UPDATED, May 21: The Memorial Day parade in Arlington is set for Monday, May 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Marchers will step off at Adams Street on Mass. Ave. and continue on to Monument Park in Arlington Center for observances and placing of wreathes. From there the parade will reform and proceed to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Observances will be held honoring veterans from all wars.
Prince Hall Cemetery Memorial
At 11:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, a memorial ceremony is scheduled for the dead who lie buried in the Prince Hall Cemetery on Gardner Street. The historical society had incorrectly reported the start time as 2 p.m. Members of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in Dorchester will officiate, and there will be brief addresses by the Grand Master of the Lodge and by the president of the Arlington Historical Society. The public is invited. The cemetery on Gardner is near the intersection with Norcross Street.
Eli Shear-Baggish, a 12-year-old Arlington resident, competed in the 2015 North American School Scrabble Championship May 16-17 at the Hasbro Worldwide Headquarters in Pawtucket, R.I.
He and his teammate won trophies for fifth place overall -- among a total of 58 teams -- and for sixth-grade win.
In one outstanding performance, they beat their opponents, from Texas, by a score of 506-232.
Shear-Baggish is a student at the Lesley Ellis School in Arlington, while his teammate, Jem Burch, is home-schooled and lives in Los Angeles, Calif.
The two boys, who called their team "Thunder and Lightning," were paired by Scrabble coach Cornelia Guest and had been playing Scrabble online together for the last several months in preparation for the tournament.
On Friday night, May 15, just before the weekend tournament was the first time that they met face to face.
The tournament is an annual event for young people -- two players per team from grades four through eight -- representing schools and other youth organizations from across the United States and Canada.
UPDATED, May 19: Students of the Arlington High School biology club and Arlington High School Gives Committee raiosed $3,700 in their frst Arlington Scoopermania, held Saturday, May 16, from noon to 4 p.m., in front of the Cyrus E. Dallin Museum.
For only $5, participants ate as much ice cream as they wanted to support cancer research.
Organizer Katerina Koch reported the number May 18 and wrote that money will be sent the Jimmy Fund. From there, the fund sends it to the Dana Farber Institutes.
In late June, Arlington's Joe Snodgrass plans to pedal for the 10th time to raise money to fight ALS, the debilitating ailment known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."
What pushes him? "I first became aware of Lou Gehrig's disease when my grandfather was diagnosed in 1995," Snodgrass wrote recently. "He died in 1997.
"I want to see an effective treatment for ALS developed in my lifetime, and know that our Tri-State Trek family contributed to it.
"I come back every year because of the sense of shared understanding of what it is like to love someone who is living with ALS, but also the shared urgency and mission to do something about it today, and for the future."
The Trek has a local connection: It was first developed as a fund-raising ride for the ALS Therapy Development Institute by Mathew Mendel, living in Arlington at the time. The first, in 2003, and had 13 riders; it now has about 400.
For this year's event, cyclists are featuring names of PALS -- "persons with ALS" -- on their jerseys.
UPDATED, May 19: The Arlington High School boys' tennis team qualified for the state tournament with a 5-0 win over Billerica on Thursday, May 7, the third straight year the team has met the test.
The Spy Ponders lost to defending D1 state champions Lexington, 5-0, on May 18.
Overall, AHS is 13-7, its most regular-seasons wins in at least seven years, Siegal wrote May 19. "The playoffs won't start until June 4th, so we will just be practicing gearing up for them," he wrote.
But the squad's "biggest win of the year" came the day before against Burlington, wrote Coach Matthew Siegel. "We were down two matches to zero, with three still being played, and we came back and won them all to take the match, 3-2."
The team beat Belmont on Monday, May 11, at the Grove Street courts, near the high school. The score was 3-2. AHS beat the next-door rival earlier in the year.
UPDATED, May 18: Arlington's third annual summer block party is moving to a cooler time slot -- from mid-July to June 20.
In addition to partying free at Broadway Plaza and the Regent Theatre, participants will enjoy the show at the acoustic second stage and family area on the Jefferson Cutter House green.
"We are using the first day of summer as a kickoff," said organizer Tom Davidson of the Arlington Committee on Tourism & Economic Development (ATED), "and hoping even more families can attend as school will still be in session." It is the last weekend before the students head for summer vacation.
"The thought is to extend the footprint from Broadway Plaza, where we will still have the main stage, along that block of the Center to the green. We think it will provide more visibility of the event." The green is across from the visitors' center at Uncle Sam Plaza.
The Arlington Alive Summer Arts Block Party will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20.
To participate in this lively outdoor art event, a fee of $10, payable to the Town of Arlington Fund for Public Art, must be received by June 20, Email chairful2[at]gmail.com for info on how to enter.
How does it work? Everyone is invited to find an old chair and creatively repaint it.
You don't have to be an Arlington resident. The chairs will be on display from Friday evening, July 10, through Sunday evening, July 12, at Whittemore Park in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum and Jefferson Cutter House in Arlington Center.
A Tavola, in Winchester, and Bistro 5, in Medford, belong to the same chef/owner, Vittorio Ettore. Both are a stone’s throw from Arlington borders, and both serve some delicious fare of Italian inspiration.
Chef Ettore is a big proponent of farm-to-table dining and even runs an educational program for elementary school kids called Seed to Plate that emphasizes the connection between what we eat and where it comes from.
This is the stuff of concern to me in the last couple of years, because I developed some (temporary, I hope) food intolerances that were making me pretty sick. Migraines, rashes, and gastrointestinal distress are just some of the things that drew me to discover my ailment. And as you can imagine, they’d have to be pretty bad to get me off croissants and cheese.
So I am now a reader of labels and a shopper of food that isn’t so much messed with. I have discovered that a conventional egg will set off my symptoms, and one from the farm up the street doesn’t. This also means that, in a restaurant with a chef that is doing some pretty cool stuff, I meet the server’s introduction with an apology: “I’m going to say I’m sorry, right off the bat, that I’m one of those high-maintenance diners. I am currently unable, by doc’s orders, to have dairy or wheat or refined sugar.”
UPDATED, May 15: Police have arrested a 48-year-old Arlington man who they say sold heroin near the Ottoson Middle School.
Michael J. Bowler of Burton Street was charged Wednesday, May 13, with heroin distribution and dealing drugs in a school zone, police reported.
Bowler pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his bail was set at $2,500 during his arraignment Thursday, May 14m in Cambridge District Court, District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office said in a Globe report.