The two duplexes on Stonebridge Road in Wayland might seem outwardly unremarkable. Look a bit closer, and they’re special.
Built by Habitat for Humanity, the two new dwellings are also a tangible symbol of achievement and success for the two dozen students from Minuteman High School who helped work on them.
Starting last fall, juniors and seniors in the plumbing and electrical programs at Minuteman began installing the plumbing, electrical and heating systems in both buildings, said Minuteman plumbing/HVAC instructor Kyle Romano, who also serves as school's offsite project coordinator. The two buildings, at 91/ 3 and 95/97 Stonebridge Road, include four units.
The project is expected to be completed in late fall or early winter.
Habitat for Humanity is a global organization that builds, renovates and repairs houses for financially deserving families using volunteer workers and donated materials, according to its website. The project in Wayland, which comes under the aegis of the MetroWest/Greater Worcester (MW/GW) Habitat chapter, is not the first Habitat endeavor in which Minuteman has participated. Students in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical programs worked on another one in 2004 in Acton.
A 22-year-old East Arlington man faces child-pornography charges after his arrest by town police and federal agents.
Antonio Gutierrez was arrested Thursday, July 30, a police spokesman said the next in a news release. He was to appear Friday, July 31, on federal charges of receiving and possessing child pornography, in the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston.
Investigators obtained a warrant for a residence on Spring Road in Arlington, which is also the location of a residential day-care program owned by the suspect's extended family. However, spokesman John Guilfoil said that when officers and FBI agents went to the residence, it was determined that Gutierrez no longer lived there. A preliminary investigation indicates that the alleged actions of the suspect did not include the daycare or its children.
If you walk the Minuteman Bikeway near Arlington High School this summer, you see the 10-year-old turf at Peirce Field rolled up like batches of cloth at the Fabric Corner.
Working to replace the surface where various sports teams play, under a budget of $500,000, is Turf Prep of Woburn.
The replacement surface is called field turf, which you can learn about here >>
The old turf is rolled up in wide strips, a pebbly surface is applied and new turf is laid on top.
Work began July 20, and the process aims for completion Aug. 25, Melissa Dlugolecki, the high school athletics director, said July 27. That's one day after the Spy Ponder football team is due to begin practice, under MIAA rules.
Above, you can see how the rolled-up field looked July 23.
In conjunction with the Arlington Police Department’s new addiction outreach, Arlington ACTS -- which stands for Addiction Community Training & Support -- was created and is geared toward getting the lifesaving, opioid-reversal drug Narcan in the hands of the loved ones of addicts and addicts themselves.
Join Arlington ACTS for its first meeting with guest speakers from the Cambridge Needle Exchange and Wicked Sober, set for from at 731 Mass. Ave., the building next to HighRock Church (enter through back door).
Expected to be present is Erin Cheek from the needle exchange to train and pass out free doses of Narcan to attendees.
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
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."
The public is invited for the opening reception and artist talk for "Sea Life," featuring the work of local artist Nedret Andre on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Artbeat's Upper Walls Gallery.
On exhibit during August, the exhibit features acrylic works on panel as well as large-scale oil paintings.
The Upper Walls Gallery is situated at Artbeat, 212A Mass. Ave. in East Arlington’s Capitol Square, and is open seven days a week.
Born in London, Andre is a Boston-based artist who weaves together different approaches to paint in her "Sea Life" series. Andre focuses our attention on seagrass habitats that shelter, feed and protect a vast number of ocean species.
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 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.