Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Board of Health will take up the regulations again next month.
The Arlington Board of Health decided not to vote on new tobacco regulations Wednesday night that, among other steps, would have raised the minimum age to buy cigarettes in town from 18 to 21 over the next two years. “I don’t know if I’m ready to adopt (the regulations),” board chairman Michael Fitzpatrick said at the meeting. “I’d like to take the public comments under advisement – make sure we’re happy with it before we OK it.” The three-member board, which also includes Dr. Marie Walsh Condon and Kenneth Kohlberg, said they plan to vote on the regulations at their next meeting on Wednesday, May 15. About a dozen local business owners attended the meeting at the Arlington Senior Center. Only a few of them spoke, but the owner of Dagg’s …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Town Meeting will consider two articles on medical marijuana dispensaries later this month. Here is a simple guide to understanding the issue.
We know the medical marijuana dispensary issue can be complex, so we tried to break it down as much as possible, specifically as it relates to Arlington. Here are eight things to know about the issue in town: 1.) How we got here: Last November, Massachusetts residents voted, 63-37 percent, to legalize medical marijuana, becoming the 18th state to do so. In Arlington, the ballot question was supported by 68 percent of the voters. The new law took effect Jan. 1, and the state Department of Health then drafted medical marijuana regulations, which were released last week. The regulations are expected to be finalized in May and then medical marijuana dispensary applications can start coming in 90 days after that, so in August or September. 2.) …
The Board of Health will consider new regulations tonight that would restrict the sale of tobacco and nicotine-delivery products in Arlington.
The Arlington Board of Health will consider tonight raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products in town. The proposed change is included in new regulations (attached) that would restrict the sale of tobacco and nicotine-delivery products in town. Under the regulations, the minimum age to buy tobacco products would go from 18 to 19 on July 1 of this year, then to 20 on July 1, 2014, and finally to 21 on July 1, 2015. In addition to this change, the regulations would prohibit the sale of tobacco and nicotine-delivery products in all retail locations that have a pharmacy or drug store and ban the sale of “blunt wraps” outright, among other steps. The board is expected to act on the new regulations at its meeting at 5:…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Consider the comments section below your forum to discuss Question 1 leading up to Saturday's vote. We’ll keep this article on the homepage all week.
It’s election week here in Arlington, and one of the hottest items on Saturday’s ballot is “Question 1” on the Mass. Ave. Corridor Project. Here is how it will appear on the ballot: Question 1. This question is not-binding. Shall the Town have four vehicular travel lanes on Massachusetts Avenue in East Arlington as now practiced? YES NO Consider the comments section below your forum to discuss Question 1 leading up to the vote. We’ll keep this article on the homepage all week. Also see: “QUESTION 2: Do You Favor the Town’s Current Overnight Parking Ban?” As quick background, Question 1 was put on the ballot by a citizen petition, which was organized by Eric Berger, a Town Meeting member from Hamilton Road who has vocally opposed the …
Consider the comments section below your forum to discuss Question 2 leading up to Saturday's vote. We’ll keep this article on the homepage all week.
It’s election week here in Arlington, and one of the most talked about items on Saturday’s ballot is “Question 2” on overnight parking. Here is how it will appear on the ballot: Question 2. This question is not-binding. Do you favor the Town’s current overnight parking ban? YES NO Consider the comments section below your forum to discuss Question 2 leading up to the vote. We’ll keep this article on the homepage all week. Also see: “QUESTION 1: Shall the Town have four vehicular travel lanes on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington as now practiced?” As quick background, the Board of Selectmen put Question 2 on the ballot, with Selectman Steven Byrne leading the way. “I think [the question is] an appropriate way to gage residents’ feelings and then …
Friday, March 22, 2013
See what incumbent Kevin Greeley and challenger Maria Romano had to say Thursday night about the hot-button issue. It's one of the major differences in their campaigns.
Arlington's Town Elections are Saturday, April 6. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In the Board of Selectmen's race, 24-year incumbent Kevin Greeley is being challenged by Maria Romano for a three-year seat. Here is how "Question 1," referenced above, appears on the ballot: Question 1. This question is not-binding. Shall the Town have four vehicular travel lanes on Massachusetts Avenue in East Arlington as now practiced? YES NO Submit a Letter to the Editor on these candidates or the Mass. Ave. Corridor Project/"Question 1."
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The board voted against the proposed ban Monday. However, Town Meeting could still pass it next month with a substitute motion.
The proposed bottled-water ban for Arlington will go to Town Meeting next month without the support of the Board of Selectmen. On Monday, the board unanimously recommended a vote of no action on the ban article, despite praising the efforts of the three Arlington High seniors who brought it forward. “I really commend you for what you’ve done here, for the work you’ve done, but I’m going against you,” board chairman Kevin Greeley told the three students, Amy Currul, Sonia Zacher and Marina Milan. Currul (pictured center) presented the article to the board Monday. “Buying soda should not be the natural alternative to buying bottled water,” Currul said to the ban’s critics. “Carrying a reusable water bottle should be the natural alternative…
Friday, March 15, 2013
Two issues that have been the talk of the town are set to go before the board.
The Board of Selectmen will consider two controversial Special Town Meeting warrant articles Monday evening, the bottled-water-ban and the leaf-blower-compromise articles, according to the agenda. Three Arlington High seniors, Amy Currul, Sonia Zacher and Marina Milan, submitted the bottled-water-ban article by petition, and they’ll also be the ones presenting the article to the board. The Board of Selectmen inserted the leaf-blower-compromise article, which was crafted by the 2012 Special Town Meeting Leaf Blower Committee. Both articles will be decided on by Town Meeting in late April. The Special Town Meeting portion of the regular Town Meeting starts on Wednesday, April 24, at 8 p.m. The board’s meeting is at 7:15 p.m. Monday, March 18…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Do you want the town to pump the brakes, or do you welcome the change? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Bottled-water and leaf-blower bans, self-service gasoline and overnight parking, and don’t forget, the Mass. Ave. Corridor Project. Arlingtonians will be faced with all of these issues next month at the Town Elections and Town Meeting, and this, along with beloved Johnnie’s Foodmaster becoming a Whole Foods, has some longtime residents wondering: What happened to the Arlington I knew and loved? We received two unsolicited emails on the topic Tuesday, so now we’ll ask you: Is Arlington changing too much, too fast for your liking, or do you welcome the change? Please discuss in the comments below.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
See who cast the dissenting vote.
The Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 Monday night in support of the Town Meeting warrant article that would allow self-service gasoline in Arlington for the first time in the town’s history. “I enthusiastically support this,” Selectman Joseph Curro Jr. said Monday during the article’s hearing. Once Town Counsel Juliana Rice crafts the exact wording of the article, the board will take a final vote, most likely Monday, March 18, recommending “favorable action” on the article at Town Meeting in late April. Then, it’s up to Arlington’s 252 Town Meeting members to decide whether it passes or fails. Town Meeting member Carl Wagner, of Precinct 11, submitted the article by petition. On Monday, Wagner, an Arlington native and longtime resident, told …