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    Why the CPA tax is bad for Arlington

    The following opinion piece was submitted by Bill Hayner, Steve Gilligan and Charlie Foskett. They are, respectively, the School Committee chairman; the town treasurer, tax collector and parking clerk; and vice chairman of the Finance Committee and chair of the Capital Planning Committee. The latter committee has not taken a position on ballot question No. 5. An edited version of these remarks was published in the Oct. 23 Advocate. This statement includes information not published there. A new and onerous tax will be in front of Arlington voters on Ballot Question #5 in the Nov. 4 election. The tax is being falsely presented by supporters as a solution to preserve our community, when in fact it diverts critical resources, increases the local tax burden and threatens fundamental community services.  There are four reasons why Arlington taxpayers should resoundingly reject Ballot Question #5 in November. ...

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    ‘Birdman’: Michael Keaton’s super return to screen has plenty of unexpected virtues

    This review is by Marc Levy, who is the eduitor and publisher of Cambridge Day, a YourArlington partner, where this was originally published. It is republished with permission. Growing old and becoming irrelevant is on everyone’s minds, probably more so for anyone who’d ever been somebody – even if it was for 15 minutes. Think of all those childhood actors in rehab. Think of Lindsay Lohan. Now what if you were an aging actor who played a superhero? That’s the jumping-off point for “Birdman,” which boasts the catchy subtitle, “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.” Michael Keaton, who not-so-coincidentally played Tim Burton’s “Batman” in the ’80s and ’90s, plays Riggan Thomson, a Hollywood actor who found fame as the star of the titled superhero franchise. ...

  • AFD's 'Avenue Q'

    Review: Avenue Q stages in-your-face boldness, imaginative puppetry

    This review is by Susie Goldman of Arlington. Avenue Q -- continuing at the AFD Theatre through Nov. 2 -- is an imagining of the generation who grew up watching "Sesame Street" on PBS and what life is like for them after college. Surprising many, Avenue Q triumphed over Wicked and picked up the Tony for best musical in 2004, as well as winning Tony awards for best score and best book by a talented trio, Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitey. On opening night in Arlington, Friday Oct. 17, I wondered: ‘Can town residents handle the "in-your-face" boldness of Avenue Q?’ Set designer Brien Higgins successfully portrays a run-down urban section of brick apartment buildings with real doors sandwiched together. Besides the childlike graffiti on a brick wall, "A, B, C" and "1,2,3," is the phrase "Tough Love," a big tip-off of the harsh realities that the population of this gloomier than their "Sesame Street" counterparts face every day. ...

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    Letters supporting adoption of Community Preservation Act in Arlington

    Yes committee logo Law has aided Concord The following letter to the editor was written by Richard Beinecke of Arlington: Please support the Community Preservation act vote in November. As the first chairman of Concord’s Community Preservation Act planning committee, I know the value of this act. There are many areas including historic preservation, acquisition of open space and recreation, and affordable housing that are difficult to fund under normal annual town budgets and that Arlington needs.\ This act gave Concord the ability to make important investments in all of these areas, often by combining Act funds with other sources. In a number of cases, we accumulated funds over a number of years to make this possible. All projects were thoroughly vetted by town committees and Town Meeting. Examples include the soccer fields along Route 2, several critical open-space purchases, affordable housing in an unaffordable town, improvements to Town Hall, and the refurbishing of the W ...

  • Pondering out future

    Guide to town's master plan: Words in progress

    This is the first in a series of articles about Arlington's master-planning process. It was prepared by Barbara Thornton, who serves on the board of the Capital Planning Committee and the Maintenance Committee for Arlington. She and her family have lived in Arlington for over 25 years. Her children are graduates of AHS. She has earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MCP from Yale University, School of Art and Architecture. Her blog, AssetStewardship.com and twitter account @assetstewards report on civic tech, infrastructure, water, schools, public-private partnerships and related topics of concern to cities. Her interests include projects, which strengthen and nourish the important role local government plays in our society, in organizational change and in starting new business ventures. Subsequent parts of the series are published as each is available from the town's website: Part 2: Choices for future land use Part 3: Transportation Arlington is developin ...

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    The Lorax in us and protecting our silver maples

    David Landskov of Arlington sent the following reflection about the threatened Silver Maple Forest in Belmont, near Arlington and Cambridge. It was written by David Morimoto, an associate professor of biology and director of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Natural Science and Mathematics program at Lesley University. It was published by The Friends of Alewife Reservation. Landskov wrote: "I sent this because it captures the facts, the history, and the feelings that many of us have for the Silver Maple Forest. The SMF is an urban wild, a tiny sliver of a much larger area that was long ago called the Great Swamp. Now it is a connection point for wildlife that students and adults can periodically come and view. Visiting it has a spiritual value that David Morimoto captures in his Lorax piece. "The SMF is also an important part of water management for the surrounding area, parts of east Arlington included. Trees are vertical water storage -- they capture a portion of the he ...

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    Parent letter cites steps to address crowded kindergarten classes

    The following comments about space concerns at the Dallin School were presented at public participation during the Thursday, Sept. 18, School Committee meeting by Jessica Truslow-Trapotsis, a Dallin parent: Thank you for providing this opportunity to share my concerns. First, I want to thank you for your service. As an educator myself, I know well the commitment you have and continue to make to the Arlington community.Earlier this week, I sent a letter to Dr. Bodie and each member of the School Committee cosigned by 43 sets of Dallin School kindergarten parents. That letter served as a first step in what we hope will be an ongoing conversation with parents about growing enrollments, not just at the Dallin School, but town-wide as we understand that enrollment projections were significantly underestimated for the kindergarten class throughout the town. We not only have concerns about the educational environment this year, but also throughout our children's experience at the Dallin Sc ...

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