In conjunction with the Arlington Police Department’s new addiction outreach, Arlington ACTS -- which stands for Addiction Community Training & Support -- was created and is geared toward getting the lifesaving, opioid-reversal drug Narcan in the hands of the loved ones of addicts and addicts themselves.
Join Arlington ACTS for its first meeting with guest speakers from the Cambridge Needle Exchange and Wicked Sober, set for from at 731 Mass. Ave., the building next to HighRock Church (enter through back door).
Expected to be present is Erin Cheek from the needle exchange to train and pass out free doses of Narcan to attendees.
UPDATED, July 27: Arlington Children’s Theatre is performing two shows in August at the Regent Theatre about growing up in America that come very different perspectives.
"Fame Jr.” and “Green Day’s American Idiot” do not fit the Broadway musical tradition of happy, storybook romances and chorus lines. Instead, they use song and dance to tell the inspiring -- and sometimes gritty -- stories of real people. As Michael Mayer, co-writer of the book American Idiot, says, “It’s not Norman Rockwell. This is a portrait of America today."
"Fame Jr." plays Thursday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
"Green Day’s American Idiot" plays Friday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15. Buy them at regenttheatre.com/tickets_events or at the Regent box office.
"Fame Jr." features a talented cast of young performers ages 7 to 13 in a version of the musical suitable for audiences of all ages. Based upon the 1980s movie "Fame" and the hit Broadway musical it inspired, “Fame Jr.” is the story of ambitious teenagers who know EXACTLY what they want: to attend the High School of Performing Arts in New York City and succeed as professional singers, dancers or musicians.
UPDATED, July 27: The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum Summer Soiree Fund-raiser is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Whittemore-Robbins House.
At this festive summer evening, Dr. Daniel J. Fairbanks will unveil the newly restored Cyrus Dallin sculpture, "On the Warpath."
The evening includes Dr. Donna Fairbanks playing violin, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, and a Dallin-themed silent auction.
The soiree aims to raise crucial funds to address high-priority goals in the Dallin Museum’s new strategic plan, such as expanding education programs for the Arlington public schools.
Proceeds will also provide much-needed support for collections care, staffing and operations.
Tickets to the event are available at a cost of $40 per person.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.dallin.org or call 781-641-0747.
UPDATED, July 16: The selectmen had set July 22 for a hearing to discuss the next step in an application to develop the Mugar site, but representatives of the builder could not attend night, so the board weighed its rescheduling options Monday, July 13.
In a process that made difficult because of summer vacations, town officials were aiming to hold the hearing at Town Hall auditorium on Wednesday, Aug. 5, or Aug. 12.
Selectmen preferred the 12th -- and that's what the date will be. That is two days after a deadline set for the town by MassHousing, which must decide on a 196-page application for eligibility for the 40B project on 17 acres along Route 2 submitted by Oaktree Development of Cambridge.
But Town Counsel Doug Heim confirmed Wednesday, July 15, that the hearing will be Aug. 12, and the selectmen have until Aug. 18 to respond to the eligibility application.
UPDATED, July 28: Sidewalk work proceeds, as the walks on the left side facing Cambridge have been complete.
The official word about the progress of the Mass. Ave. project in East Arlington in June was that work "remains generally on time," even with late design changes, including alterations to planters.
Project liaison Nathaniel Cabral-Curtis made the assessment, as reported by Auster's blog.
Supported by the Town of Arlington, the key changes involve the design of the Varnum Street crosswalk and the planters in the business district. The town asked for modifications in response to requests from the community. Read all of Auster's report here >>
As the second season of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. Corridor project is underway, a meeting to update the public about the East Arlington job was held Thursday, May 14, attended by about 35 residents at the Thompson Elementary School, 187 Everett St.
Upper Mystic Lake rates A+; Alewife a D-
The Upper Mystic Lake rates an A-plus and the saltwater part of the Mystic River an A, but, unsurprising to East Arlington residents, the grade for the Alewife Brook is a D and the Mill Brook winds through town with water rated D-minus.
These grades are samples of a new rating system for the Mystic River watershed. The grades are based on bacterial contamination found in analyzed samples collected by volunteers over the past year at 15 monitoring sites throughout the watershed and at numerous locations by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
Working with the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is using a more locally-specific analysis of water quality in the watershed to bring to light an improved view of what environmental conditions are. Instead of one grade for the entire watershed, the federal agency and the local group are issuing grades for each segment of the watershed, totaling 14 separate stretches of the river and its tributaries.
While an overall grade was created in 2006 to track water quality progress in the watershed, the EPA said in a news release, the amount of data now collected each year supports a system where a grade can be assigned, using similar criteria as in the past, to each major segment or tributary in the Mystic River watershed.
The Board of Selectmen has approved the sixth annual Running with Friends 5K charity race, held by the Friends of the Arlington Council on Aging, seeks volunteers. To help, email volunteer[at]friendsarlingtoncoa.org
The race is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 27, with a 10 a.m. start at Town Hall.
The fifth annual race, last September, drew 306 participants. See results and photos here >>
36 of 76 chairs sold | See shots of 15 seats, 1 desk
UPDATED, July 24: Chairful Where You Sit, a temporary art installation and fund-raiser, in its fourth year for Arlington Public Art, had its opening reception Friday, July 10, and 36 of 76 chairs were sold.
Chairs fashioned by Amy Hoff, Amy Goldstein and Dave Ardito, at left, respectively, were declared winners. As of July 24, the effort had raised about $4,000.
Organizers had hoped to sell the rest before a closing reception and Peoples' Choice awards on Sunday, July 12, at Whittemore Park, in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum in Arlington Center.
Buying a chair for $100 during the exhibit supported Arlington Public Art's projects, such as painting the transformer box murals.
After tickets went on sale in June for the Cary Hall 2015-16 season series, Spectacle Management announced that presale of tickets for Robert Cray got underway at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 22. For more, see below.
The Lexington venue, undergoing renovations, is expected to reopen Oct. 16 with a concert by singer-songwriter and Boston native Livingston Taylor.