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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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    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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    Review: 'Expendables 3': Bloated sequel is, well, expendable

    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 ‘Ah, “The Expendables,” the low-fi, big (former-)star-fueled franchise that started as an amiable insider joke but with “The Expendables 3” has grown big and bloated – like many of its mothballed stars – and thrown aside its agility and sense of humor. The previous two installments, directed by creator Sylvester Stallone and Simon West, smartly ran spry at under two hours; here in the hands of relative newcomer Patrick Hughes and at more than two hours, the film is not only overlong and annoyingly stilted at times, but also, c ...

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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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    Gallows humor trails Market Basket, etc.

    Kurt Fusaris offers three bites from his latest Avocado ...     1. A wry look at the impact of the Market Basket protests;     2. A Cantabrigian leader sees Arlingtonians as "underachievers"; and     3. A twist or a turn in the race for Mass. guv. These links to viewpoints were published Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. ...

  • Blue heron waits at Spy Pond on Aug. 3, 2014.

    On Spy Pond for an hour (it's peaceful, mostly)

    To escape email. To abandon the computer. To glide from the clutches of civilization (or try to) on Spy Pond. On a gray Sunday after satisfying morning coffee addictions and religiously reading our newspapers, my wife and I did. Drops of rain dotted the water after Marianne Comeau caddied a canoe for us, and we had paid $15. Life jackets and paddles were all we needed to launch into an hour of ancient oblivion. Pushing out, we sent down whorls into the universe of green water, our own "black holes." Marjorie steered. We marveled at the steep backyards of Pleasant Street, some overgrown with green, below substantial homes. One had a fence to guard against geese, yet a varmint had got in anyway. In the distance, a blue heron held itself in stiff serenity until we came close enough for a photo, and then it rose, perhaps all of 10 feet, above the pond, something prehistoric, its wide wings thrilling us with their graceful arc. Paddling on, avoiding Elizabeth Island, where we'd go ...

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