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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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 Wednesday July 30, 2014 |  1:11:00 p.m.
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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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