Archive for April, 2013

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

With the spring weather finally upon us, the Department of Public Works is now selling rain barrels and compost bins. These items must be pre-ordered with checks payable to the City of Melrose.

The cost of the Earth Machine compost bin ( is $40. Order forms, accompanied by payment, are due May 11 at the City Yard on 72 Tremont Street. Order forms are available at

The SkyJuice rain barrel ($75) can be ordered through the company website ( and picked up at the City Yard. The deadline for orders is May 11.

The pickup day for the bins and barrels is May 18 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at City Yard, 72 Tremont Street.

Rain barrels collect water that drains through your gutters and can be used to water your lawn and garden. Compost bins, which are used to break down organic matter such as food scraps and yard waste, not only reduce trash but can create great fertilizer for your lawn and garden.

Compost bins improve the health of your lawn and garden, save money on fertilizers and mulch, and preserve natural resources. Using fewer chemical fertilizers also helps protect the health of your family and pets.

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SkyJuice Rain Barrels

CommuniTree at Melrose Arts Fest Tomorrow!

Wrappers prepThis weekend is part 2 of the CommuniTree Art project. Stop by the Melrose Arts Fest at Memorial Hall tomorrow and Sunday between noon and 3pm to take part in transforming trash into trees. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make your mark on the CommuniTrees!

CommuniTree Art Trailer

Watch this trailer to learn more about the CommuniTree Art project and how the park cleanup went. We hope to see you at the Melrose Arts Festival on April 27-28 from noon – 3 p.m. at Memorial Hall, where the trash we collected will transform into trash trees. Don’t miss out on being part of this exciting event!

Kris Rodolico, Martha Grover, Rep. Paul Broduer, Jessie Schmitt and Jen Blesso at the CommuniTree Art Park Cleanup.

Kris Rodolico, Martha Grover, Rep. Paul Brodeur, Jessie Schmitt and Jen Blesso at the CommuniTree Art Park Cleanup.

Customer Service Improvements at Tremont Street Facility

In an effort to continue to improve customer service, all Department of Public Works water and sewer billing and metering functions will be relocated to the Tremont Street Operations Facility as of Tuesday, April 16th. Once this move takes place, all of DPW Operations will be located at 72 Tremont Street with the exception of the Engineering Division. The Engineers will continue to work out of the Public Works offices in the basement of City Hall. With easier access for residents and one stop “shopping” for any and all DPW questions or requests, the Tremont Street Operations Facility has parking and first floor access. The cross-trained administrative staff will be able to assist the general public from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Residents will find this new location quick and convenient for all DPW business. The phone number for the facility is 781-665-0142.

A reminder: Trash and Recycling on Holiday Schedule

Curbside trash and recycling will be delayed one day this week due to the Patriot’s Day holiday. Monday’s pickups will be made on Tuesday, Tuesday’s pick up will be made on Wednesday, Wednesday‘s pick up will be made on Thursday, Thursday’s pick up will be made on Friday, and Friday’s pick up will be made on Saturday. Yard waste will be picked up curbside this week on residents’ trash day.

Next Recycling Event: Paper Shredding, April 20

Shredded PaperDone with your taxes and looking for a place to dispose of your sensitive documents? Time to clear out your office clutter? If your answer is “yes” but you don’t have the time and patience to use one of those small paper shredders, head down to the Melrose Public Works Operations Facility (City Yard), 72 Tremont St., on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You can dump boxes of your unwanted documents into an industrial-sized shredder and be done in seconds, thanks to Melrose Cooperative Bank, Mayor Dolan and JRM Hauling. The first two boxes are free and each additional box will cost $5.

Other items collected at the event: CRT’s (televisions, monitors, and lap tops), CFL bulbs, tires, mercury items, clothes, books, dried latex paint, metal and white goods (microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment). Some items have a small fee that helps defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only). Household recycling bins, recycling facility stickers and educational information will also be available.

The Mayor’s Briefing: Every Day Is Earth Day

What a fun day we had!

Mayor Infurna's Blog

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The students of Lincoln School met with our Recycling Coordinator, Jessie Schmitt, for a special Earth Day assembly today. Here are some photos of their activities.


This is a red recycling week.
Yard waste is also being picked up this week.


April 12, 10 a.m., Kids Club, featuring Kidzfun, Memorial Hall


The library will close in observance of Patriots’ Day on Sunday, April 14, and Monday, April 15.
Registration for the library’s Story Time will continue until all spaces are filled. Parents may register by phone (781-665-2314) or in person. For more details, see the library website.
April 12, 10:30 a.m., Circle Time Stretch with Joy Fay, for children ages 12-24 months and their caregivers, Meeting Room
April 16, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Time Drop-In Program, Meeting Room
April 18, 7:30 p.m., MPL Book Discussion Group, Meeting Room; this month’s book is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

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CommuniTree Park Cleanup Tomorrow!

The CommuniTree park cleanup is tomorrow starting at 9 a.m. at the Common. If you are not already a member of a team then just show up at the Common and we’ll send you out to a park. I look forward to seeing you there!

Patch article for more information:

Communi-Tree Art now has a Facebook page!

Like the new Communi-Tree Art Facebook page! There will be updates on the progress of the project and reminders of the events.

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