What's up tonight -- something to eat, a drink ... painting a picture?
Not expecting the last one? Soon this trio of events will be brought to you by three women who are part of a changing Arlington.
It's happening in the Heights, where the former Savory Plate, at 1346 Mass. Ave., is becoming artlounge Arlington (yes, the first word is lowercase).
"We'll put on a party," said Helen Galanopoulos, smiling, but "we're not cooking." The Lexington co-owner described the food as Middle Eastern, "low prep" and brought in from such places as Moody's Delicatessen (tentative menu below).
"Every night will be an event. ... It will be as if you come to my house and say, 'Let's have a great time.'"
The three owners, who hope to open by the end of September, laid out their vision this month to YourArlington.
Offering food, drink and paint, they hope to "bring arts and community closer together," Kim Bradshaw bubbled, her enthusiasm bursting. "Each night will be a surprise."
With her compatriots, Sheila Carme sat on dark, plush couch and smiled. They call her "the artistic one."
Here's what the three expect will happen:
"There's a place for us, somewhere a place for us," the Arlington High School Madrigals sang, a rendition of a lyrical plea from "West Side Story" that moved School Committee Chairman Bill Hayner.
After so many years of waiting for its elementary school to be rebuilt, the Stratton community may be singing that, too.
The Madrigals performed this month as part of a State House ceremony commemorating the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001 -- 13 years ago, when Arlington was in the middle of rebuilding its seven elementary schools. The effort lost steam in 2003, when state funding dwindled. The fifth school, the Dallin, was dedicated in 2006, and the sixth, the Thompson, opened a year ago.
Now it's Stratton's turn at last for full-scale consideration. The School Committee got a first look at an architect's feasibility study Thursday, Sept. 18.
Charged with seeking parity in an upgraded Stratton compared to the town's other elementary schools, Drummey Rosane Anderson (DRA) appeared to have done just that, Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said.
The Arlington High School girls' cross-country team traveled to Stoneham to face Melrose for the second meet of the season, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, narrowly falling to Melrose, 21-38.
The team is 1-1 after beating Wilmington, 22-37.
Arlington took four of the top 10 spots, but was competitive on the hilly three-mile course. Melrose junior Elizabeth Hirsch took the top spot, running an impressive 19:24.
In Arlington high school football Friday, Sept. 19, the Spy Ponders improved to 2-0 by crushing Medford, 42-7, at Peirce Field. Frank Roche led the Spy Ponders (2-0) with two touchdowns.
Wilmington trounced Arlington Catholic, 27-7. Sophomore Sam Jennings powered the Wildcats (1-1), with 193 yards and two TDs on 16 carries over the Cougars (1-1), which plays at Bishop Fenwick at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Senior Jomikeson Beray tacked on 167 rushing yards and a TD.
The Arlington Redevelopment Board will meet Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the second-floor conference room, Town Hall Annex. Agenda:
7:00 PM Central School [Senior Center] discussion: occupancy, leasing
7:15 PM Central School [Senior Center] design scope discussion, Christine Bongiorno
UPDATED, Sept. 18: In a second attempt to fill the full-time head-of-assessments position, the Board of Assessors recommended Paul Tierney, deputy assessor, Winthrop, in a 3-0 vote.
The conditional offer is contingent on background and reference checks. The board plans to meet Monday, Sept. 22, at 5:30, to vote on a final offer, or if that meeting has to be postponed, then on the following Wednesday at the same time.
Interviewed Wednesday, Sept. 17, were three finalists, culled from six candidates. They were Drew Manlove, assistant assessor, Worcester; Thomas J. Berube, chairman, Board of Assessors, Georgetown, and Tierney.
Tierney offers "exactly what we're seeking," board member Mary Winstanley O'Connor said.
A gallery reception for the Arlington Open Studios Group Show is set for the Arlington Center for the Arts from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Arlington Center for the Arts.
Preview work by the 80-plus artists who will be participating in Arlington Open Studios on Oct 18-19.
For more, See the ACA site >>