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UPDATED, July 1: Now that the developer of the Mugar project has taken a step toward filing a 40B application, and the town has a month longer to prepare its response, Arlington officials have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the issues involved.
It is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Town Hall auditorium.
The selectmen decided Monday, June 29, to hold a meeting in July, likely in Town Hall with all stakeholders invited.
The meeting aims to collect information from town leaders and the public to be part of the record to address an application by Oaktree Development, which seeks to build housing on the Mugar site under Chapter 40B.
In a June 22 letter, Gregory P. Watson, manager of comprehensive permit programs for MassHousing, wrote that Arlington has until Aug. 10 to respond to an application by Oaktree Development of Cambridge. The town had sought 60 days from a July 10 deadline.
The board voted in June to MassHousing seeking a 90-day extension to answer a site-eligibility application for the 17-acre Mugar site in East Arlington.
Selectmen Chairman Kevin Greeley said June 29 that he was "just a little disappointed" that Arlington did not get the full three months.
Arlington High and Arlington Catholic girls' hockey players have teamed up this summer to take to the ice this summer for the Metro team for the Bay State Games. The four-day tournament at the Foxboro Sports Center in Foxboro starts Thursday, July 9, and concludes with a medal round Sunday, July 12.
Representing AC are sisters Bridget Crane, a junior forward, and Kathrine Crane, a goalie and will be attending Salem State University in the fall; Alexandra Keane, a senior forward; Abigail Knight, a senior forward; and Erin King, a junior defenseman.
Representing Arlington High is senior forward Laura Shea.
UPDATED, June 28: Chairful Where You Sit, a temporary art installation and fund-raiser, in its fourth year for Arlington Public Art, is coming up Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12, at Whittemore Park, in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum in Arlington Center.
Join those involved for an opening reception and kickoff from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 10.
Buy a chair for $100 during the exhibit and support Arlington Public Art's projects, such as painting the transformer box murals.
Closing reception and Peoples' Choice awards on Sunday, July 12, from 4 to 6 p.m.
For more information, email chairful2[at]gmail.com.
No more will you have to fish for change you don't have.
No more will you have return to your car with a ticket.
No more will you have to fool with broken meters in two town lots.
The selectmen voted unanimously Monday, June 29, to suspend use of meters in the Water Street and Russell Common lots for the rest of the summer, or whenever new meters are installed, expected by the end of August.
"Past point of no return" is how Selectman Steven M. Byrne out it. "Just not worth the headache."
Among other headaches is the fact that too many of the meters are broken to be worth fixing.
Residents who paid $10 for pass to the Wednesday farmers' market will be able to get a refund by going to the selectmen's office, second floor, at Town Hall.
The suspension of using the meters begins immediately.
Here's what continues: If you park at Water Street or Russell Common, you still have a three-hour limit for your stay. Parking officers will be checking.
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) has received more than 1,500 submissions from a variety of nations worldwide, and 15 jurors have been selected to choose the entries for the fifth annual event Oct. 15 to 22 at the Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge.
The films were received from an alphabet-long list -- from Argentina to Vietnam.
This year's jurors are Jonathan B. Barbato, Elisabeth Myles Birk, Alice Bouvrie, Barbara Costa, Elizabeth DiNolfo, Amy R. Handler, John Kusiak, Christopher LeGare, Naythen T. Lowe, Michael Mahin, Bob Nesson, Charles H. Schuerhoff, Eric Stange, Marga Vera and Brynmore Williams.
Jurors will select from these categories: Best of Festival, Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short. They were chosen for their knowledge, creativity, innovation and experience in the film industry.
The book is written by Arlington resident Neil Berdiev, a former commercial banker who after almost two decades in financial services left his last employer, Citizens Bank, to start his own advisory firm, focusing on team member training and development. You can find his book at Robbins Library.
The contest is judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country, and the announcement was made at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco. Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, INDIEFAB winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation over more than 1,500 entries in 63 categories.
Stay tuned for some writing by Berdiev to be published at YourArlington. He is putting together ideas for Arlington parents for this summer about how to coach their kids some of the most essential business skills -- those that will help them be successful in today’s business world.
Last, Berdiev set aside a few copies of his book to be raffled for Arlington residents. If you’d like your name entered into this raffle, email the author at dnb[@]dnbAdvisory.com.
Accord following decade-old suit settlement underlies change; D'Agostino comments
UPDATED, June 26: A veteran employee of the Arlington public schools, in an administrative role for nine years following the settlement of a lawsuit, has been approved for a return to teaching -- at Hardy School's third grade next fall.
Some parents are upset about the move, citing details of allegations made in the 2001 lawsuit. Other parents say the employee, LeiLanie D'Agostino, should be given a chance.
The School Committee met in closed session Wednesday, June 23. While only the general reason for the meeting may be disclosed, the session is believed to have been a discussion of issues surrounding D'Agostino.
Further, the teachers' union issued a news release disavowing authority in teaching assignments.
In 2005, a judge ruled in favor of the teacher and the school administration in a lawsuit alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse by D'Agostino, in 2000, when she was a teacher at the Brackett School.
Following the court decision, a 2006 agreement between the administration and the Arlington Education Association, the teachers' union, permitted D'Agostino to move to administrative role. She is the director of data integration for curriculum, instruction and assessment and continues in that position.
Superintendent Kathleen Bodie wrote in an email to Hardy parents June 18 that the agreement gave "Ms. D’Agostino the right to return to a classroom teaching position in the future. It is a legally binding agreement between the School District and the AEA. Ms. D’Agostino has chosen to exercise that right."
Bodie's statement continued: "The process for classroom placement was the process the district follows for placing teachers who return from a leave of absence of a year or longer. Principals of schools that have openings interview the returning teacher.
What should your kids read this summer?
The Globe has published some suggestions, and among the choosers is Pam Watts-Flavin, of the Robbins Library.
And, why not? The town had the first children's library in the nation.
For 15 years, the program called STARS -- which stands School Teachers are Really Special -- has given parents and students a way to recognize star teachers who make a difference. This fiscal year, the program, through the Arlington Education Foundation, raised $16,750, a record high since it began in 2000, and a 7-percent increase over 2014.
The 2015 Ottoson Middle School and Arlington High School STARS teachers of the year are:
-- Nicole Eidson, Arlington High School English teacher;
-- Greg Condakes, Ottoson Middle School music teacher; and
-- Stefanie Carlson, Ottoson Middle School eighth-grade math teacher.
For the first time, there was a tie, at Ottoson.