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UPDATED, July 28: Arlington’s culinary options keep expanding. On July 19, the Select Board unanimously approved two additional food providers:

  • Ginger Exchange Express/Master Pies

Can’t decide between ordering take-out pizza and Asian food? Now you can do both from one place.

Ginger Exchange Express/Master Pies will offer a wide variety of pizzas, salads and appetizers, along with an assortment of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean cuisine, including sushi, Pad Thais, and rice and soup bowls.

Located in the Heights at 1181 Mass. Ave. (former Great Wok site), Ginger Exchange Express/Master Pies will be open daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., providing take-out and delivery only. 

  • Richie’s Slush 

Do hot, humid days increase your thirst? Richie’s Slush will soon be available―enjoy 4-ounce, 10-ounce and 2.5-gallon buckets of delicious Italian ice, provided by hawker/peddler Annjone Goodridge. 

A mobile pushcart will be stationed at a few town locations during several summer weekends, noon to 6 p.m., at Mass. Ave. and Pleasant Street, Pond Lane to Spy Pond, and Linwood Street to Spy Pond.

“Goodridge’s targeted locations can accommodate people at different places,” said board member John Hurd. 

Go-Out-Doors Art 

Between now and Oct. 31, you’ll notice a decoratively painted, music-themed door in Memorial Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Alton Street and Mass. Ave. 

“We have chosen this site because there are musically oriented businesses and live music in the area. The door is set at an angle so it can be appreciated by folks that walk by in both directions,” writes Laurie Bogdan, project coordinator, Go-Out-Doors Arlington, in a memo to Ashley Maher, a manager in the Select Board office.

Go-Out-Doors–Neighbors is a regional public art campaign that promotes healthy outdoors activity, environmental appreciation and intertown regional tourism in Concord, Lexington and Arlington.

“I love the cleverness of the title,” said board member Eric Helmuth. 

Town Manager receives excellent evaluation

Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine has received an outstanding annual performance review by Select Board members provided by Caryn Malloy, director of human resources. On a scale of 1 to 5, Chapdelaine received an overall score of 4.76. See the details >> 

In his review, Chapdelaine was complimented for his accessibility and communication skills. Strengths include “command of the town’s finances, hiring and development of management staff, an outstanding work ethic, personal integrity and dedication to doing the very best work possible. He is also seen as helpful and respectful to residents.”

“This is a testament to the great job he’s been doing for the Town of Arlington, and how much we appreciate the value Adam brings to the community,” said board Chair Steve DeCourcey.

Chapdelaine thanked everyone and said, “I appreciate praise and positive reinforcement, and the constructive criticisms are helpful, so I know where I stand. I feel gratified for the time I’ve been here, and to be held in such high esteem. I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and continue with the great work that Arlington is doing.”

In June, the manager withdrew from consideration after Natick offered him the position of town administrator, the third time in his nine years as town manager that he had sought a job beyond Arlington.

Connect Arlington eyes sustainable transportation

Connect Arlington’s Sustainable Transportation Plan aims to provide a safe, reliable, multimodal transportation network that meets the needs of all people of all ages and abilities, and safe facilities for all users, no matter how they travel.

“The plan transforms the way we look at transportation in, to, and from, Arlington,” said Jenny Raitt, Arlington’s director of planning and community development.

“It’s an ambitious plan, with eight different strategies. Arlington has a robust public transportation network, and we want to make it even better so people have many different options of ways to get around,” said Daniel Amstutz, senior transportation planner.

Strategies include:

  • Prioritize street safety;
  • Ensure roadway designs are for all users, not just cars; and
  • Improve safety at intersections and road segments with the greatest pedestrian and bicyclist conflicts.

“We’ve been accomplishing quite a bit during the master plan process, such as micromobility―taking people to and from the last mile of their journey” because Arlington lacks rail stations, said Amstutz.

The board unanimously approved the plan.

“Sustainability is an issue we all in Arlington can get behind. This plan has many goals to help us move forward,” said Hurd.

“This is an exceptional plan that makes clear what actions the town could take. Arlington has many traffic concerns, and we have to be transformative. This guide will help us do that, and provides clear examples of what is possible,” said Helmuth.

Housing Production Plan updated

“The Housing Production Plan serves to meet the town’s housing demands and needs. The current five-year plan expires this November, which is why we’re updating it,” said Raitt. 

Raitt and her department reached out to town boards and committees, local organizations and multiple entities in Arlington to engage in the plan-creation process, hoping that more people continue to engage.

“This plan covers housing needs, assessments and constraints; the capacity to meet these needs; the steps to meet them; and an implementation plan that outlines our goals. It can help achieve multiple town goals, such as transportation, and be a springboard for Arlington’s housing-update plan,” added Raitt.

Raitt and her department are engaging people in town to discuss housing and the need to address the affordability crisis.

For example, at the weekly farmers’ market, a planning representative has been talking to people about housing issues, explaining the housing plan. Planning also distributes fliers that outline the plan’s process, what to expect, ways people can engage as well as offers a minisurvey. 

Select Board to appoint new AHA tenant member next month

The Select Board plans to appoint a new Arlington Housing Authority (AHA) member at next month’s meeting, Aug. 9.

All AHA applicants are asked to submit written statements. Board members then plan to interview the applicants at the Aug. 9 meeting, with board Chair DeCourcey overseeing the election process.

“Following the reforms to the tenant-appointment process, the Select Board has the duty, authority and responsibility to appoint a tenant member to the AHA. The statutory timelines state that applications, from either tenant organizations or directly from people without tenant organizations, were due to the town clerk by July 16,” explained Town Counsel Doug Heim.

Assessors seat

The Select Board plans to hold a joint meeting with the town Board of Assessors on Monday, Aug. 16, to discuss making an interim appointment for the seat long held by Kevin Feeley until his death in June. A moment of silence was held for Feeley at the start of the July 19 meeting. 

Watch the meeting recorded by ACMi:

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This news summary, by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert, was published Tuesday, July 27, 2021. It was updated July 28, to correct the name of the board seat to be filled, an editing error.