Help Troop 306 help teens in need through Dec. 11

Scouts from Arlington Troop 62580 plant. / Photo by Kendra Martin

The Troop 306 holiday gift drive is a way people can help local children served by the Department of Children and Families’ Arlington office, according to troop parents Karin Turer and Cara Fraley.

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The troop has been asked to serve nearly 250 Arlington teens in need. 

Local residents may drop off new, unwrapped items -- such as hats, gloves, scarves, socks, art and school supplies, gift cards or small games -- at the following locations through Dec. 11:

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200-foot sub sandwich built at AHS benefits food-rescue nonprofit

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UPDATED Nov. 11: The venerable delicatessen in Arlington Heights, D'Agostino's, has supported building what its owner says now has the distinction of having been New England’s largest sub -- a 200-foot Italian sandwich -- as a benefit for Food Link.

The event began before 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Peirce Field behind Arlington High School, according to Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Homan, who said that the project went well and without incident, and with APS employees eating it later in the morning. See the finished sub, above.

The submarine sandwich, far larger than any previously constructed in the region, Sam D'Agostino says, supports the Arlington-based food-rescue nonprofit whose headquarters is near the AHS football field. Food Link aims to have a food system without waste in which everyone has enough.

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Arlington Democrats supported Food Link fund-raiser on foot, bike

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The Arlington Democratic Town Committee team supporting Food Link’s ongoing fund-raiser is now up and running -- as well as biking, swimming, walking and riding.

Throughout September, eight team members -- so far -- will be participating in Food Link’s Ride for Food. The team has room for more members. If interested, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for further information.

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Food Link is a community organization that operates throughout eastern Massachusetts to rescue fresh food, alleviate hunger and contribute to environmental sustainability. That work may be more important now than ever before, because residents of towns and cities across the commonwealth -- including Arlington -- are experiencing higher rates of hunger than before the pandemic. 

Residents may contribute to Food Link by donating to the team. See the team website for information.

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Arlington Democrats top $5,000 goal for Food Link

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The Arlington Democratic Town Committee has participated in Food Link’s fall fund-raiser Ride for Food. The team surpassed its $5,000 goal and would like to thank the community for its donations and support.

Choosing the “off the beaten path” option, the team chose to bike, hike, swim or stroll. Ranging in age from 23 to 83, team members participated with friends, family and pets.

Food Link, an Arlington-based organization, rescues fresh food that would otherwise be wasted, delivers it to community organizations serving people in need and contributes to environmental sustainability.

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Arlington Beats for EATS at Home raises over $50K

Unique fund-raiser -- socially distant scavenger hunt, online auction

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UPDATED, March 26: Arlington EATS, amid a $1.25 million capital campaign to build the organization’s first dedicated headquarters in its 29-year history, has raised more than $50,000 via Beats for EATS At Home -- the 2021 socially distant event featuring a townwide scavenger hunt and an online auction designed for the whole community.

The goups' March 26 emailed newsletter reported the amount. "Your support is what helps us continue to we deliver fresh produce and pantry staples to over 270 familes each week," it said.

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Beats for EATS online only auction raises $70.3K

UPDATED, March 30: Beats for EATS, a fund-raiser for Arlington EATS, was set to occur Saturday, March 28, at Town Hall, from 7 to 11 p.m., but that event was canceled in favor of an online auction only.

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Held March 23 through to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 28, the event raised $70,325. Last year's event, the fourth annual, yielded more than $80,000.

"In a time of crisis, people come together and that is true of all of you," Andi Doane, executive director of the nonprofit, said in an email March 30. "I want to thank everyone who has given over the past few weeks of their time, money, those who bid on our Beats for EATS auction items, those who donated auction items, those who converted Beats tickets to donations, and the many businesses that sponsored Beats.

"All of this tremendous support has allowed us to coordinate and respond quickly to this Covid-19 crisis. Know that your dollars are going to feed our most vulnerable neighbors during this time."

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Teosinte group sold crafts, coffee at Kickstand

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The Arlington-Teosinte Sister City Project is selling crafts and whole-bean coffee in the Kickstand Cafe parking lot on selected Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Teosinte

Proceeds from the sale of fair-trade Salvadoran crafts will go to fund scholarships and community development in Teosinte, El Salvador, sister city to Arlington, Mass.

Adults and high school students may sign up for shifts. No prior experience is needed.


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Garden party benefits florescence near Town Hall

UPDATED July 9: The Friends of the Robbins Town Gardens held aGarden Club party, 2022 garden party on Friday, June 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and succeeded in covering expenses, introduced some new people to the garden and raised an additional $1,300 for the garden restoration endowment. 

An update on the group's website says: "The purpose of the party was to expose more people in the community to the Robbins Town Garden, to interest people in joining 'The Friends' organization and to raise funds for the ongoing restoration of the garden. One lucky woman won the raffle prize – an ornamental tree planted in her yard!

"The weather was warm and breezy , the garden was beautiful and those of us who attended really enjoyed meeting and partying with old and new friends."

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Robbins Town Hall Garden, at 700 Mass. Ave., is between Town Hall and the Robbins Library.

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Arlington Greek Festival '22 held

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UPDATED June 18: The Arlington Greek Festival was held from Friday, June 10, at 11 a.m. through Sunday, June 12, at 6 p.m., at the St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church, 4 Appleton St.

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As always, there is no admission fee, and the venue is handicapped-accessible

Gyros, Souvlaki, Loukoumades . . . oh my!

Baked lamb, pastichio, moussaka

Many of your favorite Greek foods are set to return as well. Prepared with love and expertise by the parishioners of the church, they offer world-class cuisine using their tried-and-true set of recipes for the quality and flavor you have come to expect for over 30 years. 

From baked lamb, pastichio and moussaka to baklava, galaktoboureko and Greek coffee. A selection of Greek wines and beers will also be offered to pair with your meal.

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Deadline passes for Arlington-Belmont crew fund-raiser

From left: Alex DerStepanian (coxswain), Daniel Kim (stroke), Logan Freeman,  Xander de Venecia, Rohan Gandhi, Dereck Leigh, Will Newberry, Charles Forney,  Matthias Warkentin (bow). / Photo by Hugh McCabeFrom left: Alex DerStepanian (coxswain), Daniel Kim (stroke), Logan Freeman, Xander de Venecia, Rohan Gandhi, Dereck Leigh, Will Newberry, Charles Forney,  Matthias Warkentin (bow). / Photo by Hugh McCabe

Boys U-17 qualify for nationals

The Arlington-Belmont Crew Boys U-17 won a place last weekend at the U.S. Rowing Northeast Regionals competition in Lowell, as the team seeks support for its fund-raiser, which ends Friday, May 27.

"We are asking the Arlington and Belmont communities to support the Arlington-Belmont Crew Team and purchase tickets as part of our May Virtual Cash Calendar fund-raiser," said Doug Rosner, A-B Crew board president.

He said the funds are needed so that A-B Crew can continue to be accessible to all, especially when teens are in particular need of community, outdoor exercise, mental focus and opportunities to build confidence.

The fund-raiser helps keep athlete costs down, and gives us the resources to develop our team to its full potential, he said.

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