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Town fund nears $150K in relief to residents in grip of coronavirus

UPDATED, Sept. 17: The Town of Arlington's Covid-19 Relief Fund, seeking donations to help residents in need during and after the crisis, has raised nearly $150,000 and distributed $43,000.

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The fund provides emergency assistance to Arlington community members experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. The fund was established by the Town of Arlington and the Arlington Health and Human Services Charitable Corporation, has raised nearly $150,000 to date.

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Sponsor-A-Basket plea turns to Arlington

Sagar Rastogi, a rising senior at Arlington High School, is helping to lead an initiative called Sponsor-A-Basket with two other high school students from Burlington, Anshul Shirude and Ayush Shingavi, to help food pantries feed families in uncertain times.  

ScoopermaniaAyush Shingavi, left, and Anshul Shirude await your donations.

 The three have already raised well over $3,000 for Burlington, Tewksbury, Lexington and Bedford. Now, the team is working through Arlington EATS, to serve families in need in Arlington.

Food pantries are working hard to make sure they can feed the families who need help. Recently, they launched a campaign with the Burlington Food Pantry and accumulated $1,597 in two weeks. Food equaling that amount was donated to the Burlington pantry. Instead of 25 to 30 families, it serves mire than 57 families daily.

The three have also expanded their campaign to Lexington, Tewksbury and Bedford.

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5K road race helps nonprofits


Cause + Event Boston is a nonprofit that raises money for other nonprofit organizations through a 5K road race.

This annual event will be held early Sunday, May 12, in Arlington and will have the following traffic and parking impacts along Mass. Ave. and the Minuteman Bikeway: 

– Parking restrictions on Mass. Ave. in the westbound direction, from Mill Street to Lowell Street, from about 5 to 9 a.m.;
– Closure of the Minuteman bike path, from Bow Street to Mill Street, 8 to 9 a.m.; and
– There will be barricades for a dedicated lane for runners in the parking lane and no-parking signs along the route.

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Food Link raises more than $500K for Hub renovations

NAPA Auto Parts, 100 Summer St., Sept. 6, 2018. / Bob Sprague photoNew home for Food Link, 108 Summer St. / Bob Sprague 2018 photo 

UPDATED, June 17: Food Link, a community organization that rescues fresh food, plans to have an even greater impact on the community once it opens its permanent home. The Food Link Hub, at 108 Summer St., is to open later this year.

Under renovation at last, those involved encourage the public to follow its progress on Facebook and in newsletters.

A virtual fund-raiser for the project, “Home Cook-In!,” held Sunday, June 14, drew more than $500,000 by that night, bringing the total raised in the capital campaign to to $2.1 million, or two-thirds of the way to the goal of $3.25 million.

View the virtual “Home Cook-In!” by clicking here >>

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Food Link's Rescue to Table raises $23,000

UPDATED, Sept. 14: Arlington-based Food Link, at its second Rescue to Table dinner, in July, raised $23,000 to help fund Food Link operations to rescue and distribute fresh food every day to 30 social service agencies throughout 11 cities and towns.Food Link logo

The garhering heard from Derek Curran, executive director of Arlington Boys & Girls Club, who said, "The kids are happier and better behaved because of the food we are able to provide; they can focus on homework and have the energy to participate in physical activities."

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Dance for Dignity fund-raiser postponed

UPDATED, March 12: "Innocent People," a tune developed and arranged by the Arlington band Stanley & the Undercovers, was first performed the Dance for Dignity fund-raiser held at the Somerville Armory on Oct. 25. If plans work out, hear it again, but not at the March 14 fund-raiser. That has been postponed in the light of virus fears.

Migrant Mother 1920 by Laura B. Hayden."Migrant Mother 1920" by Laura B. Hayden.

What should you do if you already bought tickets and/or made a sponsorship donation?

For those who have already sponsored the event and/or bought tickets, we will gladly give you a refund or, better still, credit you with your sponsorship and ticket purchases for the rescheduled Dance for Dignity. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday, March 27, 2020, if you would like a refund. If we don’t hear from you by March 27, we will assume you wish to leave your donation/sponsorship with us.

What if you have not yet donated, but still want to show support for the important work of helping local asylum seekers with basic needs and providing legal defense for immigrants facing deportation and/or deportation?

You can make a donation now, by going to or send a check payable to the Refugee Immigration Ministry, Inc. with the memo line - ArCS Cluster/Dance for Dignity and mail it to RIM- ArCS Cluster Donation Coordinator, 13 Egerton Road, Arlington, MA 02474.

Reported earlier: Pollack said it raised more than $15,000 for the Cambridge Foundation's Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants

"I wrote 'Innocent People' in reaction to the horrible things that our government has done and continues to do to people seeking legal refuge in our country from the horrible conditions they face in their home countries," he told YourArlington on Dec. 21.

He and his group are continuing their work with the Cambridge Foundation and coordinating with the Arlington Cambridge Cluster, which is working to help asylum seekers and the Arlington Sister City group [Teosinte], was to hold another Dance for Dignity at the First Parish UU at a later date. They hope to raise significant dollars to support the Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and the work of the local groups that are involved in putting this together.

The ticket price is a suggested donation of $25.

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Covid-19 concerns postpone 25th Trivia Bee

Trivia Bee winners, Internet Research Agency: Rebekah Lea, Andrew Feller, Adam Lane2019 bee winner Internet Research Agency:
Rebekah Lea, Andrew Feller, Adam Lane. / AEF photo

UPDATED, March 10: The Arlington Education Foundation is the host for its 25th annual Arlington Trivia Bee, and it had been set for Sunday, March 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Town Hall. But  in the light of the current health concerns, AEF has decided to postpone the events. Stay tuned.

To register a team and learn more about this family-friendly event, visit >>  

More than 350 people packed Town Hall for the 24th annual Arlington Trivia Bee, on Sunday, March 17, and saw 32 teams in a multiround competition covering topics ranging from history, sports and current events to science, music and literature. 

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Minuteman High raises $2,965 at 24th annual Genesis Battlegreen run/walk

Team Minuteman from Minuteman High School made a strong showing at the 24th annual Genesis Battlegreen 10k and 5k Run / Walk at Lexington High School last fall, placing fourth in the 5K.

Minuteman High School logoMinuteman senior Otto Rademacher of Arlington, left, outpaces Principal George Clement. / Allison Niles Salisbury photoThe team raised $2,965, with $1,500 going to the Minuteman Parent Association, $465 for the Minuteman Futures Foundation and $1,000 for the Pauline Briggs Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a Minuteman student.

Team Minuteman’s three top runners were senior Otto Rademacher of Arlington, Principal George Clement and Benner Ih, a parent. Rademacher, who ran in this race for the third year in a row, beat Principal Clement’s time by four seconds and has been invited to join him in Minuteman’s student-run restaurant for lunch. Clement placed first in his age category.

“There was tremendous participation from the Minuteman community,” Kathy Gorman, president of the Minuteman Parent Association, said in a Jan. 2 news release. “It’s so important and inspiring to see so many people come together to help benefit our students. It underscores the importance of giving back to your community, which is a key lesson for the students.”

Minuteman had 28 runners and walkers running for Team Minuteman, plus 23 volunteers in the November event. Participants included student volunteers and participants from Minuteman’s culinary arts and hospitality, health assisting, and design and visual communication programs, along with parents.

In addition to the funds donated from Team Minuteman, the Battlegreen Run Foundation donates additional money to the Minuteman Parent Association and the Minuteman Futures Foundation. These donations are based on the number of runners and walkers registered under Team Minuteman.

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AEF, tech firm hosts fund-raiser eyeing digital arts studio at AHS

AEF logo"This studio will provide not only a strong technical base for art students, but also a creative outlet for computer science students."
-- David Ardito

The Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) and Involution Studios are the hosts for a fund-raiser to bring a digital arts studio to the Arlington High School.

"Where Creativity Meets Technology: Bringing Digital Arts to the Arlington Schools" is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan, 29, at the Arlington-based software design company, in a refurbished antique ballroom at 661 Mass. Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

During the event, David Ardito, visual arts director for the Arlington public schools, and David Moore, AHS art teacher and digital artist, will outline the district’s vision of a new high school digital arts studio as an increasingly vital component of a forward-looking STEAM curriculum. The letters stand for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

In addition, attendees will get a sneak peek at Involution Studios that employs local software design professionals.

A high school digital arts studio will bridge creativity and technology, a news release issued Jan. 15 says.

"This studio will provide not only a strong technical base for art students, but also a creative outlet for computer science students," Ardito said in the release.

"The combination of our computer science lab and the proposed digital arts studio will give students the skills needed for a wide array of fields, including computer programming, game design, video production, animation and architecture among others."

The educational foundation funded the computer science lab in 2013 during the first year of its technology initiative.

Juhan Sonin, Involution's creative director, said in the release: "It is our civic responsibility to prepare the next generation of Arlingtonians for lifelong learning, from kindergarten on through university.

"To craft and ship emerging technologies and services, every member of Involution Studios needs to know the fundamentals of design and engineering. That’s why we’re supporting AEF; so students have access to -- and a firm grasp on -- art and science."

Involution and the Town of Arlington are partners in an effort to create and expand the Arlington Visual Budget

Oct. 8, 2013: Start-up, town move toward an online budget vision

The gathering kicks off a series of events organized by the educational foundation as part of its technology initiative, a large-scale fund-raising effort to jump-start technology in the Arlington public schools.

The initiative’s goal is to accelerate the use of technology in the district and prepare students for careers in STEAM, said Marie Meteer, chair of the initiative. "We are working in partnership with the school administration to fulfill its technology goals sooner than is possible within current budget constraints," she said in the release.

As part of the third and final year of the initiative, the foundation is raising money for not only a digital arts studio, but also additional engineering and computer science labs at the middle school and portable science workstations at the high school.
Funding these initiatives will require about $130,000. Upcoming AEF events include "Super Pi Day" on March 14 (3.14.15) at Common Ground and the third annual "Tech Showcase" on April 13, with demonstrations of K-12 classroom technology in Arlington.

AEF awards more than $100,000 annually in grants to the Arlington public schools. Over the past two years, it has awarded an additional $85,000 as part of the technology initiative.

For more information about current and past grants, or to donate, visit

This extended announcement was published Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

24th Trivia Bee crowns Internet Research Agency champs

Trivia Bee winners, Internet Research Agency: Rebekah Lea, Andrew Feller, Adam LaneBee winner Internet Research Agency: Rebekah Lea, Andrew Feller, Adam Lane. / AEF photo

UPDATED, March 20: More than 350 people packed Town Hall for the 24th annual Arlington Trivia Bee, on Sunday, March 17, and saw 32 teams in a multiround competition covering topics ranging from history, sports and current events to science, music and literature. 

The Arlington Education Foundation was the host and provided this account.


In the first round, seven teams of fifth-graders, one team from each elementary school, faced off in their own competition. The kids proudly showed off their knowledge on a wide variety of subjects.

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