Taking funds from nearly $8m contingency
UPDATED Sept. 28: Agreeing with the superintendent, the School Committee voted unanimously Thursday, Sept. 22, for the second of two choices presented to cope with the ongoing reconstruction of Arlington High School. “Option 2” was the more expensive choice but the one that would keep all AHS students on campus for full school days from the first scheduled instructional date of the 2023-24 school year.
“Option 2” will require the postponement of certain aspects of the construction, at an estimated cost of $1.2 million, all to be paid from the already established contingency fund of nearly $8 million. See both options here >>
“This is specifically the kind of thing that contingencies are built for,” said committee member Jeff Thielman, head of the building subcommittee. “The needs of the students are paramount.” Later, making the motion favoring option 2, he said that this choice is “not increasing the total cost of the project” and that “this is in the best interest of the students,” particularly freshmen.
The water-chestnut clearing at the Arlington Reservoir on Aug. 28 drew more than 30 volunteers as well as Reservoir Committee members and David Morgan, Arlington’s conservation agent.
The turnout cheered participants."We had a diversity of volunteers, from very young newbies to experienced veterans," one said.
PaddleBoston, a part of the Charles River Canoe and Kayak Association, provided nine canoes for the effort. In addition, those involved deployed two kayaks and a rowboat, used to monitor and assist during volunteer activities.
Volunteers filled baskets in their canoes with water chestnuts. Others raked water chestnuts from the shoreline. The collected water chestnuts were then added to the already large pile in the spillway derived from the earlier mechanical harvesting. There, they dewatered, awaiting removal for proper disposal.
After some 2 1/2 hours of effort, the volunteers had cleared more than 200 baskets of water chestnuts from the lower part of the Arlington Reservoir.
Dishing up some Arlington restaurant-related news morsels:
Customers who dine at Arlington’s Makalu restaurant, 352A Mass. Ave., can now enjoy beer and wine with their Nepali and Indian cuisine, as unanimously approved by the Select Board on Aug. 22.
Owner Roshan Dangol said, “We bought a place that had a beer-and-wine license, and we want the same thing for our customers.”
All employees will be trained in the serving of beer and wine, added Dangol.
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