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Waste Free Wednesday at the Middle School

The Melrose Veteran’s Memorial Middle School is hosting its first “Waste Free Wednesday” tomorrow! The goal of the Waste Free Wednesday event is for students to learn how their behaviors can make a huge difference in saving our planet’s valuable resources. Chartwells (Melrose’s school dining services company) is providing compostable lunch trays (instead of Styrofoam trays) and Whole Foods is taking the food scraps and trays to be composted. There will also be a donation station for uneaten foods such as apples, bananas and packaged foods (i.e. granola bars). The food will be taken by Lovin’ Spoonfuls to be donated to organizations in the Boston area.

Even if you don’t have a student at the middle school, you can participate in the waste free day too! When you pack your lunch or your family members’ lunch try to pack waste free items. Some ideas for packing waste free lunches:

· Sandwiches in reusable containers
· Whole fruits without packaging
· Drinks in containers that can be reused
· Snacks purchased in bulk and brought in reusable containers
· Reusable ice pack
Don’t Include:
· Individually wrapped snacks
· Plastic baggies that are not reusable
· Disposable forks and spoons

This event is organized by the student Green Team club and the Green School Solutions Committee. For more information, contact the Green School Solutions Committee at

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Sunday’s Snow Update

Originally posted on Mayor Dolan's Blog:

Melrose has received 15 inches of snow. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The parking ban will remain in all areas of the city until tomorrow morning. This includes business districts.
  • The snow is scheduled to stop in the next few hours; however, we are asking you not to drive in the city unless it is absolutely necessary. Wind gusts will remain up to 40 mph, making visibility a concern as well as snow drifts, which will make plowing very difficult. Please give DPW the space it needs to deal with this storm throughout the day, even after the snow stops.
  • Most side streets are now down to a single lane, due to the fact that there is no place to put snow. Please drive slowly and with courtesy.
  • Do not blow snow into the streets. You will be causing a public safety problem, and this will be enforced.
  • Tomorrow…

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Trash & Recycling Collection Delayed

Trash and recycling collection will be on holiday schedule this week due to the snow storm. Therefore, all collections will be delayed one day. Monday’s collection will be on Tuesday, Tuesday’s collection will be on Wednesday and so on.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. For all snow-related issues, please call the DPW Snow Operations Center at 781-665-0142.

Important Snow Message from Mayor Dolan

Originally posted on Mayor Dolan's Blog:

Right now, we have almost 50 inches of snow on the ground, which is the largest total over a 10-day period in the history of greater Boston, including Melrose. It is going to take the City several days to get life fully back to normal. The roads are clear, sidewalk plows are completing their routes, and our DPW staff continues to work tirelessly around the clock. Here are some unavoidable facts:


  1. It’s February 3, it’s extremely cold, and this snow is not going away. Therefore, we are going to have to adjust in many ways, as a community, to this reality.
  2. All of our roads are incredibly narrow, because, like on your own property, there is simply no place to push the snow. In many cases, that will continue to be true.
  3. There is a tremendous amount of snow piled up on corners, making visibility challenging. There are tens…

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Storm Updates: Schools on 2 hour delay tomorrow

From Mayor Dolan’s Blog:

Over the last ten days, we have received over three feet of snow, which is the highest total in the history of the Boston area in a ten-day period, according to WCVB.

We are going to open school on a two-hour delay tomorrow. This is a multi-day storm cleanup. There are still multiple blocked corners, and walking is potentially dangerous in this weather. We are encouraging you to drive your children to school or carpool with others. The elementary schools will start at 10:05 a.m.; the buildings will be open for drop-off at 9:45 a.m. The middle and high schools will open at 9:30 a.m., and the buildings will be open at 9:00 a.m.

We have cleared the frontages of all schools. They are safe and passable. Please review the sidewalk routes below:

Here are some other things you need to know:

  • The parking ban will be lifted at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Trash and recycling pickup will be on a holiday schedule, so Monday’s pickup will be done on Tuesday, and the schedule will be on a one-day delay for the rest of the week.
  • It is illegal to blow snow into the street. Please do not do it.

It will take some time to clean up this snow, so please be patient.

All calls regarding snow should go to the DPW Storm Operations Center, 781-665-0142.

Snowstorm Updates

Here’s a quick update on the snowstorm:

  • All municipal and school events and meetings are cancelled for this evening.
  • Library is now closed for the day.
  • The on-street parking ban will remain in effect through tomorrow morning, except for business districts.
  • The Milano Senior Center will be closed all day.

Please stay in and stay safe!

For all snow-related questions or problems, please call the DPW Snow Operations Center at 781-665-0142.

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