YourArlington -- which has published online, unscientific polls since 2006 --asked residents how they expected to vote in the March 28 town election on the ballot question asking whether they favor adding five all-alcoholic beverage licenses, from 15 to 20.
According to unofficial figures, voters favored the measure, 1,957 to 539, or 78 percent to 22 percent.
In an online poll conducted from 6:30 a.m. Monday, March 9, to 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, resulted in these responses:
Yes (94 votes or 87.04%)
No (12 votes or 11.11%)
I won't vote. (1 vote or 0.93%)
I don't care. (1 vote / 0.93%)
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The fifth annual Arlington International Film Festival opens with a live celebration of leading scientists and engineers as well as parts of Nova's Emmy-nominated "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" at the Kendall Square Cinemas at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.
Executive producer Joshua Seftel and producer Tom Miller will lead a "talk show"-style presentation featuring short films from "Secret Life" and live interviews with noted scientists profiled in the award-winning series. "The message of our Nova series is that scientists are an important part of the cultural dialogue,” Seftel said in a news release. "We want to shatter stereotypes, open people’s minds to what it means to be a scientist and show them that science is relevant to their lives."
Some of the innovators expected to be present include:
• Engineer and founder of the rock band Boston Tom Scholz;
• Biologist and Miss Massachusetts Pageant winner Erika Ebbel;
• Experimental psychologist/late-night TV guest Steven Pinker;
• Psycholinguist Jean Berko Gleason;
• Roboticist and sportsman Colin Angle;
True Story Theater, a nonprofit in East Arlington awarded a $25,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts, has a busy schedule ahead as it creates an "Arlington's Living Brochure."
The funds are helping to support creation of a project aimed at giving further voice to six committees in Arlington: Vision 2020, the primary partner; the Human Rights Commission, the Diversity Task Group, the Disability Commission, Sustainable Arlington and, most recently, Arlington Public Art.
Group founder Christopher Ellinger wrote Thursday, Oct. 1, that the project's "purpose is supporting the volunteers -- in a town where an amazing amount of work is done by people who generously give their time and skills."
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 >>>
Through the summer and early fall, members of the Arlington Garden Club have contributed about 350 hours of community service at the Town Hall Gardens and the Whittemore-Robbins House flower beds.
Joining them are members of the newly formed Friends of Robbins Town Gardens and the Master Gardeners' volunteers.
A "window" has been opened through the foliage on the Mass. Ave. side between Town Hall and the library -- allowing walkers to look through the garden to the reflecting pool and up to Cyrus Dallin’s "Menotomy Hunter" sculpture.
The gardeners have cut back spring perennials to enhance the sedum at the reflecting pool, and invasives have been removed from the gardens.
Trees have been pruned, shrubs freed from binary weeds, and the garden is a beautiful site for all to behold, club members say.
UPDATED, Oct. 7: Three forces are combining this fall to host a meeting series about co-working and collaborative employment in which experts will describe what co-working is and how shared work environments can benefit self-employed people, sole proprietors and small businesses.
This series will start with a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Lyons Hearing Room on the second floor of Town Hall.
Additional meetings will garner input about what types collaborative work space are desired in Arlington and what features are preferred by interested residents and business owners.
Margy Rydzynski, who founded in Arlington Entrepreneurs in 2008, wrote Friday, Oct. 2:
"This is a fantastic opportunity for home-based and other tiny businesses. Right now there's no place in Arlington for people who would otherwise be working from a coffee shop or their dining room table.
An application for a 436-student regional charter school has been filed with the state, and the five proposed communities seeking students include Arlington.
Called a Waldorf-style school, the charter, if approved, would be the first to serve Arlington or Winchester. The kindergarten-through eighth-grade school aims to open in 2017 at a location yet to be named.
'This will be paid for by taxpayers.'
Paul Schlichtman, committee chairman
It's early in the process, as the initial application was filed in July, and school founders await word from the state this month about whether the application can advance.
Still, the School Committee voted, 7-0, on Thursday, Sept. 10, to write a letter to school committees of the other communities involved -- Cambridge, Medford, Winchester and Everett -- urging them to oppose the application.
Committee Chairman Paul Schlichtman, who asked for the vote, said funds would be taken from Arlington's state aid to pay for the school. "This will be paid for by taxpayers," he said.
Six founders listed in the application for the Great River Community Charter School were asked Monday, Sept. 14, to comment about where the facility would be located.
A number of the founders, some of whom live in Arlington, have connections to Waldorf schools. The nearest one is a private Waldorf school at 739 Mass. Ave., in East Lexington.
They have been asked whether their effort plans to extend what is occurring there -- and, if so, in what way? None has responded, but comments will be added if they do.
Schlichtman added Sept. 16: "The Great River proposal is essentially recreating the Waldorf School in Lexington. Identical grade levels, and the curriculum prospectus is very similar.
Disagreements between Arlington officials and the developer of the Mugar site continue, as the town has sent its latest response to MassHousing on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Oaktree Development of Cambridge seeks approval from the state agency for a 40B project comprising 219 units of housing near Route 2 in East Arlington. It remains unclear when they might occur under a process that Town Counsel Doug Heim again called "unorthodox."
There is "no specified time frame," Heim told selectmen Monday, Oct. 5, as they discussed how to respond to eight documents Oaktree submitted after after the Aug. 18 deadline.
YourArlington has asked MassHousing to clarify when the agency might decide.
Read the full text of the Oct. 6 letter from selectmen here >>
Points raised in the eight-page letter, in response to what the letter calls "the defect-riddled original application," are that the applicant, Arlington Land Realty LLC, has not provided: