One-act play in Winchester closes tonight
I met Jud Pierce at the Kickstand Café in Arlington, dressed down from his usual lawyer garb, wearing athletic clothes and a blue Red Sox hat with sunglasses resting on the visor. He had just come from his son’s baseball game.
At 42, Jud is a partner in his father’s law firm on the North Shore; an Arlington resident since 2003; husband of Laura, a public relations and advertising professional; father of 10-year-old Ben and 7-year-old Harper; a member of the Arlington School Committee since 2010, whose family practices Conservative Judaism, and he is an actor at heart.
Jud is enthused to be starring in the Winchester Players’ production of Art, which opened Nov. 7 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Winchester First Congregational Church, Chidler Hall, 21 Church St., Winchester, at 8 p.m.
Art, a one-act drama by Yasmina Reza, won the Tony for best play in 1998. Jud stars as Serge. Mark Soucy plays Marc and Jim Remmes is Yvan.
"The play is only 90-minutes, so there is plenty of time for the audience to go to the Black Horse Tavern afterward," says Jud with a smile. He has not acted since 2009, so he has been relishing all the preparation, the exercises for getting into character and rehearsals.
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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.
Globe, Sept. 30: Canals in Boston? (graphic) | News story includes Alewife | Flood plain map showing O'Neill footprint
UPDATED, Nov. 22: Cambridge The City Council has scheduled a walking tour of the Alewife area for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Cambridge Day reports. The tour will meet at the Danehy Park parking lot on New Street.
The tour’s date was previously announced by City Manager Richard C. Rossi to "provide the City Council with … an in-depth understanding of the city’s challenging development issues in the Alewife area in advance of the Dec. 1 roundtable devoted to a discussion of citywide planning."
Friends and supporters of the Arlington Education Foundation will gather together Nov. 24, to celebrate public education in Arlington and the organization’s work supporting innovative projects and schoolwide changes in the district last year.
The festive evening will feature guest speakers Maureen Murphy, Ottoson Middle School assistant principal, and Laura Forse, Stratton School teacher.
The celebration is set for Monday, Nov. 24 at flora restaurant, 190 Mass. Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m.
Harrington reduces earlier request for 900 emails
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.
Globe, Nov. 19: Charters suspend more
The statement was dramatic, as were the accompanying statistics: Precinct 13 Town Meeting member asked during public participation at the Oct. 23 School Committee meeting, “Did you know that an African-American student is 11 times more likely than a white student to suffer an out-of-school suspension in the Arlington Public Schools?"
He presented federal statistics from 2011, provided by Arlington's the school administration, supporting his case. Read his full statement here >>
"Some might claim that these are harsh accusations," he said at the meeting. "I don’t want to believe that any one of you is racist or is intentionally formulating policy that is discriminatory."
Superintendent Kathleen Bodie addressed the numbers Thursday, Nov. 13, to the School Committee. She noted an error in the statistics originally reported to the U.S. Department of Justice and added that preliminary current numbers show a decline in the number of out-of-school suspensions.
Remember when at rocked Menotomy Rocks Park? That was on a blowy day last May.
Remember when a mural gracing Spy Pond was unveiled? That was in December 2012.
Put the two together, and you get ... art rocking Spy Pond.