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  • Donald M. Berwick makes a point July 28, 2014.

    Inside a packed Arlington home enthused for Berwick

    Donald M. Berwick makes a point July 27. Don Berwick has political problems, but you would not know about them from the energy generated Sunday, July 27, at an Arlington home, where an estimated 100 people crowded into every cranny to hear the doctor who would be governor. One issue is his standing in polls. Seeking the Democratic nomination in the Sept. 9 primary, he trails Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman, according to July numbers in The Boston Globe. By a lot. No matter, as those gathere ...

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    Review: Discovering love in 'And So it Goes'

    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 Rob Reiner, a.k.a. “Meathead” an ...

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    3 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 Here are three supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. World-class candidate Don Berwick is the kind of governor we need: A progressive in the mold of Elizabeth Warren.   At the "meet-and-greet Sunday, July 27, about 100 people showed up; ...

  • Ken Donnelly, in 2007

    Why we voted against raising charter-school cap

    The following viewpoint was submitted by the Leila Gentile in the office of Senator Ken Donnelly, Democrat of Arlington. She wrote that following last week’s debate on charter schools, her office heard from many of constituents on both sides of the issue. This op ed explains the senators' reasons for voting against the bill. The opinion was written by Senators Patricia Jehlen, Democrat of Somerville, and Donnelly.On July 16, 2014, the Senate voted to defeat a bill that proposed to raise the cu ...

  • Janice Satlak-Mott, Dennie McCabe

    Stratton teacher says goodbye to community

    For 42 years, the kindergarten-1 class at Stratton School has been the "home away from home" for Janice Satlak-Mott. Now she is retiring. In a letter to the Stratton community Monday, July 21, the longtime teacher wrote:      "After a great deal of thought I have made the decision to retire from the Arlington Public Schools. For the past forty-two years Kindergarten-1 has been my home away from home and September my 'Happy New Year.' I have loved my work with the children ...

  • Joseph Monju

    Monju sees his role as fiscal watchdog for taxpayers

    Joseph Monju of Arlington, who is seeking to be the Republican nominee for state representative in the 23rd Middlesex, joined the “Yes on 1” organizers supporting the repeal of automatic gas-tax increases. On the one-year anniversary of the House voting to override the governor’s veto of the tax packages, passing a $500 million in tax increases, Monju helped roll out on the State House stairs what he sees a "the State House tab." It is a list of how he says Massachusetts state government has ...

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    You don't say (or maybe you do) ...

    Kurt Fusaris offers a bite from his latest Avocado -- what Arlington residents say and don't say. You can subscribe to the Avocado via email. Until you do, read the skinny here >> This link to a viewpoint was published Thursday, July 17, 2014. ...

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    Silver Maple Forest campaign launched

    The following information about the campaign was published at Cambridge Day, July 17: Leslie prof says value of Silver Maple Forest outweighs condos See the video of the protest parade >>  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 ...

  • 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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The state Department of Transportation has upgraded the status of the plan to rebuild Mass. Ave. in East Arlington to "Advertised," Adam Auster reported in his blog, "Word on the Street." That keeps the project on track for construction to begin next year, he wrote.

The change ends state and federal review of the design, he wrote. The approval was reported Saturday, Sept. 21, on Mass DOT’s project web page. For more >>, Sept. 23: Job going out to bid

Town news release, Sept. 23 >>

A state Department of Transportation spokesman told The Globe that the work is expected to begin by next summer and will likely take two years to complete.

The East Arlington Livable Streets Coalition, a supporter of the Mass. Ave. project, sent the following email Sunday, Sept. 22:

"[W]e've been waiting a long time for the opportunity to say that the Mass Ave Corridor planning and design process is finally OVER!  The 100% plans and specifications have been approved by ALL state and federal authorities and was advertised for bid in the Globe yesterday.
"You can also see MassDOT's web site posting here (click on "Arlington", then look for #604687).
"This effort started over 250 long weeks ago at the first public meeting in early October 2008. Since then, there have been:

 "* 2 MassDOT hearings
 "* 7-8 Town of Arlington meetings
 "* over a dozen Project Advisory Committee meetings
 "* a handful of meetings with the business community
 "* 4-5 Board of Selectmen meetings with Mass Ave on the agenda

"Throughout it all, EALS Coalition has been there to voice our support for the pedestrian/bicycle improvements and the three-lane plan in the face of sometimes-boisterous opponents and state and federal agencies that occasionally dragged their feet and slowed the process down.
"We could not have done it without the tremendous embrace of the project from the 300 of you on our e-mail list. We thank you for your multiple letters and e-mails, your placard waving and your testimony at public meetings and hearings.
"During the campaign against last April's ballot referendum, passionate volunteers came from throughout the Town and a large number of voters made clear their desire for a safer, slower, and more green Mass Ave in East Arlington. We know that the completion of the project sometime in 2015 will improve safety, enhance the business environment and maintain the high quality of life all Arlingtonians enjoy.
"Bids are due on the nearly $6 million project in January so keep your eyes open for bulldozers next spring. EALS will continue our work to improve walking and bicycling along Mass Ave throughout the Town and take on projects aimed to enhance safety and livability.
"Thanks again for all of your support!"

Eric Berger, long an opponent of the project, via the East Arlington Concerned Citizens Committee, has not reponded to a Sept. 23 request to comment.

Related links to Mass. Ave. project:

Word on the street, May 30, 2013: Mass. Ave. design clears state hurdle; U.S. decision awaited

Word on the Street, Feb. 3: Yet another public hearing || Key claims questioned, Feb. 4

Globe, Aug. 8, 2009: Eric Berger's cause | E. Arlington Concerned Citizens (Part 2) | Livable Streets Coalition | Town project information 

This story was published Sunday. Sept. 22, 2013, and updated the next two days a well as Sept. 29.


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