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%)
10 a.m. at the Smith Museum of the Arlington Historical Society
Welcome to our sixth year of Arlington Historical Society members gathering to hear interesting talks and enjoy refreshments on midwinter mornings.
*Note: Please check our website the morning of the scheduled talks for postponements or cancellations in the event of inclement weather: www.arlingtonhistorical.org
Ted Peluso: Dem Bums vs. the Damn NY Yankees (We Waited 'Til Next Year and Then You Abandoned Us) – Feb. 10
The Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) has awarded $10,561 in grants to the Arlington Public Schools and raised more than $13,000 through its STARS teacher-recognition program.
AEF’s Innovations in Education fall grant cycle awarded $9,238 for the following grants that will support innovative teaching and learning:
Proposed budget to be discussed at School Committee Thursday; show up and comment: documents here >>
UPDATED, Feb. 5: The School Committee has voted to accept the bottom-line budget proposalfor next year for the schools -- $57,133,000 -- but only after lengthy discussion and a 5-2 ballot. Voting "no" were Bill Hayner and Chairman Paul Schlichtman.
The number for the fiscal 2017 school budget comes from the town manager, and the back-and-forth about it Thursday, Jan. 28, indicated dissatisfaction.
In his budget message, manager Adam Chapdelaine says: "... this recommendation holds the potential to provide a near historic funding increase to the School Department."
This big-picture view did not forestall school complaints. "Arlington High gets hit real hard in this budget," Hayner said, adding that cuts to special education draw his concern. "The cuts shouldn’t all come from our side of the street."
At start of process that could take 5 years
The project to rebuild Arlington High School is in the state pipeline for funding, but it must clear a vote in May before moving ahead in earnest.
Reshaping the sprawling school, whose oldest sections date from 1914, is a complex challenge that could take five years.
"A wonderful decision .... Arlington has been invited into eligibility" by the state School Building Authority, Superintendent Kathleen Bodie told the School Committee on Thursday, Jan. 28. "We are going forward with the project."
Not immediately, though, said Bodie, who had attended the meeting of the state board the day before.
Common Ground Bar & Grill must serve by Feb. 29 a three-day suspension of its liquor license following the death of a patron more than a year ago.
Selectmen on Monday, Jan. 25, voted as they had in December, 4-1, to support the report of the case from Town Counsel Douglas Heim.
Last month, Selectman Diane Mahon had asked for a five-day suspension and again was the lone "no" vote.
Chairman Kevin Greeley reiterated that this punishment of an establishment serving alcohol is the most severe issued in his 27 years on the board.
The town Zoning Board of Appeals plans to meet Tuesday, Feb. 9, starting at 7:45 p.m. in the Town Hall Annex, second-floor conference room, to hear two appeals and discuss a third matter. Meeting agenda:
1. Docket #3478 39 Russell St.
2. Docket #3495 9 Littlejohn St.
3. Docket #3497 20 Westminster Ave.
1. Docket #3478 39 Russell St.