YourArlington poll results: Your views
The following are the results of all polls conducted on this Web site since 2006 -- 85 -- beginning with the ones most recently concluded. All are unscientific and are limited by the options available. Despite this, they provide a snapshot of community opinion in this way: They aim to show how those responding feel about the question. If you have ideas for future polls, please let the publisher of this site know.
From 8 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, YourArlington published a poll asking whether the public favors adopting the Community Preservation Act. The poll did not ask whether you favored Article 22, which Town Meeting is considering.
The 12th annual Music to Cure MS concert, featuring opera, songs, and chamber music, is set for Sunday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For those with MS, students, MIT staff, and elders: $10.
The concert supports the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, a nonprofit dedicated to curing MS by determining its causes. Read more about the concert at http://singtocurems.org.
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AFD Theatre’s 92nd season of the highest-quality community theater begins with the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q at 22 Academy St. The show runs for three weekends beginning Oct. 17 through Nov. 2, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.
Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Together, Princeton and his neighbors struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Although the show addresses adult issues, it’s about a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
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. 13: Broadway Plaza, undergoing a bit of a makeover itself, now has a restaurant that represents changes in the neighborhood.
Common Ground, at 319 Broadway, is a long way from Gemma and Krazy Karry's, its failed predecessors.
"We are not in Allston anymore," said Rodney "Rhoney" Kangiser, the general manager in an interview.
Of course, the original Common Ground Bar & Grill remains, as it has for 16 years at 85 Harvard St, in that section of Boston.
The new venue, which opened Sept. 30, brings to Arlington Center a "gastropub" vibe. The term was coined in Britain to describe a spot emphasizing food with its rink.
"No '90s nights," he said, referring to entertainment that reflects Allston's college crowd. As a bartender there, he said he heard "96 straight '90s nights," and he's glad to leave them behind.
As we talked in an early afternoon, people popped in asking to see a menu and owner Bob O'Guin buzzed about in an orange sweatshirt, with questions for Kangiser.
What's up tonight -- something to eat, a drink ... painting a picture?
Not expecting the last one? Soon this trio of events will be brought to you by three women who are part of a changing Arlington.
It's happening in the Heights, where the former Savory Plate, at 1346 Mass. Ave., is becoming artlounge Arlington (yes, the first word is lowercase).
"We'll put on a party," said Helen Galanopoulos, smiling, but "we're not cooking." The Lexington co-owner described the food as Middle Eastern, "low prep" and brought in from such places as Moody's Delicatessen (tentative menu below).
"Every night will be an event. ... It will be as if you come to my house and say, 'Let's have a great time.'"
The three owners, who hope to open by the end of September, laid out their vision this month to YourArlington.
Offering food, drink and paint, they hope to "bring arts and community closer together," Kim Bradshaw bubbled, her enthusiasm bursting. "Each night will be a surprise."
With her compatriots, Sheila Carme sat on dark, plush couch and smiled. They call her "the artistic one."
Here's what the three expect will happen:
Seeking a change?
You're looking for an evening that is a bit different. Maybe it's girls' night out.
You head to the place between Galaxy Market and Horizons Salon. Inside, for $35 a person, you find a bit to nosh, canvas and brushes -- and an artist waiting to guide you.
What happens next, artistically, is up to you.
Arlington has finally earned street cred as the dining destination we’ve always known it could be. But let’s be honest, sometimes you just wanna go where everybody knows your name.
The newest addition to our eclectic assortment of restaurants is Common Ground Bar & Grill, in the Center. On a recent Friday the joint was positively jumping by 6 p.m. Maybe we all sensed that this was one of the last balmy evenings of Indian summer and the fabulous open frontage, for which folks usually have to go to Cambridge or the North End, was beckoning passersby on the brick Broadway plaza. Or maybe it was the parents’ night out during the Ottoson Middle School dance. But the '80s music was sending 99 Luftballons over Arlington Center, and everybody was having a ball.
The delightful hostess chirped, "Hi, Lori!" before I’d even seen her. She happens to be a neighbor of ours, but I got the feeling she greeted everyone as warmly. We immediately felt at home and tucked into a cozy booth on the far wall. Our foursome placed an order of fries with our drinks so we could snack and peruse the menu a bit while catching up.
The house special IPA was deemed terrific, though it’s still a mystery whether it was local. The beer menu was impressive, even if they were out of the Pretty Things selection from Somerville. My friend declared the South African Chenin Blanc a winner, and cocktail menu interesting enough.