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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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    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. ...

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    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: ...

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Marley Jurgensmeyer, 2013 poster winnerArtistic lightning has struck twice: Marley Jurgensmeyer, at left, a 10th grader at Arlington High School, has fashioned the best poster for the international film festival for the second straight year.

At a reception Thursday, Feb. 7, at Town Hall, Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) organizers celebrated the entries to their third annual poster contest with Brendyn Schneider, master storyteller, as master of ceremonies.

Submissions from Arlington High School and Arlington Catholic High School students were reviewed by a panel of judges who winnowed the pool to the top-seven finalists.

Representing the Arlington Cultural Council, Scott Samenfeld announced the winner awarded her $500 on behalf of the AIFF. The council sponsored this year’s contest.

The reception also marked the official launch of the 2013 Festival scheduled in October as well as the call for entries.

"One of the things I learned last year is that I am not a fine artist," Jurgensmeyer said in a news release, "but there are many ways to communicate visually using clip art and typography.

"This year I was more aware of searching for the right images to represent both film and the international aspect of the world. I found the film strip pretty quickly and was immediately struck by its simplicity, its use of color and boldness.

"I also knew that I could incorporate the international aspect in Photoshop using flags to represent the world because they fit the proportions of the boxes on the film strip. One of the things I really like about this poster is that I believe that it fits into the same visual style as my poster last year and hope that helps to promote the AIFF."

She expressed surprise at her second win.

The top six finalists were:

Jacob Ballin, AHS, 11th grade: "I was inspired to participate in the contest, because I am interested in graphic design as well as indie filmmaking, and it seemed like it would be fun to make a poster."

Lydia Genard, Arlington Catholic, 11th grade: "The inspiration for my film festival poster came from my design last year. I used the director's hands from my poster last year but reworked it. I made the background red because I associate red with theater. To make the film aspect more noticeable I added a film strip in the background. I made the text white so it would be easy to see from a distance."

Sadie Griesmer, AHS, 11th grade: "My inspiration for the post was the literal interpretation of film. Just like the film festival is built off of film, I wanted my poster to be literally constructed of film."

Galen Hall, AHS, ninth grade: "I was inspired to enter this contest because if I win it will gain some recognition for my art, and also because I like to have a goal to work towards when creating artwork, such as a contest or assignment. Of course, the cash prize helped to inspire me as well."

Yangyuchen “Richan” Li, AC, 12th grade: "For the poster, the color scheme is green because it represents the land we all live on. The map, obviously, represents the world, symbolizing the international aspect of the Film Festival. The film strip wraps around the map kind of like a play on the phrase 'films around the world'."

Larsen Linov, AHS, 12th grade: "I am a senior at Arlington High School. Last year my friend, Dylan was a top-five finalist, and his success motivated me to submit a poster design."

The Arlington International Film Festival was established by Alberto Guzman and April Ranck in 2010. Guzman and Ranck, Arlington residents, see film as a vehicle for cultural exploration and a way in which to support artists -- both local and international. Last year’s Film Festival featured 17 films and 30 shorts over the course of four days.

This year’s event will be held Oct. 23-27 at the Regent Theatre. For more information about AIFF, call 857-209-1122, visit aiffest.org or email 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..">.


This story was published Tuyesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

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