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Regent: 'My Son the Waiter,' through Sunday

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Earth Day cleanuip at Alewife Reservation Saturday

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National Drug Take-Back Day Saturday

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Bikeway cleanup Saturday

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Drum Connection beats this spring

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After-hours networking Tuesday at Menotomy Grill

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Historical Society: Our veterans Tuesday

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Narcan to be discussed at Senior Center Wednesday

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Film Wednesday portrays Muslim, Jewish women

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Pig-out? Roast at Olivio Wednesday

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Jan Luby to perform May 2 at Kickstand

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Historical talk, reception at May 3 Old Schwamb Mill

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Tryst serves new dinner menu

Paul Turano

Fourth international film festival seeking entries, lists partners

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Open house/free trial workout for dogs in May

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All that's jazz: AHS Pops Concert May 3

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Arlington Cultural Commission calendar

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LexFarm stand open for season

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A first: Art to rock Menotomy starting May 4

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Foundation's Education Technology Showcase May 5

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May 7 conversation: Can junk food end obesity?

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A cappella joy in Mudville May 10

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Register for historical walk by May 12

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Community Collection Day May 10

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Work day at Spy Pond Park May 17

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Walk Arlington’s cultural heights May 18

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Capitol Square evening of art, music May 22

Miranda Aisling

Astronomy Nights continue at Robbins Farm May 31

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Community Card for 2013-14 aiding Thompson available

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Soap-box derby participants get ready for June

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Farmers' market to open 16th season June 11

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Bejazzled concert fund-raiser June 13 features many alumni

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16th Feast of the East set for June 14

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Conversations about diversity conclude June 9: 'Many Social Classes'

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Ciclismo Classico to bike in Argentina in August

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For 2014-15, AFD Theatre seeks music, stage directors, choreographers

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OPEN MIC

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Kick Stand Cafe, just off Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center, continues the Jam'n Java open- microphone tradition Friday nights once a month for local entertainers starting in December.

For an up-to-date listing, go to Open Mic.

ENTERTAINMENT

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The Regent Theatre on Medford Street is Arlington's showplace of stars.
For an up-to-date listing to know what's on stage what's coming, go to www.regenttheatre.com.

YOUR SPORTS

marathon-3314 Seventy-three of 78 Arlington runners completed the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, according to the Boston Athletic Association website. The...
newberg-3414 Helene Newberg runs. Helene Newberg, longtime resident of Arlington, ran in the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, in part to help Samaritans raise...
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About YourArlington

Bob Sprague

YourArlington.com is an experiment in community journalism dedicated to reporting news about Arlington, Mass., and the Arlington-related views of its residents. The experiment not unique but is part of a nationwide movement called "citizen journalism." The phrase gained currency through We the Media, a 2004 book by Dan Gillmor. This kind of journalism encourages members of a community to write about that community. The writing may be reporting, or it may be opinion.


Bob Sprague, an Arlington resident since 1989, is a liberal guardian about what is posted on the site. As publisher of an incorporated business, he is a member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of LION Publishers, which stands for Local Independent Online News Publishers. Reach him here >>

He encourages factual reporting, honest opinion and overall fair play. He urges town residents to register and tell the public what they know. When you sign up, provide your first and last name as well as your Arlington address. On this site, the public has a right to know the sources of information. Anonymous sources may be used in some cases, but when you post to this site, public should know your full name.

Some site history

The site launched Dec. 10, 2006. YourArlington moved to a new host, SiteGround, in September 2013. A revamped site template, created with Artisteer, was updated Feb. 3, 2013. A mobile template was activated March 7, 2013. A new template is in the works for spring 2014.

In August 2007, Google ads were added. The ability for users to post comments was added that September. A new site template was activated in October 2007.

In 2008, the OpenX online-advertising system was installed. In February 2013, the site began using Joomla's FlexBanner and Broadstreet Ads after OpenX was hacked nationwide.

On June 9, 2008, the site was incorporated in Massachusetts.

In May 2009, Your View, a new opinion site, was added.

On Jan. 14, 2010, Boston.com added Arlington to its Your Town links and began linking to YourArlington stories.

On Sept. 8, 2012, the site upgarded to the latest Joomla! platform, 2.5, and made public a new site design.

As of Oct. 10, 2013, 419 people were registered users, allowing them to provide various services to the site.

Those who would like to help with the site should inquire. If others volunteer, the photo above could become smaller, and other photos may be added, making the site a better representation of "us."


Credits

Arlington residents who help this site as volunteers are:

Scott Samenfeld. See his work at www.samenfeldconsulting.com. Contact him at info at samenfeldconsulting.com;

Marjorie Howard, a former reporter for the Boston Herald; and

since 2007, various advanced students from the classes of Kim Eudenbach, a journalism teacher at Arlington High School.

Benn Craig, an Arlington photographer, contributes photographs to the site.

Audrey L. Jenkins was a contributing reporter in April and May 2012.

Colin Campbell submitted weekly police reports from November 2008 until September 2010.

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    Articles backed by League of Women Voters

    Article 22 (acceptance of legislation/Community Preservation Act, which would establish a fund to enable the town to acquire and preserve open space, create and restore land for recreational uses, preserve and rehabilitate historic buildings and sites, and create and support affordable housing): If the article is approved by Town Meeting, a question would be placed on the town ballot, for determination by the voters as to whether to impose a surcharge tax on real estate to create the fund. The League neither supports nor opposes the surcharge tax, only that the question be put before the voters to promote the democratic process. Article 39 (maintenance of water bodies): to provide an appropriation to the Water Bodies Fund for maintenance, treatment and oversight.   Article 40, which would provide a stipend of $750 for 10 seniors who are able to work in town departments. Article 44 (appropriation for historical sites signs): to promote the historic resources of the town. Arti ...

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    Small world after all

    Then I see words I had first read right over: The story's dateline is Arlington, but it's the one near D.C. "Anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s and home to more than 170 stores," the news release goes on, "The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City has been a staple in the Arlington community since it opened in 1989." This could have been about the Burlington Mall, but it wasn't. Why was a p.r. firm letting YourArlington know? Because the website has a little button called "Send news" at the top right. Through that button, anyone can send anything. And they do. News and opinions are edited before publication. The first test is whether the item relates to Arlington, Mass. Spam goes right in the trash. In this case, Chelsea Bohannon of Brave Public Relations in Atlanta must have thought one Arlington is as good as the next. I let her know she had the wrong locale. "Sorry," she wrote, and I decided to have a further exchange. You can title it "Our Incredibly Shrinking World." I wrote ...

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    Treasurer gets deputy after urging vote

    "Below please find the date-trail where important actions took place: "• Internal posting - December 12, 2013 "• External posting- December 12, 2013     o Town Website        o Monster.com "• Review of applicant resume's and credentials - January 13, 2014 through February 3, 2014 "• 1st round of interviews- February 6, 2014 and February 13, 2014     o An Excel-based budgetary exercise situation problem was administered to each applicant during the first round of interviews "• 2nd round of interviews-February 21, 2014        o A writing skills exercise containing an investment scenario was administered during the second round of interviews "I am extremely pleased that we were able to attract and obtain a candidate with Mr. Morse's qualifications, skills, experience and passion. Mr. Morse will bring an array of valuable skills and experience to the Deputy Treasurer's position. "I strongly ...

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    Vote *against* Community Preservation Act

    If you can afford it ... The CPA is a good deal for municipalities whose residents can afford it. In exchange for a property tax surcharge of 1 to 3 percent, the state will provide matching money (used to be $1 for $1, is now more on the order of 50 cents state matching on each dollar of local property tax surcharge). At least 10% of the match must be spent on each of 3 categories - open space, historic preservation, and affordable housing; the remaining 70% can be spent on a much wider (but still limited) range of possibilities. Spending is thus on projects which most communities would like to spend money anyway. The state match reduces by half the cost of extra spending. Bottom line is that CPA money is worth spending on, if one can afford it. I suggest that individual support for or opposition against the CPA is based largely on one's personal finances. Those who feel they can afford to pay more have compelling reason to support it; those who feel they can't have compelling rea ...

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    Long Live Metco, Starks writes

    The reason I co-authored the article with Mr. Foskett was to make sure that as we head into the need for future overrides for our schools that we make sure that we are talking about all of the costs that our public schools are asked to take on and that we as a town decide whether to continue to support them or not. As I had hoped, the discussion that has ensued about Metco has been a positive response to keeping the program going. I will continue to work to get more funding for the program and make sure that our legislators know how woefully underfunded it is. But my stance on Metco needing more funding is not a reflection on whether or not I think it is an important program that has a long future here in Arlington. Education itself is woefully underfunded, but you will not find a more passionate advocate for it than those of us who serve on School Committee. This letter was published Friday, April 11, 2014. ...

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    Avocado slices, dices town election

    Kurt Fusaris, who writes The Arlington Avocado blog, takes his political knife to the April 5 town election. He takes a look at how his forecasts turned out. He also takes a close read of the results and makes some conjectures as to what happened and why. See his detailed post here >> Kurt is not curt. This blog link was published Wednesday, April 9, 2014. ...

  • An old-fashioned reporter

    OPINION, NEWS, TIPS: Let us know what you think

    The annual town election has passed, and life in Arlington continues. If you have a letter about any subject related to our town, or news you want residents to know, send it to YourArlington. Here's how: -- Your opinion and news should be related Arlington, Mass. (News about neighboring communities is welcome, but can be published as the publisher's time allows.) -- If your news is an event, you must provide the name of the sponsor (and a way to contact them), what the event is, where it is to take place, when it will happen, why it is taking place and any further information helpful to understand your report. -- There is no restriction on length for your letter or for news, but you should understand that if you go on too long, you run the risk of losing readers. -- Email letters and news as plain text (no formatting, no Word docs). -- If you have a photo, attach it to the email. -- Email [email protected]          -- Or send it dire ...

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    Two modest proposals for after the election

    Suggestions for renaming First: Let’s rename the Board of Selectmen to the "Select Board." Second: Let’s rename the Town Meeting to "Representative Town Meeting." As a relatively new resident of Arlington, having moved here only four years ago, I don’t know if these two ideas that gnaw at me have been debated before in the town. If they have, it’s a marvel that the Arlington I have come to know wouldn’t have moved sooner to address deficiencies I see in naming our chief town governance structures. The New England tradition of town meetings and "select men" elected to manage town affairs between meetings of the town citizenry is well documented. From Maine to Connecticut, town meetings and select men have run affairs of New England towns for centuries. But in Connecticut, where I grew up, the towns that grew in population and abandoned the town meeting because it became unwieldy often replaced it with elected leaders who sit in what’s usually a "Representative Town Meeting." My h ...

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    A question of vision: Now what?

    But today, Vision 2020 is facing some big questions, the biggest of which is, "What's our purpose now?" Clearly, the organization is still functioning, but is having trouble drawing enough citizen commitment to keep working as it was intended. Just go to the website, arlington2020.org, and one of the first things you see is this statement, "Most of the material here, except for the Reservoir and Fiscal subsites, is a couple of years out of date." Hmmm. Not very visionary, I guess. I'm not blaming anyone for this, either those involved in Vision 2020 or any members of the public. I think most people involved have put in an honest and sincere effort. And the public can't be blamed for putting their attention elsewhere these days. After all, with the year 2020 itself approaching, the very idea of having a long-range vision for the town by 2020 is not as compelling as it once was. Instead, I think we are now in a position to take some very bold steps, almost as bold as the steps we too ...

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