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.
"It takes a village," Angela Olszewski, chair of Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development (ATED), told about 50 people gathered Saturday, Sept. 13, at Uncle Sam Plaza, before opening the center with Jennifer Tripp of the Chamber of Commerce. "This was truly a community effort."
ATED's aim, and the center's, is to rescue Menotomy from the dustbin of history -- and from Longfellow's poem "Paul Revere's Ride."
That poem, emphasizing the role of the galloping silversmith above parts played by two other riders, gave Lexington and Concord its patriotic due, but leaves out Arlington, then known as Menotomy.
Now a visitor center, hard by where the Minuteman Bikeway runs smack into Mystic Street, provides central location to learn about all the town has to offer.
Those at the center will "welcome visitors to Arlington and promote our cultural resources, restaurants and businesses," Olszewski wrote in response to queries from YourArlington. "Our location is especially attractive to people on the bike path. We would also like to act as an information source for new and current residents."
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 >>
A gallery reception for the Arlington Open Studios Group Show is set for the Arlington Center for the Arts from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Arlington Center for the Arts.
Preview work by the 80-plus artists who will be participating in Arlington Open Studios on Oct 18-19.
For more, See the ACA site >>
UPDATED, Sept. 18: Andrea Nicolay of the Robbins Library has announced the schedule for its first book festival, set for Saturday, Nov. 1.
The free festival is open to the public. Current official sponsors are the Friends of the Robbins Library and The Book Rack.
Eight moderated panel discussions will cover a range of topics related to writing and publishing. To round out the day Steve Almond will present a talk in the Community Room on his new book Against Football.
All authors who applied to be part of this festival are considered participants, whether serving on a panel or simply "on the scene" that day. The library had many more applicants than panel slots.
The Arlington Farmers' Market is open for its 16th season Market at the Russell Common Parking Lot, Arlington Center. It opened June 11. Its hours are 2 to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 29.
Anne Goodwin and Meg Candilore, of the group Somebody's Mother, plan to sing and play guitars from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
The latest Arlington Farmers' Market newsletter, for Sept. 17, is republished here with the permission of its author, Robin Cohen:
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:
Leader Bank sponsored an "ALS ice-bucket challenge” on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at its residential-lending headquarters at 864 Mass. Ave.
The bank donated $100 per participating employee and amassed a donation of $5.500.
In addition, Leader nominated some other large lenders and banks in the mortgage/banking industry.
"We think this will be a fun way to move the ALS ice-bucket challenge into the corporate world, so we can further raise awareness and increase the donations to this cause," said Jay Tuli, vice president of retail banking, corporate development and mortgage lending at Leader Bank.