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    'Fearless' Realtor makes predictions

    Adam Rosenbaum, a Realtor for Century 21 Adams, Arlington Heights, reports about properties in Arlington since April 13: Another banner week, with 17 new properties since Monday, April 13, hitting the market: seven singles, nine condos and one multifamily. Your fearless prognosticator of property is predicting that nine of the 17 will have signed contracts by next Wednesday, April 22. Enjoy the fine weather. Grant Gibian, an Arlington Realtor who works for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, looks at Arlington real-estate transactions for the first quarter this year as compared to those in the last quarter of 2014. His quick-and-clean summary: Demand remains high, supply very low -- a seller’s market continues. This update based is on numbers from MLS.  Real Estate Update Q1 2015 Source: MLS Property   Quantity   Avg List Price Avg Sale Price Single-family 47 $646,726 $658,196 3br ...

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    Marathon memories: When reporting is too personal

    Campbell I remember the day clearly: A Monday afternoon, with weather like today, two years later: Sharp-edged sun, blue skies to eternity. I had dropped a daughter off to an appointment and had just deposited some money at TD Bank, across the high school. I got in my car and turned on the radio. It must have been just after 3. From that point, and for the five days that followed, the world around Boston seemed blown part with chaos. I was part of it. Everyone living around here was. As any journalist wants to know when infamy strikes: Is there a local angle? ...

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    Not Ottoson, Stratton parents ask

    The following letter was presented to the School Committee during public participation at its Thursday, April 9, meeting by Leigh Panettiere, mother of a Stratton School second grader. She was joined by about 20 other parents. She said the accompanying petition was signed by 70 parents of second graders who are concerned because their children will be bused to modular classes at Ottoson in two years. The letter was addressed to the superintendent and all members of the School Committee: We are parents of current Stratton second graders. Our children will be fourth graders during the relocation year of 2016-17. We are submitting this petition to you in support of our proposal that the fourth graders be located at an elementary school, rather than at the middle school, during the renovation. This petition is signed by 70 parents, collectively representing the families of 52 of the 71 current Stratton second graders. If you have any questions, please contact any of the parents whose c ...

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    Review: ‘White God': Dogs are fighting for justice on streets (and in the subtext) of Hungary

    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. The Hungarian-Swedish co-production “White God” begins with an absurdist slo-mo sequence of a young girl on a bike pedaling away from a sea of pursuing dogs. None of the canines is ferocious – most are quite cuddly – but still the girl rides on with urgency and fear on her face. Surly this must be a dream sequence, and it’s tucked away as such until later in the film, when it’s realized it was no subconscious imagination. What has taken place is a “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” resurrection by man’s four-legged best friend. ...

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    40B, Arlington: A brief, tense history

    With the news that a Cambridge developer plans to pursue a 40B development on the 17-acre Mugar site, along Route 2 in Arlington, YourArlington asked John Belskis to write about the state law he knows best. An Arlington Town Meeting member, he chairs the Coalition for the Reform of 40B. He has been active in this effort for 15 years. Opinions contrary to those below are welcome. Mass. General Law Chapter 40B is being abused, and this affects Arlington directly. It allows developers to build without regard to local zoning and conservation bylaws. Just look at the behemoth, Menotomy Village, where the Minuteman Bikeway crosses Brattle Street to see what this kind of development looks like. It is being abused for profit; a former state inspector general has called Chapter 40B "the biggest scandal in state history." Yet Arlington has the 11th highest number of public-housing units in the state, and on a per capita basis we rank as No. 1. The town meets the requirement that 1. ...

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    Yes to engage students; a no to test

    The following is a letter to the editor by Rebecca Steinitz of Arlington published in the April 6 Boston Globe. It is republished with the permission of the author, who is a literacy consultant in urban high schools and former president of the Arlington Education Foundation.  Our young people must learn how to participate knowledgeably in our democracy, but what is the evidence that requiring yet another test for graduation, as you advocate in your March 28 editorial "Require high school civics test," will accomplish this? ...

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    Group ties 2 crosswalk deaths, selectmen's silence

    The following opinion piece was sent to a variety of people, including YourArlington's publisher by Donna Janis of the East Arlington Concerned Citizens Committee (EACCC) and is published with her permission. The group's contact is Maria Romano, chair (617-571-5283). The East Arlington Concerned Citizens Committee extends its deepest condolences to the family of William Dotson, who was struck in the crosswalk by Trinity Church on March 23. He was a treasured member of not just our part of town, but of the larger community. He will be greatly missed. We are doubly upset by this senseless tragedy, and by the pedestrian fatality of December 2013 at the Orvis Road crosswalk, because EACCC has repeatedly called upon town officials -- since 2009 -- to install on-demand pedestrian crossing lights at these very two crosswalks. ...

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    Schools appeal for changes in foundation budget

    The following letter was sent to the state Foundation Budget Review Commission  on Monday, March 30. It was written by School Committee member Kirsi Allison-Ampe and Linda Hanson, president of the Arlington Education Association. On Thursday, March 26, the School Committee supported the letter, 6-0, (Paul Schlichtman was absent): Thank you for your time and attention today. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the Foundation Budget Review Commission to clarify what is needed to fund the high educational expectations that are required for success in our current economic climate and that are now mandated by our state regulations. We feel the current Foundation Budget calculations greatly underestimate the costs of educating today's students. A comparative analysis of our local spending and Foundation Budget supports this conclusion. ...

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    Letters to the editor ... after the town election

    Do you have a passionate opinion about an Arlington issue? We know you have emotions, but can you support your beliefs with facts? The town election was held Saturday, March 28, and a historically low number of residents showed up. Apart from the weather, which held down turnout, issues remains for many. What are yours? Let the public know what you think. Right here. You may submit letters of any length to YourArlington. You may even want to thank those few voters who showed up at the polls. You're not restricted by any word limit, as you are in The Advocate. The publisher retains the right to hold letters with unverifiable claims. You may send letter in three ways -- by email to sprague.bob [at] gmail.com,  or by a plain-text file copied and pasted at Send News or here >> ...

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