Archive for June, 2013

First City Swap Day: A Success!

The Department of Public Works held Melrose’s first Swap Day last Saturday, June 22. Residents dropped off items  they didn’t want anymore and to give someone else the opportunity to find a new home for them.

Some residents didn’t drop anything off but just took advantage of all the great free stuff! A few residents even came back later in the day to check what else had been dropped off.

At the end of the event, Goodwill and Got Books came to pick up the left overs. Therefore, everything will be reused and nothing will end up in the trash.

We hope to hold the event again next year and hope to see you there!

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More photos can be found on the Melrose’s Wicked Local website:

Come Stroll Downtown Melrose on Thursday

Hope to see you there!

Mayor Infurna's Blog

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to the Summer Stroll on Main Street this Thursday, June 20, from 6-9 p.m. Here are the details from the Chamber website:

From 6:00 pm -9:00 pm Main Street will be closed and transformed into a two block walk way, spanning from Upham Street to Grove Street. Thanks to Music 101, live music will fill the air. A four piece jazz band, strolling violinist and accordion players, and local folk guitarist and singer, Howie Newman will entertain guests from one end of the street to the next. Restaurants will serve food and non alcoholic beverages on the sidewalk, while our local merchants will offer tastings, demos, specials and sales within their stores. Among the businesses you can expect to see that night are: Hourglass, Beacon Hill Wine and Gourmet, Petrones, Miter Biter Frame Company, Hugos, Marathon Sports, Halo Studio, Mexico Lindo, Absolutely…

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Swap Day: Acceptable Items

All items dropped off at Swap Day, Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind City Hall, will be inspected before they are eligible to be swapped.  All items must be clean, gently used, working, complete, and able to be carried by one person. No food or beverages allowed. Below is a list of acceptable and not acceptable items to be dropped off at the Swap Day.

  • Purses, bags, jewelry, scarves, coats, gloves, hats, backpacks, totes, shoes, sandals, boots
  • Bedspreads, blankets, curtains, tablecloths


Small electronics

  • Books, text books
  • CDs/DVDs (in original labeled cases, not scratched)
  • DVD players, radios, phones
  • Computer accessories: key boards, mice
  • Bikes, scooters, roller blades, ice skates
  • Playhouse, tot chairs
  • Sports equipment: balls, bats
School/office supplies
  • Complete: Notebooks, pens, markers, staplers, scissors
  • Craft items
Household items, furniture & home décor
  • Kitchen: dishware, pots, pans
  • Small furniture: tables, chairs (no upholstered items)
  • Small electronics/appliances: iron, blow dryer, toaster, blender, hand mixer, sewing machine
  • Décor: picture frames, baskets, planters, vases, clocks
  • Artwork



CRTs, white goods, metal items

  • TVs, computers, laptops, CPUs, cassettes
  • Refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, stoves, exercise equipment, furnaces, wall heaters, water heaters, microwaves, iron sinks, pipes, storm doors/windows, radiators, toaster ovens
  • Mattresses, box springs, water-beds, bed frames, futons, futon frames, pillows, sofa beds, couches, recliners, anything upholstered
Auto parts or auto accessories  
Hazardous waste
  • Camping equipment containing gas, oil or butane
  • Gas-powered garden tools (lawn mowers, weed whackers etc.)
  • Paint, oil, cleaning products, batteries, extinguishers, CFL bulbs

Kids items

  • Baby furnishings (strollers, car seats, high chairs, cribs)
  • Children’s toys
Magazines and   encyclopedias  
Personal health
  •  Shampoo, soap, lotion, makeup, medicine, vitamins
Musical instruments
  • Pianos, organs, violins, guitars
Plants or animals
  • Fish/animal tanks
Construction materials
  • Plumbing or building supplies (cabinets, doors)
  • Rugs, flooring
Recyclable materials
  • Aluminum, glass, plastic, corrugated material

Snow skis or   snowboards

  • Boots, poles, gear

Swap Day!

TshirtDon’t throw out that stuff you haven’t used in ages. Swap it for something you can use or give someone else the opportunity to find a new home for your unwanted items.

Melrose is holding its first Swap Day on Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind City Hall (562 Main Street). Please enter the parking lot in between Memorial Hall and the fire station.

Gently used items can be swapped or donated. You don’t have to bring something to take something.

All items must be clean, gently used, working, complete, and able to be carried by one person. Items will be inspected and approved before they are eligible to be swapped.

Acceptable items:

  • Textiles, shoes
  • Books, CDs, DVDs
  • Sports equipment
  • School/office supplies
  • Small furniture (not upholstered) and home décor
  • Small electronics

Not acceptable items:

  • Large electronics (TVs, monitors)
  • Large appliances, metal goods
  • Large upholstered furniture

Reusing is way to reduce your waste, so clean out your attic or garage and bring your excess or unwanted belongings to Swap Day. All items not swapped will be donated to Goodwill or Got Books.

A complete list of items will soon be posted here.

Any questions can be directed to Jessie Schmitt at or 781-665-0142.

Recycling Event: Saturday, June 15

Melrose DPW is holding a recycling drop off event this Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works Operations Facility (City Yard), 72 Tremont Street.

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.

Mayor Dolan’s 11th Annual DPW Day!

Last Thursday, over 1,500 Melrose children and adults came down to Tremont Street to enjoy the 11th Annual DPW Day! There were rides, games, truck displays, DPW workshop tours and much more. The theme this year was “Every Day SuperHeroes”. The DPW workers are the behind the scenes heroes that take care of our city. Thank you to all who attended, worked and volunteered at the event!

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