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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;
The ninth-ranked Spy Ponders (5-2-1) controlled the pace of girls' soccer play early against the No. 3 Wildcats (10-0), but a goal by senior Jordyn Granara helped Wilmington take control Monday, Oct. 5, in Arlington. Read more below.
In boys’ soccer, AHS led early, but settled for 1-1 tie against Wilmington, as junior Nick Haddad scored in the 73d minute for the Wildcats.
Archbishop Williams took both soccer matches against Arlington Catholic. The girls lost, 4-0, as sophomore Chigozie Sumani scored two goals for the Bishops (7-1). Five different boys scored for the Bishops (7-2), 5-1.
In girls’ volleyball, Arlington Catholic beat Lynnfield, 3-0, as senior Demi Fogarty (23 kills), junior Monica Royo (11 kills, 12 digs) and senior Juliana Dolan (38 assists) led the No. 16 Cougars (10-0).
Arlington man charged as $778 owed
This is the story of a trusting cabbie and the man he trusted.
The cab driver's name remains in the Arlington police report, undisclosed here, because he is a victim. The man is Trevor Atkinson, 40, of Arlington, who asked the cabbie to drive him around for 17 hours with ongoing promises of payment of a fare that turned out to be $778.
When a payment transaction did not take place, the cabbie called the cops, and Atkinson was not happy when they showed up at Homewood Suites, where Atkinson claimed he was a guest. The resulting events led to further charges.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, Atkinson was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, criminal harassment and larceny of more than $250 by false pretense. He may have been involved in an earlier fare evasion.
True Story Theater, a nonprofit in East Arlington awarded a $25,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts, has a busy schedule ahead as it creates an "Arlington's Living Brochure."
The funds are helping to support creation of a project aimed at giving further voice to six committees in Arlington: Vision 2020, the primary partner; the Human Rights Commission, the Diversity Task Group, the Disability Commission, Sustainable Arlington and, most recently, Arlington Public Art.
Group founder Christopher Ellinger wrote Thursday, Oct. 1, that the project's "purpose is supporting the volunteers -- in a town where an amazing amount of work is done by people who generously give their time and skills."
UPDATED, Oct. 4: The Arlington High School girls’ cross-country team earned a decisive victory, 23-32, at Reading on Tuesday, Sept. 29m and improved to 2-1.
This is the first time in more than two years that the team has won more than one meet.
Leading the Ponders was freshman standout Annie Cave. After trailing Arlington senior Emma Maxtutis and Reading junior Jacqueline Iannuzzo for the first two miles, Cave used her finishing skills to win the 2.9-mile race in 19:33. Maxtutis took second, in 19:40, beating Reading’s Iannuzzo.
UPDATED, Oct. 7: 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.