for supplying each class with complementary refreshments. The department also wishes to thank the counselors and staff from Melrose High School and Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School who volunteered their time to support the academy, as well as the Melrose Fire Department, Pat Casey Printing, Stephen’s Towing and Pro Am Enterprises.

Children that participated in the Melrose Police Department’s Junior Academy this summer learned about investigations, K9, run-hide-fight, mountain bike functions, firefighter operations, nutrition, physical health, detective functions, patrol procedures, traffic, bullying, drugs and cyber safety.

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Melrose Bank’s Summer Parking Lot Party!

Friday, August 23, 2019, 4-6 pm
Melrose Bank Parking Lot
638 Main Street, Melrose MA 02176

Melrose Bank invites you to a “Goodbye Summer” Party in their parking lot! This family- and dog-friendly event will have an ice cream truck giving away free tasty treats, games, music, and more.  It’s the last Friday before school starts in Melrose, so let’s celebrate the final days of summer!