UPDATED, Sept. 2: A procession of pictures of those in Arlington lost to obsessions with drugs and alcohol clicked past on the screen as an estimated 60 people watched at Lowe Auditorium on Monday, Aug. 31.
Names, most underscored by birth and death dates, from near-children to older adults, were familiar to many. On the stage sat boxes of tissues. The audience, many weeping, held small round candles.
Arlington Overcoming Addiction held its first memorial vigil, an event that organizers hope will become an annual way to uncover what they say is a hidden scourge.
"Arlington has a blanket over it," said Amanda Fredo, who said she is the daughter of an alcoholic and a drug addict and wants to address the stigma of addiction.
"The stigma can only be erased through education," she said to applause. "We need to see that kids are getting high out of their parents' medicine cabinets."
Fredo was among three main speakers who told their personal stories about addiction in an event organized by Mike Duggan, an Arlington High graduate who founded Wicked Sober, which offers programs to aid addicts, and Thomas Caccavaro Jr.
The latter, whose name is familiar in part because of his dad's Arlington construction business, was by turns riveting and funny.
UPDATED, Sept. 1: A week after supporters of Winchester High School Principal Sean F. Kiley sought to recall all five School Committee members, The Globe has reported that the principal has resigned.
In a statement to parents citing "family concerns" issued Tuesday, Sept. 1, Winchester Superintendent Judith Evans said Kiley’s employment officially ended Monday. A number of posts on Kiley's blog as recently as Aug. 27 were have been deleted, a check Sept. 1 showed.
During a meeting at Town Hall Wednesday, Aug. 26, night, that drew more than 150 people, organizers handed out petitions, the Globe reported.
One parent would include Superintendent Evans in the recall, the Aug. 27 report said.
Officials have said privacy laws prevent them from releasing details about Kiley’s employment.
Who are the new faces in the Arlington public schools this year?
Here is a list of 42 staff members, current as of Friday, Aug. 28, provided by Robert Spiegel, human-resources administrator for the public schools:
UPDATED, Aug. 29: Mass. Ave. project contractors began cold-planing Sunday, Aug. 30, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and they expect to finish by Thursday, Sept. 3. See a video example here >>
Adam Auster, who has monitored work from the start, reported Aug. 4 in his Word on the Street blog that work on the Varnum bump-out could signal speedier progress. On Aug. 29, he warned residents to brace themselves for night work.
The official word about the progress of the Mass. Ave. project in East Arlington in June was that work "remains generally on time," even with late design changes, including alterations to planters.
Project liaison Nathaniel Cabral-Curtis made the assessment, as reported by Auster's blog.
Supported by the Town of Arlington, the key changes involve the design of the Varnum Street crosswalk and the planters in the business district. The town asked for modifications in response to requests from the community. Read all of Auster's report here >>
As the second season of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. Corridor project is underway, a meeting to update the public about the East Arlington job was held Thursday, May 14, attended by about 35 residents at the Thompson Elementary School, 187 Everett St.
The Child Development Center of Minuteman High School, a preschool program for 2- to 5-year-olds, has scheduled an open house for every Thursday from Sept. 3 to Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon.
At 20 Mill St. in Lincoln, the center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It offers a mix of innovative, educational activities in the classroom and beyond, all of which are geared toward helping the students develop their social and emotional confidence, said teacher/director Kelly Downing in a news release.
The center can accommodate 35 children. There are two full-time teachers, plus Minuteman students in the early education and care program who help with the youngsters. The center is open to children from towns in the Minuteman district and out-of-district towns as well. Registration is ongoing.
Parents can choose either the half-day (7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) or full-day (7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) session. They can also enroll their child for two, three, four or five days a week. The center follows the Minuteman High School calendar regarding holidays and school closings because of inclement weather. It is open for February and April school vacations and closed on Monday holidays.
Out with the Brig, in with the Dig
A warm, lazy, sunny Friday afternoon in August can't lie: You know summer ends soon, and you hunger for an ice cream ... one from Brigham's.
You head for the Heights, where the last ice cream spot with that name is trying to hold back time with a lime rickey.
But what's this? The sign in bubbly, blue, late-'60s lettering says, "Digumms."
What's a townie to do? When will all this change stop?
Ask Steven Kupelnick. He's been running the shop at Mass. Ave. and Park with partner John Mercer since 2001.
Similar to a new flavor in 2013, the name change was ordered, and it's finally happening. Kupelnick helps the truth goes down like one of the rainbow sherbets he serves.
Sugo is the name of the new Italian take-out in town, opening in August where Francesca’s Kitchen had been, at 162 Mass. Ave., in East Arlington. Sugo is Italian for “sauce,” and evidently they take the stuff seriously.
I remember learning, years ago on a cooking show, in Italy the sauce is more of a condiment and never drowns the pasta or entrée. But its importance is nonetheless paramount. And it must be made with love. It’s evident the Sugo gets this.
We dined on fettuccini with a parmesan cream sauce and shrimp, a pollo parmigiana panino and a seared salmon in lemon caper sauce served with potatoes in marinara and a side of broccoli rabe. In the comfort of our den at home watching a documentary about Roger Ebert. Even though Sugo doesn’t deliver, exactly.
They subscribe to a service called DoorDash.com that was pretty impressive. I placed my order online a full half-hour before Sugo even opened. Clicking on each menu item and then charging the order and driver tip to my credit card. When Sugo did open, DoorDash pinged my cell to tell me that their driver was there awaiting my order, which must have already been cooking, because they texted again when he was on his way to the house 10 minutes later.
The Board of Selectmen has approved the sixth annual Running with Friends 5K charity race, held by the Friends of the Arlington Council on Aging, seeks volunteers. To help, email volunteer[at]friendsarlingtoncoa.org
The race is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 27, with a 10 a.m. start at Town Hall.
The fifth annual race, last September, drew 306 participants. See results and photos here >>
The race is certified by USA Track & Field and is and electronically timed.
Arlington's Central Fire Station, an icon identified with the town's early 20th century, has been returned to 21st-century life for $6.5 million. On a tour of the five-bay historic building, wedged between Broadway Plaza and Mass. Ave., the last of three stations to be revamped, Chief Robert J. Jefferson was pleased to points out old and new.
Among the high points of the latter is an environmental distinction. While the Highland station, whose renovation was completed in 2011, project was named LEED Silver, Central is LEED Gold, the first public building in Arlington to gain this title.
In addition, Central station now complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Among other features, the station has an elevator, a key aid to public access.
Further, for the safety of firefighters, an industrial-strength washer and drier in the basement cleans heavy gear used to protect against hazardous waste, among other dangers. That's better than using a garden hose, as was done in the past.
These are among many changes aimed at improving life for those charged to protect the town when fire strikes.
Take tour via photos >>
Preserving the station's noted exterior was a chief aim for Donham & Sweeney, the Boston architect, and town officials. Jefferson says they have succeeded. In an Aug. 17 two-hour tour, YourArlington witnessed a fresh, practical structure dotted with numerous reminders of the past.
Plans aren't set yet, but the public could be invited to come inside the station on Town Day, Sept. 12. In the meantime, follow Jefferson for a preview: