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    T lies: Stop MBTA from defrauding customers with train countdown clocks

    The following opinion column was written by Marc Levy, publisher of Cambridge Day, a YourArlington partner. It is republished with permission of the author. Let’s just say it: The MBTA is committing fraud on what’s probably a daily basis and we should be taking it to court in a class action to make it stop. The T has been asking customers to rely on its digital countdown clocks since they were installed at 53 red, orange and blue line stations in January 2014. Those countdowns can be wildly wrong, because they all too frequently say how many minutes away a train would be if it were actually running – when it’s not. The clocks don’t say if a train is stopped, which is why you can bolt down the stairs to catch a train that’s reported to be two minutes away and still be waiting on the platform many minutes later, stewing under a countdown clock that’s never stopped saying the train is two minutes away.Customers pay to enter a T station to take a train based on such estimates ...

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    Schools appeal for changes in foundation budget

    The following letter was sent to the state Foundation Budget Review Commission  on Monday, March 30. It was written by School Committee member Kirsi Allison-Ampe and Linda Hanson, president of the Arlington Education Association. On Thursday, March 26, the School Committee supported the letter, 6-0, (Paul Schlichtman was absent): Thank you for your time and attention today. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the Foundation Budget Review Commission to clarify what is needed to fund the high educational expectations that are required for success in our current economic climate and that are now mandated by our state regulations. We feel the current Foundation Budget calculations greatly underestimate the costs of educating today's students. A comparative analysis of our local spending and Foundation Budget supports this conclusion. ...

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    Low turnout: What does it mean?

    Arlington may have set a record for low turnout for a town election on March 28. Is the fault in our stars or in ourselves? Or somewhere else? Read what Precinct 4 Town Meeting member Wes Beal says about the numbers >> If you want to comment about any these comments, you are welcome to do so at the link below. You will have to use your real, full name. Thank you. This link to opinion was published Sunday, March 29, 2015. ...

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    Letters to the editor ... after the town election

    Do you have a passionate opinion about an Arlington issue? We know you have emotions, but can you support your beliefs with facts? The town election was held Saturday, March 28, and a historically low number of residents showed up. Apart from the weather, which held down turnout, issues remains for many. What are yours? Let the public know what you think. Right here. You may submit letters of any length to YourArlington. You may even want to thank those few voters who showed up at the polls. You're not restricted by any word limit, as you are in The Advocate. The publisher retains the right to hold letters with unverifiable claims. 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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    Review: ‘The Gunman’: Penn is almost mightier than weaknesses of misfiring action film

    This review by Tom Meek, a writer living in Cambridge, 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 Sean Penn jumps into the action genre – or that’s the tag everyone’s layering onto his involvement in "The Gunman." In concept the film, a thinking person’s espionage thriller with a serious thespian at the fore and an international slant, has the bones of "A Most Wanted Man," "The Constant Gardener" and even the Bourne films, but that’s as far the genetic similarities go. In the bigger kinetic rendering, the uneven pacing and seemingly smart twists that suddenly nosedive into cliché confine the film much the same way its unin ...

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    Next steps toward prison reform

    Following the afternoon "Road Map Towards Justice" workshop May 14, attended by nearly 200 people at First Parish, Lori Kenschaft, coordinator of the Mass Incarceration Working Group at the church, has suggested some next steps: -- Senate President Stan Rosenberg is among the featured speakers at EMIT's "Inform to Reform" forum in Amherst on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UCC church at 165 Main St. -- CEPS is hosting an interactive conversation about our criminal-justice practices, how they affect our families and communities, and how we can change them in Springfield on Wednesday, April 15, at the South Congregational Church at 45 Maple St., with networking from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. ...

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    Issues? How to improve town-election discussions

    Psst, town election comin' up March 28. Are you ready? Do you know who are running? Do you know their background? For a host of clues, click here >>  Further, do you know where each stands on issues? Probably not. I know I'm unsure. Why? Because, in general, those who run for offices in town don't define their issues. Why? Because, in general, they don't have to. They need not do so for a number of reasons. This year, lack of competition is one of them. For selectmen, Steve Byrne and Joe Curro seek reelection with no opposition. ...

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Zhen Ren Chuan: March Photos

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    Alexander in his fourth minute of meditation.

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    Juniors line up for their turn as one does a backflip.

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    Snow can't stop adults from practicing at Broadway Plaza.

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    Mia and Zoe get their belts back.

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    Nell, others display Dragon Form.

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    Pride reigns as Tess passes her test.

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    Aubrey gets her belt.

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    Lucas gets his belt.

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EulipiaJazz at Outpost 186 Thursday

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Menotomy Grill music late Thursday: Dennis Brennan

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Regent: URO Friday, Saturday

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Egg hunt Saturday at Wright-Locke Farm

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Arlington photographer's work at Gallery Seven through Saturday

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Town Hall exhibits photos displaying recycled beauty

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Quick, see 'Prompt' at 13Forest

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Register for April vacation programs at Minuteman

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Arlington Eats provides meals to students, needs volunteers

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Tryst extends prix fixe Easter brunch hours

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2 who know Freedom Riders to speak at Minuteman April 8

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April events at artlounge

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AHS student art on display; reception April 8

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Chamber: Women's networking breakfast April 9

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Arlington residents make April music in AFD's 'Nine'

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Spring in the Square: A Capitol celebration April 11

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Eclectic Boston band headed to ACA April 11


Minuteman Players to present 'Bull in a China Shop' April 10, 11

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4th annual A-Town Jazz Festival April 11, 12

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14th Walk for Affordable Housing April 12

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Celebrate arts, culture at Town Hall April 13

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Opening reception for art, design show April 13

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Coming April 19: Dallin Museum Family ArtVenture for Hardy, Bishop

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Crowd-curated 'Images of Arlington': Your choices April 20

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Film premiere at ACMi April 24

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FAR out: Earth Day/Park Serve Day April 25

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Torah on Tap at Common Ground April 25

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Can art rock Spy Pond? Deadline passes for submissions

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Department of Children and Family Services seeks volunteers

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AHS Pops Concert May 2

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Tufts professor to speak at Freedom Fund breakfast/brunch April 18

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Farmers' market to open 18th season June 10


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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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