UPDATED, July 28: A town resident questioning the redactions in a separation agreement with former assessments chief John B. Speidel has received support for his effort from the state Public Records Division.
In a July 22 email Shawn A. Williams, supervisor of records for the state division, told town counsel that "an in camera review of an unredacted copy of the responsive record would facilitate a determination as to the applicability of the exemption claim made by the Town."
Williams asked Town Counsel Douglas Heim to provide the state with a copy of the April agreement without deletions in 10 days, or by Friday, Aug. 1.
In an email Monday, July 28, Heim wrote that the town will provide an unredacted copy of the agreement to the supervisor of public records.
"If a substantive response beyond the unredacted copy is issued by this office, I'll let you know and provide you a copy," he wrote. "However, right now all they're asking us for is the document."
He declined to comment further, except to write that "the State is looking for further information, which is common in a public records appeal, especially of this nature. The order is not an opinion on the substance of
the appeal itself."
After review, the document would be returned to the town -- and no one else.
Williams wrote in connection with an appeal by Chris Loreti, who did not accept the Town of Arlington's response to his request for public records filed June 26.
Legendary Arlington High School science teacher Don Bockler is gone but hardly forgotten. His name lives on through the persistent work of former students -- and through the name of a wasp.
A new species has the recently approved scientific name Lanthanomyia bockleri. You can call it the "Bockler Wasp."
The award-winning teacher who died in 2008 at 65 lives on with a lot of help from AHS graduates Margaret Dredge Moore of Arlington and Tabatha Bruce Yang of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, at the University of California, Davis, and its nonprofit BioLegacy Program.
In 2012, Moore and Yang led an effort locally to have a new species of insect named in Bockler's honor. It raised more than $2,000 from 95 donors for the endowment of the Bohart Museum, after senior scientist Steve Heydon had discovered the tiny wasp in Chile.
AHS 1993 graduates Yang and Moore, who have known each other since first grade and were lab partners in Bockler's AP biology class, saw it as a wonderful tribute to "Doc Boc," the teacher's nickname.
In an email July 25, Moore wrote that Bockler was "incredibly passionate about science education, so we were thrilled to have this opportunity create a memorial for him in science history. The success of the project is a tribute to the lasting impact he had on hundreds of students.
Jeremy Lyons' Delta-Silly Music in a morning concert on the lawn at the Whittemore-Robbins House, on Tuesday, July 22, 10 to 11 a.m. (in case of rain we will meet in the Robbins Community Room).
Tuesday, July 29, 10-11am (in case of rain we will meet in the Robbins Community Room)
The free Arlington Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series continues Wednesday, July 30, at 6:30 at the Jefferson Cutter House with the Dave Sammarco Band.
The concert is in front of the Jefferson Cutter House, which houses the Cyrus Dallin Museum and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Work began in July 2014 on the first phase of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. project, starting at Pond Lane and heading toward Cambridge.
A description of what residents and business can expect was presented, followed by comments from 27 residents at the project kickoff at the Thompson School on Monday, June 16.
Town update: During the final week of July, drainage work will continue. Tree removal and test borings for new traffic signals may be conducted during this week as well.
Word on the Street, a blog by Adam Auster, is providing ongoing accounts of the project -- in words and pictures:
July 27: Week in pictures
July 22: John Deere lands
For the first time, members of the Arlington Philharmonic will present a classical concert at Robbins Farm. It is set for Saturday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m.
The performance is sponsored by the Friends of Robbins Farm.
The program will include music by Richard Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi, Scott Joplin and George Gershwin.
"We will use the natural slope of the hill for the audience, and the 6 p.m. start time will assure everyone can see the musicians before darkness falls," wrote Roly Chaput of the Friends.