If you are an Arlington property owner, or are simply nosy, you can look up the preliminary assessed value of town properties for fiscal 2016.
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The state Department of Revenue, Bureau of Local Assessment, has completed its preliminary review of the Arlington assessors' revaluation program and the proposed assessments for all classes of property for fiscal 2016.
Public disclosure is part of the revaluation and recertification of values required by law every three years.
The public-disclosure period where the proposed values are available for review is brief. It began Nov. 16 and ends Friday, Nov. 20.
Working in 2015 can be lonely.
The employment game has been changing for decades: Many of you no longer toil 40 years for a corporation and retire with a company pension.
By at least 2005, if not since the late 1990s, the fragmentation of the workplace led to various forms of declarations of employment independence. One is called coworking, and it's coming to Arlington.
Coworking involves performing a job in a shared space. Those on the job usually do not have the same employer. On the social side, the arrangement can include people who still work independently but who connect through shared values.
When the approach succeeds, it can be "communal," those involved locally say.
Coworking targeting two spots
Does that mean some of the best aspects of the 1960s have come home to roost in the workplace? Will that be true in the Heights?
Town officials hope so. Selectmen could discuss at its Nov. 23 meeting making 1207 Mass. Ave., formerly the site of the Disabled American Veterans, a coworking option. Read some background here >>
Eighty-six-year-old George Jovellas is an East Arlington artist who has gained little notice over the years. You may have seen that converted garage with the old pay phone by the door but never thought to find what happens there. YourArlington freelancer Susie Goldman tells what she learned -- a tale of immigrant starts and stops, of World War II parachuting, of a defense-company draftsman finding himself, of Vietnam and Arlington.
Long before I met 40-year Arlington resident and artist George Jovellas, I was already fond of his decorated patch of front yard on my daily commute. The quirky bench with lime-green, black-and-white lettering greeting, "Welcome, Please Sit Down," and the painted lawn angel on a pedestal in his front yard brought comfort.
Approaching his studio, a converted garage, near his home, transported me to a flea market or antique warehouse. His collected treasures are everywhere. A rescued "vintage" pay phone hangs near the front door of his studio, an amusing relic.
Jovellas resembles the photos of the elder Pablo Picasso. He is on the short side, bald, with white beard and mustache, dressed in well-worn khakis and a Nordic sweater. He walks in shuffled steps without a cane for assistance. He asked me to sit in an office chair and sits on a high precarious stool. "I’m going to be 87," he said in an interview at his studio. "My birthday is on Dec. 16, the same date as the Boston Tea Party."
There is a lot to take in when entering his cramped studio. Built-in book shelves span one wall and are filled with oversized art books. A tall glass curio cabinet is packed with figurines and memorabilia. There is an ancient, sinister dentist’s chair next to a desk. Two manikins stand together, the male dressed in formal military garb and female in a kimono-style robe. Paintings and prints lean against all possible surfaces and are hung on every single bit of wall.
Coyote Impressions is returning for the holidays.
Owners Carol and Robin Pollack told YourArlington said they plan to reopen the 721 Mass. Ave store, across from Town Hall, from Sunday, Nov. 15. The shop will be open only until late December. The store, in business since 1994, had closed last June.
They said they had "so many people contacting us for merchandise" that with their new website is still under construction, they decided to pursue a "pop-up" seasonal store at our old location.
They plan to sell Arlington Spirit Wear, Arlington-themed gift items, Judaica, Dream Catchers, jewelry and many fun stocking stuffers.
Dog owners, bike riders and parents of young children offered suggestions about how to improve conditions at Menotomy Rocks Park during off-leash hours at a public hearing at Town Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
The park consists of more than 35 acres of woods, walking paths and fields and a three-acre pond, and is a popular place because of its size and natural beauty. It offers off-leash hours from 6 to 9 a.m., but some dog owners keep their dogs off-leash at other times, especially during after-work hours. Both sides offered impassioned arguments to allow the park to be used safely by everyone and to find ways to reduce conflicts between dog owners and others. The hearing was held by the Park and Recreation Commission.
Joseph Connelly, director of recreation, assured the crowd of nearly 100 people that the meeting was not to end off-leash hours but to find ways to make things better. “Off-leash hours are absolutely important for the quality of life,” he told the audience, but it is important that everyone can enjoy the park.
He said his office receives complaints about dog owners allowing dogs to run loose during times when they aren’t supposed to and that his own observations have shown the same thing.
UPDATED, Nov. 4: The Arlington High School girls' cross-country team won its last home meet, topping Melrose, 24-35, on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
The Spy Ponders finished the season 4-3 in the Middlesex League, ending with a winning record for the first time since 2012.
At the the league meet Monday, Nov. 2, at the Woburn Country Club, Ryan Oosting won his race, the Phil Riley Award and set a freshman record, tieing the all-time mark by finishing 6:39 on a 1.5-mile course.
On Oct. 27, many athletes achieved new personal records at this last meet. After passing one of Melrose’s top runners, senior Emma Maxtutis (19:48) came in second place. Not far behind were freshman Annie Cave (19:55) and sophomore Sarah Hyde (19:55), who tied for fourth place for the Spy Ponders.
Dear Scutra, thanks for the date. Once again, I had a lovely evening. Maybe we can do it again sometime soon. What with your parking, and refined-yet-relaxed furnishings, and your interesting but not intimidating menu, and your friendly waitstaff, your faux candlelight … oh, how I want to go steady with you.
But I think we’re just going to have to be friends. It’s not you. It’s me.
See, I want to be able to afford to eat there on a regular basis. You are, after all, practically next door. But your prices are just a smidgeon out of my range for a Thursday night.
So I thought it was a genius move to check your website for specials and, lo and behold, Thursdays is your, "Two-Course Special -- An appetizer and entrée for $24.99." Hot damn; that’s like getting an ap for free!
Except, our server informed us that the special applied only to a special menu (not the one online). And like a date with dreamy eyes and lousy shoes, all of the aps included in the special were cheesy. Literally. Goat cheese and salmon strudel, arancini (Italian rice balls stuffed with cheese), and one other delicious-sounding, cheesy jalapeno peppers with Boom Boom Sauce.
See? It’s not you and your dreamy cheese.
An Arlington man has been found not guilty of motor-vehicular homicide in the death of a 77-year-old North Cambridge woman hit while crossing Mass. Ave. in December 2013.
A jury returned the verdict in the case of Paul S. Giragosian, 68, following a two-day trial, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorneys Office said Oct. 20.
Last Dec. 19, Judge Roanne Sragow entered a not-guilty plea at Giragosian's arraignment in the death of Elba Ortiz-Delgado, known as "Lucy," one year to the day after the collision at Mass. Ave. and Orvis Road in East Arlington. About 10 p.m. Dec. 19, 2013, Ortiz-Delgado, was pushing a cart in a crosswalk near Sabatino's and was struck by a car driven by Giragosian. The victim was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she later died.
UPDATED, Nov. 5: Arlington had no election Tuesday, Nov. 3, but Medford and Cambridge did, and the results are worth noting.
In a close vote, Stephanie Muccini Burke will be the next mayor of Medford following the retirement of Michael McGlynn after twenty-eight years. She defeated City Councilor Robert Penta. See details at InsideMedford >>
In Cambridge, preliminary election results for City Council showed a nearly clean sweep in favor of incumbents, with only vice mayor Dennis Benzan missing for the next term, replaced by challenger Jan Devereux, co-founder and president of the Fresh Pond Residents Alliance.