UPDATED, Feb. 8: Arlington’s public and Catholic schools are closed Monday, Feb. 9, after snow was predicted to fall all day.
The town has declared a snow emergency and parking ban from 4 p.m. Feb. 8 to to 7 a.m. Feb. 9. Details >>
The National Weather Weather Service issued a winter-storm warning for heavy snow from 4 a.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Six to 10 inches of accumulating snow is expected from this system.
The town Zoning Board of Appeals plans to meet Tuesday, Feb. 9, starting at 7:45 p.m. in the Town Hall Annex, second-floor conference room, to hear two appeals and discuss a third matter. Meeting agenda:
1. Docket #3478 39 Russell St.
2. Docket #3495 9 Littlejohn St.
3. Docket #3497 20 Westminster Ave.
1. Docket #3478 39 Russell St.
A proposed warrant article at this year’s annual Town Meeting will seek approval to begin Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), enabling cities and towns to merge the buying power of individual electricity customers in Arlington.
Vision 2020’s Sustainable Arlington, along with local groups, are the hosts for a public-information session where residents can learn about the CCA and ask questions. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Robbins Library Community Room.
UPDATED, Feb. 8: St. Mary’s ended the No. 1-ranked Cougars unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win in Arlington on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Arlington. The score tightened the Catholic Central title race, but Arlington Catholic (13-1-1) remains on top.
Currently, No. 8 Methuen/Tewksbury (13-0-2) and Matignon (12-0-4) remain the only unbeaten teams in the state.
Scores went against Arlington for three teams playing against Woburn, and a third ended in a tie.
The legend above the graphics on the screen at the Senior Center was at once stark and obvious: "HOUSING PRICES ARE INCREASINGLY OUT OF REACH."
So was the supporting data provided by Jennifer M. Goldson, a planning consultant for the town: One in three households here spends more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Further, the sale price affordable to a median income in Arlington is about $310,000, but the median sale price of homes in town was $580,000 in 2015.
Can we address key issues about Arlington housing? Thirty-five residents, hunched in discussion over seven tables, tried.
In a "visioning" session Tuesday, Feb. 2, aimed at moving toward a town housing production plan in May, participants were encouraged to use "perfect-world thinking." Thus, they offered a wide-ranging list of options.
That list is expected to be refined against the glint of practicality at a second public session, in April.
After that, a proposed housing plan will go for approval to the Redevelopment Board and then selectmen. The plan was last updated in 2004 and is among the recommendations of the town's first comprehensive master plan, adopted a year ago.
For those who stayed to the end of the two hours, and most did, the scope of Arlington's housing problem became clearer, and residents, undaunted by depressing statistics, took their best shots at possible solutions.
Proposed budget to be discussed at School Committee Thursday; show up and comment: documents here >>
UPDATED, Feb. 5: The School Committee has voted to accept the bottom-line budget proposalfor next year for the schools -- $57,133,000 -- but only after lengthy discussion and a 5-2 ballot. Voting "no" were Bill Hayner and Chairman Paul Schlichtman.
The number for the fiscal 2017 school budget comes from the town manager, and the back-and-forth about it Thursday, Jan. 28, indicated dissatisfaction.
In his budget message, manager Adam Chapdelaine says: "... this recommendation holds the potential to provide a near historic funding increase to the School Department."
This big-picture view did not forestall school complaints. "Arlington High gets hit real hard in this budget," Hayner said, adding that cuts to special education draw his concern. "The cuts shouldn’t all come from our side of the street."
Impact of voting aired
Schlichtman said cuts to English language learners concern him. "Those kids need advocates," he said.
After Superintendent Kathleen Bodie reported the amount of money that they manager recommends for schools, $57.1 million, Hayner asked for direction: "How should we vote tonight? Does this lock us in?"
The principal at Arlington Catholic High School has been put on leave pending the outcome of an investigation, various media outlets are reporting, citing school officials.
In a note sent to parents Wednesday, Feb. 3, Vice Principal Linda Butt said the decision about Stephen Biagioni stems from allegations that took place after a Sunday detention at the school.
"We have no reason to believe at this time it involves allegations of sexual abuse," the letter said.
Biagioni has been a longtime administrator at the school. and students who spoke to FOX25 expressed shock.
The school said it would update the community once the investigation was finished.
The next show, Inherit the Wind, is a change for Verse and Vodka Theater.
Along with the humor and beautiful dialogue you've come to expect, the play brings drama to the forefront. This change inspired us to tell our audience more about the plays we present in a new section of our website called Director's Notes.
Verse and Vodka Theater returns to the Arlington Elks Lodge this February with the play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. The courtroom drama is a fictionalized Scopes "Monkey Trial," which tested a Tennessee law against teaching evolution in the schools. The playwrights used the setting along with humor and sharp dialog to argue for a person’s right to think and against McCarthyism. Performances are Feb. 12, 13, 19 and 20.