UPDATED, Sept. 11: Arlington is considered at high risk for West Nile Virus (WNV), Public Health Director Natasha Waden announced Saturday, Sept. 11, offerng the community safety tips to prevent mosquito bites and avoid mosquito-borne diseases.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has increased risk levels from moderate to high in communities in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties because of increasing WNV activity. There have been four human cases of the virus in the state and one case in an animal this year, all in Middlesex County. The virus was detected in mosquitoes collected from Arlington in early August.
3rd incident in 3 weeks; state officials offer perspective
UPDATED, Sept. 9: Arlington police continued their search after two children were attacked by a coyote in separate incidents not far from one another on Sunday, Sept. 5, the third such case in about three weeks.
"No coyotes have been secured at this point since the attacks," Capt. Richard Flynn told YourArlington on Sept. 7.
Chief Julie Flaherty and Health and Human Services Director Christine Bongiorno reported the incidents Sept. 6. About 5:40 p.m., police responded to Epping Street, on Turkey Hill, for a report of a child bitten by a coyote. The 2-year-old female was in her yard when she was approached, bitten on the back and dragged by a coyote.
Prince Hall's groundbreaking work as a black leader in the late 18th century is expected to be recognized during Arlington's annual Town Meeting.
Cambridge Day, a YourArlington partner site, has published an account about how our city neighbor has honored the man. A tour highlighting several city monuments cites one established in 2010 about Hall, founder of the first black Masonic lodge. Born circa 1735-1738, he born into slavery but emancipated as a young man and became a leader in the free black community in Boston.
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