New technology, demand pricing, Mass. Ave. meters to change landscape
Out with the "infernal machines" and in with a fresh tech approach to parking, at least in Arlington.
That was the main message as selectmen voted, 4-0, Monday, Oct. 6, to support the town manager's recommendations for in and near Arlington Center. In brief, the town plans to:
* Install meters in 450 new places, and remove them from many current spots;
* Introduce demand pricing; that is, it will cost you more for high-demand spots and less for others with lower demand; and
* Establish a parking-benefit district.
Selectmen Joe Curro and Dan Dunn were nearly joyous in anticipation that the long-criticized meters in the Water Street and Russell Common lot would be junked. Dunn called the prone-to-break meters "infernal machines" and reminded the audience he had run in 2011 on vow to replace them.
Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine said requests for proposals for new meters would be issued in a few weeks.
UPDATED, Oct. 13: Work continues after beginning in July on the first phase of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. project, starting at Pond Lane and heading toward Cambridge. Ground was broken July 29, as shown in photo-animation at left by Adam Auster. Worked reached Capitol Square a month later.
A description of what residents and business can expect was presented, followed by comments from 27 residents at the project kickoff at the Thompson School on Monday, June 16.
Town update Oct. 6 (the latest):
Sidewalk, drainage work continuing
From Oct. 20 to 24, operations will continue to address the graveling, fine grading, forming and pouring of the new sidewalks. The utility crew will transition from traffic signal conduit installation to water line work including the relocation of hydrants.
If your home or business is in a location where sidewalk work will be taking place within the upcoming three-week window, please be assured that your property will be accessible to you at all times. Generally speaking, sidewalk reconstruction will take place in the following four steps:
The Spy Ponder boys' soccer team (5-3-2) lost to Winchester High, 2-0 on Monday, Oct. 13, at Knowlton Stadium.
The AHS girls' team improved to 9-1 with a 2-1 win over Winchester.
The boys' team had edged 0-6 Burlington, 1-0, on Thursday, Oct. 9, to extend an unbeaten streak to seven games.
Senior midfielder Jack Cohan scored the lone tally for his first goal of the season.
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, members of the Arlington High School boys' cross-country team gathered at the Arlington reservoir with one thing on their minds: redemption.
The team was preparing to race Reading High School. After an excruciatingly close 28-29 loss to Reading last year, the Arlington boys were ready to do whatever it took to win.
"We were prepared for anything. Nothing was going to stop us from winning this race," said senior Joe Hazelton.
The team’s focus and passion paid off, as Arlington scored a 18-40 win against Reading (2-2), with four Arlington runners finishing in the top five places. AHS is now 2-2.
UPDATED: Police are investigating sexual assault and death threats made via Twitter to an Arlington-based video-game developer, which forced the family to temporarily leave their home briefly, officials have told The Boston Globe.
"The Arlington Police Department takes these actions very seriously and will aggressively pursue whoever is behind these threats using all available tools and partnering with federal law enforcement if necessary," John Guilfoil, speaking for the Arlington police on Sunday, Oct. 12.
In a report with a photo, WCVB said the couple fled briefly the night of Saturday, Oct. 11. Many of the Twitter posts attacked Wu for her role as a feminist, WCB reported.
UPDATED, Oct. 13: Broadway Plaza, undergoing a bit of a makeover itself, now has a restaurant that represents changes in the neighborhood.
Common Ground, at 319 Broadway, is a long way from Gemma and Krazy Karry's, its failed predecessors.
"We are not in Allston anymore," said Rodney "Rhoney" Kangiser, the general manager in an interview.
Of course, the original Common Ground Bar & Grill remains, as it has for 16 years at 85 Harvard St, in that section of Boston.
The new venue, which opened Sept. 30, brings to Arlington Center a "gastropub" vibe. The term was coined in Britain to describe a spot emphasizing food with its rink.
"No '90s nights," he said, referring to entertainment that reflects Allston's college crowd. As a bartender there, he said he heard "96 straight '90s nights," and he's glad to leave them behind.
As we talked in an early afternoon, people popped in asking to see a menu and owner Bob O'Guin buzzed about in an orange sweatshirt, with questions for Kangiser.
An autopsy has been completed, but no cause of death determined in the case of John J. Rosenberger, 61, the Arlington resident found near the Fresh Pond Golf Course in March.
Rosenberger had been missing since December, and the state medical examiner conducted tests from March through September to determine the cause of death. As of August, the medical examiner had a backlog of 851 cases and a median turnaround time of 84 days. Rosenberger’s body was cremated in March while tests continued.
Rosenberger often attended readings and presentations at the Harvard Book Store and Cambridge Public Library, as well as at the Boston Public Library.
For the first time in its history, the Arlington Police Department has received full state accreditation status from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.
"This isn't mandated," Chief Fred Ryan told the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Oct. 6. "I'm very proud .... All in our department accepted scrutiny" during the weeklong review last spring.
Accreditation is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain the highest standards of law enforcement practice.
Arlington is among 45 departments of those in 351 cities and towns to be accredited.
"Achieving full accreditation confirms that the Arlington Police Department is in line with the highest possible standards of policing, and that we are delivering the best level of service to our community," Ryan said in a news release Oct. 6. "I am proud that the Arlington Police Department has taken its place as one of the most professional policing agencies in New England."
Ryan credited those who were prime movers in the effort -- Capt. Richard Flynn and three others who appeared before selectmen: Inspector Rebecca Gallagher' family-services officer; Officer Vitaly Volkov, planner; and college intern Joseph Canniff.