The $7 million lawsuit brought by two dismissed Ottoson employees was settled this morning in U.S. District Court in Boston with a judgment favoring the defendants.
Counts brought by former Principal Stavroula Bouris and former teacher Charles E. Coughlin Jr. against former Superintendent Nathan Levenson, School Committee member Jeff Thielman and systems technician Tracy Buck were dismissed, according to records.
Arlington selectmen, backed by town counsel, thought they could discuss privately in 2011 issues about two key properties -- Symmes and Mugar. A Town Meeting member didn't agree, filed a complaint and the state Attorney General's Office has ruled on the side of the resident.
The office says selectmen violated the Open Meeting Law by discussing the land issues in closed session and by failing to conduct a periodic review of its executive-session minutes.
"We commend the Board's efforts to address the latter violation," wrote Hanne Rush, assistant attorney general, Division of Open Government.
UPDATED: Town police have arrested a 36-year-old East Arlington man with a history of addiction in connection with a robbery in the middle of First Lights, the Chamber of Commerce promotion for Arlington holiday sales, at Ripples, a hair salon in Broadway Plaza.
The arrest of Sean R. Harding of 40 Margaret St. came less than 24 hours after the robbery after a town police officer saw a suspect matching the description while he was on patrol on Sunday, Dec. 8, police said. He is held at the Cambridge Jail pending a dangerousness hearing set for Thursday, Dec. 19.
The special election to decide who will represent the state's Fifth District in the U.S. House is set for Tuesday, Dec. 10. Polls in Arlington will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Vying for the seat held until last summer by Edward J. Markey are Frank J. Addinivola Jr., Republican of Boston; Katherine M. Clark, Democrat of Melrose; James V. Aulenti, Independent of Wellesley; and James O. Hall, Justice Peace Security of Arlington.
The Arlington design ace who has created album covers for rock legends has turned what he calls his "useless knowledge" about music into a fan-based website.
Steven Jurgensmeyer, formerly a creative director behind some innovative labels, has launched AllMusicBooks.com.
"Music has always been my passion," the 51-year-old said in an amiable interview at his home.
As a kid growing up in Miami, where his dad was general manager of the Miami Herald, he pored over rock albums and their covers.
Reading Lester Bangs, the rock critic with overheated prose, in Creem might do a literary number on any teen. For Steve, it inspired.