Archive for January, 2014

Extras for Creative Reuse

?????I recently toured Extras for Creative Reuse in Lynn with a few local municipal Recycling Coordinators. Extras for Creative Reuse is a membership based non-profit creative reuse center that has been serving greater Boston’s teachers, artists, and creative people since 1981.You can donate material that will be used in classrooms and arts programs or you can become a member and get materials to use at home, in your studio or in your classroom. Their mission is to stimulate creative learning and help children awaken their creative potential in education and play through the use of reusable, recycled, and surplus material. Extras is a clearinghouse that recovers tons of material from being burned or thrown away and redistributes it for creative educational use. For more information go to

tree from extras for creative resuse

This tree was created by using left over laminate sample squares.

Snow Update

With the expectation of 8-10 inches of snow this evening, here are some snow updates:

  • There will be an on-street parking ban from 10 p.m. tonight to 8 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Trash and recycling will be picked up on a regular (holiday) schedule with no additional delay.
  • The Melrose Public Library will close at 7 p.m.
  • The Melrose Community Dinner is cancelled tonight.
  • The Board of Aldermen and Veterans Services Advisory Board meetings are cancelled.
  • City Hall will have a delayed opening at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
  • No announcement has been made yet regarding schools.

All snow-related calls should be directed to the Snow Operations Center, 781-665-0142, which will be staffed all night.

Reminder: Trash and Recycling on Holiday Schedule

Curbside trash and recycling  pick up will be delayed one day this week due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Therefore, Monday’s pick up will be made on Tuesday, and Tuesday’s pick up will be made on Wednesday and so on. The City Yard will still be open Tuesday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for recycling drop off.

2014 Recycling Events Calendar Now Available

The 2014 Recycling Events Calendar is now available. It can viewed in the bar at the top of this blog and on the city website here. We have three new events this year: metal and mattress recycling, paint swap and an extra paper shredding day. Our Second Annual Swap Day will be held in October this year.

events calendar 2014 jpeg

The State of the City 2014

In case you missed the State of the City address on Monday, Mayor Dolan posted his speech on his blog. His speech addresses many important topics in Melrose including trash and recycling.

MLK Day of Service and Dinner

The Melrose Human Rights Commission is coordinating the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, January 18, and the 16th Annual Potluck Dinner on Monday, January 20.

For the Day of Service on Saturday, join us at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School at 360 Lynn Fells Parkway at 9 a.m. to take part in a variety of service projects around Melrose that morning. Melrose DPW is sponsoring a litter clean up.

For the Potluck Dinner, join us at First Congregational Church at 121 West Foster Street at 5 p.m. , and please feel encouraged to bring a main dish or dessert, with ingredients identified. Family program to follow, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. including a music program and a presentation by Brigid Alverson, former Human Rights Commission Chair and assistant to Mayor Robert Dolan.


Extra Styrofoam Recycling Options

With the huge increase in online shopping this holiday season comes an overload of cardboard boxes and packing materials including Styrofoam. Melrose holds an annual Styrofoam recycling event in March, however, there is another recycling option if you can’t wait that long to recycle your Styrofoam. Lifoam Industries is holding a free event on January 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their facility at 2 Fifth Street, Peabody.  Lifoam is only able to accept foam during their recycling events. Items must be clean and can not be dropped off ahead of the event or sent through the mail.  Packing peanuts are not accepted.  For a full list of acceptable items go to the ReFoamIt website. For more information about this collection, please contact Oscar at 978-278-6215.

styrofoam blocks

Snow Updates Thursday Night

Snow storm updates:

  • Trash and recycling: due to the weather, trash pickup was not completed on a few streets as scheduled on Thursday. Trash will be picked up on those streets Friday. Trash pickup is on a holiday schedule with a one-day delay, so streets that are usually on a Thursday schedule will be picked up on Friday and those that have regular trash pickup on Friday will be picked up on Saturday.
  • Plowing: Melrose has and will continue to have over 80 pieces of snow removal equipment on the roads throughout the night and the morning hours. The severity and timing of the storm will still result in dangerous driving conditions in the morning commuter hours. Please avoid driving if possible.
  • Parking:  the on-street parking ban went into effect at 10 p.m. Thursday and remain in effect until 10 a.m. Friday.

The DPW Snow Operations Center at the City Yard on Tremont Street is staffed round the clock during this snow event, so all snow calls should go to them at 781-665-0142.

Snow Update

snow plow

Here is an update on City operations during this major snow event:

  1. The Melrose Public Schools will be closed on Friday, January 3.
  2. City Hall will be closed on Friday as well.
  3. The Public Works Operations Center at the City Yard on Tremont Street will be open and fully staffed for at least the next 24 hours. All snow-related calls should be directed to 781-665-0142.
  4. Trash and recycling will be picked up on a holiday schedule: Thursday routes will be picked up on Friday, Friday routes will be picked up on Saturday.
  5. There will be a ban on on-street parking from 10 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday.
  6. Please do not blow snow into the street with your snowblower or clean your car in the street.
  7. Please help your neighbors who are unable to shovel by clearing their sidewalks.
  8. Also, please clear the fire hydrants and catch basins in your neighborhood if possible.
  9. The Public Works Department has a list of high school students who can be hired to shovel snow.

All snow-related calls should go to the DPW Snow Operations Center at 781-665-0142.

No school tomorrow; trash on holiday schedule

Mayor Infurna's Blog

As reported there is going to be a nor’easter hitting Massachusetts tomorrow. Some things you should know:

  1. There will be no school in the city of Melrose on Thursday, January 2. We will re-evaluate the situation for Friday on Thursday afternoon.
  2. Trash and recycling will be picked up on Thursday on a holiday schedule.
  3. Any snow calls should be directed to the Snow Operations Center at 781-665-0142.
  4. There is no parking ban at this time.

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