Around the Region: Whole Foods Buys Foodmaster Locations, Malden Mayor: Tear Down City Hall
A look at some of the top recent stories from just beyond Medford.
Somerville's Beacon Street Foodmaster to Become a Whole Foods, Arlington Location, Too: It's official: Johnnie's Foodmaster on Beacon Street in Somerville will become a Whole Foods. According to an announcement sent by Foodmaster Friday morning, the supermarket chain has agreed to transfer six Foodmaster locations in the Boston area to the Texas-based upscale supermarket company. -Chris Orchard
Mayor's Quest To Tear Down City Hall Underway: The city council approved plans to issue two requests for proposals Tuesday night, both seeking plans to relocate city hall services as part of Mayor Gary Christenson's goal of tearing down city hall by the end of his term. -Chris Caesar
LaCourt, Husband Charged in Connection with Friday’s Underage Drinking Party: Former Arlington selectman Annie LaCourt and her husband, Mark Burstein, have been charged with furnishing alcohol to a person under 21 (33 counts each) and contributing to a delinquency of a minor (three counts each), according to an Arlington Police press release Monday afternoon. LaCourt and Burstein were allegedly caught Friday night having another underage drinking party at their Chatham Street residence, while they were home. -John Waller
No Criminal Action in Winchester Fire: The cause of a three-alarm fire at a Copley Street home in May was concluded to be "undetermined" by the State Fire Marshal. "The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has determined that there is insufficient evidence that the fire at this address was intentionally set," said the district attorney spokeswoman, Stephanie Chelf Guyotte. Fire investigators said in a June report the fire was started on the front porch close to the front doors, which remained intact and closed. He said an aged, dry holiday wreath on the porch caused sufficient fuel to ignite the siding of the house and surrounding surfaces. These combined combustible materials made it easy for the fire to reach a heat level to climb the porch ceiling and then spread along the house. -Lindsey Davidson