Two Ottoson teachers whose enthusiasms for engineering capture the imaginations of middle-school students will be recognized in October by their statewide professional organization.
The school's technology program, led by Brandy Whitney and Gary Blanchette (at left), has been voted the 2014 program of the year by MassTEC.
"I can honestly say that I am humbled to receive this award, as is Brandy!" Blanchette wrote Friday, Sept. 19. "I love kids, and it has been a dream to do what I love for the past 26 years, which is to teach children how to be thinkers and problem solvers, all while using a project based, hands-on approach to learn math, science, history, writing skills etc.
Whitney commented: "Teaching engineering, especially in a supportive district like Arlington, is an amazing opportunity to inspire and nurture the great thinkers and innovators of tomorrow. I feel fortunate to have been an educator for the past nine years and look forward to many more years of guiding my student’s inquiries into the world of engineering. This award showcases the dedication of not only the teachers in this program but the hard work and persistence of its students as well."
UPDATED, Sept. 23: The second attempt to fill the full-time head-of-assessments position was successful, as Paul Tierney has accepted the Board of Assessors' recommendation to hire Winthrop's deputy assessor.
The board voted, 2-0, to approve Tierney as director of assessing. The annual salary of $91,384 and benefit package were approved on Monday, Sept. 22. Board Chairman Kevin Feeley wrote in an email that the "starting date has not been firmed up, but it will be reasonably soon."
"Hopefully, now the board and staff can go on to doing the business of the town and the department," he wrote.
UPDATED: Sept. 23: 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.
"I thought it was a solid performance by our guys," Head coach John Dubzinski commented in an email Sept. 23. "Medford came out and played tough.
"We shot ourselves in the foot with some uncharacteristic penalties in the first quarter. That is something we will definitely need to work on for the upcoming week," in its first Middlesex (Liberty) league match, against Reading at home, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.
"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.
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:
The Arlington Health Department provided flu shots to a record number of residents at Town Day 2014 on Saturday, with more than 400 people receiving a flu vaccination. The Arlington Health Departments cites convenience and efficiency as the main reasons for the continued success of the town’s flu clinic efforts.
Arlington seniors are invited to the Senior Center, at 27 Maple St, on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to noon.
Arlington children and their families are invited to the Ottoson Middle School, at 63 Acton St, on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information about upcoming flu clinics, or to download the vaccination form, click here >>
"We were able to vaccinate whole families at once, rather than requiring residents to schedule individual doctor's appointments," said Patti Brennan, who manages the flu clinics in town.
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 >>
Cambridge City Council heard two medical-marijuana items Monday, Sept. 22. The zoning amendment that would have permitted the siting of the city’s only pot dispensary near Alewife was allowed to expire a week ago -- by accident -- and the petition has to go through the Planning Board and council's Ordinance Committee again.
Second, a policy order suggests the installation of “no smoking marijuana” signs in city parks “to discourage young people from doing so” for health reasons is illegal.
For more, read Cambridge Day >>
UPDATED, Sept. 22: Arlington High School boys' and girls' cross-country teams both lost to Melrose on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Below are reports about each, by Emma Maxtutis and Andrew Peterson:
The girls 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.