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    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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    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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 Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014 |  12:31:46 p.m.
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Recycling collection delayed for part of Heights

As snow continued to fall on the morning of Friday, March 8, Catholic schools in Arlington were called off, and Arlington public schools remained open. Some parents are choosing to keep theor children home.

An estimated eight to 10 inches of snow fell. The town issued no snow emergency.

School Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said the decision to open was made by 6 a.m. based on earlier reports from the town and that the storm's increasing intensity "caught everyone by surprise."

In an email to parents and guardians at 1:35 p.m. March 8, Bodie wrote:

"I have had a few emails from parents asking about the wisdom of the decision to open school at the regular time this morning. Decisions about delays and closure are made around 6 a.m. because of the need for families to plan for child care should there be a delay or closure and for staff who travel long distances to work.

"From 4:30 - 6 a.m., the reports from DPW were that roadways and school parking lots were clear and that they expected to be able to stay ahead of any further snowfall because of their extensive work throughout the night. Unfortunately, the storm picked up intensity after 6 a.m. The intensity of the surge caught everyone by surprise.

"So that you are aware of the forecast information that was available to DPW from their weather service, I have attached the two forecasts. [These are .PDF files that are not published here.]

"Both forecasts called for only 1-2 inches from 6am-noon, less than 1" after that time. Currently, most forecasts have the snow tapering off in the afternoon, but the amounts are greater than first predicted.  DPW plans is to dedicate the necessary vehicles to clear routes around schools and bus routes in preparation for the release of students at regular dismissal time.

"It's hard to say in hindsight whether a delay would have been a better decision because at 10 a.m. the snowfall was more intense than it was at 7:30 a.m. and the roads had even more snow on them at 10 a.m. This morning buses were at most 15 minutes late.

"Attendance by staff and students overall was good with some late arrivals.

"Thank you for your extra effort this morning to walk or drive your children to school. We all wish that the conditions were better than they were. The decision, however, was thoughtfully considered based on what we knew at that time.

"DPW crews had worked through the night to keep roadways cleared, the forecast indicated that snow would be tapering off, and school custodians came in 2 hrs early to shovel walkways. The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority and we do not take that responsibility lightly.

"As I have stated many times, if parents feels that it is not safe or possible to have their child get to school on time or at all, they just need to inform the school indicating that the reason is weather, which is a valid reason.

"This afternoon, elementary after-school programs will remain open, as well as KidZone programs. Most high school and middle school after-school activities have been canceled. 'Fiddler on the Roof' is postponed to Saturday night.

"I know that some people disagree with the decision this morning, but know that it was made with the best information at the time and with safety as the paramount priority."

Recycling collection delay for parts of Heights

Due to today’s snow accumulation, collection of recycling materials in the area of Lowell Street and Park Ave. Extension from Lowell Street to the Lexington and Winchester lines was not completed (see map). JRM, the Town’s waste hauler will return to your neighborhood on Monday, March 11 to collect missed recycling in this area only. When able, please remove recycling from the curb and return it by 7 a.m. Monday morning for collection. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Boston Globe, March 9: An unexpected bully of a storm

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