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It's festival time -- for Greeks and porches

Festivals are coming your way soon -- a traditional one from the Greek community at month's end and the third annual Porchfest in June.

selectboard 42718The Greek festival, a major annual fund-raiser for St. Athanasius the Great, is set to take place May 31 through June 3.

Porchfest, going townwide this year, is to be held noon to 6 Saturday, June 9. The rain date is the next day.

Nick Kriketos spoke for Constandinos Ioakimidis, Parish Council president, and requested a special beer-and-wine license for four days, a one-way designation of Appleton Place (from Mass. Ave. to Burton) and closing of Acton Street during nonschool hours.

Kriketos said he is "very excited" about the event and expects similar crowds as have been attracted in the past. Selectmen approved the request, 5-0.

2 zones HQ for Porchfest

Linda Shoemaker, executive director of Arlington Center for the Arts, told the board that the growth of Porchfest now encompasses the town. The event splits Arlington in two -- as porches in the west zone (from the Center to the Heights) offer music from noon to 2 p.m., and those in the east (Center to Cambridge) from 2 to 6 p.m.

The headquarters for event is the centrally located lawn in front of the Jefferson Cutter House, where those involved with Arlington Public Arts are to set up table.

"There a lot of good energy for this idea," she said.

She said a do-it-yourself sign-up system serves those offering porches and groups seeking to perform. You are encouraged to set establish an profile online. "Like a Porchfest dating site," she said.

Last year, 140 bands and 80 porches were involved, and she said the ACA is on track this year for the same numbers.

Asked about a deadline for signing up, she said the online system allows registration right up until show time, June 9

After the board voted, 5-0, Shoemaker handed out Porchfest stickers.

For more, including what happened last year, click here >> 

Other business

In other business, all in 5-0 votes, the board:

-- Read a proclamation: James D. Hobbs, a former town resident who died in January at 77. See why the board declared a day for Hobbs >> 

-- Approved a request to sell wine at Farmers' Market from Pony Shack Cider Inc., Nathan J. McKinley, Boxborough;

-- Approved a sandwich board for Bishop School PTO Bear Fair at Mystic Street and Ridge Street, May 11 to May 20, Jean Finochetti Clark, Bishop School PTO;

-- Approved a one-day beer-and-wine license for May 11 at Town Hall for the Boys & Girls Club 80th birthday celebration, Derek Curran, Arlington Boys & Girls Club;

-- Appointed Laura Pierce to the Board of Youth Services (term to expire 1/31/2021); and

-- Approved a food-vendor license for Arlington Convenience, 245 Mass. Ave., Davinder Sharma.

The board referred to the Board of Health a letter about rodent concerns in Kilsythe Road neighborhood from Emily Cause, 21 Kilsythe Road and neighbors.

This news summary was published on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

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