Public schools may have a delayed opening in Arlington on Monday, March 2.
In addition, the town has declared a snow emergency/parking ban, effective early March 2 from 1 to 8 a.m. During this time parking is not allowed on all streets, permitted spots, and municipal lots (except the Russell Common lot). It is crucial to keep cars off the streets during snow events to allow the Town to clear the roads. Any vehicles parked on the streets during these hours will be subject to ticketing and towing.
In an email to parents and guardians, Superintendent Kathleen Bodie wrote Sunday, March 1, "Unlike recent storms, there is some uncertainty about tonight's storm both in terms of the amount of snow expected and when it clears out. If we only have 3 inches of snow and the storm clears out by 4 a.m. or so, roadways and walkways should be cleared for a regular start time.
Want to light up a gray, snow-filled winter? The family of Sanjay Vakil did, with help from friends.
At their Scituate St. home, the group collaborated during the first three weeks of blizzard-ridden February to bring color to the life of a neighborhood.
They built an igloo that brings the Northern Lights to town.
Using a 5050 strip of LEDs, such as those shown here, the snowy blocks include changing hues of blue, green, silver and purple, as the lights cycle and fade through the spectrum while lit at night.
About 5 feet in diameter at the bottom and about 5.5 feet tall, it's "big enough to fit the whole family," Vakil wrote in an email Thursday, Feb. 26.
"We froze four batches of [about] 30 boxes and then the lid," he wrote, adding that each freezing took three to four frigid nights.
UPDATED, March 1: In a surprise, the Arlington High girls' basketball team (12-9) beat top-ranked Woburn (19-2) at its court at Saturday, Feb. 28, in Division 1 North.
Arlington High School state champ wrestler Andrew Ellis defeated Natick’s Kevin Thomas, 6-3, Saturday, Feb. 28, at 126 in Salem in a semifinal MIAA rematch of the Division 2 state championship.
At 226, Arlington’s Nick Rose, Arlington defeated Kenny Kern of Xaverian, 3-1.
St. John’s Prep’s Ian Butterbrodt, a senior who entered the all-state championship with the most career wins in state history (218), got plenty of completion from Rose. The Globe reports that Rose took a 4-1 lead over Butterbrodt, the only takedown the star had given up all year. The defending New England champ battled back to a 6-4 lead at the end of the second period and held on to claim his third consecutive All-State championship.
Top-ranked Arlington Catholic girls' hockey (17-2-1) beat Westford, 6-2, in first round of Division 1 action Feb. 28. AC faces Duxbury (13-5-2) at Woburn at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 6 p.m.
Seventy members attending the annual meeting of the Housing Corporation of Arlington (HCA) as the Rev. Christine Elliott, at right, accepted the community-service award.
Pam Hallett, HCA's executive director, said the pastor at Calvary Church United Methodist was eloquent in accepting the award named for the late Deacon Frank Mandosa.
Featured speaker Richard A. Duffy, who has published a number of books related to Arlington's history, addressed: "Centuries of Change in Arlington's Affordable Housing Solutions."
Paul Parravano, who has been a member since 2006 and is retiring from the HCA board to pursue other interests, was given an award for his longtime volunteer efforts and support.
Two New Board members were elected: Jonathon Wallach and Alex Hassinger, both Arlington residents.
Students would get out at 1 p.m. Tuesdays
The School Committee welcomed a proposal to change the schedule for elementary schools to give teachers more time to plan.
Under the proposal presented Thursday, Feb. 26, as a general outline, because it is part of negotiations with the Arlington Education Association, elementary students would get out of school every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Teachers would have common-planning time until 3 p.m. that day.
A new bell schedule would be from 8:10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., about 15 minutes daily.
Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said the general proposal was made public before it is negotiated to give parents a head's-up. She said further details were expected in the second School Committee meeting in March and via a newsletter to parents.
Bodie called the need for planning time "really essential" and a "significant change to benefit our students."
Teachers use it to collaborate and develop ways to present curriculum. Speaking for teachers, Bodie, said, "We don't have enough time."
The plea also referred to administrators. "I can't begin to tell you how much time is spent every year on scheduling," Bodie said of principals.
The early Tuesday releases would have an impact on families, requiring new plans for their children.
The Arlington Redevelopment Board is to meet Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the second-floor conference room, Town Hall Annex. Agenda:
7:00 PM Public Hearing, Zoning Bylaw Amendments (see below)
8:15 PM Warrant Article 26, Resolution/Master Plan Endorsement, vote on recommended language for the Town Meeting vote
UPDATED, Feb. 28: The annual march toward Town Meeting has begun, as selectmen Monday, Feb. 23, voted their recommendations for six articles, three of them brought by citizens. Here is a snapshot of the votes followed by details between the board and presenters:
-- Article 8 Bylaw Amendment/Limiting Speaking Time for Announcements and Reports (Paul Schlichtman): Recommended, 5-0, a four-minute limit.
-- Article 9 Bylaw Amendment/Human Rights Commission (Stephen T. Harrington): Voted, 5-0, no action, following sometimes testy exchanges about the article seeking to establish an executive director of the commission.
-- Article 10 Bylaw Amendment/Description of the Mount Gilboa/Crescent Hill District Article: Recommended, 5-0, an administrative change to correct two typos.
-- Article 11 Bylaw Amendment/Establishment of a Community Preservation Committee: Voted unanimously in three of five votes. Dan Dunn dissented on one, about appointment power, and Steve Byrne dissented on another, over a discussion about the number of days to allow for establishing the committee.
-- Article 15 Home Rule/Board of Assessor Changes (Chris Loreti): Voted, 3-1, no action, with Kevin Greeley recused and Joseph Curro voting no, on changing the Board of Assessors from elected to appointed. Also voted, 4-0, to table until assessors could be present for the second issue, to consider making the assessments director an appointment of the town manager.
The Arlington Police Department oversaw a 25-percent drop in serious crime from in 2014, compared with the previous year, chief Fred Ryan announced in a news release Tuesday, Feb. 24.
"The men and women of the Arlington Police Department work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep our community and its people safe, and I am very proud of the results we saw last year," Chief Ryan said in the release. "While there is always work to do, last year is a testament to the dedication our officers have to the difficult and ever-changing tasks of preventing and deterring crime."
"Part 1 Crimes" are designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be the most serious crimes affecting a community, they include murder/manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, arson and motor-vehicular theft.
In 2014 there were a total of 444 Part 1 Crimes reported in Arlington, down 25 percent from 592 Part 1 Crimes in 2013.
A closer look at the data shows a decrease in six of the eight crimes listed.
There were no murders in Arlington in 2014 compared to three in 2013.
There were nine reported rapes, two more than last year. Arlington had nine robberies, one less than last year. Of the nine robberies committed, suspects were armed in three incidents and unarmed in six incidents. Arlington experienced 42 aggravated assaults in 2014, an increase of 10 incidents from last year.
UPDATED, March 1: For Black History Month, the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) and the Regent Theatre commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King with the screening of "King: A Filmed Record ... from Montgomery to Memphis," directed by Sidney Lumet, and shown on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the Regent, an event posted Feb. 10 because of the weather. Admission is $10.
Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature in 1970 and recognized by the U.S. Library of Congress as culturally and historically significant, this landmark documentary film biography chronicles Dr. King’s nonviolent campaign for civil rights and social justice from the movement in Montgomery, Ala., culminating in his assassination in Memphis in 1968.
UPDATED, Feb. 28: Recently listed as one of the 12 great children's theaters across America by Backstage magazine, Arlington Children’s Theatre is proud to present "Hairspray, The Broadway Musical" from March 12 through 15 at the Regent Theatre.
See "Hairspray" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, and at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.
Based upon the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, "Hairspray" is a fun musical production that is suitable for children of all ages.