Do you need funding for an open space, outdoor recreational facility, affordable housing or historic preservation project?
The Community Preservation Act Committee is accepting preliminary applications for projects to be funded in fiscal 2024 under the act that helps guide administration of the fund from taxpayers and the state.
The deadline for the preliminary application is noon, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.
The act raises an estimated $1.8 million annually via a tax surcharge and state funds that are designated for major public investments in these categories.
ACMi has had many interns over the years who “cut their teeth” in Arlington and then moved on to success in commercial television. One of them, who now works as a TV reporter in Savannah, Ga., missed us so much that she came back to visit recently. That gave us the opportunity to have a current news intern interview the now-seasoned former intern. Here’s Savannah Anderson with her profile of Isabel Litterst:
Advocates, a nonprofit human-services provider, has been designated by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services to operate community behavioral-health sites serving Arlington residents.
The effort is part of a state initiative designed to provide accessible and equitable mental health care, including to people in crisis who otherwise would seek care in a hospital emergency department.
The service sites in Waltham and Framingham plan to open in January and to serve 31 communities in eastern and central Massachusetts. They will operate among a statewide network of 25 centers whose mission is to help meet the growing demand for behavioral health care caused, in part, by the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 interested, complete the online application; applicants will be contacted over the summer about training.
If you are interested in being a warden or a clerk, you may apply and take the training. The town currently has training 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.
Town Moderator Greg Christiana is responsible for making appointments to several town committees. He is working with the town Department of Equity and Inclusion to make sure that the town is reaching and considering a wide range of qualified candidates with an eye toward broadening the diversity of our committees.
This will be an ongoing effort, which takes time. At the same time, the following committees have openings that Christiana considers the highest priority to fill because of the time sensitivity of the committees' work.
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