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Take-out window at 1050 Mass. Ave., Brattle Square.

This spring, we can all enjoy Del’s signature all-natural, soft-frozen lemonade – not just in Rhode Island, where it is a tradition – but right here in town. 

Del’s Lemonade plans to open a take-out window at 1050 Mass. Ave., Brattle Square. Also served will be ice cream, hot dogs, snacks and candy. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The building will keep its existing structure, and just replace the windows to allow take-out orders. No indoor seating is available.

Owner Paul Piatelli, whose license application was unanimously approved Feb. 22, looks forward to being a good asset to Arlington. “We plan to host lots of charitable events to help the community, and want to hire local kids to work at the store,” said Piatelli.

Del’s was founded in 1948, using a family recipe from Italy for its signature lemonade.

“I’m excited about having Del’s in Arlington,” said board member Steve DeCourcey.

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Town preservation improvements recommended 

The Community Preservation Act Committee recommends the following townwide improvements, as presented by Eric Helmuth, chair, and unanimously supported by the board:

  • Hurd Field renovations ($1,493,026) —Repair long-overdue drainage issues, fences and benches. Also create recreational opportunities at the nearby Arlington Reservoir by connecting it to Hurd Field. (There’s currently no path around the field.)
  • Drake Village renovations ($251,793)—Restore windows, renovate buildings and replace steel doors. 
  • Jason Russell House preservation ($249,625)—Provide a heat pump to the currently unheated house in order to save the house for another generation. 
  • North Beach ramp at Spy Pond Park ($40,000)—Protect the shoreline from erosion. 
  • Spy Pond Playground ($490,883)—Replace the equipment, which is many years past its natural lifespan, on one of Arlington’s most heavily used playgrounds. 
  • Old Schwamb Mill building envelop ($55,000)—Replace and restore the windows on the barn (house windows already replaced/restored).
  • Foot of the Rocks study ($55,000)—Fund a study to improve this battlefield memorial honoring Revolutionary War heroes by making it more visible and a potential tourism site.
  • Homelessness Prevention: Leasing Differential Program ($27,228)—Provide grants to cover the gap between what federal subsidies provide and what landlords charge, to enable market-rate apartments.

Furthermore, the Minuteman National Park 2025 Committee is preparing to show the history of Arlington and neighboring towns, said Community Preservation Act Committee member Clarissa Rowe. “I get great satisfaction out of the work done in Arlington,” she said.

Board member Diane Mahon suggested acquiring statues to attract tourists, as Lexington does.

Board Chair John Hurd, whose family Hurd Field is named after, said, “People approach me about the conditions at Hurd Field. I have no control over what happens at Hurd Field.”

Arlington Housing Authority tenant rep

A new law signed by Gov. Baker changes how town’s tenant board members are chosen. One member will be appointed by the governor, three members elected by the town and one “tenant board member” appointed by the town. The law takes effect May 15.

“This is a reform bill to have a tenant representative on the Arlington Housing Authority,” explained Town Counsel Doug Heim.

The “tenant board member” can be a tenant or authorized adult household member residing in public housing in the town, or an authorized adult member of a household participating in a rental-assistance program administered by the town’s housing authority.

Town nets low-interest bonds

“Arlington got a remarkable 1.77 percent interest rate on a $77,945,000 30-year general-obligation bond issue, and 0.55 percent on a $100,000 89-day bond anticipation note issue,” said Town Treasurer Phyllis Marshall.

Deputy Town Manager Sandy Pooler said, “This is one of the lowest bond interest rates I’ve seen in my life. We had a lot of bidders. This will save the town $300,000 per year on the capital side and $400,000 on the high school side. Our goal is to save residents on their taxes,” said Pooler.

Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine concurred, “This is good news to share with our residents.”

“Where there are tax savings, we’re doing everything we can to not reach into voters’ pocketbooks,” said board member Diane Mahon.


The board unanimously approved the following town committee appointments and reappointments:

  • Arlington Redevelopment Board—Melisa Tintacolis (term expires Jan. 31, 2023). “I have a background in urban planning, with a focus on economic development. I saw the opening and wanted to make a contribution to the town,” said Tintocalis.
  • Election Modernization Committee―Giovanna DeStefanis, AHS junior. “I would love to be on committee to help prepare for the general and run-off elections. It would be cool to provide residents with voting information, help them register to vote, and provide transportation. I want to bring our country closer to a just democracy, and encourage young people to vote,” said DeStefanis.
  • Board Designee to Election Modernization Committee to replace Joseph Curro Jr., who resigned Len Diggins

Arlington Tree Committee―Steve Moore (term expires Dec. 31, 2023)

Everett Street pole line work OK'd

The board unanimously approved Eversource Energy’s request for a grant of location to install a hip guy/anchor at Everett Street and Broadway. This work is necessary to support the existing pole line along Everett Street, and all immediate abutters will be notified.

DeCourcey said, “I approve this grant, subject to the conditions in their engineering memorandum. And if there’s a new pole, to remove the old pole. I don’t want a double pole there.”

Town Meeting member Beth Melofchik addressed the issue of double poles: “There are double poles all over town that need to be attended to.”

Contractor/drainlayer license approved

The board unanimously approved a contractor/drainlayer license for Kallenback Enterprises, Inc., Nahant. 

See the ACMi video of the Feb. 22 meeting:

Feb. 24, 2021: 7 citizen articles advance, 3 get no action

This news summary by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert was published Monday, March 1, 2021, and updated March 4, to add ACMi video window.