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  • Donald M. Berwick makes a point July 28, 2014.

    Inside a packed Arlington home enthused for Berwick

    Donald M. Berwick makes a point July 27. Don Berwick has political problems, but you would not know about them from the energy generated Sunday, July 27, at an Arlington home, where an estimated 100 people crowded into every cranny to hear the doctor who would be governor. One issue is his standing in polls. Seeking the Democratic nomination in the Sept. 9 primary, he trails Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman, according to July numbers in The Boston Globe. By a lot. No matter, as those gathere ...

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    Review: Discovering love in 'And So it Goes'

    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 Rob Reiner, a.k.a. “Meathead” an ...

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    3 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 Here are three supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. World-class candidate Don Berwick is the kind of governor we need: A progressive in the mold of Elizabeth Warren.   At the "meet-and-greet Sunday, July 27, about 100 people showed up; ...

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    Why we voted against raising charter-school cap

    The following viewpoint was submitted by the Leila Gentile in the office of Senator Ken Donnelly, Democrat of Arlington. She wrote that following last week’s debate on charter schools, her office heard from many of constituents on both sides of the issue. This op ed explains the senators' reasons for voting against the bill. The opinion was written by Senators Patricia Jehlen, Democrat of Somerville, and Donnelly.On July 16, 2014, the Senate voted to defeat a bill that proposed to raise the cu ...

  • Janice Satlak-Mott, Dennie McCabe

    Stratton teacher says goodbye to community

    For 42 years, the kindergarten-1 class at Stratton School has been the "home away from home" for Janice Satlak-Mott. Now she is retiring. In a letter to the Stratton community Monday, July 21, the longtime teacher wrote:      "After a great deal of thought I have made the decision to retire from the Arlington Public Schools. For the past forty-two years Kindergarten-1 has been my home away from home and September my 'Happy New Year.' I have loved my work with the children ...

  • Joseph Monju

    Monju sees his role as fiscal watchdog for taxpayers

    Joseph Monju of Arlington, who is seeking to be the Republican nominee for state representative in the 23rd Middlesex, joined the “Yes on 1” organizers supporting the repeal of automatic gas-tax increases. On the one-year anniversary of the House voting to override the governor’s veto of the tax packages, passing a $500 million in tax increases, Monju helped roll out on the State House stairs what he sees a "the State House tab." It is a list of how he says Massachusetts state government has ...

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    You don't say (or maybe you do) ...

    Kurt Fusaris offers a bite from his latest Avocado -- what Arlington residents say and don't say. You can subscribe to the Avocado via email. Until you do, read the skinny here >> This link to a viewpoint was published Thursday, July 17, 2014. ...

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    Silver Maple Forest campaign launched

    The following information about the campaign was published at Cambridge Day, July 17: Leslie prof says value of Silver Maple Forest outweighs condos See the video of the protest parade >>  1. Encourage State Senators Senator Jehlen and Senator Brownsberger to debate Environmental Bond Bill on Senate floor coming up with an amendment to include silver maple money (Will Brownsberger, Pat Jehlen, Dave ...

  • Happy artists at the Paint Bar in Newton.

    Night life in the Heights? Who knew? Art lounge coming

    Happy artists at the Paint Bar in Newton. Arlington Art Lounge aims to expand the idea. Three enthusiastic women plan to turn the former Savory Plate, at 1346 Mass. Ave., into Arlington Art Lounge. By September, you will be able to eat, drink -- and paint over 2 1/2 hours or so evening or weekend afternoons. Kim Bradshaw, Sheila Carme and Helen Galanopoulos got the thumbs-up from selectmen Monday, June 23, food a food license. They plan to return in July for a beer-and-wine license. "We're e ...

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Greeley takes out papers

Three members of the School Committee have taken out nomination papers to seek reelection, as have the Town Meeting moderator and a member of the Board of Assessors.

Judson Peirce and Kirsi Allison-Ampe seek reelection in April to three-year seats, and Paul Schlichtman, appointed this year after Joseph Curro Jr. was elected selectman, seeks a one-year term.

Kevin Greeley, whose Board of Selectmen seat is up in April, took out papers for selectman and Town Meeting on Jan. 3. He has said that he has not yet decided whether to return the papers for selectman. The current chairman, he has served since 1988.

John Leone, the moderator, seeks reelection, as does James Doherty of the assessors, to a three-year seat. Leone took out papers Nov. 29; Doherty Dec. 7.

Bridgett James of 45 Maynard St. took out papers Dec. 6 seeking to fill a two-year vacancy on the Housing Authority.

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Allison-Ampe, whose three-year School Committee seat is up in April, wrote Dec. 11: "At this time of year I prefer to focus on family and the holidays with the time I have leftover from doing my committee work. Happy to discuss sometime after the start of the New Year."

Two days later, she changed her mind. While at Town Hall Dec. 13, she took out papers but vowed to do no campaigning until after the holidays.

John J. Griffin, executive director of the Housing Authority, wrote Dec. 11 that at a joint meeting held Nov. 26 the selectmen and the authority's Board of Commissioners appointed James, an Arlington attorney, to fill the position until the election in April. Bridgett was the only person that responded to the advertisement about the position.

Once nomination papers for major town offices, which must include the signatures of 50 registered voters, are certified, then a candidate is considered viable. Nomination papers for Town Meeting members must have at least 10 such signatures.

Asked why he is seeking reelection, Schlichtman wrote Dec. 10:

"I really enjoy working with my colleagues on the committee. They are all smart, talented, thoughtful folks who work well together. The community is fortunate to have these six folks on the committee, and I enjoy contributing to their efforts. I have enjoyed playing a supporting role with this excellent group of public officials."

He also wrote that "a steady stream of people" have suggested he run.

"At the end, I thought it was the right decision for the town and the right decision for me. I feel a responsibility for filling out the remainder of Joe Curro's term. Assuming I win in April, will I run for a full three-year term in 2014? I don't know. I'll let you know next December."

YourArlington reported last May that Allison-Ampe asked five candidates then vying to be appointed whether they planned to seek election in April 2013. "Only Schlichtman said that he does not know yet whether he will run," the report said. "Even so, Allison-Ampe voted for Schlichtman after saying she would not favor one who would seek the seat next spring."

A five-year seat on the Housing Authority held by Richard B. Murray is up in April. He has not taken out papers yet.

Major officeholders whose terms are not up next spring are:

Selectmen: Daniel J. Dunn, vice chairman, and Diane M. Mahon, both 2014; Steven M. Byrne, 2015; Curro, 2015.

School Committee: Leba Heigham, secretary, and William Hayner, both 2014; Cindy Starks, 2015; Jeff Thielman, 2015.

Town Clerk: Stephanie L. Lucarelli, 2014.

Treasurer: Stephen J. Gilligan, 2014.

Assessors: Mary Winstanley-O'Connor, 2014; Kevin Feeley, 2015.

Housing Authority; Daniel F. Brosnan, Nicholas Mitropoulos, Gaar Talanian.

This story was published Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, and has been updated, the latest on Jan. 3, 2013.


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