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    AN APPRECIATION: Town Day 2014 hears America singing

    The 2014 Town Day, continuing a tradition begun in 1976, had enough of an air of American "revolution" that would have made poet Walt Whitman proud. American singing? Varied carols were raised by myriad of voices on the Town Hall bandstand, near Robbins Library, by First Parish, near the Dallin Art Museum and at Uncle Sam Plaza. Hints of revolution? Those in tricorn hats at the Jason Russell recalled the bloody day in 1775, as did Angela Olszewski, as she helped unveil the town's first visitor center, aimed at including Arlington's role in America's fight for independence from Great Britain. Thousands of people thronged Mass. Ave. between Jason and Pleasant for five hours Saturday, Sept. 13, blew warm and cool, as the clouds of the moment, kept the occasion generally comfortable, unlike Town Days past. Glimpses of the day ...

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    Your letters wanted: candidates, ballot questions

    Do you passionately support a particular candidate for the November general election? Are you a champ for Charlie? Do you find Martha immeasurable? Do you have opinions about questions on the ballot? Do you have specific, fact-based reasons for your views? Let the public know. Right here. You may submit letters of support of any length to YourArlington. You're not restricted by any word limit, as you are in The Advocate. You're also not restricted by any time limit, as you are in the weekly newspaper. You may submit letter right up to April 6, though last-minute unverified claims will draw scrutiny. Tell the public why you're voting for Baker or Coakley -- or anyone else or any issue on the ballot. You may do so in three ways -- by email to [email protected],  or by a plain-text file copied and pasted at Send News or here >> All letters considered publishable will appear on Your View, this site's only blog. Letters will be reviewed for fairness, factualnes ...

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    Parents' view of son's issues before his death

    The following is the full, edited statement, presented Thursday, Sept. 4, to the School Committee by Moncef Eladhari and Francine Brasseur, who signed as "Sami proud parents." He taught Spanish at Arlington High School before he died in June. A news story about the issue includes a statement from the administration.    Good evening, Ladies and gentlemen of the Committee: Thank you for agreeing to meet with us, Sami’s mother, Francine, and I, his father Moncef, today, and to give us a chance to address this committee.   Please, have the patience to allow us the proper time to bring certain important facts to your knowledge and attention, concerning an AHS teacher, who happened to be also our son, and whose life ended a few weeks ago!       ...

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    Rogers tells why he supports Community Preservation Act

    The following letter to the editor in support of the Community Preservation Act was written by state Rep. David M. Rogers, Democrat of Cambridge, who represents the 24th Middlesex District, which includes Arlington. As the people of Arlington reflect on whether or not they want to adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA), I would like to offer a few thoughts on why I believe doing so is a good idea. The CPA affords communities an opportunity to invest in specific, positive ways. It can be hard to prioritize the sorts of investments the CPA emphasizes within the context of a town budget. With roads to repair, schools to fund, and salaries and pensions to pay, money for conservation, historical preservation, outdoor recreation, and affordable housing can be scarce. But these are precisely the sorts of investments that distinguish a community like Arlington and safeguard its future, and there are strong arguments for why each of the four areas of investment is of great value: ...

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    New school year -- old educational questions

    Education. We pretend it begins for youngsters in September, when the leaves turn, but it continues through all of our season, every minute of every day, for everyone. Learning persists for two reasons -- human curiosity and technological change (you can't stop either one, but notice which is first). Shouldn't a third factor be classroom teachers? Good ones can have a lifelong effect, but our curiosity is the best guide, as technology draws us, often in too many directions, in the classroom that is everywhere. As Arlington schools open Tuesday, Sept. 2, what happens there is sliver of the educational story, albeit a key one for residents. Still, let's take a quick look at the new school year -- and then peer more broadly beyond it. Opening-day info >> ...

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    Spaced out? Many artists, but resistant owners

    Does Arlington have the imagination to embrace co-working? The town is trying to find out and held a forum in June attended by about 30 people. Read a summary of comments from some of the attendees here >>  See what properties in town may be available here >> Following publication, Eric Love, present at the forum, provided a brief critique. His LARP Adventure Program, aims to spur imaginations. ...

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    Review, ‘Life of Crime’: Leonard’s crew back at shenanigans

    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 Elmore Leonard, the beloved master crime and western novelist, transcended seamlessly the divide between pulp and celluloid. His career is littered with great novels that became great movies (“Get Shorty,” “Jackie Brown” and “Out of Sight” to name a few), a smattering of original screenplays (“Joe Kidd”) and even took a few turns as producer. Cormac McCarthy might be his only peer. ...

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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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    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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    Rob Surette draws crowd to Town Hall stage ....

  • 2painter

    ... using a broad brush and thick paint, he sketches ...

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    ... details are added in dramatic strokes ...

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    ... a pause to find the right color ...

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    ... voila! It's Mother Teresa, among his heroes.

 Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014 |  5:22:20 a.m.
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