Dishing up some Arlington restaurant-related news morsels:
UPDATED, Sept. 17: Scutra -- the small, sophisticated restaurant tucked between an insurance company, a liquor store and the bikeway -- is for sale.
The business, not the building, which opened in 2002, is offered at $249,999.
A Multiple Listing Service entry reports the reason for the sale is retirement. Scutra is owned and currently operating by Cesidia Baugniet and Chef Didier Baugniet, who has more than 35 years' experience.
Contact Steve Antonucci, with RE/MAX in Newton at Steve at SteveAntonucci.com or 617-908-7712.
UPDATED, Sept. 24: The ongoing Zoning Board of Appeals hearings about the proposal for the Mugar site in East Arlington called Thorndike Place are stretching into October.
At the last hearing, Sept. 9, the ZBA asked the applicants, Oaktree Development of North Cambridge, to provide a "resubmission," which consolidates all of the material for the final proposal. The board reviewed that.
Read the details about that discussion by Steve Revilak, a ZBA member who provides meeting notes as a public service.
A motion to extend the public-hearing period to Oct. 8 was approved, as was a motion to continue the hearing until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. The board plans to review a draft decision for Thorndike Place that night.
UPDATED, Sept. 21: Precinct 1 Town Meeting member Steve Revilak has been named to the town Redevelopment Board, a familiar sight at meetings for a number of years as he took personal notes and followed development issues.
The town learned Sept. 8 of Gov. Baker's appointment to two years, completiung an unexpired term.
Revilak is also a member of the Master Plan Implementation Committee’s Zoning Bylaw Working Group and has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals since March 2020. He also takes personal notes about proceeding of that board, which YourArlington publishes.
He is a past member of the Zoning Recodification Working Group, which was responsible for recodifying Arlington's Zoning Bylaws (adopted by Town Meeting in February 2018).
Residents lose landline service as reasons differ
Story, photos by Melanie Gilbert
UPDATED, Sept. 11: Richard Fox knows the exact date that his Verizon landline stopped working: Aug. 20 -- his birthday. “I couldn’t even get a phone call on my birthday,” said the 86-year-old Marine Corps veteran.
Fox has called the Hauser Building home for the past five years. It’s part of the Drake Village complex, which is owned and managed by the Arlington Housing Authority (AHA), a state agency that provides rental housing to low-income, elderly and disabled residents.
Fox was one of reportedly 18 to 22 residents in the Arlington Heights complex whose Verizon service was offline for more than two weeks. “If anything had happened to me at home – any physical thing – I wouldn’t be able to call anyone,” he said when interviewed by YourArlington at his home Sept. 5. Residents without a working phone line would not be able to call for help using the 911 service.
Arlington residents are bicycling, hiking, camping and kayaking this fall to fight hunger in a healthy way. All are a part of the Ride For Food team for Food Link, Arlington’s own food-rescue nonprofit.
The 10th annual Ride For Food is a charity event that will take place Sunday, Oct. 3, in Dedham, with 20 hunger-relief charities fielding teams. Because of the pandemic, however, there is a “do it yourself” virtual option.
Team captain Karin Turer says, “During last year’s Ride For Food, each participant did their own activity since there wasn’t an in-person ride – people got very creative and really enjoyed getting to do an activity at a time and place that was convenient to them. So when you add the uncertainty of planning with a pandemic around, having a virtual option makes sense.”
Sixteen people are on the team, pretty evenly split between those participating in the ride and others doing their own thing.
Patricia Sheppard, Arlington's new chief information officer, the administrator in charge of technology for the town and its public schools, has 20 years' experience, including at the Museum of Science and MIT.
Appointed by Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, she began in the position Aug. 18. David Good, who held the top tech job for just over 12 years, retired last January.
“I am pleased Ms. Sheppard has accepted the appointment,” said Chapdelaine in a Sept. 14 news release. “She brings a wealth of technical and organizational expertise from higher-education environments to the Town of Arlington.”
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.
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