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BOA to Review City Charter
Alderman Zwirko proposed,in a BOA sub-committee meeting on 9/22, an order to form a committee to review the existing city charter and recommend any changes to it and that this activity should occur at least every 10 years. The order was unanimously accepted, without...
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Last Post: Oct 2, 2016 3:37pm
by Biased
Bill Forbes...RIP
I just learned that former Alderman Bill Forbes passed away. He was my ward Alderman. We disagreed politically on many issues but I respected the man. He was sharp and funny and no matter how angry I got at him he always took the time to walk to my house or drive...
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Last Post: Sep 30, 2016 10:16am
by Old Skool
I recall when the Police Chief signed his last contract it was supposed to expire this year. Anyone hear if Dolan is going to renew it or does he have someone else in mind?
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Last Post: Sep 18, 2016 10:33pm
by Yup
Demise of the Free Press
Can't say I am sorry to see the Melrose Free Press shutter the presses and go to a digital only format. This rag stopped being about Melrose along time ago, and is mostly filled with regional garbage and pictures and articles sent in by parents of private school kid...
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Last Post: Sep 17, 2016 9:56pm
by Free Melrose
Fire mans contract
Fred they will send a transponder to your House to put out the fire with GammaRays!
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Last Post: Sep 15, 2016 4:17pm
by Tollcollector
Narrow Roads Suck
I’d like to thank the person who decided that narrowing every road in Melrose would be a good idea. Did it ever occur to you that smaller roads might create more traffic? With all our great new narrow roads, traffic is at a stand still because nobody can get...
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Last Post: Sep 12, 2016 1:24pm
by M10
Is it true that Mr Robbie wants to implement a parking fee of $600 per year to those who work in downtown Melrose and use the public lots to park all day? I hope this is merely a rumor. First off, Mr Robbie boy over develops the city leading to a lack of parking spa...
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Last Post: Sep 11, 2016 4:05pm
by M10
Water Crisis
The severe drought in Massachusetts (especially in the greater Boston area) should have Melrose "leaders" enforcing water restrictions. BUT the irrigation systems in City Parks are in full use every day. Let's make the sports fields perfect for athletes! Of course...
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Last Post: Sep 8, 2016 6:15pm
by Drought Fund
Time for Melrose to Grow Up
Whether it's sports victories or acceptable PARCC/AP test scores, the YES crowd in Melrose seems unidimensional in its comprehension of reality or tolerance of anything that doesn't conform to "Love us or Move because you're a Hater" mentality. The chest-beating supe...
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Last Post: Sep 7, 2016 10:22am
by melrose senior
Water Rates
Dolan - “I would like the Committee to explore the possibility of offering a rebate to qualifying seniors who live in condos, money that they could then use toward association fees.” This guy still doesn't get it. He's going to explore ways to offer me...
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Last Post: Sep 7, 2016 8:22am
by Wake Up Melrose
BOA vs. City Council
In the spirit of insisting that everything be "gender neutral" I propose JLemmerman change her name. It's just not gender neutral as apparently now the BOA needs to be. Or so say the City Hall mouth pieces as usual.
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Last Post: Sep 4, 2016 7:49pm
by Old and Fat
You can't win 'em all. Although the Board of AlderMEN voted down Ward 2 Alderman Jennifer Lemmerman's proposal to change its name to City Council, there are other opportunities to promote gender sensitivity in the City. Take the Department of Public Works for examp...
Views: 274   Replies: 8
Last Post: Aug 26, 2016 11:46am
by Yep
City Planning????
I don't often go by Essex St. but see there is a large five story building at Deering Lumber being built on the street line on both Willow and Essex. I feel so sorry for the residents of Willow - they must see nothing but this building from their living rooms and...
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Last Post: Aug 19, 2016 2:47pm
by Nope
Just curious to know know if Melrose Wakefield Hosp will have to pay taxes on the new parking lot. I know they do not pay for hospital space, but were the buildings they tore down owned my MWH or did owners pay taxes ?
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Last Post: Aug 15, 2016 1:53pm
by Common Sense.
BLM Frauds
Have you all seen the Melrose, MA community page on Facebook? What a joke. A bunch of fraudsters have moved to Melrose, which is 92% white. In order to make themselves feel less guilty about their decisions they have ordered a bunch of BLM signs and post on facebook...
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Last Post: Aug 15, 2016 11:21am
by Rando
Lousy Incompetent Cooked Press of Melrose MA "Melrose Mayor Offers Updates on Developments...
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Last Post: Aug 7, 2016 1:23pm
by Willie
Bloviating re Baker's Arts Cuts
from today's Free Press: "State Rep. Paul Brodeur and State Sen. Jason Lewis, who make up the Melrose delegation, both support the override. “I don’t want to say it was a mistake on the governor’s part, [but] it was not a choice I would have made...
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Last Post: Jul 26, 2016 11:22pm
by Charlie's Puppy
While Robert Boiselle might not be the thief some of his fellow BOA members are, he has become a regular pain in the ass for employees at Shaws taking carriages from the store, walking them over to his apartment so he doesn't have to carry his food with his princely...
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Last Post: Jul 18, 2016 6:15pm
by GIC Taker
Open ur eyes, brighten ur brain !!
People need to be more educated!!! Wake up!! We are in 2016!!! Read and listen to more then 1 source!! Try to find the truth !! If you judge a culture/ society/ religion/ .... Based on one source that mean you are STUPID!!! Every country, society, culture, community,...
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Last Post: Jul 16, 2016 9:09pm
by Real Facts
Honest discussion
Another attack on the western world by another man named Mohammed. When will this end? Will it ever end? My prediction is it will only get worse. Guns were not the deadly weapon. How will the left spin this? I would like some honest answers. I am a Trump support...
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Last Post: Jul 16, 2016 9:27am
by Former dem
Web Site Back Up
Opps! Forgot to pay the bill!
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Last Post: Jul 7, 2016 9:20am
by patricia wright
Rubber stamps with health insurance. The aldermen had 75,000,000 opportunities to prove otherwise. They didn't cut or change one dollar in the whole budget.
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Last Post: Jun 23, 2016 9:53am
by Sweeping Stateme...
PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING NOW !! If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau So lets refresh ourselves with the City of Melrose Schools - Chec...
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Last Post: Jun 22, 2016 3:48pm
by Override for Pub...
Public Safety Center
The main fire station had to be evacuated this evening due to a gas leak. The fire station and police station need to be bombed! Why hasn't a new combo complex (like Wakefield) been built on the old Deering site or on Cory Street? Public Safety is far down on the...
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Last Post: Jun 21, 2016 5:38pm
Question on Water
There was a big ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at the Top of the Tank - a new underground reservoir that can provide emergency water to 22 communities (including Stoneham, Winchester, Revere...). It's an impressive accomplishment and facility - however Melrose...
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Last Post: Jun 20, 2016 8:18am
by Curious
Rats in the City!
I just saw postings on Melrose MA Community on Facebook about rats in the City of Melrose. There have been many sightings in the Mount Hood area and around the Common, and also around City Hall. There was a picture posted of a rat climbing the low brick retaining...
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Last Post: Jun 10, 2016 12:35am
by Anti-transparenc...
Traffic Congestion
It took me 25 minutes (7:45 to 8:10) to drive down Main Street from the Fellsway to Wyoming. What are the City Planners, BOA and Mayor going to do? The consequences of overcrowding/overbuilding on our streets and in our schools screams poor judgement and "planning"!
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Last Post: Jun 4, 2016 5:15pm
by 7 miles
Traffic Light
I blame Mayor Dolan 300% for the faulty traffic light on the intersection of Green St and Lynn Fells Parkway. Attached is a url for his Wikipedia page in case anyone is interested in Dolan Trivia. Back t...
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Last Post: May 22, 2016 9:28pm
by Rich kim
No Transparency Administration Does Not List Commission Members
This foul administration not only doesn't list (anywhere) the members of the various commissions, just try and find minutes, agendas, etc. of all but the Parks Commission. There is no excuse for this. How many times does it take for Robbie's administration to be foun...
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Last Post: May 23, 2016 8:05pm
by Agree
Parking & Traffic Woes
Thank you City Planner and Mayor Dolan for approving a plan to eliminate much needed parking in Melrose buy putting in those ridiculous bumps outs all over Essex St. The new bump out account for at least 4 less parking spaces. The Franklin Street renovation is...
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Last Post: May 18, 2016 1:34pm
by Willie
New Fire and Police Stations
Dolan just called for a committee to explore new public safety buildings. Not one woman is on the Committee except Denise G!
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Last Post: May 10, 2016 8:59am
by resident
Water Commission Contacts
Have a complaint about your water rates ? No need to go to an Aldermen's meeting. In the name of transparency, here are the members of the committee and their email addresses. Chair: John Scenna, Director of Public Works, Patrick...
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Last Post: May 4, 2016 2:33pm
by Village Voice
Shift Budget Priorities
When will the men and women who put their lives on the line for the rest of us be given respect? The buildings the fire and police professionals work in should be condemned. They are unsafe and violate laws of accessibility. The schools have had their chance. It...
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Last Post: May 3, 2016 2:24pm
by Blown It
Excerpts from The Atlantic's May issue cover story: "The secret shame of the middle class" by neal gabler "Since 2013, the federal reserve board has conducted a survey to 'monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers.' The answer to one question...
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Last Post: May 1, 2016 6:00pm
by Arnold Koch
Free Cash Parade
The Free Cash Parade has begun. Document here how much and where it all goes. $210,000.00 to "Fire Overtime" $547,246.05 to "Contract Stabilization Fund" $197,500.00 to "Capital Stabilization Fund" $120,000.00 to "Police Overtime" $ 58,500.00 to "Wyoming Cemet...
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Last Post: Apr 27, 2016 6:40pm
by Safety First
When then the BOA votes Monday evening to establish a Melrose Commission on Women, any male alderman who opposes it would probably find himself locked out of the house when he got home and labeled a misogynist. Yet, there there should be cause for concern....
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Last Post: Apr 8, 2016 1:46pm
by MFD
Community Must Confront its Issues of Racism and Bigotry
Melrose is now visibly a microcosm of some of the worst that is erupting around the country. It could be using these "teaching moments" to address its problems, and it must ultimately do so unless it wants to be known long-term for its bigotry and hypocrisy instead o...
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Last Post: Apr 7, 2016 4:26pm
by Liberalism
The Melrose Free Press has published an editorial saying it would be a “good thing” for Melrose to establish a Commission on Women. Once again, as with their endorsement of an override, we have an out-of-town publication (that you have to dial 97...
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Last Post: Mar 29, 2016 7:47am
by Melrose Commissi...
Melrose Commission on Men
When are the mayor and aldermen going to create and appoint the Melrose Commission on Men? Regardless of any inequities women and girls are subject to or support they need, there are plenty of issues concerning men and boys. I just heard girls today are far more...
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Last Post: Mar 27, 2016 11:32am
by Melrose Commissi...
drug dealers
Not being sarcastic here: what does it take to get the cops to actually do something about consistent, blatant drug dealing in our neighborhoods? Many complaints with zero results. Id really like to know how the system works and what is preventing the cops from cat...
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Last Post: Mar 12, 2016 5:17pm
by Meds
MFD embarrasses the City
Flash: Apparently, the FD Union "outed" the city for the condition of the main fire house. "no shame" Schenna toured the FD with reporters and hid certain sections of the station from them. No free access. No access to the "problem"areas. You think the Repor...
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Last Post: Mar 12, 2016 10:39am
by MFD or MFD?
Is anyone going to ask how the Mayor made almost 135000 when his salary is 125,000?
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Last Post: Mar 11, 2016 4:01pm
by Junior G
Praise From the Govenor
" I am pleased to join Mayor Dolan (for the Inaugural) as he begins another chapter in over two decades of service to the people and the City of Melrose. Mayor Dolan is a proven leader in the community ...." Melrose Weekly News 1/8/16. That's "one man's opinion"....
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Last Post: Feb 11, 2016 2:54pm
by MFD
Commission on Women
It will be interesting to see the appointments to the new Women's Commission. Diversity is assumed but it remains to be seen. Hopefully, the Commissioners will be representative of changing Melrose. If only white women with their mommy agendas are running the show,...
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Last Post: Feb 9, 2016 11:25am
by Hoping for Diffe...
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...
Views: 476   Replies: 5
Last Post: Dec 17, 2015 1:55pm
by Waaah
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