UPDATED, July 22: Work has begun in earnest on the first phase of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. project, starting at Pond Lane and heading toward Cambridge.
Gregory Oswitt, project manager for J.H. Lynch & Sons Inc., based in R.I. with one office in Millbury, explained the expected time frame of construction.
June 27: Word on the Street looks at Allen Street | July 2: Wyman Street bump-outs | July 7: Clues on Grafton Street | July 16: Survey crews east of Capitol Square | July 18: Grafton St. staging | July 20: Trees wrapped
As of the week of July 14, work associated with the reconstruction of Mass. Ave. in East Arlington is ongoing. During this week, continued installation of tree protection is taking place along with the cleaning of storm drain catch basins in the project area.
During the week of July 21, tree and drain inlet protection will continue and drainage work will begin midweek. Removal of trees in the way of project improvements may begin during this week.
During the final week of July, drainage work will continue. Tree removal and test borings for new traffic signals may be conducted during this week as well.
UPDATED, July 17: An estimated 1,200 people turned out for the second annual Arlington Alive block party and Regent Theatre events on Saturday, July 12.
You know an event is maturing when a politician shows up, and Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat who is running for governor, spoke on the outskirts of the gathering.
"It went pretty well given that a lot of folks are away this time of year," said Roly Chaput, who staffed ATED's booth.
An afternoon's bright sun drove many in search of shade, and they found it among the monuments next to an under-construction Central Firehouse.
By 1:30 p.m., the Band That Time Forgot turned back the clock 44 or more years with a pulsing "Woodstock" (CSN&Y), "Purple Haze" (Jimi Hendrix) and "Spirit in the Sky" (Norman Greenbaum). They played where cars usually fight for spaces in Broadway Plaza.
You could get a bite to eat -- Argentine cuisine from Tango, Indian from Punjab and downright American from Menotomy Grill.
Or visit a variety of booths, a kind or preview of Town Day two months early. Represented were the Regent Theatre; ACMi, the cable-TV studio; the Arlington Center for the Arts and the Book Rack.
Winchester brothers have been charged after a lengthy investigation that started in February with the overdose death of a Quincy man.
Winchester Chief Kenneth C. Albertelli announced the charges against Timothy S. Sabbag, 24, and Nicholas R. Sabbag, 18, both of James Street. Police may also seek additional charges in connection with the heroin-overdose death of a 25-year-old Quincy man while in his motor vehicle in Winchester.
Police said they reviewed the victim's phone records and text messages and determined he had allegedly communicated with Timothy Sabbag via text message less than an hour before he died. Text message records showed that the victim allegedly met with Timothy Sabbag 12 minutes before the victim called 911 and was found, unresponsive, minutes later.
UPDATED, July 11: A 68-year-old Arlington man pleaded no contest on Wednesday, July 9, to a charge he was driving with an expired license last December when his car struck a woman in a Mass. Ave. crosswalk.
Paul F. Giragosian still could face a more serious charge in the death of Elba "Lucy" Ortiz-Delgado, 77, of North Cambridge, once a lengthy police investigation has been completed.
At Cambridge District Court in Medford was Juliet Blackett, a neighbor of Ortiz-Delgado who secured the woman's remains last winter after no next of kin was found.
Giragosian, of 68 Lake St., entered a plea waiving a jury trial before Judge Michele Hogan.
A charge of failure to stop for a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk was dismissed. A responding police officer did not see the accident. Mrs. Giragosian testified she was a passenger in the car Dec. 19 and heard the car hit "something metal."
Arlington reponds as Nagaokakyo mayor suspends exchange program
In April, during a warm celebration of a three-decade sister-city relationship, Arlington and a city in Japan seemed so close that their names were joined: The program for a Town Hall dinner billed the two as ArlingtoNagaokakyo.
But behind the scenes, a yet-to-be clearly described dissatisfaction was bubbling among some members of the Japanese delegation.
Foiur days after returning from Arlington, in May, the mayor of Nagaokakyo, Japan, announced a suspension of the student-exchange program for middle-school students next year.
Robert Greeley, the longtime former assessments director for the town, was unanimously voted on Tuesday, July 1, to a seat on the Board of Assessors. Serving until the next town election, he is filling the unexpired term of Jim Doherty, who resigned in May.
The candidates for the seat who appeared at Town Hall for the vote were:
-- Robert Greeley, brother of Selectman Kevin Greeley and director of assessments for the town for 24 years until he retired in April 2011:
-- Patrick J. Quinn, who owns the Quinn Group Insurance Agency;
-- Joseph Bastardi, who said he was a former Town Meeting member; and
-- Michael Stern, publisher of information about venture capital and the private-equity industry.
A fifth candidate, Stephen P. Reynolds, an attorney who works as a real-estate appraiser, was not present.
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You can rent a canoe or kayak at Spy Pond weekends beginning Saturday, June 14, and continuing through mid-August. The first rental goes out at 10 a.m. and last at 5 p.m.
Go to the Spy Pond public boat ramp at Spy Pond Park, Pond Lane.