Arlington Alive, the town of Arlington’s seasonlong selection of family-friendly arts and culture, continues to buzz with activity, even as summer comes to a close. During August and September, Arlington is full to the brim with outdoor concerts on the green, live music in the park, innovative dance and video projects, and lively street festivals showcasing local art, food and businesses.
After Labor Day weekend, Boston-based contemporary dance company Luminarium Dance Company celebrates Arlington’s history and architecture with their performance Night at the Tower. This debut combines dance, art, and video at Arlington’s historic Park Circle water tower. The event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, with video projections beginning at 8 p.m.
What building style do you prefer?
More than 600 people answered that question online after 100 people attended the live presentation at Town Hall in June of a visual preference survey called of "Do you Like This or That?"
The survey gauged Arlington preferences for building and development scale and design types. The survey is part of the long-range master plan. See the pictures and the preferences here >> (Note: The pictures at this link display properly in Chrome and Internet Explorer, but, for some reason, not in Firefox).
You think it's easy to schedule a town election? Not in 2015. Pick a day in early-to-mid April, and like a video game with opponents coming your way that you have to avoid or shoot down. Each choice has an obstacle or, shall we say, a holiday.
Guided by a memo from town counsel, selectmen voted, 4-0, on Monday, Aug. 4, to set the election for March 28, a Saturday.
It will be the first town election in March in 14 years. Is anyone cheering?
Selectman Kevin Greeley asked that the election be on a Saturday and that it be held a week, move earlier than usual. This year, it was held April 5.
Board member Dan Dunn agreed.
Selectman Diane Mahon hoped that, whatever the date, there be sufficient time for precinct meetings, typically held in the weeks leading up to Town Meeting. It is due to start Monday, April 27. In the past, Precincts 8 and 10 met, but as many as half of the precincts now hold pre-Town Meeting sessions.
West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in Arlington, the state Department of Public Health announced Thursday, Aug. 14.
Word came three weeks after West Nile was found in Belmont. The Globe reported Friday, Aug. 15, that Arlington has become the 14th community in which West Nile has been detected this year.
"With the most recent heavy rains, we want to reiterate the importance of removing standing water from your property which can serve as a place for mosquitoes to breed as well as to avoid mosquito bites as much as possible," Christine Bongiorno, Arlington's director of Health and Human Services, said in a news release. "By taking precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones."
An estimated 70 Arlington voters heard and met Don Berwick, Democratic candidate for governor, Tuesday, Aug. 12, at a fund-raiser the Masonic Lodge, 19 Academy St.
Supporter Jim Gomes of Arlington, who is collecting donations, said the evening close to $10,000.
Globe, Aug. 8: Tips for gubernatorial hopefuls
To be a host, costs $500, a sponsor $250 and the suggested donation is $75.
You can make a donation online at berwickforgovernor.com.
When students return to the Stratton School in September, they will find the ground-floor classrooms new tiling. Gone will be old carpets, which covered asbestos-laden tiles.
The asbestos removal began in mid-July was completed during the first week in August, Principal Michael Hanna said.
The carpeting contributed to some mold buildup over the summer in recent years, adding that "generally, then, the air quality will be much improved by this project."
The Arlington National U12 All-Stars baseball team, representing New England in the Cal Ripken World Series in Florida, ended its run with a loss to the Sante Fe, Fla., Force (4-2), 7-6, after coming back twice in a see-saw game Monday, Aug. 11. The Florida team lost, 11-1, to undefeated Bismarck, N.D., (6-0) at Tuesday, Aug. 12. South Lexington, Ky., lost to the unbeaten Bronx team, 6-1.
The Series' Facebook pages describes these games as semifinals. In later games, Tulare, Calif., edged Port Angeles, Wash., 4-3, and Gilchrist, Fla., beat Sweet Water, Ala., 8-7. Tulare beat Gilchrist, 4-1, late this afternoon. In a battle of undefeated teams Bismarck beat the Bronx, 8-2, for the championship.