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Melrose to dedicate handicap ramp

Posted by Jarret Bencks  November 14, 2012 09:54 AM

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A handicap ramp on Main Street will be dedicated to a Melrose man on Friday.

A plaque with a gold star and shamrock is set into the new ramp near 449 Main St. It bears the name of Michael Mahon, a man who uses a wheelchair and is known well for his travels around the city's sidewalks, according to a release from Mayor Robert Dolan's office. Mahon found the curb to be difficult to navigate and took his complaint to city hall.

There will be a brief dedication ceremony for the plaque at 3 p.m. Friday.

"You can look at it as a piece of cement, but that curb cut is recognizing that people in our community have challenges and that the little things we can do to help them are paid back tenfold in freedom and quality of life," Dolan said in a written statement. "We are celebrating that in our business district we are able to improve access, whether you are pushing a baby carriage or you have a walker or you are Mike Mahon."

Jarret Bencks can be reached at Bencks.Globe@gmail.com.

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