Class of 2021 steps into the future...

Jun 10, 2021 by

Published June 11, 2021 MELROSE — Forecasted thunderstorms never materialized on Friday, June 4, allowing for an impressive celebration of Melrose High’s Class of 2021 in front of family and friends at Fred Green Memorial Field. From Ferdinand Eyong Akombi to Marissa Mae Zelten, 232 seniors took one of life’s steps during the annual MHS commencement exercise, which this year was as close to normal as possible. As society emerges from a pandemic, the Class of 2021 seemed happy to be outside and together, finally, for the last time as a group. These past 15 months have been totally unusual and no one knows that better than this year’s graduates. AS THE SUN began to set, Melrose High’s Class of 2021 graduated last Friday night at Fred Green Memorial Field in front of family and friends....

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Weigh in on housing policy, development in Melrose...

Jun 10, 2021 by

Published June 11, 2021 MELROSE – Do you, your family, or your friends face challenges with housing in Melrose? Do you want to help shape the future of housing and residential development? The City of Melrose and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) ask you to join us and plan for a better housing future. We need your help to prioritize specific housing policy ideas and the location of new residential development. Last fall, the City and MAPC began a process to create a new Housing Production Plan, or HPP, which will guide housing policy for the next five years. The process to create the plan has been community driven, with opportunities for the public to weigh in on the plan’s direction. There was a fall engagement campaign that introduced the plan, assessed housing...

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Brodeur plan would make park spaces inclusive, equitable, age-friendly...

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Published June 11, 2021 MELROSE — On Wednesday night, June 9, the City Council’s Appropriations Committee was scheduled to discuss an order advancing equity and access to recreation in Melrose by making a substantial investment in parks and infrastructure. Mayor Paul Brodeur’s #MelrosePlays Initiative includes provisions for three projects: an inclusive playground, critical improvements to the girls’ softball field on Lebanon Street, and a designated pickle-ball court. Several community members sat down with Mayor Brodeur to discuss the need for these investments on the most recent episode of “The Brodeur Bulletin.” Joan Bell, Superintendent of Mount Hood and Open Spaces, spoke about the need for an inclusive playground in Melrose. An inclusive playground is a universally-designed, sensory-rich environment which goes beyond minimal accessibility and creates a space where children and adults of all abilities...

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E. Phyllis Greene, 95

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Published June 11, 2021 MELROSE — E. Phyllis (Cheever) Greene, a lifelong Melrose resident, passed away peacefully in Peabody on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at age 95. Phyllis was born in Woburn on December 23, 1925; one of four daughters of the late Louis M. and Elizabeth M. (Walker) Cheever. A graduate of Melrose High School, Phyllis was married to Richard M. Greene in 1951, and raised her family of two sons in Melrose. A generous, devout and caring woman, Phyllis proudly served the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital as the Protestant Chaplain for over 20 years. With her ability to make connections and her innate friendly nature, she cherished her time supporting patients and families through their stay. She also proudly established the Protestant Chaplaincy Council at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital to further her goal of helping patients...

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James F. McCarthy III

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Published June 11, 2021 MELROSE — James F. McCarthy III of Melrose, formerly of Dracut, passed away peacefully, on June 4, 2021 with his son by his side. He was born in Stoneham on May 8, 1947 to the late James F. McCarthy Jr. and Marie W. (Davis) McCarthy. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1967. After he graduated, he served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Jimmy worked as a self employed paint contractor for many years. He loved spending winters skiing and summers on the beach in Ocean Park, Maine. He was a true conversationalist and the life of the party and made friends with every person and dog that crossed his path. Endlessly devoted to the love of his life Rachel (Palmer)...

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