For Black History Month, the Arlington International Film Festival and the Regent Theatre commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King with the screening of "King: A Filmed Record ... from Montgomery to Memphis," directed by Sidney Lumet, and shown on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the Regent, an event posted Feb. 10 because of the weather. Admission is $10.
Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature in 1970 and recognized by the U.S. Library of Congress as culturally and historically significant, this landmark documentary film biography chronicles Dr. King’s nonviolent campaign for civil rights and social justice from the movement in Montgomery, Ala., culminating in his assassination in Memphis in 1968.
The film was released and shown in theaters as a “one-time-only” event on March 24, 1970. Using original newsreel and other primary materials, "King" combines dramatic readings by many celebrities including Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones and Paul Newman, creating a powerful and comprehensive record of Dr. King's legacy and the U.S. civil-rights movement. The film is a primary resource of a pivotal moment in American and world history.
5th annual AIFF student poster contest award reception
The public is invited to attend the press conference and reception announcing the student winner and the unveiling of the poster that will become the face of the 2015 Arlington International Film Festival, set for Arlington Town Hall, second-floor hearing room.
Students from the Arlington High School, Minuteman High School, Lexington, Watertown High School, and Community Art Center in Cambridge participated in a contest to create the official 2015 festival poster.
Sponsors are MIRA, Watertown Savings Bank, ACMi, YourArlington.com, Punjab Restaurant and Eurochannel.
DIYDS!! DO IT YOUR DAMN SELF!!
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston , 100 Northern Ave.,
Cambridge Public Library , 449 Broadway, Cambridge.
MIT Media Lab, 92 Amherst St., Cambridge.
The 15th Irish Film Festival Boston
Four days of Irish films, Somerville Theatre, Davis Square.
Follow on twitter @IrishFilmFest
and use the hashtag #irishfilmfest15
AIFF PARTNERSHIP & EUROCHANNEL
The Arlington International Film Festival is in partnership with Eurochannel for this year’s festival, Oct. 15-22, at the Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge. With this partnership we look forward to expanding the festival audience as well as film submissions.
Eurochannel is a world television channel dedicated to promoting European culture and lifestyle through movies, series and other programs dedicated to European culture.
This anouncement was published Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, and updated Feb. 27.
Juveniles were charged last weekend in separate cases. In the one at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, on Mystic Street, a teen was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and breaking-and-entering at night, a felony.
A 16-year-old from Billerica was charged Sunday, Feb. 22, after police responded to a complaint of breaking into vehicles not far from Ottoson.
In the Feb. 21 case, the youth is accused of pulling a silver folding knife with a brown handle at a party to which he was not invited. The teen told police he was jumped and beaten.
Before hearing the youth's story, an officer, fearing the suspect had a knife, pointed a gun at him.
Police responded to a complaint about a loud house party. At the front door, a man told police that "someone who wasn't invited showed up and pulled a knife on us." That person, police were told, had just left, was walking south and was wearing a dark jacket.
Two houses south, an officer saw a youth in a dark jacket walking in the northbound lane of Mystic Street, a large amount of blood on his face and clothing, directly at the cruiser.
Ex-Town Meeting veteran eyes housing board
UPDATED, Feb. 23: Late in the game, Arlington finally has two contests for the March town election: Alexis G. Moisand, a 20-year-old Lesley University student, is challenging two veteran incumbents for School Committee to provide a younger voice, and Precinct 13 Town Meeting member Stephen T. Harrington will run fpor the the three-year term for Board Assessors. He is withdrawing from the one-year spot for assessor, Town Clerk Stephanie Lucarelli said Monday, Feb. 23, pone day before deadline to decide.
With the signatures on his nomination papers certified, the Arlington High grad is expected to face Jeff Thielman and Cindy Starks. The former has been on the committee since 2003; the latter since 2009.
Harrington took out papers for two seats, and they were certified, but he could not run for both.
UPDATED, Feb. 23: As snow piles up on Arlington residents and businesses, so do citations.
Between Jan. 25 and Feb. 17, Arlington police officers issued 193 snow-related citations. That's an average of eight daily over the 24 days, many of them snowy.
The number of complaints logged during that more than three-week period, which has had four snowstorms, is harder to determine, for a number of reasons.
Responding to questions from YourArlington, Capt. Richard Flynn of Arlington police provided the number of citations issued in that period in town and explained why tracking down the total number of complaints is more difficult to pinpoint.
The number of citations is made up of parked motor vehicles interfering with plowing or removal of snow and/or ice, as well as failure to remove snow from a sidewalk.
Parked vehicles interfering with plowing or removal of snow and/or ice cost $25 apiece. Failure to clear sidewalk snow at a business costs $50 per infraction. Failure to remove snow from a residential sidewalk costs $25 for each.
The amounts of these fines are listed here >>
Thinking of ignoring a citation? Fines are required to be paid within 21 days, or additional fees will accrue.
Recently listed as one of the 12 great children's theaters across America by Backstage magazine, Arlington Children’s Theatre is proud to present "Hairspray, The Broadway Musical" from March 12 through 15 at the Regent Theatre.
See "Hairspray" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, and at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.
Based upon the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, "Hairspray" is a fun musical production that is suitable for children of all ages.
Two exceptional seniors from Minuteman High School, in Lexington, have been chosen for recognition for their scholastic achievements.
Maria Cid-Pacheco of Arlington, who is studying biotechnology, is Minuteman’s 2015 nominee for the Walter J. Markham Award sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) and the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA).
Emma Clemente of Medford, an environmental science and technology student at Minuteman, is the school’s MAVA/MVA Outstanding Vocational-Technical Student of 2015.
She, with other distinguished student honorees from technical high schools and programs across the Commonwealth, will be honored at the 29th annual Outstanding Vocational Student Award Dinner at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 15.
Both of these remarkable young women have benefited greatly from their Minuteman High School experience. In fact, Minuteman provides all its students with a superb academic and technical education that readies them for professional success and gives them the ability to become contributing members of the community, which Emma and Maria certainly are already.
Two selectmen and the town manager discussed Minuteman High School's expensive building plans Thursday, Feb. 12, and a board member expressed clear doubt about the school administration's enrollment hopes.
Selectman Dan Dunn, who attended the Feb. 6 meeting at which a range of costs estimates were first made public, called the administration's projection of 620 students "wildly optimistic."
In response to a query from Selectman Kevin Greeley, Dunn said Minuteman enrollment as of Dec. 10 was 303. Higher enrollment numbers mean a larger assessment from 16 participating towns, depending
on the number of students attending from each town. More students imrpve the school's ability to pay for a project.
Dunn, who attended the Minuteman meeting with Joseph Curro Jr. and manager Adam Chapdelaine, said the administration predicts an enrollment increase of more than 50 percent. "I just don't buy it,"
The estimated district share of a new Minuteman High School, in Lexington, ranges from $79.6 million to $105.9 million, depending on how it is rebuilt. The district share assumes that the state
will cover at least 40 percent of the project. Minuteman officials also released a lengthy statement suggesting what would happen if no state Building Authority funds are involved. Read it here >>
Dunn also discussed the complications with the regional agreement. Among other things, changing the agreement requires a unanimous vote of 16 representatives from member town. Right now, six of the reps have expressed doubt about the costs of the building plans.
"I did not walk out of that meeting thinking we'd turn six towns into yeses,." Dunn said. "We'll see."
Hey, teen video talents -- are ready to roll again?
The second annual ATown Teen Video contest has received the support of a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, and organizers are looking for your creativity.
Deadline for submissions was 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23.
The screening is set for Friday, March 6, on the big screen at the Regent Theatre.
2nd fund-raiser for town native March 7
UPDATED, Feb. 11: An Arlington woman who as a young girl sang the National Anthem at a cancer fund-raiser for her cheerleading coach now has others singing for her.
Courtney Jones, undergoing treatment for a rare liver cancer, has many pulling for her.
They include Carla Dorato, owner of the Artful Heart Gallery, at 311 Broadway, the host for a special evening on Thursday, Feb. 12, Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m. The shop will donate 20 percent of all sales to Jones.
A second fund-raiser is set for the American Legion in Woburn from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 7.
"She is very lucky to have so many supporting her," her mother, Robin Jones, said in an interview Sunday, Feb. 8.
She reflects her positive spirit from her bed at Beth Israel in the photo at left.
The 23-year-old town native has been active in the Arlington Children's Theater since age 7 and with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life here for 14 years, since age 9.
After singing the National Anthem at the latter event, an annual, nightlong march around Peirce Field, she rose to chair the event.