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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
Views: 1377   Replies: 26
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: 249   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...
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Last Post: Nov 23, 2018 6:07pm
by Vacation
Globe Local Taxes
Today’s Boston Sunday Globe has an article on page 3 of GLOBE LOCAL. It lists numerous tax hikes voters supported in many places. The amounts of what was requested and how much it costs for ratepayers should be compared to what the Illegitimate One and her ba...
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Last Post: Nov 20, 2018 11:19pm
by Discover
Dumb ass city
Why did we just celebrate Diwali as a city event? It’s a Hindu-therefor religious. At a time when Christianity and Judaism is getting kicked out of government all together, it seems it’s okay to make sure other religions are pushed upon us. When has the c...
Views: 572   Replies: 10
Last Post: Nov 16, 2018 11:05am
by Jesus
Solid Waste tax
Does anyone know exactly what the $50 we are charged with on our outrageous water bill is for? This is additional money we pay for Solid Waste so to me this is a TAX. That is another 200 we pay for in taxes !
Views: 181   Replies: 1
Last Post: Nov 14, 2018 6:21pm
by Willie
Ballot machines
So I’m 5th in line to put my ballot into the machine and it jams. Three election officials crowd around the machine and open it up and take out up to 10 ballots and put them aside. Then they stand around watching us 5 put our ballots into the machine. It jams...
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Last Post: Nov 14, 2018 5:59pm
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...
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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: 581   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!
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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?
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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.
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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: 512   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: 318   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: 406   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: 377   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?
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Last Post: Jun 9, 2018 1:35pm
by Bruce
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: 848   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...
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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...
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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...
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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
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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: 538   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?
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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: 481   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...
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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.
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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.
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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 "...
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Last Post: Feb 3, 2018 1:41pm
by Clem
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