As Town Meeting is set to begin April 28, a number of efforts are underway to inform members and the public about issues the meeting will face.
Precinct 18 will be holding its pre-Town Meeting precinctmeeting, set for the Senior Center, 27 Maple St., on Tuesday, April 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. Poet's Corner residents, Arlmont residents and anyone else interested in reviewing the upcoming warrant are welcome to attend.
Police tracing drops of blood to a bandaged finger have arrested a teenage student at Arlington High School following a break-in at the Gulf Station on River Street early Monday, April 14.
A report by Officer Greg Foley describes how police found the suspect, who is not named because of his age. The station, near the Mystic River, has had nine previous breaking-and-entering reports since 2002, police said.
Stories seen as frightening to some kindergartners will not curtail Tools of the Mind, a program the superintendent called "premiere" and "a major paradigm shift."
Parents Katy Coughlin and Michael Vartabedian had filed a complaint last fall about the Magic Tree House book series, which they said included scenes inappropriate for 5-year-olds. The books are among a number that Tools of the Mind uses.
After a committee studied the issue, Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said Thursday, April 10, she concurred with its recommendations, and the School Committee supported her, 7-0.
"This is the result we expected, unfortunately," Coughlin wrote April 12. The couples' viewpoint about Magic Tree House is expressed in this opinion piece.
Is Arlington ready for what a consultant calls "customer-friendly parking" in the Center, which they see as "broken"?
Clues to answering that came Monday, April 7, as representatives of Nelson Nygaard offered draft recommendations about Arlington Center parking to selectmen.
Here's what may be coming when a final recomendations arrive in about a month:
-- New meters for the Water Street and Russell Common lots;
-- Meters added along Mass. Ave. at locations in and near the Center;
-- Loosened restrictions on parking, including free parking, on streets neighboring Mass. Ave.; and
-- Improved signs and lighting.
Nonprofit organization iCan Shine, which teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle through its iCanBike camp during April vacation, could use your donations.
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A leader in Arlington child care goes back to the beginning
Gwenyth Hooper was the director of the Arlington Children’s Center (ACC) for 31 years. Having helped raise thousands of children, Hooper is one of the best-known people in Arlington. Yet few really know her.
She is not just an engaging, insightful and loving person. She is also gutsy, headstrong and highly principled, as revealed in a wide-ranging interview.
Hooper was born before her time -- literally -- in the elevator between the sixth and seventh floors of Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Hospital. This entry into the world foreshadowed a lifetime of determining her agenda and challenging the way others think things are supposed to be.
Hooper, the second of two daughters, was born in 1940 to Margaret and Dr. Stanton Myers, a dentist. They named her Roselea. When she was 4 years old her parents divorced. Her mother, a nurse, worked part time at night to support the family.
The Master Plan Advisory Committee has announced that upcoming working-paper presentations include:
Historic and Cultural Resource Areas: 7 p.m. Thursday,
Senior Center main room; and
Natural Resources and Open Space: 7 p.m. Thursday, Senior Center main room.
In both cases, the working paper on each topic should be available online the day before the presentation, with the online survey posted a day after the presentation.
Improved sidewalks and parking on residential streets were dominant themes from public input at the transportation discussion. Design guidelines for new development, parking and mixed-use design were discussed at the economic-development presentation.
The working papers for economic development and transportation are online and the deadline to provide feedback is arlingtonma.gov/planning.. Review the papers and submit comments at
To view additional information this working paper as well as others and provide feedback, click here.
The committee thanks all who have attended workshops and discussions and provided input and answered surveys about the master-plan working papers. Five presentations have been given to date.
This story was published Jan. 10, 2014, and updated April 16.
A neglected lot beside the Medford Senior Center on Riverside Avenue will be transformed into a garden with fountains in memory of Krystle Campbell, the Arlington resident and Medford native killed by a bomb at last year's Boston Marathon.
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Mayor Michael J. McGlynn of Medford and his team had thought they would honor Campbell with a few park benches and a plaque bearing her name. But on Friday, April 11, McGlynn stood with Campbell’s father, Bill, and announced a $1 million plan, kept secret for nearly a year, to build a peace garden honoring the four people killed in the bombings and their aftermath, the injured, and the race itself.
More than a year after Panera closed its Heights location, Bagelville opened at the site at 6 a.m. Friday, April 4.
Owner Sergio Goncalves, a Brazilian who built the Boston-based business, was behind the counter as customers received free coffee.
"I hope to serve the Arlington community well," Goncalves said in a statement Wednesday, April 2, "with great service, good quality fresh-baked bagels, and little taste of Boston's Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall favorites such as: the great tasting smoothies, clam chowder, lobster roll and fresh-baked bagels."
Arlington is the second Bagelville to open, spokeswoman Gracie dos Santos said. A third Bagelville plans to open in West Roxbury at the end of April. The first store is at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Those who recall the hangout quality of Panera before the spot closed in late March 2013 will be happy to know that Bagelville hopes to keep that tradition.
"Yes, Bagelville is definitely a great hangout place," dos Santos said. "We are expecting lots of folks here in Arlington to hang out with us."
Steven Byrne, named chairman of the Arlington Board of Selectmen on Monday, April 7, for the next year, is the youngest to lead that body.
At 26, he has been on the board for two years, as has Joseph Curro Jr., who was named vice chairman. In both cases, the vote was unanimous.
Nominating Byrne was Selectman Kevin Greeley. Before there was second on the motion, Diane Mahon moved to close nominations.
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