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YA booth draws 6 quiz winners, local-news interest

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What's a few showers on Town Day? In 1994, pouring rain caused no postponement of the town celebration held since 1976 -- and never put off. This Sept. 23 was cool and gray, and later showery, and yet the public came.

YourArlington staff and board members welcomed you to its booth, where you:

  • Took a quiz related to town news;
  • Met Editor Judith Pfeffer and Brynn O'Connor, assistant to the editor; and
  • Learned about the Nov. 15 fund-raiser to support YA's mission -- keeping democracy alive by informing residents with essential, local news.

About the quiz. Last year, no one answered any of the five questions successfully, though five gift certificates were awarded after a random drawing, so we asked them again this year. Fortunately, except for one gray area, the questions still applied.

This year, six got all five right. It appears that folks have been paying more attention to the news content of YourArlington over the past year.

Town Day diversityAt YourArlington's booth are, from left, Susan Gilbert, Steve Morgan, Brynn O'Connor, Tony Moschetto and Judith Pfeffer. 

Our display promised five gift certificates. With six winners, we have bought an extra $25 certificate to Noodle Market.

The news-savvy residents are Mark DeCew, Susan Born, Jeremy Cook, Anna Vakoc, Sharon Lipton and Ron Alex. Your certificate will be in the mail once we know your address.

A number of you came close, and we admit that the overnight-parking query could be viewed as a "trick," because of the current pilot program. For details about the pilot, approved in June, see details here >>

In all, 48 people took the quiz.

In addition, 35 people signed up for the Wednesday newsletter -- which anyone can do. Like all of YA's news, it's free. Fill out the form on page one below the main news at

Questions, answers

Here are the questions and answers to the "TRUE (not fake) NEWS QUIZ."

1.) What does the image on the left show (most precise answer)?

a.) Map of Arlington.

b.) Map of Arlington showing neighborhoods.

c.) Map of Arlington showing open space.

Answer: c.

2.) How many recreational-marijuana shops have opened in town?

a.) One

b.) Two

c.) Three

Answer: b.

3.) What is the name of the current chairperson of the Arlington School Committee?

a.) Jeff Thielman

b.) Kirsi Allison-Ampe

c.) Liz Exton

Answer: b.

4.) Is it legal to park on public streets from 1 to 7 a.m. in town?

a.) Only on Halloween

b.) Yes

c.) No

Answer: c, but b was accepted because of the overnight pilot program (see link to details above).

5.) Who was Sam Whittemore (Menotomy version)?

a.) A member of the retreating British forces.

b.) A farmer who hid from the British.

c.) A resident who fought back against the British.

Answer: c.

Look for new questions from us next year. You can ask any Arlington-related question, any time. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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These comments were published Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, based on firsthand information from Bob Sprague, YourArlington's founder.

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