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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 TBMeek3.wordpress.com. 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 gmail.com. 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; ...

  • Ken Donnelly, in 2007

    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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Alewife-Reservation/120066318064571 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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 Wednesday July 30, 2014 |  5:04:08 a.m.
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Snow plow

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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