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...

Jun 10, 2021 by

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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MHS seniors moving on

Jun 3, 2021 by

Published June 4, 2021 MELROSE — The weather is supposed to cooperate tonight as the Class of 2021 says goodbye to Melrose High. About 230 seniors are expected to graduate in a commencement exercise that will be as close to normal as it can be as we begin to emerge from more than a year of restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with the traditional processional at Fred Green Memorial Field. The National Anthem will be sung by Alyssa Champagne, Meagan Conlan and Caroline Dell Isola. Supt. of Schools Dr. Julie Kukenberger is expected to address the graduates. Randall Sullivan will serve as the master of ceremonies. The traditional welcoming address will be given by Ella DeCecca and Daniel Freed. School Committee Chair Jennifer McAndrew will say a...

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Cost of new Voke eyed at $317M

Jun 3, 2021 by

Published June 4, 2021 WAKEFIELD— Superintendent David DiBarri and the Northeast Metro Tech Building Committee announce that Gilbane Building Company has been hired as the project’s construction manager at-risk (CMR). Designed by architect Drummey Rosane Anderson with PMA Consultants serving as the owner’s project manager, the new school will be a state-of-the-art facility and will allow Northeast to grow its enrollment from 1,270 students to 1,600 — a 26% increase. The increase in available seats is expected to dramatically shorten the district’s annual waitlist, which on average totals approximately 400 students. AN AERIAL rendering of the building project facing north. The District is wrapping up the Schematic Design phase, through which details of the design and cost estimates are being finalized. The Schematic Design Report is slated to be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building...

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Interim leader of Health Department named...

Jun 3, 2021 by

Published June 4, 2021 MELROSE — Elaine Silva, current chair of Wakefield’s Board of Health, will serve as interim director of the Health Department beginning June 1, 2021. In this shared position with the town of Wakefield, she will assume the role upon the retirement of current director, Ruth Clay. Clay was scheduled to retire at the end of May. Silva will serve in this position until a permanent, full-time director is hired. Elaine Silva is a registered nurse and has served on Wakefield’s Board of Health since 2009. In that capacity, she works closely with members of Wakefield’s Health Department and has been instrumental in the town’s COVID response and contact-tracing efforts. Prior to her retirement in 2019, she was the director of public health and nursing supervisor for the City of Everett....

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