Five Things: Redistricting Takes Center Stage

Today is Thursday, June 7. Here are five things you need to know.

1. There’s a chance of showers throughout the day today and into the night, and possible thunderstorms this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to hit 69 degrees.

2. The School Committee will discuss and take public comments on redistricting tonight. The committee’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the School Committee Room on the sixth floor of , but the redistricting discussion isn’t expected to get underway until 7:40 p.m., according to the agenda.

Superintendent Kathleen Bodie will begin the discussion with a 20-minute presentation. This will be followed by an hour of public participation and then a 20-minute discussion by the committee. During public participation, speakers will be allowed three minutes to present their material. Issues requiring extensive discussion may be deferred to a future meeting as a scheduled agenda item, according to the agenda, and all remarks will be addressed through the chairwoman.

3. Local real estate broker Steve McKenna that redistricting would negatively affect home values in some districts in Arlington.

4. “Arlington Alive! Creating a Cultural Destination” will get underway at 7 p.m. tonight at the , 41 Foster St. At the event, local cultural groups will meet with businesses, non-profits, artists and residents to generate ideas and foster collaborations that capitalize on arts and culture for the benefit of the Arlington community and local economy. Speakers include Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine; Program Manager Meri Jenkins, Cultural Districts, Massachusetts Cultural Council; and Jan Whitted, Capitol Square District, East Arlington. The event will be moderated by Stacie Smith of the Consensus Building Institute, and break-out sessions will follow the presentations.

5. There’s a at 7 p.m. tonight at the . The panel will feature Adam Patcher, Michael Prager and Miriam Stein. 


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