The Arlington Democratic Town Committee and Senator Ken Donnelly, Democrat of Arlington invite the public to meet the Democratic candidates for top state offices on Tuesday, April 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St.
Meet many of the candidates for the Democratic nominations for governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer and attorney general.
State senators Ken Donnelly, Democrat of Arlington, and Will Brownsberger, Democrat of Belmont are among those endorsing state attorney general candidate Warren Tolman, Democrat of Watertown, the Tolman campaign has announced. He expects to face Maura Healey in the September primary.
"The towns of Arlington, Lexington, Belmont and Watertown are home to some of our state's strongest and most thoughtful progressives," Tolman said in a news release. "It's a great honor to receive the support of the area's top legislators as I campaign to use the Attorney General's office to be a leader, a fighter and an advocate standing up for all Massachusetts residents."
Senator Donnelly said in the release: "From taking on Big Tobacco to being the state's only Clean Elections candidate, Warren Tolman has a record of not backing away from difficult challenges. Warren has the leadership experience and public policy expertise to use the Attorney General's office to move Massachusetts forward."
Brownsberger added: "Whether it's protecting the environment, taking on special interests or fighting against the dangerous influence of Big Money in politics, there is no better champion of progressive values than Warren Tolman."
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Two weeks after hosting an attorney general candidates’ forum in Lexington, state Rep. Jay Kaufman said he decided to back Tolman.
"Warren’s plan to require fingerprint trigger locks on new firearms is exactly the kind of outside-the-box thinking that Massachusetts families need in an attorney general," said Kaufman, a Democrat of Lexington who is serving his 10th term. "I’m proud to be with Warren because we know we can count on him to seek out creative solutions as he takes on the tough fights."
Other area Democrats chimed in.
State Rep. Dave Rogers of Cambridge called Tolman a "smart, experienced and seeking office for the best of all reasons -- a deep motivation to make Massachusetts a better place to live. Working on his Clean Elections campaign for Governor, I saw both his progressive ideals and his impressive work ethic up close. With Warren, what you see is what you get -- an outstanding public servant who will make an extraordinary Attorney General."
Former state Rep. Anne Paulsen of Belmont, who served 14 years in the Legislature, serving East Arlington, said: "When we served in the State House together, I saw firsthand Warren's leadership when he took on Big Tobacco. Warren has proven he can take on the tough fights and will be the progressive advocate we need to protect the environment, fight for women's rights, and protect Massachusetts families."
Earlier this week, Tolman received the endorsements of dozens of Worcester leaders, led by Worcester Mayor Joe Petty and State Senators Harriette Chandler, Democrat of Worcester, and Michael O. Moore, Democrat of Millbury.
Tolman has announced the support of four former attorneys general -- Frank Bellotti, Scott Harshbarger, Jim Shannon and Tom Reilly -- as well as Senate President Therese Murray, state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and former Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh.
"Confronting the scourge of campus sexual assault and tackling the opiate abuse epidemic, Warren Tolman has outlined a bold vision for the attorney general's office," said state Rep. Jon Hecht, Democrat of Watertown. "I'm supporting Warren because he's the best candidate to protect Massachusetts families."
State Rep. John Lawn, Democrat of Watertown said in the news release: "Having worked with Warren in Watertown for years, I know his commitment for protecting Massachusetts families, from addressing gun violence to taking on special interests. Warren has been a true advocate for his hometown of Watertown and I know he will do the same for the entire Commonwealth."
This story was published Friday, April 18, 2014.
The Master Plan Advisory Committee has announced that upcoming working-paper presentations include:
Historic and Cultural Resource Areas: 7 p.m. Thursday,
Senior Center main room; and
Natural Resources and Open Space: 7 p.m. Thursday, Senior Center main room.
In both cases, the working paper on each topic should be available online the day before the presentation, with the online survey posted a day after the presentation.
Improved sidewalks and parking on residential streets were dominant themes from public input at the transportation discussion. Design guidelines for new development, parking and mixed-use design were discussed at the economic-development presentation.
The working papers for economic development and transportation are online and the deadline to provide feedback is arlingtonma.gov/planning.. Review the papers and submit comments at
To view additional information this working paper as well as others and provide feedback, click here.
The committee thanks all who have attended workshops and discussions and provided input and answered surveys about the master-plan working papers. Five presentations have been given to date.
This story was published Jan. 10, 2014, and updated April 16.
Stories seen as frightening to some kindergartners will not curtail Tools of the Mind, a program the superintendent called "premiere" and "a major paradigm shift."
Parents Katy Coughlin and Michael Vartabedian had filed a complaint last fall about the Magic Tree House book series, which they said included scenes inappropriate for 5-year-olds. The books are among a number that Tools of the Mind uses.
After a committee studied the issue, Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said Thursday, April 10, she concurred with its recommendations, and the School Committee supported her, 7-0.
"This is the result we expected, unfortunately," Coughlin wrote April 12. The couples' viewpoint about Magic Tree House is expressed in this opinion piece.
Police tracing drops of blood to a bandaged finger have arrested a teenage student at Arlington High School following a break-in at the Gulf Station on River Street early Monday, April 14.
A report by Officer Greg Foley describes how police found the suspect, who is not named because of his age. The station, near the Mystic River, has had nine previous breaking-and-entering reports since 2002, police said.
Is Arlington ready for what a consultant calls "customer-friendly parking" in the Center, which they see as "broken"?
Clues to answering that came Monday, April 7, as representatives of Nelson Nygaard offered draft recommendations about Arlington Center parking to selectmen.
Here's what may be coming when a final recomendations arrive in about a month:
-- New meters for the Water Street and Russell Common lots;
-- Meters added along Mass. Ave. at locations in and near the Center;
-- Loosened restrictions on parking, including free parking, on streets neighboring Mass. Ave.; and
-- Improved signs and lighting.
A leader in Arlington child care goes back to the beginning
Gwenyth Hooper was the director of the Arlington Children’s Center (ACC) for 31 years. Having helped raise thousands of children, Hooper is one of the best-known people in Arlington. Yet few really know her.
She is not just an engaging, insightful and loving person. She is also gutsy, headstrong and highly principled, as revealed in a wide-ranging interview.
Hooper was born before her time -- literally -- in the elevator between the sixth and seventh floors of Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Hospital. This entry into the world foreshadowed a lifetime of determining her agenda and challenging the way others think things are supposed to be.
Hooper, the second of two daughters, was born in 1940 to Margaret and Dr. Stanton Myers, a dentist. They named her Roselea. When she was 4 years old her parents divorced. Her mother, a nurse, worked part time at night to support the family.
A neglected lot beside the Medford Senior Center on Riverside Avenue will be transformed into a garden with fountains in memory of Krystle Campbell, the Arlington resident and Medford native killed by a bomb at last year's Boston Marathon.
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Mayor Michael J. McGlynn of Medford and his team had thought they would honor Campbell with a few park benches and a plaque bearing her name. But on Friday, April 11, McGlynn stood with Campbell’s father, Bill, and announced a $1 million plan, kept secret for nearly a year, to build a peace garden honoring the four people killed in the bombings and their aftermath, the injured, and the race itself.
More than a year after Panera closed its Heights location, Bagelville opened at the site at 6 a.m. Friday, April 4.
Owner Sergio Goncalves, a Brazilian who built the Boston-based business, was behind the counter as customers received free coffee.
"I hope to serve the Arlington community well," Goncalves said in a statement Wednesday, April 2, "with great service, good quality fresh-baked bagels, and little taste of Boston's Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall favorites such as: the great tasting smoothies, clam chowder, lobster roll and fresh-baked bagels."
Arlington is the second Bagelville to open, spokeswoman Gracie dos Santos said. A third Bagelville plans to open in West Roxbury at the end of April. The first store is at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Those who recall the hangout quality of Panera before the spot closed in late March 2013 will be happy to know that Bagelville hopes to keep that tradition.
"Yes, Bagelville is definitely a great hangout place," dos Santos said. "We are expecting lots of folks here in Arlington to hang out with us."
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