Archive for January, 2018

MWRA and DPW Partner in our Schools

MWRA visit to HM 2018

Do you know where your tap water comes from, and how it got to Melrose? If you have a 3rd grader in the Melrose public schools they will soon be an expert on this topic! This winter and spring Melrose’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is once again partnering with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) to bring a free hands-on workshop to Melrose students. Students – acting as city planners, engineers, DPW employees and building owners – are learning how tap water gets brought over 65 miles from the Quabbin Reservoir to every resident in Melrose, and 50 other cities and towns in the state, through collaboration between MWRA and DPW.

Meg Tabacsko, MWRA School Education Program Director, developed and teaches this hands-on curriculum, in which students examine real world problems (such as how the properties of water affect the design and maintenance of the infrastructure that is used to deliver it to our city buildings). Students use the skills and vocabulary they are learning in school to build a model water distribution system with a series of “pipes” fashioned from cardboard tubes and plastic drinking straws connecting the large MWRA pipes to the smaller city pipes to the very small privately-owned service lines to each of their “buildings.”

“I was impressed by the knowledge the kids had about the pipes running under our streets, and enjoyed having the opportunity to answer their questions about the work we do to ensure that all residents have continual access to fresh water in their homes and schools,” said Tom Bagarella, who works for DPW’s Water & Sewer Division and attended classes at the Roosevelt and Horace Mann Elementary Schools this week, along with DPW Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator, Sadie Brown.

The relevance of the material covered in these lessons was not lost on the students, many of whom sipped from reusable bottles that they refill daily from the water bottle filling stations that have recently been installed by DPW in all Melrose public schools. These convenient amenities enable students, teachers and administrative staff to utilize the clean, free water provided to Melrose by MWRA to refill their reusable water bottles, thus reducing waste generated by single use plastic water bottles. “DPW infrastructure is present in so many aspects of daily activities children take part in. This was a great opportunity to help them understand the manner in which water gets to your home in a simple way and also give them the opportunity to learn some fun facts about the precious resource water is,” said DPW Director John Scenna.

In addition to this “Building the System” workshop, MWRA offers a series of other free lessons for various grade levels (elementary through high school). If you are a parent or teacher here in Melrose and think your children would enjoy learning about the essential services provided by MWRA and DPW please get in touch with Sadie ( or 781-665-0142 x18).

MLK Jr. Holiday Trash & Recycling Schedule

Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Trash & Recycling Schedule

The Public Works Department reminds residents that there will be no curbside collection on Monday, January 15 due to the Martin Luther King,Jr. Holiday. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Tuesday, January 16th.

Kindly be reminded that Monday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up Tuesday, January 16th; Tuesday trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Wednesday, January 17th; Wednesday’s trash and recycling will be picked up on Thursday, January 18th; Thursday’s trash and recycling will be picked up Friday January 19th; and Friday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Saturday, January 20th.

City Yard

The Tremont Street city yard and recycling center will be closed on Monday January 15, 2018 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.

Uncollected Trash on Friday’s Route to be Collected Sunday

Due to winter conditions, Friday’s trash route (most of which was collected Saturday) will be completed Sunday between 9am and noon. See area highlighted in yellow below. Please leave your trash curbside if you live in the highlighted part of the city and your trash was not collected.


No School on January 5 and Additional Storm Information

DPW is out clearing roads and we want residents to know that trash, recycling and trees WILL be picked up tomorrow and Saturday, according to the delayed schedule that can be found here:

More details from the Mayor’s blog below. Stay safe and warm, Melrose!

Mayor Infurna's Blog

  • The Melrose Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, January 5, due to the continuing inclement weather.
  • The parking ban will be lifted at 6 a.m.
  • Trash, recycling, and Christmas trees will be picked up. Please refer to the revised schedule posted earlier.
  • The Milano Senior Center, the Melrose Public Library, and City Hall will be closed.
  • Please do not snowblow into the streets. By doing so you are creating a safety hazard for our community.
  • Temperatures will be dropping to dangerous levels, so please be careful when going outdoors.
  • In case of an emergency, call 911. All non-emergency calls regarding snow removal should be directed to the Storm Center, 781-665-0142.

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Important Information Regarding Thursday’s Snowstorm

Mayor Infurna's Blog

The Storm Operations Center at the City Yard will be open at 5 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, in preparation for the expected snowstorm.

  • City Hall will be closed, and all operations will be moved to the Storm Operations Center. The Storm Center office (781-665-0142) will open at 7 a.m.
  • The Library and the Council on Aging will be closed.
  • In case of an emergency, call 911. All non-emergency calls regarding snow removal should be directed to the Storm Center, 781-665-0142.
  • There will be an on-street parking ban on Thursday, January 4, starting at 12 noon.
  • The height of the storm will be throughout the day. We are asking people to stay in their homes and not drive during the heart of the storm. There will be blizzard-like conditions and it will be very dangerous.
  • Current forecasts call for the temperature to get much colder on Thursday night into Friday…

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No Trash or Recycling Collection Thursday

Due to forecasted storm, there will be no curbside collection services (trash, recycling or trees) on Thursday, Jan. 4. DPW will be clearing roads and sidewalks and staff will be on hand to answer resident calls at the Resident Services Office throughout the day.

If you typically put your trash and recycling out on Wednesdays or Thursdays, JRM will collect your waste on Friday, Jan. 5 (with possibility for some Thursday households to be picked up first thing Saturday if the trucks run into any issues in town or at the facilities).

If you typically put your trash and recycling out on Fridays, JRM will collect your waste on Saturday, Jan. 6 (when they will also finish any Thursday households they’re unable to get to on Friday).

Curbside tree pickup will also resume on Friday and continue through next week. (If you normally have pickup on Wednesday or Thursday, your tree will be picked up on Friday, Friday (anbd leftover Thursday) routes will be collected Saturday, and the curbside tree collection will be on schedule Monday through Friday next week.

The DPW Recycling Center & Resident Services Office will remain open as scheduled this Thursday and Friday, and also on Saturday from 8am-12pm. During these hours residents can drop off all regular recycling items (paper, cardboard, commingled bottles and cans, electronics, clothing, CFL bulbs, propane tanks), Christmas trees, and purchase stickers for curbside metal and TV pickups.

Please stay safe in the storm and call the resident Services office at 781-665-0142 with any questions or concerns.

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