Do you ever feel like the only one who doesn’t know that trash is delayed this week? Read on to learn about ways to stay informed in Melrose, MA.
With the rise in Internet usage, it is now easier, and harder, to know how to stay informed. You can apply all the ideas that are mentioned in this blog post wherever you live. If you need help finding your location’s resources, give us a call. We can help you learn to find what you need.
Different ways to stay informed
There are many ways to receive important community information.
Local newspapers are great for some information, but they are not timely enough for many items. Like last minute changes to trash pickup!
Some sources will contact you directly with a phone call, email or text message. Others, such as social media and websites, require you to actively search for the information that you want.
There is not a lot of differentiation available for types of notifications from the city at this time. You can’t say I want a phone call for delayed garbage, but a text message for other important notifications. Since the delivery mechanisms are essentially free, it is easier to sign up for extras and ignore the ones you don’t care about.
Let’s get into the details.
Specific links for staying informed
Notifications from the Mayor’s Office:
In Melrose, the City website has a link to a notification system via Everbridge. You can learn more, and sign up using this link.
City of Melrose online registration allows notifications via phone call, email and text. All alerts will use the same contact information. There is a step to add additional contact information.
Notices are sent to all contact methods. You cannot differentiate contact methods for each subscription. If you only enter an email, then you will receive emails for all notifications. If you enter both an email and a cell phone number, you will receive both emails and text messages for all notifications.
The City of Melrose provides four categories of alerts. Events, Announcements, Public Works and Road Closures. Categories can be turned on or off individually.
Additionally, you can sign up for City News under a number of categories, such as the DPW and Parks Department. You can subscribe using this link.
Another way to receive City information, is using social media. Either the City’s accounts, or more general community accounts, can be followed.
Patch is an organization that supports online newspaper type reporting in many locations. Click here for the Melrose Patch website. The Follow button on the top of the page allows email registration for Melrose and regional Patch articles.
On Facebook, you might be interested in the Melrose MA Community Group. This group offers a wide range of topics. It is privately run and moderated. It is not only is a great place to find out about things going on in the community, but also a good place to ask questions that you may have.
In addition, the Mayor of Melrose has a Facebook page, as do many other City and State officials.
On Twitter, you can follow the City of Melrose @CityofMelrose, the Melrose City Council @Melrose_Council or Melrose School Committee @SchoolMelrose for example.
On Reddit there is a small subreddit for Melrose MA which seems to have some activity.
Instagram is image oriented and the posts there are less likely to be longer articles. Even there, you can find the local papers and reporters like @melrosefreepress, and @melrosehappening, or local businesses and groups.
There is a lot of information out there. Tailor it to your needs and the way you prefer to receive your information. Never miss a garbage pickup again!
If you would like help with this process, just call or email and we’ll be happy to assist you! If you have specific questions, or if our terminology isn’t clear, please use our contact form to send us a message. Thank you!