Resident's Town Meeting article seeks $410,000
Arlington's extracurricular fees, even after the School Committee worked to trim them in 2011, remain markedly high, and resident Bill Downing would like to cut them down to size.
For what parents pay for Arlington High football, "Bill Belichick should be coaching this team," he said, a comment that drew laughs from the School Committee on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Including the $425 cost of musical instruments in his pitch, he also said: "Young families are hammered by these fees."
ELECTION'S EARLY LOOK: Those who take out papers in races that may be contested in April respond to basic questions about themselves and Arlington.
Michael G. Buckley was the last candidate to take out papers for a contested race in the 2014 town election, but he is eager to make his mark in a second run for one of three School Committee seats, as four are running.
The 46-year-old social-studies department chair at Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington ran last year and received 3,082 votes, the newcomer against two incumbents.
The search for a new principal at the Thompson School is underway, as Sheri Donovan will be leaving after seven years, and the superintendent is seeking a search committee.
In an email to parents and guardians Sunday, March 2, Superintendent Kathleen Bodie wrote that the committee will interview and select three or four finalist candidates. She asked for parents to serve.
The woman who died in December after she was hit by a car while pushing her walker on Mass. Ave. near Sabatino's has yet to be laid to rest, but a friend of hers is taking steps to make sure that happens.
Juliet Blackett of North Cambridge has paid $295 of her own money and a state agency has paid $1,100 for the cremation of Elba Ortiz-Delgado, known to neighbors at the Daniel F. Burns Apartments as Lucy.
The woman, initially described by police as homeless, died at Mass. General Hospital at 2:10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, according to her death certificate.
The driver of the car that police say struck Ortiz-Delgado, Paul S. Giragosian, 67, of Arlington, could face a further charge in the death near the longest unsignalized Mass. Ave. crosswalk in East Arlington. More than two months after the fatality, an investigation remains incomplete.
The next meeting of the Arlington Democratic Town Committee is set for Thursday, March 13, at 7:15 p.m. in the lower-level meeting room at the Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St.
For more information, visit www.arlingtondems.org or call Aimee Coolidge at 781-646-5339.
All interested Democrats are cordially invited.
The Democratic Town Committee strongly believes in equality and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic identity, philosophical persuasion, economic status, or disability in the conduct of Democratic party business.
UPDATED, Feb. 28: The selectman have recommended that Town Meeting take no action on articles addressing cemetery parking and appointees, a step that often results in an early grave for proposed bylaws.
But the sharp exchanges before the 5-0 vote provided a mix of information and theater.
Proponent Stephen Harrington, a Precinct 13 Town Meeting member, spent more than 26 minutes reading from his smartphone in defense of Articles 10 and 12. The former seeks home-rule legislation to amend the Town Manager Act to allow direct election of the Cemetery Commission. The latter aims to restrict parking in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
UPDATED, Feb. 25: Thad Dingman, a principal in western Massachusetts, has accepted the top job at Dallin Elementary School and assumes his responsibilities July 1, the public-school administration announced Monday, Feb. 24.
Since 2010, Dingman has been principal of the Muddy Brook Elementary School, an EK-4 school in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, in Great Barrington.
"I couldn't be more excited to join the community and staff at Dallin Elementary," Dingman told YourArlington Feb. 25.
Word on the Street, Adam Auster's blog, reported Thursday, Feb. 20, that four bids for the Mass. Ave. Corridor project were opened.
A state Department of Tramsportation spokesman told Your Arlington on Feb. 21 that an award is expected in 60 days.
The congregation of the Highrock Church on Mass. Ave. near Town Hall is expanding, and so those in charge have purchased two large properties on nearby Mill Street.
Last August, the church bought the property of the former Holovak & Coughlin sporting-goods store for $1,230,000. In January, the church completed a deal to buy three auto-related businesses at 10-12 Mill St. for $1,550,000.
"We're overflowing," lead pastor David Swaim said in a telephone interview Feb. 6, referring to the number of people who attend. Three Sunday services draw "close to" 1,000 people, he estimated, in Arlington and at a temporary Harvard Square location at Lesley University.
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