2 dining options, outdoor art, manager’s job performance

UPDATE, July 28: Arlington’s culinary options continue to expand. On July 19, the select committee unanimously approved two other food suppliers:

  • Ginger Exchange Express / Master Pies

Can’t decide between ordering take out pizza and Asian food? Now you can do both from one place.

Ginger Exchange Express / Master Pies will offer a wide variety of pizzas, salads and appetizers, as well as an assortment of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean cuisine, including sushi, pad thai, and rice and rice bowls. Soupe.

Located in the heights at 1181, avenue Mass. (former Great Wok site), Ginger Exchange Express / Master Pies will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., offering take-out and delivery only.

Do hot and humid days increase your thirst? Richie’s Slush Coming Soon: Enjoy 4-ounce, 10-ounce, and 2.5-gallon buckets of delicious Italian ice cream, provided by Hawker Annjone Goodridge.

A mobile cart will be parked at a few locations across the city for several summer weekends, from noon to 6 p.m., in Mass. Ave. and Pleasant Street, from Pond Lane to Spy Pond and Linwood Street to Spy Pond.

“The locations that Goodridge is targeting can accommodate people in different locations,” said John Hurd, board member.

Exit art

By October 31, you’ll notice a decorated, music-themed gate in Memorial Park at the intersection of Broadway, Alton Street, and Mass. Ave.

“We chose this site because there are music and live music businesses in the area. The door is placed at an angle so that it can be appreciated by people walking both ways, ”writes Laurie Bogdan, project coordinator, Go-Out-Doors Arlington, in a note to Ashley Maher, office manager. Select Board. .

Go-Out-Doors – Neighbors is a regional public art campaign that promotes healthy outdoor activities, environmental appreciation and regional long-distance tourism in Concord, Lexington and Arlington.

“I like the intelligence of the title,” said Eric Helmuth, member of the board of directors.

General Manager receives excellent review

General Manager Adam Chapdelaine received an outstanding annual performance review by select members of the Board of Directors provided by Caryn Malloy, Director of Human Resources. On a scale of 1 to 5, Chapdelaine obtained an overall rating of 4.76. See details >>

In his review, Chapdelaine was praised for his accessibility and communication skills. Strengths include “mastery of the city’s finances, hiring and developing management staff, an exceptional work ethic, personal integrity and dedication to doing the best job possible.” He is also seen as helpful and respectful to residents.

“This is a testament to the great job he has done for the City of Arlington and how much we appreciate the value Adam brings to the community,” said Board Chair Steve DeCourcey.

Chapdelaine thanked everyone and said, “I appreciate the praise and positive reinforcement, and constructive criticism is helpful, so I know where I am. I feel gratified for the time I have spent here and to be held in such high regard. I am delighted to roll up my sleeves and continue the great work that Arlington has been doing.

In June, the superintendent withdrew from the exam after Natick offered him the post of city administrator, the third time in nine years as city manager that he had sought employment beyond Arlington.

Connect Arlington envisions sustainable transportation

Connect Arlington’s Sustainable Transportation Plan aims to provide a safe, reliable and multimodal transportation system that meets the needs of all people of all ages and abilities, and safe facilities for all users, regardless of how they choose. are moving.

“The plan transforms the way we think about transportation to, to and from Arlington,” said Jenny Raitt, director of planning and community development at Arlington.

“It’s an ambitious plan, with eight different strategies. Arlington has a strong public transportation network, and we want to make it even better so that people have many different options for getting around, ”said Daniel Amstutz, senior transportation planner.

The strategies include:

  • Prioritize street safety;
  • Ensure that road designs are intended for all users, not just cars; and
  • Improve safety at intersections and road segments with the greatest conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists.

“We did a lot of things during the blueprint process, like micromobility, getting people to and from the last mile of their trip,” as Arlington is short of train stations, Amstutz said.

The board unanimously approved the plan.

“Sustainability is an issue we can all support in Arlington. This plan has many goals to help us move forward, ”said Hurd.

“This is an exceptional plan that specifies the actions that the city could take. Arlington has a lot of traffic problems, and we need to be transformative. This guide will help us do that and provide clear examples of what is possible, ”Helmuth said.

Updated housing production plan

“The Housing Production Plan serves to meet the housing demands and needs of the city. The current five-year plan expires in November, which is why we are updating it, ”said Raitt.

Raitt and his department have reached out to city councils and committees, local organizations and several entities in Arlington to engage in the plan creation process, in hopes that more people will continue to engage.

“This plan covers housing needs, assessments and constraints; the ability to meet those needs; the steps to meet them; and an implementation plan that describes our goals. This can help meet several of the city’s goals, such as transportation, and be a stepping stone for Arlington’s housing retrofit plan, ”Raitt added.

Raitt and his department invite townspeople to discuss housing and the need to address the affordability crisis.

For example, at the weekly farmers market, a planning representative spoke to people about housing issues, explaining the housing plan. Planning also distributes flyers that describe the plan process, what to expect, ways people can get involved, and a mini-survey.

Select Board to appoint new AHA tenant member next month

The board plans to appoint a new member of the Arlington Housing Authority (AHA) at next month’s meeting on August 9.

All AHA applicants are encouraged to submit written statements. Council members then plan to interview the candidates at the August 9 meeting, with board chairman DeCourcey overseeing the electoral process.

“As a result of the reforms to the tenant appointment process, the select committee has the duty, authority and responsibility to appoint a tenant member to the AHA. Statutory deadlines indicate that requests, either from tenant organizations, or directly from people without tenant organizations, had to be sent to the city clerk by July 16, ”said city lawyer Doug Heim.

Evaluators seat

The board of directors plans to hold a joint meeting with the city’s board of directors on Monday, August 16 to discuss an acting appointment for the seat long held by Kevin Feeley until his death in June. A minute of silence was reserved for Feeley at the start of the July 19 meeting.

Watch the meeting recorded by ACMi:


July 21, 2021: The city plans to reduce the number of neighborhoods

Ther summary of the news, by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert, was released on Tuesdayday, July 27, 2021. It was updated on July 28, to correct the name of the seat of the council to be filled, an editing error.