PICK UP: 2 dining options, outdoor art, professional manager performance

Last update: July 28, 2021

Written by Susan Gilbert

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UPDATE, July 28: Arlington’s culinary options continue to expand. On July 19, the Select Board unanimously approved two additional food suppliers:

  • Ginger Exchange Express/Master Pies

Are you hesitating between ordering a take-out pizza and eating Asian? Now you can do both from one place.

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

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

Do hot, humid days increase your thirst? Richie’s Slush is coming soon – enjoy 4 ounce, 10 ounce and 2.5 gallon buckets of delicious Italian ice cream, provided by peddler/hawker Annjone Goodridge.

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

“Goodridge’s targeted locations can accommodate people in different locations,” said board member John Hurd.

output art

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

“We chose this site because there are music-oriented businesses and live music in the area. The door is angled to be appreciated by people passing in both directions,” writes Laurie Bogdan, project coordinator, Go-Out-Doors Arlington, in a memo to Select Board Office Manager Ashley Maher.

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 love how smart the title is,” said board member Eric Helmuth.

Managing Director Receives Excellent Appraisal

City Manager Adam Chapdelaine received an excellent annual performance review from Board members, provided by Caryn Malloy, Director of Human Resources. On a scale of 1 to 5, Chapdelaine obtained an overall score of 4.76. See details >>

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

“It’s a testament to the great work he’s done for the city of Arlington and how much we appreciate the value Adam brings to the community,” said board chairman Steve DeCourcey. .

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

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

Connect Arlington aims for sustainable transportation

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

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

“It’s an ambitious plan, with eight different strategies. Arlington has a robust public transit system, and we want to make it even better so people have many different options for getting around,” said Daniel Amstutz. , Senior Transportation Planner.

Strategies include:

  • Prioritize street safety;
  • Ensure pavement designs are for all users, not just cars; and
  • Improve safety at intersections and on road segments where conflict between pedestrians and cyclists is greatest.

“We’ve accomplished quite a few things during the masterplan process, like micromobility, getting people to and from the last mile of their trip,” because Arlington lacks train stations, Amstutz said.

The board approved the plan unanimously.

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

“This is an outstanding plan that clearly outlines actions the city could take. Arlington has many traffic issues and we need to be transformers. This guide will help us do that and provide clear examples of what is possible,” said Helmuth.

Updated housing production plan

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

Raitt and his department have reached out to city councils and committees, local organizations and several Arlington entities to engage in the process of creating plans, hoping 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 outlines our goals. It can help achieve multiple goals. of the city, such as transportation, and be a stepping stone for Arlington’s housing update plan,” Raitt added.

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

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

Select council to appoint new AHA tenant member next month

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

All AHA candidates are invited to submit written statements. Board members then plan to interview the nominees at the Aug. 9 meeting, with Board Chairman DeCourcey overseeing the election process.

“As a result of reforms to the tenant nomination process, the Select Board has the duty, authority and responsibility to appoint a tenant member to the AHA. due to the city clerk by July 16,” Councilman Doug Heim explained.

Headquarters of assessors

The select council plans to hold a joint meeting with the city’s Board of Assessors on Monday, August 16 to discuss the interim appointment to the seat long held by Kevin Feeley until his death in June. A minute’s silence was observed for Feeley at the start of the July 19 meeting.

Watch the meeting recorded by ACMi:

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

YourArlington.com has been providing news and opinion on Arlington, Massachusetts since 2006. Editor Bob Sprague is a former editor of the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Arlington Advocate. Learn more at https://www.yourarlington.com/about.