A group of climate activists in Boston blocked several major traffic routes in the city on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in an effort to raise attention about the "climate emergency" and to pressure state lawmakers to ban new fossil-fuel infrastructure.
Boston and State Police took at least 15 people into custody after demonstrations throughout the city during the morning commute, WCVB reported, including John Reynolds Burkhardt, 56, of Arlington.
Extinction Rebellion Boston protesters gathered at 7 a.m. on Summer Street and sat in the middle of the street.
The Arlington Redevelopment Board on Monday, Sept. 12, discussed the implications of new guidelines for MBTA communities, which affect Arlington zoning as well an effort to among those municipalities seeking to ban natural-gas hookups.
The law requires MBTA communities to have a "district of reasonable size" where multifamily housing is allowed by right, at a gross density of at least 15 units per acre and without any size or age restrictions.
Arlington is now classified as an "Adjacent Community," which means its capacity requirement is now 10 instead of 25 percent.
The Select Board at its Sept. 12 meeting unanimously agreed to table a request by homeowners Rob and Eileen Gainfort to remove a honey locust tree near their 261 Hillside Ave. property, to widen their driveway. This decision enables Arlington’s building inspector time to confirm whether any driveway changes need the Zoning Board of Appeals’ approval.
The Gainforts disagree with Arlington Tree Warden Tim Lecuivre, who objects to the removal of the 18-inch tree.
In a letter to the Select Board, the Gainforts wrote, “The tree releases its seed pods . . . and causes massive damage to our drains and gutters, and those of our neighbors. The roots have also damaged our clay sewer lines that drain from our under-house garage. These two factors have caused flooding into our garage and basement during heavy rainfall.”
The letter also requests removal of the tree to enable the Gainforts to widen their driveway to accommodate their need for additional parking.
UPDATED Sept. 16: Anna Litten has been appointed as Arlington’s new library director, assuming the position that Andrea Nicolay vacated in July, when she left to head the Albany, N.Y., library system. Litten is to start her new role on Monday, Sept. 19.
She moved up to the assistant library director position in 2018 after she was librarian of the Fox Branch.
“Ms. Litten brings a wealth of experience and passion to Arlington’s libraries," Town Manager Sandy Pooler said in a town news release Sept. 15. “In her years as the assistant library director, she spearheaded many successful programs and initiatives that have only enriched the Arlington community.”
The library director oversees the operations of the Robbins and Fox Branch libraries, including managing the budget and developing the library's collections and its many services.
The water-chestnut clearing at the Arlington Reservoir on Aug. 28 drew more than 30 volunteers as well as Reservoir Committee members and David Morgan, Arlington’s conservation agent.
The turnout cheered participants."We had a diversity of volunteers, from very young newbies to experienced veterans," one said.
PaddleBoston, a part of the Charles River Canoe and Kayak Association, provided nine canoes for the effort. In addition, those involved deployed two kayaks and a rowboat, used to monitor and assist during volunteer activities.
Volunteers filled baskets in their canoes with water chestnuts. Others raked water chestnuts from the shoreline. The collected water chestnuts were then added to the already large pile in the spillway derived from the earlier mechanical harvesting. There, they dewatered, awaiting removal for proper disposal.
After some 2 1/2 hours of effort, the volunteers had cleared more than 200 baskets of water chestnuts from the lower part of the Arlington Reservoir.
Let's hazard a guess: Most couples thinking about a venue to pop the question do not consider McDonald's.
Cherag Selhi bucked the trend.
The Arlington High School grad who grew up in East Arlington has also grown up at the fast-food restaurant chain. Now the operator of five Boston-area McDonald's, he told YourArlington what drew him to find romance in french fries.
The 29-year-old wrote that he and and his fiancée, Kirti Bhagria, 28, “met some time ago and have very similar upbringings. We both come from a place where family is first, and supporting those close [to us] is a driver for success.”
He took her to the John F. Kennedy Library on Aug. 21, “where she thought we just had a photo shoot planned for the morning. After that, I told her that our second stop for pictures would be at Fan Pier in Boston's Seaport.”
Once there, Kirti had no idea what would happen next: The photographer turned her around, and there was Cherag, down on one knee to ask her to marry.
“Once she said yes, she didn't know that our next stop would be to share the world-famous McDonald's fries.
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