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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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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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Film April 30 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

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Fourth international film festival seeking entries, lists partners

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All that's jazz: AHS Pops Concert May 3

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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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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

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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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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.

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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.

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A history of the Bouris/Coughlin case

Chuck Coughlin speaks at March 2007 meeting in Red Gym.Chuck Coughlin speaks at March 2007 meeting in Red Gym.

Stavroula Bouris in 2007.Stavroula Bouris in 2007.Here is a series of links to news stories about, or related to, Stavroula Bouris and Charles E. Coughlin Jr. published in YourArlington.com from March 2007 through June 2013 (partial list; dates are day of publication):

-- March 10, 2007: in Ottoson principal to leave in August (scroll down to story)

-- March 14, 2007: 'You're finished,' Thrope tells Levenson

-- March 28, 2007: Hundreds turn out to support Ottoson principal

-- March 28, 2007: Public statements at March 27 meeting

-- April 5, 2007: New pact establishes Bouris as principal

-- April 11, 2007: School Committee approves 2-year contract for Ottoson principal, sets series of goals

Nat Levenson and Sue Sheffler in 2007.Superintendent Nate Levenson and School Committee member Sue Sheffler in 2007.-- April 14, 2007: With his gift, departing School Committee member gets threatening letter

-- April 25, 2007: 1,000 signatures sought for petition to oppose hate mailings

-- July 15, 2007: E-mails between Ottoson principal, teacher probed

-- July 20, 2007: Source of memos feared teachers were being used, attorney in probe says

-- July 25, 2007: Probe incomplete; School Committee meeting put off

-- July 31, 2007: Privacy cited as release of e-mails delayed

-- Aug. 11, 2007: Ottoson teacher terminated

-- Aug. 11, 2007: System technician cleared

-- Aug. 14, 2007: Judge weighs lawsuit that seeks to stop release of e-mails

-- Aug. 22, 2007: Judge blocks release of further e-mails

-- Aug. 22, 2007: Bouris dismissed

-- Sept. 12, 2007: School Committee member says he was source of first e-mail report

-- Dec. 18, 2007: Judge rules Coughlin-Bouris school e-mails are public records

-- April 7, 2008: Ottoson e-mails requested last July released to media

-- Aug. 8, 2008: 'Improprieties' cited after Levenson resignation

-- March 11, 2009: Letter from Coughlin-Bouris attorney alleges negligence, eyes lawsuit

-- Oct. 27, 2009: Coughlin wins long-running arbitration

-- Nov. 6, 2009: Full 61-page Coughlin decision published

-- Feb. 8, 2010: Bouris, Coughlin sue schools for $7m

-- March 23, 2011: Coughlin loses second arbitration

-- June 8, 2013: Bouris-Coughlin trial put off until fall

-- Dec. 1, 2013: Trial to begin Dec. 2

-- Dec. 13, 2013: Judgment in Bouris/Coughlin lawsuit favors defendants


This story was published Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, and updated Dec. 12.

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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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    School Committee reminded of its standards

    School Committee: Norms and Standards (policy BDA-E) We, the Arlington School Committee, acknowledge that a School Committee meeting is a meeting of School Committee members that is held in public and not a public meeting and that we will make every effort to ensure that meetings are effective and efficient. To that end, we acknowledge the importance of subcommittees and we and the superintendent agree to utilize them to focus on specific topics in-depth and to prepare for presentation, deliberation, and possible action by the School Committee.  We, the Arlington School Committee, set forth these Standards and Norms that we will all commit to abide by as individuals and as a committee:     1. Represent the needs and interests of all students in the district.     2. Exercise leadership in vision, planning, policy making, evaluation, and advocacy on behalf of the students and district, not in managing the day-to-day operations of the district. &n ...

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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. ...

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    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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