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    Film-fest founders stretch between town, city

    I have supported the Arlington International Film Festival since it began, in 2010. I continue that support even after the founders announced last January they were moving the annual showcase of independent films from around the world to the Kendall Square Cinema, in Cambridge. That relationship didn't keep me from asking questions, as reflected in this January report about why the festival is moving.  Those questions and answers did not prevent me from being, in March, a financial supporter of the 2015 festival's poster contest.  But it's clear that organizers April Ranck and Alberto Guzman are walking a tightrope. They have taken the festival toward a potentially wider audience in the city next door while trying to keep their connections to the town. ...

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    Review: ‘Black Souls': This dark mob family drama doesn’t go where you expect

    This review by Tom Meek was originally published at Cambridge Day, a YourArlington partner, and is republished with permission. His reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in The Boston Phoenix, The Rumpus, Thieves Jargon, Film Threat and Open Windows. He is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere. You can follow Tom on Twitter @TBMeek3 and read more at TBMeek3.wordpress.com. The three brothers in “Black Souls” lead very different lives: Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane) runs the family goat farm in a remote village in the Italian foothills while Luigi (Marco Leonardi) and Rocco (Peppino Mazzotta) run mob operations in Milan. Luciano wants nothing to do with the new initiative and works tirelessly to steer his son, Leo (Giuseppe Fumo) away from it too. ...

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    Minuteman school plans advance, but what are their chances?

    First, some unsurprising news about plans to rebuild Minuteman High School, and then some opinions about that interspersed among the news nuggets. The Minuteman School Committee on Tuesday, May 19, endorsed construction of a new school as its "preferred option." According to a school news release, that option aims to address current facilities issues; creates an educational environment that best meets the needs of students, teachers and employers; and ensures continued accreditation. The committee also authorized Skanska USA, its project manager, to submit supporting documentation to the Massachusetts School Building Authority by June 11. The committee’s vote follows a May 11 recommendation, also expected, to build a new school from the Minuteman School Building Committee. ...

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    Arts survey open until June 30

    Elisabeth Taylor, who provides publicity for the Arlington Cultural Council, invites the public to take its triennial community input survey. First, some background ... Every three years the Massachusetts Cultural Council asks its 329 local Councils to seek community input about how to set grant-funding priorities. Over the past three years, the Arlington council has funded such engaging projects as "A Night at the Tower" by Luminarium Dance Company, "Chairful Where You Sit" by Arlington Public Art, the Winfred Rembert Artist-in-Residence program at Arlington High School and on May 16 "Art.Food.Community" with Arlington EATS. ...

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    Block party: I'm a sponsor, and you?

    UPDATED, May 19: The Arlington Alive Summer Arts Block Party, to be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20, offers opportunities to businesses for sponsorships and visibility. See news story >> If you are a musician, performer, artist, author or artisan and would like participate, or a business owner interested in available sponsorships, visit the party website or read below. YourArlington's publisher has paid for the $250 sponsorship and will have a table at the event plus some surprises. See you there. Here are the details for everyone: Press last year included three "best bet" picks in The Boston Globe, weeks of articles in The Arlington Advocate and a story promoting the event for two months at YourArlington.com. The Arlington Alive website featuring our sponsors' logos and links had more than 2,500 unique visitors and was linked to by more than 70 websites. ...

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    'Prophet of property' reports numbers since May 11

    Adam Rosenbaum, a Realtor for Century 21 Adams, Arlington Heights, reports about properties in Arlington since Monday, May 11: On May 15, he reported that Arlington had 30 new listings. The breakdown is 20 singles, nine condos and one multifamily. Your fearless prophet of property predicts that 17 of 30 will have signed contracts by Wednesday, May 20.  For comparison, he reportes: 11 new listings in Belmont 16 new in Watertown 20 in Cambridge 28 in Somerville On May 14, he reported that he had again picked the exact number of new properties that have gone under agreement since Monday, May 4. He had predicted that 11 of 18 properties would have signed contracts by today. "And I was right, on the proverbial nose. Maybe I'll buy a couple of lottery tickets," he wrote. For a free market evaluation, contact Rosenbaum at 617-694-8553. An earlier perspective Grant Gibian, an Arlington Realtor who works for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, looks at Arlin ...

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    Spy Pond exhibit: ingenious, untaxing

    A REVIEW Precinct 15 member Sean Harrington complained on Town Meeting's last night May 11 that he pledged no allegiance to paying for public art with taxpayers' money. Except for using taxes, he gave no specific reason for his opposition to Arlington Public Art's seeking $12,000 to begin the process to place sculptures along Mass. Ave. in East Arlington. Western civilization has a long tradition of using public funds to pay for public art, dating long before the stars and stripes waved above our land. I suggest Harrington read some history. Better yet, and likely more convincing, go over to Spy Pond Park and see "Elements" -- works by 12 artists on display near the water's edge for all of May. ...

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    Artisans, vendors: 17th Feast of East wants you

    Diane Buxton, owner of Luv and Other Gifts in East Arlington, provided the following call to artisans and food vendors for the 17th annual Feast of the East, set for Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Calling all restaurants, food vendors, all artisans, crafters, buskers and community groups. All are invited to be part of Feast of the East, where restaurants, stores, artisans and community groups come together to celebrate East Arlington with food, music, art activities, entertainment and special promotions. Sell, sample, and promote your food products and services during this fun event. Sign up now to be included in all publicity. Applications are available here or can be picked up at Artbeat, 212A Mass. Ave., next to the Capitol Theatre. This appeal was published Saturday, April 25, 2015.  ...

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    Neighbors in Cambridge eye Alewife, development

    Suggested Study area. the area of impact extends well beyond the map's borders, making residents of adjacent areas stakeholders in the study process. The following post titled "Citywide Plan to Focus on Alewife Area First" was published by the Fresh Pond Residents Alliance and is republished with permission. The group has concerns similar to those opposing the plan at the 17-acre Mugar site in East Arlington: The citywide master planning process is now underway. The first step in the 3-year process is an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) for a scope of services and deliverables from the to-be-named planning consultant. The Community Development Department, which is overseeing the plan, released a draft RFQ and invited the community to send comments by May 8. Here are comments the FPRA officers submitted. Our comments address the Alewife Study, which has been promised as an early phase/first area of focus of the citywide plan. The final RFQ will be issue ...

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Arlington Catholic girls, the defending state champ, tied St. Mary's of Lynn in the third period on Sunday, March 17, in the Division 1 finals of the MIAA state tournament at the TD Garden for the second straight year, but St. Mary's pulled it out late.

The Cougars (17-3-2) got to the final by edging Westford in overtime, 3-2.

Read the March 17 Boston.com summary here >>

The Boston Globe provided this game summary March 10:

Adrienna Rossini scored her second goal 2:56 into overtime to lift the defending state champion Cougars (17-4-2) past the Grey Ghosts.

Freshman Mickey McLaughlin and Rossini scored first-period goals to put Arlington Catholic ahead, but Westford (17-4-2) rallied in the third period.

Junior Bretta Beer cut the deficit in half just 49 seconds in, a hard wrister that sneaked inside the far post, with the assists going to sophomore Sarah Lizotte and senior Ali Defonzo.

With three minutes left, Kathryn Walker was awarded a penalty shot after getting tripped on a shorthanded breakaway. Walker rocketed a shot in to tie the score at 2.

It was the second year in a row that Rossini has won the semifinal game in overtime for Arlington Catholic.

“We tried to hit it past their center and the wing so I could cut around her and use my speed to get past them and it ended up working out,” said Rossini.

Fifty-seven minutes of hockey was not enough to decide a winner when undefeated Woburn and St. Mary’s of Lynn met Sunday in a Division 1 state semifinal at the Chelmsford Forum.

St. Mary’s eighth-grader Ashley Wojewodzic scored in the 10th round of the shootout to put St. Mary’s ahead and junior goaltender Lauren Skinnion deflected the final Woburn shot into the post, sending St. Mary’s to TD Garden with a 4-3 win. Wojewodzic’s goal was the only score for either side in the shootout.

"I didn’t expect it at all," said Wojewodzic after not skating a shift the entire game. "I heard him [coach Frank Pagliuca] call my name and he just looked at me and told me to go and I was really nervous. As I was getting off to shoot Amanda Donahoe told me, ‘Just do it for us.'"

St. Mary's tops undefeated Woburn

St. Mary’s (18-3-4) beat undefeated Woburn in a shootout, 4-3, as reported in the March 10 Globe.

After St. Mary’s had taken a 2-0 lead on goals by freshman Vanessa Vanbuskirk and senior Gabby Crugnale, Woburn’s Kayla Smith made a nice move late in the second to cut the lead in half.

That score held until late in the third period when, with 1:31 remaining, Smith found a rebound of Ashley Moran’s shot and knocked it in to tie the score.

Just 18 seconds later, though, St. Mary’s regained the lead on a goal by senior forward Alison Butler, who put back a rebound. Then, with 33.5 left, Woburn’s Emily Lissner tied the game to send it into overtime, during which neither team could score for the 12-minute period.

Woburn (19-1-3) lost defenseman Morgan Bishop to a concussion when she went hard into the boards after a check just 2:36 into the game. Bishop stayed down on the ice for several minutes before eventually going off on her own and heading to the dressing room. She did not return.

The seventh-ranked AC girls' hockey team shut out Beverly/Danvers, 4-0, Wednesday, March 6, at Woburn after topping No. 10 Lexington (13-5-4) Saturday, March 2, at the Ed Burns Arena in the first round of the Division 1 .

The Cougars face Westford (17-3-1) in the semifinals at the Chelmsford Forum at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

The AC boys' hockey team, ranked No. 3, lost to No. 6 Waltham, 3-2, on Sunday, March 3, at Stoneham Arena in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 North bracket.

The Arlington Catholic boys' and girls’ basketball teams won Thursday, Feb. 28, to move on in their respective playoff brackets.

The Arlington High boys' basketball and girls' hockey teams lost Feb. 28, ending their 2012-2013 campaigns.

Cougars' boys' basketball loses

The fifth-seeded AC boys' hoops squad (15-6) defeated No. 12 Stoneham (11-10), 50-43, at Woburn High School in the first round of the Division 3 North bracket. The Cougars advanced, but lost, 72-49, to No. 4 Wayland (17-4) on Monday, March 4, in Wayland in the quarterfinals.

The third-seeded AC girls' team (17-6) took the court at Woburn and ran over 14th-ranked Salem (10-11), 59-28, in the first round of the Division 2 North bracket. The girls' team lost to North Andover, 57-43, on March 3 in the quarterfinals.

The boys, ranked 16, lost, 76-52, at 21-0 Melrose, the No. 1 seed in the Division 2 North bracket. The Spy Ponders beat No. 17 Tewksbury, 68-52, at home in the bracket’s preliminary round. The AHS boys end their season at 11-11.

The 19th-ranked girls' hockey team (12-9-1) lost, 2-0, to No. 3 Westford (16-3-2) at the Groton School in the first round of the Division 1 state tournament. Arlington had beaten No. 14 Watertown/Melrose, 2-0, in Watertown.

In a surprise, the Arlington girls' hockey team beat Watertown/Melrose, 2-0, in Watertown on Monday, Feb. 25. The team record is now 12-8-1, according to Boston.com.

The Spy Ponders (11-12) face No. 1 Melrose (20-0) in the first round of the bracket at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Melrose High School after beating Tewksbury, 68-52.

The Arlington Catholic girls' hockey team, ranked No. 7, is set to play Cambridge or Somerville in Arlington on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. 

The Arlington Catholic girls' basketball team (14-6), ranked No. 3, is set to play No. 14 Salem at Woburn on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:45 p.m. 

A Feb. 24 Globe feature headlined "Primed for the postseason" takes a look at the girls' season.

The defending Division 1 state champion Arlington Catholic girls' hockey team appears to be overshadowed by undefeated Woburn, as this Feb. 24 Globe story reports

AC is 13-4-2, according to Boston.com.  

Summary of AHS winter sports

Here is an update about AHS teams from Mary Villano, interim principal:

Boys' hockey got off to a great season with a 4-0 record. The team finished equally strong by qualifying for the state tournament with a 9-6-5 record. They finished the year fourth in the Middlesex Liberty division. The team was led by captains Brian Jigarjian, Seth Coiley, Dan Russell, John Lepore, and Luke Tremblay.

Girls' hockey started the season extremely well with five straight wins. They cooled off a bit midseason but finished strong qualifying for the state tournament. The girls had an overall record of 11-8-1 and a league record of 8-7. Their league record placed them 4th in the Middlesex Liberty division. The team was led by captains Hannah Wright, Kaitlyn Morse, Katie Cummings, Shannon Hickey and Eva Collaruso.

Girls' track exceeded all expectations this year. They had some tremendous victories making their coaches quite pleased. The team finished the year 3-2, which gave them their first winning season in three years. The team competed in the D2 State Relays in seven different events. There they succeeded in breaking three school records. Senior Sarah Cassidy has been great for the team. She stepped up as a captain and helped lead the team forward. New additions, Emma Maxtutis, Abbey Jones, and Katerina Gentile are also a couple names to look out for.

The boys' team was equally as impressive as the girls. They have not only had individual victories, but team victories as well. Daniel McDonald-Meteer continued to surpass all expectations. Sam Chakmakjian, Matt Garcia, Chris Coleman, and Antonio Xelhua also contributed greatly to the team’s success with the team finishing the season 2-5. During the State Relays the boys broke numerous school records.

The AHS wrestling team had a very impressive season, with only two seniors returning from last year. The team started nine sophomores in the varsity lineup and finished the year ranked 15th out of 48 teams in the Division 2 state tournament. The team was led by Senior Captains Mike Pieroni (113) and Nick Sullivan (160) Sophomore Captains Nick Rose (195) and Andrew Ellis (120). Most recently, the team had 3 state qualifiers: Tom Kearney (106), Andrew Ellis (120), Nick Sullivan (160), Nick Rose (190), Lakota Samuels (285), and Lukas Stavropoulos as an alternate. Also receiving a great honor was assistant coach Mike Covel who was awarded Division 2 Assistant Coach of the Year. Mike was a 1997 graduate of AHS and has coached wrestling for 14 years. He is also a veteran of the Iraq and Afghan war.

The boys' basketball team finished the regular season with a 10-12 record. They finished fourth in the Middlesex Liberty division with an 8-9 record. Senior David Shin was the team's leading scorer averaging 17 points per game. Senior Tyler Sullivan was the second leading scorer averaging 14 points per game. Sophomore Miles Robinson averaged 10 points and 11 rebounds per game. Most importantly, the team qualified for the state tournament and look to carry over the success they had in the last few games of the season, which included a victory against Arlington Catholic. Senior Tyler Sullivan was awarded the John Bowler Sportsmanship Award for his efforts in the game.

The girls' basketball team finished with an overall record of 5-13. The team was led by junior Anna Smokavich, who averaged 10.5 points per game. The girls had an outstanding “senior night” game against Arlington Catholic who was ranked 20th in the state. Although they fell short, the team played extremely hard and shows a lot of promise for next year. Senior captain Kathryn McGonagle was awarded the Jack Bowler Sportsmanship Award for her performance on Gameday against Arlington Catholic.

The gymnastic team competed with only five girls this year. Four scores are needed for every event so each girl contributed greatly throughout the year. Captains Ruthie Ferrante and Chase Currier are the team leaders in the “all-arounds” (Meaning they compete in all four events each meet). Ruthie is performing great on the vault this season and with an average of 9.0. Chase's strongest event is the balance beam and she has averaged an 8.7.

Marybeth Ciarlone is putting up solid scores on bars, beam, and floor for us as well. Bianca Tauro is competing vault, bars, and floor and has quickly picked up new skills over the last two months. Freshman Maddie Goldstein has stepped up and competes in vault, bars and beam, and continues to improve each and every day. Ruthie Ferrante qualified for states in the vault and the floor routine. She ended tying for fourth on the vault at states. Chase Currier also qualified on the beam.

The boys' swimming team qualified for the sectionals and the state tournament in the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Relay. They also had a number of student-athletes qualify for individual events: Michael Packard (100 meter breaststroke), John Prindle (100 Fly), Michael Prindle (50 free and 100 free), Ben Shriner (200 free and 500 free), and Arnaud Vaganay (200 individual medley and 100 fly).

The girls' swimming team qualified for sectionals in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay, and 400 Freestyle Relay. Molly Mahoney qualified for the sectional and state tournament in the 50 Freestyle while Brooke Bernardin qualified for sectionals and states in the diving competition.


This story was published Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, and updated March 17.

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