On the day that Red Sox pitching legend Pedro Martinez was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Sunday, July 26, Arlington's Summer Street field was renamed for "Robes."
In an emotional, memory-filled hour and a half, a parade of speakers who knew James F. Robillard, inducted into Babe Ruth Baseball's Hall last year, showered words of tribute. The extended ceremony, scheduled for June 28, the date that remains on the banner at the field's backstop, was postponed because of rain and Robillard's health. He died July 6.
Son Joey Robillard offered an honest memoir that concluded, as he stifled tears: "Today is the only time I played on this field without my father."
Joey, who played for his dad, recalls his young baseball career beginning as a go-to guy -- as in "Get me a coffee at Friendlies." He imitated his dad's gravelly voice, recalling a time when the restaurant was near North Union field.
Later, when he was a player, his dad made the same request. When the boy questioned it, Robes told him: "'Yeah, you're like a secretary and a player.'"
An estimated 50 people seated in chairs on the infield and on the embankment near Summer heard words that were perhaps a revelation to some.
UPDATED, July 28: Arlington police have issued its report about a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on Mass. Ave. near Trader Joe's on Thursday, July 23, and it says the man who was hit did not use a crosswalk.
Police questioned the driver about cellphone use and gave sobriety tests, but all came up negative. The driver said he did not see the man. No charges were filed.
About 9:35 p.m., police responded to the intersection of the avenue and Lancaster Road and found a conscious man in the road. He told an officer that while he was walking his dog, he crossed the avenue from the south to the north side and was hit by a vehicle in traffic.
The man, whom police did not identify, was taken Lahey Clinic by ambulance with nonlife-threatening injuries. His dog was not harmed.
The Town of Arlington Zoning Board of Appeals plans to mee Tuesday, July 28, at 7:45 p.m. in the Town Hall Annex, second-floor conference room. Meeting agenda:
1. Docket #3480 18 Harlow St.
In accord with the provisions of Section 10.10,e,3, of the town zoning bylaws, Ernest and Zigrida Sabine of Arlington filed on March 10, 2015 a petition seeking permission to construct an addition to a single-family dwelling at 18 Harlow St. -- Block Plan No. 029.0-0002-0007.C.
UPDATED, July 28: A 30-year veteran of the Medford Police Department, who was off-duty, was shown on video threatening a driver who drove the wrong way in a Medford rotary, according to a YouTube video and multiple reports.
BostonGlobe.com reported LeBert has been placed on administrative leave.
Chief Leo Sacco said that LeBert had a duty to act even when off duty because of the risk an impaired driver can pose to the traveling public.
The driver’s dashboard camera shows Detective Stephen LeBert telling the driver he would "blow a hole through his f—ing head."
UPDATED, July 24: An artist opens his own eyes so that we may open ours. He sees into our closed hearts so that we find new openings to life and the world.
So it has been for much of the long life of Umberto Centofante, who is nearing 91. For this precise craftsman, one wonders: From where did his art spring, and how did it develop?
"Nobody teach me anything," he said definitively at the kitchen table of his Arlington home. He taught himself.
"Umberto Centofante: A Life's Work: Still Life, Landscape and Portraits, from Italy to America," Gibbs Gallery, Arlington Center for the Arts
Reception: Thursday, July 30, 7 to 9 p.m.
See examples of his painting here >>
Exhibit on view through Aug. 28.
At left with self-portrait.
Born Aug. 5, 1924, on an 87-acre farm near in Pontecorvo, Italy, he was drawn to art early.
From a young age, he remembers thinking: "I wish I could paint ... I had it in my mind to paint."
UPDATED, July 27: Arlington Children’s Theatre is performing two shows in August at the Regent Theatre about growing up in America that come very different perspectives.
"Fame Jr.” and “Green Day’s American Idiot” do not fit the Broadway musical tradition of happy, storybook romances and chorus lines. Instead, they use song and dance to tell the inspiring -- and sometimes gritty -- stories of real people. As Michael Mayer, co-writer of the book American Idiot, says, “It’s not Norman Rockwell. This is a portrait of America today."
"Fame Jr." plays Thursday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
"Green Day’s American Idiot" plays Friday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15. Buy them at regenttheatre.com/tickets_events or at the Regent box office.
"Fame Jr." features a talented cast of young performers ages 7 to 13 in a version of the musical suitable for audiences of all ages. Based upon the 1980s movie "Fame" and the hit Broadway musical it inspired, “Fame Jr.” is the story of ambitious teenagers who know EXACTLY what they want: to attend the High School of Performing Arts in New York City and succeed as professional singers, dancers or musicians.
UPDATED, July 27: The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum Summer Soiree Fund-raiser is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Whittemore-Robbins House.
At this festive summer evening, Dr. Daniel J. Fairbanks will unveil the newly restored Cyrus Dallin sculpture, "On the Warpath."
The evening includes Dr. Donna Fairbanks playing violin, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, and a Dallin-themed silent auction.
The soiree aims to raise crucial funds to address high-priority goals in the Dallin Museum’s new strategic plan, such as expanding education programs for the Arlington public schools.
Proceeds will also provide much-needed support for collections care, staffing and operations.
Tickets to the event are available at a cost of $40 per person.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.dallin.org or call 781-641-0747.
Arlington Center for the Arts presents more Shakespeare in the Park as the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is set to perform "Macbeth," featuring an all-female cast, Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m. in the Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) courtyard.
Join ACA and the company's apprentice program as they present an innovative and creative retelling of the bard's classic tale.
Bring a picnic, blanket and/or low chair for an outdoor performance.
Attendees are asked to park in the ACA lot, and respect neighbors by observing parking signs.