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!"
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A public forum about the role men play in domestic violence will be discussed Thursday, March 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Lyons Hearing Room, second floor of Town Hall.
The event is part of the White Ribbon Campaign, which works to raise awareness about how men of all ages can be part of the solution in ending domestic violence.
This forum follows the recent proclamation by the Board of Selectmen declaring March 5 as White Ribbon Day and a similar recognition at the state level.
There will be a brief video presentation, followed by a discussion to be facilitated by Craig Norbert-Bohm, coordinator of the Men's Initiative for Jane Doe Inc. and Joseph Curro Jr., vice chair of the Board of Selectmen. Light refreshments will be provided.
This forum is being presented in conjunction with the First Step Domestic Violence Program.
The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum's new Family ArtVenture program welcomes Arlington elementary students from the Hardy and Bishop schools to the museum to discover the art and life of Arlington’s celebrated sculptor.
This fun, hands-on program will be offered to the Hardy School on Sunday, April 19, and the Bishop School on Sunday, May 3, from noon to 4 p.m.
The museum will be open exclusively to families, teachers and administrators for free tours, art hunts and art-making activities. This fun, interactive program was developed in partnership with Arlington public schools to supplement the K-5 curriculum.
CSV tops The Fam in annual 'fun-raiser'
Town Hall was a hive of activity Sunday, March 22, as hundreds of spectators swarmed in to cheer on 25 teams at Arlington Education Foundation’s annual trivia bee. More than 16 local businesses showed their support for public education in Arlington by sponsoring the event and donating a total of $6,900.
Victory was sweet for Team CSC, at left, a group of friends (Dana Simon, Marylou Carr and David Cleary) who won in a sudden-death pesticide round against The Fam (family members Rebecca Steinitz, Mara Steinitz and Sam Putnam).
The winning question? "What country won the gold medal in both men’s and women’s hockey at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi?"
Team CSC answered correctly, with Canada, and flew home with the coveted trivia bee crown.
Many teams donned creative hats and costumes. Thompson School’s team Green with Envy won the award for best costume with team members Jason Loeb, Eric Eddy and Peter Thompson clothed in bright green Spandex shirts and head coverings representing their school’s environmental stewardship culture.
In addition to testing their trivia knowledge, teams also had to prove their engineering know-how.
The School Committee has approved a $59.3 million budget for next year that makes some adjustments for the loss of a kindergarten funds and for spending to account for state requirements to improve the program for English language learners (ELL).
"I'm appalled at the state," committee Chairman William Hayner said Thursday, March 12. "... We have an ELL program that is more than adequate ... successful. .... I'm only one on the committee, but I'm for telling then state 'no' and moving forward." He said Arlington bears a "myriad of unfunded mandates" from the state.
Following his statement, no motion was made and no other committee member commented. His remarks followed explanations by Superintendent Kathleen Bodie about why the number of teachers that the budget supports may remain unclear.
Working under a state review, which dates from an order in 2005 and includes improvements made under a 2011 update, the schools' ELL effort faces further work so that the schools provide the mandated number of minutes of instruction, Bodie said.
Meeting that requires adding three to four teachers, she said, mainly for Level 1 and 2 RETELL students. The program name, which stands for Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners, is a state initiative to improve and support the academic achievement of English language learners.
She called the scheduling for this group "tricky."
Assistant Superintendent Laura Chesson said the number of students needing help as well as the kinds of deficits they face vary from school to school. She noted that interns from Lesley University working with ELL students, but the state said progress was insufficient.
Back memorial for MacMurray, letters objecting to MBTA weighting, airplane noise
Selectmen have voted to support a motion to involve their board in the process of appointing four at-large members of the Community Preservation Committee.
The 5-0 final vote Monday, March 23, was to show overall board support for Town Meeting Article 11 following a rehearing of the issue.
Selectmen Kevin Greeley urged the rehearing, saying selectmen recommendations for candidates were needed because the Community Preservation Act uses taxpayer money. Differences expressed at the March 9 board meeting appeared to have largely evaporated.
Two votes preceded the final one, following member Diane Mahon's request:
-- 5-0 to support Greeley's motion to include selectmen with the town manager in appointing members; and
-- 4-1, to have 45 days to establish the committee; Mahon, who was opposed, wanted 30 days.
For background about this issue, read Town Counsel Doug Heim's memo below.
In other business, the board approved, 5-0:
Arlington School Committee School Committee Regular Meeting Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m., in the School Committee Room, sixth floor, Arlington High School.Agenda*:
6:30 p.m. Open Meeting
· Ottoson Art work
6:35 p.m. Public Participation
6:50 p.m. Technology One to One Pilot Presentation
· The 610 cluster will be presenting on initial results of their one to one pilot. They will be presenting on data accumulated this year and showing samples of student work.
7:20 p.m. Sanborn Foundation Update, E. Smith-Devile, L. August