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NOT SO TRIVIAL: Stratton Smarties sweep 22nd bee

Event raises nearly $20,000 for schools

UPDATED, March 28: With a record 36 teams participating and nearly 400 attendees, Town Hall was abuzz with activity on Sunday, March 26, at the 22nd annual Arlington Trivia Bee hosted by the Arlington Education Foundation.

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The atmosphere was electric when fifth-grade teams from each elementary school were introduced. Participating for the first time, teams of three students from each school eagerly took the stage to challenge their knowledge. In the end, Dallin School fifth graders Henrietta Rota, Aaron Podesky and Nolan Roof won in a sudden-death pesticide round.

More photos here >> and here >>

Wearing creative, modular-shaped hats, the Stratton Smarties (at left) -- parents Leslie Meltzer and Stewart Deck with Principal Michael Hanna -- set a Trivia Bee record by answering every question correctly and winning the 2017 Trivia Bee championship.

Teams donned creative hats and outfits representing '90s film stars, rock bands, security enforcers, artists, cartoon and book characters and construction workers. Team Back to School -- consisting of School Committee alumni Joe Curro, Leba Heigham and Sue Sheffler -- won the prize for best costume. They were dressed as Peanuts characters the Red Baron, Linus and Lucy.

Host Irwin Grossman kept the crowd laughing, pianist Todd Bearson kept the atmosphere lively and judges Kathleen Bodie, superintendent of schools; Henry Brush, president of Arlington Soccer Club, and Linda Shoemaker, executive director of the Arlington Center for the Arts interpreted answers.

To the question "In 2016 in Rio, what U.S. swimmer became the first woman in 48 years to sweep the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle races at the same Olympics?" the creative answer of the day went to the School Committee, who answered "Nancy Pelosi" when members could not recall Katie Ledeky's name.

The event raised a record $19,671 from AEF's 2017 business sponsors and team fees.

The event raised awareness for AEF's work enriching public education in the Arlington Schools. Relying entirely on community donations, AEF awards approximately $125,000 per year to the Arlington Public Schools.

This free, townwide, family-friendly event is an Arlington tradition that includes activities for kids and opportunities for audience participation. Each team includes three adults who are game for an afternoon of Trivial Pursuits.

Participants face off to answer questions about sports, literature, history, current events, music, science and local lore.

The Arlington Education Foundation works to advance and support public education in Arlington. Thanks to all who participated to help celebrate AEF's work in the Arlington Public Schools.

Variety of teams

The teams represented a wide variety of Arlington’s civic organizations and interest groups. They include:

Arlington Center for the Arts
Arlington Democrats
Arlington EATS
Arlington Education Association
Arlington Health and Safety Coalition
Arlington High School Science Department
Arlington Philharmonic
Arlington School Enrollment Community Group
Cub Scout Pack 306
Friends of the Robbins Library
Parent Enrollment Community Group
Peirce School
School Committee
School Committee Alumni
Stratton School
Thompson School
Many neighborhood groups and friends 

AEF thanks its local sponsors.

Platinum Sponsor ($5,000)
Belmont Orthodontics & Belmont Pediatric Dentistry

Gold Sponsors ($1,500)
Quad Cycles
Zipwall Dust Barrier System

Silver Sponsors ($500-$1,000)
AFC Urgent Care Arlington
Arlington Orthodontics
Belmont Savings Bank
Brookline Bank
Eye Level Learning Center
TDBank
Watertown Savings Bank
Winchester Savings Bank

Bronze Sponsors ($250)
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc, Maureen Igoe
Arlington Heights Nursery School
Avenue3 Real Estate 
Beaujolais Catering
Belmont Day Summer Camp
Bistro Duet
Coldwell Banker
Helena's
Home Harvest
Intelligent Labor
Leader Bank
Leone & Leone Attorneys at Law
Mirak Automotive Group
Nitwits Intelligent ice Treatment
Rockland Trust
Running Brook Camps
Sidekick Sports Academy
Summer Fenn Day Camp


March 26, 2016: 21st annual Trivia Bee raises more than $10,700 for schools

March 24, 2015: Education foundation trivia bee raises $6,900 for public schools


This announcement was published Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, and updated March 28.

Police participate in 2nd annual Murphy Foundation holiday drive

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The Arlington Police Department has participated in the Katy M. Murphy Foundation’s second annual holiday toy drive and helped deliver the toys collected to Boston Children’s Hospital.

On Monday, Dec. 12, Arlington police provided a police escort to Katy’s family and friends with a truck full of donated toys to Boston Children’s. Arlington Police had been collecting unwrapped gifts for children ages infant to 18 in the lobby of the police station since Nov. 21.

The foundation was started in honor of Katy Murphy, who was born with a congenital heart defect and spent much of her young life at Boston Children’s.

In February 2014, Katy received a heart transplant and passed away just six months later because of complications from transplant rejection. She was only 6 years old. In honor of her birthday, in December, the foundation held its second annual toy drive.

Now, the foundation raises money to support programs that keep children happy during hospital stays, provides assistance for the cost of headstones and collects toys to distribute to children in the hospital during the holidays.

“This family has been through an unimaginable tragedy, and their ability to turn around and help other families facing a similar struggle is inspirational,” Chief Fred Ryan said in a news release. “We are honored to do our part by using our station as a drop-off location for gifts and escorting the family to distribute the donated toys.”


This announcement was published Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

Fund-raisers held in memory of Makayla

Makayal Guerriero

Last March, YourArlington published a story about Makayla Guerriero, a 15-year-old with ties to Arlington who committed suicide last year. A fund established in her name has two events set for Saturday, Sept. 21. They are:

     -- A golf tourney, with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. at the Ridder Country Club, East Bridgewater; and

     -- A benefit from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Whitman VFW Post.

For tickets and sponsors, click here >> 

"Forever & Always" is theme of Makayla Guerriero Memorial & Scholarship Fund.

Her mother, Kellie Guerriero, says the funds will be used to heighten awareness about the causes and prevention of teen suicide in local middle, junior and high schools.

During the 2012-2013 school year, the fund participated in the Ottoson Middle School's first SOS (Signs of Suicide) day, and those at the school plan to contribute during this school year.
In keeping with her love of sports, donations to the fund will also be used to help pay for sports equipment and fees for one student each season who would not otherwise be able to afford to play a chosen sport.

In addition to students at Abington High, those in other towns where Makayla had friends will also be eligible for funds, including worthy students at South Shore Vocational Technical School, Rockland High and Weymouth High.

For information about making donations, fund raising and coming events, email MKGMemorialfund at gmail.com.

Donations are also being collected through iGive.com. Using this site, members can generate donations by shopping at any of more than 1,200 stores. For details, click here >>

Interested persons are also invited to visit and join the Makayla Guerriero Memorial page on Facebook. The fund's website is Themakaylafund.org. Tweet to @themakaylafund.


This story was published Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The author is on the board of the Makayla Guerriero Memorial Fund.

Medford wins Campbell softball tourney; AC takes consolation

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UPDATED, April 24: For the second year in a row, Medford won the Krystle Campbell softball tournament. The Mustangs won the third annual tournament, beating Billerica, 7-3, and Swampscott, 2-0.

Arlington Catholic lost to Swampscott, 7-5, April 16 and defeated Billerica in the consolation game, 13-12, the next day.

Medford senior Ashley Eisnor tossed a one-hit shutout against Swampscott after striking out 14 Billerica batters in the opening game.

The opening pregame ceremonies featured Krystle’s father, Bill Campbell, tossing out the first pitch along with Medford Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke, John Brewer Tavern owner Bill Honeycutt and Dr.Charles Steinberg, chief adviser for the Boston Red Sox.

In the opening game against Billerica the Lady Mustangs were led by freshmen Carmen Diorio, who banged out three hits, including two doubles and three RBIs, and Brenna Forbes, who contributed two hits, two runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

Senior captains Gigi Braga (two hits, one run and a stolen base), Renee Staude (one hit, one run and a stolen base) and Eisnor (a hit, run and RBI). Sophomore Halle Farrell doubled and drove in a run along with junior Kerriann Loutraris, who also doubled and drove in a run.

In the championship game, the Swampscott pitcher matched Eisnor through five innings, putting 0s on the scoreboard. In the sixth inning the Medford nine finally put a run on the scoreboard.

Staude led off the inning with a sharp single to right field. Eisnor was hit by a pitch, followed by a Farrell single that loaded the bases for Forbes, who beat out an infield hit to break the deadlock, scoring the speedy Staude from third base. Freshmen Mya Winslow hammered a long double off the left field fence to lead off the seventh inning and was brought home by another sharp single by Staude. Staude led the hitting attack with three hits, an RBI, and a run scored while Farrell contributed two singles. Winslow and Forbes had the other two hits.

Proceeds from the event support the Krystle Campbell Medford Strong Scholarship Award, which goes to a graduating senior at Medford High.

Campbell was an Arlington resident and Medford native who died in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Sponsors for this year include Boston Red Sox, John Brewers Tavern, Nick’s Painting Services, Middlesex Federal, Brookline Bank, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Tony C’s Sports Bar and Grill, Lester’s Roadside BBQ, Salvatore’s Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, Ronny’s Place, Boston Burger Co, Serenity In the City, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Not Your Average Joe’s, Donut’s with a Difference, Pisa Pizza, Papa’s Bar and Grill, Sweetie’s Too, Dom’s Sausage, TGI Friday, Regina Pizzeria, The Big A Sub Shop, DiPietra’s Sub Shop, Real Gusto Ristorante & Pizzeria, Pinky’s Pizza, Randy’s Car Wash, Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Bar, Pearl Street Station Restaurant, McKinnon’s Market, Piantedosi Baking Co, Billy’s Roast Beef & Seafood, The Peter Dejagar Bulb Co., In loving Memory of Carolyn Oleson, Arcadis, Neptune Technology Group and Water Works Supply.

The softball tournament took place at Columbus Park in Medford.


This report, most of which originally appeared at InsideMedford, a YourArlington partner, was published Sunday, April 24, 2016.

RECORD GAIN: 21st annual Trivia Bee raises more than $10,700 for schools

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Team FRD crowned 2016 champs

UPDATED, March 26: The crowd came to see the costumes and hear the trivia questions, but behind it all was a fund-raiser for the Arlington Public Schools.

Through local sponsors, the 21st annual Trivia Bee raised a record $10,744, all of which will directly fund the work of the Arlington Education Foundation (AEF).

Twenty-one teams of three participated in a multiround competition Sunday, March 20, at Town Hall that covered such topics as history, sports, current events, science, music and literature.


Photos of the winners


After four rounds of questions, six teams remained for the playoffs. The playoffs resulted in a tie score and a final "pesticide" round in which Jason Loeb, Peter Thompson and Eric Eddy of the FRD (Fruity Rum Drinks) beat the Brackett Past Parent Poker Pals with an answer to this question:

"Meryl Streep stars in a recent film adaptation of what Lois Lowry novel about a society that has eliminated all fear and pain, but also all choice and individuality?" This seemed a fitting final question since many Arlington Public School students can tell you the answer; the novel is The Giver, a favorite among young-adult readers.

Variety of teams

The teams represented a wide variety of Arlington’s civic organizations and interest groups, including the Stratton Smarties from Stratton School, Who’s da BOS of the Board the Selectmen, The Harmonics of the Philharmonic Society of Arlington and Rockin’ Robbins of the Friends of the Robbins Library.

Several teams comprised neighborhood groups or friends.

In addition to the snappy names, many teams wore creative hats -- or full costumes -- which added to the festive feeling of the bee. While the School Committee team, the Three Amigos (Jennifer Susse, Paul Schlichtman and Judson Pierce), won for Best Costume, the FRD, with its fabulous 1970s-style basketball uniforms, may have been the most photographed team.

The free event is always a fun afternoon for participants as well as for spectators who enjoy the kids' activities, live music, and a chance to whisper correct answers to each other during the event or even win prizes by answering the audience-participation trivia questions.

Growing number of sponsors

AEF is grateful for the growing number of local businesses that sponsor the event and support AEF’s goals of enhancing public education in Arlington.

For the past 11 years, Belmont Orthodontics and Belmont Pediatric Dentistry have supported the bee, this year at the Gold Bee level.
Additional business sponsors of the 2016 Trivia Bee include sponsors at these levels:

-- Gold Bee: Zipwall Dust Barrier System;

-- Silver Bee: Belmont Savings Bank, Arlington Orthodontics, Brookline Bank, East Cambridge Savings Bank, Watertown Savings Bank, Winchester Savings Bank;

-- Bumble Bee: Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. - Maureen Igoe, Arlington Heights Nursery School, Beaujolais Catering, Belmont Day Summer Camp, Bowes Real Estate - Bob Bowes, Leader Bank, Leone & Leone, Maxima Gift Center, Mirak Automotive Group, Rockland Trust, Running Brook Camps; and

-- Friends: Arlington Children’s Center, Arlington Swifty Printing, American Alarm and Communications Inc. and Coldwell Banker - Lynne Lowenstein.

AEF provides grants for systemwide initiatives and creative new projects to enhance the educational experience of Arlington’s teachers and students. Community donations enable AEF to award about $100,000 annually in grants to the Arlington Public Schools.

For more information on AEF and its grants, visit www.aefma.org

Reported earlier: 

Are you a trivia buff? Here’s a question for you. A small passage from Mass. Ave. to the public parking behind Not Your Average Joe’s is named after which "free man of color" who led the Menotomy Minutemen during the American Revolution?

This is the kid of test teams faced at the 21st annual Trivia Beel.


2016 teams represent:

Arlington Advocate
Arlington Center for the Arts
Arlington Democrats
Arlington Education Association
Arlington High School Science Department
Arlington Soccer Club
Board of Selectmen
Cub Scout Pack 306
Friends of the Robbins Library
Hardy After School Program
The Little Fox Shop
School Committee
Sidekick Soccer Academy
Stratton School
Thompson School
Neighborhood groups and friends


Last year, victory was sweet for Team CSC, a group of friends (Marylou Carr, Dana Simon and David Cleary) who won in a sudden-death pesticide round.

Each year, many teams don creative hats and costumes. In 2015, Thompson School's team Green with Envy won the award for best costume with team members Jason Loeb, Eric Eddy and Peter Thompson clothed in bright, green Spandex shirts and head coverings representing their school's environmental stewardship culture.

The AEF is grateful for a host of local businesses that sponsor the event showing their support for enhancing public education in Arlington. For the past 11 years, Belmont Orthodontics and Belmont Pediatric Dentistry have supported the bee, this year at the Gold Bee level.

"We’ve always been committed to supporting public education, especially in the communities we serve," commented Dr. Carolyn Melita of Belmont Orthodontics in a news release. "We’ve been doing that for the 24 years I’ve been in practice. And now, as an Arlington resident with a second grader, it's more important to me than ever."

Additional business sponsors of this year's event include Silver Bee sponsors: Arlington Orthodontics, Belmont Savings Bank, Brookline Bank, Watertown Savings Bank and Winchester Savings Bank.

Bumble Bee sponsors are Ameriprise Financial Services, Maureen Igoe, Beaujolais Catering, Belmont Day Summer Camp, Bowes Real Estate, Bob Bowes, Maxima Gift Center, Mirak Automotive Group, Rockland Trust, Running Brook Camps; and Friends: Arlington Children’s Center, Arlington Swifty Printing, American Alarm and Communications and Lynne Lowenstein, Coldwell Banker.

All proceeds directly fund AEF's work.

AEF funds systemwide initiatives and creative new projects to enhance the educational experience of Arlington’s teachers and students. Community donations enable AEF to award about $100,000 annually in grants to the Arlington Public Schools. For more information on AEF and its grants, visit www.aefma.org.

Join the fun with creative hats, quirky judges and lots of laughter. 

Come cheer on over 20 teams as they attempt to answer history, arts & entertainment, science, sports and Arlington trivia questions.

2016 teams represent:
Arlington Advocate
Arlington Center for the Arts
Arlington Democrats
Arlington Education Association
Arlington High School Science Department
Arlington Soccer Club
Board of Selectmen
Cub Scout Pack 306
Friends of the Robbins Library
Hardy After School Program
The Little Fox Shop
School Committee
Sidekick Soccer Academy
Stratton School
Thompson School
Neighborhood groups and friends

AEF would like to thank our generous local sponsors:

Gold Bee ($1,500)
Belmont Orthodontics & Belmont Pediatric Dentistry
Zipwall Dust Barrier System

Silver Bees ($500-$1,500)
Arlington Orthodontics
Belmont Savings Bank
Brookline Bank
East Cambridge Savings Bank
Watertown Savings Bank
Winchester Savings Bank

Bumble Bees ($250)
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc, Maureen Igoe
Arlington Heights Nursery School
Beaujolais Catering
Belmont Day Summer Camp
Bowes Real Estate, Bob Bowes
Leader Bank
Maxima Gift Center
Mirak Automotive Group
Rockland Trust
Running Brook Camps

Friends (up to $250)
Arlington Children’s Center
Arlington Swifty Printing
American Alarm and Communications, Inc.
Coldwell Banker, Lynne Lowenstein


March 24, 2015: Education foundation trivia bee raises $6,900 for public schools


This announcement was published Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and updated March 26, to add results.

By the way, the answer to the trivia question above is David Lamson.

Arlington EATS raises $15,000 as town keeps beat

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When Tom Robertson and Jason Donnelly of The Social No. 11 approached Arlington EATS about the desire to share their music while spreading the word about EATS, group leaders were thrilled -- and honestly a little worried about filling the space. Arlington’s beautiful, historic building can look rather cavernous without enough people in it.

Turns out the town turned out. On Saturday March 5, beats for EATS raised a mind-boggling $15,000 from 300-plus generous people who paid $25 a ticket to hear some music and spur money for a good cause.

The remarkable silent auction, spearheaded by Angela Alton, brought in $7,000 of that total for EATS. Group leaders "are so grateful" to Alton and to the 62 generous businesses, restaurants, artists and individuals who donated time and services to make it a success. There are far too many to name here, but for a list of everyone involved in the EATS auction, visit www.arlington-eats.org

The "little" group that started with three people at a table now boasts more than 300 volunteers and provided 5,000 meals last summer, in addition to biweekly weekend food bags that include healthy meals and fresh produce for as many as 80 families, and about 9,000 snacks townwide.

EATS said in a statement that it is grateful to so many, including the musicians and performers: Boston’s famous Afro D All Starz closed out the remarkable evening, and The Social No. 11, DJ Jason Loeb and auction host Mike Prior kept the crowd moving all night long.

No EATS event is complete without food, and for that we applaud Beaujolais Catering, Arlington’s own amazing Food Link, the food-rescue organization and the Daily Table of Dorchester for generous contributions.

Hariet Vanderput provided massage for tired dancers; Jennifer Jacoby knocked it out of the park with amazing floral design and Laura Juitt designed the beats for EATS brand posters.

No event is complete without raffle baskets. Thanks to the Thompson, Stratton, Brackett and Bishop school PTOs for beautiful baskets, and to Maf Terry and Girl Scout Troop 75222 for giving tree, where folks had the chance to purchase anonymous gifts to be distributed to EATS recipient families (gift cards, restaurant certificates, and various items to make life a little easier and tastier).

And a huge thank you to Jodi Auerbach of Arlington’s Something Savory Events and Catering, who led the event and orchestrated every detail of the evening with grace.

"It really is not enough to say Thank You," the statement read. "We are truly, madly and deeply moved by Arlington’s response to this call to action. And we promise, it -- and YOU -- will make a deep and lasting impact for Arlington families who face tough choices when it comes to feeding their families healthy food.

"As one parent told EATS, 'Sometimes we have to choose between paying rent or buying food. Arlington EATS has helped my family tremendously in defraying the cost of food.'"


May 3, 2015: Arlington EATS: Feeding students when school is out


This announcement of this event was published Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. This report about the results was published Wednesday, March 16.

'MUCHAS GRACIAS,' Arlington

Town residents' generosity rallies Nicaraguan players

Young ballplayers in Valle de Casa in Central Nicaragua.Young ballplayers in Valle de Casa, Nicaragua, sport gear from  Arlington.

Last spring, the youngsters from rural Nicaragua shown at left had no uniforms or equipment. They were using dried-out fruit as baseballs and rake handles as bats.

Then Bill McQueeney and the Arlington Youth Baseball and Softball Association (AYBSA) got involved.

McQueeney works for Rural Water Ventures, a nonprofit based in Sudbury that provides fresh-water wells to remote villages in Nicaragua. He asked the AYBSA to help the children of the small, rural community of Valle de Casa in central Nicaragua who were in desperate need of baseball equipment.

Arlington met the challenge, and, at holiday time, these are youngsters in baseball-crazy Nicaragua are saying "muchas gracias."

Recently, following the end of Nicaragua's rainy season, enough equipment and clothing to outfit a number of teams were delivered to Valle de Casa.

The Agua Para La Vida (APLV) health promoter in the region assisted with this process and indicated that the kids were "absolutely ecstatic."

'Beautiful act'

Aynn Setright, president of APLV Nicaragua, wrote in an email, "This was a beautiful act of solidarity and kindness, and makes so many people happy. What the children have received from the good folks of Arlington is beyond their wildest dreams. They will remember it and the day they received it for the rest of their lives."

The AYBSA has received numerous heartwarming letters of thanks from the children in these photos. In the next few weeks, APLV Nicaragua plans to deliver equipment and clothing to several more villages in the area.

How did the effort hit such a grand slam?

Hearing McQueeney's appeal to help an area that is among the most abandoned, deprived and destitute in the Americas, Arlington pals got to work. Gregg Malatesta, an AYBSA manager and friend of McQueeney, and Capt. Richard Flynn of the Arlington Police Department formed a partnership between Rural Water Ventures and the association.

Paul Carroll, association president, was on board, and the group ran with it.

On May 3, the AYBSA offered a six-hour collection point outside the Ed Burns Arena for a used baseball equipment and apparel in conjunction with its Dana-Farber Cancer Institute blood drive.

The pitch was no curve; it was straight down the middle from the AYBSA:

In Nicaragua, as in Arlington, kids are crazy about baseball. When the weather cooperates, kids like to hit the fields, play catch, hit dingers.

Unlike in Arlington, many kids in Valle de Casa don't have bases, bats, balls, caps or shirts. They spend most of their time in school or working to help their families to survive. When they do play, they use hard-shell fruits for balls and rakes and shovels as bats.

AYBSA asked the public to help by collecting used bats, balls, gloves, caps, team jerseys, bases. The AYBSA said it would package up these items and deliver them to Rural Water Ventures.

And that's what happened.

Overwhelming generosity

"The generosity of the Arlington baseball community was overwhelming, with enough used equipment and uniforms collected to outfit several teams," noted Flynn.
Flynn said he has been involved with the AYBSA as a baseball manager and member of the board for the past 10 years. "I have found this to be a fantastic way to connect with the kids in town, teach the game of baseball and to give back to the community where I live and work," he wrote in an email.

The Arlington Youth Baseball and Softball Association thanks the town's baseball community and all those who donated their used baseball equipment in May.
Those involved also thank their new friends at Rural Water Ventures for their assistance in collecting, shipping and transporting the equipment to Nicaragua.

These efforts have helped to enrich the lives of the children in Valle de Casa and exemplify the true meaning of the holiday season, Flynn wrote.


This story was published Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. 

Help Undercovers rock Teen Empowerment

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Teen Empowerment, with a site in Somerville for 12 years, plans a celebration of its success of that program. The Undercovers, a band led by Stanley Pollock of Arlington, will be playing classic rock at Johnny D’s in Davis Square on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 7 p.m. until as late as 10:30.

In addition, some Teen Empowerment youth from sites in Somerville and Boston will put their musical talents on display.

The cover charge of $12 (for 12 years) benefits Teen Empowerment.

This will be one of the last chances to gather at Johnny D's before it closes its doors and turn into high-end real estate in a few months. So the 3-fer on Oct. 27th is: The music, helping out TE and just being at Johnny D's before it is no more.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event page >>


This announcement was published Tuesday, Oct, 20, 2015.

May fire victim laid to rest in England; fund at $24,000


June 5 (full version): A displaced woman details ordeal for her, neighbors


Vance GilbertGilbert sang June 10.

UPDATED, Sept. 17: Echoes of the fatal May 5 blaze at the Arizona Terrace condos continue.

Arlington police report that the family of Wai Cheong, who died in the fire, was laid to rest in August, in the cemetery in Leeds, England, where his father is buried.

At the same time, the Housing Corporation of Arlington reported to contributors this month that its fund for those displaced by the fire had swelled to $24,000.

Police said the family shared a photo of the marker.

The fire, which began on May 5 around 4 a.m., claimed the life of Mr. Cheong. Sixty units were made uninhabitable; 36 wrer reported destroyed and 24 damaged, requiring repairs.

Help for those displaced first came the local efforts. Leader Bank stood up, offering low-interest loans through May. Then the housing corporation announced a public fund-raiser, held June 10 at the Regent. 

Then the U.S. Small Business Administration announced in mid-June that businesses and residents affected by the fire can apply for low-interest disaster loans.

At the time, the housing corporation had raised $18,518, said Pam Hallett, executive dorector.

Leland Stein, co-owner of the Regent, wrote June 15 that the theater raised $1,550 for the fund -- $1,125 from 45 tickets sold plus $425 in CD sales (100 percent donated by the artists who performed at the event).

"Certainly, we were hoping for a better turnout," he wrote, "but it was a wonderful event and evening for those of us who attended, performed and hosted."

 The loans were available in response to a letter from Gov. Charles Baker on June 5, an SBA news release says.

"The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Massachusetts with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans," said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet in the release.

Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta, said in the release.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA, to make improvements that help prevent the risk of future property damage caused by a similar event.

Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations and 1.688 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online here >>

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s customer-service center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice[at]sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage was Aug. 10. The deadline to return economic-injury applications is March 11, 2016.

"Businesses of any size and nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets," said Robert H. Nelson, SBA’s district director in Massachusetts.

 The Regent provided most of the following for the June 10 concert:

Humorous ad-Vance man

Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 1990s, when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking 'em dead at open mics. He has continued to do so, including at a show this month at Harvard Square's Club Passim. In addition, read a 2011 review >> 

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert’s stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City tour.

Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including four for Philo/Rounder Records. He has opened for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, George Carlin, Paul Reiser and the Subdudes. Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert’s compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller’s craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy-nominated children’s album. How rounded is that?

Hip harpist

Henson-Conant is a Grammy-nominated electric harp virtuoso with a wicked sense of humor, a gutsy set of vocal chords and a theatrical flair.

Forget the demure harpist -- she’s known a showman, entertainer and solid musician compared to musical greats from Leonard Bernstein to Jimi Hendrix -- and she plays a custom-built 32-string electric harness harp.
She’s opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, starred in her own special on PBS, toured as a symphony soloist with the Boston Pops and as a rock harpist with guitar legend Steve Vai. She has her own online school for harpists around the world.

Drumbeat for good

Woody Giessmann, a longtime musician and visual artist, is most known for his work with The Del Fuegos. Woody has recorded 22 studio albums and shared the stage with Tom Petty, Siedah Garrett, ZZ Top, The Kinks, James Brown, NRBQ, X, Los Lobos and INXS.

He is the founder and CEO of Right Turn, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides a safe and welcoming atmosphere to creative people in recovery. The Arlington-based program is moving to Watertown days after this show.

Does this fiddler purr?

Katz Katz -- a musician, author and painter -- casts a wide net of creative endeavors. Ilana’s music mainstay is blues and old-time Southern fiddle, but her versatility as an improvisational musician beckons her to play all kinds of music.

She loves performing in Boston’s subways, but she often sits in with blues musicians all over New England and wherever her travels take her. Ilana has had the great honor to perform with many great musicians, including Ronnie Earl, Cedric Watson, Joe Moss and Diane Blue. “Marlyn’s Blues.” off her debut record, "I’ve Got Something to Tell You," has recently been nominated for best new blues song by Big City Blues Magazine.

Boston Music Award nominee

Powhida  is a multiple Boston Music Award nominee, and his songs have been featured in episodes of My Name is Earl and Men in Trees. He has sung on recordings by The Click Five, Sarah Borges and The Gentlemen.

You may have seen him perform with his beloved Boston rock and soul combo The Rudds or even as guitarist with rock-'n-roll icon and author Bebe Buell. The winner of the 2011 Boston Rock and Roll Rumble with his band John Powhida International Airport, this past April in Little Rock, Ark., he stood in for Todd Rundgren fronting the 1974 version of Todd Rundgren’s "Utopia" with three original members. His band’s latest CD, "Airport Life," features Boston Music Award song of the year nominee “cover me i’m going for milk."


Donations for Brookside Condominium fire victims

Thanks to the Housing Corporation of Arlingtonfor setting up a fund for those affected by the May 5 fire at Brookside Condominiums. When making a donation, please be sure to note in the "Designation (Optional)" field "Fire." Funds collected will go to assist those displaced by the fire. You can make your donation here.


This extended announcement was published Sunday, May 24, 2015, and updated Sept. 17.

Quad Cycles' 2nd bike swap raises over $1,600 for schools

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UPDATED, July 7: Quad Cycles, Arlington’s locally owned bike shop since 2000, held its second annual bike swap in support of the Arlington Education Foundation on June 20 and 21, raising over $1,600 and beating last year’s contribution by 50 percent. 

"Last year, we were among donors who helped the AEF upgrade Arlington schools’ 6th grade computer science curricula and equipment, install a fully equipped science, technology, engineering, and mathematics lab at Arlington High School, and develop additional resources for other subjects," Rustem Gode, owner of Quad Cycles, said. "We’re looking forward to helping the AEF conclude the Technology Initiative and pursue even greater goals in the future."

Quad Cycles plans to host another bike swap next June and hopes to make the bike swap an even larger than it was this year.

Last year, Gode was looking for a way to help the Arlington cycling community keep itself on high-quality and affordable new bikes, as well as to make a contribution to the Arlington Education Foundation, and he came across the idea of hosting a bike swap. "It was a great way to get people on good bikes and help out the Arlington Education Foundation. Last year, we raised over $1,000 for them, and this year we want to raise even more money," he said.

Quad Cycles will examine sellers’ bicycles on June 19, provide them with a suggested price, and let them set the selling price of their bike. Then, on June 20 and 21, buyers can visit Quad Cycles, look for bikes in their size and price range, and buy them from the shop that day.

Sellers can choose to receive 90-percent store credit for the sale value, 75 percent of the sale value as a check, or to make the full-sale value a donation to the Arlington Education Foundation.

For sellers who choose to receive a check or store credit, 10 percent of the sale value will be donated to the Arlington Education Foundation.

Additionally, Quad Cycles will donate its used bicycles, and 100 percent of those sales will be donated to the Arlington Education Foundation.

For more information about the bike swap, you can visit www.quadcycles.com/bike-swap, stop by the store at 1043 Mass Ave. in Arlington, or call 781-648-5222.


This announcement was published Thursday, June 11, 2015, and updated July 7, with amount raised.

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