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    Latest in 9 letters for Berwick responds to Globe endorsement

    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 nine supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. What Globe endorsement misses While making some good points, The Boston Globe’s endorsement of Steven Grossman for governor* is misleading in diminishing Don Berwick’s qualifications. It refers to Berwick as “a medical professor and pediatrician by trade,” glossing over not only his public policy education but also his executive career as founder/leader of a globally impactful nonprofit, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and leader of an $800 billion federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ...

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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 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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    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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Dave Rogers, a registered Democrat and an attorney, has become the fifth potential candidate for state representative for the 24th Middlesex District, which includes Belmont, parts of Arlington and the part of North Cambridge where he lives.

In a news release April 19, he said he is seeking the seat most recently held by Will Brownsberger "after careful consideration and discussions with family, friends, and elected officials past and present.

Those who took out papers previously are Phillip Lohnes, a Republican and founder of Financial Framework, an Arlington financial services consultancy; Tomassina Olson, Belmont Republican Town Committee chair; Robert Reardon, 22, a Belmont Democrat and a senior at Bentley; and Margaret Hegarty, who ran for Belmont Town Clerk in 2010.

The final day for potential candidates to file nomination papers to local officials is May 8.

Rogers said: "As I undertake this effort, I am mindful of the remarkable standard of public service set by state Senator Will Brownsberger. The candidate who ultimately fills this seat will have very large shoes to fill. Should I be that successful candidate, I will work tirelessly to serve with distinction and continue the fine traditions set by Will, with a high level of accessibility to constituents and a clear articulation of our district’s independent voice.
"I have been a practicing lawyer for 15 years, representing businesses large and small. I have spent the last seven years as counsel in a Massachusetts-based manufacturing company that does business all over the world, but works to keep jobs here. My work experience also includes employment at a clean energy software company and a cutting edge biotechnology company.

"As legal counsel, I have helped companies confront and overcome the pressing challenges facing businesses in a modern competitive landscape. My professional experience has taught me that organizations must be nimble and adapt to changing circumstances if they are to stay vital and fulfill their mission.

"With your help, I want to transform old ways of governing and wring greater efficiency out of the limited resources available in this era of budgetary constraints. Every dollar we save through improved operating efficiency is another dollar we can use to invest in schools, improve health care affordability, alleviate the debt load of the T, and address other critical needs of the community.

"I have also worked in the public sector. During law school, I served in the criminal division of the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuting polluters. I also spent six months working for a federal trial judge. Since moving to Massachusetts, I have been publicly engaged and active, working to elect leaders whose values I share, advocating for campaign finance reform, and speaking out about the need to overhaul antiquated drug laws.

"Currently, I serve regularly on a pro bono basis as a mediator in Middlesex District court, helping litigants resolve their disputes without the need to burden our overworked court system. I genuinely enjoy helping people and being of service.

"If elected, I will to work vigorously on several key areas of concern: further improving the quality of education for every child in Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge; stimulating job creation while eliminating ineffective tax incentives; addressing the critical needs of a faltering transportation system; protecting the environment and advocating for policies that create green jobs; and controlling spiraling health care costs. I have good ideas in all of these areas and I would like the opportunity to share them with you.

"But rather than simply advance my ideas, I want to listen to yours. In the days ahead, I will meet as many voters in Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge as possible – hopefully each and every one of you. I will work to gain your trust, and to earn your vote. Together, I know we can make a difference."

Learn more about Rogers at www.rogers4rep.com.


This story was published Thursday, April 19, 2012.

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