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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 TBMeek3.wordpress.com. 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 gmail.com. 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; ...

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    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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Alewife-Reservation/120066318064571 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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Teachers, staff are honored

The Arlington public schools, as it does annually, honors teachers and staff, highlighting those with the longest service, those gaining professional status as well as retirees.

This year the longevity honor goes to Nanci Ortwein, a teacher of Spanish, who has taught at Arlington High School for 45 years -- since the protest year of 1968.

Honored for 35 years was Peter Rufo, a physical education teacher at the Stratton School.

Serving 30 years was Barbara Flaherty, a traffic supervisor.

In addition, at the Thursday, June 13, School Committee meeting, Superintendent Kathleen Bodie announced that Cindy Sheridan Curran will replace Ellen Digby, who is retiring as the attendance officer and that Sue Franchi will replace Lucille Nicholson, the head school nurse.

Robert Spiegel, the schools' human-resources officer, reported June 18 that Digby worked 1990 to '99 at the secretary at the Thompson School and from 2000 to '13 as court liaison; Nicholson was hired in 1994, Franchi in 2008 and Sheridan in 2007.

The distinguished service award ceremony held June 13 in the Ottoson Middle School cafeteria, the following were recognized:

25 Years

Patricia Egan, teacher assistant, Hardy School

Sharon McLaughlin, teacher, Bishop School
Donald Miller, teacher - Dallin School
Patricia Plagge, administrative assistant, superintendent’s office
Johanne Yablonsky, custodian, Arlington High School 

20 Years

Carol Andrus, teacher, Stratton School

Roseann Casazza, traffic supervisor
Elizabeth Higgins, teacher, Bishop School
Caroline Thom, teacher, Bishop School

Attained Professional Status 2012-2013

Ann Marie Abbott, teacher, Stratton School

Susan Bisson, teacher, Hardy School
Gary Blanchette, teacher, Ottoson Middle School
Claire Blumenfeld, reading specialist, Hardy School
Hannah Borden, social worker, Bishop School
Meagan Burke, social worker, Dallin School
Hilary Dawson, teacher, Ottoson Middle School
Erica Dusombre, teacher, Hardy School
Colleen Flynn, teacher, Peirce School
Victoria Frenkel , learning center liaison, Dallin School
Sheilah Gauch, social worker, Arlington High School
Nanta Hardesty, teacher, Ottoson Middle School
Tami Harrah, nurse, Peirce School
Erin Higgins, teacher, Dallin School
Daniela Hurley, teacher, Peirce School
Linda Kita, speech and language pathologist, Menotomy Preschool
Patricia Lynch, teacher, Peirce School
Catherine MacDonald, social worker, Arlington High School
Michael McEwen, occupational therapist, Dallin School
Nicole Melnik, teacher, Thompson School at Stratton
Kelly O’Toole, reading specialist, Dallin School
Chrisna Pompilus, social worker, Thompson/Dallin School
Kerrianne Simoneau, lead teacher, Menotomy Preschool
Brian Sylvester, teacher, Arlington High School
John Tan, teacher, Arlington High School
Patricia Toohig, speech and language pathologist, Menotomy Preschool
Travis Woodward, teacher, Ottoson Middle School

Retirees 2012-2013

Peg Callanan, SPED team chair, Arlington public schools

Janet Collins, budget analyst, Arlington public schools
Deb D'Amico, principal, Hardy School
Ellen Digby, attendance officer, Arlington public schools
Donna Dolan, social studies/grade 6, Ottoson Middle School
John Flood, maintenance, Arlington public schools
Linda Garrity, administrative assistant, Hardy School
Carol Kalauskas, teacher assistant, Dallin School
Nella LaRosa-Waters, ELA and math, Ottoson Middle School
Jane McQueeney, Peirce School, grade3
Lucille Nicholson, supervisor of nurses, Arlington public schools
Nanci Ortwein, AHS Spanish teacher
Assunta Pizzotti, administrative assistant, Community Education
Patricia Plagge, administrative assistant, superintendent’s office
Peter Rufo, physical education teacher, Stratton School
Mary Villano, interim principal, Arlington High School
Johanne Yablonsky, custodian, Arlington High School


Ths story was published Friday, June 14, 2013, and updated June 18.

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