Driver may have thought entry was drive-through
A Salvation Army bell ringer soliciting donations was injured Tuesday, Dec. 16, when a car crashed into the front door Walgreens in Arlington Heights.
The bell ringer suffered a leg injury and was brought to a local hospital for treatment, police said.
A preliminary investigation indicates that the driver may have mistaken the front door/awning of the drug store for a drive-through window.
The driver, an 87-year-old male from Arlington, will be cited for operating to endanger.
Arlington police also filed an "immediate threat" notification to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, asking the state Department of Motor Vehicles to review the driver's right to have a license.
UPDATED, Dec. 15: An estimated 400 people joined residents and town groups most of whom embraced the theme "Black Lives Matter" during a vigil Dec. 14, on three of the four corners at Mass. Ave. and Pleasant.
Organizers promised a peaceful response to recent events nationwide, particularly in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., and that it would not block traffic or pedestrians.
That is how the rally came off, as police told attendees when they could cross the street, and participants followed their advice. With the sound of a horn, signaling the protest's end, rallygoers crossed Mass. Ave. and Pleasant wishing officers well. The officers did the same.
Before the vigil, as a crowd gathered under the maple tree at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, a series of speakers set the tone. One of them, the Rev. Mikel Satcher of Arlington, formerly of Trinity Baptist Church and now of Andover Newton Theological School, said: "Yes, black lives matter, but justice matters."
UPDATED, Dec. 16: Arlington police seek a suspect in an alleged sexual assault that took place Sunday, Dec. 14, Cambridge city line, believed to have taken place between 2 and 3 p.m.
"This suspect allegedly attacked a woman in broad daylight, and we are asking anyone who may have heard or seen anything to please come forward and assist police in capturing this dangerous felon," Chief Fred Ryan said in a news release.
The incident was reported to have taken place on the Arlington/Cambridge lines in a wooded area near the Route 2 underpass and behind the Alewife Brook Reservation.
The possible time frame of the incident was when many officers were at Mass. Ave. and Pleasant for the well-attended vigil.
The sketch with this story was put together by Officer Ian Spencer of the Lincoln Police Department, and police say it is a very good likeness of the suspect.
Tug-of-war over 3- or 5-year contract
Police Chief Fred Ryan has been selected to lead the MBTA police force, the State House News Service reported Friday, Dec. 12.
A report by Andy Metzger says members of the board that would make the hire want more limits on the contract before approving the appointment.
"I'm honored to have been offered the job, and I look forward to ironing out the details," Ryan told the News Service.
The Arlington native would take over for Paul MacMillan, who was appointed chief almost seven years ago and has spent 31 years in the department. MacMillan retired Nov. 1.
Ryan was appointed chief of the Arlington police in November 1999.
Two participants in the Arlington Regional Model United Nations program’s middle-school club in the November United Nations Association of Greater Boston’s Middle School Model U.N. Conference at Northeastern University were chosen distinguished delegates.
Milo Kiely-Song (sixth grade, Ottoson Middle School) and Ansel Miller (seventh grade, Andrews Middle School, Medford) were invited to a special invitational model U.N. conference, held Dec. 12.
At the latter conference, the pair joined 80 other students who were the award winners from among the 450 students at the Nov. 22 conference. They participated in a fast-paced, high-pressure crisis committee that started with the current Ebola crisis and developed from that point.
Miller drew the role of defense minister of China, and Kiely-Song the role of political minister of Liberia. Both had about 30 minutes and limited materials to prepare to play their roles in the debate for the day. Both boys did an excellent job, but Miller was selected as one of the three best delegates of the day and awarded the Best Defense Minister Award.
Students who attended the November conference included Isabella Liu of Cambridge, Gabrielle Yamamoto of Medford, Varun Gopal of Arlington (an Ottoson student), Connor Bresnahan of Cambridge (at the Cambridge Friends School), Pranav Sriramulu of Arlington (Ottoson), Tyler McNabb of Saugus and Oscar Berry of Cambridge (International School of Boston).
Twelve students representing the Arlington Regional Model U.N. Middle School Club are preparing for the Jan. 31-Feb. 1 Boston University Academy Model U.N. Conference.
The Stratton PTO is reaching out to help support one of a Stratton family whose home was recently hit by a fire. The family has six children, ranging in ages from 17 months to 14 years. They are housed in temporary arrangements provided by their church.
Laurie Henry, social worker at Stratton, has been in contact with the family, and they have expressed their appreciation in advance for any help at this time. In particular,
and Shop, Target, Market Basket, Walgreens, Burlington Coat Factory. Also, they have expressed a need for the following items:
- Gloves for the children: boy and girl, both 14; girl, 6; girl, 4; boy, 3; and boy, 17 months.
Police continue to investigate a gunpoint robbery that occurred at Mass. Ave. and Everett Street in East Arlington about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.
After five Arlington officers responded, the victim told police that he was getting out of his car with money in his hand about to enter Mass Convenience, when he heard a voice yell from behind him "give me your [expletive] money." The victim said he saw the suspect and that he was pointing a handgun at him before the suspect fled.
Real-state tax on single-family home to rise
UPDATED, Dec. 11: Arlington's tax rate is expected to decline, if the state approves numbers accepted by the selectmen on Monday, Dec. 8.
The rate for fiscal 2015 is $13.55 for each $1,000 of assessed valuation, down 24 cents from the current fiscal year.
For a home valued at $500,000, that means the new rate results in an annual property-tax bill $120 lower. In fiscal 2014, the bill for such a home would be $6,895. In 2015, it would be $6,775.
The 4-0 vote (Dan Dunn was absent) accepts the new rate as well as the recommendation to continue to tax only residential property.
These examples should not be interpreted to mean that property taxes will decline. In fact, they are expected to rise.