Wednesday, May 22, 2013
See which restaurant is staying with its original owners.
Zocalo Cocina Mexicana is staying with owners Armida Amor and Ricardo Ramos, the Board of Selectmen announced Monday. In March, the Mexican restaurant on Broadway appeared to be headed to new owners, Nicolas and Maria Portillo and Jose Landaverde, of the newly-formed Arlington Restaurant Group. At the time, the Board of Selectmen even granted these new owners a common victualler license to operate the restaurant and a beer and wine license. However, on Monday, the board reversed these decisions, as the sale did not go through. The new owners had offered to buy the restaurant (the business assets, not the real estate) for $152,200, according to their license applications. They also had a five-year lease with Arlington-based Chios Realty …
See which intersection is getting a makeover courtesy of CVS.
The Mass. Ave. intersection with Jason and Mill streets is getting upgraded courtesy of CVS. The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved Monday a list of changes recommended by the Transportation Advisory Committee. The changes, which will “significantly improve overall safety and operations,” according to the committee, will cost about $42,000. However, CVS is footing the bill, as the pharmacy was required to put $50,000 toward improving the intersection as part of its special permit with the town to build its nearby store at 833 Mass. Ave. The town already spent the other $8,000 on the intersection on a system that automatically turns the light green when emergency vehicles are approaching to clear out any traffic jams. The changes The …
Monday, May 20, 2013
On Monday morning, Curro made good on his promise of dressing up as the children's book character if Arlington lost February's library-card sign-up challenge.
Arlington's director of libraries, Ryan Livergood, will don the suit next, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, at the Somerville Public Library. More on Arlington Patch
The Mass. Ave./Mill Street/Jason Street intersection will be voted on tonight.
The Board of Selectmen will vote on recommended changes for the Mass.Ave./Mill Street/Jason Street intersection tonight, according to the agenda. They’ll also consider two stop signs (Lockeland Avenue at Wildwood Avenue and Field Road at Wildwood Avenue) and hear the results of a parking study from Transportation Advisory Committee co-chairman Howard Muise. The meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. tonight in the Selectmen’s Chambers on the second floor of Town Hall.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The narrow “Yes” vote on Question 1 hasn't swayed selectmen away from supporting the project’s current design.
The Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed Monday to send a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation expressing its continued support for the Mass. Ave. Corridor Project, as it’s currently designed. At the request of Selectman Kevin Greeley, the board did so in response to the recent “Yes” vote on Question 1, which opponents of the current design viewed as an indictment on it. On Monday, Selectmen Steven Byrne and Joseph Curro Jr. called the non-binding ballot question “flawed,” and Greeley said there is “ample evidence” that the town wants the current project. “We’re ready,” Greeley said. “We need to do this, or we lose all of the money.” The project, which is expected to cost about $6.8 million, would be 80 percent …
See what's moving in.
Bill’s House of Pizza received its common victualler, or operating, license Monday from the Board of Selectmen in a 5-0 vote. Joe Meawad is proposing the pizza house for 1345 Mass. Ave. in Arlington Heights – the location went from I Chef to Napoli Kitchen in September. “I came to town because I really like Arlington,” Meawad told the board. Meawad already owns two pizza houses – Bill’s House of Pizza in Easton and Foxboro House of Pizza in Foxboro. He plans to open in Arlington in late April or early May, according to his application. The Heights already has two other pizza houses, Villa House of Pizza and Capri, plus Jimmy’s and Nicola nearby.
Monday, April 22, 2013
One is being proposed tonight.
Bill’s House of Pizza will go before the Board of Selectmen tonight for a common victualler, or operating, license, according to the board’s agenda. Joe Meawad is proposing the pizza house for 1345 Mass. Ave. in Arlington Heights, which went from I Chef to Napoli Kitchen in September. In addition to Napoli Kitchen, the Heights currently has two more pizza houses, Villa House of Pizza and Capri, plus Jimmy’s and Nicola nearby. Is another pizza house what the Heights needs? Let us know by posting a comment below. Also at the meeting, the board will decide whether or not to send a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in support of the Mass. Ave. Corridor Project. Selectman Kevin Greeley suggested the idea in response to …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
See what step Selectman Kevin Greeley wants the board to take at its next meeting.
Count Selectman Kevin Greeley firmly in the camp of those who believe that Saturday’s “Yes” vote on Question 1 shouldn’t be interpreted as a deathblow to the current Mass. Ave. Corridor Project. At the end of Monday night’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Greeley said he plans to draft a letter, with help from Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, to Federal Highway and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation expressing the board’s “[strong continued] support for the project” and to request the project's funding. He said he would bring the letter to the board’s next meeting on Monday, April 22, for his colleagues’ approval. The Mass. Ave. Corridor Project, which is expected to cost about $6.8 million, would be 80 percent federally funded, 20…
The following is a Letter to the Editor from Kevin Greeley, a newly re-elected selectman and Mystic Street resident.
I would like to thank the voters of Arlington for returning me to the Board of Selectmen for another term. It was a great turnout and I was pleased with the results. The almost 50/50 vote on Question 1 was also a victory for our town. This was a very confusing question – many who voted for me also voted yes on the question. In conversation they told me that they would prefer four lanes but are still supporters of this project and its funding by federal and state funds. They also appreciate that we have compromised to a three-lane plan. It's time to put the arguments and personal attacks behind us and move forward on this project. If we don’t, we’ll have to use Arlington’s precious tax dollars to pay for the necessary improvements to this …
In addition, Selectman Diane Mahon was elected vice chairman at Monday's meeting.
Today is Tuesday, April 9. Here are five things you need to know. 1.) Selectman Daniel Dunn was elected board chairman by his colleagues Monday night in a unanimous vote. Selectman Diane Mahon was elected vice chairman, also in a unanimous vote. Dunn said he was excited to receive the honor. He had served as vice chairman over the last year. 2.) Also at the meeting, see Kevin Greeley’s response to Saturday’s “Yes” vote on Question 1. 3.) The Arlington High girls’ softball team opened it season Saturday with a 9-4 home win over Westford Academy. The Spy Ponders will be back at Peirce Field at 3:45 p.m. this afternoon for a showdown with Stoneham. The high school’s girls’ track (3:30 p.m.), baseball (3:45 p.m.) and girls’ lacrosse (6 p.m.) …