UPDATED, Oct. 3: The Arlington High School Spy Ponder football team beat Winchester, 34-13, Saturday, Oct. 3, its second Middlesex League win.
Quarterback Alec Coleman ran for four touchdowns to lead the visiting Spy Ponders.
The team thrashed Belmont, 42-14, on Friday, Sept. 25, at Peirce Field.
Details to come.
Arlington Catholic lost to St. Mary's, 36-19.
Coach Ryan Gendron said the team will face a disciplined and well-coached team. "They are able to both run and throw the ball effectively, and their defense flies around the field. We anticipate a very competitive game on the road at Winchester," he wrote.
In soccer, AHS teams each had 1-0 matches against Winchester on Thursday, Oct. 1 -- the boys won, but the previously undefeated girls lost.
Yes, you can still borrow books from the library. But Arlington patrons know they can also borrow movies, audiobooks, prints, puppets and toys, museum passes and even microscopes and American Girl dolls. It’s also where you can see a Japanese film or learn how to down-size your home. Two-year-olds can enjoy a singalong, while older children are taught how to play chess.
The role of the library has evolved and continues to change, says Andrea Nicolay, at left. Named director of libraries in May, Nicolay was honored at a reception at Robbins Library in September. Libraries, she says, are becoming a cultural crossroad, where people can be introduced to new ideas and meet new people.
"I think that people are seeing the library as a place to gather and to experience ideas or forms of culture they might not be used to," she says in an interview. She points to an upcoming singing program for adults or an afternoon of hot chocolate and a movie for teens or a program on how to build a bicycle.
The Arlington libraries provide a wide range of programming for different age groups and people with varied interests. Now, Nicolay says, it’s time to do even more -- namely, redesign the library’s interior to reflect its patrons’ needs.
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True Story Theater, a nonprofit in East Arlington awarded a $25,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts, has a busy schedule ahead as it creates an "Arlington's Living Brochure."
The funds are helping to support creation of a project aimed at giving further voice to six committees in Arlington: Vision 2020, the primary partner; the Human Rights Commission, the Diversity Task Group, the Disability Commission, Sustainable Arlington and, most recently, Arlington Public Art.
Group founder Christopher Ellinger wrote Thursday, Oct. 1, that the project's "purpose is supporting the volunteers -- in a town where an amazing amount of work is done by people who generously give their time and skills."
Three forces are combining this fall to host a meeting series about co-working and collaborative employment in which experts will describe what co-working is and how shared work environments can benefit self-employed people, sole proprietors and small businesses.
This series will start with a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Lyons Hearing Room on the second floor of Town Hall.
Additional meetings will garner input about what types collaborative work space are desired in Arlington and what features are preferred by interested residents and business owners.
Margy Rydzynski, who founded in Arlington Entrepreneurs in 2008, wrote Friday, Oct. 2:
"This is a fantastic opportunity for home-based and other tiny businesses. Right now there's no place in Arlington for people who would otherwise be working from a coffee shop or their dining room table.
Arlington High School plans to celebrate Spirit Week Oct. 5 through 9 with homecoming events that aim to "White-Out Cancer."
The teams encourage all to join them in their effort to support cancer research by wearing white or yellow gear. Team members will adorn their white uniforms with yellow accessories to honor Catherine Malatesta, field hockey captain and student council class president, who died of cancer in August.
A pep rally is set for Tuesday, Oct. 6, and themed spirit days will fill each day.
At the conclusion of the week are four homecoming games followed by homecoming events in the school's courtyard. In addition to celebrating AHS, the school will honor Malatesta.
See who's joining the Cambridge party
The fifth annual Arlington International Film Festival opens with a live celebration of leading scientists and engineers as well as parts of Nova's Emmy-nominated "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" at the Kendall Square Cinemas at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.
Executive producer Joshua Seftel and producer Tom Miller will lead a "talk show"-style presentation featuring short films from "Secret Life" and live interviews with noted scientists profiled in the award-winning series. "The message of our Nova series is that scientists are an important part of the cultural dialogue,” Seftel said in a news release. "We want to shatter stereotypes, open people’s minds to what it means to be a scientist and show them that science is relevant to their lives."
Some of the innovators expected to be present include:
• Engineer and founder of the rock band Boston Tom Scholz;
• Biologist and Miss Massachusetts Pageant winner Erika Ebbel;
• Experimental psychologist/late-night TV guest Steven Pinker;
• Psycholinguist Jean Berko Gleason;
• Roboticist and sportsman Colin Angle;
UPDATED, Sept. 29: Rising public-school enrollment and how to accommodate those students in future years drew an estimated 200 people to Town Hall, as officials and the public offered their ideas about how to meet the challenges. Among the suggestions and reactions:
-- Reopening the former Gibbs Jr. High to classrooms, closed since the 1980s, drew pitches favoring and opposed;
-- Ideas calling for fifth graders at the Gibbs and eighth graders at the high school yielded some groans;
-- Two people, one a public official, suggested negotiating a possible arrangement with those who want to develop the Mugar site near Route 2; and
-- Three said the Parmenter School, also closed in the 1980s, is worth another look, but the school's architect said it was considered too small.
These are some of the ideas offered by speakers, 16 from the general public, in the last two hours of a School Committee meeting that concluded at 10:20 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.
They were reacting to a tide of numbers presented by Dr. Jerome McKibben of McKibben Demographic Research, author of "Arlington Public Schools Population and Enrollment Forecasts," completed last June; and an array of space options from Lori Cowles of HMFH Architects of Cambridge. Its report was presented in part in August and completed this month. Both are online.
The numbers and suggestions stem from Arlington's attractiveness as a town.
Through the summer and early fall, members of the Arlington Garden Club have contributed about 350 hours of community service at the Town Hall Gardens and the Whittemore-Robbins House flower beds.
Joining them are members of the newly formed Friends of Robbins Town Gardens and the Master Gardeners' volunteers.
A "window" has been opened through the foliage on the Mass. Ave. side between Town Hall and the library -- allowing walkers to look through the garden to the reflecting pool and up to Cyrus Dallin’s "Menotomy Hunter" sculpture.
The gardeners have cut back spring perennials to enhance the sedum at the reflecting pool, and invasives have been removed from the gardens.
Trees have been pruned, shrubs freed from binary weeds, and the garden is a beautiful site for all to behold, club members say.