The Jam'n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse, open Fridays every month, performs its sets at the Kickstand Cafe. The next is set for Friday, Sept. 5, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at 694 Mass. Ave.
Listen to talented local performers or sign up to play. All are welcome. Admission is free.
UPDATED, Sept. 2: Work began in July 2014 on the first phase of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. project, starting at Pond Lane and heading toward Cambridge. Ground was broken July 29, as shown in photo-animation at left by Adam Auster. Worked reached Capitol Square a month later.
A description of what residents and business can expect was presented, followed by comments from 27 residents at the project kickoff at the Thompson School on Monday, June 16.
During the week of Aug. 25, drainage and utility work with a single crew continued with the installation of catch basins, gutter inlets, manholes and associated piping.
Similar operations are to take place during the weeks of Sept. 1 and 8.
Isolated tree work is possible during all three weeks addressed.
At present, it is expected that sidewalk work will begin in the vicinity of Pond Lane on the north side of Mass. Ave. (left when facing toward Cambridge) during the week of Sept. 15. More details are to be provided.
UPDATED, Aug. 30: A Providence man has been charged in the alleged kidnapping of a 17-year-old Arlington girl for the purpose of prostitution, The Boston Globe reported on Wednesday, Aug. 27.
A statement from Peter F. Neronha, U.S. attorney for the District of Rhode Island, said Kemont Bowie, 34, allegedly took the girl from Boston’s South Station early Aug. 18 and drove her to a Pawtucket, R.I., home, where she was rescued Monday, Aug. 25, by FBI agents and police.
Bowie faces federal charges of sex trafficking of a child and transportation of a minor, he said, and a preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday, Sept. 2.
The Providence Journal's website reported that Bowie is nicknamed "Daddy" and has a long criminal record in the Ocean State.
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.
Student competition goes international with 140 submissions
UPDATED, Aug. 31: More than 140 films reflecting a wide swath of the world were received for consideration for showing at the fourth annual Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF).
The festival invites you to purchase your festival pass now through Sunday, Aug. 31, at the discounted rate of $45 (offer expires midnight).
Please make your checks payable to: Arlington International Film Festival. The mailing address: 350 Mass Ave., No. 160, Arlington, MA 02474
The AIFF has been chosen to receive the Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for its 2013 poster contest, the McClennen Community Arts Award in 2013 from Arlington Center for the Arts in recognition for building community and the 2012 New Chamber Member of the Year award from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
Woman Suffrage Arrives in Arlington is the title of a new pamphlet by Oakes (Ames) Plimpton, and the Arlington resident who loves our history would like you to have a taste.
In part, it's a tribute to his grandmother, Blanche Ames, who drew cartoons favorable to supporters of woman suffrage, including the example at left.
Nearly a century ago, it was a hot topic in then-Republican Arlington.
Researching woman suffrage here, Plimpton pored through microfilms of old Advocates in the Robbins Library for 1915 and 1920 to tell the story of the debate and its conclusion.
The Arlington Anti-Suffrage League gave a Rose Tea at Odd Fellow Hall on Sept. 20, 1915. Among the attendees were mesdames O. W. Whittemore, J. Q. A. Brackett and Miss Ida Robbins -- surnames you will recognize from historic buildings in town.
The Arlington Equal Suffrage League held an open-air rally Sept. 24 that year. Among other things, a speaker pointed out there was nothing to fear from the so-called "ignorant vote" of women -- for "they were temperate and more law-abiding than men ...."
C. S. Parker, owner of The Advocate, editorialized against woman suffrage, apparently concluding that equal suffrage would bring out the "ignorant vote!"
But matters changed in 1920: The House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on May 21, the Senate followed June 4 and the measured was ratified by the 36th state Legislature (necessary three-quarters of the states) on Aug. 18.