Eighteen months ago, Officer Michael Foley, a decorated veteran of the force, was hospitalized after firing his service weapon at an alleged gun-wielding bank robbery suspect.
On Tuesday, July 7, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office and State Police assigned to that office announced their conclusion of the investigation into the nonfatal shooting of James F. Riley, 36, of Quincy, on Jan. 17, 2014.
Officer Foley fired only after Riley assaulted him with a handgun, the DA's conclusion said in a news release.
Town's rep offers support, raises other questions
UPDATED, July 7: The Minuteman school superintendent is taking steps toward a ballot question aimed at resolving a logjam among the 16 member districts about paying to renovate the high school, and Arlington selectmen have made their opposition to that initiative clear.
Selectman Dan Dunn has characterized the move by Superintendent Edward Bouquillon as a "nuclear option," which could lead to forcing on the town a plan it may not want. "I am stunned. We need to react clearly," he said.
The Minuteman School Committee may continue to discuss Tuesday, July 7, whether to proceed with a ballot question, which would occur within 45 days after it is voted. A vote on that issue is not expected Tuesday.
In response, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine has sent a letter to the superintendent, his committee, all member towns and Arlington's Beacon Hill delegation that reflects the selectmen's desire for a collaborative dialogue about school-building issues and stands opposed to a districtwide ballot initiative for approving the renovation plan as now proposed.
The 16 member towns must reach consensus about renovation by next June 30, the deadline to qualify for millions of dollars in state reimbursement funds.
In June, Minuteman School Committee members began debate about holding a districtwide ballot among the member towns. The election would occur on the same day at the same time.
The agenda includes a discussion of "the timelines, language and impact" of a ballot question, but Sue Sheffler, Arlington's representative on the Minuteman committee, does not expect a motion on the ballot question until September. A schjool spokesman said no vote is expected July 7.
After four years of planning and construction, the $6.5 million restoration and renovation of Arlington’s Central Fire Station is nearing completion, with final move in slated for mid-July, the project architect says.
Widely regarded as an historic icon along Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center, preservation of the exterior was a primary goal of Donham & Sweeney of Boston and town officials. Except for the new all-glass garage doors, which replaced the modern -- but tired -- conventional solid-steel doors, the recent repairs restored the exterior facades to their original appearance.
Fire Chief Robert Jefferson hailed the architects' "superior attention to historical details" and ability to provide Arlington with a "vivid example of how historic buildings can retain their beauty and stature while achieving a lifetime of civic usefulness."
Sustainability was another primary goal of the project. "Not only does this project preserve the historic character of the building, when completed it will earn LEED Gold certification, a new level of sustainable achievement for the Town of Arlington," Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine said in a news release.
Donham & Sweeney’s renovation work began with redesigning the interior to return the fire administration offices to the building, as they were previously situated in the Community Safety Building at Mystic and Summer.
UPDATED, July 7: Transformer boxes in Arlington have been, well, transforming, because of the creative efforts of Arlington Public Art, a Town committee of Vision 2020. Arlington Public Art's project, in its second year, has completed 12 boxes.
Check out their work around town or take a virtual tour and learn more here.
Earlier this year, artists living or working in Arlington 18 and older were invited to submit color sketches for one of six transformer box murals in Arlington as part of Arlington Public Art’s Transformer Box Mural Project, which got underway last year.
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.
Gina Johnson, office manager at The Legacy/Mirak Properties, is planning an all-day display of the fallen-heroes wall, called "Faces of Remembrance," at the Uncle Sam Plaza on Saturday, July 11.
See the website www.operationhometies.com and click on the "Gallery" link. You might recall versions of this at Patriots Day parades in town.
Johnson is considering doing additional portraits of fallen heroes on site during the day.
Those involved with the town's visitors' center are working to coordinate with the display. Center hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Arlington's "heights" neighborhood has streets named Dundee, Aberdeen, Kilsythe and Perth -- a neighborhood known as "Little Scotland."
Fittingly, the Arlington-based notloB Music, managed by Jeff Boudreau has a recent history presenting Celtic concerts (Brittany Haas and Nic Gareiss (Jan. 17) and Fresh Haggis (March 28) at nearby Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road..
A set of three celebratory concerts has been announced, all are tartan-wearing, bagpipe-playing, top-flight traditional Scots Celtic bands: Fellswater (July 11), Alistair McCulloch with Eamon Sefton (July 22) and Cantrip (Aug. 1).
Tickets, in the $10 to $20 range, with discounts for students and seniors, are available through eventbrite.com, and, if not sold out, at the door.
"Redesign or refashion is an alteration intending to bring excitement to a boring garment and to remake an existing garment to fit your personality," says Elizabeth Cole Sheehan, a veteran costume designer with more than 25 years of professional costuming and design experience.
The intention of fashion redesign is about creatively reenvisioning the materials at your fingertips. See examples at right of what you might do in Sheehan's Arlington Center for the Art's "Fashion Design and Redesign" Teen Studio this summer.
Here, students have the opportunity to creatively reenvision and reuse existing garments with their own creative spin. Sheehan brings her design and costuming expertise to this fun and engaging studio class intended for teens looking to explore their interests in fashion and design.
Having worked as the costume director for various productions through the Randolph Theater Company, Ballet Theatre of Boston and Boston Conservatory of Music, Sheehan has developed quite the fashion-design repertoire: everything from designing costumes for successful productions of "The Nutcracker" and "Alice in Wonderland" to creating for the Jackson Homestead Museum an 1850s era costume for Ellen Jackson, the daughter of a prominent abolitionist who lived in Newton.