Arlington parents who want to know what special-education services are available through the town's public schools now have one place to look, a 19-page booklet.
The push for the booklet came from a parent group; the staff of the Arlington public schools' special-education department put together the first such reference. It was handed out to the School Committee at its April 10 meeting.
"As far as I know, it is the only recent effort to describe our current programming," wrote Kathleen Lockyer, interim director of special education.
One of Stephen Sondheim’s most beautiful works waltzes onto the stage when AFD Theatre presents "A Little Night Music," opening May 2, at 22 Academy St.
Performances are Friday, May 2, 9 and 16 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 10 and 17 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 4, 11 and 18, at 4 p.m.
A talk-back with cast and production crew will follow the May 4 matinee performance.
Starks seeks conversation about impact on students
The discussion began as quietly as a Dallin student taking an online test; it edged toward a decidedly emotional pitch.
Assistant Superintendent Laura Chesson told the School Committee on Thursday, April 10, that students at Dallin and Ottoson had participated in testing of PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Students had handled matters, she said, easier than the adults or the computer network, as Arlington is among a number of school statewide trying out the online exams, due to replace MCAS in 2016.
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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.
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