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    Planting an idea: Sidestepping Mass. Ave. project

    Unfinished planters in Capitol Square, May 26, 2015. Finished planters awaiting plants in from front of Giles. Is your business directly affected by the sidewalk work underway as part of the Mass. Ave. project in East Arlington? If so, YourArlington provides a way to get customers to move around the obstacles and head into your business. We see those planters going in. We see the lack of pavement. We feel your pain. While this project affects you, please send information about your business for publication at this link >>  That includes name, address, information about any sale and contact information (name, phone or email). Put "Sidewalk issues" in the email's subject line. Some Capital Square businesses with news blurbs published under this program include Artbeat, 13Forest and Drum Connection. What about yours? Stay up-to-date about the Mass. Ave project here >>And here >>  This promotional announcement was published Thursday, May ...

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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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Session No. 6:  Meeting OKs historic signs, dissolves

In the shortest meeting in years in terms of the number of sessions, the 2013 edition concluded its business Wednesday, May 8, as it debated a $20,000 appropriation for historic signs for 20 minutes before approving it.

For more, see humor from the Avocado as well as notes by Wes Beal, Christian Klein and Dan Dunn. | Official votes

Session No. 5:  $300,000 transfer to school budget shot down

A request from Precinct 13 member Stephen Harrington to transfer $300,000 to the school budget, in part to reduce fees for athletics, was rejected in a decisive standing vote on Monday, May 6.

The budget for Minuteman Tech was approved, as was a fuind for special education.

The Arlington Avocado weighs in.

For more, see notes by Wes Beal, Christian Klein and Dan Dunn. | Official votes

Session No. 4: Financial matters slow pace

Session No. 4 of the 2013 annual Town Meeting on Wednesday, May 1, addressed financial issues, and the pace slowed.

Members approved Article 25, an exemption on personal property, which amounted to $3,100 in total revenue. They discussed at length budgets under Article 31. For more, see notes by Wes Beal, Christian Klein and Dan Dunn. | Official vote

Beal commented before the meeting >>

Session No. 3: Self-serve gasoline ban continues

The annual Town Meeting on Monday, April 29, voted to retain the bylaw banning self-serve gasoline after the proponent said he had changed his mind about limits on the ban.

The meeting moved to lower overnight parking fees as well as pay for an amount (still to be decided) for the public art fund. The meeting reached Article 31, the budgets, and adjourned early so they could be considered Wednesday, May 1.

For more, see notes from Christian Klein,Wes Beal and Dan Dunn. | Official votes

Before the meeting, Wes Beal offered his views >>

Session No. 2: Leaf-blower plan passes, bottle-ban shot down

At a Special Town Meeting held Wednesday, April 24, a measure that leaf-blower supporters called a "compromise" and opponents called an "evisceration," was supported, 113-95.

An article proposing to ban plastic water bottles was defeated by voice vote. Brought by three Arlington High School students, the measure was the first ever presented to Town Meeting by students.

For more, see notes by Christian Klein, Wes Beal, Bob Sprague and Dan Dunn  | Official votes

Before the votes, Beal had some thoughts >>

Session 1: E-voting, medical-marijuana moratorium supported

Town Meeting, at its first session Monday, April 22, approved a year's delay on situating a medical-marijuana dispensary in Arlington Center and supported a move to electronic voting at future meetings.

Finance Committee Chairman Al Tosti described the $10,000 appropriation to pay for voting devices a lease, allowing the town to evaluate the system for a year.

For more, see notes by Christian Klein, Dan Dunn and Wes Beal | Official votes

Town Meeting underway: Dunn views town's state

The annual Town Meeting began at 8 p.m. Monday, April 22. Selectmen Chairman Dan Dunn presented the State of the Town Address.

The warrant (agenda) for this year's meetings is online at arlingtonma.gov/townmeeting.

Among the issues to be considered are those involving leaf blowers, plastic water bottles, fees for overnight parking and medical marijuana.

Read the reports to Town Meeting here >> 


Unofficial info Truepersons.comTwitter, Dan Dunn's blog | Official info (town website)

Video icon Watch Town Meeting on TV in April. Arlington Community Media (ACMi) plans to air Town Meeting live every Monday and Wednesday evening on the Government channel until the session ends and replays throughout the week. Please visit ACMI's website for channels and replay details at arlingtonstudio.com.

All precincts invited to post meetings

This information was published Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, and updated May 10.

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