Legendary Arlington High School science teacher Don Bockler is gone but hardly forgotten. His name lives on through the persistent work of former students -- and through the name of a wasp.
A new species has the recently approved scientific name Lanthanomyia bockleri. You can call it the "Bockler Wasp."
The award-winning teacher who died in 2008 at 65 lives on with a lot of help from AHS graduates Margaret Dredge Moore of Arlington and Tabatha Bruce Yang of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, at the University of California, Davis, and its nonprofit BioLegacy Program.
In 2012, Moore and Yang led an effort locally to have a new species of insect named in Bockler's honor. It raised more than $2,000 from 95 donors for the endowment of the Bohart Museum, after senior scientist Steve Heydon had discovered the tiny wasp in Chile.
AHS 1993 graduates Yang and Moore, who have known each other since first grade and were lab partners in Bockler's AP biology class, saw it as a wonderful tribute to "Doc Boc," the teacher's nickname.
In an email July 25, Moore wrote that Bockler was "incredibly passionate about science education, so we were thrilled to have this opportunity create a memorial for him in science history. The success of the project is a tribute to the lasting impact he had on hundreds of students.
On the go? Can't decide what to do? Here's help (or more decisions to make) -- five things to consider doing this weekend, as suggested by Cambridge Day.
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You can rent a canoe or kayak at Spy Pond weekends beginning Saturday, June 14, and continuing through mid-August. The first rental goes out at 10 a.m. and last at 5 p.m.
Go to the Spy Pond public boat ramp at Spy Pond Park, Pond Lane.
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.
Arlington residents will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Don Berwick, a candidate in the Democratic primary race for Massachusetts governor, on Sunday, July 27, from 3 to 5 p.m., at 34 Webcowet Road, Arlington, the home of Hannah Simon and Herb Rosenbluth.
Berwick, who Glen Beck called the "second most dangerous man in America," led the expansion of Medicare and Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.
For more, see www.berwickforgovernor.com.
"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.
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.