UPDATED Aug. 11: For summer 2022, "Live Arts Arlington," an effort of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, brings live performance to the recently revamped Broadway Plaza on several successive Fridays. It is scheduled to continue almost until Labor Day.
The music runs until 8. Audience members are being encouraged to bring their own chairs. All events are free of charge.
Boston Women's Market is scheduled to return to Arlington from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Whittemore Park in Arlington Center.
This family-friendly event is set to feature 15 women-owned small businesses. They include local makers and artists selling products such as handmade jewelry and various forms of artwork.
Children and pets are welcome to this free event that is open to the general public.
The rain date is the next day, Sunday, Aug. 14, same hours.
UPDATED Aug. 12: 13Forest Gallery, which reopened at 167A Mass. Ave. on May 21 after having been displaced by a fire next door last August, has announced that "Exquisite Entanglement," an exhibition featuring new work by Yuko Oda and Allison Maria Rodriguez, is now on display and will run through Sept. 23.
On Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, from 11 to 6, the public can take advantage of a tax-free holiday weekend.
A topping-off ceremony for the new, $44 million public-works facility on Grove Street was held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, celebrating construction to date. The completion is scheduled for fall 2023.
Hosted by the town’s project partners, Commodore Builders and Sydney Project Management, the owner’s project manager, the ceremony commemorated the project’s continued progress with the placement of the last steel beam, marking a major milestone of the project.
“It is wonderful to see the new public-works facility take shape,” said Town Manager Sandy Pooler, in a town news release.
“It is appropriate to have a modern facility befitting of the vital services public works provides the Arlington community all year long. From managing major infrastructure -- like water and sewer and our roadways to maintaining our trees, parks and cemeteries -- their work is instrumental to the quality of life in Arlington.”
Workers needed; vote-by-mail information
UPDATED Aug. 8: Voters face two upcoming elections -- the state primary on Tuesday, Sept. 6; and the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Town Clerk Juli Brazile is accepting applications for election workers to work the check-in table. If you are interested, please complete the online application and you will be contacted about training over the summer.
If you are interested in being a warden or clerk, you may apply and take the training. We currently have them scheduled in all precincts. Learn more and apply >>
UPDATED Aug. 10: In 1775, no Starbucks stood at what is today Mass. Ave. and Medford Street. At that site was Cooper's Tavern.
A historic marker at the renovated Broadway Plaza outlines the tale:
Here stood Cooper’s Tavern,
were killed by the British
April 19, 1775.
Richard A. Duffy, town historian, provides some backstories.
“There are images of a building constructed in 1826 that replaced Cooper’s Tavern, known variously over time as the West Cambridge Hotel and the Arlington House hotel.
Officials defend town in statement
UPDATED Aug. 8: Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Donovan Johnson, 20, of Somerville, who was allegedly racially profiled by Arlington police in February 2021.
LCR filed the lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 3, with pro bono counsel Stephen Hall of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, naming the department as well as three individual police officers in the complaint, according to the lawsuit. The complain alleges that Johnson was racially profiled, illegally stopped and arrested within view of his Somerville home.
In a statement Aug. 5, Town Manager Sandy Pooler and Police Chief Julie Flaherty responded to the federal lawsuit. “The Town of Arlington Police Department is committed to providing equal and fair justice to all its residents and visitors. It trains its staff to administer justice without regard to race and conducts ongoing training in diversity, equity and inclusion,” the statement provided by John Guilfoil Public Relations said. It continues below.
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