La Victoria Taqueria plays Mexican street food in Arlington like Freddy Mercury led Queen -- uniquely, with flair, and approachable enough to make all ages want to sing along.
When you enter the newly opened location across from the Regent Theater, you think two things: Dang, it smells great in here, and dang, that’s a bad-a** T-shirt. The rough-hewn barn-board wall, groovy blackboardesque menu, chic logo floormats and those killer black shirts with the stark white Lucha libre wrestler-mask graphic immediately convey that somebody around here’s got killer style.
So before I collected my to-go order, I asked if I could buy a T-shirt, or four. Nope, not for sale. Umm, again, dang; Mr. Barrientos, please sell these in time for Christmas!
OK, now I suppose I should talk about the food.
It was kind of the folks behind the counter to wrap my Horchata in an additional waxed-paper foil wrap for the drive home. Horchata is a spiced rice milk shake. I found it slightly medicinal, but my husband thought it a good egg-nog alternative.
A Massachusetts native who is the current director of the Winthrop Public Library and Museum has accepted the role of director of libraries for the Town of Arlington. Peter Struzziero plans to begin in late December.
A town news release says Struzziero has a broad range of experience in public libraries, as well as strong ties to Arlington.
"I spent a lot of time visiting my grandmother in Arlington, and my family always brought me to the Robbins Library for the great programs and collections," he said in the release.
"My mother loved it when she was a child growing up in Arlington and made sure I felt the same when I was growing up" says Struzziero. "I couldn't be more thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the town where all my favorite library memories were made."
Harrington reduces earlier request for 900 emails, town counsel says
UPDATE, Nov. 25: The School Committee, through a statement read by Chairman Bill Hayner, has said an email about a Community Preservation Act agenda item in October should not have been sent to the entire committee, a violation of the state Open Meeting Act.
"After examination of the complaint, we believe the subject e-mail, as well as an e-mail response from the Chair," Hayner told the committee Nov. 13 following a 15-minute closed session, "should not have been transmitted as they were, and the CPA discussion should have either been removed by the Chair based on individual and separate member objections, or tabled at an open meeting by a member motion."
Stephen Harrington, a Precinct 13 Town Meeting member, filed the complaint citing an email to the whole board two days before the Oct. 9 meeting by committee member Cindy Starks, who objected to Hayner's placing discussion of the preservation act on that agenda. Subsequently, Hayner removed the item.
On Saturdays, during the holiday shopping season, the Town of Arlington is allowing free parking at all metered spots in the two municipal parking lots in the Center (Russell Commons lot on Mystic Street and the lot between Water Street and Lamson Way). The offer is Saturdays only, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27.
First Lights, a townwide community event to kick off the holiday season, is set for Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7.
Events begin Friday night, Dec. 5, with caroling and a tree lighting in Arlington Center and the announcement of the window-decorating contest winners.
Businesses in Arlington Heights, Arlington Center and in Capitol Square will offer special promotions during the evening.
Arlington Children’s Theatre, in its first full-length production in several years, presents an original piece of absurdist theater written by Boston playwright Declan Keefe. Being Borrowed follows a day in the life of executive Charles as he comes to the realization he is living on borrowed time. Charles decides to try to find who has stolen his time, and during his quest he encounters many strange characters, falls in love with a talking rock, and comes to terms with the thought the life he chose may not have been his choice at all.
Performances of will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Arlington Center for the Arts
For tickets and more info, click here >>
A father and son who formerly served as president and treasurer of the West Medford Little League have been found guilty of embezzlement in connection with a theft which authorities estimate was between $50,000 and $100,000, according to information released by Middlesex District Attorney Marion Ryan.
Stanley Komins and Stephen Komins, both of Stoneham, were both found guilty of embezzlement over $250 and Stephen was also found guilty of forging a check and uttering a false check for incidents which occurred between 2007 and 2011.
For more, see InsideMedford >>
UPDATED, Nov. 23: How do you wrap your arms around Arlington and try to shape its future? Lots of people, from an informed citizens' committee to Town Hall planners, are trying.
They made public their draft plan to about 30 people at the Senior Center on Thursday, Nov. 6. Among the recommendations, listed in no particular order (see the complete list at the link the complete, 171-page draft plan):
-- A town facilities manager, an administrator, possibly in the Department of Public Works, who would keep track of buildings and maintenance issues;
-- Address the large number of private ways and find solutions to make them public, so they could be maintained;
-- Deal with what those who devised the plan see as an overuse of special permits to address zoning issues;
-- Fashion a comprehensive plan for the length of the Mill Brook; and
-- Make zoning changes that would encourage more than one use (for example, residential and commercial or industrial) and "unlock business" development through greater building density.
The Board of Selectmen has served notice that the opening of the warrant for the annual Town Meeting for 2015 begins Tuesday, and closes .
During this time, articles for the warrant, which is Town Meeting's agenda, can be submitted to the Board of Selectmen's office, second floor, Town Hall.
.The warrant-article submission packet, which includes instructions, is available at the Board of Selectmen's office and online at arlingtonma.gov/townmeeting.
The Arlington High School girls' varsity soccer team lost to Hingham, 3-2, in the Division 2 state final on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Marshfield High School, in the last minute of the match.
Melissa Dlugolecki, AHS director of athletics, wrote that, according to school records, the last time an Arlington varsity team competed in a state final was 1992, when the football team lost to North Quincy.
The Spy Ponders looked like they had been feeling the effects of the 1.5-hour drive to Marshfield in the first five minutes of the game, as the Hingham Harborwomen kept the ball in the Arlington end and controlled the game.
The Arlington players finally found their legs and were able to build an attack into the Hingham end. A cross from junior Grace Carter into the box eventually found senior captain Megan Lo who put the ball into the upper corner of the goal, putting Arlington up 1-0 in the 6th minute of the game.
The teams continued to battle through the first half, with both teams threatening to score. In the 15th minute, a Carter corner kick found senior Ragna Gjoertz, who shot wide of the goal.