UPDATED: Nov. 28: The "black lives matter" banner outside Arlington's First Parish was defaced again, this time on Thanksgiving.
Lori Kenschaft, the clerk at First Parish, said that on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 26, someone used black electrical tape and a piece of poster board to cover up the word "Black" on the banner with a much larger "All."
Then, at some point, Friday night or Saturday morning, the banner was again defaced, as someone had drawn a rude crossmark through "BLACK" and had written "All" abone it.
The Thanksgiving Day act was reminiscent of the vandalism this month in which black tape was placed over the pictures of black professors at Harvard Law School.
A First Parish member spotted it and removed the "All," with no harm done to the banner.
Kenschaft said she understands that three Arlington congregations have decided to put up "black lives matter" banners of their own: Calvary United Methodist Church, Church of Our Saviour (Episcopalian) and the Park Avenue Congregational Church.
An interfaith blessing of the banners is set for First Parish Arlington at noon Sunday, Nov. 29, before others leave to mount or unveil their own banners at the three other churches.
UPDATED, Nov. 28: With an interception in the final minute, the Arlington Spy Ponder football team held off a persistent drive by Arlington Catholic to win the turkey day classic, 14-6.
Defense had the upper hand pm Thursday, Nov. 26, before a large crowd at Pierce Field, but quarterbacks of both sides -- AC's Chris Rosati and AHS's Alec Coleman -- stood out.
AC scored with seconds left in the half following a 97-yard drive as Rosati hit senior Jack Ryan with a 15-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-10. The extra point was muffed, and Arlington led, 7-6.
The Cougars nearly took the lead in the third quarter, but a 22-yard field goal try was wide.
AHS scored again with nearly 6 minutes left when Coleman, who had returned after missing the previous month with an injured shoulder, ran for a 30-yard touchdown, shown in photo by Laurie Foran. Clark Ewen's kick made it 14-6.
For the season, the Ponders ended their three-game losing streak, coming in at 6-5, and the Cougars fells to 2-9.
Following rules could win you a raffle ticket
Katie Kozikowski, Arlington's animal-control officer, reports a fresh idea to remind pet owners of their duties -- reward those who follow town canine bylaws, in contrast to punishing those who ignore the rules.
This effort is underway as the town's Park & Recreation Commission deals with issues at Menotomy Rocks Park. Read a summary of the November Town Hall hearing, which YourArlington reported exclusively, here >>
In a column published in a newsletter from A-DOG, a group of pet supporters in town, Kozikowski writes, with humor: "So here's the [pooper] scoop .... There will be a few people around town who carry raffle tickets with them."
If you get "caught" following the leash law or helping out in other ways by one of these ticket holders, you will receive one of these raffle tickets.
She offers examples: leashing your dog after off-leash hours and in the appropriate areas, picking up after your dog, assisting someone with finding their dog, picking up after other people's pets or even helping out wildlife, in a 100-percent safe manner.
Celebrate 50 years of The Irish Rovers with a pint and enjoy a mix of their hits, rollicking Jigs and Reels, plus hilarious stories from their years on the road.
Tickets for Rovers' 50th-anniversary tour on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Chevalier Theatre are $55 to $45 and available online or by calling 617-531-1257. The Chevalier Theatre is at 30 Forest St., Medford.
On the go? Can't decide what to do? Here's help (or more decisions to make) -- five things to consider doing this weekend, as suggested by Cambridge Day.
Yes, the website, a YourArlington partner, focuses on Cambridge, but its suggested events encompass an area within your reach. See the suggestions here >>
Commercial trucking limited on Jason; cable-TV talks in 2016
The developer of the Mugar project in East Arlington has submitted its documents to MassHousing, and town officials are waiting to see whether the state agency decides that the 219 units of housing near Route 2 can take the 40B route.
The process has continued since June.
Disagreements between Arlington officials and the developer of the site continued, as the town has sent its latest response to MassHousing on Oct. 6.
Asked when the agency might decide, Eric W. Gedstad, communications director for MassHousing, wrote Oct. 8: "Once we receive the remaining documentation from the applicant, we estimate that we will have a decision on whether or not to grant project eligibility within two weeks."
The selectmen's office received notice of final documents Nov. 18. Two weeks from then would be Wednesday, Dec. 2.
But note that, in response to a follow-up from YourArlington, MassHousing spokesman Thomas J. Farmer wrote Oct. 27: "[W]e anticipate getting all the information we need for the Mugar proposal in the near future and then we will be able to complete the review process. I don’t want to put a time frame on it but we are not anticipating an extended period of time to complete the review."
The value of art has always been in the eye of the beholder, and so it was for selectmen Monday, Nov. 23.
With the Mass. Ave. project in East Arlington substantially complete, Capitol Square is looking to substantiate its brand around the Capitol Theatre with some striking banners.
In a 4-1 vote, the board agreed, but not before commenting.
Artbeat'sJan Whitted and graphic artist Nilou Moochhala, who contributed the design, asked the board for a series of seven banners on each side of Mass. Ave. The proposal said the front (as you’re driving or walking) would have a graphic design and the back would have the Capitol Square logo. Six of the proposed images are at right.
The banners would be vinyl banners with a relatively short life (they suggested a year), and they would update them from time to time as needed, always keeping some form of Capitol Square sign in place.
The request was to use 14 of the 38 new lampposts. The goal was to have banners in place before the holidays.
UPDATED, Nov. 26: Coyote Impressions has returned for the holidays.
Owners Carol and Robin Pollack told YourArlington said they would reopen the 721 Mass. Ave store, across from Town Hall, on Sunday, Nov. 15, and they did. The shop will be open only until late December. The store, in business since 1994, had closed last June.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27 through 29, the owners celebrate its holiday reopening with discounts from 20 to more than 50 percent throughout the store.
As Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 6, the store has plenty of menorahs, dreidels, candles and chocolate gelt.
They said they had "so many people contacting us for merchandise" that with their new website is still under construction, they decided to pursue a "pop-up" seasonal store at our old location.
MCAS-vs.-PARCC vote could occur Dec. 17
A School Committee debate over standardized testing Thursday, Nov. 19, reflected divisions from 17 months ago, when the committee reached a stalemate over the issue.
The current discussion about the alphabet soup of MCAS and PARCC testing is expected to play out in two December meetings, with a vote possible Dec. 17, when board members are expected to hear what some Arlington principals think.
The immediate impetus for local angst was the Nov. 17 vote by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop a version of the MCAS test that will incorporate elements of a proposed replacement of PARCC -- or, as the hybrid test is known, "MCAS 2.0."
The Boston Globe reported that Massachusetts families and educators now face another year and a half of uncertainty as they wait to see what the hybrid version of the two tests looks like.
Before the committee weighed in, two members of the public had their say -- Rebecca Steinitz, a literacy consultant, provided warnings about shifting to PARCC (read her full text here) and Linda Hanson, president of the Arlington Education Association, the teachers' union, offered informative guidance, including the results of a survey of teachers (read her full text here).
Arlington police are investigating after a motor vehicle crashed into another car and then into a Walgreens pharmacy at 1425 Mass. Ave. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Police and fire responded at 7:20 p.m. on for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Soon after arrival, investigators determined that 53-year-old man backed his minivan out of a parking spot at the pharmacy, hit another vehicle, reversed course, accelerated into the building and accelerated again, striking a retaining wall.
The building was not significantly damaged, but the force of the impact was enough to knock items from the shelves of the store.