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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.