Select Board in April 2019.
The 2019 Select Board: Joseph Curro Jr., center rear, flanked by colleagues.

UPDATED Nov. 4: The Select Board on Oct. 25, honored Joseph Curro Jr. for his multitude of services to the town: a member of the Board of Selectmen/Select Board from 2012 to 2021, School Committee 2008 to 2012 and Human Rights Committee 2006 to 2008, and a Town Meeting member consecutively since 2003. Curro also served as chair of each committee.

Curro thanked his current and former board members, the town’s professional staff, legal team and public employees, including the DPW, library, parks and recreation department, human resources, IT and more. “We couldn’t do anything without the support of our residents,” he said.

“During my time on the Select Board, we helped create Arlington’s cultural district, install pay-by-phone parking meters, establish many safety improvements and improve transportation with dedicated bus lanes. 

“I also served on the school enrollment task force, getting the high school rebuilt. We negotiated a better deal for both Arlington High and Minuteman High schools. 

“In addition, we made important social-justice improvements. We created the Rainbow Commission and expanded protections for gender expression/identity. We advocated for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and was happy to see Arlington celebrate this holiday for the first time earlier this month,” said Curro.

Board members offer praise

All current Select Board members offered expressions holding Curro in high esteem.

Chair Steve DeCourcey: “You did a lot of great things for the town, and you’re still active. We’re all better for your important speeches.” 

Diane Mahon: “You have so much energy and commitment to take on so many subcommittee responsibilities. You always brought back salient points, and helped the board achieve many successes.”

John Hurd: “You offered me advice, even when we were competitors running for the Select Board. You attend every town event, and I have a lot of respect for you.”

Len Diggins: “You’re a wonderful writer, and have a great way with words.”

Eric Helmuth: “You always make time for people, and celebrate the accomplishments of artists and those striving for peace, justice and equality. You’ve been an inspiration to me in public service.” 

Janemarie Hillier moment of silence

A moment of silence was held in memory of Janemarie Hillier, a longtime Arlington resident who passed away Oct. 16. 

Hillier served on the Select Board from 1985–1991, was chair of the Library Trustees of Arlington and was also teacher for more than 50 years. 

Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11

Arlington is sponsoring its annual Veterans Day Parade, which returns to an in-person event this year and is set for Thursday, Nov. 11, starting at 10:30 a.m.

As it did before the pandemic, the parade will begin at Walgreen’s Pharmacy on Mass. Ave. and proceed to the central fire station in Arlington Center for the ceremony and placing of wreathes. The ceremony will be conducted inside the fire station, so in keeping with public health guidelines, face masks are required. 

Junior High West/Ottoson Middle School celebrates centennial 

In honor of Arlington’s Junior High West/Ottoson Middle School’s 100-year anniversary, the Select Board issued a proclamation stating, “The school has for 100 years had an integral role in the development of the Town’s most important resource, our children.”

Select Board member John Hurd reminisced about “lots of great memories, teachers and administrative staff” at the school.

See the entire Oct. 25 broadcast on ACMi:

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This news summary, by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert, was published Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, and updated Nov. 4, to adjust some quotes.