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  • John Farrell

    A brother remembers: On Memorial Day, nothing is ever laid to rest

    The following was first published in May 2010 and is receiving prominence again because of Memorial Day: An Arlington-born soldier, lost to war in November 1944, has been laid to rest. The remains of Army Staff Sgt. John "Jack" Farrell Jr. were interred in late April, 2010, in Norwood, bringing some long-awaited peace to his family. These events spurred thoughts of my brother Tom, born eight days after Farrell disappeared in Germany during the battle Hurtgen Forest. Now retired, Tom had devoted his second US Army career to leading teams to recover remains of those missing action in a grim series of US wars. Because the recovery of Farrell occurred in 2008, when Tom was still on active duty, I asked him whether he had played a role.  "I was not directly involved with this case," he wrote in an e-mail from his home in San Antonio, "but my colleagues were. Our team picked up the remains, returned them to HI [the Army lab in Hawaii] and identified them." Tom declined to say ...

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    Review: ‘Black Souls': This dark mob family drama doesn’t go where you expect

    This review by Tom Meek was originally published at Cambridge Day, a YourArlington partner, and is republished with permission. His reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in The Boston Phoenix, The Rumpus, Thieves Jargon, Film Threat and Open Windows. He is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere. You can follow Tom on Twitter @TBMeek3 and read more at The three brothers in “Black Souls” lead very different lives: Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane) runs the family goat farm in a remote village in the Italian foothills while Luigi (Marco Leonardi) and Rocco (Peppino Mazzotta) run mob operations in Milan. Luciano wants nothing to do with the new initiative and works tirelessly to steer his son, Leo (Giuseppe Fumo) away from it too. ...

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    Minuteman school plans advance, but what are their chances?

    First, some unsurprising news about plans to rebuild Minuteman High School, and then some opinions about that interspersed among the news nuggets. The Minuteman School Committee on Tuesday, May 19, endorsed construction of a new school as its "preferred option." According to a school news release, that option aims to address current facilities issues; creates an educational environment that best meets the needs of students, teachers and employers; and ensures continued accreditation. The committee also authorized Skanska USA, its project manager, to submit supporting documentation to the Massachusetts School Building Authority by June 11. The committee’s vote follows a May 11 recommendation, also expected, to build a new school from the Minuteman School Building Committee. ...

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    Arts survey open until June 30

    Elisabeth Taylor, who provides publicity for the Arlington Cultural Council, invites the public to take its triennial community input survey. First, some background ... Every three years the Massachusetts Cultural Council asks its 329 local Councils to seek community input about how to set grant-funding priorities. Over the past three years, the Arlington council has funded such engaging projects as "A Night at the Tower" by Luminarium Dance Company, "Chairful Where You Sit" by Arlington Public Art, the Winfred Rembert Artist-in-Residence program at Arlington High School and on May 16 "Art.Food.Community" with Arlington EATS. ...

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    Block party: I'm a sponsor, and you?

    UPDATED, May 19: The Arlington Alive Summer Arts Block Party, to be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20, offers opportunities to businesses for sponsorships and visibility. See news story >> If you are a musician, performer, artist, author or artisan and would like participate, or a business owner interested in available sponsorships, visit the party website or read below. YourArlington's publisher has paid for the $250 sponsorship and will have a table at the event plus some surprises. See you there. Here are the details for everyone: Press last year included three "best bet" picks in The Boston Globe, weeks of articles in The Arlington Advocate and a story promoting the event for two months at The Arlington Alive website featuring our sponsors' logos and links had more than 2,500 unique visitors and was linked to by more than 70 websites. ...

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    'Prophet of property' reports numbers since May 11

    Adam Rosenbaum, a Realtor for Century 21 Adams, Arlington Heights, reports about properties in Arlington since Monday, May 11: On May 15, he reported that Arlington had 30 new listings. The breakdown is 20 singles, nine condos and one multifamily. Your fearless prophet of property predicts that 17 of 30 will have signed contracts by Wednesday, May 20.  For comparison, he reportes: 11 new listings in Belmont 16 new in Watertown 20 in Cambridge 28 in Somerville On May 14, he reported that he had again picked the exact number of new properties that have gone under agreement since Monday, May 4. He had predicted that 11 of 18 properties would have signed contracts by today. "And I was right, on the proverbial nose. Maybe I'll buy a couple of lottery tickets," he wrote. For a free market evaluation, contact Rosenbaum at 617-694-8553. An earlier perspective Grant Gibian, an Arlington Realtor who works for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, looks at Arlin ...

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    Spy Pond exhibit: ingenious, untaxing

    A REVIEW Precinct 15 member Sean Harrington complained on Town Meeting's last night May 11 that he pledged no allegiance to paying for public art with taxpayers' money. Except for using taxes, he gave no specific reason for his opposition to Arlington Public Art's seeking $12,000 to begin the process to place sculptures along Mass. Ave. in East Arlington. Western civilization has a long tradition of using public funds to pay for public art, dating long before the stars and stripes waved above our land. I suggest Harrington read some history. Better yet, and likely more convincing, go over to Spy Pond Park and see "Elements" -- works by 12 artists on display near the water's edge for all of May. ...

  • Feast of the East, 2008

    Artisans, vendors: 17th Feast of East wants you

    Diane Buxton, owner of Luv and Other Gifts in East Arlington, provided the following call to artisans and food vendors for the 17th annual Feast of the East, set for Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Calling all restaurants, food vendors, all artisans, crafters, buskers and community groups. All are invited to be part of Feast of the East, where restaurants, stores, artisans and community groups come together to celebrate East Arlington with food, music, art activities, entertainment and special promotions. Sell, sample, and promote your food products and services during this fun event. Sign up now to be included in all publicity. Applications are available here or can be picked up at Artbeat, 212A Mass. Ave., next to the Capitol Theatre. This appeal was published Saturday, April 25, 2015.  ...

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    LaCourt calls for discussion of what goes into budget 'box'

    The 2015 Town Meeting hit an uncommonly high point in session No. 4 when former Selectman Annie LaCourt rose to speak at some welcome length about Arlington's goals. Her target was the relatively new limits on future town budget increases. In February, the Long-range Planning Committee called for a reduction from 3.5 percent growth to 3.25 percent in fiscal 2017 and 3 percent the next year. The Precinct 15 meeting member called it a "box," adding that town leaders need to have a discussion with the larger community about "what goes in the box." ...

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    Neighbors in Cambridge eye Alewife, development

    Suggested Study area. the area of impact extends well beyond the map's borders, making residents of adjacent areas stakeholders in the study process. The following post titled "Citywide Plan to Focus on Alewife Area First" was published by the Fresh Pond Residents Alliance and is republished with permission. The group has concerns similar to those opposing the plan at the 17-acre Mugar site in East Arlington: The citywide master planning process is now underway. The first step in the 3-year process is an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) for a scope of services and deliverables from the to-be-named planning consultant. The Community Development Department, which is overseeing the plan, released a draft RFQ and invited the community to send comments by May 8.   Here are comments the FPRA officers submitted. Our comments address the Alewife Study, which has been promised as an early phase/first area of focus of the citywide plan. The final RFQ will be issu ...

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Projects for grads at Artbeat this weekend

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Regent: 'Comics for Recovery' Sunday

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Historical Society: Duffy to discuss 2 women Tuesday

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Chamber update: Spring celebration at Menotomy Grill Wednesday

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6th bike-travel film festival Wednesday: Malaysia to Patagonia with no jet lag

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Reception Thursday for K-12 Arlington public schools art

Arlington High School art, May 2015

Classes for Community ed's '5 Weeks of Fun' start Thursday

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Bump to discuss financial oversight Thursday

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Volunteers needed for Spy Pond Park Fun Day

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FLASH! 13Forest opens 'Snapshot'

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See stars starting May 30, pending town approval of 8th season

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Final deadline to enter 5th annual film festival: May 30

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High school club seeks donations for poverty group

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Arlington Eats provides meals to students, needs volunteers

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EulipiaJazz Quartet: Jazz Night at artlounge June 3

EulipiaJazz: 4 performers

Opa! Annual Greek festival in June adds an evening

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Torah on Tap at Common Ground June 6

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Fox hosts jazz jam at artlounge Arlington June 7

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Spy Pond canoe, kayak rentals to begin June 13

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Town Day booth applications' deadline July 16

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Chairful Where You Sit, in 4th year, seeks entries by June 20

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3rd block party June 20 expands, seeks performers, artists

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Summer Solstice party at Wright-Locke Farm June 21

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Tryst edges offshore with clam-shack concept through summer

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Department of Children and Family Services seeks volunteers

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Arlington Commission of Arts and Culture calendar

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Free introductory private lesson on guitar, bass, voice, piano

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Drivers needed for Meals on Wheels

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