Debt exclusion for AHS rebuild coming; no override seen until fiscal 2021
The town manager's official recommended budget for fiscal 2016 totals $140,935,623, 2.43 percent higher than the current-year's fiscal plan.
The proposed total school budget for fiscal 2016 is $53,574,113, a 5.61-percent increase over the current fiscal year.
The budget plan includes the town's long-range financial plan, which says officials expect a shortfall in fiscal 2021, when the town could seek an override. The projected budget deficit for that year is $11.6 million. An override, last taken in 2011, is how a town raises money by an amount above the 2.5 percent allowed by Proposition 2 1/2, a state law.
Officials had thought the 2011 override for $6.49 million would be enough for three years, but current estimates show the money is projected to last nine years. Officials have said that this is, in part, because of savings after town employees joined the Group Insurance Commission, the state's insurance plan.
While an override is years away, voters will soon be asked to support a debt exclusion. That is a tax increase to pay for a specific project -- in this case, to pay for the proposed rebuild of the century-old Arlington High School.
Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine told YourArlington that debt exclusion will not include renovations of the Stratton School. His budget message says the proposed funding plan for Stratton will use the remaining authorization from the successful 2000 school debt exclusion ballot question.
Two local Democrats are celebrating the signing of legislation this month establishing a Mystic River Water Quality Commission aimed at keeping the river’s water quality high enough for fishing, boating and swimming.
"People are finally starting to pay attention to the Mystic," said state Rep. Denise Provost, who wrote the legislation with state Sen. Pat Jehlen.
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If you are a hockey fan, you knew him as Bob Wilson, the radio voice of the Boston Bruins for close to 30 years, at left in a 1990 Globe photo.
In Arlington, where he grew up, he was Robert Henry Castellon, the son of Henry Castellon, a typographer for the Christian Science Monitor, and the former Louise Wilson.
Mr. Wilson, the Bruins' play-by-play radio announcer through the Bobby Orr era, died of lung cancer Jan. 15 in Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, N.H. He was 85.
Graduating from Arlington High School in 1946, he enlisted in the Air Force and served three years. He married Nancy Sargent, whom he met through a church group, on Thanksgiving Day 1950.
He is a member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, inducted as part of the inaugural class in 2007.
The Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) recently awarded $12,297 in grants to the Arlington public schools as part of the fall "Innovations in Education" grant cycle.
These grants support innovative teaching and learning projects that augment and enrich the curriculum, encourage leadership, creativity and skills development and provide a lasting benefit to Arlington's public schools.
Awarded at the elementary, middle and high schools, the six grants will fund a wide variety of projects, including art, languages, science and student leadership. They are:
UPDATED, Jan. 19: Here are two musical announcements frm Arlington High School to sing about.
-- Sabatino D'Agostino, Arlington High School instrumental director, reported Sunday, Jan. 18, that four students from the AHS Orchestra were chosen to participate at the JEN (Jazz Educator Network) conference, San Diego, Calif., from Jan. 7 to 11. They are Greta Myatieva Dan Klinsgberg, Ruby Kinnamon and Joe Romano.
-- Matthew Janger, principal at Arlington High School, has announced that the AHS Honors Orchestra, directed by D'Agostino, has been selected to perform at the Massachusetts Music Educators All State-Conference, set for the World Trade Center, Boston, at 1 p.m. Friday, March 20. This year, MMEA chose only four ensembles in the Commonwealth.
The Board of Selectmen has served notice that the opening of the warrant for the annual Town Meeting for 2015 begins Tuesday, and closes .
During this time, articles for the warrant, which is Town Meeting's agenda, can be submitted to the Board of Selectmen's office, second floor, Town Hall.
The warrant-article submission packet, which includes instructions, is available at the Board of Selectmen's office and online at arlingtonma.gov/townmeeting.
There is nothing like holding your face over a spicy, steaming, sizzling bowl of bibimbap to clear your sinuses and make you forget about the chilling wind outside. Except for maybe bibimbap that has been delivered to your doorstep so you don’t even have to venture out into that wind.
WooRi, Korean Fusion Grill, is the latest addition to Korean offerings in Arlington, and a delightful addition it is.
The first thing you have to know about Korean food is kimchi. In my humble opinion, it’s the king of pickles. It’s cabbage with chili, shrimp and some other stinky stuff that is fermented until, like a fine aged cheese, the smell tells you something amazing is about to happen to your tongue. When you are offered kimchi as a side dish or accompaniment, say, “Yes, please.” If you want to see it made, stop in to the H-Mart, the Korean grocery store in Burlington and epicenter of the kimchi universe in these parts.
The bulgogi kimchi slider ($8) is the first small plate that is a must-try. Bulgogi is a paper-thin, sliced beef barbecue. The barbecue is piled onto little snowflake rolls with mayo and kimchi with a side of the best little shoestring fries you’ve ever had.
Internal candidates sought; interim eyed by end of January
UPDATED, Jan. 14: The effort to find a new police chief includes recommendations from the town manager that would remove the position from Civil Service and limit the applicant pool to only internal candidates.
Following a 10-minute discussion, selectmen voted, 4-0-1, on Monday, Jan. 12, to support the manager's recommendation. Selectman Diane Mahon abstained, referring to some of the history of why Town Meeting had approved moving the chief position into Civil Service in the late 1990s.
Under the recommendation, moving the chief's position out of Civil Service requires a Town Meeting vote. Chapdelaine said he would seek a warrant article about the matter to be considered at a Special Town Meeting early in this spring's session.
Responding to questions from Selectman Kevin Greeley, Chapdelaine said the town would hire a third-party evaluator to vet applicants, the manager would conduct interviews and three to five candidates would be offered.
Selectmen Joseph Curro and Dan Dunn said they supported the manager's recommendation. Selectmen Steven Byrne and Greeley did not comment about support voted in favor.
Chapdelaine said that, if the process is taken out of Civil Service, he would be freer to spell out the kind of chief the town seeks.