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Past articles by Heather:

Volunteers in Lincoln help ease the way for South Sudanese in Massachusetts

In May 2001, Lincoln resident Susan Winship organized a presentation introducing a group of South Sudanese refugees to fellow Massachusetts residents. The → Read More

Lincoln pianist performs for homeless listeners

When Diane Katzenberg Braun first contacted homeless shelters in 2013 to gauge their interest in hosting music concerts for residents, the response was → Read More

Lexington composer one of six featured in Arlington's Menotomy Concert Series

As modern classical music composers Pasquale Tassone and Hayg Boyadjian recently sat together on the couch in Boyadjian’s Lexington living room—full of spring sunlight, colorful glass globes hanging in the window behind them—a conversational riff broke out between them.“You have to gradually get your ear used to hearing new things,” Boyadjian said.Tassone jumped in to agree. “You can’t listen to… → Read More

Not too bitter for a battle: Battle of Lexington reenactment goes on

Shortly before 5 a.m. on Patriots’ Day 2018, flashes of red stood out through the Lexington Depot doorway windows.Outside, a bitter drizzle lent the pre-dawn morning an autumnal feel. Inside, the earthy smell of wet wool permeated the room where dozens of red-clad British Regulars stood, waiting. Just a little longer until they would step out to once again re-enact the Battle of Lexington fought… → Read More

Sudbury, Weston state senator home after six-week cancer treatment

When state Sen. Mike Barrett left Massachusetts General Hospital on March 28, six weeks after being admitted, he knew exactly what topped his to-do list. → Read More

Will Lexington be the next town to ban plastic bags?

When Lexington resident Joyce Greif talks about plastic bags--“checkout bags in the supermarket”--she clarifies, she mentions other countries with outright bans, images of animals chewing the bags and bags adrift in the natural world. Greif finds the situation grave enough that she recently made light of it to make her point.“It’s almost like ‘Gone With the Wind,’” she said. “Away they go.”The… → Read More

Hospitalized state senator: 'I’m getting a lot of legislative work done'

The 'long and ceremonial' stairs Mike Barrett walks every day from a basement garage to his fourth-floor Beacon Hill office offered the first clue the → Read More

Barrett diagnosed with rare, 'highly curable' leukemia

Massachusetts state Sen. Michael Barrett, who represents the third Middlesex District, announced Tuesday, Feb. 13 that doctors at Massachusetts General → Read More

State Senator Mike Barrett of Lexington diagnosed with cancer

Massachusetts state Sen. Michael Barrett, who represents the third Middlesex District, announced Tuesday, Feb. 13 that doctors at Massachusetts General → Read More

Polar vortex brought burst pipes, dripping roofs to Arlington area

The intense period of cold weather and heavy snow that kicked off the new year caused a range of problems in Arlington and many other Boston-area communities.“The winter of 2018 has been a cavalcade of storm events, Arctic temperatures and even a 'bombogenesis cyclone.' These weather events can cause devastating damages,” said Robert Ramsey.Ramsey, principal of WTPhelan Insurance in Belmont,… → Read More

How does the Minuteman bike path get cleared of snow?

With snow season here, Peggy Enders, who chairs Lexington’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, has heard from the town’s cross-country skiers. They wondered if the plowing of Lexington’s 5.5-mile section of the Minuteman Bikeway might be altered to accommodate their wintertime sport. In a word, Enders’ answer was “no;” bikeway advocates' well-oiled plowing system had taken years to refine, and they… → Read More

Arlington resident's photo exhibit aims to inspire, nourish viewers with beauty

Three of Arlington resident Jane Spickett’s photographs look as if she climbed aboard an airplane, camera in hand, to capture images of the earth from above. The swirling yellows, greens and blues bring to mind desert, forests and ocean.As their title suggests, though, the triptych "In the Yellow Time of Pollen" didn’t require Spickett to leave the earth; it just required a little fortitude in… → Read More

Lexington High School evacuated after threat

The district dismissed students for the day in consultation with high school administration and the Lexington Police “in an abundance of caution." → Read More

Wicked Bagel opens for business in Lexington

With the approval of its Common Victualler license at the Oct. 30 Selectmen’s meeting, East Lexington’s Wicked Bagel Bakery and Deli is officially open for business.The stamp of approval came a few days after the bagelry had a “soft opening” on Saturday, Oct. 28, according to Robin Plimpton-Magee, Wicked Bagel’s director of sales and marketing. That initial start made bagels, cream cheese and… → Read More

For Lexington artist, camera becomes portal to world after his stroke

At his preschool graduation in Aleppo, Syria more than three decades ago, Sebouh Kandilian stood up with his fellow students, prepared to dance with them → Read More

Wicked Bagels, planned for East Lexington, promises 'everything on a bagel'

Marcos Bastos crouched, painting the exposed ductwork and wood above an oven, mixer, bagel former—all industrial-sized and stainless steel--and a matching vat in which to bathe bagels. The equipment will soon come to life when Wicked Bagel Bakery and Deli, a new eatery at 171 Massachusetts Ave. in Lexington near the Arlington line, opens in late October.When that happens, Bastos won’t be gone,… → Read More

Strong showing for Arlington women at Boston Women's March

Walking slowly through Boston Common on Saturday, Jan. 21, Arlington resident Heather Fowles held tight to a zip-close bag large enough to hold a small → Read More

Coming out, finding support

As an eighth grader at Ottoson Middle School last year, Joanie Cha wore a nametag to school. “Hello. Address me as Joanie Cha. Please use: They, → Read More

Making reading warm and fuzzy at Fox Library in Arlington

Over the course of 15 minutes, Brendan Maher, 7, reads "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein aloud to Rufus, a German shepherd. The two sit on a → Read More

UPDATE: Artbeat is changing the world one art experience at a time

The article has been updated to reflect the correct year that Artbeat openedOn a sunny October afternoon in East Arlington, a dark-haired woman walks into → Read More