I grew up in Arlington. Arlington is home, and over the years I have seen and experienced all of its wonderful growth and changes. With change we lose and gain some things, however, in our case we have gained a lot. I embrace with pride the developments within the community. For example, the school systems are highly ranked within the state, in fact, Arlington High School was ranked one of the best public high schools in Massachusetts.
The elementary schools are also outstanding and one of the reasons why many families want to live here and raise their families. I remember taking my son Seamus to his first day of kindergarten at Hardy Elementary. While we waited in the playground for the bell to ring I suddenly remembered my father taking me to the same schoolyard 40 years earlier. We lived around the corner on Randolph Street. I nervously walked with my dad, my hand in his, with my heart pounding, a little scared and excited for my first day alone at school. I remember when the bell rang I quickly let go of my father's hand, and any doubts I may have had as I ran as fast as I could inside the school for fear I would be late on my first day. What a feeling to be standing there 40 years later with my own son, his hand in mine, and I was sending him off to now make his own memories and friendships that my brothers and sisters, and I had done in the same place, many years ago.
In my youth, as in many small suburban towns, we rode our bikes throughout the neighborhoods; walked along the railroad tracks, now the bike path; and spent summer nights hanging out by Spy Pond. It was a great place to grow up, where I knew everyone in my neighborhood. In fact, my grandmother lived below us in our 2 family home and neighbors became family friends that lived next door for more than forty years, who we called aunt and uncle. Even though things have changed, like in most towns outside major cities within the U.S., Arlington is still a great place to live, raise a family, and has a wonderful strong sense of community, where people care about each other and take care of one another. Community here is strong, and I believe is one the reasons why it is one of the most desirable towns to live in outside of Boston. I may be a little biased, but I think most residents would agree.
I look forward to my son making his own memories and growing up in our town.
Did you know that Uncle Sam was born in Arlington? You can find more fun facts about Arlington here http://www.arlingtonma.gov/i-want-to-/arlington-history