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%)
5th annual Arlington International Film Festival
Official entry deadline: April 30
Late-entry deadline: May 30
High School Student Filmmakers
The next generation of filmmakers
Festival dates: Oct. 15 - 22
Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge
A 10th-grade Cambridge student who would like to be a filmmaker has won the fifth annual Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) poster contest.
Naythan Lowe’s winning design -- he said it's his first effort with Photoshop -- will become the face of the 2015 festival, to be held in October at the Kendall Square Cinema after four years at the Regent Theatre.
Vicky Giannakas, manager of the Arlington branch of the Watertown Savings Bank, the main contest sponsor, presented Lowe with a $500 check at the Town Hall reception, attended by about 30 people March 12.
As the flash from cameras captured the moment, Lowe said, "After working for the first time with design software, my teacher asked me if I wanted to design a poster for the AIFF poster contest, and I said, "Sure!"
After a slow start caused by the unrelenting winter, parking bans and rehearsal cancellations, Arlington Friends of the Drama opened the hit musical "Nine" on April 10. The show continues Saturday.
In this Tony Award-winning show, a famous film director is suffering from a creative block and personal difficulties with his wife, his mistress, the actress who serves as his muse, as well as his female producer. A musical adaptation of the semiautobiographical Federico Fellini film "8½," this theater piece tells the story of celebrated film director Guido Contini as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone.
Some of the cast >> April 10 through 12, 17 through 19 and 24 through 27; Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.afdtheatre.org or by calling the box office at 781-646-5922. Tickets are $25. Discounts for groups of 10 or more.
Arlington resident Jennifer Condon is directing and choreographing the production. A self-identified feminist, Condon had always loved the music of this show (by Maury Yeston, who won both Tony and Drama Desk Awards for the music and lyrics), but initially wondered whether she wanted to tackle a show about a man who appears on the surface to be a manipulative womanizer.
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Anger plays five-string fiddle and mandocello. Emy Phelps, guitar and vocals; Jenna Moynihan, fiddle; Mairi Chaimbeul, harp and vocals; and Aidan O'Donnell, bass.
In Greek mythology, the Furies were ferocious godlike avengers who would swoop down on mere mortals and destroy them with relish ... or mustard. The only difference here is that when these talented presences swoop down on Anger, the result is not destruction, but inspiration.
Anger is a unique fiddle guru, who spent three decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz and all other music. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, Montreux, and the Republic of Strings ensemble. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and generous humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians and vice-versa.
100th anniversary marks survivors' successes
UPDATED, April 24: What if your childhood was snatched from you by a murderous regime -- as around you whole families were slain? Positive thinking alone would not be powerful enough to pull you through.
What would? Who can say what factors made Zaven Mirakian, orphan of the Armenian genocide, turn out to be John Peter Mirak, a prominent business success of 20th-century Arlington? His son Robert offers signposts to this transformation.
A century after Ottoman Turkish armies killed more than a million Armenians, YourArlington interviewed Mirak about his parents -- and his book, which provides insight about who they are.
You know the name from passing the widespread Mass. Ave. car dealership as you head toward the Heights. The Chevrolet or Hyundai ahead of you in traffic may bear the name atop its license plate.
Providing a deeper history is Genocide Survivors, Community Builders: The Family of John and Artemis Mirak (Armenian Cultural Foundation, 2014).
Bob Mirak, Ph.D., wrote the book to bear witness to times both foul and fair that his family has experienced. It begin with the horrors of Armenia during World War I events that later were called a "genocide."
Raffle prizes offered
To soften winter's hard hit on Arlington shops and restaurants, the town supports an effort to boost shopping at local businesses called Shop Arlington.
Shop Arlington asks customers to use a passport card when patronizing any business in town. Through May 19, send in your completed passport for a chance to win great prizes, including gift cards from a variety of local shops, restaurants and theaters.
"Arlington is lucky to have so many wonderful businesses in town, and this winter was particularly tough on them, too,” Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine said in a news release issued April 16. "In order to keep our vibrant business districts healthy, we need to patronize them, and Shop Arlington is a fun way to do that as well as explore the businesses Arlington has to offer."