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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. ...

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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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    How about honoring this team, Arlington?

    The Arlington National U12 All-Stars baseball team did not win the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series, but the boys had one doozy of a ride. They had four wins in a row until they ran into a then-unbeaten Bronx squad and a heartbreaking, double come-from-behind 7-6 loss to a Florida team. No need to cry. What the team has done is remarkable. The town should recognize their on-the-diamond accomplishments, just as occurred in 2008, when an Arlington Cal Ripken team went to the Series. There was a parade down Mass. Ave. Officials spoke on the steps at Town Hall. It was August then, as it is now. You can read brief summaries about how the 2014 team played out in the Series here >> This is a story that The Advocate or Patch have yet to report. In the photo from left in rear are manager John Messuri, Coach Scott Jones, Spencer Friedman, James Santagati, Brendan Jones, Sam Theodore, Timothy Mazzei, Patrick Masci, Coach Rich Flynn; in front are Timothy Shaw, Jacob Ahern, Caden FitzPa ...

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Matthew Janger, 49, principal of Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor, Maine, since 2009, has accepted the position of principal of Arlington High School, the school administration announced Monday, Feb. 25.

Dr. Janger will officially assume his responsibilities as principal July 1. 

"I'm excited to be joining such a wonderful school in a vibrant community like Arlington," he wrote in an email Feb. 25.

Mary Villano has been the interim principal following the retirement of Charles Skidmore in 2011. She is expected to retire in June.

He brings a wide range of administrative, classroom and educational research experience to his new position in Arlington.

Before 2009, he taught English at Huron High School and served as the principal of the Wines Elementary School, both in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Janger also had several years of research experience in the areas of reading and school-level reform. 

Janger holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Williams College, a master of business administration from Yale University and a master of education in educational administration and a doctor of philosophy in educational foundations and policy from the University of Michigan. 

"We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Janger to Arlington," Dr. Kathleen Bodie, superintendent of schools, wrote in a news release.

"Dr. Janger brings to his new role strong administrative and teaching experience, as well as a deep understanding of best educational practices in schools. He has a thoughtful, approachable leadership style and a good sense of humor."

Four finalists for AHS principal met the public: On Tuesday, Feb. 12, were Matthew Poska and Shirley Lundberg The next evening were Janger and Debra Heaton.

Poska is the principal of Briscoe Middle School in Beverly. Before that, he was the assistant principal of Beverly High School and the assistant principal and director of athletics at Saugus High School. Poska was a history and social studies teacher at Lynn English High School and at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Lynn. She received a B.A. in history/secondary education from Merrimack College, and a master of education in secondary school administration from Salem State College.

She is a candidate for a doctorate in education in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Lundberg is the director of academics for Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. Before that, she was the lead teacher and a mathematics teacher at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. She has also served as an elected School Committee member on the Northborough (K-8) and Northborough-Southborough Regional (Algonquin 9-12) School Committees.
Lundberg received a B.S. in business administration from Worcester State College. She completed graduate coursework at Simmons College and Cambridge College and received a master of education from Endicott College.

Heaton is the acting principal of Marblehead High School. Before this, she was the assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Marblehead High School. She was previously the world language curriculum coordinator for the Westford Public Schools and a Latin teacher at Marblehead High School, Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School, Norwood High School and began her career as a Latin teacher in Fairfax County, Va.

Heaton has a B.A. in classics from Randolph Macon College and a master of arts in teaching, classics from Vanderbilt University. She completed the principal/assistant principal licensure program, Merrimack Leadership Academy through Fitchburg State University.


This story was published at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

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