UPDATED, March 1: For Black History Month, the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) and the Regent Theatre commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King with the screening of "King: A Filmed Record ... from Montgomery to Memphis," directed by Sidney Lumet, and shown on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the Regent, an event posted Feb. 10 because of the weather. Admission is $10.
Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature in 1970 and recognized by the U.S. Library of Congress as culturally and historically significant, this landmark documentary film biography chronicles Dr. King’s nonviolent campaign for civil rights and social justice from the movement in Montgomery, Ala., culminating in his assassination in Memphis in 1968.
UPDATED, Feb. 28: Recently listed as one of the 12 great children's theaters across America by Backstage magazine, Arlington Children’s Theatre is proud to present "Hairspray, The Broadway Musical" from March 12 through 15 at the Regent Theatre.
See "Hairspray" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, and at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.
Based upon the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, "Hairspray" is a fun musical production that is suitable for children of all ages.
The warrant for the 2015 annual Town Meeting is online here >>
The warrant lists the articles for the meeting, or the agenda of items on which members expect to vote. Note that Feb. 27 is relatively early for the full warrant to be available.
Feb. 4, 2015: Citizen articles
Hey, teen video talents -- are ready to roll again?
The second annual ATown Teen Video contest has received the support of a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, and organizers are looking for your creativity.
Deadline for submissions was 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23.
The screening is set for Friday, March 6, on the big screen at the Regent Theatre.
2nd fund-raiser for town native Saturday
UPDATED, Feb. 11: An Arlington woman who as a young girl sang the National Anthem at a cancer fund-raiser for her cheerleading coach now has others singing for her.
Courtney Jones, undergoing treatment for a rare liver cancer, has many pulling for her.
They include Carla Dorato, owner of the Artful Heart Gallery, at 311 Broadway, the host for a special evening on Thursday, Feb. 12, Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m. The shop will donate 20 percent of all sales to Jones.
A second fund-raiser is set for the American Legion in Woburn from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 7.
"She is very lucky to have so many supporting her," her mother, Robin Jones, said in an interview Sunday, Feb. 8.
She reflects her positive spirit from her bed at Beth Israel in the photo at left.
The 23-year-old town native has been active in the Arlington Children's Theater since age 7 and with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life here for 14 years, since age 9.
After singing the National Anthem at the latter event, an annual, nightlong march around Peirce Field, she rose to chair the event.
Town snow-removal expenses
pile up to more than $1.7 million
UPDATED, Feb. 25: Record snowfalls this winter are pushing municipal budgets beyond their limits, and that includes Arlington.
The fiscal 2015 snow-and-ice budget is $771,000. Before the season's second blizzard, which hit last weekend, the town had spent a total of about $1.3 million, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine wrote in an email Feb. 18.
Now the total is more than $1.7 million.
A Feb. 23 memo from Mike Rademacher, public works director, says Arlington has faced 25 snow/ice events involving DPW response. Eight of them required contractor assistance. The 25 comprise 15 snow and 10 ice events.
The memo estimates Arlington snowfall this winter at about 95 inches.
Of the $771,000 town appropriation for snow and ice, the amount spent to date is $1,447,000. That breaks down this way:
Juveniles were charged last weekend in separate cases. In the one at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, on Mystic Street, a teen was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and breaking-and-entering at night, a felony.
A 16-year-old from Billerica was charged Sunday, Feb. 22, after police responded to a complaint of breaking into vehicles not far from Ottoson.
In the Feb. 21 case, the youth is accused of pulling a silver folding knife with a brown handle at a party to which he was not invited. The teen told police he was jumped and beaten.
Before hearing the youth's story, an officer, fearing the suspect had a knife, pointed a gun at him.
Police responded to a complaint about a loud house party. At the front door, a man told police that "someone who wasn't invited showed up and pulled a knife on us." That person, police were told, had just left, was walking south and was wearing a dark jacket.
Two houses south, an officer saw a youth in a dark jacket walking in the northbound lane of Mystic Street, a large amount of blood on his face and clothing, directly at the cruiser.
UPDATED, Feb. 23: As snow piles up on Arlington residents and businesses, so do citations.
Between Jan. 25 and Feb. 17, Arlington police officers issued 193 snow-related citations. That's an average of eight daily over the 24 days, many of them snowy.
The number of complaints logged during that more than three-week period, which has had four snowstorms, is harder to determine, for a number of reasons.
Responding to questions from YourArlington, Capt. Richard Flynn of Arlington police provided the number of citations issued in that period in town and explained why tracking down the total number of complaints is more difficult to pinpoint.
The number of citations is made up of parked motor vehicles interfering with plowing or removal of snow and/or ice, as well as failure to remove snow from a sidewalk.
Parked vehicles interfering with plowing or removal of snow and/or ice cost $25 apiece. Failure to clear sidewalk snow at a business costs $50 per infraction. Failure to remove snow from a residential sidewalk costs $25 for each.
The amounts of these fines are listed here >>
Thinking of ignoring a citation? Fines are required to be paid within 21 days, or additional fees will accrue.
Ex-Town Meeting veteran eyes housing board
UPDATED, Feb. 23: Late in the game, Arlington finally has two contests for the March town election: Alexis G. Moisand, a 20-year-old Lesley University student, is challenging two veteran incumbents for School Committee to provide a younger voice, and Precinct 13 Town Meeting member Stephen T. Harrington will run fpor the the three-year term for Board Assessors. He is withdrawing from the one-year spot for assessor, Town Clerk Stephanie Lucarelli said Monday, Feb. 23, pone day before deadline to decide.
With the signatures on his nomination papers certified, the Arlington High grad is expected to face Jeff Thielman and Cindy Starks. The former has been on the committee since 2003; the latter since 2009.
Harrington took out papers for two seats, and they were certified, but he could not run for both.
Kickstarter campaign through March 25
After five years of research and editing, Rick Schober, publisher of Arlington-based Tough Poets Press, has announced the completion of The Whole Shot: Collected Interviews with Gregory Corso.
The 202-page book is a collection of 13 rare and out-of-print interviews with the Beat poet, who lived from 1930 to 2001, that span the most productive years of his career -- from 1955, when his first collection of poems was published, to 1982, the year following the publication of his last book of all new poetry.
The foreword was written by Dick Brukenfeld, publisher of Corso's The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems (1955), and recounts the poet's early days in Cambridge and as a "stowaway" on the Harvard University campus.
Corso was the youngest of the inner circle of writers -- with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs -- who were responsible for launching and popularizing the Beat movement in American literature.