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Published the first Friday of each month by the SilverStringers of Melrose, Massachusetts -- February 1, 2008

Strange, in this bustling suburban city of Melrose, that this is a photo of one local family's front yard. But then, our town is partial to trees and lawns and every house enjoying its own architecture. And so in this month of Valentines and Presidents, we celebrate our city -- in words and pictures in a special section. And, by the way, the "yard" is that of the McCarthy-Brown family on Spear Street.

Photo by Don Norris


Publisher for this issue is Don Norris

Melrose, our home town
Melrose isn't an island, but it could well be. We are a small, five-square mile city that has escaped the rigors of commercialism and industrialization, a community that dotes on its Victorian heritage. Over the years we have earned the quixotic title of "bedroom of Boston", and we are more into parks, woodlands and tree-lined residential streets than one would expect in the modern-day suburban sprawl.For this February issue of 'The Mirror', we asked our writers to concentrate on these very attributes, to describe just why we Melrosians believe in our All America community. Read on, take a look at our town, and then, if you are impressed, write to us. Please.

Don't just sit there
by Russ Priestley
... do something--like think

A presidential person
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... February makes us think of Presidents

Was it something I said?
by Carol Nelson
... nobody likes a smartypants

Turning away-turning toward
by Ed Boyd
... I still miss my friend, Joe

New beginnings
by Joanne Olsen Imbracsio
... thoughts on curve balls and turntables

Well, young man what do you want to be when you grow up?
by Arthur H. Whitman
... a local boy struggles for identity in WWII

On Valentines, taxes, TVs and mah jongg
by Jack Beckley, Executive Director, Melrose Council on Aging
... Looking Ahead for February, 2008



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