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Bram Berkowitz

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Past articles by Bram:

Pipe bursts at Laura's Sewing School, AHS football players respond

A pipe burst has temporarily closed Fabric Corner and Laura’s Sewing School at 783 and 785 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington.Laura Wirkkala, owner of Laura’s Sewing School, said a police officer on patrol was driving by her store at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28 when he noticed water rushing out of the doors at Laura’s and at neighboring Wish Salon and Spa.Wirkkala said the policeman called… → Read More

Hardy parents sign petition concerning future of school's limited recess space

Hardy Elementary School parents continue to voice concern about the impact of a six-classroom addition on the school’s outdoor space. → Read More

BUILDING COMMUNITY: NICU Mamas Unite helps mothers of premature babies

Forced to give birth to her son Charlie 15 weeks premature, nothing about Kate Wittemann’s pregnancy was easy.Before going into labor, the Arlington resident suffered from preeclampsia, a pregnancy condition characterized by high blood pressure, and later a placental abruption, a condition that deprives the baby of nutrients and oxygen and can lead to serious bleeding.As a result, Charlie was… → Read More

Property managers speak out about vacant storefront registry

Since opening in May at 321 Broadway, Caffe Nero has received a warm welcome from residents.But the cozy Italian coffee shop did not come to Arlington → Read More


An editorial board composed of journalists from various GateHouse Media publications covering communities in the 4th Middlesex state senate district met → Read More

Arlington's vacant storefront registry will soon be put into effect

After more than eight months since Town Meeting approved the bylaw amendment, the vacant storefront registry could be up and running as soon as July 1.The → Read More

Bistro Duet, Zhu's Garden to serve three-day liquor license suspensions

Two restaurants in Arlington were caught serving alcohol to underage customers.The Board of Selectmen on Monday, June 19 issued three-day liquor license → Read More

Selectmen revoke license from Arlington Liquors after second violation

When Arlington Liquors owner Alexander Kushnirsky was found unresponsive in his store with a 60-mg marijuana edible nearby, the Board of Selectmen were → Read More

MBTA bus hits tree on Massachusetts Avenue

An MBTA bus collided with a tree at 1194 Massachusetts Ave., according to a tweet from Arlington Police around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20."Traffic → Read More

Needham principal hired as next Arlington assistant superintendent

Roderick MacNeal Jr. has been hired as the next assistant superintendent of Arlington Public Schools.The School Committee made the appointment official on → Read More

Planning for Gibbs continues: Details on transportation, extracurriculars and more

More details are surfacing as school leaders and residents continue to plan for the opening of a new sixth grade school in the soon-to-be renovated Gibbs → Read More

The Costume Company to close its Arlington Center location

After more than 25 years in town, The Costume Company is closing its Arlington location and moving to Belmont.Jeanne Keenan, owner of the store, confirmed → Read More

Arlington arts action plan coming together

Town officials and members of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council are putting the final touches on the Arlington Arts and Action Culture Action Plan.Together, they held the second of two public hearings on June 6 to collect feedback from residents on a draft version of the plan to incorporate into the final version, which is expected to come out in roughly two months.The goal of the Arts and… → Read More

Hardy parents worried about impact of addition on outdoor space

A planned six-classroom, $3.5 million expansion at the Hardy Elementary School will force school leaders to get creative if they are to provide adequate → Read More

Jimmy's Steer House founders and owners to retire

The founders and majority owners of Jimmy’s Steer House are leaving the company, but the steak restaurant that has been a fixture in Arlington for decades will remain the same.Mark, James and Nikiforis Miminos, the longtime owners of the American Food Holding Corporation, the holding company that controls six restaurants in Massachusetts including Jimmy’s Steer House, plan to sell all of their… → Read More

Similar on issues, state senate candidates try to show why they can accomplish progressive agenda

No matter who wins, the next state senator for the 4th Middlesex district will have a very progressive agenda.Candidates vying to replace the late Sen. → Read More

Arlington looking to pilot Bus Rapid Transit on Mass. Ave.

Arlington officials think more people would take the bus if they could speed up commute times.Officials plan to apply for a $100,000 grant from the Barr → Read More

Peirce enrollment creating budget problems for Arlington

An enrollment surprise is already creating shortages in next year’s school budget.Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Bodie announced on May 25 that an additional kindergarten teacher will need to be hired at the Peirce Elementary School after kindergarten enrollment blew past projections.The position was not included in the schools’ fiscal year 2018 budget recently approved by… → Read More

Mixed-use development proposed for site of vacant building near Arlington High

The property at 887 Massachusetts Ave., the home of a decrepit and abandoned former gas station, is the next target for mixed-use development.Longtime → Read More

MBTA proposing upgrades to five Arlington bus stops

No bus stops in Arlington will need to be eliminated as part of a sweeping initiative by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to improve accessibility on all bus lines across the state.In February, the MBTA announced a large-scale effort called the Plan for Accessible Transit Infrastructure to identify meaningful barriers to accessibility, and develop a long-term plan for improving the… → Read More