Archive for December, 2009

Help out with a great cause!

December 10, 2009


Dear Friends,

Next week I will be participating in an event for the Muscular Dystrophy Association called the Belmont-Arlington Lock-up!  This event supports a great organization that helps provide vital funds for MDA’s program services to families in our local communities.  The concept of the event is that local business and community leaders agree to be “arrested” for having a “big heart” in the fun, MDA Lock-Up. This unique community-wide event raises funds for Jerry’s kids.  You can view a video from Waltham’s Lock-up here.

Now I’d like to ask you to Please Help Me!!!  I have to raise my bail of $1600 before the Lock-Up and they will go easy on me, but I need your financial assistance to post my bond.  Please lend your support during the Belmont-Arlington Lock-Up.  You can see a “news” story about these events and make donations at my MDA Lock-up webpage. 

Your 100% tax-deductible donation will help MDA continue research into the cause and the possible cure of the 43 neuromuscular diseases they cover.  Your support of the MDA Lock-Up will also help MDA provide medical equipment, clinic visits, support groups and a magical week of MDA Summer Camp for the families served by the Association in our local area.

Thanks for all your help!



MassDOT to hold Public Hearing on Arlington’s Forest Street project in Arlington

December 10, 2009

Thanks to MassDOT for holding this hearing:

A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT – Highway Division to discuss the proposed Forest Street Improvement project in Arlington, MA.

WHERE: Peirce School, 85 Park Avenue Extension,  Arlington 02474

WHEN: Tuesday, December 22, 3009, at 6:30 PM

PURPOSE:     The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Forest Street Improvement project.  All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

PROPOSAL:  The proposed project consists of the rehabilitation of approximately 0.57 miles of Forest Street starting from the Arlington/Winchester town line to the intersection of Forest and Summer Street. The proposed work includes pavement reconstruction, upgrade of the existing closed drainage system, uniform edge treatment including granite curbing, and sidewalk reconstruction to improve pedestrian accommodation.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Town of Arlington is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above.  Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project.  A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Frank A. Tramontozzi, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT – Highway Division, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, ATTN: Project Management Section, project File 605748. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing.  Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing.  Project inquiries may be emailed to

The community has declared that this facility is accessible to all in compliance with the ADA / Title II. However, persons in need of ADA / Title II accommodations should contact Angela Rudikoff by phone at (617) 973-7005 or email to Requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the date of the public hearing.

In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the internet at