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First Parish fair harvests 160 years ...

Celebratory, historic fund-raiser held, but its story lasts


Quilt created by church member Marilyn Jackson to be raffled off at the fair.Quilt created by church member Marilyn Jackson was raffled off at the fair.

UPDATED, Nov. 21: If you drove by First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church -- that’s the big, white, modern building in the center of town – just before 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, you were likely to see a line of people making its way from the church door down to Mass. Ave. and out toward Pleasant Street. “What’s going on here?” you might well ask yourself. The answer is an event that’s been happening almost every year since 1856 – a church fair that blooms like a desert rose for one day and then vanishes without a trace. Now known as the Harvest Moon Fair, this salute to autumn reaches back 160 years.

The poster for the first fair announced that it would be held at Town Hall in “a room … fitted up in the fashion of one hundred years ago.” Hosted by the women of the Social Circle, the fair was held to raise funds for rebuilding the “meetinghouse,” which had been destroyed by fire on New Year’s Day in 1856. According to church member and historian Jo Anne Preston, the Social Circle (which later merged with the Women’s Alliance to form the Social Alliance) was one way for women to participate in the life of the church and allowed them, in Preston’s words, “to have their own money and therefore their own power.”

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Dallin Museum fund-raiser celebrates Cutter House renewal

Restored Jefferson Cutter House sports a new yellow glow.Restored Jefferson Cutter House sports a new yellow glow.

To celebrate the completion of a major exterior restoration, the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum will hold a Summer Soiree gala fund-raiser on Sunday, Aug. 7.

The event will begin with remarks at the museum at 5 p.m., followed by a reception at the historic Whittemore-Robbins House, from 5:30 to 7:30. The house is next to the Robbins Library, at 670R Mass. Ave.

This festive summer evening will feature performances by violinist Coleen Bennett, flutist Elaine Huff and harpist Tess Epperson Maxwell. Guests will also enjoy gourmet hors d'oeuvres and desserts, wine and beer (cash bar) and a silent auction promising exciting surprises.

The soiree will raise funds to support the museum's high-priority goals for the coming year, including expanded education programs and exhibit upgrades. Proceeds will also provide crucial funding for collections care and operations.

Reservations for the event are $50 per person or $60 the evening of the event.

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

The exterior restoration of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum's town-owned building, known as the Jefferson Cutter House, is the result of a collaboration between the museum's nonprofit and the Town of Arlington.

"I would like to thank Ted Fields and Jennifer Raitt in the Department of Planning and Community Development, the Arlington Board of Selectmen, Redevelopment Board, Historical Commission, the Museum's municipal Board of Trustees, and Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine for their commitment to this project and to the Dallin Museum," Heather Leavell, the museum's director/curator, said in a news release Friday, July 15. "Together we have built a successful model for how nonprofits and municipalities can work together to achieve their goals."

Built about 1830, the Jefferson Cutter House is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The groundwork for the restoration was established in 2013, when Leavell secured a grant on behalf of the town for a conservation assessment of the building.


Architect Wendy Frontiero of Beverly was selected to document the building's conservation concerns. She found significant deterioration of the wood-shingled roof, failing gutters and downspouts, and areas of decay on sills, corner boards, trim, siding and windows.

In 2015, Leavell, with the help of Arlington's former Director of Planning and Community Development Carol Kowalski and museum adviser Patrick Guthrie, secured a $65,000 grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Projects Fund to address the exterior concerns documented in Frontiero's report.

Additional funds

Additional funds for this ambitious $200,000 project were contributed by the town and the Community Development Block Grant Program. After a public bidding process, the town selected the Aulson Co. of Methuen as the general contractor. Ted Fields, Arlington's Economic Development Planner, served as the project manager.

"Guiding the restoration of the Cutter House was a great honor," Fields said in the release. "The project showcases the best aspects of historic preservation: a committed team working collaboratively to not just preserve, but enhance, an important community asset and a vital link to Arlington's past."

The project team was composed of Chris Pocoli, Aulson Co.; Fred Lamburn, Town of Arlington building craftsman; Patrick Guthrie; Geraldine Tremblay, museum board director; and Sarah Burks and Aimee Taberner, museum cochairs; Fields, Leavell and Frontiero.

The scope of the restoration included a new cedar shingle roof; repair of the roof drainage system; conservation of sills, siding, trim, and doors; restoration of all 28 windows; historic paint analysis and exterior painting.

Preservation consultant William Finch of Beverly conducted the paint analysis by examining samples taken from the building's exterior. He determined that the house was originally white. Desiring a fresh look (the building has also been white for the last 26 years), the project team selected the original 1850s color scheme: dark yellow (matched to Sherwin Williams "Golden Fleece") with white trim.


Confluence of business, culture

As the location of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Cutter Gallery, the Jefferson Cutter House is a tremendous resource for the community.

Jennifer Raitt, director of planning and community development, explains why this project has been so important: "Preserving the Jefferson Cutter House allows the sharing of special spaces and environments across generations. Many studies have shown the positive economic benefits of historic preservation.

"Arlington is lucky to have this resource in Arlington Center. With the site's proximity to the bikeway and transit, it's easy to visit the museum, Cutter Gallery and Chamber, relax in Whittemore Park, and shop and dine at the many surrounding businesses."

Members of the Chamber and Cutter Gallery were in full support of the project. "We are extremely pleased with the improvements to the Jefferson Cutter House," said Beth Locke, executive director of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. "The building is the perfect home for the Chamber. It's central location and proximity to parking makes the Chamber office easily accessible to our members and prospective members. We appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into making the project such a success."

The Dallin Museum, which has been closed for construction since March 28, will reopen Saturday, July 23, for Arlington Public Art's annual popup exhibit Chairful Where You Sit and a performance by the Creek River String Band in front of the museum.

The Summer Soiree, the museum's largest annual fund-raiser, will mark museum's official reopening, on Aug. 7. "The Soiree gives us the opportunity to thank all those who worked so hard to make the restoration a success," says Tremblay, museum board director. "We look forward to celebrating this major accomplishment with members of our community, all of whom support and recognize the Museum for the gem that it is."

Soiree guests will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, which includes a private tour of Cyrus Dallin's home, a VIP travel package to Salt Lake City and Springville, Utah (Dallin's birthplace), a behind-the-scenes look at the world famous Skylight Studios in Woburn, a gorgeous, hand-turned oval mirror produced at the Old Schwamb Mill, and beautiful artworks by Anne-Marie Delaunay Danizio and Dennis Lucas. For descriptions of these, and dozens of other auction items generously donated by museums, sports teams, theaters, art centers, attractions, restaurants and individuals, click here >>


The soiree is made possible by the generosity of these sponsors:

Visionaries: Daniel Johnson, Ken, Betsy & Jean Dallin Doherty, Winchester Co-operative Bank

Altruists: American Alarm, Century 21 Adams, Century Bank, The Dallin Family, Anne Ferguson & Peter Drench, Leader Bank, Mirak Automotive Group, and Watertown Savings Bank

Sustainer: Bowes Real Estate Real Living

Advocates: Arlington Adult & Family Mediation LLC, Arlington Community Media, Sarah Burks, Doukakis-Corsetti Insurance Agency, Inc., Hilt Studio, Gibbons Electric, Rogers & Hutchins Funeral Home, Tibbetts Landscaping Inc.

About the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

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 of Arlington, Massachusetts. The Museum, located at 611 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Center, is open Fridays through Sundays from 12:00-4:00 P.M. For information on admission, exhibits, and programs, visit or call 781-641-0747.

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is proud to promote and support its more than 250 members by creating a collaborative environment among businesses, community and government within the Town of Arlington; by assisting members in their professional development by offering education and information; and by providing opportunities to make connections and build relationships. The Chamber celebrates it's 100th anniversary this year. For information visit or call 781-643-4600.

The Cutter Gallery Arlington is dedicated to the promotion and support of aspiring and established local artists by providing exhibition space, support, and encouragement to bring creative arts to life. For more information visit

The Jefferson Cutter House is a well-preserved example of early 19th-century domestic architecture. Jefferson Cutter was a seventh-generation descendant of one of Arlington's founding families.

Cutter was a turner, millwright and edgetool maker. He built his Greek Revival, salt-box-style house around 1830 to accommodate his growing family. Of particular importance is the home's elaborately carved main entry door, whose design appears to be unique and likely the work of Jefferson Cutter himself.

The interior of the house remains largely intact, retaining its four room, center hall plan, fireplaces, and much of its original interior trim and moldings. The house was originally located two miles north on Mass. Ave. The Mirak Family owned the property and generously donated the house to the Town of Arlington in 1989 to make way for their dealership. Following the transfer, the town of Arlington moved the Jefferson Cutter House to its present location in Arlington Center.

This extended announcement was published Monday, July 18, 2016.

TO THE RESCUE: Elegant dinner supports Food Link

Rescued appetisers: Carla DeFord photo                                                   Carla DeFord photo

First were the appetizers: caprese skewers (at right), salmon mousse on cucumber rounds, pastrami and tenderloin steak-tip sliders and crackers-and-cheese platters with grapes.

After the 90 guests were seated, Lex Eat Together volunteer servers went into action and brought out the soup course: watermelon gazpacho, followed by the entrée: fish-and-crab cakes with greens and red-cabbage slaw.

Then the dessert carts rolled out of the kitchen loaded with flourless chocolate cake, fresh fruit salad and warm homemade bread pudding. That was the menu on the evening of Thursday, July 27, at the Food Link Rescue-to-Table fund-raiser dinner, held at the Church of Our Redeemer in Lexington, where Lex Eat Together provides weekly community meals for those in need. The event raised $13,000.

Fresh shots of the fund-raiser >>

A feast fit for royalty, 80 percent of Thursday night's dinner was prepared from rescued food.

As chef Bruce Lynn, who created the meal, noted when speaking to the guests, eating rescued food is *not* dumpster diving. To prove his point, Lynn, a Food Link volunteer and the lead chef of Lex Eat Together, said that the same kind of high-quality produce served that night is provided by Food Link to the Lex Eat Together program every week.

DeAnne Dupont, cofounder of Food Link, thanked the board and volunteers of Lex Eat Together for hosting the dinner and the church for the use of its beautifully renovated basement room, a k a the Great Hall. She noted that 40 percent of food grown or sold in the United States goes to waste and that one in 10 residents of Massachusetts does not get enough nutrients. 

Food Link was founded to help stop the waste and "break the barrier of access," as Dupont put it, by rescuing nutritious surplus food from local retailers and distributing it, free of charge, to 30 social-service agencies. Doing its work with the help of more than 100 volunteers, Food Link is on the job every day of the year except for Christmas and Thanksgiving, "because that's when the stores are closed," Dupont noted. 

Among those in attendance at the dinner were Arlington Selectman Joe Curro, state Representative Jay Kaufman, newly elected state Senator Cindy Friedman and Rabbi Howard Jaffe of Temple Isaiah in Lexington. The guests left with bouquets of rescued flowers and gift bags containing recipes for dishes made that night as well as a few rescued goodies. 

It was a summer night to remember -- a celebration of food rescue and the Food Link community.    

For further information about or to volunteer with Food Link, visit

May 24, 2017: As Food Link turns 5, big birthday surprises

Oct. 11, 2016: Chamber honors nonprofit cofounder

Aug. 8, 2016: Linking up with DeAnne Dupont: By-the-numbers retiree rescues food

This news announcement was published Monday, June 26, 2017, and updated to a news summary by YourArlington Carla DeFord on July 31. 

Arts center tops $25K challenge, issues new goal for June

Awarded $187,000 state grant after signing lease for new home

MCC Executive Director Anita Walker, Linda ShoemakerMCC Executive Director Anita Walker, left, with Linda Shoemaker.

Updated, June 2: Arlington Center for the Arts' $25,000 match challenge has been met, ahead of schedule, with more than 140 individual gifts, totaling $25,418, Executive Director Linda Shoemaker announced Friday, June 2. 

To continue the momentum, members of ACA's board and staff have issued a new $10,000 challenge during June.

"I want to extend a big thank you to each and every one of you who helped us meet this challenge," Shoemaker wrote in a news release. "The "New ACA" is a giant step closer, thanks to your generous support."

She urged supporters to chip in again and meet the latest challenge.

The ACA, securing its new home on the third and fourth floors of the Senior Center after signing a lease with the Redevelopment Board, received word May 18 that it has been awarded a $187,000 Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund Grant. 

ACA was one of 61 projects funded under the state effort in this year’s grant cycle. Awards were announced on Thursday, May 18, at a reception with Governor Charlie Baker and leaders of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and MassDevelopment, who jointly administer the fund.

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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.


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
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
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


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

Donations are also being collected through 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 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

Krystle Campbell, Hordon Health Facebook photoCampbell

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

AEF logo

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

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

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
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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

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.

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