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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 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 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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This month trash barrels can fill with retired toys, clothing or electronics to make way for gifts, yet much of what we put in barrels can be redirected to more useful purposes.

Arlington’s trash weighs an average of 38 tons per day, equivalent to 1.8 pounds of trash per person, but every ton of household items that don’t end up in the trash saves the town money.

It also reduces fossil-fuel emissions created when waste is hauled to the waste-to-energy plant (30 miles away) and saves natural resources that would otherwise be extracted from the earth to create new products.

If you’re concerned about keeping your trash level down or would like some alternatives to throwing things away, you can find several options for reusing and recycling in Arlington.

Reuse happens in our daily lives when we pass items on to family and friends. As you clean out your closets and book shelves, consider donating usable items to organizations, such as our local libraries, schools and places of worship.

Consider some alternatives

Collection boxes around town can be found on the map at the town website.

The Little Fox children's resale shop accepts high-quality children’s clothes and books with proceeds supporting the library.

The Friends of the Robbins Library maintain an ongoing book sale in the library’s fourth-floor Book Sale Room. The selection is updated frequently and the books are reasonably priced.

Proceeds from the sale allow the Friends to offer the family museum pass program as well as to purchase supplemental materials and equipment for the Robbins and Fox libraries.

Donations for the book sale are gratefully accepted at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the library. They ask you to limit your contributions to one bag/box per visit, due to storage limitations.

While the amount we recycle is on the rise, much more of what we dispose of can be recycled. For example, almost all wrapping paper is recyclable (except foil-type paper or plastic bags; tape can be left on the paper but remove ribbon before recycling).

Gift boxes and corrugated cardboard boxes can also be recycled along with paper and placed inside or next to your curbside recycling bin. The community has been averaging 250 tons of paper/cardboard recycled per month and the Department of Public Works (DPW) hopes to see that number rise.

Electronics are a growing source of waste in the state, especially as older televisions are replaced. Anything with a plug can be brought to the DPW during regular business hours for recycling and proper handling. Each piece is dismantled by our E-Steward certified electronic waste vendor and the different materials are sorted for various reuses.

Bring e-waste items to DPW during business hours.

DPW, 51 Grove St., open from 8 a.m. –  4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 7 p.m. Thursdays. Most e-waste items are free to recycle, except TVs/CRTs ($10 each) and laptops ($5 each).

Please throw microwaves away with curbside trash. Visit for additional recycling and resuse options and a map of donation boxes around Town or call with any questions, 781-316-3108.

Robbins Library book donation program information can be found here >>

The Little Fox childrens resale shop donation guidelines can be found here >>

This story was published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.


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