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Edith M. Fox branch library on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington may be totally rebuilt. UPDATED April 20: After the Select Board unanimously voted in January to receive an enhancement plan (download this...
Mugar: Most of it is the triangular tract west of Thorndike Field. / Google Earth UPDATED April 3: The town's Conservation Commission is due to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, via Zoom. The public m...
Mugar: Most of it is the triangular tract west of Thorndike Field. / Google Earth UPDATED Feb. 15: The town Conservation Commission has scheduled its sixth hearing about issues related to Thorndike Pl...
The Select Board on Feb. 5 unanimously voted to receive Arlington’s proposed fiscal 2025 budget -- a $218 million plan reflecting a 3.22-percent increase over FY24. Next year’s fiscal budget maintains...
The town's Conservation Commission met at 7 p.m. Feb. 15,2024, via Zoom: one was able to register here>> the meeting's agenda can be viewed here >> As per the commission's agenda, there was expected t...
When you’re out and about in town this month ‒ Arlington Center, the Heights or East Arlington ‒ be on the lookout for colorful banners displayed along Mass. Ave. as the town observes Black History Mo...
Great news, art and music lovers of drinking age! The Arlington Select Board has unanimously approved Arlington Brewing Company 's pop-up taproom at Roasted Granola for the next several months, allowi...
The town's Conservation Commission met at 7 p.m. Feb. 1, 2024, via Zoom. There were discussions about a proposed amphibian restoration project, commission suggestions pertaining to the Eagle Scouts Pr...
Complex configuration at Park Avenue, Paul Revere and Wollaston. / Google, Apple Maps image via Adam Auster After several recent accidents at the Park Avenue/Wollaston Street/Paul Revere Road intersec...
Sarah Suarez The town of Arlington's Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) has named Sarah Suarez as assistant director. In that capacity, Suarez now works with department Director C...
UPDATED Dec. 6: Arlington’s 2024 property-tax rate will decrease, to $10.59, down from this year’s $11.21, as unanimously approved by the Select Board on Monday, Dec. 4. However, town officials say, b...
The Select Board voted unanimously Dec. 4 to extend Arlington’s overnight-parking pilot program through June 30, 2024. This extended trial will use the same pricing/fee structure of $150 a permit and...
Mill Café at Highrock. / Highrock photo Do December’s dark days zap your energy, requiring a caffeine boost? You’re in luck – the Mill Café, 14 Mill St. (in the Highrock Covenant Church lobby and more...
UPDATED Dec. 18: The path near Alewife Brook was flooded with polluted water after the Aug. 8 rain. / David Stoff photo The Select Board is supporting House Bill 886 , a measure addressing the problem...
UPDATED Dec. 21: Residents saw an 8-foot-tall menorah lit at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Whittemore Park, Mass. Ave. and Mystic Street, as sundown approached for the sixth night of Hanukkah. According...
Mugar: Most of it is the triangular tract west of Thorndike Field. / Google Earth UPDATED Dec. 13: The town's Conservation Commission, which oversees laws affecting Arlington’s wetlands and conservati...
UPDATED Dec. 10: The annual Arlington Heights holiday stroll and tree lighting took place Saturday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. This event was put on by the Arlington Heights Community Association (AHCA)...
Mugar: Most of it is the triangular tract west of Thorndike Field. / Google Earth The town's Conservation Commission has chosen a pair of third-party peer reviewers -- Hatch and SWCA -- to assess the...
AHS musicians at First Lights in 2022. / Steve Berczuk photo And, just like that, the holiday season is here! Residents may kick off this joyous time of year at Arlington’s annual First Lights celebra...
Alewife Brook some time before summer flooding. / David Stoff photo UPDATED Dec. 15: Save the Alewife Brook , based in Arlington, is pleased that the state has allocated $100,000 toward addressing the...
UPDATED Nov. 26: Town officials have said that they want to remind residents that today is "Small Business Saturday." According to the town website , 90 percent of Arlington's businesses are operated...
Obscured no-trespassing sign at Burch and Edith streets, November 2023. / Susan Gilbert photo UPDATED Nov. 27: The Conservation Commission at its Nov. 2 meeting requested peer review of Arlington Land...
UPDATED Nov. 7: On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Arlington voters decided two ballot questions, including whether to raise taxes by $7 million beginning July 1, 2024. The deadline to register to vote was Oct. 28;...
Pumpkins, both vegetable and plastic, were gathered recently at Menotomy Rocks Park. / Photo courtesy Kathleen M. Fink UPDATED: Arlington had a chilly Halloween night and then a professional-developme...
Pumpkins were part of the annual SpookyWalk event, on Oct. 28, 2023, at Menotomy Rocks Park. / Photo courtesy Kathleen M. FinkHallHalHallHaH Halloween may be over, but candy and carved pumpkins remain...
A pumpkin awaits the arrival of others earlier today at Menotomy Rocks Park. /photo courtesy Kathleen M. Fink UPDATED Oct. 28: Many Arlingtonians got a slight head start on Halloween at Spooky Walk, t...
The Select Board unanimously approved new signs for a locally notorious intersection; members that evening also received reports about installation and, in some cases, relocation of automatic external...
The Select Board on Tuesday, Oct. 17, voted 5-0 to affirm the effective date of the property-tax override measure on the ballot for next month’s election. That might sound routine -- except that that...
Save the Alewife marchers line up with dead-fish displays; at center in sunglasses is Arlington resident Kristin Anderson. / Marjorie Howard photo An estimated 45 supporters of Save the Alewife Brook...
The Select Board unanimously agreed to amend Article 14 of the town’s bylaws to add a new section -- “Fossil Fuel-Free Demonstration” -- at its Sept. 27 meeting. The vote was 4-0; Steve DeCourcey was...
Plans to change out trees, improve private way also get thumbs-up The Select Board approved the final Mass. Ave./Appleton Street safety and accessibility project conceptual design at its Sept. 27 meet...
UPDATED Oct. 6: Town Counsel Doug Heim, after serving Arlington for 10 years, is leaving, announced Select Board Chair Eric Helmuth at the board's Sept. 27 meeting. Heim’s last day at work in Arlingto...
A portion of Mugar wetlands in mid-September 2023 as viewed by this article's author and this website's editor. / Susan Gilbert photo Arlington’s Conservation Commission unanimously voted to seek a pe...
UPDATED Sept. 25: The Jason Russell House, 7 Jason St., has acted as a host for outdoor beer gardens and live music on Saturdays throughout the summer. Today, Saturday, Sept. 30, is the last scheduled...
Dallin Museum at Jefferson Cutter House. UPDATED Sept. 25: The annual Arlington Center Walking Tours sponsored by the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum began May 25 this year. On these excursions, attendees exp...
UPDATED Sept. 22: The future, or lack of same, of Thorndike Place, a large, controversial housing complex proposed since 2015 in a wetlands area, is being scrutinized by the town's Conservation Commis...
James R. Feeney UPDATED: All in Arlington were invited to meet the new town manager, Jim Feeney, between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, outdoors, in the Town Hall Gardens, next to Town Hall, 700...
Friday, Sept. 15, has been proclaimed Hunger Action Day in Arlington, as unanimously approved by members of the Select Board at their Sept. 11 meeting. Those familiar with food insecurity issues say t...
Transportation issues, welcoming the new town manager and Special Town Meeting were on the agenda of the Select Board at last month's meeting. To support electric school bus parking at Ottoson Middle...
Based on a wealth of data, the Arlington Select Board has unanimously approved installing bike lanes and removing on-street parking on Medford Street -- from Warren Street to Mystic Valley Parkway --...
Dr. Farah Shafi Notable appointments have been awarded to two physicians who live in Arlington. Dr. Farah Shafi and Dr. Edwin Huang are stepping into new positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode...
UPDATED June 28: Sarah Montague, a former Minuteman High School parent, was chosen as Arlington's new Minuteman School Committee representative at the Select Board meeting Wednesday evening, June 21....
Ultimate decisions expected to be made in autumn at Special Town Meeting UPDATED July 31: At least 135 people – many critical, others supportive of the current plan by local leaders concerning zoning...
BackPocket garage band performed after Porchfest. UPDATED June 21: Although this spring is often cool and gray, summertime has promise. With warmer temps on the horizon, Arlington has a host of ways t...
“We’re right on target,” referring to the overall picture of town finances for the period that ended March 31, said Comptroller Ida Cody, at the June 5 meeting of the Select Board. However, several de...
UPDATED June 9: The town of Arlington, working with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), plans to redesign the roadway layout at Lafayette Street and Boulevard Road ― a historically...
UPDATED Oct. 28: The Select Board at its June 5 meeting unanimously proposed a $7 million override in fiscal 2024, for Arlington residents to decide at a Nov. 7 special town election. This override se...
Discussion held at community center UPDATED June 8: Arlington respondents overwhelmingly favor vibrant business districts and shared community space, with multifamily housing near public transit and t...
News director lends a hand, explains: UPDATED June 3: Yes, there is some justice. After Town Manager Sandy Pooler demanded that Verizon coordinate with other licensees to promptly replace two double p...
The Select Board deliberated about the reappointment policy for the Minuteman School Committee and for other direct Select Board assignments at its May 22 meeting. The term of Arlington’s current Minu...
Sign designs by Jeff Dawson Associates . UPDATED May 30: The Select Board at its May 22 meeting unanimously accepted wayfinding signs to be installed along and near the Minuteman Bikeway, donated by t...
Housing initiative adopted by Lexington deserves our attention PERSPECTIVE: A broader look at news affecting Arlington Meeting, presentation of draft map The MBTA Communities Working Group invites all...
UPDATED May 27: The Coalition to Save the Mugar Wetlands's spring fund-raiser, the Edith Street Fair and Yard Sale, held May 6, raised $4,000, a May 10 email from the group said. "Equally important wa...
'Chief Washakie' bronze statue. UPDATED May 13: Arlingtonians celebrateing the legacy of Chief Washakie were among the first to view the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum’s recently acquired bronze statue of th...
UPDATED April 27: The Town of Arlington held a virtual hearing for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program on Thursday, April 20. The draft plan is available for review and public comment...
The Town of Arlington plans to soon begin redeveloping the Veterans Memorial Park, next to the Central Fire Station, a news release said. The honor roll will be removed and replaced by a granite wall...
James R. Feeney UPDATED April 17: The Arlington Select Board has unanimously named James Feeney as Arlington’s next town manager, to succeed Sandy Pooler after the latter retires in July. Feeney, now...
The Long Range Planning Committee’s consensus is that an override during fiscal 2024 would be best, likely sometime in October, Town Manager Sandy Pooler stated at the Select Board meeting on April 10...
A cane and shoe at the site of December 2019 fatality. / Paul Schlichtman photo UPDATED April 19: Three years and three months after an elderly pedestrian heading to Mass at St. Agnes was struck and k...
Community Center, Maple Street entrance. The Select Board at its April 3 meeting unanimously voted to support the following three warrant articles, which transfer these properties from the jurisdictio...
“This year’s water- and sewer-rate increases, compaired with those of the past three years, is much smaller,” said Town Manager Sandy Pooler at the Select Board’s March 20 meeting. Arlington’s water r...
The Select Board in the fourth round of article hearings March 20 unanimously approved the Municipal Opt-In Specialized Stretch Energy Code , which regulates the design and construction of new buildin...
The Select Board at its March 13 meeting completed round three of the annual process of reviewing articles to be discussed and voted on at Town Meeting this spring. It reviewed five, and all were supp...
Modified option 2: Mass. Ave. at Appleton. / To see a larger version of this Town of Arlington map, click here >> UPDATED March 23: The town on March 15 was the host for the third public open house fo...
The Select Board at its March 13 meeting, unanimously approved funds received by the town’s Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services regularly receives fund...
UPDATED March 24: Meeting on successive Fridays this month, the Long Range Planning Committee is reviewing the Town of Arlington’s five-year financial projections -- and the town manager already belie...
The Select Board at its Feb. 27 meeting began the annual process of reviewing articles to be discussed and voted on at Town Meeting this spring. It reviewed seven, approving three and taking no action...
UPDATED March 9: Arlington has been told good news about its proposed state-aid figures from Gov. Maura Healey's proposed $55.5 billion state budget: “[The numbers] were up substantially from what our...
'Eliminating the ban opens up the town to more density, negatively affects the quality of life .' -- Carl Wagner 'We have one car... and my neighbor has tw.... However, if they stopped renting to us...
Residents' opportunity to speak. UPDATED Feb. 16: Arlington, which prohibits on-street parking from 1 to 7 a.m., is preparing for a pilot program to determine whether some flexibility can ease this re...
Six new projects Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Administrator Mary Muszynski presented Arlington’s fiscal 2024 funding requests to the Select Board at its Feb. 6 meeting. “CDBG subrecipients...
Town Manager Sandy Pooler presented Arlington’s preliminary fiscal 2024 budget at the Select Board’s Feb. 6 meeting, which predicts that Arlington will have a $2.6 million deficit in the next fiscal y...
UPDATED Feb. 16: The Select Board plans to conduct the final interviews for Arlington’s next town manager in a public forum at a date to be determined. The number of finalists has not yet been announc...
"As professionals, we are obligated to deescalate situations, intervene when needed and keep our community members safe. . . .The women and men of the Arlington Police Department extend our condolence...
Town Manager Sandy Pooler has announced his proposed budgets for fiscal 2024 and the capital plan through fiscal 2028. Proposed for the general fund is $206,253,646, an increase of $8,501,122 (4.30%)...
The Town of Arlington, under contract to Patriot Properties , offers online access to town assessment and valuation data via its updated AssessPro service. Available -- in time for the latest property...
Final OK of letter expected Jan. 9. The Select Board voted, 4-0, with Eric Helmuth absent, to produce a letter in support of a 43-unit low-income housing project at 10 Sunnyside Ave., off the Broadway...
Diggins calls range 'a good place.' The Select Board has unanimously approved a statement describing the job of the next town manager, amending the salary to $200,000 plus or minus (previously $20,000...
The town has completed the open-space and recreation plan for 2022 through 2029 consistent with the guidelines from the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services. Arlington has had a state-appro...
Arlington has received a financial "gift" for the holidays: A rating agency has cited the town’s strong management of financial practices. S&P Global Ratings , a municipal bond credit-rating agency, a...
PACC singers outside ACMi. / Rob Davison photo UPDATED Dec. 16: It was a chilly stroll in the Heights on Saturday, Dec. 10, but Arlington residents found ways to feel warm cheer. That culminated in la...
Select Board member Eric Helmuth at Nov. 20 vigil. / Helen Newberg photo Select Board member Eric Helmuth made it personal. At the board's Nov. 21 meeting, he shared that he and his husband “were hono...
UPDATED Dec. 5: Arlington's tax rate for next year will drop slightly, but taxes are projected to rise. The Select Board has unanimously approved an $11.21 tax rate for 2023, a decrease from last year...
'[W]e think we can achieve [this] with the cooperation of our partners.' -- Karen Kelleher UPDATED Nov. 16: An ambitious plan aimed at creating 100 affordable homes in five years here has met with una...
ACMi records those remembering Marie. At the Nov. 7 Select Board meeting, former board members expressed their fond memories of Arlington’s former “mayor,” Marie Krepelka, as she was affectionately ca...
Changes aim to open site to better use. UPDATED Nov. 12: Arlington’s Veterans Memorial Park will be renovated as unanimously approved by the Select Board at its Nov. 7 meeting (4-0 vote, Diane Mahon a...
The Select Board has unanimously agreed to remove one parking spot directly across from Town Hall and to add a crosswalk at the Summer Street/Sunset Road intersection, as recommended by Arlington’s Tr...
The long-closed space at 319 Broadway, where Common Ground offered gastropub fare from 2014 to 2019, is expected to open soon with Donut Villa Diner. “Donut Villa is a retro brunch restaurant that spe...
Arlington’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director Jill Harvey updated the Select Board about her department’s community equity audit at its Oct. 24 meeting. To see the full report, click here >> In d...
'FY24 has no deficit because... we exercised discipline to keep our commitments to reduce that deficit.' -- Steve DeCourcey UPDATED Oct. 28: Town Manager Sandy Pooler presented Arlington’s current an...
Unindentified pedestrian at site of 2019 fatality. / Paul Schlichtman photo UPDATED Oct. 18: A neighbor of the intersection where a pedestrian died nearly three years ago has urged action to improve t...
Arlington has secured a new, two-year electricity-supply contract for November 2022 to November 2024, providing residents a fixed price throughout this time. Starting in November, residents can buy in...
'... tax-collection rate at 99%.' -- Ida Cody Town Comptroller Ida Cody presented the end-of-year budget report to the Select Board at its Sept. 28 meeting. The report summarizes the revenue and expen...
'... piece of a longer conversation...' -- Juli Brazile The Study of the Office of the Town Clerk aims to provide some needed steps to generate discussion about bringing the operation into the 21 st...
Modified option 2: Mass. Ave. at Appleton. / To see a larger version of this Town of Arlington map, click here >> Community invited to to review potential concept designs The Town of Arlington is the...
Claire Ricker, Arlington’s new planning and community-development director, was introduced to the Select Board at its Sept. 28 meeting. Town Manager Sandy Pooler, welcoming Ricker, said, “We are lucky...
The Select Board unanimously approved the 2022-23 Select Board and town manager goals at its Sept. 12 meeting. These goals delineate the Select Board’s and town manager’s specific responsibilities in...
Request for honey locust tied to driveway expansion. The Select Board at its Sept. 12 meeting unanimously agreed to table a request by homeowners Rob and Eileen Gainfort to remove a honey locust tree...
UPDATED: In an administrative matter aiming to balance the board's time and opportunities for the public to speak, the Select Board has discussed limiting its meetings’ open forums to 30 minutes, with...
After a three-year hiatus because of the pandemic, the Dallin Art Museum’s "Art on the Green" returned to Town Day. Its jubilant event took place Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Whittem...
With public schools set to open Sept. 6, six traffic signs, indicating parking areas and pickup and drop-off locations, are being installed at Arlington High School, as unanimously approved by the Sel...
'Choosing a town manager is the most crucial decision the Select Board makes.' -- Eric Helmuth The Select Board is engaged in a lengthy search process for a town manager, who would begin the job in mi...
'Town Hall will not be a place for government speech.' -- Town Counsel Heim, referring to banners UPDATED Aug. 26: The Select Board voted to prohibit the use of Town Hall’s façade for government speec...
The Select Board unanimously approved at its July 18 meeting an updated status report about the environmental investigation and remediation efforts affecting Arlington High School. The vote was 3-0 (D...
The Select Board has approved a draft letter in support of the 2022-2029 Open Space and Recreation Plan to be submitted to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The vote, at the Ju...
The Select Board aims to help remedy Alewife Brook’s sewer overflows by sending a letter to Arlington’s Conservation Commission regarding the Alewife Brook/Upper Mystic Combined Sewer Overflow Long-Te...
'... façade of the Town Hall building is not to be used for the display of any banners....' Revived policy discussion awaits vote, as some object Board members revived at its July 18 meeting the disc...
UPDATED July 21: Are you tired of seeing double poles lining the streets of Arlington? Good news . . . . The number of double poles in Arlington decreased from 113 last Nov. 1 to 86 on April 30, accor...
Mallory Sullivan The Department of Planning and Community Development has announced the recipients of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the 48th year, which began July 1. Thirteen a...
The Select Board at its June 27 meeting followed recommendations by town planning and unanimously approved consolidating MBTA bus stops on Park Avenue. The board’s motion includes a caveat to reexamin...
Save the Alewife Brook members Gwendolyn Speeth, a former East Arlington resident, and Kristin Anderson, Precinct 11 Town Meeting member, discussed the urgent need for improvements to Alewife Brook at...
Proposed condos and retail space at 1021-1025 Mass. Ave. / Harrison Mulhern Architects The Select Board has unanimously agreed to send a letter to MassHousing regarding “The Residences at Mill Brook,”...
The state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has approved the town's five-year housing plan. Town planning announced that the new plan replaces the town’s 2016 housing effort, whic...
With summer just around the corner, Arlington offers several festivities this weekend, all unanimously approved by the Select Board on Monday, June 13: Friday, June 17—Garden Party The Friends of Robb...
New date, location for in-person meeting Modified option 2: Mass. Ave. at Appleton. / To see a larger version of this Town of Arlington map, click here >> UPDATED June 8: The Town of Arlington is host...
The Select Board voted, 4-0, with John Hurd absent, on Wednesday, April 20, to adopt the revised ARPA framework proposed by Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine. To see these revisions, click here >> See all...
UPDATED April 25: The Select Board on Wednesday, April 20, voted, 4-0, with John Hurd absent, to adopt the new five-year housing plan. See the plan here >> This year’s Town Meeting will deliberate thi...
UPDATED April 13: The Select Board on Monday, April 11, voted to approved two newsworthy items: This year's annual Town Meeting, starting April 25, will be held virtually and not in person; and Town D...
'How do we evaluate success?' -- Len Diggins The Select Board on March 28 supported Town Meeting articles aiming to increase diversity in town representation, to limit poisons in managing pests and im...
John D. Leone Greg Christiana The April 2 town election has one race, for town moderator, and it offers a bit of history. In a letter to YourArlington, former longtime moderator John Worden wrote: “Fo...
A new effort to curtail leaf blowers may benefit from Arlington changing landscape over the last decade. A citizen article brought the issues of noise and pollution to Town Meeting in 2012, energizing...
No action on code enforcement, overnight parking The Select Board, discussing eight Town Meeting articles at its March 7 meeting, supported proposals for early voting and allowing self-service gas sta...
Double poles have been an issue annoying town residents since 1997. Instead of being replaced, a failing column of wood holding up utility wires remains, shouldered by a new pole. What progress is tak...
'Parklets have been a great success.' -- John Hurd With spring just around the corner, it’s time to think about outdoor dining and other al fresco activities. Two restaurants — Sugo Cucina and Trattor...
UPDATED March 9 : An effort to include civilians in reviewing activity by Arlington police is moving toward Town Meeting, but not without a bump in the road. The Select Board on Wednesday, Feb. 23, vo...
Rendering of proposed outlet at 251 Summer St. / Calyx Peak Twenty Arlington residents who live near the proposed 251 Summer St. marijuana store attended the Feb. 17 in-person, community-outreach meet...
Mugar: Most of it is the triangular tract west of Thorndike Field. / Google Earth A decision about the long-opposed Mugar project to develop the tract of land west of Arlington’s Thorndike Field faces...
Arlington’s Remote Participation Study Committee has presented an interim report that highlights the benefits and concerns of hybrid meetings – held both in-person and remotely. “The committee studied...
Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine provided the board both their and his upcoming goals at the Feb. 7 Select Board meeting. Categories include: Long-range financial/strategic planning and sustainability, C...
ACMi video, "Honoring Crispus Attucks," broadcast in connection with Black History Month banners. UPDATED Feb. 15: Fourteen banners celebrating Black History Month will be displayed throughout town—in...
The Select Board has decided on the polling changes it prefers, but the Feb. 7 vote was preliminary, with final action expected later. “We will not have a final vote tonight for the town’s polling loc...
Umbrellas by Claire Agerback, of Ottoson, is among the banners. The town Select Board approved Feb. 7 banners promoting a library community reading program and public art as well a 5K race to benefit...
See the ACMi video of Sandy Pooler, finance director, explain the town budget proposal. The town is trying to best prepare for the upcoming override, which is still to be considered for FY 2024 and be...
Arlington’s Select Board is assembling a subcommittee to determine what signs, flags and banners can hang at Town Hall and other public spaces, and aims to have this issue resolved by late June. The l...
Staff of Museum and Collector Resource digitize and catalog archives. Arlington’s Cyrus Dallin Art Museum has received a $50,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via the Massachusetts Offi...
The Select Board plans to decide on Arlington’s voting locations at its next meeting, Monday, Feb. 7. Town Clerk Juli Brazile will then send information to all voters. At its Jan. 24 meeting, the boar...
A pilot program designed to reduce transportation issues and increase safety during Dallin Elementary School’s arrivals and dismissals was unanimously approved by the Select Board at its Jan. 24 meeti...
UPDATED Jan. 27: Mallory Sullivan, Arlington’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administrator, provided an update about the town’s CDBG performance and next fiscal year’s requests to the Selec...
The Select Board plans to meet with Verizon and Eversource representatives to discuss why 114 double utility poles in Arlington still don’t comply with state law concerning the replacement of existing...
Affecting cites, towns under 250,000 population. -- Adam Chapdelaine ARPA could stand for Arlington Relief Payments Accepted. Efforts by Deputy Town Manager Sandy Pooler, in concert with state and nat...
Arlington is establishing a Veterans Memorial Park gift account, as unanimously approved by the Select Board at its Jan. 10 meeting. Veterans Memorial Park, next to the town’s Central Fire Station, is...
Rendering of proposed outlet at 251 Summer St. / Calyx Peak UPDATED Jan. 15: The Select Board unanimously agreed to grant a host community agreement to Calyx Peak of MA Inc. to open an adult-use marij...
Chapdelaine Pact amounts to $233K, with no housing allowance UPDATED Dec. 31: Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine’s new three-year contract, with an annual $233,000 salary, was unanimously approved by the S...
Somerville’s SOM01A combined sewer overflow. UPDATED Dec. 31: “Sewer overflow affects many Arlington residents,” said Kristin Anderson, Precinct 13 Town Meeting member, who monitors the combined sewer...
'Vigils for democracy are being held around the country....' -- Eric Segal Miss the event? Watch it on ACMi: UPDATED Jan. 9: Jan. 6, 2021, is a date you may not be able to forget. To make sure, town...
UPDATED Dec. 6: The Arlington Heights Community Association, with support from the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, presents this year’s Arlington Heigh...
“People in town get wonderful services for what they pay." -- Mary W. O’Connor Arlington’s fiscal 2022 tax rate will increase slightly, to $11.42, up from $11.34 in fiscal '21, expanding the average t...
UPDATED Dec. 2: “Arlington leads other local towns in child vaccination rates, and is in the top 90th percentile,” said Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine at the Nov. 29 Select Board meeting. Chapdelaine o...
'It’s a lifelong commitment, even if we have to make unpopular decisions.' -- Jillian Harvey UPDATED Nov. 30: The Select Board on Nov. 22 unanimously voted to support the reprecincting map recommended...
On Nov. 9, MassDOT asked the town to resubmit its plans. On Nov. 16, MassDOT said it would review them. UPDATED Nov. 30: Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine updated the Select Board on Nov. 22 about the lac...
Story, photos by Susan Gilbert The Heights Pub, 1314 Mass. Ave., opened to an overflow crowd on Friday, Nov. 12. After years of waiting, Arlington Heights now has a local and friendly pub seating 73 p...
Mahon: "An outright snub." Chapdelaine: "Hard decision." In sharp contrast to her previous praise for Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Select Board member Diane Mahon at the Oct. 25 meeting publicly adm...
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 o...
Work on short-term safety improvements at Mass. Ave./Appleton, Arlington Heights, has been completed by the town’s contractor, Markings Inc. , YourArlington partner Patch reports and shows how it look...
'I want to think about ways to attract and retain businesses.' -- Ali Carter Attention foodies: More Arlington outdoor dining options may be on the way. The town is expediting the processes for outdoo...
Chapdelaine said he had spoken to union presidents on premium pay. The Select Board on Monday, Oct. 25, unanimously approved the town manager’s final recommendations about how to spend $35.2 million i...
John Leone: "I recommend keeping the 21 precincts to keep the continuity of the past 50 years." UPDATED, Oct. 15: Arlington’s Select Board decided Wednesday, Oct. 13, to maintain all 21 town precincts...
Dr. Stanley Sagov taught, mentored hundreds. UPDATED, Sept. 30: To celebrate resident Dr. Stanley Sagov’s 47 years as a medical practitioner ― serving patients, learners and colleagues ― the Select Bo...
Tree roots are the reason the bricks no longer provide an adequate walking surface. UPDATED, Sept. 23: Nine trees connected to the reconstruction and renovation of Broadway Plaza will be removed, as u...
Clearer numbers expected by Oct. 25. UPDATED, Sept. 23: Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine presented to the Select Board on Monday, Sept. 20 Arlington’s updated proposed allocations for American Rescue Pla...
'Only five precincts are out of balance, so minimally disruptive options should be on the table.' -- Don Seltzer UPDATED, Sept. 21: Town Clerk Juli Brazile recommends reducing the number of precincts...
The MBTA’s bus network is expected to soon reflect the region’s current travel needs and create a better bus ridership experience for current and future riders. Melissa Dullea, MBTA senior director of...
Next month, Arlington hosts several fun events, all unanimously approved by the Select Board on Aug. 9. Beer Garden at Jason Russell House, Saturdays in September Every Saturday next month – Sept. 4,...
'This new school will give Arlington a better and brighter future.' -- Jeff Thielman Construction of Arlington’s new high school, due to open in 2024, is occurring on schedule and budget. “I’m proud o...
Goal targets 2050. UPDATED, Aug. 13: Between this week’s heat wave and the U.N.’s climate crisis report's dire warnings, we’re now painfully aware of the reality of climate change. In that context, th...
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...
'The change will make for exciting town elections.' -- Juli BrazileUP UPDATED: Arlington is considering reducing its number of precincts, from 21 to 16. Every 10 years, state law requires that all com...
'Had there been better safety pedestrian measures, my mother would still be alive today. ' -- Marcy Beck UPDATED, July 14: In the light of the pedestrian fatality at the Chestnut Terrace crosswalk in...
UPDATED, Julky 14: Masks are off, and dining out is in again. 'A lot of neighbors are excited about [the pub] opening....' -- John Hurd Arlington’s Select Board unanimously approved a full liquor lic...
UPDATED, May 28: June is Pride Month ― a more-than-50-year tradition nationally ― and this year, Arlington’s Rainbow Commission offers two ways to celebrate: All month, come see the eye-catching, mult...
' Closing at 11 p.m. is what we’ve traditionally done in Arlington....' -- Diane Mahon After 14 months of potentially mind-numbing isolation, vaccines now make it possible for us to dine out again. S...
' John [Leone] recommended to have a remote-participation Town Meeting, and took all the appropriate steps.' -- Town Counsel Doug Heim UPDATED, April 16: The yearlong Covid-19 pandemic may be easing a...
The Select Board on March 29 approved five articles, recommended no action on one and tabled two for further discussion. A Actions taken on March 29... Approved articles: Article 6, Bylaw Amendment/C...
This June, 16 colorful and newly designed LGBTQIA+ banners will hang throughout Arlington Center to honor Pride Month. “Last year’s banners were very impressive, and I’m glad to have them again this y...
On outdoor dining, 'we'll have an update soon.' -- Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine UPDATED, March 28: With warm weather on the way, the town is preparing a framework to allow outdoor performances this y...
"You don’t want to look like you’re on the wrong side of history.” -- Carl Wagner UPDATED, March 28: A whopping 91 warrant articles will be discussed and voted on at this year’s annual Town Meeting, w...
Coalition to Save Mugar Wetlands, March 24: MassHousing finds applicant’s proposed changes not substantial Revised proposal 'not what Mass Housing had approved.' -- Town Counsel Heim UPDATED, March 25...
As to climate change, board member Len Diggins said, “I would like to see something concrete that Arlington can do.” The Select Board heard comments about eight warrant-article proposals on Monday, Ma...
Mugar: Most of it is the triangular tract west of Thorndike Field. / Google Earth UPDATED, March 6: Given the proposed changes to Thorndike Place, the Select Board unanimously has urged the Zoning Boa...
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...
Juneteenth is 'an important holiday that needs to be celebrated.' -- Elizabeth Dray, Precinct 8 UPDATED, Feb. 25: The Select Board heard comments about 10 citizen warrant-article proposals on Monday,...
Dunn Dan Dunn will serve as an interim Select Board member, filling in for Joseph Curro Jr., who recently resigned. Dunn’s term expires on April 10, town Election Day. Four members voted Monday, Feb....
'The Arlington staff is amazing.' -- Christine Bongiorno UPDATED, Feb. 12: “We’re beginning to vaccinate our community, working closely with the Department of Public Health to acquire and roll out vac...
'incorporating longstanding precedent of displaying banners... on Town Hall in a temporary, recurring manner....' Discussion continues about where a town-supported Black Lives Matter banner might ha...
UPDATED, Jan. 17: Sushi, sashimi, tempura and more! Although we can’t travel to Japan, we can still enjoy their exquisite cuisine. Owner notes high Japanese-American population. Maruichi Japanese Food...
Arlington’s police department and animal-control officer will investigate a petition that seeks to control “incessant” barking by the eight dogs residing at 59 Thesda St., as unanimously approved by t...
Deputy Town Manager Sandy Pooler delivered some upbeat and downbeat news at Sept. 14’s Select Board meeting: "There are lots of unknowns at this point, so we’ll need to watch this.” -- Sandy Pooler “W...
Does the hot weather make you crave frozen custard from Abbott’s in Arlington Center? Soon you will be able to enjoy these delicious treats in the Heights as well. The board unanimously approved an ad...
Bluebikes, the regional bike-share system, will soon have four Arlington station locations, as unanimously approved by the Select Board at its Aug. 17 meeting: Railroad lot at Minuteman Bikeway (off W...
Moderator John Leone is unsure 'we want another one outside.' The Select Board is examining the possibility of holding a virtual Special Town Meeting this fall. The meeting will likely be held in earl...
Globe, Aug. 6: Arlington is part of major expansion “We’ll begin with six stations, and have three slates of possible locations.” -- Daniel Amstutz. UPDATED, Aug. 6: Bicycle riding is not only good ex...
Manager joins Mass. leaders seeking end to systemic racism Despite controversy over whether the Black Lives Matter banner hanging at Town Hall since June 8 should remain, be taken down or moved elsewh...
Days after a town election that included some malfunctioning ballot-counting equipment, the Select Board voted to update its voting gear. A new machine, an ImageCast precinct optical tabulator , will...
Police Chief Juliann Flaherty outside Town Hall on June 9, when Black Lives Matter banner was unveiled. In support of the worldwide movement to condemn the death of George Floyd and systemic racism, t...
Test at Brooks Avenue, adjoining streets UPDATED, May 28: With warmer weather approaching, are you eager to get outdoors but concerned about crowds because of the need to social-distance due to Covid-...
Fourth-quarter real estate taxes are now due June 1, extended from May 1, and tax-abatement filing deadlines are also extended to June 1, as unanimously approved by the Select Board on Monday, April 1...
"The declaration contains a lot of boilerplate language.” -- Town Counsel Doug Heim. UPDATED, March 26: In its first remote meeting held under changed state rules, the Select Board on Monday, March 23...
The Select Board at its Feb. 24 meeting discussed 10 Town Meeting articles, supporting nine of them and voting no action on a plea to establish a committee on residential development. All are to be vo...
UPDATED, Feb. 28, 2020: Three trees in Whittemore Park, in Arlington Center at Mass. Ave. and Mystic Street in front of the Jefferson Cutter House, will be taken down, as unanimously approved by the S...
No more Town Night? Let's think about it Fire Department Chief Robert Jefferson is confident that Arlington is "ready for any emergency disaster that may come along, because we train every day to be r...
Board to weigh marijuana ballot question Jan. 23 Arlington is looking into expanding its transportation options via bicycle-sharing, and Selectmen Chair Diane Mahon said Monday, Jan. 9, that expects "...

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