UPDATED, Oct. 9: With a fourth-quarter rush, the Arlington High School Spy Ponder football team edged Woburn, 34-33, in a memorable homecoming game Friday, Oct. 9.
Trailing 20-14 entering the final frame, AHS racked up 20 points to win. Details to come.
AHS is 3-0 in the league and 4-1 overall. Before its latest game, the Ponders averaged 29.8 points a game, with its defense giving up 12.5.
Woburn is 2-1 in the league and 2-3 overall. Before Oct. 9, the Tanners averaged 17.5 points a game, and its defense gives 23 each game.
The Globe power ratings in Div. 3NW had Melrose (4-0) leading, with 63 points and rating of 15.75. Runner-up was Arlington, with 47 points and rating of 11.75.
Take a free nature walk in Arlington's Great Meadows on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. sponsored by Friends of Arlington’s Great Meadows (FoAGM).
Join participants who will emphasize botany (because plants don’t fly away), but we’ll also look for birds and other wonders of nature, too.
Verse and Vodka Theater’s first show of its season is an updated take on George Washington’s favorite comedy, "The Rivals" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
The play will be presented at the Arlington Elks Lodge on Friday, Oct. 9; Saturday, Oct. 10; and Friday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m.
This is Verse and Vodka’s third season presenting plays at the Elks Lodge, 56 Pond Lane, beside Spy Pond.
"We were supposed to do a one-shot performance of a play back in 2013," said Kathryn Gandek-Tighe, co-director of Verse and Vodka. "We had no idea that people would be so excited to come see classic plays in the Elks function room with the bar open throughout the whole show. People asked us to do more, so here we are opening our third season.
"To say we are surprised would be an understatement."
On the go? Can't decide what to do? Here's help (or more decisions to make) -- five things to consider doing this weekend, as suggested by Cambridge Day.
Yes, the website, a YourArlington partner, focuses on Cambridge, but its suggested events encompass an area within your reach. See the suggestions here >>>
UPDATED, Oct. 8: Disagreements between Arlington officials and the developer of the Mugar site continue, as the town has sent its latest response to MassHousing on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Oaktree Development of Cambridge seeks approval from the state agency for a 40B project comprising 219 units of housing near Route 2 in East Arlington. It remains unclear when they might occur under a process that Town Counsel Doug Heim again called "unorthodox."
There is "no specified time frame," Heim told selectmen Monday, Oct. 5, as they discussed how to respond to eight documents Oaktree submitted after after the Aug. 18 deadline.
Asked when the agency might decide, Eric W. Gedstad, communications director for MassHousing, wrote Thursday, Oct. 8: "Once we receive the remaining documentation from the applicant, we estimate that we will have a decision on whether or not to grant project eligibility within two weeks."
Read the full text of the Oct. 6 letter from selectmen here >>
Points raised in the eight-page letter, in response to what the letter calls "the defect-riddled original application," are that the applicant, Arlington Land Realty LLC, has not provided:
Arlington police, after an investigation into drug-distribution activity in town, charged an Arlington resident Thursday, Oct. 8, and seized cash, drugs and a firearm after serving a search warrant on a Grove Street residence.
Chief Frederick Ryan said in a news release that, as a result of the investigation by town detectives and investigators assigned to the Southern Middlesex County Drug Task Force, Paul Santos, 32, was arrested on the following charges:
UPDATED, Sept. 22: State Attorney General Maura Healey will be the keynote speaker at "The Opioid Crisis: Identifying Community Solutions in Arlington," a forum to be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
The Arlington Youth Health & Safety Coalition -- which has representation from the Arlington Public Schools, School Committee, Selectmen, Police Department, Fire Department, clergy, LGBT community, parents and students -- is organizing the event.
The following panelists will present on the topic of identifying solutions to the opioid issues in Arlington:
• Moderator Frederick Ryan, Arlington Police Chief;
• Marian Ryan, Middlesex district attorney;
• Mike Duggan, founder of Wicked Sober;
• Rebecca Wolfe, Arlington Police Department clinical responder; and
• Dr. Alex Walley, Boston Public Health Commission's Opioid Treatment Program.
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.
"We are on the verge of evaluating our interior to make it more of a 21st-century library," she says.
"People are constantly looking for places to plug in and do work or for flexible spaces, meaning tables for collaborative work, or for study rooms. Our community room and conference rooms are almost always booked."
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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;