No school, trash pickup today; parking ban remains in effect except for MAss. Ave., Broadway
UPDATED, Jan. 28: A full-scale blizzard hit the New England Coast after largely sparing New York City and dropped more than two feet of snow on Arlington. Some areas got 30 inches or more. The town snowfall estimate was reported in a town announcement.
The storm led the Town of Arlington to declare a snow emergency/parking ban on Monday, Jan. 26, effective at 5 p.m. That ban remains in effect, except for Mass. Ave. and Broadway, as of 11 a.m.
The Arlington public and parochial schools have canceled classes for Tuesday and Wednesday.
In an email at 5:50 p.m. Jan. 27 the town announced that public works continues major snow-removal operations to open town roads for safe passage. "Progress is being made," it said; "however, with more than two feet of snowfall in the area, more work is yet to be done."
Public works resumed removal operations early Wednesday. That includes "push-back efforts" to widen roadways. This may result in snow pushed into driveways and sidewalks.
"This is unavoidable," the announcement said. "We ask residents and businesses for their understanding and to work with the town as we all clean up after this major storm event."
Public safety officials say road are still narrow and snow operations are not completed. Extreme caution is recommend if you feel the need to drive after the travel ban has been lifted.
No trash collection Wednesday : The collection schedule for the Tuesday-Friday's collections will be determined late Wednesday, Jan. 28, when roadway conditions can be better predicted.
Town Hall administrative offices closed Wednesday: Town Hall administrative offices will be closed Tuesday. This includes all offices at 730 Mass. Ave, (Town Hall), 51 Grove St. (DPW administrative offices and inspectional services), 27 Maple St. (Senior Center), 422 Summer St. (recreation office). Robbins and Fox libraries will be closed.
Woman charged after snow blower injures neighbor
A 61-year-old Arlington woman was charged after allegedly injuring a neighbor with a handheld snow blower.
Barbara Davis of Park Avenue was arrested about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 124 Park Ave. and charged with violation of the harassment protection order, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and mayhem.
UPDATED, Jan. 27: At 10-2, the Arlington Catholic girls' hockey squad is still No. 1 in the latest Globe ranking.
The Arlington Catholic boys' hockey team remains No. 9 in the Globe poll. AHS boys stay at 19.
The Arlington High School girls' hockey team (3-3) crushed Matignon (0-6), 10-1, on Monday, Jan. 26.
The Arlington Catholic boys' basketball team improved to 9-2 with a 55-48 win over Winchester on Sunday, Jan. 25, as Matt Weso had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Cougars.
The Arlington High School girls' basketball team fell to 7-5 in a sqeaker loss that day to Waltham, 63-61 (box score below).
UPDATED, Jan. 26: Overall, Arlington Town Meeting members come regularly to Town Hall sessions. A review of attendance records kept by the clerk's office from 2012 through 2014 shows that members are present for sessions almost 85 percent of the time.
Yet some members' attendance is far from stellar, leading the moderator to consider what steps can be taken improve matters. Town Meeting in Arlington, operating since 1807, has no law to address no-shows.
The town election is two months away, but who will be on the ballot is being determined now. In the light of this, YourArlington took a closer look at the attendance records of Town Meeting members up for reelection in 2015.
A check of the 83 Town Meeting members whose terms are up in 2015 provides insight about which members come and which do not.
On the one hand, 31 whose seats are up this year had perfect records between 2012 and 2014. Of the 83 individuals up for reelection this year, 52 have less than perfect attendance. The following stand out for lack attendance. Each who responded to a request for comment has reasons:
"Where Creativity Meets Technology: Bringing Digital Arts to the Arlington Schools" is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan, 29, at the Arlington-based software design company, in a refurbished antique ballroom at 661 Mass. Ave. The event is free and open to the public.
During the event, David Ardito, visual arts director for the Arlington public schools, and David Moore, AHS art teacher and digital artist, will outline the district’s vision of a new high school digital arts studio as an increasingly vital component of a forward-looking STEAM curriculum. The letters stand for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
In addition, attendees will get a sneak peek at Involution Studios that employs local software design professionals.
A high school digital arts studio will bridge creativity and technology, a news release issued Jan. 15 says.
"This studio will provide not only a strong technical base for art students, but also a creative outlet for computer science students," Ardito said in the release.
The Board of Selectmen has served notice that the opening of the warrant for the annual Town Meeting for 2015 begins Tuesday, and closes
During this time, articles for the warrant, which is Town Meeting's agenda, can be submitted to the Board of Selectmen's office, second floor, Town Hall.
The warrant-article submission packet, which includes instructions, is available at the Board of Selectmen's office and online at arlingtonma.gov/townmeeting.
In the face of a reported $765 million state midyear budget deficit, Rep. Sean Garballey, Democrat of Arlington, assured the School Committee on Thursday, Jan. 22, "there should be no need to cut local aid."
Whether or not that occurs will not be up to one local representative.
Garballey spoke to the committee mainly to update them about his legislative efforts.
Filed on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, they seek limits on unfunded mandates and high-stakes testing. The former are requirements school districts face without enough money to pay for them.
The goal, he said, is to first require an investigation into costs for programs and ways to fund them via partnerships around priorities.
In addition, he said, he has refiled a bill for six years aimed at getting insurance companies to pay for mental-health counseling at schools. "One way to stop gun violence [at schools] is by addressing mental health, he said, in an indirect reference to the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in which 26 died.
An eye-opening TV commercial features nearly 20 Medford High School students who are the collective face of a powerful message, says Neil Osborne, president of the Mystic Valley Area Branch of the NAACP.
The black-and-white commercial called "Statistic" begins with an unexpected opening line. While three African-American young men look directly at the camera, one says, "I am a statistic." He continues with, "I am the one out of three who will go to college."