An information forum about the Comunity Preservation Act is set for Thursday, Oct. 23, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Senior Center. State enator Ken Donnelly, Democrat of Arlington, will be speaking.
At Housing Corporation home Sunday
An infrormation session about the Community Preservation Act is set for Sunday, Oct. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m., at 20 Westminster Ave., a Housing Corporation of Arlington property. The Arlington CPA Committee will review the basics and respond to your questions. State Rep. Dave Rogers will be there to share some CPA-funded successes in the two other communities he represents.
Separate ballot-question groups are spending online-advertising dollars to promote their sharply diverging views about the Community Preservation Act, so voters should study the websites of each to assess the messages.
KEEPING WHAT'S OURS: Numbers big and smaller Part 2
Respected leaders on both sides draw different meaning about how the Nov. 4 ballot question would affect Arlington's future. Consider finances.
Charlie Foskett, vice chair of the town Finance Committee, says the act is a Ponzi scheme that creates a "slush fund." Backing it would threaten support for the down-the-road override vote for rebuilding Arlington High School.
Joe Curro, vice chair of selectmen, says that those who believe the act is "murky" about how funds are allotted "should recognize that the commitment to fiscal transparency and cooperative decision-making in Arlington is ingrained."His lengthy statement also addresses the fear that adoption would endanger a high school rebuild.
Such fears "echo the types of concerns that were raised by some in neighboring Lexington when the Community Preservation Act was adopted there in 2005," he writes. "And yet, when a potential scaling back of the program was discussed in 2011, that town’s Capital Expenditures Committee reported to Town Meeting: 'With 20:20 hindsight, the present committee, 4 of the 5 members still being the same as 6 years ago, will be the first to admit that we were wrong.'"
UPDATED, Oct. 22: The Arlington School Committee plans to meet Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., in the School Committee Room, sixth floor, Arlington High School. Agenda:
6:30 p.m. Executive Session
· To discuss strategy with respect to litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares.
7:00 p.m. Open Meeting B. Hayner
7:05 p.m. Public Participation
7:10 p.m. Open Checkbook Initiative, A. Chapdelaine, Town Manager, A. Flanagan, Deputy Town Manager
The Arlington-Belmont crew teams rowed fast at the 2014 Head of the Charles, competing against top rowing programs from around the world, Arlington High Principal Matthew Janger said.
Boys' varsity 8+ placed 21st out of 85 boats, with a time of 16:30.15. Propelling the AB shell up the Charles were Brenna Sorkin (cox), Max Halliday, Louis Pratt, Adrian Tanner, Liam Lanigan, Nick Osborn, Eryk Dobrushkin, Brendan Mooney and Alex Gharibian.
The girls' varsity 8+ race rowed to an impressive 40th-place finish in their race out of 85 boats with a time of 19:04.20.
Globe, Sept. 30: Canals in Boston? (graphic) | News story includes Alewife | Flood plain map showing O'Neill footprint
Activist says 2nd hunger strike underway
UPDATED, Oct. 22: An order temporarily stopping work at the Silver Maple Forest was put in place Monday, Oct. 20, as four more people were arrested, bringing the total to 13 in a week. Then on Tuesday, Oct. 21, a judge reversed the order.
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On Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m., protesters plan to return to the public road at the forest land. They are to meet at Acorn Park Drive off Route 2, at the border of Arlington, Cambridge and Belmont.
Rozann Kraus, founder of the Dance Complex in Cambridge, said in a news release that she is again declining to eat in the light of expected development on the Belmont Uplands.
"I am again refusing to eat solid food until the carnage of the Silver Maple Forest in the state-owned Alewife Reservation in Belmont and Cambridge is stopped," she wrote.
Work on Oct. 17 and 18, reportedly by the developer of Belmont Uplands, resulted in cut trees.
UPDATED, Oct. 22: The Arlington High Spy Ponders suffered their first loss of the season and Woburn remained undefeated (6-0, 4-0 Middlesex Liberty), as the Tanners prevailed, 30-16, Friday, Oct. 17.
If Woburn loses to Reading next week and Arlington wins, all three will finish in a tie. Arlington plays Lexington at home Friday, Oct. 24.
Head Coach John Dubzinski wrote Wednesday, Oct. 22: "Huge game vs. Lexington this week. They are very good and this will be a big challenge for our program to finish the regular season 6-1."
Arlington Catholic (4-2) outlasted Cardinal Spellman, 35-28. The Cougars play St. Mary's at home on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m.