Dishing up some Arlington restaurant-related news morsels:
Hot weather is on the way, and we’ll soon have a new venue to enjoy refreshing Japanese food—sushi, sashimi, maki, salads, teriyaki specialties and more.
Summer Sushi, 474 Mass. Ave., where USushi used to be, will serve lunch and dinner. Hours are Monday through Thursday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday noon to 10 p.m. The restaurant has seating for 18 patrons.
It is believed to be a first for employees of the the Arlington-based company, founded in 1946, which has not responded to requests for comment.
The union called the June 15 vote "overwhelming," but did not report a vote count. The union said the victory follows a nearly yearlong campaign, which "faced aggressive union busting by the company."
UPDATED: The evening before Adam Chapdelaine's Town Hall farewell on June 17, the Select Board voted, 5-0, to name Sandy Pooler as Arlington’s new town manager.
His contract, which described his title as acting town manager and ends on July 28, 2023, spells out his annual salary at $225,000. See his contract >>
Despite the title, Select Board Chairman Len Diggins told YourArlington, "he is as much the town manager as Adam was, with the exception that his contract ends . . . about 13 months from now instead of running for three years.”
In January 2016, Pooler was named the town’s deputy town manager and in 2018 became director of the then-formed finance department. He began his new role June 18.
The state Senate has passed a $5.07 billion general government bond bill to fund construction projects related to health care, higher education, information technology, workforce development, the environment, affordable housing and local projects. Sen. Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her colleagues on June 16 to pass the bill, which includes a moratorium on the construction of new prisons in Massachusetts.
“The Senate bond bill sets the stage for important long-term investments in the Commonwealth,” said Friedman, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “I’m really proud of the bond authorizations I secured for projects in the 4th Middlesex district. I am also pleased to see the bill includes a feasibility study for a replacement to Bridgewater State Hospital, whose oversight needs to be moved from the Department of Corrections to the Department of Mental Health.”
Fidelity House has been awarded a $100,000 grant, to be given in two installments, earmarked for its youth transportation feeds for this year and beyond.
It is the among 140 local nonprofits -- and the fifth in Arlington -- to receive a 2022 award through the Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant program. The others are Visiting Nurses & Community Care, AYCC, Food Link and the bIRch House.
Fidelity House, serving the youth of Arlington since 1955, is dedicated to meeting community needs by providing affordable, diverse and quality services for all ages. Youth participate in its summer day camps, school-age child-care program, preschool as well as children and teen services.
Fidelity House has been dealing with the impact of regulation on transportation affecting both the school year and summer programming. That was further complicated by the disruption of services during Covid-19, resulting in the lack of available vehicles.
Visiting Nurse & Community Care, in East Arlington, is the fourth nonprofit in town to announce it has been awarded a Cummngs grant. It will receive $500,000 over 10 years.
Visiting Nurse & Community Care, at 37 Broadway, is among the few remaining independent, nonprofit home health-care agencies in Massachusetts providing quality community and home nursing, personal care and hospice services.
The Cummings grant will allow Visiting Nurse & Community Care to provide technology to families and our home health and nursing staff so that there can be ongoing video communication to enhance care.
PacSana technology, which encompasses wearable devices aimed at improving care while facilitating independent living, will be provided to families. The technology allows users to monitor the activity levels of loved ones via an app.
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The Arlington Affordable Housing Trust announces the kickoff of a summer of community engagement to inform its five-year action plan, beginning with a communitywide affordable-housing survey >>
The community-informed plan aims to help the trust prioritize actions and strategies to create and preserve affordable housing in Arlington.
The survey is the first of several opportunities for community members to inform the trust on the types of affordable-housing activities that should be prioritized.
The state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has approved the town's five-year housing plan.
Town planning announced that the new plan replaces the town’s 2016 housing effort, which expired last fall. Informed by data, research and community engagement, the plan shares a vision and specific ways that Arlington can lead on providing housing options for a range of people.
The plan includes a comprehensive housing needs assessment, affordable housing goals and outlines strategies for how to achieve those goals through policy and zoning changes, new programs and funding sources.
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