Published in the December 1, 2017 edition

MELROSE — On Saturday, December 2, the Melrose High School football team will go to the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium for the third time in four years.

Mayor Robert J. Dolan blogged: “This is an incredible accomplishment, but it’s just one among many for our Melrose students, who have excelled this year in sports, academics, and extracurricular activities. Therefore, I would like to encourage everyone in Melrose to show their support this week for our student athletes and all the great things that happen every day in our schools. Let’s celebrate Melrose!

“Here’s what we have planned:

• We will light the City Hall tree in brilliant red and white to celebrate Melrose High School.

• I would like to invite local businesses to decorate their windows and residents to decorate their homes to show their Melrose High School spirit. E-mail pictures of your decorations to or Tweet them to the city Twitter account, @CityofMelrose, and we will put them on our blog for all to see.

• I also would like to encourage everyone in the city to wear red and white on Friday, December 1. Tweet pictures of your family and co-workers dressed in red and white and we will re-Tweet them and put them on our blog (and in the Melrose Weekly News).

• The week will culminate on Friday, December 1, with Home for the Holidays, including the tree lighting on the City Hall lawn at 6 p.m., the stroll down Main Street at 6:30, and the arrival of Santa immediately afterward.

 • Let’s get as many people as possible to Gillette Stadium on December 2 at 11 a.m. as Melrose takes on Nashoba for the 2017 MIAA Super Bowl. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

 “Home for the Holidays is about supporting local businesses and shopping local. Our local businesses support our school sports programs, our youth athletics, and our fine arts programs, so please support them this holiday season to help keep our city strong.

“Go Melrose! Beat Nashoba!”