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    Latest in 9 letters for Berwick responds to Globe endorsement

    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 nine supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. What Globe endorsement misses While making some good points, The Boston Globe’s endorsement of Steven Grossman for governor* is misleading in diminishing Don Berwick’s qualifications. It refers to Berwick as “a medical professor and pediatrician by trade,” glossing over not only his public policy education but also his executive career as founder/leader of a globally impactful nonprofit, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and leader of an $800 billion federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ...

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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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    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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    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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 Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014 |  3:00:38 a.m.
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Sun setting on Johnnies by Benn Craig.Sun setting on Johnnies. / Photo by Benn Craig All 10 Johnnie’s Foodmaster supermarkets are closing, not just the six being taken over by Whole Foods Market by Nov. 30, and a seventh store — in Medford — will reopen as a Stop & Shop.

Hilco Merchant Resources, based in Illinois, said Johnnie’s has started offering discounts of up to 30 percent on all food, beverages, household products, and general merchandise as the business starts to wind down after 65 years, The Boston Globe reported Nov. 3.


InsideMedford has its own story | Boston.com, Nov. 7: Dozens to lose jobs

Late Friday, Nov. 2, Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. said it has entered into an agreement to take over the Medford Johnnie’s lease and "quickly convert" the location into a Stop & Shop by the end of the year. The location is 471 Salem St. 

Stop & Shop has a current store in Medford, at 471 Fellsway. There are two superstores in neighboring Malden.

A spokesman for Johnnie’s declined to comment to The Globe about the fate of its remaining stores — in Lynn, Whitman and Alewife Brook Parkway in Somerville, just across the border from Arlington

Also on Nov. 2, Whole Foods said its purchase of Johnnie’s stores in South Weymouth, Arlington, Charlestown, Brookline, Melrose and on Beacon Street in Somerville will close Nov. 30.

The stores will be renovated and reopened as Whole Foods supermarkets by September, the company said.

Employees at those Johnnie’s Foodmaster stores will be interviewed for jobs at the new Whole Foods locations, the Austin, Texas, grocer told The Globe.

Stop & Shop promised to do the same for workers at the Medford store.

The sale of the six leases to Whole Foods was official last month.

Johnnie’s owner John DeJesus also said the deal came at a good time for his business.

"I am confident that we have found the best partner that offers the most positive outcome not only for our employees but for the communities as well," DeJesus said in a statement released Oct. 26.

Hilco Merchant Resources, an Illinois-based company whose services include liquidation, said it is beginning closing sales at all 10 Johnnie’s Foodmaster supermarkets. That would include the one in Somerville, at Arlington's border, that was thought to be staying open.

Last month, Chelsea-based Johnnie's, one of the last family-run urban grocers in Massachusetts, said it was closing six supermarkets by the end of November and selling the leases to Whole Foods Market. Those sales included the Johnnie's on Mass. Ave. in Arlington.


This story was first published Friday, Nov. 2. It was updated the next day as well as Nov. 4 to replace the photo and then again Nov. 8 to add a Boston.com link.

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