UPDATED, Feb. 2: Offering an eclectic musical mix of folk and baroque for a winter’s afternoon, Floyds Row graces the sanctuary of the Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington Heights at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7.
Proceeds will benefit the church’s organ restoration and music program.
Tickets in advance are $18 adults and $12 seniors and students. At the door, they are $23 and $15.
A postconcert artists’ reception is set for the Parish Hall, where CDs will be available for purchase.
Call 781-643-8680 to reserve tickets that will be held for you at the door.
About the group: a range of eras
A British-American ensemble founded in Oxford, UK, Floyds Row, explores early, folk, Celtic and classical idioms. Fusing different styles, they often include selections from their early British repertoire, including works by Tobias Hume (c.1579-1645), Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Solomon Eckles (1618-1683), Thomas Campion (1567-1620), John Cooper / Coprario (c.1570-1626) as well as Francesco Barsanti (1690-1775). They also perform new folk and classical works.
UPDATED, Feb. 6: Those who honor Arlington High School hockey plan to gather Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Ed Burns Arena to dedicate the Spy Ponders locker room for longtime coach and player, Dick DeCaprio.
HNIB Hockey News reports that DeCaprio and the Spy Ponders hockey program have been a tradition since the 1960s. DeCaprio played for legendary coach Ed Burns in the AHS Class of 1964, and went on to play at Boston University before becoming a teacher, coach, high school administrator, referee and administrator of referees.
UPDATED, Feb. 6: Heavy, wet snowfall -- an estimated 7.9 inches -- closed Arlington public and Catholic schools Friday, Feb. 5, and just before 2 p.m. that day, the town assured the public that it had not declared a parking ban.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency told The Globe that, by 2 p.m. Friday, 77,000 customers had lost power statewide. Of those, 77 were Arlington residents, the Eversource outage map showed at 4:30. The map had showed 473 two hours earlier.
Snow began tapering off in midafternoon, and by dusk the sun had found its way into Arlington again, as its rays burst upon trees near snow-covered Washington Street homes.
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The legend above the graphics on the screen at the Senior Center was at once stark and obvious: "HOUSING PRICES ARE INCREASINGLY OUT OF REACH."
So was the supporting data provided by Jennifer M. Goldson, a planning consultant for the town: One in three households here spends more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Further, the sale price affordable to a median income in Arlington is about $310,000, but the median sale price of homes in town was $580,000 in 2015.
Can we address key issues about Arlington housing? Thirty-five residents, hunched in discussion over seven tables, tried.
In a "visioning" session Tuesday, Feb. 2, aimed at moving toward a town housing production plan in May, participants were encouraged to use "perfect-world thinking." Thus, they offered a wide-ranging list of options.
That list is expected to be refined against the glint of practicality at a second public session, in April.
After that, a proposed housing plan will go for approval to the Redevelopment Board and then selectmen. The plan was last updated in 2004 and is among the recommendations of the town's first comprehensive master plan, adopted a year ago.
For those who stayed to the end of the two hours, and most did, the scope of Arlington's housing problem became clearer, and residents, undaunted by depressing statistics, took their best shots at possible solutions.
The principal at Arlington Catholic High School has been put on leave pending the outcome of an investigation, various media outlets are reporting, citing school officials.
In a note sent to parents Wednesday, Feb. 3, Vice Principal Linda Butt said the decision about Stephen Biagioni stems from allegations that took place after a Sunday detention at the school.
"We have no reason to believe at this time it involves allegations of sexual abuse," the letter said.
Biagioni has been a longtime administrator at the school. and students who spoke to FOX25 expressed shock.
The school said it would update the community once the investigation was finished.
Proposed budget to be discussed at School Committee Thursday; show up and comment: documents here >>
UPDATED, Feb. 5: The School Committee has voted to accept the bottom-line budget proposalfor next year for the schools -- $57,133,000 -- but only after lengthy discussion and a 5-2 ballot. Voting "no" were Bill Hayner and Chairman Paul Schlichtman.
The number for the fiscal 2017 school budget comes from the town manager, and the back-and-forth about it Thursday, Jan. 28, indicated dissatisfaction.
In his budget message, manager Adam Chapdelaine says: "... this recommendation holds the potential to provide a near historic funding increase to the School Department."
This big-picture view did not forestall school complaints. "Arlington High gets hit real hard in this budget," Hayner said, adding that cuts to special education draw his concern. "The cuts shouldn’t all come from our side of the street."
Impact of voting aired
Schlichtman said cuts to English language learners concern him. "Those kids need advocates," he said.
After Superintendent Kathleen Bodie reported the amount of money that they manager recommends for schools, $57.1 million, Hayner asked for direction: "How should we vote tonight? Does this lock us in?"
A proposed warrant article at this year’s annual Town Meeting will seek approval to begin Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), enabling cities and towns to merge the buying power of individual electricity customers in Arlington.
Vision 2020’s Sustainable Arlington, along with local groups, are the hosts for a public-information session where residents can learn about the CCA and ask questions. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Robbins Library Community Room.
Romano takes out papers for board; 3 could seek 2 school seats
UPDATED, Jan. 31: Potential races for selectman and School Committee loom as Maria Romano has taken out papers for the former board and six-year member Jud Pierce has decided not to seek reelection for the latter.
Romano, in fifth potential run for selectman, took out nominating papers on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Taking out papers for the school seat are James Doherty, a former longtime member of the Board of Assessors, and Len Kardon, a Finance Committee member who is active in school issues.
Kirsi C. Allison-Ampe, the other school incumbent, says she is seeking reelection to the three-year seat she has held since 2010 and took out nomination papers just before noon Friday, Jan. 15.
For Board of Selectmen, a three-year seat is open this year -- the one held by Kevin Greeley, who has served the board since 1989. He took out papers Jan. 19.