After the Town of Belmont announced Thursday, July 24, that a mosquito tested positive for West Nile Virus, the Arlington Health Department urged residents to take action to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes and to avoid mosquito bites by wearing repellent. The department suggested that residents:
• Drain standing water: Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
Customer found unresponsive later dies
A recently completed a round of townwide compliance checks in collaboration with the state at Arlington massage and bodywork establishments found several violations, police and health officials announced Tuesday, July 22.
Police Chief Frederick Ryan and Director of Health and Human Services Christine Bongiorno said in a news release that the Division of Professional Licensure issued $2,200 in fines. In addition, multiple false and/or improper advertisements were ordered removed, code violations were ordered to be corrected and a possible illegal living situation was identified.
In one case, a customer found unresponsive in a massage room was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
UPDATED, July 23: As a longtime politician representing Arlington, Robert "Bob" A. Havern III supported gay rights. As a hockey player, he set records at Arlington High School and went on to score for Harvard. Mr. Havern died of brain cancer Saturday, July 19. He was 65.
As a Globe obituary July 23 put it, he was "accustomed to playing above his weight long before entering politics."
His sister Cindy Bouvier, director of wellness and counseling for the Arlington public schools, wrote July 21:"Bob was a larger-than-life guy, who was a great husband, father, brother and family man. His wit and stories will forever be in our hearts. His dedication to the students, schools and community will always be appreciated. We will miss him dearly."
The Globe account called him a key supporter of gay and lesbian rights from the moment he was elected to the Legislature in 1986 and said he could pare down the complex debate over same-gender marriage to a simple question. "How do you compromise someone’s rights?" he asked in 2004 as lawmakers considered constitutional amendments that would ban gay marriage.
In the end, the Board of Assessors chose the man they know for the full-time position of head of assessments.
James F. Doherty, who resigned from the Board of Assessors in May without explanation, was voted on Monday, July 21, to be the next full-time director of assessments. The advertised annual salary range for the position, as of July 1, was $78,870 to $113,972.
Kevin Feeley and Robert Greeley voted in favor of Doherty. Mary Winstanley O'Connor, an attorney, abstained from the vote because Doherty is one of her clients. She declined to join the discussion before the vote but asked questions during the interviews.
Greeley, who been the town's assessments director for 24 years before retiring in 2011, called Doherty "the most qualified ... head and shoulders." Feeley, the board chair, agreed. Doherty will be leaving the job of appraiser/assistant assessor in Burlington, where he has been since 2010.
The board allotted 30 minutes voted to interview each of the finalists, including Jean-Paul Plouffe, principal assessor for the Town of Westford, and Thaddeus "Tad" J. Jankowski, who has held positions in Natick, Alexandria, Va., and Worcester.
Doherty will be taking the position that became vacant in April, when John B. Speidel resigned for reasons that have not been disclosed. Job details for Doherty are expected to be worked out next week. The annual salary in the last year Speidel worked here was $92,275.
"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" presented by Arlington Children's Theater on Sunday, July 27, 5 p.m. at the Arlington Center for the Arts, Foster Street courtyard. The performace is free.
In case of rain, the show will go on at the Arlington Center for the Arts Theater, 41 Foster Street. Check back here for updates.
Always a highlight of summer in Arlington, spectators are encouraged to come early, bring a picnic, and enjoy one of the most spectacular park settings in Arlington. The sponsors will sell desserts and beverages to supplement your picnic baskets.
Public-arts fund-raiser draws 96 entries, $9,000
The summer-evening light was cheerful, and the estimated 100 people attended were careful as they stepped around the entries at the awards ceremony of the third Chairful Where You Sit.
Winners of the Peoples' Choice Awards among 96 entries in the temporary outdoor art installation at Whittemore Park, in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, were Anastasia Semash ("Family Chair"), Amy Goldstein and Steph Miserlis ("Throne of Games") and Amy Hoff ("X-Ray"). At right are the winning entries.
Photo gallery >>
"We have to keep doing this right?" Adria Arch, an Arlington artist who dreamed up the creative fund-raiser, asked. Definite applause provided the answer.
She said July 21 that effort raised about $9,000, including entry fees and sales.
Asked how many attending took chairs from the trash and reshaped them in imaginative ways, a variety of hands went up. See a list of participating artists here >>
UPDATED, July 22: Work has begun in earnest on the first phase of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. project, starting at Pond Lane and heading toward Cambridge.
Gregory Oswitt, project manager for J.H. Lynch & Sons Inc., based in R.I. with one office in Millbury, explained the expected time frame of construction.
June 27: Word on the Street looks at Allen Street | July 2: Wyman Street bump-outs | July 7: Clues on Grafton Street | July 16: Survey crews east of Capitol Square | July 18: Grafton St. staging | July 20: Trees wrapped | July 22: John Deere lands
During the week of July 21, tree and drain inlet protection will continue and drainage work will begin midweek. Removal of trees in the way of project improvements may begin during this week.
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.