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Natick Bridge Renamed to Honor Long-Time Resident

July 8, 2011

Senator Karen Spilka and colleagues, Representative David Linsky, Representative Alice Peisch, and Senator Richard Ross announced yesterday that Governor Deval Patrick signed their legislation to name the Speen Street Bridge south of Route 135 as the Silvano Anthony Melchiorri Bridge. The bridge will be dedicated to Silvano “Sil” Anthony Melchiorri, who passed away in January of 2010, for his various contributions to the town of Natick as a veteran, firefighter, Town Meeting member, developer, and musician.

“I am really pleased to honor Sil by naming something in Town that he had a role in creating,” said Senator Spilka.  “Over his many, many years living in Natick, Sil touched the Town and its residents in so many ways – from his service as a World War II vetaran to the decades he spent as a member of the Fire Department – he helped make Natick a wonderful place to live. This is a fitting testament to such an extraordinary individual.”

Silvano Melchiorri moved to the town of Natick in 1923, and lived in Natick for the remainder of his life. He was a United States Army Veteran and later became a Captain of the Natick Fire Department, where he served for over 33 years. He is remembered for his gift of musical talent and love of Dixieland. He was an organizer of several bands that performed in parades, concerts, and other performances across the MetroWest area. He was a Town Meeting member and inventive developer in the town of Natick. Melchiorri was a member of the Natick Elks, the Natick VFW, the Sons of Italy, and the Musicians Union of America.

The Speen Street Bridge reopened on June 6th after repairs were made to the bridge after the hundred year storms in March of 2010. Silvano Melchiorri was a crucial figure in the development of the Speen Street shopping area, which is located next to the Speen Street Bridge. A bridge naming ceremony is tentatively set for the morning of Saturday, July 16th.

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