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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. ...

  • 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: ...

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Session No. 6:  Meeting OKs historic signs, dissolves

In the shortest meeting in years in terms of the number of sessions, the 2013 edition concluded its business Wednesday, May 8, as it debated a $20,000 appropriation for historic signs for 20 minutes before approving it.

For more, see humor from the Avocado as well as notes by Wes Beal, Christian Klein and Dan Dunn. | Official votes

Session No. 5:  $300,000 transfer to school budget shot down

A request from Precinct 13 member Stephen Harrington to transfer $300,000 to the school budget, in part to reduce fees for athletics, was rejected in a decisive standing vote on Monday, May 6.

The budget for Minuteman Tech was approved, as was a fuind for special education.

The Arlington Avocado weighs in.

For more, see notes by Wes Beal, Christian Klein and Dan Dunn. | Official votes

Session No. 4: Financial matters slow pace

Session No. 4 of the 2013 annual Town Meeting on Wednesday, May 1, addressed financial issues, and the pace slowed.

Members approved Article 25, an exemption on personal property, which amounted to $3,100 in total revenue. They discussed at length budgets under Article 31. For more, see notes by Wes Beal, Christian Klein and Dan Dunn. | Official vote

Beal commented before the meeting >>

Session No. 3: Self-serve gasoline ban continues

The annual Town Meeting on Monday, April 29, voted to retain the bylaw banning self-serve gasoline after the proponent said he had changed his mind about limits on the ban.

The meeting moved to lower overnight parking fees as well as pay for an amount (still to be decided) for the public art fund. The meeting reached Article 31, the budgets, and adjourned early so they could be considered Wednesday, May 1.

For more, see notes from Christian Klein,Wes Beal and Dan Dunn. | Official votes

Before the meeting, Wes Beal offered his views >>

Session No. 2: Leaf-blower plan passes, bottle-ban shot down

At a Special Town Meeting held Wednesday, April 24, a measure that leaf-blower supporters called a "compromise" and opponents called an "evisceration," was supported, 113-95.

An article proposing to ban plastic water bottles was defeated by voice vote. Brought by three Arlington High School students, the measure was the first ever presented to Town Meeting by students.

For more, see notes by Christian Klein, Wes Beal, Bob Sprague and Dan Dunn  | Official votes

Before the votes, Beal had some thoughts >>

Session 1: E-voting, medical-marijuana moratorium supported

Town Meeting, at its first session Monday, April 22, approved a year's delay on situating a medical-marijuana dispensary in Arlington Center and supported a move to electronic voting at future meetings.

Finance Committee Chairman Al Tosti described the $10,000 appropriation to pay for voting devices a lease, allowing the town to evaluate the system for a year.

For more, see notes by Christian Klein, Dan Dunn and Wes Beal | Official votes

Town Meeting underway: Dunn views town's state

The annual Town Meeting began at 8 p.m. Monday, April 22. Selectmen Chairman Dan Dunn presented the State of the Town Address.

The warrant (agenda) for this year's meetings is online at arlingtonma.gov/townmeeting.

Among the issues to be considered are those involving leaf blowers, plastic water bottles, fees for overnight parking and medical marijuana.

Read the reports to Town Meeting here >> 


Unofficial info Truepersons.comTwitter, Dan Dunn's blog | Official info (town website)

Video icon Watch Town Meeting on TV in April. Arlington Community Media (ACMi) plans to air Town Meeting live every Monday and Wednesday evening on the Government channel until the session ends and replays throughout the week. Please visit ACMI's website for channels and replay details at arlingtonstudio.com.

All precincts invited to post meetings

This information was published Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, and updated May 10.

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