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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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Arlington Education Foundation fund-raiser yields $7,425

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UPDATED, Nov. 25: Spirits were high at Tryst as the Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) held its annual fund-raiser Nov. 19 as all gathered celebrated innovations in education within Arlington’s public schools.

The event raised $7,425 for the foundation. All funds raised will directly support AEF’s work supporting and advancing public education in Arlington.

Photos from the evening >>

AEF board members, supporters, guests and grant recipients shared a lively evening recognizing AEF’s work. The theme of the night was “Educate, Innovate, Empower,” words that celebrate AEF’s 25-year history and establish a forward-looking motto as AEF continues to fund grants that enrich teaching and learning in every one of Arlington’s public school.

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Pan-Mass Challenge has its town connections


UPDATED, July 19: The 39th Pan-Mass Challenge, a fund-raising bikeathon to fight cancer, rolled Aug. 4 and 5.

At least three Arlington public-safety officers are riding, as they did last year. They are:

-- Richard Gallagher, a firefighter at Highland Station;

-- Michael Hogan, a K-9 police officer; and

-- Dennis Mahoney, a police officer.

Find out more about each -- and support them, if you wish -- by clicking the link after each name.

As many as 50 Arlington residents are reported to be involved in this effort. If you know about others, please use this form to tell the publisher. Include the link to the person's profile, and it will be added to this appeal. That includes:

-- John Kohl, who is participating in his 22nd ride.

-- Ted Rogers, riding for his mom, who passed away this spring.

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Dallin Museum fund-raiser attracts $23,000

UPDATED, Aug. 31: The third Summer Soiree, the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum's largest and most important fund-raiser of the year, drew $23,000 and 150 people, up from 120 last year, Heather Leavell reported Thursday, Aug. 31.

The get a flavor of the August event, held Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Whittemore-Robbins House, see Facebook >> 

This year's theme, "An Evening in Paris," celebrated the city that launched Cyrus Dallin's career as an internationally acclaimed sculptor. Guests experienced the tastes, sights and sounds of early 20th-century Paris.

Proceeds support all aspects of museum operations, ensuring the preservation of Cyrus Dallin's beautiful sculptures, extraordinary programs, and enhanced visitor experiences.

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Accompanying the Dallin Museum's soiree is an online auction, through Aug. 14. The auction had reached 60 percent of its $8,000 goal earlier Aug. 14.

More than 60 individuals and businesses offer an exciting array of items and experiences. They include weekend getaways to Ipswich, South Dartmouth and Dorset, Vt.; a trip to Disney World; museum memberships and tickets; VIP tours on land and in water; theater and music tickets; fine art and collectibles; restaurant certificates; dance, cooking, art and French language classes; fine wines and foods.

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Reservations for the Soiree were $60 per person or $75 the evening of the event.

For more information, or to make a reservation, visit or contact the Museum at 781-641-0747 or info[@]

"Whether you are new to the museum or a longtime supporter, we hope you will join us for this fun, summer evening celebration," said Museum Director Heather Leavell. "The enthusiastic participation of our community in the soiree and online auction will give us the capacity to continue sharing Cyrus Dallin's extraordinary life, art and values with a growing audience."

Amid the elegant atmosphere of the historic Whittemore-Robbins house and grounds, guests will be treated to abundant French-inspired hors d'oeuvres from Essex Catering and a delicious assortment of French pastries from Paul Bakery.

The cash bar will feature signature French cocktails, wine and beer. Local musicians Ririka Tokushige (reeds), Somer O'Brien (accordion) and Julie Perron (guitar and vocals) will perform iconic French standards, and artists from Boston Caricature will be on hand to sketch portraits of guests. 

The soiree will also feature a special viewing of Cyrus Dallin's painting "Auvers-sur-Oise," which has been given to the museum on permanent loan by Patricia McCabe, Cyrus Dallin's great-granddaughter. Best known as Vincent van Gogh's final resting place, Auvers-sur-Oise is a small village near Paris that was frequented by Dallin and his contemporaries when they desired to escape the grind of studio life in the city.

Cyrus Dallin in Paris

Like most artists of the time, Dallin knew that by pursuing an education in Paris and earning favorable reviews at the Salon, he would gain the credentials necessary to ensure his future success. Dallin studied under Henri Chapu at the Académie Julian from 1888-90 and later under Jean Dampt at the École des Beaux Arts from 1896-99.

His first submission to the Salon, "Signal of Peace," was awarded the highest honor ever conferred on an American sculptor. News of his accolades for this work and later for "Marquis de Lafayette," "Medicine Man" and "Appeal to the Great Spirit" spread quickly to the United States. With European training and awards under Dallin's belt, art critics no longer considered him an uncultured amateur from the Wild West. He was finally accepted as a member of Boston's artist-elite.

The Summer Soiree is made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors:

Great Spirits: Daniel Johnson, Ken, Betsy & Jean Dallin Doherty, and James and Misty Corey

Visionaries: Century Bank, Winchester Co-operative Bank and Chevron

Altruists: American Alarm, Anne Ferguson & Peter Drench, Mirak Automotive Group and Watertown Savings Bank

Sustainers: The Dallin Family and Dorian Color

Advocates: Arlington Community Media, Doukakis-Corsetti Insurance Agency Inc., David Kubiak, Tibbetts Landscaping Inc. and David Whitney Architect

The mission of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum is to promote new insights into our shared history by exploring the life, work and values of this celebrated sculptor who lived in Arlington from 1900 to 1944.

The museum, at 611 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center, is open Fridays through Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m.
For information on admission, exhibits and programs, visit or call 781-641-0747.

This news announcement was published Monday, July 10, 2017, and updated Aug. 31.

Education foundation awarded nearly $17K in grants in 2017

AEF logo Innovations in Education grants support programming, materials and professional development that allow students and teachers to delve deeper into their studies or explore a new element within the curriculum. 

The Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) recently awarded $16,928 in grants to Arlington Public School educators. AEF is grateful to all the applicants who join us in our commitment to enhancing Arlington’s public schools through innovative education.

AEF’s Innovations in Education grants support programming, materials and professional development that allow students and teachers to delve deeper into their studies or explore a new element within the curriculum. The Innovations in Education grants awarded include:

Math Anytime: Video math tutorials directly aligned to the curriculum will support sixth graders as they learn new concepts

KerbalEdu: Hands-on learning for High School astronomy students teaches orbital mechanics by designing, building and flying virtual rockets

3D Printing for All: A 3D printer for the High School Makerspace will allow students to explore the link between digital design and the creation of objects

Cold War Pinball: Some ninth-grade history students will create a Pinbox3000 pinball game, bringing Cold War history to life in an engaging way

Teaching Artistic Behavior: A Peirce after-school art program will inspire confidence through small group exploration, cultivation and expression of ideas

Story Box Library: Visually impaired students will use touchable objects that illustrate story concepts and enhance student understanding

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Education foundation raises $9,944, a 25% increase

AEFUPDATED, Nov. 28: The Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) asked for community support at its fall fund-raiser, Nov. 20, at Ristorante Olivio -- and it received plenty.

Supporters mingled with AEF grant recipients and guest speakers, connecting over their common interest: enriching the educational experience of Arlington Public School students.

The event raised $9,440 for the foundation, a 25-percent increase over last year. All funds raised will directly support AEF’s work supporting and advancing public education in Arlington.

The theme of the night was "Partners in Education," highlighting the partnership between the public schools, AEF and Arlington residents.

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Anonymous donor offers $25,000 challenge grant for ACA fund

ACA Future Fund logoUPDATED, April 16: Linda Shoemaker, executive director of Arlington Center for the Arts, sang no blues on Saturday, April 15.

Yes, BluesApocalypse 3.0 was underway, and plenty of others were letting loose with vocal and instrumental blues. "I got a phone call at 9:30 this morning," she told the sold-out crowd. "An anonymous donor has offered a challenge grant of $25,000."

Applause and cheers followed. The donor will contribute that amount to the ACA's Future Fund if the public matches it by June 1.

The goal of the fund, now up to $1 million, is to pay for the center's new home in the Senior Center and related costs. The ACA must vacate its home of 27 years by June 30 so the former Gibbs School can be renovated to a new sixth grade by September 2018.

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