Arlington High School plans to celebrate Spirit Week Oct. 5 through 9 with homecoming events that aim to "White-Out Cancer."
The teams encourage all to join them in their effort to support cancer research by wearing white or yellow gear. Team members will adorn their white uniforms with yellow accessories to honor Catherine Malatesta, field hockey captain and student council class president, who died of cancer in August.
A pep rally is set for Tuesday, Oct. 6, and themed spirit days will fill each day.
At the conclusion of the week are four homecoming games followed by homecoming events in the school's courtyard. In addition to celebrating AHS, the school will honor Malatesta.
UPDATED, Sept. 29: Rising public-school enrollment and how to accommodate those students in future years drew an estimated 200 people to Town Hall, as officials and the public offered their ideas about how to meet the challenges. Among the suggestions and reactions:
-- Reopening the former Gibbs Jr. High to classrooms, closed since the 1980s, drew pitches favoring and opposed;
-- Ideas calling for fifth graders at the Gibbs and eighth graders at the high school yielded some groans;
-- Two people, one a public official, suggested negotiating a possible arrangement with those who want to develop the Mugar site near Route 2; and
-- Three said the Parmenter School, also closed in the 1980s, is worth another look, but the school's architect said it was considered too small.
These are some of the ideas offered by speakers, 16 from the general public, in the last two hours of a School Committee meeting that concluded at 10:20 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.
They were reacting to a tide of numbers presented by Dr. Jerome McKibben of McKibben Demographic Research, author of "Arlington Public Schools Population and Enrollment Forecasts," completed last June; and an array of space options from Lori Cowles of HMFH Architects of Cambridge. Its report was presented in part in August and completed this month. Both are online.
The numbers and suggestions stem from Arlington's attractiveness as a town.
UPDATED, Sept. 22: State Attorney General Maura Healey will be the keynote speaker at "The Opioid Crisis: Identifying Community Solutions in Arlington," a forum to be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
The Arlington Youth Health & Safety Coalition -- which has representation from the Arlington Public Schools, School Committee, Selectmen, Police Department, Fire Department, clergy, LGBT community, parents and students -- is organizing the event.
The following panelists will present on the topic of identifying solutions to the opioid issues in Arlington:
• Moderator Frederick Ryan, Arlington Police Chief;
• Marian Ryan, Middlesex district attorney;
• Mike Duggan, founder of Wicked Sober;
• Rebecca Wolfe, Arlington Police Department clinical responder; and
• Dr. Alex Walley, Boston Public Health Commission's Opioid Treatment Program.
See who's joining the Cambridge party
The fifth annual Arlington International Film Festival opens with a live celebration of leading scientists and engineers as well as parts of Nova's Emmy-nominated "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" at the Kendall Square Cinemas at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.
Executive producer Joshua Seftel and producer Tom Miller will lead a "talk show"-style presentation featuring short films from "Secret Life" and live interviews with noted scientists profiled in the award-winning series. "The message of our Nova series is that scientists are an important part of the cultural dialogue,” Seftel said in a news release. "We want to shatter stereotypes, open people’s minds to what it means to be a scientist and show them that science is relevant to their lives."
Some of the innovators expected to be present include:
• Engineer and founder of the rock band Boston Tom Scholz;
• Biologist and Miss Massachusetts Pageant winner Erika Ebbel;
• Experimental psychologist/late-night TV guest Steven Pinker;
• Psycholinguist Jean Berko Gleason;
• Roboticist and sportsman Colin Angle;
Three forces are combining this fall to host a meeting series about co-working and collaborative employment in which experts will describe what co-working is and how shared work environments can benefit self-employed people, sole proprietors and small businesses.
This series will start with a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Lyons Hearing Room on the second floor of Town Hall.
Additional meetings will garner input about what types collaborative work space are desired in Arlington and what features are preferred by interested residents and business owners.
Margy Rydzynski, who founded in Arlington Entrepreneurs in 2008, wrote Friday, Oct. 2:
"This is a fantastic opportunity for home-based and other tiny businesses. Right now there's no place in Arlington for people who would otherwise be working from a coffee shop or their dining room table.
Through the summer and early fall, members of the Arlington Garden Club have contributed about 350 hours of community service at the Town Hall Gardens and the Whittemore-Robbins House flower beds.
Joining them are members of the newly formed Friends of Robbins Town Gardens and the Master Gardeners' volunteers.
A "window" has been opened through the foliage on the Mass. Ave. side between Town Hall and the library -- allowing walkers to look through the garden to the reflecting pool and up to Cyrus Dallin’s "Menotomy Hunter" sculpture.
The gardeners have cut back spring perennials to enhance the sedum at the reflecting pool, and invasives have been removed from the gardens.
Trees have been pruned, shrubs freed from binary weeds, and the garden is a beautiful site for all to behold, club members say.
As many as 400 people signed up for the sixth annual Running With Friends 5K Race to benefit programs for Arlington's senior citizens.
A total of 318 runners cross the finish line Sunday, Sept. 27.
The first-place winners were Patrick Dwyer of Arlington, with a winning time of 17:27, and Tracy Koch of Arlington, with a winning time of 20:31.
Find out full results for the USATF-certified, electronically timed race here >>
At right, runners on Mass. Ave. in 2014 race in photo by Noreen Murphy photo.
UPDATED, Oct. 1: Nearly a year after favoring a plan to make major changes to parking in the Center, selectmen voted Monday, Sept. 21, to support a proposal to put into effect the new approach, called "demand pricing."
Some change is already here, and some is not.
New multispace meters, all credit-card accessible, have replaced those "infernal machines" removed in June at Russell Common and Water Street lots. Once the new meters are activated -- perhaps by next week -- the fee will be 50 cents hour, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. As of now, spaces are free for three hours. [A check Sept. 30 at Russell Common showed the new meters still not activated.]
The board voted, 4-0 (Kevin Greeley was absent on business), to adopt the recommendations of the Parking Implementation/Governance Committee, chaired by Selectmen Steven M. Byrne. A Sept. 17 memo by Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine summarizes some of the operational decisions:
"• Pay and Display has been chosen, because it is the lowest cost solution. Pay by space requires poles installed to mark each space, or frequent painting of numbers on pavement for each space. This decision can be re-evaluated and changed to Pay by Space at any time.
"• IPS Group was chosen as vendor for single-space meters on street. Fee is $1/hour, 4-hour limit, 8 am to 8 pm, as recommended by Nelson/Nygaard. Procurement of poles and installation is underway. We hope to be able to install the single space meters before winter.
"• Permits will continue to be sold, but permit designated spaces will be eliminated to provide more flexibility between permit and metered spaces. Businesses and their employees will be encouraged to buy permits and park in the Russell Common Lot.
UPDATED, Sept. 29: A 35-year-old Winthrop woman was arraigned Monday, Sept. 28, on charges after allegedly fleeing following two separate car crashes in East Arlington that caused seriously bodily injuries to multiple people.
Lillian Claudio faces six charges, detailed below.
Judge Roanne Sragow set bail at $100,000 cash and ordered the defendant to be fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet and remain under house arrest, to submit to testing four times a day with an in-home Sobrietor, and to have no contact with any witnesses not known to the defendant. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Tuesday, Oct. 27.
"This was a demonstration by the defendant of a complete disregard for the safety of others, including the lives of young children. The defendant allegedly ignored car seat and seatbelt laws designed to protect and save lives," said District Attorney Marian Ryan in a news release. "The defendant was allegedly cognizant of the damage that she had caused, but still attempted to flee the scene of the accident without taking responsibility for her actions."