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    New school year -- old educational questions

    Education. We pretend it begins for youngsters in September, when the leaves turn, but it continues through all of our season, every minute of every day, for everyone. Learning persists for two reasons -- human curiosity and technological change (you can't stop either one, but notice which is first). Shouldn't a third factor be classroom teachers? Good ones can have a lifelong effect, but our curiosity is the best guide, as technology draws us, often in too many directions, in the classroom that is everywhere. As Arlington schools open Tuesday, Sept. 2, what happens there is sliver of the educational story, albeit a key one for residents. Still, let's take a quick look at the new school year -- and then peer more broadly beyond it. Opening-day info >> ...

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    Spaced out? Many artists, but resistant owners

    Does Arlington have the imagination to embrace co-working? The town is trying to find out and held a forum in June attended by about 30 people. Read a summary of comments from some of the attendees here >>  See what properties in town may be available here >> Following publication, Eric Love, present at the forum, provided a brief critique. His LARP Adventure Program, aims to spur imaginations. ...

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    Primary letters -- all welcome -- 8 ask you to vote for Berwick

    YourArlington welcomes letters to the editor from Arlington residents for all Massachusetts candidates whose election would have an impact on the town. Email them to sprague.bob at gmail.com. Here are eight supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. Send letters supporting any candidate in the primary. 'It's not just talk' Don Berwick, Democratic candidate for governor, speaks boldly about values and making Massachusetts a beacon for the nation. It’s not just talk -- he has met bold goals throughout his career.  Don is a creative leader with wise judgment and deep executive experience in complex bureaucracies, including as President Obama’s head of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, that vast $800 billion federal agency.  His vision includes single-payer healthcare for Massachusetts, and he is the one candidate who understands how to make that happen; and, why it must happen, as rising healthcare costs consume o ...

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    Review, ‘Life of Crime’: Leonard’s crew back at shenanigans

    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 TBMeek3.wordpress.com. Elmore Leonard, the beloved master crime and western novelist, transcended seamlessly the divide between pulp and celluloid. His career is littered with great novels that became great movies (“Get Shorty,” “Jackie Brown” and “Out of Sight” to name a few), a smattering of original screenplays (“Joe Kidd”) and even took a few turns as producer. Cormac McCarthy might be his only peer. ...

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    Searching for an Arlington poet laureate: YOU?

    Are you a poet -- and you do know it? What have you written? Anything published? Inquiring minds want to know. Rumor has it that Arlington could have its own poet laureate, perhaps next year. Could that be you? ...

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    8 ask you to vote for Berwick; letters for others welcome

    YourArlington welcomes letters to the editor from Arlington residents for all Massachusetts candidates whose election would have an impact on the town. Email them to sprague.bob at gmail.com. Here are eight supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. Only candidate to oppose casinos   I write in support of Don Berwick for governor. I support Don because he is the only candidate for governor opposed to casinos. In a strong field of likable candidates, this is decisive for me. I saw the Detroit casino pull the life out of the Greektown neighborhood there, so that it looked like a bombed out war zone. ...

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    Loreti to seek Town Meeting article targeting assessors' fiasco

    Loreti The following opinion column by Christopher Loreti of Adams Street was first published in The Arlington Advocate, on Aug. 14, under the headline "It’s Time to Professionalize Arlington’s Board of Assessors." The full column, which includes a paragraph about YourArlington deleted from The Advocate's version, is republished here with permission. In January 2012, the state Department of Revenue provided to Arlington a “Town and School Finance Analysis,” which included several recommendations for restructuring town government. The report contained two recommendations related to the Board of Assessors. The first of these recommendations was that the town make the director of assessments position an appointment of the Town Manager instead of the Board of Assessors. The second was that the town consider changing the Board of Assessors from an elected to an appointed board. The actions of the Board of Assessors in recent months make it clear that the town needs to move forward w ...

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    New law curbs domestic-violence reports: What about sexual-assault case?

    A new law, signed Aug. 8 by Governor Patrick, requires law enforcement to keep domestic-violence cases off public police logs initially, and the Arlington police department is complying. That means details about domestic violence reported to police are not immediately available to the media -- or to you. Had the law been in effect June 1, information about a sexual-assault case in East Arlington would have been delayed. Chief Fred Ryan reached out to area media outlets Aug. 12, alerting them about the law and asking for feedback. He explained: ...

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A representative for state Sen. Katherine Clark, one of seven Democrats vying for the U.S. House seat vacated this summer by Edward J. Markey, has reported the following about the Melrose candidate. She has been endorsed by Emily's List, by American Postal Workers Union Local 100 and by the Melrose Democratic City Committee. She also called on Congress to take action on gun control.

See the Emily's List support here >>
The postal workers' support from the Boston Metro Area was reported Sept. 23:

The union's 2,200 members say Clark will stand up to extremist Republicans in Congress attacking women’s rights and change the conversation to creating jobs, securing pay equity for women, investing in early education and increasing the minimum wage.

"Workers are still recovering from the damage done to our economy," said Paul Kilduff, president of the APWU Local 100, in a news release. "We’re supporting
Katherine Clark for Congress because she understands that the country will recover by taking steps in Washington to grow the middle class -- not by repealing Obamacare and shutting down the government."

Clarke was endorsed earlier by the Women's Campaign Fund, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan; and state Rep. Marjorie Decker, Democrat of Cambridge; the Winchester Democratic Town Committee, IBEW locals 2222, 2321 and 123; the United Steelworkers Union Local 12012, Ironworkers Local 7, NAGE/IBPO/SEIU Local 5000 and Teamsters Local 25.

On Sept. 23, she said of gun control:

"President Obama is absolutely right that men, women and children are dying from gun violence without the headlines. We have to pull together and demand change in Washington, because we cannot continue to let gun violence kill eight children every day.

"It’s incredibly disappointing that extremist Republicans continue to bow to the National Rifle Association while children die every day from gun violence. It’s unbelievable that while children are dying every day from gun violence Congress cannot even pass the most basic gun control reform supported by more than eighty percent of Americans: universal background checks."

The other Democratic candidates are Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, state Representative Carl M. Sciortino of Medford, state Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland and Will Brownsberger of Belmont, as well as Martin Long of Arlington and Paul John Maisano of Stoneham.

The Republican candidates are Frank Addivinola, Mike Stopa and Tom Tierney.

The mostly suburban, heavily Democratic Fifth Congressional District, including Arlington, stretches from Winthrop to Holliston.


This story was published Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.

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