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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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 Tuesday July 29, 2014 |  10:44:33 a.m.
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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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