Legendary Arlington High School science teacher Don Bockler is gone but hardly forgotten. His name lives on through the persistent work of former students -- and through the name of a wasp.
A new species has the recently approved scientific name Lanthanomyia bockleri. You can call it the "Bockler Wasp."
The award-winning teacher who died in 2008 at 65 lives on with a lot of help from AHS graduates Margaret Dredge Moore of Arlington and Tabatha Bruce Yang of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, at the University of California, Davis, and its nonprofit BioLegacy Program.
In 2012, Moore and Yang led an effort locally to have a new species of insect named in Bockler's honor. It raised more than $2,000 from 95 donors for the endowment of the Bohart Museum, after senior scientist Steve Heydon had discovered the tiny wasp in Chile.
AHS 1993 graduates Yang and Moore, who have known each other since first grade and were lab partners in Bockler's AP biology class, saw it as a wonderful tribute to "Doc Boc," the teacher's nickname.
In an email July 25, Moore wrote that Bockler was "incredibly passionate about science education, so we were thrilled to have this opportunity create a memorial for him in science history. The success of the project is a tribute to the lasting impact he had on hundreds of students.
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) film series presents "Your Day is My Night" on Thursday, July 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Robbins Library Community Room.
While living in a "shift-bed" apartment in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown, a household of immigrants share their stories of personal and political upheaval.
Shot in the kitchens, bedrooms, wedding halls, cafés and mahjong parlors of Chinatown, this provocative, hybrid documentary addresses issues of privacy, intimacy and urban life.
For the first time, members of the Arlington Philharmonic will present a classical concert at Robbins Farm. It is set for Saturday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m.
The performance is sponsored by the Friends of Robbins Farm.
The program will include music by Richard Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi, Scott Joplin and George Gershwin.
"We will use the natural slope of the hill for the audience, and the 6 p.m. start time will assure everyone can see the musicians before darkness falls," wrote Roly Chaput of the Friends.
After the Town of Belmont announced Thursday, July 24, that a mosquito tested positive for West Nile Virus, the Arlington Health Department urged residents to take action to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes and to avoid mosquito bites by wearing repellent. The department suggested that residents:
• Drain standing water: Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
Customer found unresponsive later dies
A recently completed a round of townwide compliance checks in collaboration with the state at Arlington massage and bodywork establishments found several violations, police and health officials announced Tuesday, July 22.
Police Chief Frederick Ryan and Director of Health and Human Services Christine Bongiorno said in a news release that the Division of Professional Licensure issued $2,200 in fines. In addition, multiple false and/or improper advertisements were ordered removed, code violations were ordered to be corrected and a possible illegal living situation was identified.
In one case, a customer found unresponsive in a massage room was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
In the end, the Board of Assessors chose the man they know for the full-time position of head of assessments.
James F. Doherty, who resigned from the Board of Assessors in May without explanation, was voted on Monday, July 21, to be the next full-time director of assessments. The advertised annual salary range for the position, as of July 1, was $78,870 to $113,972.
Kevin Feeley and Robert Greeley voted in favor of Doherty. Mary Winstanley O'Connor, an attorney, abstained from the vote because Doherty is one of her clients. She declined to join the discussion before the vote but asked questions during the interviews.
Greeley, who been the town's assessments director for 24 years before retiring in 2011, called Doherty "the most qualified ... head and shoulders." Feeley, the board chair, agreed. Doherty will be leaving the job of appraiser/assistant assessor in Burlington, where he has been since 2010.
The board allotted 30 minutes voted to interview each of the finalists, including Jean-Paul Plouffe, principal assessor for the Town of Westford, and Thaddeus "Tad" J. Jankowski, who has held positions in Natick, Alexandria, Va., and Worcester.
Doherty will be taking the position that became vacant in April, when John B. Speidel resigned for reasons that have not been disclosed. Job details for Doherty are expected to be worked out next week. The annual salary in the last year Speidel worked here was $92,275.