Monday, April 14, 2014

What's left of the snow

It's ugly.

Behind Walgreens, Arlington Heights

The Mill Brook is a better sight, running fresh and full.

East of Walgreens

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bikeway user Counts - May 6th and 10th

From Joey Glushko:

Since 2007, the State planning authorities have been collecting data about the numbers of users of the local bikeways and trails. Arlington has been asked to join in collecting user numbers for the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway. On Tuesday, May 6 and on Saturday, May 10 counters will be needed to count and record user numbers from 7 AM to 7 PM; counters will be located at the plaza at Swan Place, near the Kickstand Cafe. It will be Baystate Bike Week, and your helpful participation would be be especially apropos!

The Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee is coordinating these two days of counting. We are seeking volunteers for 1-2 hr. commitments of time to count the different numbers and types of users – walkers, cyclists, skaters, etc. If you can take the time, we’d appreciate your help; contact Joey Glushko in the Dept. of Planning and Community Development (781-316-3093; or e-mail ) with your name, contact information, and the date/time(s) that you can volunteer. We will provide the forms and pens and clipboard for ready and easy use; you only need dress comfortably for the weather, and you might like to have sunglasses and sunscreen for a sunny day!

An example of the counting form is attached; you'll see that it is an easy task. The counting day will take place even in inclement weather – though heavy rain will cancel the day’s counting.

Contact me if you have questions. We'd appreciate your participation for this annual project.
Joey Glushko, Planner
Planning and Comm. Devel.
Arlington, MA 02476

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Icy as it was this morning, I expect it'll be mostly wet this afternoon.

Near Mill Street, Arlington

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014


The Somerville path isn't just cleared, it's heavily salted and sanded.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014


I took a few pictures while I was busy not posting last year.

There's a modern concrete tie at the top of the ramp behind Sunrise Assisted Living in Arlington Heights. I can only imagine it was set aside during track maintenance and left behind when the rails were removed.

There's a cluster of B&M signs and equipment at Mystic Street in Arlington Center.

A young girl walked by with her father as I was photographing these stops on a siding near Water Street. She told me there used to be a railroad here. She stage-whispered to her father as they walked away, "He didn't know that."

The Mill Brook runs in a culvert under Arlington High School's playing fields and emerges just below Mill Street.

I met Big Bird walking on the Somerville Community Path a couple of blocks from Davis Square.

The picturesque atmosphere wasn't fog, but dust stirred by maintenance at Hurd Field.

Atop the stairs behind Trader Joe's in Arlington Heights.

Betty Boop was one of four classic cartoon characters posted along the trail west of Lexington Center last summer.

Not skating or running leaves time to look at smaller details along the way.