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UPDATED May 13: Arlington Friends of the Drama (AFD), one of the 10 oldest continually operating community theaters in the country, says that its musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth N...
The Minuteman School Committee met at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in a remote meeting mode only. The Zoom link is accessible here >> According to the agenda, the committee was prepared to review...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m., Monday, May 20, in hybrid session: in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., and also via Zoom; the la...
Members scuttle move toward potential sale of small wooded parcel A major step toward possibly allowing Arlington residents ages 16 and 17 to vote in future municipal elections prevailed May 8 at Town...
The Arlington School Committee is scheduled to meet at 6:30 tonight, Thursday, May 9, in hybrid session -- via Zoom and in-person at Arlington Public School District's office, 14 Mill Brook Drive, sec...
UPDATED May 10: Town Meeting members in their concluding vote at the Wednesday, May 8, Special Town Meeting voted "no action" on Article 5, a resolution for a proclamation seeking an immediate permane...
UPDATED May 8: To coin a cliche, session 4 on Monday, May 6, seemed to be the proverbial calm before what is hoped not to be a political storm in Town Hall on Wednesday, May 8 ( though rain and possib...
UPDATED May 8: In a second victory in as many sessions on an animal-related issue, Article 16, prohibiting retail sales of pets, passed easily on Wednesday, May 1, at the third session of annual Town...
UPDATED May 1: Warrant Article 15 , banning the sale of new fur, passed easily toward the end of session 2 of annual Town Meeting on Monday night, April 29: 194 in favor, 50 opposed and five abstainin...
MWRA logo for illustration only UPDATED May 13: The reported Covid-19 infection rate in Middlesex County, which includes Arlington, has fallen yet again. This most recent number, 290, is lower than th...
Menotomy Minutemen reenactors enter Town Hall Auditorium on April 24, 2023, exactly one year before Session 1 began at Town Meeting, when the same group briefly performed. / Bob Sprague photo UPDATED...
UPDATED April 29: The Arlington Select Board met Wednesday, April 24, in hybrid session: in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., and also via Zoom. The meeting...
News analysis UPDATED April 24: So, what is Town Meeting, and why should Arlington residents care about it? According to Arlington's website, " Town Meeting is the Legislative branch of Arlington. It...
The Arlington School Committee met Thursday, April 11, 2024, in hybrid session -- via Zoom and in-person at Arlington Public School District's office, 14 Mill Brook Drive, second floor. A brief reorga...
Helmuth Hurd Thielman Morgan UPDATED at 4:30 p.m. April 10: Facing no opposition, all incumbents were reelected Saturday, April 6, 2024. According to unofficial results published late Saturday, April...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m., Monday, April 1, in hybrid session: in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., and also via Zoom. Am...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m., Monday, April 8, in hybrid session: in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., and also via Zoom. Am...
The future of the Regent Theatre is envisioned to be similar to its past and present, though one of its two co-owners intends to retire as soon as a suitable successor can be found. Richard “Rick” Sta...
Input could be conveyed ahead of meeting date The Arlington Park and Recreation Commission plans to host a meeting seeking public input about the preliminary design of mountain-biking trails and park...
The Arlington Select Board met at 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, in hybrid session: in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., and also via Zoom. Many topics were...
UPDATED March 24: The more than 60 members of the Family Folk Chorale presented an early spring performance celebrating the music of American singer Brandi Carlile at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 24, at Arli...
The Arlington School Committee and Superintendent Elizabeth Homan, in a March 14 meeting lasting less than 45 minutes, discussed the slightly revised version of the fiscal 2025 school budget, which in...
The Arlington School Committee met the evening of Thursday, March 21, 2024, in hybrid mode -- in-person plus remote participation. The in-person location was, as usual, the Arlington Public School Dis...
The Arlington Select Board plans to meet at 7:15 p.m., Monday, March 18, in hybrid session: in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., and also via Zoom. Many top...
UPDATED March 17: Arlington Friends of the Drama completed its production of, the Massachusetts premiere of "Court-Martial at Fort Devens," playing at the AFD's theater, 22 Academy St., March 1 throug...
The Arlington School Committee met at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in hybrid mode -- in-person plus remote participation. The in-person location is the Arlington Public School District's office, 14 M...
The Minuteman School Committee met at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in a remote meeting only. The Zoom link was accessbile here >> In February, 2024, the committee chose Heidi Driscoll to become...
UPDATED March 19: The Minuteman School Committee continues to negotiate a contract with recently hired superintendent-director Heidi Driscoll and move forward with a number of other issues. These incl...
The Arlington Park and Recreation Commission is gathering data that could be used eventually to determine a potential fee for public park use by private entities -- and some residents and business own...
The Arlington Select Board met Monday evening, March 4, in hybrid session: in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., and also via Zoom. Many topics were on the a...
Heidi Driscoll is designated to become new permanent superintendent-director later this year at Minuteman. UPDATED Feb. 28: After extended discussion, the Minuteman School Committee voted at 9:30 p.m....
Remains of charred Rainville family home behind yellow tape, Strafford, Vt., mid-February. / James M. Patterson photo, copyright Valley News, West Lebanon, N.H. UPDATED March 20: People in at least th...
UPDATED Feb. 24: Mystic Chorale of Arlington invited the public to hear more than 175 members singing gospel music, led by award-winning director/composer Jonathan Singleton, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb....
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in a hybrid session: in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., and also via Zoom...
The Minuteman School Committee met at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, in hybrid mode; both in person in the Paul Revere Room, 758 Marrett Road, and via Zoom here >> The committee, after three hours...
UPDATED Feb. 28: The Arlington School Committee is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, in hybrid mode -- in-person plus remote participation. The in-person location is the Arlington Public Sch...
The atmosphere was festive for the 2024 Lunar New Year celebration Jan. 15 at Town Hall. / Crystal Lin photo UPDATED March 5: Some 250 people, including volunteers and local residents, recently attend...
'Gibbs Overnight Experience' approved. UPDATED Jan. 24: The Arlington School Committee on Jan. 11 unanimously approved the “Gibbs Overnight Experience,” a retooled version of what a few years ago had...
The Minuteman School Committee has scheduled a meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, as a remote meeting only. The Zoom link is here >> The committee is scheduled to review various reports, includin...
The Arlington School Committee is set to meet tonight, Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6:30, via in-person plus remote participation. The in-person location is the Arlington Public School District's office, 14 M...
UPDATED Feb. 8: The Minuteman School Committee has announced three meetings this week, all in the Paul Revere Room, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington. The committee is interviewing three finalists for the s...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 tonight, Monday, Feb. 5, in a hybrid session: in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., and also via Zoom...
Superintendent finalists to tour campus, be interviewed this coming week “This was a complicated meeting with three very different, complicated topics,” said Jeffrey Stulin of Needham, chair of the Mi...
Minuteman School Committee met twice Monday, Jan. 29 in a remote session. The zoom link for that first meeting, a budget hearing, can be accessed here >> The first agenda is here >> while the second a...
The Town of Arlington was the host for its second annual Lunar New Year celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Robbins Memorial Town Hall Auditorium, 730 Mass. Ave. The holiday is sign...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, in a hybrid session: in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., and also via Zoom....
Menotomy Preschool staff members outside the new building. / photos courtesy Arlington Public Schools Arlington residents were invited to tour Menotomy Preschool plus the Phase 2 spaces of the new Arl...
This traffic sign is intended to draw drivers' attention to the crosswalk at Park and Wollaston avenues -- the scene of two serious injuries to pedestrians within 6 weeks. UPDATED Jan. 19: In the last...
The Arlington School Committee is set to meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11, to be conducted via hybrid means: in-person plus remote participation. The in-person location is expected to be held at t...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m. today, Monday, Jan. 8, in hybrid session: in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., and also via Zoo...
UPDATED Dec. 22: In just 10 minutes, the Arlington School Committee in a special meeting Thursday, Dec. 21, essentially gave a holiday gift to dozens of paraprofessionals at Arlington Public Schools (...
Unidentified faculty member accused of inappropriate conduct UPDATED: A faculty member at Arlington Catholic High School, 16 Medford St., recently was put on administrative leave, escorted from the bu...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18, in a hybrid session. It is set to meet in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave. Th...
The Arlington School Committee is set to meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, to be conducted via hybrid means: in-person plus remote participation. The in-person location is expected to be held at t...
UPDATED Dec. 10: Arlington Friends of the Drama invited residents to the romantic comedy "One Slight Hitch," which opened Dec. 1 and ran through Dec. 10, 2023. Residents may attend an 8 p.m. performan...
UPDATED Dec. 10: Boston's long-running intergenerational chorus The Family Folk Chorale held a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., featuring the music of British...
The two-story library is a key piece of the project. / photo by Arlington Town PIO Joan Roman UPDATED Nov. 15: The largest and most complex of the four phases of the ongoing reconstruction of Arlingto...
Mystic Brass Ensemble , Arlington’s community brass ensemble, held a "Holiday Pops" Christmas concert at the First Baptist Church, 819 Mass. Ave. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. The ensemble played Ger...
UPDATED Dec. 4: The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, on the second floor of Town Hall and on Zoom. Register for the Zoom meeting here >> The meeting agenda is a...
The Arlington School Committee is set to meet Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. This is expected to be a hybrid meeting, with the in person option held at the Arlington High School on the second floor, 1...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 tonight, Monday, Nov. 20, in a hybrid session. It is set to meet in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave....
UPDATED Nov. 16: The Harvest Moon Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at First Parish Church, 630 Mass. Ave. This is the sale's second year back after having been shut down from...
The Arlington School Committee is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Nov. 16, to be conducted via hybrid means: in-person plus remote participation. As usual, this meeting is expected also to...
Festive planter outside Cambridge Savings Bank, which sponsored six planters throughout the area. / Courtesy Arlington Heights Community Association Arlington Heights is tapping into the holiday spiri...
Minuteman School Committee is meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 in a remote session. The zoom link for this meeting can be accessed here >> The agenda is here >> and the committee's websit...
UPDATED Nov. 4: Arlington's community chorus, Mystic Chorale, held its fall performance Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Cary Hall, 1605 Mass. Ave., Lexington. There was also a virtual attendance op...
Mystic Brass Ensemble , Arlington’s community brass ensemble, inaugurated its seventh season 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, at First Baptist Church, 819 Mass. Ave. This season's program was titled "Sac...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 8, in hybrid session. It is set to meet in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. A...
The Arlington School Committee is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. As usual, this is to be a hybrid meeting, both in-person and remotely, at Arlington High School's committee room on the si...
Lynn Bishop of Arlington Lynn Bishop, an Arlington resident and executive vice president of The Edinburg Center, received the Ruth M. Batson Advocate of the Year Award at the 48th Annual Providers’ Co...
District stays the course with known quantity through end of school year UPDATED: Making good on its Oct. 12 promise to make a choice within two weeks, the Minuteman School Committee voted on Tuesday,...
The Arlington Select Board met at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in hybrid session. It is set to meet in person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave. On the agenda: a reque...
UPDATED Oct. 14: The local organization Healing Options for Post-traumatic Experiences ( HOPE ) plans to host a short film screening Monday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. in the community room of the Robbins Lib...
The Arlington Select Board was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in a hybrid session. Included in this meeting is expected to be a review of the board's overrride commitments from Chair Eric Helmuth an...
A former Inspectional Services Department director in Arlington made certain admissions of repeated actions involving conflict of interest, paid a fine -- and the case was dismissed by the state Ethic...
The Arlington Select Board met at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in a hybrid session, with topics including the Mugar Wetlands, Special Town Meeting, the end-of-year budget and an update regarding the...
This moody meditation on the holiday, at Thai Sticky Rice on Mass. Ave., is by Soline Fisher, 16, Arlington High School student. / Courtesy Arlington Heights Community Association. UPDATED Oct. 12: Bl...
A rescuer tends to a fox. / Arlington Police Department photo Hardboiled cop, tender-hearted environmentalist or just about anyone in between, no one wants to see small animals -- a typical wild red f...
Minuteman School Committee met remotely at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. The zoom link for this meeting can be accessed here >> The agenda is here >> and the committee's website can be found here >> The...
Superintendent-director, district/committee, union all release statements; settlement agreement may have quietly been reached UPDATED Oct. 11: Per a statement requested by and received by YourArlingto...
Minuteman School Committee met at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 by remote participation only for able 20 minutes. Those interested in attending were able to access the meeting here >> The agenda is here >>...
UPDATED Oct. 9 : A century ago, a few members of the Arlington Women’s Club decided to form a new group: Friends of the Drama. Since then, Arlington Friends of the Drama, or AFD, as the community thea...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27. This is expected to be a hybrid session with a zoom option or in-person at the Select Board chambers, second floor, To...
The Arlington School Committee is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Sept. 21. As usual, this is to be a hybrid meeting, both in-person and remotely, at Arlington High School's committee room...
UPDATED Sept. 19: A settlement may be forthcoming as soon as this week in the case of Michael F. Byrne, a former inspectional services director for the Town of Arlington who retired in 2021 -- and who...
The Arlington Select Board met at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 11, 2023, in a hyrbid session, with topics including the Mugar Wetlands, site of a long-proposed and controversial housing development, on the agenda....
UPDATED Sept. 12: Minuteman School Committee was scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.12, in person only, in the Paul Revere Room at Minuteman High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington. The age...
Schools' Superintendent Elizabeth Homan UPDATED Sept. 10: The Arlington Public Schools dismissed classes at more than half its schools before lunchtime Thursday and Friday of that week because of the...
The Arlington School Committee is set to meet tonight, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. This is planned to be a hybrid meeting with a zoom option or in-person at Arlington High school's committee room, located o...
In an online-only meeting lasting less than an hour, the Arlington School Committee chose a representative to a town body, approved revisions to student handbooks and reached agreements with the union...
The Arlington School Committee held a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 6:30 p.m., beginning with a public comment portion. This meeting is set to be held virtually only, according to the committ...
UPDATED Aug. 29: Minuteman School Committee met at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in person in the Paul Revere room at Minuteman High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington. This meeting was set to be a clo...
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To cope with class sizes and enhance education in primary grades at Thompson School, the Arlington School Committee earlier this month approved a new position – inclusion specialist -- as the district...
UPDATED: Minuteman School Committee moved ahead with two midlevel management positions, approved a student handbook and discussed financial issues before heading into closed session Tuesday, Aug. 15,...
UPDATED: Minuteman School Committee is slated to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, in person and via Zoom in the Paul Revere room at Minuteman High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington. This is expec...
Massachusetts Governor Maura Tracy Healey UPDATED Aug. 1: Local residents might soon see the state's top official -- Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey -- around town. According to the Boston Globe , as...
Schools' Superintendent Elizabeth Homan UPDATED Aug. 1: If Arlington residents happen to witness first-responder vehicles -- squad cars, fire engines and so on -- around Stratton Elementary School thi...
'MBTA Communities' expected to identify zones eligible for multifamily housing Residents discussed zoning issues at the first MBTA meeting, June 8. / Tony Moschetto photos UPDATED July 25: The MBTA Co...
ARB member Kin Lau with 3-D map . / Tony Moschetto photo UPDATED July 27: Setbacks, shade trees and the first public presentation of a 3-D MBTA Communities map were topics at Monday night’s Arlington...
UPDATED Aug. 3: With two meetings scheduled in a single week in a season when meetings often don’t occur at all, the Minuteman School Committee may be nearing resolution of a situation that has roiled...
Longtime Arlington resident Nathan L. Goldshlag, 73, last month pleaded guilty to a single charge of enticing a minor and was immediately sentenced to three years' probation with conditions, online re...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m. Monday, July 17, in a regular session in person in the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall. This meeting is also on Zoom. Regist...
UPDATED: The Independence Day event, formerly scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Robbins Farm Park, 51 Eastern Ave.-- an outdoor rock concert, food booths and later a simulcast of Boston-based f...
The Arlington Health Department on Monday, July 3, issued a public health advisory for Hills Pond due to a harmful algal bloom, also called an HAB. People and pets are all strongly advised not to make...
MacNeal Ford Walker UPDATED: In addition to approving a strong pro-LGBTQIA+ resolution June 15, as previously reported , the Arlington School Committee also voted unanimously to support the town’s Nov...
Kegs of beer bearing town name await local suds fans. / Image courtesy Arlington Brewing Co. UPDATED July 2: At the height of the pandemic in 2020, local residents Tom Allen and Matt Guernsey were cha...
AAUW graphic UPDATED June 19: In a move that likely gratified those who spoke in its favor during public comment earlier in the meeting, the Arlington School Committee on June 15 unanimously voted for...
UPDATED June 21: The Minuteman School Committee on June 13 voted unanimously to purchase vehicles, to approve a student trip and to go behind closed doors to discuss minutes of closed sessions from th...
UPDATED June 6: One hundred years ago a group of women from the Arlington Women’s Club decided to form a new group: Friends of the Drama. The first meeting was chaired by Vittoria Colonna Dalin, wife...
UNFPA graphic Residents will need to wait until at least mid-June for a chance to have formal objections on any topic processed at Arlington Public Schools. Following a brief discussion and by unanimo...
Mystic Brass Ensemble , Arlington’s community brass ensemble, plans to close its season with full wind ensemble works and a soprano soloist on Sunday, June 11, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 819 M...
Muse Stew performed "Summer Breezes" from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 25, in the Arlington Center for the Arts' Shaira Ali Gallery on the third floor of the newly renovated community center at 20 Academy...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 26, in a regular session in person in the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall. This meeting is also on Zoom. Regist...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, in a regular session in person in the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall. This meeting is also on Zoom. Reg...
The Arlington School Committee has scheduled its regular meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, in person on the sixth floor of Arlington High School and on Zoom. See the agenda for the regular meet...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 5, in a regular session in person in the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall. This meeting is also on Zoom. Registe...
Superintendent-Director Kathleen Dawson Principal George Clement UPDATED June 2: Arlington residents and others the evening of May 25 extolled Minuteman High School Principal George Clement, excoriate...
UPDATED May 25: The reshaped Walter G. Hurd Field, far left, was rededicated and reopened at a ribbon cutting with town and elected officials at 5:30 p.m.Thursday, May 25, followed by a baseball game...
UPDATED May 16: Still going strong as one of the oldest community theaters in the country, Arlington Friends of the Drama, or AFD, is on track to conclude its 2022-2023 season on a fun and uplifting n...
Principal George Clement Superintendent-Director Kathleen Dawson UPDATED May 19: By unanimous vote supported by resounding praise, the Minuteman School Committee on the evening of Thursday, May 18, ch...
Arlington’s Mystic Chorale plans to prove that Celtic music isn’t all Irish at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Cary Hall in Lexington , as it takes the audience of its "Celtic Roots" concert on a musical...
EL Education graphic The Arlington School Committee has unanimously adopted the administration-recommended literacy program for the elementary school level. It is called EL Education and was chosen ov...
The Spy Pond and Parmenter playgrounds officially reopened on Monday, May 1, the Park and Recreation Commission has announced. A Town of Arlington email May 4 included a thank you to the team at Kyle...
The Arlington Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m. Monday, May 22, in a regular session in person in the Select Board chambers, second floor, Town Hall. This meeting is also on Zoom. Registe...
The Arlington School Committee has scheduled its regular meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in person on the sixth floor of Arlington High School and on Zoom. See the agenda for the regular meeti...
UNFPA graphic UPDATED May 2: Sex education is being taught somewhat differently in Arlington Public Schools now. Is the curriculum new? Is it appropriate? Was it sufficiently publicized? Are district...
TeachThought image UPDATED April 25: Controversy continues about sex education at elementary campuses within Arlington Public Schools. There was to have been a public hearing about it at Thursday even...
Arlington Public Schools are becoming more culturally and linguistically diverse, with some three dozen languages estimated to be spoken in local homes, the Arlington School Committee was told. Englis...
Bill Hayner with Reps. Dave Rogers, Sean Garballey. / APS photo A man of compassion, conviction and commitment to the community. That is how those who know him well described William “Bill” Hayner, lo...
Concord Youth Theatre's Teen Company brings "13: The Musical" to its West Concord stage, running Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, a theater representative said. This coming-of-age story feat...
UPDATED May 29: When this reporter was growing up in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, a favored place to buy what were then referred to as albums, records or LPs was a Southe...
School Committee at METCO in March. / METCO photo UPDATED April 4: The School Committee unanimously passed the 2023-24 school year budget at its March 16 meeting, held at the office of the METCO progr...
Arlington's Sophia Zhang prepares. / Koltun Ballet Boston photo A Watertown-based ballet school recently took home the award for outstanding school at this year's Youth America Grand Prix ( YAGP ) bal...
Elizabeth Homan given five-year contract renewal. UPDATED: The School Committee at its March 16 meeting announced a "successor contract employment agreement" with Dr. Elizabeth C. Homan, who has been...
'We haven’t heard any issues.' -- Teacher Nicole Eidson regarding heterogenous pilot The School Committee on March 2 heard positive reports about Arlington Public Schools’ athletics, preschool, mathem...
McDonald Contracting of Arlington has created the 2023 McDonald Contracting Trades Scholarship, to be awarded to one person later this year. This is the first time that the scholarship is being offere...
Interim director praised UPDATED Feb. 18: Social-emotional learning, availability of counselors and social workers to students, and parental awareness of what’s provided could be better at Arlington P...
Ford Walker UPDATED Feb. 12: Members of the School Committee were so eager to hire the district’s new second-in-command that they approved the contract before approving the appointment when they met t...
Acknowledgment later made about email's relative lack of context/nuance Credle Thomas UPDATED Feb. 26: Margaret Credle Thomas, director of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice (DEIBJ) a...
The situation at Arlington Public Schools with regard to Covid-19 in recent days is reminiscent of the first line of a well-known protest song : “There’s something happening here; what it is ain’t exa...
The School Committee at its regular meeting Jan. 26 heard a first read of recommendations for the school calendar for the next three school years. Superintendent Elizabeth C. Homan recommended no chan...
Ford Walker Dingman Smith UPDATED Jan. 30: The selection process for the deputy superintendent of teaching and learning is nearly complete, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth C. Homan a...
UPDATED Feb. 1: African-American history, animation, architecture, ceramics, design engineering, digital photography, ethnic studies, history of music in film, filmmaking, marketing, metalsmithing/jew...
Number to 'build budget on.' -- Kirsi Allison-Ampe UPDATED Jan. 30: The School Committee acknowledged – and did not adopt – an operating-budget allocation of nearly $89 million for the upcoming school...
Roderick MacNeal is moving on. Dingman, Ford Walker, Smith named as finalists for second-highest post UPDATED Jan. 17: Three finalists for deputy superintendent of teaching and learning have been sele...
Discussion of Covid, rats, pay for teachers . It’s money that matters: That Randy Newman song title from 1988 was the theme of much of the Jan. 12 School Committee meeting. There was some talk about C...
Staff absences below the crucial 10-percent level, per superintendent UPDATED Jan. 11: An estimated three-quarters of those on campus appear to be wearing masks both last week and the first part of th...
UPDATED Dec. 30: Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Homan has issued a "strong recommendation" -- but not a requirement -- that everyone on campus mask up for several days when classes...
UPDATED Jan. 12: The next court proceeding for an Arlington man facing a single charge of enticing a child under age 16 is now set for March. The defendant is Nathan Goldshlag, 73, of Arlington. Golds...
Melissa Parker UPDATED Dec. 28: The head of a local nonprofit health organization recently completed training on using MDMA to treat people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.MDMA...
Town officials attend subcommittee meeting, offer assistance '[teachers and parapro-fessionals] felt heard.' -- Julianna Keyes UPDATED Dec. 19 -- Rooms too cold or too hot, ceiling leaks, and possible...
Page leads a recent rehearsal. / Mystic Chorale photo After 33 years of service, founder and Artistic Director Nick Page will lead a final season of preparation for his final concert with Mystic Chora...
Next up at Arlington Friends of the Drama -- the town's century-old community theater organization -- is the fast-paced comedy “Light Up the Sky” by Moss Hart , as AFD continues its centennial season....
The late Richard Horn, author of the novel titled Encyclopedia. / courtesy Richard Schober Tough Poets Press , founded, owned and operated solely by Richard Schober of Arlington, is about to release i...
Targets upgraded training, higher pay for TAs 'It's the most impressive union budget report that I have seen.' -- Paul Schlichtman UPDATED Dec. 6: The Arlington Education Association -- the local teac...
Elizabeth Homan receives first evaluation. Rod MacNeal Jr. heading to private school. UPDATED Nov. 20: Personnel was the theme of the Nov. 17 School Committee meeting: The superintendent was rated pro...
Rogers Garballey Friedman UPDATED Nov. 12: The Massachusetts Legislature has passed a $3.76 billion relief package to provide energy assistance, support transportation needs and invest in small-busine...
The Family Folk Chorale plans a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday Nov. 20 at Arlington's town hall, 730 Mass. Ave. Scheduled to perform are Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem along with members of the Family Folk Choral...
Watch the sub grow on ACMi: UPDATED Nov. 11: The venerable delicatessen in Arlington Heights, D'Agostino's , has supported building what its owner says now has the distinction of having been New Engla...
'Students overall are more diverse than our staff.' -- Robert Spiegel, human-resources director The Arlington Public Schools have hired more than 200 new employees in the past 13 months, Human Resourc...
Alasdair Fraser You don’t have to be Scottish, wear a kilt or even speak English to enjoy Scottish dancing and its traditional music. You can hear renown fiddler Alasdair Fraser with cellist Natalie H...
Work on the paved connection from Hurd Field to the Minuteman Bikeway is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 24 and is expected to last about one week. During this time, the public will have no access...
"A Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers" is set for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave. It is presented by the local music organization Arlington Jazz . Art Blakey and The...
Michael Mason Town Hall’s loss is Arlington Public Schools’ gain. Michael Mason Jr. will stay at the APS central office -- with, as of January, an enhanced title and an increased salary -- rather than...
Camp goal is community-building, social-emotional learning and joy. UPDATED Oct. 20: A reimagining of the program formerly known as science camp, changes in standardized test scores, concern about att...
Arlington High School seeks host families for international students, authorities announced earlier this month. “Every year, as part of our efforts to encourage intercultural learning, we invite inter...
UPDATED Oct. 1: Spooky witches, glowing jack-o-lanterns, scary ghosts and more October-appropriate artistic efforts should soon be visible as local residents decorate 55 designated storefront windows...
Minuteman High School’s 2022 Hall of Fame Ceremony was held Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Paul Revere Conference Room at Minuteman High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington. The cere...
Proposed condos and retail space at 1021-1025 Mass. Ave. / Harrison Mulhern Architects UPDATED: The town Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) plans to meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, for a hearing about...
'... a big chunk of money... the right choice.' -- Kirsi Allison-Ampe Taking funds from nearly $8m contingency UPDATED Sept. 28: Agreeing with the superintendent, the School Committee voted unanimous...
Muse Stew is scheduled to perform at the Arlington Center for the Arts on Friday, Sept. 30, from 8 to 10 p.m. The performance will take place in the ACA’s Shaira Ali Gallery on the third floor of the...
'... a very successful first day of school.' -- Superintendent Homan Short-term space crunch at AHS next year, new logos UPDATED Sept. 12: With an uneventful first week of classes, an uptick in enroll...
UPDATED Aug. 29: The renovation to the North Beach Ramp at Spy Pond began Tuesday, Aug. 23. The path connection from Linwood Road to Pond Lane was temporarily closed at the playground so that the acce...
Arlington police officer Mike Hogan and his K-9 partner, Eiko, were recently recognized at a Boston Red Sox game, Chief Julie Flaherty reported. Hogan and Eiko attended the Aug. 9 game at Fenway Park,...
UPDATED Aug. 22: The renovation of Hurd Field began Monday, Aug. 22. According to the town of Arlington, the project will require the restriction of access through the field and closing part of the pa...
Michael Mason UPDATED Aug. 19: The Town of Arlington has hired Michael Mason as deputy town manager, effective in November, and he has responded to a request for comment, saying he wants to "contribut...
'We are filling positions as quickly as possible.' -- Robert Spiegel UPDATED: Nearly 50 vacancies remain at Arlington Public Schools with only a few days to go before the new school year starts -- a p...
Louise Grasmere and Linda Shoemaker plan to present a beautiful blend of groove and melody -- original works and arrangements inspired by what life sends their way. Vocals, acoustic guitar, cigar box...
The Civic Engagement Committee of EnvisionArlington held a forum on insurance on July 7. At that forum, former Town Meeting member Andrew Fischer made a presentation giving his views about insurance a...
It’s time again for one of Arlington’s venerable Town Day traditions -- the Friends of the Robbins Library’s Town Day Book Sale. The sale will take place in the parking lot behind the library as well...
The Arlington Board of Health on July 21 issued a public health advisory for Hill’s Pond at Menotomy Rocks Park because of a visible algal bloom. The board strongly advises residents not to swim or st...
Arlington, Cambridge Middlesex County sheriff's cadets. Arlington children ages 8 through 12 were among those graduating from the Youth Public Safety Academy’s first session earlier this month. Altoge...
Aerial drone view shows updated Broadway Plaza in July. / Town of Arlington photo Where history meets modern sidewalks UPDATED July 20: An estimated 50 people attended the Tuesday, July 19, ribbon cut...
Friedman Friedman files bill responding to Roe decision The Massachusetts state Senate on Wednesday, July 13, unanimously passed a bipartisan bill protecting providers, residents and visitors to the C...
'It's been a bit of a roller-coaster ride.' -- Superintendent Homan In its final scheduled meeting until Sept. 8, the School Committee on Thursday, June 23, celebrated the school year’s end and respon...
UPDATED June 13: For the 2022 Town Meeting, 13 was the lucky number. At length, the marathon Zoom sessions that began April 25 ended Wednesday, June 8, with No. 13. Here is a summary of five votes, th...
'[Schoolchildren] have missed out on so much already.' -- Parent Elizabeth Pyle Overnight science camp – a beloved Arlington Public Schools institution that is no more – was a continuing topic at Thur...
UPDATED June 9: In a cordial, swiftly paced yet longer-than-average session, Session 12 on Monday, June 6, passed eight articles -- a record number for the 2022 Town Meeting to date -- including the f...
The goal is to protect staffing levels on all campuses. -- Dr. Homan UPDATED June 1: With Covid-19 cases generally down in town and in the Arlington Public Schools, the temporary indoor mask mandate r...
'Our No. 1 priority is to make sure we stay open for in-person learning.' -- Superintendent Homan Teens and those who work with them now must wear masks indoors at public schools as the Town of Arling...
UPDATED May 6: Arlington Town Meeting, in its fourth session, Wednesday, May 4, supported three significant issues: to ban the sale of plastic water bottles, to oppose the use of facial-recognition te...
Progress plods on UPDATED May 11: Town Meeting, during session five on Monday, May 9, voted in favor of Article 17 ( regulation of gas-powered leaf blowers ). Here is the annotated warrant for tonight...
' [R]ebuilding the whole school culture.' -- AHS Principal Janger UPDATED: Aware that the pandemic has had a negative impact on the emotions and behavior of many students, area educators are approachi...
' [HGI is] not a zero-sum game.' -- Superintendent Homan Some say move to heterogeneous grouping is too soon UPDATED April 21: In the most deeply divided vote on any matter in almost three years, the...
Masks still required at Menotomy Preschool. Accord reached on Covid-19 pay UPDATED April 12: Face masks became optional on the buses of Arlington Public Schools starting Friday, April 1, Superintenden...
Meetings shift to 'hybrid.' -- Bill Hayner $84.4m spending plan for next fiscal year The School Committee on March 17 adopted the district budget unanimously at its shortest meeting in many months and...
'This is a huge change.' -- Liz Exton Required for 2- through 5-year-olds in preschool, day care UPDATED March 18: Mask-wearing at Arlington Public Schools will be optional starting Monday, March 7, i...
Preliminary figures indicate close to 60% of fourth graders have at least moderate psychological problems. -- Sara Burd UPDATED Feb. 17: Contrary to what other authorities have suggested , large numbe...
Arlington Public School nurses in January. Covid-testing protocol changes Tuesday The School Committee heard mostly good news at its meeting Thursday, Jan. 27: The pandemic appears to be receding, enr...
Infections in schools very high compared to a month ago but less than in town as a whole. -- Elizabeth Homan UPDATED Jan. 25: Covid numbers are starting to head down while staffers have been stepping...
'The vast majority of kids have adapted.' -- Michael Thompson The talk’s title, “The Kids are Alright,” echoed that of a classic-rock song by The Who, a feature film starring Annette Bening and even a...
As to masking, 'we created our own metric.' -- Elizabeth Homan UPDATED Dec. 23: Apart from the one-day TikTok concern, Superintendent Elizabeth Homan described a longer-term issue her report to the De...
'People with a variety of experiences can work as subs.' -- Rob Spiegel Substitute teachers – especially college students now on winter break from their classes – are actively sought by Arlington Publ...
'... the trend started on TikTok as a ‘national skip day’ and then got twisted....' -- Dr. Homan UPDATED Dec. 10: Aware of vague threats having been made on social media against schools, Arlington’s...
'It’s hard to get substitute coverage.' -- Rob Spiegel UPDATED Dec. 6: Filling long-vacant positions this school year and funding new ones next year were main topics for the School Committee on Thursd...
'No place to take a break.' -- Stratton parent Rachel Ostrow UPDATED Nov. 23: Space constraints at Stratton School became a top concern at the School Committee meeting Thursday, Nov. 18. The matter is...
State indoor masking rule extended to Jan. 15 in view of holidays. UPDATED Nov. 1: Covid-19 cases have been low in Arlington Public Schools for the past few weeks, vaccine clinics for schoolchildren m...
“All groups performed higher than the state” average as a whole. -- Roderick MacNeal Jr. UPDATED, Oct. 21: To the surprise of no one, Arlington results on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Sy...
10 cases at Hardy, AHS power failure, U.S. funds to support instruction. UPDATED, Sept. 28: Coping with the pandemic has become front-and-center at Arlington Public Schools in the first two weeks of t...
“We are happy that in a very challenging recruiting year for schools, we have been able to attract very talented employees to join the Arlington Public Schools.” -- Robert Spiegel Arlington Public Sch...
'Big ideas' include communication, student access, extended learbning time. UPDATED, Sept. 20: How to use federal funding to make up for learning loss over the past 18 months of the ongoing pandemic i...
Current staff vaccination rate is 97.3%. UPDATED, Sept. 14: The Arlington School Committee at its Thursday, Sept. 9, meeting unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement with the Arlington Education...
One resident objected strongly to the mask requirement. 'Test-and-stay' protocol outlined UPDATED, Aug. 29: The School Committee voted unanimously Tuesday, Aug. 24, to approve the reopening plan for A...
“This is the first arrow that we’re shooting at a moving target.” -- Elizabeth Homan Committee to vote later this month UPDATED, Aug. 19: In her first School Committee meeting as superintendent, Dr. E...
“Thank you for everything you have done for us.” -- Bill Hayner UPDATED, June 25: The work of outgoing Superintendent Kathleen Bodie won praise at the Thursday, June 10, School Committee meeting, poss...
EDITOR'S NOTE: YourArlington has published a summary of every School Committee meeting over the last two years and has consistently reported about the public schools since the site began, in 2006. Som...
AHS has phased into five-day-a-week on-campus instruction for more than 85 percent of its students . UPDATED, May 28: In the shortest and least controversial meeting in at least the past 10 months, th...
'No evidence of transmission in schools,' Bodie says Reopening plans for AHS 'going on all guns.' -- Principal Matthew Janger UPDATED, May 17: The quarantine period for a student with a positive resul...
In its 15-minute organizational meeting held Monday, April 12, the School Committee unanimously voted for Bill Hayner to serve as chair, Liz Exton as vice chair and Kirsi Allison-Ampe as secretary. Pa...
Some remote instruction to continue alongside in-person 'We’re excited about the prospect of having kids back in school.' -- Principal Matthew Janger Five-day-a-week on-campus instruction at Arlington...
AHS to follow at date to be determined 'We are not thinking of applying for a waiver.' -- Superintendent Kathleen Bodie UPDATED, March 30: Arlington middle-schoolers will study on campus full time sta...
Globe, March 14: Teachers union leaders back emergency legislation delaying students’ return to school buildings 'This is what we have to do.' -- Jane Morgan, committee chair UPDATED, March 17: Confro...
Baker won't let teachers get shots ahead of 'most vulnerable,' Patch reports 'providing vaccines directly to municipal health departments, the state would be treating teachers and staff as the essenti...
Remote academy to remain an option; 3 feet between desks possible. The School Committee has directed administrators to create a plan for full, on-campus instruction in spring, including a possible mov...

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