La Victoria Taqueria plays Mexican street food in Arlington like Freddy Mercury led Queen -- uniquely, with flair, and approachable enough to make all ages want to sing along.
When you enter the newly opened location across from the Regent Theater, you think two things: Dang, it smells great in here, and dang, that’s a bad-a** T-shirt. The rough-hewn barn-board wall, groovy blackboardesque menu, chic logo floormats and those killer black shirts with the stark white Lucha libre wrestler-mask graphic immediately convey that somebody around here’s got killer style.
So before I collected my to-go order, I asked if I could buy a T-shirt, or four. Nope, not for sale. Umm, again, dang; Mr. Barrientos, please sell these in time for Christmas!
OK, now I suppose I should talk about the food.
It was kind of the folks behind the counter to wrap my Horchata in an additional waxed-paper foil wrap for the drive home. Horchata is a spiced rice milk shake. I found it slightly medicinal, but my husband thought it a good egg-nog alternative.
The Arlington Center for the Arts welcomes the public Wednesday, Dec. 3, for multiple events.
That evening, from 7 to 9:30, the 41 Foster St. center promises a free festive celebration of the arts. A wine-and-cheese reception and art-gallery opening of the holiday show and sale are planned in conjunction with the group's annual meeting and party for the arts.
The ACA has celebrated its 25th-anniversary year, so the evening is an opportunity to honor this accomplishment and invite the community to participate. The Ways and Means Committee will present music. The annual meeting, including election of the 2014-15 board and officers, is to begin at 8 p.m., followed by awards.
ACA’s volunteers of the year will be celebrated. Finally, the 2014 Alan McClennen Community Arts Award will be presented to Sharing a New Song, a chorus based in Harvard.
On display is the Small Works Holiday Art Show, which continues through Wednesday, Dec. 24, in the Gibbs Gallery.
A Massachusetts native who is the current director of the Winthrop Public Library and Museum has accepted the role of director of libraries for the Town of Arlington. Peter Struzziero plans to begin in late December.
A town news release says Struzziero has a broad range of experience in public libraries, as well as strong ties to Arlington.
"I spent a lot of time visiting my grandmother in Arlington, and my family always brought me to the Robbins Library for the great programs and collections," he said in the release.
"My mother loved it when she was a child growing up in Arlington and made sure I felt the same when I was growing up" says Struzziero. "I couldn't be more thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the town where all my favorite library memories were made."
Arlington Children’s Theatre, in its first full-length production in several years, presents an original piece of absurdist theater written by Boston playwright Declan Keefe. Being Borrowed follows a day in the life of executive Charles as he comes to the realization he is living on borrowed time. Charles decides to try to find who has stolen his time, and during his quest he encounters many strange characters, falls in love with a talking rock, and comes to terms with the thought the life he chose may not have been his choice at all.
Performances of will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Arlington Center for the Arts
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Harrington reduces earlier request for 900 emails, town counsel says
UPDATE, Nov. 25: The School Committee, through a statement read by Chairman Bill Hayner, has said an email about a Community Preservation Act agenda item in October should not have been sent to the entire committee, a violation of the state Open Meeting Act.
"After examination of the complaint, we believe the subject e-mail, as well as an e-mail response from the Chair," Hayner told the committee Nov. 13 following a 15-minute closed session, "should not have been transmitted as they were, and the CPA discussion should have either been removed by the Chair based on individual and separate member objections, or tabled at an open meeting by a member motion."
Stephen Harrington, a Precinct 13 Town Meeting member, filed the complaint citing an email to the whole board two days before the Oct. 9 meeting by committee member Cindy Starks, who objected to Hayner's placing discussion of the preservation act on that agenda. Subsequently, Hayner removed the item.
UPDATED, Nov. 23: How do you wrap your arms around Arlington and try to shape its future? Lots of people, from an informed citizens' committee to Town Hall planners, are trying.
They made public their draft plan to about 30 people at the Senior Center on Thursday, Nov. 6. Among the recommendations, listed in no particular order (see the complete list at the link the complete, 171-page draft plan):
-- A town facilities manager, an administrator, possibly in the Department of Public Works, who would keep track of buildings and maintenance issues;
-- Address the large number of private ways and find solutions to make them public, so they could be maintained;
-- Deal with what those who devised the plan see as an overuse of special permits to address zoning issues;
-- Fashion a comprehensive plan for the length of the Mill Brook; and
-- Make zoning changes that would encourage more than one use (for example, residential and commercial or industrial) and "unlock business" development through greater building density.
The Board of Selectmen has served notice that the opening of the warrant for the annual Town Meeting for 2015 begins Tuesday, and closes .
During this time, articles for the warrant, which is Town Meeting's agenda, can be submitted to the Board of Selectmen's office, second floor, Town Hall.
The warrant-article submission packet, which includes instructions, is available at the Board of Selectmen's office and online at arlingtonma.gov/townmeeting.
A father and son who formerly served as president and treasurer of the West Medford Little League have been found guilty of embezzlement in connection with a theft which authorities estimate was between $50,000 and $100,000, according to information released by Middlesex District Attorney Marion Ryan.
Stanley Komins and Stephen Komins, both of Stoneham, were both found guilty of embezzlement over $250 and Stephen was also found guilty of forging a check and uttering a false check for incidents which occurred between 2007 and 2011.
For more, see InsideMedford >>
The Arlington High School girls' varsity soccer team lost to Hingham, 3-2, in the Division 2 state final on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Marshfield High School, in the last minute of the match.
Melissa Dlugolecki, AHS director of athletics, wrote that, according to school records, the last time an Arlington varsity team competed in a state final was 1992, when the football team lost to North Quincy.
The Spy Ponders looked like they had been feeling the effects of the 1.5-hour drive to Marshfield in the first five minutes of the game, as the Hingham Harborwomen kept the ball in the Arlington end and controlled the game.
The Arlington players finally found their legs and were able to build an attack into the Hingham end. A cross from junior Grace Carter into the box eventually found senior captain Megan Lo who put the ball into the upper corner of the goal, putting Arlington up 1-0 in the 6th minute of the game.
The teams continued to battle through the first half, with both teams threatening to score. In the 15th minute, a Carter corner kick found senior Ragna Gjoertz, who shot wide of the goal.
UPDATED, Nov. 23: Work is winding down for the season after beginning in July 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.
Town update Nov. 18: With the temperature falling and the days getting noticeably shorter, the rebuild is moving toward wrapping up its activities for 2014. At this point, no new areas of sidewalk will be opened, as the consistently cold temperatures are nonconducive to concrete pours. Some minor tie-in work for this water main remains to be accomplished after chlorination and testing; however, this will be accomplished during daylight hours.
During the week of Nov. 24, the project will address itself to the many of the same activities undertaken during the week of the 17th, however, an abbreviated week will be in effect. Work will end at noontime Nov. 26 and the job shut down on Thanksgiving and the Friday immediately following the holiday.
Nighttime hydrant relocations and associated water shutdowns are projected for the nights of Nov. 23, 24 and 25 . As this work takes place in the shoulder of the roadway where the concrete base is not present, this work will be less disruptive than the water main work undertaken during the week of Nov. 10.