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Conn Nails It in Inaugural Speech Don Conn speech @ 37:36 January 11, 2016 Melrose Inaugural Finally! He vows to return to a "unitary water and sewer rate system"! Let's hold him to "having the fortitude" to accomplishing this. "We need to accept re...
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Last Post: Jan 25, 2016 5:38pm
by interested citiz...
City Water Paid by Residents
Free Press front page article today explains how the DPW Head and City Auditor, PDR "fixed the books" and rolled water municipal building costs into residential bills....send them to jail for theft.....VOTED NO on the Override.... Gut said not to trust the $ manipula...
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Last Post: Jan 10, 2016 8:04am
by MFD
Free Cash
The front page of today's Free Press has an article about the abundance of "Free Cash". How can any elected official in this city look themselves in the mirror, if they supported the Override. NO to any new fees or taxes, Our family is proud we voted NO on the OVERR...
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Last Post: Jan 1, 2016 1:03pm
by Very Sad
PDR worked in Melrose...then Plymouth...then back to Melrose...what is the story behind the job switching cycle? What/how did RD/Melrose cooperate...? Plymouth officials allowed PDR to leave quickly and quietly....his fiscal competence was widely questioned and his t...
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Last Post: Dec 23, 2015 7:21pm
by fed up
Patrick Dello Russo Leaves Plymouth with 1.6 Million Dollar Sewer Deficit
In 2003 Patrick resigned from Plymouth to be the CFO in Melrose. But it seems he neglected to tell Plymouth Town officials that the Enterprise Account was short 1.6 million before he left. And this thug as the audacity to question Ms. Mederios! His behavior at...
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Last Post: Dec 19, 2015 7:58pm
by Observer
Snow Slaves
Now the city wants to make us slaves to clear the city snow and charge us if we don't do it quick enough for them. Next they'll want us to shovel the roads. If they want all the sidewalks shoveled according to their time frame, they should do it themselves instea...
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Last Post: Dec 17, 2015 1:55pm
by Waaah
Coalition Forming for a Better Melrose
There are some community members joining with a couple of our civic leaders to call for action in returning Melrose to a more civil and decent community, where our elected and paid officials will be held accountable. The recent direct abuses of two of our elected off...
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Last Post: Dec 17, 2015 12:02pm
by Take Back Melros...
Million $ Free Cash
The BOA meeting tonight will decide how to spend one million in "free cash" suddenly found...proof once again that we never needed an override. Our budget process is far from open or transparent. Political leadership in Melrose cannot be trusted. The margin of defea...
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Last Post: Dec 16, 2015 12:21pm
by Pitiful
City and School Budget
The total city budget is $72 million. School Committee put out a report a while back showing they spend $53 million. The $19 million is what the city runs on - not very much money to do all the police, fire, roads, trash, water and sewer, seniors and city hall. The m...
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Last Post: Dec 16, 2015 9:24am
by block walker
Merry Christmas
So have you heard the news? The mayor has declared he will pay all city employees portion of their health insurance for the month of December amounting to over 100k. Not him personally but courtesy of the taxpayers. While this is a very nice gesture on his part doe...
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Last Post: Dec 3, 2015 12:08am
by Speechless
water bill
Who wants to lead the charge against these higher water bills? I would love to join the brigade, and I'm sure a lot of people would be behind it! Peaceful assembly!f
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Last Post: Nov 20, 2015 12:16am
by No water answers
I agree, the water bills are out of sight. How is a senior to keep up with all the increases! And to the person who says "go green"how do you know they don't have a water bucket. Don't make assumptions, this is a tough world and finances make it tougher.
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Last Post: Nov 15, 2015 2:48pm
by resident
Time to Organize a New City Charter Committee
It's time to gather a community group to fix our colossally screwed up charter to remove (1) the mayor from the School Committee, (2) put back a Recall option for citizens (there isn't one), (3) correct the language that would require a mayor to give up holdings in a...
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Last Post: Nov 15, 2015 8:55am
by Huh?
I had to sit down after I opened my latest water bill yesterday. The rates, bills, tiers and meter charges are confusing, unfair and out of control. Every candidate for public office during the next election cycle needs to make this issue front and center. No one in...
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Last Post: Nov 13, 2015 8:02am
by New Charter Now ...
Override FAIL!!!!!
I want to say my faith in the people of Melrose is restored. I was worried seeing all the Vote yes lawn signs which by the way are against city ordinance, and the vote yes bumper stickers. But the silent majority shined through. All of you who voted yes and are n...
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Last Post: Nov 10, 2015 7:16pm
by DEM
Thank you Bob Burgess Editor of the Melrose Weekly News!
Kudos to Bob Burgess of the Melrose Weekly News for devoting an entire page of the paper to the City-wide election results. It's interesting and very telling that Dolan does not have the support he thinks he does. 1861 people left the ballot "blank". That's 22.6 perc...
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Last Post: Nov 10, 2015 8:06am
by patricia wright
road work
When are you going to order repaving of Main St from W wyoming to Pine Banks? Our houses shake and have cracks in the walls from the trucks and the cracks in the street!
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Last Post: Nov 4, 2015 10:46pm
by resident
Thanks everybody! The conspiracy theories, the anti-government diatribes, and the complaining about PTO moms has been loads of fun to read. It's 7am Tuesday, and I'm headed down to vote yes. Cheers!
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Last Post: Nov 4, 2015 6:26pm
by Better Fun
"Yes" way ahead on Facebook likes
As of 10:57am the "Say Yes to Melrose" Facebook page has 595 Likes as compared to 117 for the Melrose Taxpayers Alliance page. That is a margin of over 5 to 1. If this trend holds up in the voting booths it will be a landslide victory for the "YES" votes. In my opini...
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Last Post: Nov 4, 2015 1:04pm
by Truth
The People Have Spoken
The mayor really thought this nonsense would pass? Can anyone say "out of touch" with what our city needs. I wish I had a picture of those sheep holding a "vote yes" sign yesterday. I pity the fools!
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Last Post: Nov 4, 2015 7:48am
by MFD
City Falling Apart
The override failed last night and the city is falling apart already. George Pazos must have screwed up the city web site so bad that Google isn't allowing access to it because of all the malware on it.
Views: 227   Replies: 1
Last Post: Nov 4, 2015 7:26am
by Tech
How are Election Results Tabulated?
What I am asking about is who actually counts the votes. I realize it is somewhat automated process because we put our cards in the machine after voting but who oversees the final process? Are they truly objective? So many things in this city are not done objecti...
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Last Post: Nov 4, 2015 5:42am
by Willie
$750,000 SLUSH FUND
Early on I was behind the override because it's obvious the schools need fixing. Now I find out that 1/3 of the override is to give the mayor a slush fund of at least $750,000. I'm voting no on it now. I changed my mind when I found out that the mayor keeps slush...
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Last Post: Nov 3, 2015 3:47pm
by MFD
“ I know a lot of you are saying, ‘What can i do, I’m just a little punk. I don’t count.’ Well, you’re dead wrong. The little punks have always counted because, in the long run, the character of a country or town is the sum total...
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Last Post: Nov 3, 2015 2:46pm
by You Do Know
My no vote
I will vote "no" on the override question because a yes vote continues the status quo while a no vote forces the district to consider alternative means to meet educational obligations, and THAT I believe is necessary for our students to thrive. I consider it a co...
Views: 417   Replies: 18
Last Post: Nov 3, 2015 11:17am
by What?
Clarification regarding override mailing Posted Nov. 2, 2015 at 12:09 PM MELROSE A note to our readers: It has come to our attention that a mailing was sent out to homes in Melrose with an image resembling the front page of the Melrose Free Press. The mail...
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Last Post: Nov 3, 2015 12:26am
by Not Trying to be...
Bullet Voting
Remember folks the ballot will say "VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN THREE" for the School Committee and "VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN FOUR" for Alerman-at-Large. However, you don't have to vote for 3 on the SC and 4 At-Large. If you really like a candidate as compared to the others...
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Last Post: Nov 2, 2015 11:09am
by Bullet voting
The Melrose Weekly News, with the largest circulation in Melrose, today announced its opposition to the override stating, "We have never felt comfortable with overrides used to run government."
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Last Post: Oct 30, 2015 9:54pm
by 2 questions
City Pension Abuses
Saw the report about the bond rating. Looks as if the city has unfunded pension liability of $129.4 million and other debt of $61.4 million. The total of both is $190.8 million. How did the elected officials let it get this bad? $190 million is three full years of ta...
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Last Post: Oct 30, 2015 12:37am
by Not Trying to be...
Boy! People used to lambaste Melrose Messages as vile. These people posting are absolutely over the line! Melrose Messages is downright dignified compared to that cesspool. Sometimes it takes an alternative to appear in order to really appreciate what you hav...
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Last Post: Oct 29, 2015 2:01pm
by Millennial
Police Station
Does the police station have a handicapped entrance? If not we should direct some override money to update.
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Last Post: Oct 27, 2015 9:05pm
by Hmmm
Mayor's Blog
What do the people of Melrose think of the Mayor's Blog last week which included two blogs on religious activities in Melrose? One describing the religious education classes being held at the Highlands Church and the other detailing how Temple Beth Shalom is prepari...
Views: 1812   Replies: 49
Last Post: Oct 27, 2015 6:20pm
by Keno player
City Hand Me Downs
So I noticed something The fire department has a red colored fire alarm truck from Malden, which is a hand me down The police department had a ford police pick up truck from Somerville, which they then handed over to Dpw, which makes it a double hand me down...
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Last Post: Oct 27, 2015 1:14pm
by M10
It's no secret that the pro-override people will be out in force on election day. It's crucial that those of us opposed to the override not abdicate our responsibility. We cannot assume that opposition to the override is strong enough that we, each and every one of u...
Views: 409   Replies: 9
Last Post: Oct 26, 2015 10:00pm
by No vote = vote f...
Joan Bell the Unsung Hero of Mt. Hood
I just watched the budget hearings, and for the first time I actually heard a chairman of the Parks Commission, (William Gardiner) give credit where credit is due. To his credit as well. Joan Bell is truly a work horse, a visionary and she plays with the cards...
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Last Post: Oct 24, 2015 4:36pm
by Fairly balanced
Surprise, surprise...the Melrose Free Press has endorsed the override. None of them even live in Melrose. Must make their biggest advertiser, a real estate agency, happy.
Views: 280   Replies: 5
Last Post: Oct 23, 2015 9:26pm
by The Melrose Faux...
G.I.C. Insurance & other issues
1. Alderman at Large Margolis is reported NOT currently enrolled in the Melrose G.I.C. health insurance, but was she at one time? If she was enrolled, did she recieve the $6,000.00 opt out payment (offered to city employees) for enrolling in a private plan? 2. The...
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Last Post: Oct 22, 2015 11:51am
by Answer
My eyes..
The sight of MBMM walking around downtown in yoga pants has permanently scarred me!
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Last Post: Oct 21, 2015 7:28pm
by Curious George
Where Does Each Candidate for Alderman Stand on the Override?
Does anyone have a list of where each candidate for alderman running in this November's election stands on the override? Information on the school committee contestants would be appreciated too. I posted on the school committee board already but if anyone knows,...
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Last Post: Oct 21, 2015 9:38am
by I Want to Be an ...
LWV Botches Candidate "Debate"
Last night's so-called Candidate Debate of aldermen and school committee candidates was an unprofessional display of the local League, starting with the fact that they couldn't find (by their own admission) an appropriately unbiased and competent team to run it. They...
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Last Post: Oct 17, 2015 7:53pm
by Resident
J.D. & Common Core
I was asked to sign a paper at a mall to put the repeal of Common Core on the ballot. I am very much in favor of this - anyone with kids in the schools is aware of the disaster that Common Core has created of homework time alone. Math problems are being completed in...
Views: 405   Replies: 5
Last Post: Oct 8, 2015 7:29pm
by gak
Melrose's Own Circle of Hell
from a recent article about gun tragedies: "Dante said there is a special place in Hell reserved for those who do nothing in a time of moral crisis. Edmund Burke said all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. We have men and women...
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Last Post: Oct 6, 2015 9:21pm
by Real Facts
Mayor Richard D. Lyons Memorial Tennis Courts
Can someone tell why the tennis courts are named after Richard Lyons? I looked him up - he was mayor from 1992-1997. Was he a famous tennis player? Did he donate money to build them originally? Or is it just because he was a mayor who died?
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Last Post: Oct 4, 2015 1:49pm
by Geezer
Phony Baloney
Melrose Weekly News....Tramontozzi's law firm gives the MEF a $1k wonderful...! JT is a phony and a thug to pose with his law partner and the MEF visionaries! If he has the money to give the MEF, why is he ripping off the rest of...
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Last Post: Oct 3, 2015 7:47am
by Curious George
Overheard at the Fair. MBMM has the first flight booked out of Boston 11/4 to her house in Florida expecting to lose on Election Day. Her illegal alien slave maids have two weeks off. She's spending her final months as alderman trying to get her loser daughter a j...
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Last Post: Oct 2, 2015 8:57pm
by out with MBMM
Ward 5
Interesting article on the front page of Free Press regarding the Ward 5 BOA race. Gail I should be very worried. I hope Anthony F indeed does "shake things up" and wins. He has my vote.
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Last Post: Sep 27, 2015 11:17am
by BFFs
Disbarred Attorney is Running Again
Once a thief always a thief. Since we have so many new readers of this board (google analytics is a useful tool allowing me to see the increase in IP addresses of unique viewers of this site which has increase 26 percent in less than 4 days) I feel compelled to give...
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Last Post: Sep 25, 2015 2:43pm
by In the bag
False Twitter Account Info Removed
I was informed that there was a string called "Election" with a false Twitter account disparaging Alderman Marybeth McAteer Margolis. It has been removed.
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Last Post: Sep 21, 2015 12:09pm
by patricia wright
Does anyone know if the Melrose League of Women Voters are sponsoring Voter Education Forums during this election cycle? Where/When? Melrose needs to have for SC, another for the contested BOA seats and an Override Debate. I urge the local LWV to spons...
Views: 199   Replies: 2
Last Post: Sep 21, 2015 11:27am
by Legitimate Debat...
Better Choice for Mayor
I am all in for a write-in mayoral campaign, but my choice will be Don Conn who I will also be supporting as Alderman-at Large. I will support Monica for the aldermanic race but feel Don has far more experience in municipal budgets. We need a mature leader who know...
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Last Post: Sep 20, 2015 11:51am
by Great candidate ...
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