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Zhen Ren Chuan: Recent Photos

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    Adrien receives his 5th Section Belt Back in the Juniors' age group (9-13).

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    Elif, Christian and Steve pass their 1st Degree Black Belt test.

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    Adult students practice Sea Turtle Longevity meditation movements.

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    Instructor Charles demonstrates the Bagua Yue (Deer Horn Knives).

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    Assistants handle deep breathing to begin the adult lesson.

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    Assistant instructors Mary Arredondo (2nd Degree), Elif Tosun (1st Degree) and Steven Lazar (1st Degree) in front of certificates.

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    The school, as it appears in summer, is at Broadway Plaza near Arlington Center.

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    Transparency: You are getting access to background of meetings

    UPDATED, Dec. 19: When I was Advocate editor, in 1994-95, it was a quick walk from the news office at 5 Water St. to Town Hall on a Friday to get the large loose-leaf binder from the selectmen's office. It was chock-full of "treasures": appointments to be made, drain layers to be hired, parking requests (yes, they flowed to the board even then; as I recall, one was for Swan Place). Sometimes the binder contained more controversial matters. The office provided the information -- all of it potentially public -- as background for a newspaper covering an upcoming Monday night meeting. In those days, the weekly came out each Thursday on paper only. That background helped an editor or The Advocate's lone reporter understand issues. Reports using the background often aided, we hoped, the public understand once a story was reported. I remember wondering how much better it would be if a reporter -- or the public -- had direct access to the large binder. Now the public will, though the in ...

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    Schools' tech boosts touted

    In her December newsletter, Kathleen Bodie, superintendent of schools, expressed much enthusiasm about progress made in technology among the Arlington public schools. She credits generous funding from the Arlington Education Foundation and the Arlington Capital Planning Committee, as well as efforts made by teachers who use technology creatively. Read the full newsletter here >> This announcement was published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.  ...

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    Rescued by a dog ...

    I will miss my early morning walk with you along the scrubby trail on Hill's Hill littered with trash, some of it with scents that draw you closer. You'd tug at the leash, your active nose seeking a clearer idea about whether food lurked amid the refuse. I put up with it for a moment, and then we'd move on past the clearing where teens drink, your curled Corgi-like tail, bowed over your brown fur tinged in black, wagging in all seasons. And what of the midafternoon strolls, before I had to get one of our daughters from school? They'd often end with our family's best use of plastic bag that had contained The Times or Globe that morning. ...

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    Review: ‘Wild’: Witherspoon finds herself in dark places, 1,100-mile hike

    This review by Tom Meek, a writer living in Cambridge, was originally published at Cambridge DayCambridge 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 "Wild,” Cheryl Strayed’s wildly best-selling tale of redemption and rerooting revolving around her 1,100-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail and descent into personal hell that preceded it, has been woven into a gauzy, cinematic veil of enchantment. This is mostly because of what the filmmakers choose not to do -- in other hands the result could have been a generic chick flick or, worse, a Hallmark weepy with an A-lister on the bill -- and how the narrative is pieced tartly together in an ingenious nonlinear f ...

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    Range of art at ACA could be gifts

    Let me give you a taste of the affordable, small art works on display through Wednesday, Dec. 24, at the Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster St. at the ACA. You may discover more than this review can cover. REVIEW: Susie Goldman If you are looking for a unique gift of art for a loved one this holiday season, you may find it at the Small Works Holiday Show, which opened Nov. 17 in the Gibbs Gallery. The show's curators are Lorraine Sullivan and Phil Young and features multiple mediums; ceramics, watercolor and acrylic paintings, collages, photography, mosaics, mobiles and sculpture. The styles, techniques and subjects that this show embodies have an appeal to a wide range of tastes. ...

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    Civil war goes on: Must it?

    These are the words I would write to my parents this holiday season, but both are beyond understanding: Mom can hardly see, and dad, once a respected chemistry professor whose teaching career began at Harvard, lives in a world he can't remember. So I will write them to you. I'm listening on a December day enclosed in gray to Joan Baez singing Dylan's tribute to her, "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands." YouTube takes me back to times when was all much younger, less clear-eyed, yet with the poet's specificity: ...

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    Your letters wanted ... about anything

    Do you have a passionate opinion about an Arlington issue? We know you have emotions, but can you support your beliefs with facts? The general election is over, but opinions don't stop. Let the public know what you think. Right here. You may submit letters of any length to YourArlington. You're not restricted by any word limit, as you are in The Advocate. You may send letter in three ways -- by email to sprague.bob [at],  or by a plain-text file copied and pasted at Send News or here >> ...

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    Guide to town's master plan: Words in progress

    UPDATED, Nov. 23: This is a series of articles about Arlington's master-planning process. They were 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, 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 Part 4: Economic ...

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    Don't encourage fossil-fuel backers

    The following letter to the editor by Andrew Oram of Arlington was published in The Boston Globe under the headline "We can’t give fossil fuel advocates the encouragement" on Thursday, Nov. 20, and is republished with the author's permission: Among the many flaws that run through the editorial "Tie Keystone approval to bigger environmental goals" is the garbled message such a compromise conveys. Approving Keystone, which opens up markets for tar sands oil, would indicate that climate change is not so bad, and therefore would encourage fossil fuel advocates in their resistance to the urgently needed improvements suggested in the editorial. It’s like saying, “I’ll give you money for heroin tonight, but you have to check into a rehab center tomorrow, OK?” As Boston and countless others around the world face flooding, loss of livelihood, and other global warming disasters, we must not trivialize the crisis. This letter was republished Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. ...

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