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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. ...

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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. ...

  • Chris Loreti, former Redevelopment Board member

    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: ...

  • 2014 Arlington Cal Ripken champs

    How about honoring this team, Arlington?

    The Arlington National U12 All-Stars baseball team did not win the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series, but the boys had one doozy of a ride. They had four wins in a row until they ran into a then-unbeaten Bronx squad and a heartbreaking, double come-from-behind 7-6 loss to a Florida team. No need to cry. What the team has done is remarkable. The town should recognize their on-the-diamond accomplishments, just as occurred in 2008, when an Arlington Cal Ripken team went to the Series. There was a parade down Mass. Ave. Officials spoke on the steps at Town Hall. It was August then, as it is now. You can read brief summaries about how the 2014 team played out in the Series here >> This is a story that The Advocate or Patch have yet to report. In the photo from left in rear are manager John Messuri, Coach Scott Jones, Spencer Friedman, James Santagati, Brendan Jones, Sam Theodore, Timothy Mazzei, Patrick Masci, Coach Rich Flynn; in front are Timothy Shaw, Jacob Ahern, Caden FitzPa ...

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 Monday Sept. 1, 2014 |  9:46:53 p.m.
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Longtime Arlington video expert Glenn Koenig is appealing to residents to help him produce an upcoming series of video segments focused on topics of local interest. The manager of Open Eyes Video said the series is to include:

* "Talking Trash in Arlington" -- a series to answer the questions everyone has about what to recycle and what not to, along with some news about upcoming changes;

* "Two Sides of a Current Problem" -- a look into why house break-ins in Arlington are on the rise and what we can do to change it;

* "Education Revolution" -- with so many changes today, can our education system change fast enough to keep up? If not, will our students graduate unprepared, even if they earn good grades while in school?

Koenig says he has many more ideas and projects. Since 2007, he has produced many video segments, on a volunteer basis, and posted them on YouTube. Now, he would like to present issues in more depth.

To do that, Koenig faces two challenges:

1. He wants to make sure his videos matter, so he wants feedback about what you have seen -- and what you want to see next; and

2. The 37-year town resident aims to make some income.

 

Last year, his YouTube videos began to have advertising. This year, he plans to end the ads. They annoy viewers, he said, and probably make more money for the advertisers than the amount he receives.

Koenig says he could apply for grants, but that takes time. He prefers to complete many short videos right away, instead of a long video every few years.

In addition, he wants to produce videos that the public wants to see, rather than to satisfy the requirements of some far-off grant-making institution.

Koenig has two requests -- your feedback and your financial support.

Could you contribute a small amount of money ($10, $25, $50 or so) each year and then tell him, from time to time, how he is doing?

He will continue to make videos about issues the public cares about, let the public know when he has produced a new one and use the money wisely.

If you're interested, provide your name and email address in a message sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Two important notes:

* Some have asked why he does not produce videos at ACMi. Koenig responds: Good video these days has more to do with time spent, rather than lots of expensive equipment. ACMi could loan equipment and provide training, but he does not need either. He has the equipment and more than 40 years of experience in video production.

ACMi cannot pay him for his time. If the studio did, it would cut back on resources for the many volunteers and students served. He helped start ACMi, and he believes strongly in its mission -- to provide a fully equipped studio and training for volunteers in town.

* Open Eyes Video is not a nonprofit; donations are not tax-deductible.

Koenig has looked into starting a nonprofit, but that involves significant overhead, including legal fees, insurance, auditing and filing numerous government forms. For now, he said, he prefers to serve the community.

If you itemize deductions and want to make a significant contribution, Koenig said he can likely work something out with an existing nonprofit organization in town. To donate directly and save his paying income tax on what he receives, you can sign a letter stating that you are not receiving any particular item or service from me. Your contribution will be treated as a gift, and he can put all of it to work right away.

To explore such an option, contact Koenig directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-646-7708. For more, see Open Eyes Video


This story was published Sunday, March 24, 2013.

 

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