One of Arlington, MA's most treasured spots for both residents and visitors alike is Spy Pond, located just south of Mass Ave. and east of Pleasant St. in East Arlington.
Spy Pond was originally formed during the last great ice age, about 50,000 years ago, when it was covered by the Wisconsin Glacier. As it melted, between 13,000 and 10,000 years ago, the glacier left a depression in the ground known as a "kettle hole," which then filled with water and formed the pond we know today.
As part of its rich history, Spy Pond was notable as an ice harvesting spot, supplying ice to the greater Boston area and exporting it as far as India. This prompted the building of the local railroad and an increase of manufacturing in the area, primarily ice-cutting tools.
As the area expanded and became known as "West Cambridge," the pond became a source of potable water for local residents. Eventually West Cambridge was incorporated as Arlington, MA and Spy Pond was officially named.
Today Spy Pond is one of the most relaxing and peaceful places to visit in Arlington. But it needs help to remain so. To that end, this coming Saturday, May 8, 2010, local volunteer residents, in cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club, will gather to clean up the shores of Spy Pond.
Volunteers are asked to meet along the Route 2 path from 9:00am until 1:00pm. Volunteers will spend time picking up trash, cleaning debris from trails, pruning, planting, and weeding out some of the invasive weeds that have infiltrated the area.
If you want to take part, all you need is some time, gloves, and a few garden tools (rakes, shovels, pruning shears, etc.). If you don't have any equipment to bring, don't worry. Everyone is welcome and snacks will be provided (free food always attracts more people, doesn't it?).
If you'd like more information on how you can help, contact either Elizabeth Karpati at 781.643.4172 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stroker Rogovin at 781.641.2506 (email: email@example.com). You may also visit the Spy Pond Vision 2020 Committee web site at www.arlingtonma.gov/spypond.
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I hope to see some of you there!
Until next time, Peace!
Well, here are 14 Valentine Day ideas you can afford and enjoy !
Don't think about what you can't do today, think about having a romantic celebration without spending a lot of money. You can personalize the day without breaking into your savings... and if you're not spending money you'll be moving closer to ultimate goal of property ownership! Personalizing your celebration and letting your loved one know how you feel about them can be very easy:
1. Recreate your first date together. Where did you go? What did you talk about?
2. Frame a new, special photo of the two of you and display it in your home or in your wallet.
3. Haven't purchased a place to call your own yet? Put the money you may have spent on a expensive dinner in " someday we're buying a home account" or the real estate account.
4. Leave a message on voicemail with a silly or romantic poem.
5. If you both usually walk together leave wild flowers, favorite cookies,etc. in a hidden spot and surprise your Valentine during your walk...be creative, The Minuteman Bike Trail in Arlington, Lexington and Bedford is a great option.
6. Make a CD featuring the songs that have been important in your relationship. Slip it into their car CD player with a note.
7. Write down 14 favorite memories of your life spent together so far. Invite your partner to add to the list and then... Buying a home or housebuying experiences are usually included in this list...
8. Write down special ideas, dreams for the future.
9. Instead of an expensive dinner go to a restaurant you have always wanted to try and order a bottle of wine and appetizer at the bar...
10. Go to the beach with a thermos of hot coco, cookies, brownies and blankets...dream about owning a waterfront condo.
11. Spend the weekend and plan your summer vacation, could be just a summer weekend...
12. Write about the first time you knew you were in love.
13. Build a fire, open a bottle of champagne and search for property on the Avenue3re.com website.( Cuddle close on the sofa with one laptop and cruise through the A3 website......talk about kind of property you think you might like to own someday.
14. OK decide you're just going to go for broke and forget about saving money, I suggest... The Splurge: A Venetian Valentine, at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Sunday, Feb, 14th 6:30 - 9:00, Art, Romance, Food & Drink, Entertainment....$195 per couple.
Minuteman Bike Way
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Avenue 3 Property Search