Arlington didn’t quite come out on top in its February library-card sign-up challenge with Belmont, Lexington and Somerville. As a result, Ryan Livergood, Arlington’s director of libraries, and Selectmen Joseph Curro plan on staying true to their promises of appearing dressed as Clifford the Big Red Dog.
The winner of the challenge was Somerville, and Livergood was to appear at the Somerville Public Library dressed as Clifford on March 22, at 10:30 a.m, during that library’s toddler story time, but his appearance was postponed.
At 10 a.m. Monday, May 20, storytime at Robbins Library, Curro will show up in Clifford attire.
Livergood will do his best Clifford at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21, at the Somerville Public Library.
From the moment training wheels are cast aside, riding a bicycle is a universal symbol of free-spirited adventure. On Monday, May 20, at the Regent Theatre, the fourth annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival will celebrate adventure in all its forms.
The festival, a benefit for Massbike, presents 12 short films that explore countries across the globe -- or the wilds of the North Shore. One film, "The Cycle Bug," was submitted to the festival by a wandering cyclist still exploring India.
What is an art installation that people may sit on and raise money?
You saw it last summer, and it's coming back: In its second year, Chairful Where You Sit is a temporary outdoor art installation on the Minuteman Bike Path and in front of the Jefferson Cutter House, featuring reimagined chairs created by local artists and community members.
You have three opportunities to voice your opinion about Arlington’s strengths and weaknesses, and to map places of promise and places of concern for the future. They are:
The School Committee voted, 6-0-1, on Thursday, May 9, to support a one-year trial permitting the children of Arlington public-school teachers who do not live in town to attend school here.
Discussion showed some members changed their minds about the issue and were swayed by the incentive the move represents to retain teachers in Arlington.
Asked about the expected number of teachers with children who do not live in town, Robert Spiegel, head of human resources for the public school, wrote Friday, May 10: "At this point, we know of nine teachers who have expressed interest in sending their children to school in Arlington under this trial plan."
Robbins Library took away three honors as the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) presented the 21th biennial public-relations awards.
The library received a first in the bookmarks category for the foreign-language film bookmarks created by Vicky Slavin, a second in the logo category for the “We Want You to Sign Up for a Library Card” logo designed by Neva Corbo-Hudak and a third in the news coverage category for the Open Book column that appears in The Arlington Advocate, started by Ryan Livergood and Rebecca Meehan.
Livergood, the town's director of libraries, was presented with three award certificates by MLA Public Relations Committee at the PR awards ceremony at the MLA's annual conference at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge.
In a separate event, Barbara Fulchino, head of circulation at the Robbins Library, was honored as the outstanding paralibrarian for 2013.
In the shortest meeting in years in terms of the number of sessions, the 2013 edition concluded its business Wednesday, May 8, as it debated a $20,000 appropriation for historic signs for 20 minutes before approving it.
Kristin DeFrancisco, a fifth-grade teacher at Hardy, has accepted the position of principal of that school, the Arlington public schools' administration said Tuesday, May 7. She will officially assume her responsibilities July 1.
DeFrancisco has worked in the town's public schools since 1997, where she first taught grade six at the Dallin Elementary and Ottoson Middle schools.
From 2008 to 2012, she was a third grade teacher at Hardy.