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Published the first Friday of each month by the SilverStringers of Melrose, Massachusetts -- February 1, 2013

Long about 1850 the Universalist Church on Essex Street was built, and its congregation prospered for a century. Then, in 1950 they added a handsome brick addition -- yet their numbers dwindled until the building was sold, and the parishioners moved to the Unitarian Church, four blocks away. Last year the building was sold again, this time to be converted to living space -- 15 attractive apartments. It now becomes part of a city-wide phenomenon as condominiums and apartment buildings sprout up wherever there is a lot. See our lead story below.

Publisher for this issue is Kay McCarte

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Multi-family living in Melrose -- boon or bust?
from Don Norris
... the aldermen just had to tweak the regulations a little

The Park Commission's stand-up guy steps down
by Joe Sullivan
... the resignation of Chairman Interbartolo's leaves vacuum

Mayor lauds advances at State of City meeting
from the SilverStringers
... virtually everything appears to be better than it was ...

I am fond of February
Ann Robbins Talbot
... it is my birthday month ...

Baseball in Melrose, as it was in the '50s
By Dave Powers
... former third-base, now from New Hampshire, delights in great memories

Hats hats hats --- endless hats
from Don Norris
... Mirror writer uncovers 75 hats in the closets

You're looking at surgery
Carol Nelson
... Nooooo!

The T. Boone Pickens Melrose Red Raiders
by Joe Sullivan
... would we have a new athletic field complex if it required the football team, instead of the track team, to be shipped to Pine Banks?

Eileen, the third of ten Driscolls, dies at age 89
by Jack Driscoll
... Excerpts about the family's live wire taken from memoir, 'Picnic for Twelve'

Even in fog and rain, Ireland sparkles
from Don and Lorry Norris
... a Stringer recalls visits to the Emerald Isle

Degree equals grade, step, measure, amount, height, pitch ...
... Temperature= cold,hot,winter,summer,sultry,stuffy frost,chilling

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... wheelbarrow, wooden love spoons, Super Bowl broadcast

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