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Downtown Melrose is a mess. Buildings have rotting wood trim, ripped and dirty awnings and many need paint jobs. There are businesses who have seen significant decline in sales. When people parrot how our “Victorian Downtown is envied by everyone”, all I...
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Last Post: Mar 7, 2019 8:42am
by Individual 1
Flourishing Schools
Melorse schools are flourishing.. I didn’t say it the superintendent of Melrose did more than once!!! Why would we need an override? Vote no
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Last Post: Feb 28, 2019 8:08pm
by Melrose
Mass Utility Bills Among Nation's Highest
Bye, bye Override. Melrose residents can't afford it. From Patch today. --- Massachusetts residents have some of the the highest utility bills in the U.S., dishing out an average of $469 a month for gas, electricity and related costs, according to a new report fro...
Views: 580   Replies: 16
Last Post: Feb 27, 2019 5:52pm
by Oy
Time for some real talk
I would encourage everyone in the Melrose Cares community to attend the Real Talk: Override discussion panel tomorrow (Thursday) night, 7PM at the Melrose High School Learning Commons. Show up, ask questions and let your voices be heard!
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Last Post: Feb 27, 2019 4:20pm
by Let's go Melros...
Reachng A New Low
Saw a list on the City website of "proposed" cuts for departments other than schools if the override fails. Remember that "proposed" can mean whatever you want it to mean, but one thing it doesn't mean is "actual". Could they City possibly being disingenuous? Talk ab...
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Last Post: Feb 20, 2019 7:56pm
by Paying our Way
Water and Sewer
I almost fell out of my chair when I got my last water and sewer bill, which was $640.44. What made it even worse was when I asked my two kids what theirs was I got the following: Amesbury - $31.22, and Wakefield - $127.90. At first I didn't believe it, then I figure...
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Last Post: Feb 17, 2019 12:40pm
by Too Much
Honey Dew
Hey! What happened to Honey Dew Donuts? I went down there to get my coffee this morning and the place is all boarded up. I was there yesterday afternoon and there was no indication whatsoever of a demise.
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Last Post: Feb 13, 2019 3:21pm
by Coffee
Melrose Gets What it Deserves
The gullible and intellectually lazy parents continue to lap up the administrative propaganda and get increasingly lathered about low teachers' salaries and all the other talking points for the latest override boondoggle. They will look the other way when intelligent...
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Last Post: Feb 10, 2019 11:06pm
by Truth
Top paid
Every year in January a list of the cities highest paid makes the front page of the newspaper. Did I miss it this year or was it not there? Are they hiding it this year ahead of the override so residents don’t see the high salaries, think they’re overpaid...
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Last Post: Feb 10, 2019 9:52pm
by Luis
Endorsing an override as in the past would have been an easy choice for the Chamber. Better to have the taxpayers share a possible fiscal shortfall. Better not to have tax exempt properties payments for servicies questioned.
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Last Post: Feb 6, 2019 3:39pm
by Consider the sou...
The Melrose Taxpayers'
You can learn more in the coming weeks. The Melrose Taxpayers' Alliance will be educating you with accurate, factual information to help you make the right choice in the April 2nd election. This is an important vote, so be sure and make your decision based on facts,...
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Last Post: Feb 4, 2019 7:55pm
by Dad
Businesses in Trouble
Many downtown Melrose businesses are in trouble. As I shopped local over the weekend, I made a point of asking questions. Business revenue is way down all over downtown! Delayed construction projects and poor city planning is partly responsible. Melrose is no longer...
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Last Post: Feb 4, 2019 11:50am
by Or
Sense A Pattern?
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Last Post: Feb 3, 2019 3:41pm
by Concerned Melros...
Lemmerman Dark Side.
How JL could elevate “The Felon” to the status of Brodeur and Lewis is surprising. Excited to see that she was hosting a conversation with our State Senator and State Representative. We were leaning toward a YES Vote and intended to go to this gathering....
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Last Post: Feb 3, 2019 2:18pm
by Lemmerman Dark S...
Salary Comparisons
Hoping that the Melrose Taxpayers Alliance will do a comparison chart of starting salaries for Melrose Firefighters and Melrose Police Officers compared to surrounding Cities and towns. What are the step raises for Public Safety employees in Melrose? How does Melr...
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Last Post: Feb 3, 2019 9:28am
by Facts and Figure...
Pot shops
At the risk of daring think there is more to this towns politics than the override What about the pot shops? Where should they be? Ward 5 hypocrisy in not wanting one there, or fair points about sharing the burdens (though after the initial rush of traffic, most rese...
Views: 475   Replies: 17
Last Post: Feb 1, 2019 2:21pm
by resident
The news is dieing and how to fix it
The past 15 years have brought us the collapse of the U.S. auto industry, the death of American manufacturing, and the groundwork for a movement of automation that is poised to wipe out an entire class of low-wage workers. However, nothing has hit this country quite...
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Last Post: Jan 31, 2019 9:55pm
by Opinion
Line Item City Budget?
Is there a line item city budget available to the public? Not the virtual budget. Rather a line item budget that details all the revenue, expenses and other?
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Last Post: Jan 31, 2019 9:30pm
by Biofreeze
Using the College Students for Votes
There appears to be an effort to get the city's living away at college population to vote yes on the override. Obviously this is done to counter all the no votes that the last override received. To turn the numbers in the yes' favor because so many people said no the...
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Last Post: Jan 27, 2019 1:39am
by Never Answered
Infurna’s RE Taxes
Just went on the City of Melrose Assesment page to check what Gail Infurna pays for her Real Estate Taxes. She is demanding the rest of us (who make far less than she does) to make a decision to pay more RE taxes for the Override. Who owns the condo she lives in at 1...
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Last Post: Jan 18, 2019 10:30am
by GI
Ben Franklin Quotes
Geezer got me googling Ben Franklin quotes. Here are a few from American History Central: “Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done mu...
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Last Post: Jan 17, 2019 4:49pm
by Wow
Don't Use METCO as Budget Scapegoat
This excellent post was on the School side (in response to a very flawed posting by "Real Facts" that suggested METCO creates $800,000+ cost to Melrose--NOT true!), but deserves fuller representation regarding city governance: Dear Real Facts, If you're looking...
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Last Post: Jan 17, 2019 12:46pm
by Okay to Vote No
One Melrose Trouble
Uncertainty and anxiety is increasing as the Government Shutdown continues with no end in sight. The Stock Market fluctuations, political shenanigans and the manipulation of facts and data by local and national politicians is very worrying for One Melrose. One of the...
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Last Post: Jan 17, 2019 9:41am
by Curious
The MCG page turned off the Comment section regarding Infurna’s Override speech. Yes is in trouble and nervous.
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Last Post: Jan 17, 2019 9:00am
by No Comment
State Of The City
Is that what that was? I thought it was about 90% stumping for an override.
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Last Post: Jan 15, 2019 10:19pm
by Say What?
Huge Melrose budget surpluses
Since GI never tells anybody this, so it's important to know that Melrose each year has HUGE budget surpluses. They call it "free cash", but it's really a budget surplus. Here are the surpluses for the past few years: FY18 - $3.5M FY17 - $2.2M FY16 - $4.3M FY15...
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Last Post: Jan 15, 2019 9:00pm
by Melrose
Sam and Rob
Sam Hammar and Rob Dolan teamed up to host college kids for an Override Forum. Dolan surfacing to promote One Melrose, YES is interesting. The details of his disgraced exit is widely known and certainly won’t be welcomed by the Lincoln School PTO. Did SH get a...
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Last Post: Jan 14, 2019 6:38pm
by Absolutely
So Much Hypocrisy, No on Override
As a Melrosian who cares about our community, I find the whole override presentation very troubling. It is business as usual for the lifer pols in this town, those who refuse to hold our school administration and school committee accountable for grievous misconduct,...
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Last Post: Jan 10, 2019 8:01am
by Concerned Melros...
First Poll Results for Melrose Override
Based on a random sample of 1,000 Melrose Residents. Conducted during period from 1/2/2019 through 1/9/2019. Demographics: Homeowners: 752 Renters: 248 (D): 686 (R): 236 (Did not Identify): 78 Aggregated Results: “Yes” - 67.5% “No&#...
Views: 267   Replies: 6
Last Post: Jan 9, 2019 11:24pm
by Really??
Send this Override Overboard!
There is power in numbers. A group of citizens agreeing to run as a slate for both boards, giving each other the strength and wisdom base (since there is a steep learning curve), would begin to fix things. Melrose does not need more of the current batch of clones....
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Last Post: Jan 9, 2019 9:37pm
by Credibility
Wake up guys. If you oppose it and an override passes, who will pay for it ? Mostly wage earners whom are mostly male. They will be the ones to pick up the tab. If you believe it's worthwhile and can afford to pay for it for years to come out of your income, vote Yes.
Views: 211   Replies: 2
Last Post: Jan 8, 2019 12:44pm
by The Outsider
The Truth Really is Stranger Than Fiction
Over the past few days there have been a flood of posts by obvious trolls. They were reported to the admins. Earlier today, posts appeared attributed to the admins saying that the IPs of those trolls had been blocked. After emailing the admins to thank them for...
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Last Post: Dec 28, 2018 9:53pm
by Unbelievable
Biofreeze would you like to have an open and public question and answer session on the override.. you say you can afford it and make a front that the rich matter more than we’ll i guess I’m the poor, should my kids be left behind because I’m only ma...
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Last Post: Dec 28, 2018 3:30pm
by Opinion
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Last Post: Dec 20, 2018 9:58pm
Medical Worries Costs
Why the “One” Melrose folks couldn’t have waited until after the Holidays to begin their campaign is questionable I was an undecided voter but now have made my decision. This Country and City is in such a mess. Couldn’t we have had a break fr...
Views: 219   Replies: 2
Last Post: Dec 17, 2018 6:38am
by What It Is
Take Off The Blinders
With a stock market tumbling and a Recession predicted, what part of "We Can't Afford It" don't the Yes folks understand ?
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Last Post: Dec 16, 2018 4:43pm
by Mean and Divisiv...
Globe Warning and Weekly News Missed Opportunity
Don't miss major feature on front page of Globe Local section today 12/16 entitled "Worry Mounts Aa Property Taxes Rise" about the impact on senior citizens and those on fixed income. Also, wouldn't it have been interesting if the reporter who wrote the photo/articl...
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Last Post: Dec 16, 2018 4:32pm
by Facts and Figure...
What happened?
Why was Melrose Messages not working for 3 months?
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Last Post: Dec 15, 2018 5:49pm
by Balance
Inside the Override spin
The latest installment of "Inside the Override" is the purest example to date of how the administration misrepresents data in the hope the electorate is either too dumb or too busy. This time however they have preceded an irrelevant (albeit true) statistic with a pat...
Views: 139   Replies: 1
Last Post: Dec 14, 2018 6:39pm
by What It Is
Yes Campaign
I am wondering why my questions and information is being blocked or taken down not only by but by the Mayors blog. I have no specified my vote because I want more information. No one on the yes side or the Mayor seem to care is just say yes or else. Yo...
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Last Post: Dec 13, 2018 8:53pm
by worried
I still am trying to figure out where the $50 a quarter “trash fee” we pay with our water bills is applied to. Does this money just go into water and sewer account or do the actually take money out and allocate to DPW? Is this used to pay for employees, e...
Views: 255   Replies: 6
Last Post: Dec 13, 2018 7:57pm
by Spread the Word
I recently noticed the Mayor campaigning with the Yes voters for the override.. I’m concerned because I send questions and such and she didn’t respond. I am curious will the mayor hear out the skeptics and answer some questions? Maybe we are not opposed t...
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Last Post: Dec 13, 2018 7:49pm
by Spread the Word
Biofreeze would you like to have an open and public question and answer session on the override.. you say you can afford it and make a front that the rich matter more than we’ll i guess I’m the poor, should my kids be left behind because I’m only ma...
Views: 103   Replies: 0
Last Post: Dec 13, 2018 5:58pm
by Challenge
Tired of the Name Calling
I'm starting to get a little tired of the antics of the "Yes" brigade. For the most part, as soon as they find out someone plans to vote "No", it starts - you don't care about the kids, you're selfish, you're irresponsible, and on and on and on. It sure tells me a lo...
Views: 527   Replies: 22
Last Post: Dec 5, 2018 6:10pm
by Get informed; if...
The RD and JC story. Exits from City Hall Melrose to Lynnfield and Lincoln Elementary to a Lexington Elementary. Reputations gone. Departures were not just for bigger salaries.
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Last Post: Dec 1, 2018 1:11am
by Get the facts
Economic Worries
The Stock Market is plummeting again today. Trump’s trade wars will continue to blow things up and increase everyone’s economic uncertainty. Many people are already worried and struggling financially. Trump and his band of idiots in Washington will be re...
Views: 707   Replies: 15
Last Post: Nov 29, 2018 6:12pm
by decor
New Fire Chief
Even though I often disagree with Alderman Forbes, especially on some of the positions he has taken vis-a-vie water and Sewer, he is spot on in decrying the process, or lack of process, culminating in the appointment of the new fire chief. I don't know Captain Col...
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Last Post: Nov 27, 2018 6:53pm
by where is Dolan
We stand around and we blast the president for sinking the economy or being this or that but the same liberal agenda wants to increase taxes by 600 bucks a year from a bill passed by a mayor not elected by the people. You blame the president of the issues in the cou...
Views: 231   Replies: 2
Last Post: Nov 26, 2018 6:19pm
by Annoying
Random Acts of Kindness
I've seen signs and stickers around supporting Melrose Random Acts of Kindness Day. The slogan, we are Kindness Warriors with a picture of a heart with what looks like a v-jay jay inside of it. How much did all this stuff cost and who paid for it? Who designed the...
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Last Post: Nov 26, 2018 6:32pm
by kindness/respect
I applaud Monica Medieros for bringing up some very important questions regarding the override. She obviously has put a lot of thought into this and she has a right to her opinion. We voted for her to look out for us and that is exactly what she is doing. PM was...
Views: 197   Replies: 1
Last Post: Nov 23, 2018 6:07pm
by Vacation
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