Arlington police ask for the public's help in searching for Steven Michael O’Brien, 25, of Arlington, who is wanted for arrest in connection with a Craigslist-connected robbery.
A warrant charges O'Brien with kidnapping, receiving and possessing a stolen motor vehicle as well as larceny of more than $250 from a person Over 60 years old.
Police say O’Brien arranged to meet an Arlington man after transaction based on a Craigslist ad and then robbed him. Police responded to a residence on Spy Pond Parkway about 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, following a report that a resident had been bound and robbed.
A police news release says officers arrived quickly and spoke with the victim, who said he had been handcuffed and blindfolded by an assailant who then stole cash and the victim's vehicle.
Stuart Brorson, president of the Arlington Historical Society, will be at the Arlington Visitors' Center from noon to 2:30 p.m., showing slides starting at 12:30 on Saturday, July 4.
His slides and commentary will be about Arlington's -- and Menotomy's -- history going "all the way back."
The screen will be located at the double doors, with seating for folks in the grassy area facing those doors.
Come to the visitors' center, between the Minuteman Bikeway and the Uncle Sam statue near Mystic Street, for the slide show anytime between 12:30 and 2 p.m.
UPDATED, July 3: Last year, the Friends of Robbins Farm Park had to cancel annual events set for the Fourth of July, as rain from hurricane Arthur blew in.
This year, the group hopes for better weather, and forecasts are looking good.
Arlington will again celebrate America's birthday in style at Robbins Farm Park with music, refreshments and the Boston Pops Orchestra and Boston fireworks streamed on a giant screen.
The evening opens at 6 p.m.; fireworks start at 10:30 p.m.
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UPDATED, July 2: Addiction is not a simple matter. Nab the dealers, and lock 'em away typifies the "war on drugs" attitude of the Reagan era.
Arlington Chief Fred Ryan, while the town's top law enforcer, tends toward community solutions.
He and Marian Ryan, no relation, the Middlesex District attorney, faced a hard topic with a softer-sell approach to selectmen Monday, June 29. A week earlier, three had overdosed in Arlington, and two of them died -- a male, 27, and a female, 21.
"We can’t arrest our way out of the problem," the chief said. "We [police] have been in a silo -- we need to get out of a silo."
Here are some of the steps the chief and the DA spelled out:
-- Under the new contract for town officers, which began July 1, police carry Narcan (Naloxone) and are trained to use the drug that stems the effects of opiates, including heroin;
-- Clean out your medicine cabinets, because leftover drugs invite trouble;
-- Target dealers for help (see more below); and
-- Address addiction through community outreach: Police and the town's department of Health and Human Services plan to open a drop-in night Tuesdays at Highrock Church, where families struggling with opiates can fund support from expert resources.
DRA, the Waltham-based firm that fashioned the feasibility study to renovate the Stratton School, will design the project as well as the modular buildings that will house Stratton students during the 2016-2017 school year.
In an email to Stratton parents and guardians Thursday, July 2, Bodie wrote that the Permanent Town Building Committee voted this week to confirm an agreement with DRA, long involved in Arlington elementary-school projects.
HMFH Architects Inc. of Cambridge is working on a space study to help Arlington public schools plan for the best use of its facilities as enrollment grows. The report will include detailed enrollment projections by a demographer who is studying housing turnover and population shifts in Arlington.
This study will inform final decisions about the site locations and the number of modular classrooms needed for the Stratton renovation year and for additional enrollment pressures. Bodie wrote.
School officials plan to make a final decision about modular buildings in late summer or early fall.
UPDATED, July 2: Arlington police are investigating a roadway incident that claimed the life of Helen C. Doyle, 77, of Arlington, as she walked Mass. Ave. in the Heights.
On Saturday, June 27, at 9:20 p.m., Arlington police and fire units were dispatched to the area of 1367 Mass. Ave. for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.
The victim sustained head trauma and was immediately attended to by first responders. She was taken by Armstrong Ambulance paramedics to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, where she later died.
The operator of the 2009 Honda Civic that struck the victim, a 76-year-old Brookline woman, remained at the scene and was interviewed by Arlington police investigators.
UPDATED, July 1: Now that the developer of the Mugar project has taken a step toward filing a 40B application, and the town has a month longer to prepare its response, Arlington officials have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the issues involved.
It is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Town Hall auditorium.
The selectmen decided Monday, June 29, to hold a meeting in July, likely in Town Hall with all stakeholders invited.
The meeting aims to collect information from town leaders and the public to be part of the record to address an application by Oaktree Development, which seeks to build housing on the Mugar site under Chapter 40B.
In a June 22 letter, Gregory P. Watson, manager of comprehensive permit programs for MassHousing, wrote that Arlington has until Aug. 10 to respond to an application by Oaktree Development of Cambridge. The town had sought 60 days from a July 10 deadline.
The board voted in June to MassHousing seeking a 90-day extension to answer a site-eligibility application for the 17-acre Mugar site in East Arlington.
Selectmen Chairman Kevin Greeley said June 29 that he was "just a little disappointed" that Arlington did not get the full three months.
Arlington High and Arlington Catholic girls' hockey players have teamed up this summer to take to the ice this summer for the Metro team for the Bay State Games. The four-day tournament at the Foxboro Sports Center in Foxboro starts Thursday, July 9, and concludes with a medal round Sunday, July 12.
Representing AC are sisters Bridget Crane, a junior forward, and Kathrine Crane, a goalie and will be attending Salem State University in the fall; Alexandra Keane, a senior forward; Abigail Knight, a senior forward; and Erin King, a junior defenseman.
Representing Arlington High is senior forward Laura Shea.
UPDATED, June 28: Chairful Where You Sit, a temporary art installation and fund-raiser, in its fourth year for Arlington Public Art, is coming up Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12, at Whittemore Park, in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum in Arlington Center.
Join those involved for an opening reception and kickoff from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 10.
Buy a chair for $100 during the exhibit and support Arlington Public Art's projects, such as painting the transformer box murals.
Closing reception and Peoples' Choice awards on Sunday, July 12, from 4 to 6 p.m.
For more information, email chairful2[at]gmail.com.