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Override Proposal
So according to Infurna, she is requesting a $5.18 million override, with every dime going to the schools. Does anyone NOT realize that it's NOT a $5.18 million override? It's $5.18 million every year forever. You could save almost that much by simply getting...
Views: 375   Replies: 8
Last Post: Nov 9, 2018 7:54am
by Melrose
Community Conversations
Read in the local newspaper that there will be group discussions on a (Spring 2019) school Override coming soon to the Theatre of The Absurd which Melrose has now become. No, No, No.... Not a cent until Taymore resigns and other City needs are given attention and mon...
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Last Post: Nov 6, 2018 11:21am
by failing melrose
Specifically, what will this override money be used for?
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Last Post: Nov 5, 2018 8:06pm
by Lincoln school
No override needed
In case you missed the oped in this week's Free Press: In the coming weeks, interim Mayor Gail Infurna and the Board of Aldermen will complete a required cycle toward a fiscal year 2019 operating budget for the city and schools to begin on July 1. The total budget...
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Last Post: Nov 5, 2018 8:12pm
by No Override
Public Safety Building Report
The update Illegitimate Gail released regarding the Public Safety Building Report is a disgrace. Talk about Fake News. One Melrose is nervous because they are realizing that voters care about more than the MPS.
Views: 552   Replies: 15
Last Post: Nov 4, 2018 10:50pm
by Obviously
Pervasive Damage to Open Public Discourse by Melrose Community Page on FB
In such dangerous times it seems especially important to try and shed light on the insidious sources of deepest harm. While the Melrose Community Page (MCP) on Facebook has contributed a great deal when it comes to having a forum for the routine stuff--where to lo...
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Last Post: Oct 31, 2018 9:30am
by parent
One Melrose
During the launch party for ONE MELROSE, there were many different messages from the speakers and the supporters present. All Aldermen will be targeted to publicly support putting the Override on the ballot and committ to campaign for its passage before Thanksgivin...
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Last Post: Oct 22, 2018 10:52am
by Trumpian Melrose
Patricia Wright and Bob Snow obituaries
Here are the obituaries from two dedicated citizens who worked hard over many years to help Melrose be more honest, more faithful to its citizens: Patricia M. Wright, 54. Obituary, Melrose, MA Patricia M. (Shea) Wright, age 54, of Melrose, formerly of Brighton...
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Last Post: Oct 22, 2018 7:59am
by Melrose Cares
Back Online in honor of Patricia Wright and Bob Snow, May they Rest in Peace
Let's have some civilized and intelligent dialogue in honor of two late citizens who really cared about Melrose!
Views: 134   Replies: 1
Last Post: Oct 20, 2018 11:17pm
by Agreed
Tax Bill
I was shocked when I opened the tax bill for the new year. I haven't lived here for very long, but the tax bill is more than 25% of what it was when I bought. How has it gone up so much in a few short years?
Views: 586   Replies: 8
Last Post: Jul 13, 2018 7:44pm
by 2 1/2 Will
Forbes for Mayor
Just read the Events and Adventures group. Interesting to read the recent posts encouraging Scott Forbes to run for Mayor. I would vote for Scott. I won't vote for MM, JT or MZ.
Views: 1280   Replies: 30
Last Post: Jul 12, 2018 9:48am
by Yes
Mayor’s Blog
A formal announcement was made days ago about Jackie Lavender Bird being hired to replace Mike Lindstrom. Interesting to note that GI has yet to announce it on her Mayor’s Blog. While a member of the BOA, JLB often voted differently than the rubber stamping G...
Views: 483   Replies: 9
Last Post: Jul 9, 2018 11:06am
by Melrose Resident
The Supremes Union Decision
I am a former member of a public sector union, retired. Above all else, unions exist to ensure workers are treated fairly. The Illinois law the Supremes just struck down forced all public sector employees to pay a fee to the unions, even if they are not union memb...
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Last Post: Jun 30, 2018 5:48pm
by Really?
Real Community Conversations
MBMM called City Hall furious last week because she was ticketed in front of Melrose television performing her two hour no call no show job where she worked with RD to raise our cable rates to get plush insurance and salary to do no work. She was angry she was ticke...
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Last Post: Jun 27, 2018 10:57am
by Nope
Infurna and Dolan
Melrose Patch posted photos from last night’s Pride event. The Infurna-Dolan exchange shows that GI must have had some explaining to do! RD looks unhappy! He left a mess and Illegitimate Mayor is in trouble!
Views: 293   Replies: 2
Last Post: Jun 21, 2018 7:24pm
by Forensic Audit
Mayors office?
Can anyone give me a review of what their experience has been dealing with Mayor Infurna and her office? Just a few words to describe your experience would be helpful. Thx
Views: 376   Replies: 2
Last Post: Jun 21, 2018 2:53pm
by Dunkin Donuts
Sam Hammar for State Senate
Jason Lewis is being challenged by Women's Commission Chair and Melrose Democratic City Chair, Sam Hammar. She must have big bucks, if she can afford to leave her full time job to run for State Senate. What does her husband do? All the local politicians praise Sena...
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Last Post: Jun 20, 2018 3:58pm
by Right
Who watched that train wreck of an alderman meeting last night? No discussion as they passed another budget with little critical thought. Icing on the cake was the inept moderation of the voting process! Seems Zwirko does not understand the rules or have any real gra...
Views: 346   Replies: 12
Last Post: Jun 20, 2018 9:47am
by More Over
Cemetery scandal
It’s been a year and a half now, with no further information regarding the co-conspirators on this issue. Why is it that no one seems to be further investigating, or worse yet, telling us information they already know?
Views: 232   Replies: 0
Last Post: Jun 9, 2018 1:35pm
by Bruce
Saw on Melrose Patch a list of Ma towns and the opioid overdoses compared to previous years. Melrose went from 2 one year then 10 ! MAAV does a great job helping our youth with dating violence but what do we have for drug awareness. This is scary I don’...
Views: 345   Replies: 5
Last Post: Jun 6, 2018 9:06am
by BA
Alderman health benefits
Mayor Infurna last night announced that she will eliminate health benefits for the aldermen in next year’s budget. This should make many people on this message board happy.
Views: 816   Replies: 22
Last Post: Jun 5, 2018 10:29pm
by That's Exactly ...
Teacher Protests
Bravo to the MPS teachers who demonstrated at all the schools today. Taymore should have been fired years ago instead of rehired and given a substantial raise. She is not respected by the educators she abuses on a daily basis. The budget has been mismanaged, childre...
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Last Post: Jun 4, 2018 6:00pm
by sped
April Override
The City will schedule an Override in April 2019. The Override details are being kept secret but it is rumored to be for the schools only. Forget about the Public Safety Buildings. Forget about street infrastructure. Forget about other departmental needs. Another...
Views: 478   Replies: 10
Last Post: May 24, 2018 6:00pm
by break
Mortimer Expressing Concern about Ghettos
BOA April 23 on Vimeo roughly 25:00 A stellar example of Melrose Governance Back up a little and see Wright posturing over those dastardly MBTA liquor ads at the 10-minute mark and then again (after no one could figure out his in...
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Last Post: May 18, 2018 11:49am
by LOL
Close The ECC
MPS (City Taxes) have subsidized the ECC since it opened. We cannot afford to run it anymore. Families who could afford the fees were lucky. MANY people could not afford the costs. The ECC discriminated against low income residents and paid a portion of the costs...
Views: 1016   Replies: 29
Last Post: May 12, 2018 8:37pm
by Yup
Speeding on Wyoming
A car hit and killed a 79 year old Barber on Wyoming Avenue in front of his shop. How fast was the driver going? Was the driver texting or talking on their cell phone? The traffic and speeding in this neighborhood is out of control. The Melrose Patch story made me...
Views: 891   Replies: 23
Last Post: May 1, 2018 10:40am
by True
Audit The City Budget
The entire City Budget needs a Forensic Audit before any additional bonding, debt exclusions or an override are discussed
Views: 356   Replies: 6
Last Post: Apr 30, 2018 7:18pm
by Oh, Yes
Water and Sewer
Go to the Water and Sewer Meeting Agenda on the City of Melrose Calendar this week. An agenda item lists moving "Water and Sewer Debt to Real Estate Taxes" What the hell does that mean? Our taxes are about to skyrocket with the Water and Sewer mismanagement and t...
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Last Post: Apr 23, 2018 7:50pm
by So?
Inequality and Anxiety
Income inequality and anxiety about life is widespread everywhere. An Override in Melrose is not fiscally affordable or psychology possible for the majority of voters. An Override can be proposed and defended by candidates running for Mayor in 2019, if deemed necess...
Views: 507   Replies: 6
Last Post: Apr 21, 2018 5:11pm
by Curious
Essex St
Just curious. I noticed the large parking lot on Essex St for Hallmark Health. Do they pay the city taxes to use this?
Views: 477   Replies: 10
Last Post: Apr 5, 2018 9:10pm
by Resident
Boisselle Retirement?
There was a notation in the April retirement newsletter congratulating Bob Boisselle on his retirement. What's up with that?
Views: 450   Replies: 10
Last Post: Apr 4, 2018 2:12pm
by M10
New Chair needed for the Melrose Democratic Committee. Sam Hammar stepped down to run against Jason Lewis. This week's meeting includes electing her replacement and welcoming Senator Lewis as the guest speaker. Strike anyone else as strange? It will be interesting...
Views: 839   Replies: 12
Last Post: Mar 29, 2018 7:29pm
by ED
Ward 5 Vacancy
BOA decides upon its new member tonight. It will be interesting to see votes/rationales. The meeting packet with public comments is an interesting read.
Views: 1380   Replies: 48
Last Post: Mar 22, 2018 8:18pm
by Shocking!
Infurna's million-dollar payday...Hope you read this in last week's papers.
How ironic that the theme of Rob Dolan’s farewell speech was: “Keep investing in yourselves.” He and the Board of Aldermen could have done the right and incredibly cost-effective thing for the taxpayers and city employees by creating an open electio...
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Last Post: Mar 4, 2018 11:37am
by Hassan Ben Sober
Aldermen benefits
I want to thank Interim Mayor Gail Infurna for her written explanation about join the city retirement system 20 years ago as a part-time alderman and thus is not eligible for a life pension after her mayoral term in two years. Fortunately, taxpayers should know that...
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Last Post: Feb 13, 2018 2:19pm
by Snow is a fraud
Bumpah Stickah
The new bumper sticker around town captures the true essence of Melrose politics. It shows looks like someone shoved the Melrose "M" right through a Valentine's heart.
Views: 237   Replies: 2
Last Post: Feb 4, 2018 10:53am
by Skip Town
Normal Melrose Politics
Just read Ed's comments regarding Rob. The fact that OC is the "new normal" of Melrose Politics is depressing! The Felon writes a 2 part series in the FP and is now VC of SC. He then bloviates about RD. Traitor Infurna stabs (former bff) Zwirko in the back. The "...
Views: 664   Replies: 13
Last Post: Feb 3, 2018 1:41pm
by Clem
Gail and The Trumpsters
Jen Lemmerman and Kate Lipper Garabedian flushed their reputations down the toilet. JL and KL-G are acting like true red republicans. They are are colluding and complicit with Gail and Rob. Disgusting! I voted for both of them last November and would take my votes ba...
Views: 658   Replies: 7
Last Post: Jan 22, 2018 10:38am
by Second
BOA & SC Lapdogs instead of Watch Dogs. Time for Checks and Balances Again
To date both the BOA and certainly the SC have functioned as lapdogs instead of guard dogs in providing appropriate oversight to those in the Executive branch. It's way past time that both the BOA and SC begin conducting themselves as the Checks and Balances to the E...
Views: 182   Replies: 0
Last Post: Jan 18, 2018 10:30am
by Melrosian
New Aldermen and SC Members Already Stained
On both boards the new members have already proven themselves as part of the Giant Melrose Rubber Stamp, with their recent votes for the leaders of the two boards and their sycophant statements in support of those disappointing positions. K L-G started out with a...
Views: 327   Replies: 3
Last Post: Jan 18, 2018 10:16am
by clarity
"New" Police Station
Are you kidding me? They want to turn the main fire house into a police station? Are they on crack? A police station needs to be designed and built to be a police station. They could completely gut that fire building and still fail to make it a fully functional poli...
Views: 725   Replies: 11
Last Post: Jan 15, 2018 9:01am
by Wine Girl
Special Election Would offer Fresh Blood ?
Would a special election allow any Melrose resident to run for Mayor ? If so, think of all the fresh, highly-qualified, talent that is so sorely needed and available to oversee a multi-million dollar enterprise ? We deserve better for the challenges ahead.
Views: 409   Replies: 5
Last Post: Jan 11, 2018 5:16pm
by Yup
Congratulations To The Mayor
Congratulations to Mayor Dolan, who has managed one more time to find a way to screw the people of Melrose.
Views: 494   Replies: 6
Last Post: Jan 10, 2018 11:00am
Mayor leaving for Lynnfield?
From Wicked local: Mayor Rob Dolan has been named a finalist for the position of Lynnfield Town Administrator. Dolan was announced as one of two finalists for the Lynnfield position at the town’s Dec. 11 Board of Selectmen meeting. A screening committee...
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Last Post: Jan 9, 2018 3:23pm
by You Want Ugly?
Pension Issues and the Interim Mayor
There is a larger issue in the interim Mayor decision that I hope the members of this community work to make their voices heard. I know I will be sending an e-mail to each Alderman. If Gail Infurna gets the post for the next 2 years the Mayors salary of $125,000 per...
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Last Post: Dec 23, 2017 11:55pm
by Phillips
My Christmas wish is that Melrose take the opportunity to move toward greater Transparency in these unexpected political times. I've read about The City Charter, deadline dates, BOA games and the uncertainty facing Melrose government and Melrose taxpayers. Even tho...
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Last Post: Dec 23, 2017 11:49pm
by Diamond
Done Deal
Doughboy was offered the job this morning and accepted. Tonight's meeting is just a charade (like all the Melrose meetings), since the deal was already done in secret (just the way Rob likes it). Tonight they are just there for him to try and up the salary.
Views: 460   Replies: 6
Last Post: Dec 22, 2017 7:11am
by Willie
Latest Margolis Insurance Con We Pay For
Con artist MBMM was overheard at the fair with other insiders talking about how she went from fleecing residents with free insurance from being an alderman now fleecing residents for free insurance through Melrose television. She works hand in hand with Dolan to set...
Views: 1207   Replies: 24
Last Post: Dec 11, 2017 9:04am
by Cable Bill
Katherine Clark voted to impeach Trump! He has done nothing impeachable and this country is in better shape than it's been in a long time. Her vote was based solely on the fact that she hates him. Vote her out!
Views: 344   Replies: 7
Last Post: Dec 8, 2017 12:12pm
by Forced To Agree
Melrose Sees Significant Hike in Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths Melrose 2012 1 death 2013 5 deaths 2014 4 deaths 2015 2 deaths 2016 8 deaths And predictably you haven't been informed about this from the administration, the Ch...
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Last Post: Dec 2, 2017 11:19pm
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