UPDATED, Feb. 27: The Arlington High School boys' basketball team (21-1 overall) plays at home tonight at 7 in the MIAA tourney, seeded at No. 2 in Division 2 North behind Danvers (21-0) and followed by Tewksbury (18-4). The Spy Ponders face No. 18 Marblehead (10-10), which topped No. 15 Wilmington (10-10), 74-51, on Feb. 24.
In Super 8 hockey action Thursday, Feb. 26, the Arlington Catholic boys (12-7-2) beat Billerica, 4-2.
In other Arlington-based teams play in the early rounds of the Super 8, No. 2 Arlington Catholic girls (17-2-1) draw a bye and first plays 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, against Burlington (10-10).
High-scoring Miles Robinson
goes up for a dunk against Medford
on Feb. 20, in a photo by Thomas Lee,
just one play in a Spy Ponder team win,
ending a historic season at 21-1.
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Arlington plays at home 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the first round against No. 18 Marblehead (10-10),which topped No. 15 Wilmington (10-10), 74-51, on Feb. 24.
The annual march toward Town Meeting has begun, as selectmen Monday, Feb. 23, voted their recommendations for six articles, three of them brought by citizens. Here is a snapshot of the votes followed by details between the board and presenters:
-- Article 8 Bylaw Amendment/Limiting Speaking Time for Announcements and Reports (Paul Schlichtman): Recommended, 5-0, a four-minute limit.
-- Article 9 Bylaw Amendment/Human Rights Commission (Stephen T. Harrington): Voted, 5-0, no action, following sometimes testy exchanges about the article seeking to establish an executive director of the commission.
-- Article 10 Bylaw Amendment/Description of the Mount Gilboa/Crescent Hill District Article: Recommended, 5-0, an administrative change to correct two typos.
-- Article 11 Bylaw Amendment/Establishment of a Community Preservation Committee: Voted unanimously in three of five votes. Dan Dunn dissented on one, about appointment power, and Steve Byrne dissented on another, over a discussion about the number of days to allow for establishing the committee.
-- Article 15 Home Rule/Board of Assessor Changes (Chris Loreti): Voted, 3-1, no action, with Kevin Greeley recused and Joseph Curro voting no, on changing the Board of Assessors from elected to appointed. Also voted, 4-0, to table until assessors could be present for the second issue, to consider making the assessments director an appointment of the town manager.
Town snow-removal expenses
pile up to more than $1.7 million
UPDATED, Feb. 25: Record snowfalls this winter are pushing municipal budgets beyond their limits, and that includes Arlington.
The fiscal 2015 snow-and-ice budget is $771,000. Before the season's second blizzard, which hit last weekend, the town had spent a total of about $1.3 million, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine wrote in an email Feb. 18.
Now the total is more than $1.7 million.
A Feb. 23 memo from Mike Rademacher, public works director, says Arlington has faced 25 snow/ice events involving DPW response. Eight of them required contractor assistance. The 25 comprise 15 snow and 10 ice events.
The memo estimates Arlington snowfall this winter at about 95 inches.
Of the $771,000 town appropriation for snow and ice, the amount spent to date is $1,447,000. That breaks down this way:
The Arlington Police Department oversaw a 25-percent drop in serious crime from in 2014, compared with the previous year, chief Fred Ryan announced in a news release Tuesday, Feb. 24.
"The men and women of the Arlington Police Department work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep our community and its people safe, and I am very proud of the results we saw last year," Chief Ryan said in the release. "While there is always work to do, last year is a testament to the dedication our officers have to the difficult and ever-changing tasks of preventing and deterring crime."
"Part 1 Crimes" are designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be the most serious crimes affecting a community, they include murder/manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, arson and motor-vehicular theft.
In 2014 there were a total of 444 Part 1 Crimes reported in Arlington, down 25 percent from 592 Part 1 Crimes in 2013.
A closer look at the data shows a decrease in six of the eight crimes listed.
There were no murders in Arlington in 2014 compared to three in 2013.
There were nine reported rapes, two more than last year. Arlington had nine robberies, one less than last year. Of the nine robberies committed, suspects were armed in three incidents and unarmed in six incidents. Arlington experienced 42 aggravated assaults in 2014, an increase of 10 incidents from last year.
The timely and important topic of the inequities in our criminal-justice system as they relate to race and class will be the focus of an enlightening program at the Town Hall organized by the town’s Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group. The free event is on Saturday evening, Feb. 28. All are welcome to this panel discussion and community conversation.
The goal of "Unequal Justice: Consequences of Race and Class in Our Criminal Justice System" is to provide information about the inequities of the justice system and ideas for what might be done to improve it. While on paper the law is "equal" for all races and classes, it is unequal in practice, as race and class are critical factors in the actual practice of law.
Panelists include Fred Ryan, Arlington police chief; Peniel Joseph, Tufts University civil rights historian; Frank Rudy Cooper, Suffolk Law School professor specializing in race and masculinity, and Don Perry, parole-reform activist. oseph, of Tufts University, addressed the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance.
The nonprofit Mythgard Institute is behind a movie marathon -- all three Lord of the Rings movies -- at the Regent. Run by Corey Olsen, the showings are set Feb. 28, from 9 a.m., until midnight. The cost is $89.
Corey, also known as The Tolkien Professor, will be there, hosting, fielding questions and discussion, and generally being winsome.
The event will be catered: Three full meals with food from the upcoming cookbook by Heath Dill of Arlington, which is about food from Middle-earth. Dill will be there, too.
The dynamic duo would love to have as many folks there as possible.
The Arlington Redevelopment Board is to meet Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the second-floor conference room, Town Hall Annex. Agenda:
7:00 PM Public Hearing, Zoning Bylaw Amendments (see below)
8:15 PM Warrant Article 26, Resolution/Master Plan Endorsement, vote on recommended language for the Town Meeting vote