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Fall 2015 Elections
This is one of the best election cycles in recent memory. The Mayor is up, there is talk of an override on the ballot, 3 school committee members, and a full slate of Alderman. Last time this happened was the Balfour/Middle School Debt exclusion election in 2003....
Views: 591   Replies: 18
Last Post: Feb 23, 2015 11:10am
by Maybe Not Lifers
Tax Increase Coming
Just read in the local papers that the BOA will be recommending a tax increase for residential & commercial properties. Looks like our residential taxes will go up about an average of $170 per homeowner, more for commercial properties. This means with property evalua...
Views: 676   Replies: 22
Last Post: Feb 12, 2015 10:44am
by Old Guy
Next Mayor
With Dolan going to work for Baker, hopefully Ed O' Connell will run for Mayor.. with his rehab in progress, Ed would be perfect to continue the policies of the current administration. Maybe this was the plan all along?
Views: 1398   Replies: 37
Last Post: Feb 9, 2015 6:23pm
by Truth Shall Set ...
snow removal from sidewalks
The time has come for the city of Melrose to pass an ordinance requiring property owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their property within a reasonable time after a storm, perhaps 24 hours. We are a walking town we don't bus our kids to school.The sidewalks ne...
Views: 457   Replies: 10
Last Post: Feb 4, 2015 6:02pm
by The Real One
Do you believe it?
It has come to my attention, from a disgruntled insider at City hall, that Mayor Dolan and his minions have conspired to create a Nor'Easter this week in an effort to get Dolan's cronies in the DPW overtime pay. He colluded with the alderman who have health insuranc...
Views: 324   Replies: 3
Last Post: Jan 26, 2015 7:15pm
by Snowless
Police blog
What happened to the Melrose Police Log? It stopped in August. It was nice to know about what is going on in the city. Newspaper only lists a few.
Views: 864   Replies: 11
Last Post: Jan 26, 2015 7:42am
by I think...
Oil Truck Rollover
Paper showed the oil truck rollover on Howard St. All the roads were icy that morning for too long. They didn't put salt down until after a couple hours. What liability does the city have for the rollover and all the other accidents that morning?
Views: 175   Replies: 2
Last Post: Jan 24, 2015 6:08pm
by The Scavenger
Alcohol Changes
When are the BOA "debating" the Alcohol changes that Don Conn mentioned at the last meeting? The handpicked "Committee Members" appointed by Dolan to deliberate were suspect from the beginning. Just like the schools, back room deals, hidden agendas and lack of trans...
Views: 431   Replies: 2
Last Post: Jan 23, 2015 11:33am
by Less interesting...
Pray for ny police
tragedy in Brooklyn today. Please pray for the families of the two slain police officers today.
Views: 341   Replies: 4
Last Post: Jan 7, 2015 3:14pm
by Lets get real
2 PEAS IN A POD
What do the Mayor of New York City and Mayor "Wonderful" of Melrose have in common?[Cop]
Views: 575   Replies: 6
Last Post: Jan 4, 2015 10:46am
by Haterz
WLocal/JSacco: Alderman Peter Mortimer: Serving Out of Dedication for Melrose
Serving out of dedication for Melrose By Peter Mortimer / Melrose Alderman Posted Oct. 24, 2014 @ 8:23 am Based on the article in [this week's] Free Press you may be wondering why I applied for pension benefits, including health insurance, in 2013, if I wanted...
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Last Post: Dec 30, 2014 8:37pm
by names
dolan declares OVERRIDE
Today's Globe North has "Mayor for Life/KING" declaring for the OVERRIDE ! I'm sure the GIC taking Aldermen will support him all the way! Peter Mort is retired and since his family's Health Insurance for life is paid by Melrose taxpayers, he is free to be appointe...
Views: 595   Replies: 7
Last Post: Dec 15, 2014 11:31am
by Put down the cra...
Blowing leaves in Street
Does anybody have an ignorant and arrogant f...... neighbor who blows his leaves in the street so we have to pick them up when they blow down to our lawn? I would love it if somebody smacks him in the head with a rake (plastic of course). Signed Green Thumb
Views: 427   Replies: 6
Last Post: Nov 29, 2014 12:38pm
by Hmmm....
Retirement Board
A "little bird" told me today that the City has been paying three "city employees" (not those of the retirement board staff) out of retirement funds, in an arrangement concocted by Patrick Dello Russo, the City Auditor/CFO, and the Mayor's ex-officio appointee and Ch...
Views: 336   Replies: 5
Last Post: Nov 8, 2014 2:35pm
by WTF?
Nostrodamus
1) Baker over Coakley by 5 points 2) Brodeur and Clark win comfortably 3) Question 1 - State gas tax remains as is, NO vote prevails 4) Question 2 - Expanded Bottle Bill fails. NO Vote prevails 5) Question 3 - Casino built in Everett. No Vote prevails 6) Questi...
Views: 667   Replies: 25
Last Post: Nov 8, 2014 9:40am
by Political Observ...
Rob RoboCalling for Everett No on Repealing of Casino Law
This is just gross and inappropriate. So what else is new? "paid for by Everett" is the tag line!
Views: 425   Replies: 18
Last Post: Nov 6, 2014 11:34am
by Complete joke
Baker vs Chokley Debate
After watching the debate last night, looks like Baker is a shoe-in for the governorship.
Views: 478   Replies: 24
Last Post: Oct 30, 2014 1:40pm
by Woodstock
Cops are leaving soon
Rumor has it there are several cops looking to leave the fair city of Melrose. what is it? The administration? Not enough details? Dolan?
Views: 1307   Replies: 48
Last Post: Oct 28, 2014 10:30am
by Pro
WLocal/JSacco: Alderman Peter Mortimer Explains Retirement
http://melrose.wickedlocal.com/article/20141024/NEWS/141027629 Alderman Peter Mortimer explains retirement By Jessica Sacco / jsacco@wickedlocal.com Posted Oct. 24, 2014 @ 8:46 am An alderman’s unusual move to hold on to state health care benefits left so...
Views: 193   Replies: 0
Last Post: Oct 24, 2014 9:15am
by GIC-takers
Breaking News
Governor Protects his Staff "As he prepares to leave office, Governor Deval Patrick is quietly transferring 500 of his managers into the state public employee union, a move that will qualify them for a series of 3 percent raises and insulate them from firing when...
Views: 483   Replies: 14
Last Post: Oct 21, 2014 1:26pm
by Yugdlo
WickedLocal: Multi-unit buildings request changes to water, sewer rates
http://melrose.wickedlocal.com/article/20141009/NEWS/141006959/?template=printart By Jessica Sacco jsacco@wickedlocal.com October 09. 2014 10:07AM Multi-unit buildings request changes to water, sewer rates Representatives from Melrose condominiums and ap...
Views: 431   Replies: 12
Last Post: Oct 18, 2014 7:07pm
by Agree
WATER BILLS
WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE OF THE INSANE AND RIDICULOUS WATER BILL RATES? THE TIER SYSTEM SYSTEM THAT WE PAID A CONSULTANT TO DETERMINE IS INSANE. MY BILL HAS INCREASED $800 PER YEAR WITH NO INCREASE IN USAGE. I AM OUTRAGED AND DISAPOINTED AND DISGUSTED FRANKLY BY THE...
Views: 1315   Replies: 31
Last Post: Oct 9, 2014 5:36pm
by Yugdlo
Dolan Wants Taxpayers to Pay for More Political Toys!
I read in the Melrose Weekly News on page 6 an article that Dolan wants to propose buying a purported interactive software that Melrose citizens can use to understand how their tax money is being spent. Dolan is quoted as saying “ I was introduced to the other...
Views: 463   Replies: 7
Last Post: Oct 8, 2014 9:31am
by Skipped the show
Health Reform
Disgusted Oct 2, 2014 - 4:25PM Health Reform Last week, the Mass Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) released its latest report on municipal retiree health insurance. As expected the report finds that the cost of municipal health insurance plans is unsustainable, and as...
Views: 165   Replies: 0
Last Post: Oct 3, 2014 4:34pm
by Disgusted
Vinton/Warwick
We need to start thinking about limiting truck traffic along Vinton Street and Warwick Road. I know this is a common shortcut to the fells (and vice versa) but these are still residential and school neighborhoods. The noise and volume of trucks, is just not acceptab...
Views: 513   Replies: 6
Last Post: Oct 1, 2014 3:01pm
by MDC
Mohegan Sun-down
Hey Robbie, I hope you cashed that Mohegan Sun mitigation check! And good luck getting one from Steve Wynn.
Views: 283   Replies: 5
Last Post: Sep 17, 2014 9:49pm
by yabo
Election Results
Dolan must be drowning his sorrows tonight.....Martha, Maura, Katherine and Marion.... Year of the woman, Rob !
Views: 818   Replies: 13
Last Post: Sep 17, 2014 9:47pm
by woot
Alcohol Law Changes
Is Dolan's "Drinking Buddy, Joe" ( mentioned on another thread on this board ) the same person who is on the Liquor Commission and whose wife works for the Health Department as the Substance Abuse Coalition staff member? I can't believe this is true! Conflict of i...
Views: 239   Replies: 5
Last Post: Sep 4, 2014 6:17pm
by Willie
Morty Retiring?
According to the City website, Morty is retiring. Retiring from what? The Board of Aldermen? How exactly will this affect his GIC insurance I wonder? Will he be eligible to keep it permanently as a retiree?
Views: 1280   Replies: 29
Last Post: Sep 3, 2014 5:40pm
by Out of Control
Outrageous Water Rates
Monica Medeiros is quoted in the Free Press below. She was literally the ONLY alderman to vote against the new tiered system, which actually penalizes those who conserve water and/or who have second water meters. It was a crazy thing that the community basically let...
Views: 609   Replies: 14
Last Post: Sep 1, 2014 7:30pm
by Knowledge
TGIF for Carjackers
Had my children locked inside the house all day Friday after receiving a message from Mayor Rob that two men, apparently armed and dangerous, were roaming the city. Suddenly at 5pm I receive another message that Police have done a thorough search of the city and hav...
Views: 483   Replies: 6
Last Post: Aug 27, 2014 8:41pm
by What??
What's up at MMTV?
MMTV always replayed the board meetings so viewers could watch when they wanted. My doctor prescribed them for my insomnia and it worked wonders for years. For the last couple weeks they only post a graphic showing the time of the next meeting and aren't replayin...
Views: 1721   Replies: 49
Last Post: Aug 27, 2014 1:59pm
by Shakespear Quote...
Smartest Towns in Massachusetts (where is Melrose?)
http://www.boston.com/real-estate/community/2014/08/05/the-smartest-towns-mass/3bLvfPlGyLvLvvWLa5nqjM/pictures.html Gee, is anyone surprised that Melrose is not on this list? Not even close! Here instead of smart we have smarta$$es who think that unpacking the...
Views: 572   Replies: 25
Last Post: Aug 14, 2014 4:05pm
by A life Lesson
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