Friday, May 3, 2013
How does it compare to self-serve ‘froyo’ chains like Orange Leaf? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Frozland, Arlington’s first self-serve “froyo” establishment, opened earlier this week at 882B Mass. Ave., diagonally across from Arlington High School. And now that it’s open, we want to know your take. How is the frozen yogurt? How is the selection of flavors and toppings? How does it compare to other froyo spots like Orange Leaf and Fruitee Yogurt in Lexington, Swizzles in Winchester and again Orange Leaf and iYo Cafe in Somerville’s Davis Square? And how does it stack up against local places like The Chilly Cow and Brigham’s? In case you’ve forgotten, another frozen-yogurt spot, Yummy’s, is coming to town, at 474 Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center, the former home of Something Extra.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The following is a Letter to the Editor from Judson Pierce, a newly re-elected School Committee member and Draper Avenue resident.
Wednesday, April 10
I want to thank everyone who came out to vote in this past weekend's election. I am very humbled by the strong show of support you offered me. I also wish to thank my campaign chair, Kurt Fusaris, and the many folks who contributed to my team with their time and generosity. My wife Laura and my family deserve special praise, love and appreciation because of the sacrifice that this campaign and the term of service means to our family. I love my family from the bottom of my heart. Because of the confidence you placed in me, it is incumbent upon me now to continue working just as hard on your behalf. We have come a long way in three years, but we cannot rest on our laurels. I am cognizant of the fact that while the School Committee has …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The following is a Letter to the Editor from Paul Schlichtman, a School Committee member and Mystic Street resident.
I want to take this opportunity to thank my friends and neighbors for their support in Saturday’s annual town election. I am honored that 5,283 voters chose to fill in the bubble next to my name on the ballot, even though my name was the only one on the ballot for the one-year School Committee seat. I also want to thank the people who played key roles in my campaign. I am grateful for the support and hard work of campaign chair Rosina-Maria Lucibello, campaign treasure Kim Haase, and for the photography and graphic design of Charlotte Pierce. I also want to thank Kirsi Allison-Ampe and Judson Pierce for their willingness to continue on the School Committee for the next three years. I look forward to my work with six outstanding colleagues…
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 …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The resident group, which strongly supported a ‘No’ vote on Question 1, says the ‘Yes’ result shouldn’t change a thing.
The following is a Letter to the Editor from the East Arlington Livable Streets Coalition. It is signed by the group's co-chairmen, Phil Goff, of Grafton Street, and Chad Gibson, of Varnum Street. So what do the election results mean? Hello EALS members and supporters of A Better Mass Ave, Yesterday was quite a day. Turnout was up significantly (29 percent overall) due, in all likelihood, to the non-binding referendum about traffic lanes on Mass Ave. We are delighted that Kevin Greeley—running on a platform that strongly supported the current three-lane plan—easily won re-election. He defeated Maria Romano, who made opposition to the Mass Ave plan a core part of her platform, by a 58-42 percent margin. We are also pleased to note that …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The following is a Letter to the Editor from Maria Romano, a Board of Selectmen candidate and Bates Road resident.
A person’s record is not always judged by all the years of service, but by simple actions and comments. They speak volumes to a person’s character, honesty and integrity. This election is about experience. I have 25 years of solid, strong and successful projects. I listen to people and help them realize their dreams. On the one hand if you don’t do what the customer asks, they will find someone else who will. On the other hand you are being paid to bring your knowledge to the process to make sure the project can be done on time and within budget. Ask yourself, is a town that has multiple overrides within a few years – on time and on budget? Is it delivering for its citizens! Experience brings humility, in business and in life. My 25 years …
The following is a Letter to the Editor from Steven Byrne, a selectman and Upland Road resident.
I am writing in hopes of better explaining my thoughts for seeking the other members of the Board of Selectmen support in placing the overnight parking ban question on this week’s ballot. The question simply asks, “Do you favor the Town’s current overnight parking ban?” The vote is non-binding and, for me, it would be a barometer to gauge our community’s feelings towards an important issue. Following this election, it is my hope to look at the results of this question to determine if there is an appetite to consider amending the current overnight restrictions. Voting “No” on this question does not mean that there will automatically be overnight parking allowed throughout the town. However, depending on the results, the board could begin a …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The following is a Letter to the Editor from Christopher Loreti, a Precinct 7 Town Meeting Member, former Redevelopment Board member and Adams Street resident.
In his closing remarks at Candidates' Night last week, Selectman Kevin Greeley stated that supporting the Mass. Ave. reconstruction project was more important than voting for his re-election. Arlington voters should take Mr. Greeley’s advice to heart by voting “No” on Question 1 and by voting for Maria Romano for selectman. While it may seem inconsistent to vote in support of the current plan to reconstruct the avenue and for a candidate who opposes that plan, it is important to remember that each selectman has only one vote. Having an opposing voice on the project, as there had been previously, will improve the process going forward by bringing some much needed diversity of opinion to the board. Arlington needs to bring both Mass. Ave. …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The following is a Letter to the Editor from Sustainable Arlington, which is a Vision2020 Environment Task Group Committee and a chapter of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network.
Thursday, March 28
Please vote “NO” on the misleading referendum known as Question 1 that seeks to derail the Mass. Ave. Corridor Project. Let the Town and State know that you favor a transportation vision for Arlington that meets our future needs in a balanced way. Here’s why we recommend voting “NO.” Despite what opponents say, Mass. Ave. today does not have four lanes. Officially, it has a single, variable-width lane in each direction, but cars regularly drive side by side—or swerve and pass. Under current guidelines which determine roadway design and funding, Mass. Ave. does not qualify for four traffic lanes because it is not consistently wide enough. Maintaining “four lanes as practiced” will cause Arlington to lose $5.8 million in State and federal …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The following is a Letter to the Editor from Kurt Fusaris, the editor of the Arlington Avocado, a Precinct 8 Town Meeting candidate and Pleasant Street resident.
Wednesday, March 27
My name is Kurt Fusaris. I write and edit the Arlington Avocado, which brings a lighter side to Arlington’s most pressing issues. I have decided to bring that same flavor to Town Hall as a member of Town Meeting from Precinct 8. I have lived in Arlington for almost six years, and I currently live on Pleasant Street. I have demonstrated a commitment to the community in which I am so proud to call home. I was also an employee here in Arlington for a year and a half, with temporary stints as both a speech-language pathologist and science teacher, respectively. Over the past six years, I have been inceasingly involved with town affairs. I am a member of the Arlington Cultural Council. I have worked on several campaigns, including the override …