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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. ...

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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. ...

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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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    How about honoring this team, Arlington?

    The Arlington National U12 All-Stars baseball team did not win the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series, but the boys had one doozy of a ride. They had four wins in a row until they ran into a then-unbeaten Bronx squad and a heartbreaking, double come-from-behind 7-6 loss to a Florida team. No need to cry. What the team has done is remarkable. The town should recognize their on-the-diamond accomplishments, just as occurred in 2008, when an Arlington Cal Ripken team went to the Series. There was a parade down Mass. Ave. Officials spoke on the steps at Town Hall. It was August then, as it is now. You can read brief summaries about how the 2014 team played out in the Series here >> This is a story that The Advocate or Patch have yet to report. In the photo from left in rear are manager John Messuri, Coach Scott Jones, Spencer Friedman, James Santagati, Brendan Jones, Sam Theodore, Timothy Mazzei, Patrick Masci, Coach Rich Flynn; in front are Timothy Shaw, Jacob Ahern, Caden FitzPa ...

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Judson Pierce, 2012Pierce

Judson Pierce, seeking reelection to the School Committee for a three-year term, describes himself this way: "I am passionate about our schools. I listen and respond to my constituents with respect and with an open mind.

"Our school district’s performance is my top priority. I have worked hard to fulfill my commitment to Arlington and have learned a great deal.

"My hope is that I may continue to serve our town as a member of the Arlington School Committee and my experience, heart and desire will greatly aid me in my work over the next three years."

The 40-year-old attorney who has lived in Arlington for 10 years sees the following as the greatest challenges ahead for our public schools:

"Adjustment to the new Common Core Curriculum and new teacher-evaluation system as well as facilities improvements at the Stratton Elementary School, Ottoson Middle School and Arlington High School."

Asked how he would address those challenges, he wrote in an email Feb. 15:

"By setting yearly goals and making sure we are meeting those goals. Including making sure that our educators are getting what they need in professional development and are participating fully in professional learning communities, and by making sure the resources are there for our children in terms of curriculum and technology."

He and his colleague, Kirsi Allison-Ampe, the current committee chair, the other incumbent, face a challenge from newcomer Michael Buckley, who has been profiled here >> 

Asked why he wants to win another term on the School Committee, Pierce writes directly: "To continue the work we have to make the Arlington Public Schools an even higher performing district."

Pierce is a product of public schools in Stoughton and Marblehead. His background in school issues dates to when he served in student government roles at Marblehead High School, including a year as an elected member to the Student Advisory Committee, which elected him chair. He is a frequent volunteer at Bishop, his children's school.

Elected to the School Committee in 2010, he cites three years of hard work. He has served as chair of the policies and procedures subcommittee each year, as well as secretary and vice chair of the full committee.

He has also served on the budget and community relations subcommittees, Legal Services Advisory Committee, Superintendent’s Diversity Advisory Committee and as liaison to the Special Education Parent Advisory Council and Thompson, Dallin and Peirce schools.

He has participated in town elections, town meetings and School Committee continuing education.

Pierce is a shareholder of the Salem law firm of Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano, where for 14 years he has concentrated his practice in representing injured workers.

Find out more at his campaign website >> 

His kickoff was held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the home of Mary Cummings, 135 Jason St.

Snow makeup date is set for Wednesday, March 6, from 7-9 p.m.


LINKS:

2013 town election information (town website): Calendar || Candidates


This story was published Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, and updated Feb. 22. It is part of an ongoing series to provide basic information about key candidates in the April town election.

All major candidates for seats where there is competition have been sent a similar set of questions. Some where there is only an incumbent have been sent questions to renew their connection to the public. 

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