• Melrose September 20, 2023 12:17 am

    Melrose woman sentenced in racist attack on Muslim city councilor

    A Massachusetts woman was sentenced Tuesday to six months probation after a racist attack on a Melrose city councilor late last year. Joan DiTomaso, 68, was charged with assault and battery following the altercation with City Councilor Maya Jamaleddine at a Melrose gas station in December. Prosecutors say the encounter began when DiTomaso verbally assaulted Jamaleddine, calling her a “terrorist…

  • Investigations September 11, 2023 12:54 pm

    Melrose to vote on new fire stations after we found leaking roofs, rodents and raw sewage

    Taxpayers in Melrose, Massachusetts, will vote in November on whether to replace their outdated public safety buildings. The development comes after an NBC10 Boston investigation revealed a litany of issues inside the city’s fire stations, including no heat in the winter, leaking roofs, rodent infestation and raw sewage. Our story also raised safety issues for the first responders who...

  • south end August 2, 2023 10:50 am

    Colette bakery to open in Boston's South End

    [This story first appeared on Boston Restaurant Talk.] It looks like a pair of French bakeries north of Boston will be joined by a new location within the city itself. According to a poster within the Friends of Boston’s Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Colette Bakery is looking to open in the South End, taking over the space on...

  • Melrose June 2, 2023 6:22 pm

    Woman Charged After Alleged Racist Confrontation With Melrose City Councilor

    A Melrose woman is facing criminal charges in connection with an incident last winter involving a city councilor, who believes it all started because of a hijab. Melrose City Councilor Maya Jamaleddine says she and her family are still shaken up over a racist rant they say was directed at them at a gas station last winter. “We will never…

  • composting May 4, 2023 12:00 pm

    Melrose HS Students Start Composting Program: ‘Smallest Things Help'

    An environmental project that took off during Earth Week in Melrose, Massachusetts, is here to stay thanks to a pair of students at Melrose High school who managed to get everyone, from students to staff, to pitch in. The state-funded project pays for a composting company to collect the waste that the school sorts. Kensie Ludlum and Maizie Frakt are…

  • Melrose May 4, 2023 6:42 am

    Melrose Students Lead School Composting Program

    An environmental project that took off during Earth Week is now here to stay, thanks to a pair of students at Melrose High School.

  • gun violence April 5, 2023 7:51 pm

    Hundreds of Mass. Students Walk Out in Gun Violence Protest

    Students walked out of class at some Massachusetts high schools Wednesday as part of a national protest demanding lawmakers take action to prevent school shootings. Scores of students took to the soccer field at Melrose High School at noon, and dozens more formed a circle at Framingham High School, where they chanted, “End gun violence!” The protest was organized nationwide…

  • Melrose March 16, 2023 6:04 pm

    1 in 5 Teens Has Experienced a Major Depression. Melrose Hopes Mental Health First Aid Training Could Help

    Third-grade teacher Nashlay Pasiche is a student for the night in Melrose. “I just thought it was like really important to educate myself because as a teacher, I deal a lot with what is being present as emotional, physical and all of that,” she said. She’s part of a class of residents taking a free course on spotting signs...

  • Saugus February 19, 2023 10:58 pm

    Local Fire Departments Challenged by Simultaneous Fires in Saugus

    The Saugus fire department had their hands full Sunday evening, when the department received alarms for two fires happening almost simultaneously. The first call came at 9:54 p.m. for a basement fuel fire on 16 Denver St., which was spreading to the floors above inside the house, said officials. Officials said the second call came at 10:27 p.m. for a…

  • Investigations February 14, 2023 6:53 pm

    ‘Dilapidated Health Hazards': Why Are Mass. Fire Stations in Such Bad Shape?

    Stoughton Fire Chief Michael Carroll took us around the town’s century-old headquarters and ticked off the reasons the structure has seen better days. Ceiling tiles showed stains from persistent leaks. Exposed and outdated electrical wiring was in plain sight. And a parked ambulance pushed tables and supplies right up against firefighters’ lockers, an illustration that the building’s size does...

  • Melrose January 15, 2023 6:13 pm

    Melrose Teachers Celebrate New Contract

    There were talks of a strike coming this week but that has now been averted after a deal was reached Saturday night.

  • Melrose January 14, 2023 11:55 pm

    Melrose Teachers Reach Contract Deal

    Just days before a planned strike, Melrose teachers reached a tentative deal with the Melrose School District that insures a significant wage increase, along with increased planning time for lessons.

  • massdot January 14, 2023 11:52 pm

    Residents Prepare For Winter Weather

    Freezing rain and heavy winds are moving their way into the state this weekend, and MassDOT is warning drivers to check the forecast before they go out on the road.

  • Melrose January 15, 2023 8:55 pm

    Melrose Teachers, School District Reach Deal to Avert Strike

    The teacher’s union and school committee in Melrose, Massachusetts, reached a tentative agreement late Saturday night, just days before the teachers’ planned strike on Tuesday. The contract includes cost of living and market adjustments totaling 10% over the three-year term, translating to a significant wage increase for educators in the district, according to Melrose Public Schools. The contract also provides…

  • Melrose January 14, 2023 6:16 pm

    Melrose Teachers Prepare Strike Ahead of Negotiations

    After nearly a year of failed negotiations and several protests, Melrose teachers met with the city’s school committee on Saturday ahead of a planned strike expected to take effect on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

  • Melrose January 14, 2023 6:09 am

    Melrose Teachers Vote to Strike If Agreement Is Not Reached

    After nearly a year of failed negotiations, teachers in Melrose are preparing to go on strike Tuesday if they don’t reach an agreement with the school district by the end of the long weekend.

  • Melrose January 14, 2023 6:21 am

    Melrose Teachers Vote to Strike Tuesday Barring Contract Agreement

    The teachers union in Melrose, Massachusetts, has voted to go on strike beginning Tuesday if a contract agreement has not been reached by then. The Melrose Education Association says 90% of its members met took part in a vote Friday, and 99% of those present elected to authorize the strike unless a deal with the Melrose School Committee could be…

  • Melrose January 13, 2023 12:07 am

    Melrose Teachers May Strike, Mayor and School Officials Say

    After months of failed contract negotiations with the school committee, the teacher’s union in Melrose, Massachusetts, may be preparing to strike. According to a letter sent to parents from Superintendent of Schools Julie Kukenberger, the Melrose Education Association could vote to strike as soon as Friday. The move would temporarily close schools. “It has come to our attention that...

  • Melrose January 12, 2023 11:24 am

    Leaking Roofs, Rats, Raw Sewage: Firefighters Describe ‘Deplorable' Conditions

    Bob Driscoll sat at a picnic table outside City Hall and said he loved his career with the Melrose Fire Department before recently retiring after more than 20 years on the job. But living and working at the city’s fire stations while waiting for the next emergency call? That’s another story. “I’ve been on deployments with the military and...

  • Melrose December 21, 2022 3:36 pm

    TikTok-Inspired Teens Accused in Armed Robbery of Mail Carrier in Melrose, DA Says

    Two 16-year-olds have been charged in the armed robbery of a USPS mail carrier in Melrose, Massachusetts, earlier this month and prosecutors allege the teens were inspired to steal the mail by TikTok trends. The robbery happened on Orchard Lane on Dec. 10., according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. The suspects, who were not identified due to their age,…

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