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SCOOP: AHS group nearly doubles $1,000 goal to aid cancer research


UPDATED, June 27: Arlington's Got Talent was held Friday, June 26, and by the next day, the effort was nearing its goal of $1,000.

The live virtual talent show led by the AHS Scoops club invited Arlingtonians of all ages to connect and celebrate creativity, diversity and community, while raising money for the Jimmy Fund. 

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4th Beats for EATS raises more than $80,000

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UPDATED, March 29: Beats for EATS raised more than $80,000 at the fourth annual fund-raising event at Arlington Town Hall on March 23.

Andi Doane, executive director of Arlington EATS and the Arlington Food Pantry, reported the amount and announced at the event that the two groups will now be known by one name: Arlington EATS.

In addition, the Arlington Food Pantry is now called the Arlington EATS Market, serving fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and meat available weekly for any Arlington resident who needs food.

She also announced that more than $10,000 from the event will be used to fund the summer lunch program, including an expansion of the program at Robbins Library. The group also debuted a new tag line: Neighbors Serving Neighbors.

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ACA's 3rd annual Blue Jean Ball raises about $20,000

UPDATED, Feb. 8: This year's Blue Jean Ball, the third annual, raised about $20,000 for the Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA), an amount exceeding its goal for this event.

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Aneleise Ruggles, representing the ACA, told YourArlington that an estimated 250 people attended at Town Hall on Feb. 1.

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"Funds raised at this event directly support our organization's mission to transform lives and build community through the arts," she wrote Feb. 7.

That money "will allow us to continue to present community programming, such as exhibitions, classes and workshops for children and adults; vacation arts camps and special annual events, like Open Studios, the Jug Bands Festival and Porchfest to Arlington and beyond."

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NEAT: Bright spot for a pandemic Thanksgiving

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NEAT (Neighbors Eating All Together), a passionate group of citizens who started serving community meals in spring 2017 in the downstairs hall of St. John’s Church in Arlington, continued its service on Thanksgiving despite the pandemic.

The effort brought people together to create a welcoming space and nourishment, serving a meal open to all Arlington citizens in need of either food, company or both. Before suspending operations, NEAT had served 27 community meals.

On Thanksgiving Day, the group finally had the chance again to offer nourishment to those in need.

How it happened: Learning that the Council on Aging (CoA) traditionally delivered meals to housebound elders on Thanksgiving Day, NEAT offered to help. CoA was thrilled to bring us into the fold.

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Donate to AYCC's '50K for 50 Years' fund-raiser

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Arlington Youth Counseling Center  (AYCC). In recognition of this milestone, and in lieu of the annual AYCC gala fund-raiser, the Board of Youth Services is appealing to the community for donations to the "50K for 50 Years" campaign.

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The ninth annual gala for the AYCC was held last November at Town Hall and honored Carlene Newell. 

For 50 years, AYCC has provided outstanding mental-health care and compassionate service to Arlington’s youth and families. For 50 years, AYCC has evolved as a mental-health agency, learning from and responding to the changing needs of the community. 

Today, AYCC is the leading provider of outpatient and school-based child and adolescent mental-health services in Arlington, and remains resolute in its mission to eliminate barriers to care. 

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9th AYCC fund-raiser honors youth champion Newell

UPDATED: The ninth annual gala for the Arlington Youth Counseling Center  (AYCC) is set for Friday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 10:30 p.m., at Town Hall.

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This year, the gala will honor one of its own board members, Carlene Newell. She is the longest member of the Board of Youth Services, as well as an active member of the Arlington Youth Health and Safety Coalition.

The AYCC event is an evening for community members to gather and socialize while also supporting crucial mental-health services for Arlington youth and their families. 

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Stratton 5th grader raises more than $1,300 for shelterless animals amid pandemic

Stratton Elementary School fifth grader Sabina von Goeler with Fonzi.

Stratton Elementary School fifth grader Sabina von Goeler collected more than $1,300 in contributions during August and September for her online donation drive, Fundraising 4 Paws.

The funds went toward cleaning supplies, dog treats and toys, which were delivered to Sweet Paws Rescue in Groveland, on Sept. 26. The website,, remains open to any individuals still wishing to make a contribution.

"Kids like Sabina doing selfless donation drives to support our rescue makes a huge difference for our animals, and we are extremely grateful," Sweet Paws Rescue said in a statement.

Von Goeler started Fundraising 4 Paws as part of a community-project requirement to earn her black belt from Elite Freestyle Karate on Medford Street. She chose Sweet Paws Rescue after going through their adoption process and welcoming a puppy, Fonzi, home this summer.

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Town fund nears $150K in relief to residents in grip of coronavirus

UPDATED, Sept. 17: The Town of Arlington's Covid-19 Relief Fund, seeking donations to help residents in need during and after the crisis, has raised nearly $150,000 and distributed $43,000.

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The fund provides emergency assistance to Arlington community members experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. The fund was established by the Town of Arlington and the Arlington Health and Human Services Charitable Corporation, has raised nearly $150,000 to date.

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Sponsor-A-Basket plea turns to Arlington

Sagar Rastogi, a rising senior at Arlington High School, is helping to lead an initiative called Sponsor-A-Basket with two other high school students from Burlington, Anshul Shirude and Ayush Shingavi, to help food pantries feed families in uncertain times.  

ScoopermaniaAyush Shingavi, left, and Anshul Shirude await your donations.

 The three have already raised well over $3,000 for Burlington, Tewksbury, Lexington and Bedford. Now, the team is working through Arlington EATS, to serve families in need in Arlington.

Food pantries are working hard to make sure they can feed the families who need help. Recently, they launched a campaign with the Burlington Food Pantry and accumulated $1,597 in two weeks. Food equaling that amount was donated to the Burlington pantry. Instead of 25 to 30 families, it serves mire than 57 families daily.

The three have also expanded their campaign to Lexington, Tewksbury and Bedford.

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5K road race helps nonprofits


Cause + Event Boston is a nonprofit that raises money for other nonprofit organizations through a 5K road race.

This annual event will be held early Sunday, May 12, in Arlington and will have the following traffic and parking impacts along Mass. Ave. and the Minuteman Bikeway: 

– Parking restrictions on Mass. Ave. in the westbound direction, from Mill Street to Lowell Street, from about 5 to 9 a.m.;
– Closure of the Minuteman bike path, from Bow Street to Mill Street, 8 to 9 a.m.; and
– There will be barricades for a dedicated lane for runners in the parking lane and no-parking signs along the route.

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