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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 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 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 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. ...

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    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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 Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014 |  5:11:48 p.m.
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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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