Arlington Overcoming Addiction plans to hold a candlelight vigil to remember addicted people here who have died.
The three-hour event is set for Monday, Aug. 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. A Facebook post says that doors to Lowe Auditorium at Arlington High will open at 6:30.
The third meeting of Arlington Community Training and Support (Arlington ACTS) was to be held Tuesday, Sept. 1. Instead, Arlington police encourage all members of the community to attend Arlington Overcoming Addiction‘s first vigil, which members hope to be an annual event.
Unlike earlier events, this one is open to the public, Chief Fred Ryan said Aug. 30.
Out with the Brig, in with the Dig
A warm, lazy, sunny Friday afternoon in August can't lie: You know summer ends soon, and you hunger for an ice cream ... one from Brigham's.
You head for the Heights, where the last ice cream spot with that name is trying to hold back time with a lime rickey.
But what's this? The sign in bubbly, blue, late-'60s lettering says, "Digumms."
What's a townie to do? When will all this change stop?
Ask Steven Kupelnick. He's been running the shop at Mass. Ave. and Park with partner John Mercer since 2001.
Similar to a new flavor in 2013, the name change was ordered, and it's finally happening. Kupelnick helps the truth goes down like one of the rainbow sherbets he serves.
UPDATED, Aug. 29: Mass. Ave. project contractors expect to start cold-planing Sunday, Aug. 30, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and they expect to finish by Thursday, Sept. 3. See a video example here >>
Adam Auster, who has monitored work from the start, reported Aug. 4 in his Word on the Street blog that work on the Varnum bump-out could signal speedier progress. On Aug. 29, he warned residents to brace themselves for night work.
The official word about the progress of the Mass. Ave. project in East Arlington in June was that work "remains generally on time," even with late design changes, including alterations to planters.
Project liaison Nathaniel Cabral-Curtis made the assessment, as reported by Auster's blog.
Supported by the Town of Arlington, the key changes involve the design of the Varnum Street crosswalk and the planters in the business district. The town asked for modifications in response to requests from the community. Read all of Auster's report here >>
As the second season of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. Corridor project is underway, a meeting to update the public about the East Arlington job was held Thursday, May 14, attended by about 35 residents at the Thompson Elementary School, 187 Everett St.
Who are the new faces in the Arlington public schools this year?
Here is a list of 42 staff members, current as of Friday, Aug. 28, provided by Robert Spiegel, human-resources administrator for the public schools:
Sugo is the name of the new Italian take-out in town, opening in August where Francesca’s Kitchen had been, at 162 Mass. Ave., in East Arlington. Sugo is Italian for “sauce,” and evidently they take the stuff seriously.
I remember learning, years ago on a cooking show, in Italy the sauce is more of a condiment and never drowns the pasta or entrée. But its importance is nonetheless paramount. And it must be made with love. It’s evident the Sugo gets this.
We dined on fettuccini with a parmesan cream sauce and shrimp, a pollo parmigiana panino and a seared salmon in lemon caper sauce served with potatoes in marinara and a side of broccoli rabe. In the comfort of our den at home watching a documentary about Roger Ebert. Even though Sugo doesn’t deliver, exactly.
They subscribe to a service called DoorDash.com that was pretty impressive. I placed my order online a full half-hour before Sugo even opened. Clicking on each menu item and then charging the order and driver tip to my credit card. When Sugo did open, DoorDash pinged my cell to tell me that their driver was there awaiting my order, which must have already been cooking, because they texted again when he was on his way to the house 10 minutes later.
Arlington's Central Fire Station, an icon identified with the town's early 20th century, has been returned to 21st-century life for $6.5 million. On a tour of the five-bay historic building, wedged between Broadway Plaza and Mass. Ave., the last of three stations to be revamped, Chief Robert J. Jefferson was pleased to points out old and new.
Among the high points of the latter is an environmental distinction. While the Highland station, whose renovation was completed in 2011, project was named LEED Silver, Central is LEED Gold, the first public building in Arlington to gain this title.
In addition, Central station now complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Among other features, the station has an elevator, a key aid to public access.
Further, for the safety of firefighters, an industrial-strength washer and drier in the basement cleans heavy gear used to protect against hazardous waste, among other dangers. That's better than using a garden hose, as was done in the past.
These are among many changes aimed at improving life for those charged to protect the town when fire strikes.
Take tour via photos >>
Preserving the station's noted exterior was a chief aim for Donham & Sweeney, the Boston architect, and town officials. Jefferson says they have succeeded. In an Aug. 17 two-hour tour, YourArlington witnessed a fresh, practical structure dotted with numerous reminders of the past.
Plans aren't set yet, but the public could be invited to come inside the station on Town Day, Sept. 12. In the meantime, follow Jefferson for a preview:
Steamy outdoors but cool within, we met in a new upstairs room that used to be a tower where hoses once hung. At a conference table used for vendors, officials and training, the room is part of an administrative area -- now called AFD Headquarters -- that has moved from the Community Safety Building, where meetings took place at a kitchen table.
The move was crucial. From his experience as a firefighter, dating from 1982, the year before Community Safety opened, Jefferson said he knew that the men "didn't know the old chief."
UPDATED, Aug. 27: Lacking basic information hidden behind claims that the issue is a personnel matter, supporters of Winchester High School Principal Sean F. Kiley seek to recall all five School Committee members.
During a meeting at Town Hall Wednesday, Aug. 26, night, that drew more than 150 people, organizers handed out petitions, the Boston Globe reported.
One parent would include Superintendent Judith Evans in the recall, the Aug. 27 report said.
Officials have said privacy laws prevent them from releasing details about Kiley’s employment.
One resident asked Kiley, who has been principal for one year, to waive that right.
Kiley has been on paid administrative leave since early August for undisclosed reasons, but he has told The Globe that he had not resigned.
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