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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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Town Meeting logoSession 8: Meeting concludes by knocking out concussion article, backing Citizens United push

Session No. 8 on Wednesday, May 16 concluded the 2012 Town Meeting with votes on a series of articles on issues ranging from signs promoting town history to a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

For reporting and commentary, see Dan Dunn's blog | Wes Beal on concussion effort | Word on Street on Mass. Ave. issues | Official votes


Unofficial info on Twitter, Dan Dunn's blog | Official info (town website)

Session 7: Limited gas-powered leaf-blower ban OK'd

In session 7, the meeting approved a bylaw allowing use of gas-powered leaf blowers on private property from Oct. 15 to May 15, a period when leaves are more likely to be on the ground. Members also heard a range of discussion about the school budget before passing all town budgets.

For reporting and commentary, see Dan Dunn's blog | TruePersons.com questions budgets, Dunn |  Wes Beal's view before leaf-blower vote | Official votes

Session 6: Meeting backs Minuteman budget, discusses leaf blowers

In session No. 6, held Wednesday, May 9, the meeting approved a bylaw article to control when trash is brought back from the curb and supported Minuteman's operating budget after lengthy debate.

Members shot down reconsideration of proposed financial restructuring. Discussion about an article that would ban gas-powered leaf blowers was spirited but had not yet concluded. 

For reporting and commentary, see Dan Dunn's blog >> Wes Beal: Town Meeting attendace >> Official votes >>

Session 5: $200K one-time energy-conservation fund supported

At session No. 5 on Monday, May 7, the meeting approved the town's capital budget at its regular meeting. In the Special Town Meteing, a one-time, $200,000 fund for energy conservation drew support, but a measure making that fund permanent was rejected.

Discussion began on the new recycling and trash contract and was to continue in session No. 6, set for 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9.

For reporting and commentary, see Dan Dunn's blog >>  Wes Beal explains his vote on fund >> Official votes >>

Session 4: Lower tax interest rate for seniors, parking study OK'd

Town Meeting on Wednesday, May 2, dealt with 16 more articles, but postponed some bigger issues, including budgets. The meeting voted to lower the interest rate on taxes deferred by some seniors and to approve a parking study. A variety of options were discussed about the perennially intractable issue. Session No. 5 is set for 8 p.m. Monday, May 7, as is a Special Town Meeeting. 

For reporting and commentary, see Dan Dunn's blog >> "Vanishing water"? See Wes Beal's blog >> Official votes >>

Session 3: 18 articles pick up pace

Town Meeting quickened its pace Monday, April 30, moving through 18 articles, rejecting accessory apartments and keeping the meeting start time at 8 p.m.. Selectmen Chairman Kevin Greeley lashed out at comments from member Chris Loreti about board "favors."

For reporting and commentary, see Dan Dunn's blog >> For opinion, see Wes Beal's blog >> Official votes >>

Session 2: Cremains at Cooke's Hollow rejected

In session two of the 2012 Town Meeting on Wednesday, April 25, members voted down, 75-95, after lengthy debate, a proposal that would have permitted burial of cremated remains in Cooke's Hollow, a small open-space area behind the public-safety building on Mystic Street. No vote was taken on Article 8, which would establish accessory apartments in town.

For reporting and commentary, see Dan Dunn's blog >> For opinion, see Wes Beal's blog >> Official votes >>

Session 1: Mixed-use zone turned down

In session one for 2012 on Monday, April 23, Town Meeting voted in favor of a measure that helps promote the inclusion of public art, clarified rules about banners for historic areas and voted down on voice vote a main motion aimed at creating a mixed-use zone, where the first floor is for commercial or light industry and upper floors are residential.

>For reporting and commentary, see Dan Dunn's blog >> Official votes >> Discussion of proposed zoning bylaws on accessory apartments and burial of cremated remains were postponed.

Electronic voting, parking meters, Mass. Ave., dogs and Citizens United -- these are among the issues to be raised during the 2012 Town Meeting in Arlington. A Special Town Meeting is set for Monday, May 7.

The public is welcome to attend Town Meeting, but is restricted to balcony seating. Only Town Meeting members are allowed on the floor while Town Meeting is in session.

Town Meeting meets every Monday and Wednesday at Town Hall until all warrant articles are voted upon. Each session begins at 8 p.m. and, in most cases, ends at 11 p.m.

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You can find Town Meeting information including next-day voting results of warrant articles, resolutions, and actions while Town Meeting is in session as well as a listing of Town Meeting members, reports to Town Meeting, and more online at arlingtonma.gov/townmeeting.

Video icon Watch Town Meeting on TV. Arlington Community Media (ACMI) plans to air Town Meeting live every Monday and Wednesday evening on the Government channel until the session ends and replays throughout the week. Please visit ACMI's Web site for channels and replay details at arlingtonstudio.com.


The update to the April 30 meeting corrected the reference to a 7:30 p.m. start time.

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