Saturday, February 9, 2013
Do you agree with the governor's decision or was it too drastic?
All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard. (Editor's note: The ban is lifted statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday.) Patrick's executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe. While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe. Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A Patch blogger's post about not helping her children on the slide is being debated across the country.
A Patch blog from Alameda, CA, called “Please Don’t Help My Kids” has struck a nerve with readers across the country. Posted in September, the blog has taken off over the past few weeks as it has found a second life through social media sharing. The blog has 124,000 Facebook recommendations and 833 people have tweeted the blog. The blog is an open letter to other parents at the playground. The blogger Kate Bassford Baker’s basic request is for parents to not help her daughters on the slide. She wrote that she wants her daughters to do things and learn things on their own. Learning to walk up the slide’s ladder is the first step to learning new things and overcoming obstacles, she wrote. “Because, as they grow up, the ladders will only get …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The following is a Letter to the Editor submitted by Martha Grover, the city's green energy coordinator.
[Editor's note: The following is a Letter to the Editor submitted by Martha Grover, the city's green energy coordinator.] Over the next year, Melrose will see 79 new solar PV installations thanks to everyone who supported and took part in the Solarize Melrose program launched in June. Solarize Melrose, which concluded on Nov. 4, was a renewable energy outreach program sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center that offered discounted pricing and rebates to homeowners with eligible roof space. I would like to personally thank Lori Timmermann, who volunteered over 400 hours of her time over six months as the Melrose Solar Coach. Lori designed and implemented the marketing and outreach plan to educate Melrose homeowners about the …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Looking for a new pet? Consider adopting one of these from PAWS.
It’s Party Season and Cats in Tuxedos are Set to Join in the Fun Did you say party? My name is Tuxedo Tom and I am ready to go. Dressed up in my beautiful shiny, black coat, lovely, white ascot and stunning, amber eyes, I always look my best. Yet, I am really not a formal guy. Instead of going out, I would rather sit on your feet when you are at the computer or by your side when you are watching TV. On the other hand, I’m also not a couch potato. I love to play, especially with toys that I can hunt and stalk. So, if we do go to the dance, you should know that I would want to lead. My foster mom says that makes me lots of fun to live with and she always tells me I am amazing. While I am clearly the most elegant, I do have …
Friday, November 2, 2012
In a brief press statement, Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan thanks Foodmaster Supermarket for their contributions to the community, while also welcoming Whole Foods Market to the city.
Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan recently thanked Foodmaster Supermarkets for their business and at the same time welcomed Whole Foods Market to Melrose following reports that Whole Foods will purchase Foodmaster. "On behalf of the citizens of Melrose, I would like to welcome Whole Foods to the community," said Dolan in a press statement. "I am excited that Whole Foods has chosen Melrose as a location as they expand their presence into the Greater Boston area. I would also like to give a heartfelt thank you to John DeJesus, owner of Johnnie’s Foodmaster, for all he and his business have given to the community over the years. I look forward to building a similar relationship with Whole Foods, as well as the new owners of Towers Plaza, as they join …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
A look at some of the blogs appearing on Stoneham Patch this week.
Here's a look at some of the blogs appearing on Stoneham Patch this week:
Monday, October 8, 2012
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Monday, October 8, 2012
Over at Wakefield Patch, Editor William LaForme asks whether or not Columbus Day should be a federal holiday, considering certain historical facts. Read his whole essay here. Here at Melrose Patch, we imagine many of you might be asking yourselves the same question today, especially those of you who didn't get the day off from work to bask in this fine fall weather. So tell us, readers, is Columbus Day, like LaForme asks, "A fitting tribute to a great explorer? A dark day in history? Just a day off? Or something perhaps in between?" Post your thoughts in a comment in the comments section below.
Friday, October 5, 2012
The Boston Globe reports that the Transportation Security Administration unveiled new body scanners that show less details to TSA screeners. Does this cool the debate over the scanners, or are they still worrisome?
When full-body scanners at airports became prevalent at airports in recent years, it stoked a debate over whether the scanners are too invasive. Yesterday, however, the Boston Globe reported that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) unveiled new body scanners that show less details to TSA screeners. Instead of detailed images viewed in a private room by security personnel, the scanners initially only produce generic outlines of passengers, while still picking up on weapons or suspicious objects on a would-be traveller's body. When full-body scans were introduced, some protested that the images were too intrusive and that the scans themselves would be ineffective because they would not detect "low-density" materials like …
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Let us know what you think.
Do Melrose children need access to another charter school in the area? It's a pertinent question now that the Pioneer Charter School of Science (PCSS) has reached the final round of the application process to open two new charter public schools—one of which would serve Melrose and five other communities, according to a statement. The new schools, if approved by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in February, would serve 360 students in grades 7-12 in communities north of Boston, according to the statement. The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School already educates Melrose students, but perhaps families are searching for something different. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section.