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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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    Primary letters -- all welcome -- 8 ask you to vote for Berwick

    YourArlington welcomes letters to the editor from Arlington residents for all Massachusetts candidates whose election would have an impact on the town. Email them to sprague.bob at gmail.com. Here are eight supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. Send letters supporting any candidate in the primary. 'It's not just talk' Don Berwick, Democratic candidate for governor, speaks boldly about values and making Massachusetts a beacon for the nation. It’s not just talk -- he has met bold goals throughout his career.  Don is a creative leader with wise judgment and deep executive experience in complex bureaucracies, including as President Obama’s head of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, that vast $800 billion federal agency.  His vision includes single-payer healthcare for Massachusetts, and he is the one candidate who understands how to make that happen; and, why it must happen, as rising healthcare costs consume o ...

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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 TBMeek3.wordpress.com. 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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    8 ask you to vote for Berwick; letters for others welcome

    YourArlington welcomes letters to the editor from Arlington residents for all Massachusetts candidates whose election would have an impact on the town. Email them to sprague.bob at gmail.com. Here are eight supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. Only candidate to oppose casinos   I write in support of Don Berwick for governor. I support Don because he is the only candidate for governor opposed to casinos. In a strong field of likable candidates, this is decisive for me. I saw the Detroit casino pull the life out of the Greektown neighborhood there, so that it looked like a bombed out war zone. ...

  • Chris Loreti, former Redevelopment Board member

    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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Edward J. Dever

Edward "Ted" Dever has been placed on leave with pay as Arlington High School director of athletics after town police identified him as the target of an unspecified investigation. Rob DiLoreto, a house dean and former athletics director, is filling in, coaches were told Thursday, Aug. 30.

A statement from Superintendent Kathleen Bodie, released Aug. 29, said Dever, athletics director since 2007,  referred to probes by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Arlington police "involving allegations of certain criminal conduct." The statement did not further describe the conduct.

Bodie's statement said: "The Superintendent has concluded that the best interests of Arlington Public Schools and its student-athletes are served by leave pending the outcome of the investigation of these allegations. This action is not a determination that the allegations are true.

"While we cannot comment on the allegations or on the investigation, we are unaware of any allegations of conduct that involves the operation of the Arlington High School athletic programs or of the Arlington Public Schools.

"Any further questions should be directed to Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan.

In a story at Boston.com Aug. 29, Ryan said, "We typically don’t comment on, or confirm ongoing investigations, but given Mr. Dever’s leadership role with the public schools and the athletic program, we felt compelled to notify the school district."

YourArlington did not immediately reach Dever for comment.

A source said Dever was told he was on leave Monday, Aug. 27.

Bodie said her statement was sent to Patch and The Advocate before it was sent to YourArlington, because both had requested it. YourArlington had been unaware of the issue until then.

Apparently, the first to report about the matter was on Aug. 23 at Truepersons.com:

"Our last tidbit involves rumors of an FBI investigation against an employee of the Arlington Public Schools," the anonymous author wrote.

The claim about the FBI has yet to be confirmed. 

Asked whether he knows of any FBI investigation related to an employee of the Arlington Public Schools, as Truepersons reported, Chief Ryan wrote Augt. 31: "I do not wish to comment on rumors."

The blog item continues: "We have no concrete information about the employee in question, nor the nature of the investigation, but this possibility brings up an interesting point. What is the policy of the Arlington Public Schools regarding an indictment, investigation, criminal complaint or court ruling against an employee? Searching the Arlington School Committee’s policy manual finds no such policy."

The writer continues, going into uncharted territory, moving from what is called "a Penn State moment" to further speculation:

"We wonder if Arlington is about to be complicit in a similar circumstance, providing cover for someone under investigation of inappropriate behavior around school children. They certainly have a convenient excuse if the rumor turns out to be true."


This story was first reported Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, and updated the next day.

 

 

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