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A talk titled "The Mystic River and its Tributaries including Arlington’s Mill Brook: History, Current Status & Future Prospects" is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Old Schwamb Mill.
The speaker is professor Richard Beinecke of Suffolk University. A book signing will follow.
Beinecke’s lecture kicks off a six-part series celebrating the Old Schwamb Mill’s 150th anniversary, 1864 to 2014.
A new church coffeehouse in Jamaica Plain is offering concerts with two Arlington residents involved.
The Eliot Street Coffeehouse at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian-Univeralist, at 6 Eliot St., is the result of a merger of First Church's "Eliot Street Soirée" series and Jeff Boudreau’s not-for-profit notloB Parlour Concerts, presented since 2006 at the Loring-Greenough House. Boudreau lives in Arlington.
So does Darol Anger, a Berklee College of music professor and well-known fiddler, who is orchestrating the third presentation this fall. The next concert is set for Saturday, Dec. 7: Berklee College of Music string quartets.
The 23rd annual Christmas Concert at the Park Avenue Congregational Church will transport you to the rich musical tradition of England with a reception and goodies to follow. Performing will be the church's Festival and Youth Choirs as well as artists in residence, Vox Lucens (which means "a shining voice"), which renders Renaissance music.
The concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in the sanctuary of the church at 50 Paul Revere Road, in Arlington Heights.
The school administration seeks volunteers to serve on the Stratton building committee.
Superintendent Kathleen Bodie says three parents or guardians who are willing to commit to serving on the committee for possibly several years. The members of the Thompson School Building Committee served for more than four years.
The federal trial in which a fired Ottoson principal and teacher seek $7 million began in U.S. District Court in Boston on Monday, Dec. 2, after a number of delays in a case that dates to 2007.
One impetus for the lawsuit dates to July of that year, when YourArlington published a report that then-Principal Stavroula Bouris and Charles E. Coughlin Jr. were under investigation for "potential inappropriate conduct" involving a series of emails written on the schools' computer system. Bouris and Coughlin were fired the next month, and a systems technician was cleared. The suit was filed Feb. 8, 2010.
An estimated 150 people, many holding candles, tried to bring a flicker of meaning to a dark, chill, wet playground at Peirce School on Tuesday, Nov. 26, for three lives gone too soon.
Family and friends spoke.
A guitarist played.
An appeal to better understand domestic violence rang out.
And prayers were offered. All were for Mei Jones, 43, and her twin sons Colt and Cameron, who would have turned 1 that day.
The warrant for the annual Town Meeting for 2014 opened Tuesday, and closes .
During this period, warrant articles can be submitted to the Board of Selectmen's Office.
With the help of dozens of volunteers, hundreds of donors including schools, churches and businesses, more than 100 Arlington families representing over 400 residents in need will be fed this Thanksgiving.
Last weekend a small apartment in the Arlington Housing Authority Menotomy Manor was converted into an assembly line for packaging food for Arlington families in need.
The food was collected throughout the month of November and was delivered to the apartment on Friday, Nov. 22, by volunteers from the Arlington Boys & Girls Club.
Douglas W. Heim, assistant corporation counsel for the City of Boston, representing the public schools, was named town counsel for the Town of Arlington. He is to begin the position, which pays $108,398 annually, on Dec. 16.
He calls the opportunity "exciting."
He was introduced at the Nov. 18 Board of Selectmen's meeting.
Heim, working for Boston since March 2011, was the unanimous selection among 42 applicants, a town news release said Tuesday, Nov. 5.