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  • Jim Doherty, 2010

    Let's be more open about the assessment-director process

    Doherty Should a longtime member of the Board of Assessors be able to resign his position and then be among three finalists for full-time assessments director? That happened in Arlington this spring. Jim Doherty, a board member for 21 years, left the part-time job with its stipend on May 21 -- without public explanation. He then submitted his resume, among 14 other candidates for the town's top assessing position, whose salary range is $78,870 to $113,972. A screening committee has whittled d ...

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    Have a nose for news? For a tale, follow the pups

    Summertime, and the livin' is easy -- particularly for pooches. Need evidence? Check out the latest newsletter from A-DOG, a community group supporting dogs and their owners in Arlington since 2008. Its newsletter is for its members, but it contains information that may be of interest to the general public.Here are some highlights, which are published with permission: ...

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    Site steers toward mobile display

      YourArlington has a new look -- its seventh since the site began in 2006. Its latest suit of clothes reflects what the publisher hopes is a softer, more welcoming appearance. No hard-edged Herald here. You can see the changes in the color and typefaces. As for content, an area above the main news section -- where you are reading this item -- provides more prominence to opinion than has been true in the past.I'm pleased. Whether or not you are is a matter of taste. As always, all view ...

  • An old-fashioned reporter

    Our freedom to err -- and the responsibility to correct

    The Fourth of July celebrates our nation's Declaration of Independence. YourArlington does, too. The independence and freedom that accompanies reporting news and opinion about Arlington also has its difficult sides -- among them, the freedom to make errors. Not that an editor wants to mess up, but it happens. When it does, the public should let the editor know. You can do it directly by email sprague.bob at Or, as a number did on the Arlington email list July 3, you can do it ind ...

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    Review: 'Life Itself': Roger Ebert gets his movie

    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 Roger Ebert (loosely paraphrased ...

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    Silver Maple Forest campaign launched

    The following information about the campaign was published at 1. Encourage State Senators Senator Jehlen and Senator Brownsberger to debate Environmental Bond Bill on Senate floor coming up with an amendment to include silver maple money (Will Brownsberger, Pat Jehlen, Dave Rogers). Encourage Senators to meet together for this step. ...

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    The Circle in Marriage and in Marriage Equality

    Offering the following opinion is Douglass Davidoff of Arlington. He is a public relations consultant, a five-year resident of Arlington, a member of the Arlington Human Relations Commission and a Town Meeting member for Precinct 4 in East Arlington. His website is The circle is a symbol of marriage. It’s the shape of the marriage ring, a model for relations between two people in a marriage. It’s also the shape of emotions of job I’ve had last month and again this m ...

  • Happy artists at the Paint Bar in Newton.

    Night life in the Heights? Who knew? Art lounge coming

    Happy artists at the Paint Bar in Newton. Arlington Art Lounge aims to expand the idea. Three enthusiastic women plan to turn the former Savory Plate, at 1346 Mass. Ave., into Arlington Art Lounge. By September, you will be able to eat, drink -- and paint over 2 1/2 hours or so evening or weekend afternoons. Kim Bradshaw, Sheila Carme and Helen Galanopoulos got the thumbs-up from selectmen Monday, June 23, food a food license. They plan to return in July for a beer-and-wine license. "We're e ...

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Gingerbread House raffle at Artful Heart, December 2012

Nick Lim was the winner of the raffle held for a gingerbread house recognized on the "Today Show." The raffle raised about $750.

Lim donated the house to Erica Manlang, who suffering from an illness, and her family. They were the recipiets of the money the raffle raised.

Manlang was the owner of Divinity's Splendour-Glow, which had been at the 311 Mass. Ave. location until the fall of 2011.

The raffle was held at The Artful Heart, a gift shop now at 311 Mass. Ave. operated by Carla Dorato.

The delectable house by Arlington artist Laura Morrissette was the winner of the "Today Show" contest for gingerbread houses.

What anyone donated was up to the customer. To help decide, inside the store was a "giving tree." On the tree were paper tags with gifts on them.

The raffle, set for Dec. 20, was put off until 8:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the store.

This story was published Sunday, Dec. 10, 2012, and updated Dec. 23.



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