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On May 1, Massachusetts State Representative Paul Brodeur pulled nomination papers to run for the Mayor of the City of Melrose at the Melrose City Hall. This was the first day that nomination papers were available to Mayoral candidates.

Brodeur, a longtime resident of Melrose, has represented Melrose in the Massachusetts State Legislature for the past almost nine years, and prior to that, served on Melrose Board of Alderman for nine years. This is the first time Brodeur has run for Mayor.

“I am proud to have taken the first official...

State Representative Paul Brodeur will be hosting a forum on the opioid epidemic on Wednesday, January 23rd from 7:00PM to 8:15PM in Tierney Hall located inside the Milano Family Senior Center, 201 West Foster Street, Melrose. All members of the community are invited and urged to attend.

The discussion will consist of a panel discussion between State Representative Paul Brodeur, Eileen McAnney who serves as President of the MassTaxpayers Foundation, and State Representative Denise Garlick of Needham who serves as the House Chair for the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use...

By Shirley Leung

shirley.leung@globe.com

It took more than a year of negotiation, but legislators Paul Brodeur and Jason Lewis achieved one of the nation’s best family and medical leave acts.

With so much dysfunction in Washington, it can be hard to remember if government can get anything done. Even back in Boston, Beacon Hill had a middling year with some big-ticket legislation left on the table, most notably fixing the education funding formula and reining in health care costs.

But...

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The state legislature has passed An Act relative to the municipal police training fund and the bill was recently signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker. The piece of legislation creates a new, dedicated funding stream to ensure that municipal police officers get all the specialized training they need without burdening already stretched local budgets.

The bill received strong bipartisan support from members of local delegations, including Sen. Jason Lewis and Reps. Paul Brodeur, Mike Day, Paul Donato, Brad Jones...

By Conor Powers-Smith

csmith@wickedlocal.com

Mayor Gail Infurna and other city officials heard from Melrose seniors about plans to pass an override of Proposition 2 1/2 at a recent forum at the Milano Family Senior Center.

Details of the ballot question, slated to go before voters in a special election in the spring of next year, have yet to be decided, as Infurna looks for a figure that will both adequately close the funding gap in the city’s school budget, and be palatable to...

By Ed O'Connell

The fledgling, non-partisan community organization known as “Civitas” kicked off its initiative to support civic education, civic engagement, and improved civility in public discourse with a well-attended public forum this past Saturday, Sept. 22.

Planned as the first in a series of public events, Saturday’s forum was held at Wakefield High School and saw some thirty Melrose and Wakefield residents in attendance. Included among the participants were a number of elected and appointed officials from each of the two communities. State Senator Jason...