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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 |  12:35:26 p.m.
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Second hearing held

Former Arlington Selectwoman Annie LaCourt and her husband, Mark Burstein, were ordered on Thursday, March 7, to pay fines of $500 each after they entered guilty pleas in connection with a party at their home last October.

Judge Sevelin Singleton of Cambridge District Court in Medford ordered that no gatherings of under-21-year-olds take place at their home.

The case was continued without a finding for one year. Their pleas were entered on all 33 counts, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney's Office said March 8.

Arlington police were called to the Chatham Street home Oct. 19 to investigate complaints of an underage drinking party.

In a second hearing in juvenile court, held Wednesday, March 13, Middlesex Juvenile Court Judge Kenneth King accepted LaCourt and Burstein's "admission" pleas to a criminal complaint charging them each with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Boston.com reporrted March 14. That hearing had been continued from Feb. 12.

Boston.com reported that the pleas do not lead to a guilty pleas being entered into the record, and the judge ordered the case to be continued for one year. If another issue arises with the couple during that span, the case could be brought back before the court.

The couple pleaded not guilty Dec. 21 in Cambridge District Court in Medford to 33 counts of furnishing alcohol to a person under 21.

A Jan. 30 pretrial hearing in Cambridge District Court was continued to Feb. 25 and then again to March 7.

LaCourt's and Burstein’s attorney, Thomas Brant of Boston, said the couple entered not-guilty pleas in December to three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor during an arraignment in juvenile court, which was not open to the public.

Arlington Police said that in 2009 they had discovered a similar party at LaCourt’s home, but no charges were filed. In that incident, police spotted a drinking game of "beer pong" set up on a folding table in the front hall of the house along with several beer cans, according to a police report.

For more, see the Dec. 21 Boston.com story >>

LaCourt served seven years on the Board of Selectmen before deciding not to seek reelection last spring.


This story was published Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, and updated numerous times. the latest March 15.

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