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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. ...

  • Chris Loreti, former Redevelopment Board member

    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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Downed trees on Tufts Avenue in East Arlington, July 18, 2012

UPDATED July 24: Last week's tropical heat wave broke with a vengeance late Wednesday afternoon, July 18, as torrential rain poured and a microburst of wind hit East Arlington, where an estimated 100 trees were downed. Residents walked the limb-strewn streets as police and utility vehicles dealt with the damage.

By Friday, July 20, the bike path had reopened, and town crews had made headway in cleaning up. A current list of spots still closed is below.

Amazingly, no injuries were reported to police. Capt. Richard Flynn wrote Saturday, July 21: "To the best of my knowledge, there we no injuries related to the storm. We were very lucky."

State Sen Ken Donnelly and state Rep. Sean Garballey are working with the Patrick's administration and the Legislature to provide funds for the cleanup.

On Tuesday, July 24, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine praised those involved in the cleanup for meeting challenge.

For a video about the damaging storm, see what Glenn Koenig shot >>

Above, crews begin work on Tufts Avenue near Broadway about 8 p.m. July 18.

For more photos, see Boston.com summary as well as July 20 Boston Globe story (to read it all, you must subscribe). It reports about the "flying" fish, found blocks away from Spy Pond, from where the storm possibly blew it

A Bates Road resident said July 19 that crews had been working all night.

As the cleanup got underway, Leader Bank has offered temporary loan assistance to affected residents.

Sushil Tuli, president and CEO said in a statement late on July 18:

"Leader Bank, N.A. is saddened by the damage caused in Arlington by the severe storms that passed through Massachusetts. As the only community bank headquartered in Arlington, Leader Bank thanks the efforts of the town’s first responders and work crews as its neighbors and friends begin to clear away the effects of the storm.

"In order to assist Arlington residents through this difficult time, Leader Bank will offer temporary assistance to those affected by the storm. Leader Bank will offer any Arlington resident whose residence has been damaged by the July 18 storms a personal loan in an amount up to $5,000, pending credit approval.  Leader Bank will offer such loans at no interest (0.00% annual percentage rate) for a period of sixty days.

"We hope that this temporary assistance will help our friends and neighbors affected by the severe storms and will allow those residents to conduct necessary repairs to their property and even find temporary shelter until they receive their homeowner’s insurance proceeds.  Any Arlington resident affected by the storms who wishes to apply for a personal loan on these terms should stop by any of Leader Bank’s  branch in Arlington."

On July 19., the National Weather Service in Taunton confirmed a microburst/straight-line wind damage in Arlington.

DPW storm update, July 23:

Public Works continues to clear trees and debris from last week's microburst in East Arlington. Today, Public Works started to systematically collect downed Town trees and branches along roadways. To assist in this clean up, Public Works is asking residents, if they are able, to stack Town tree branches along the sidewalk in a way that allows access to sidewalks and roadways. At this time, Public Works estimates collection of Town tree debris to be over the next couple weeks.

Cleanup efforts on Monday, July 23, opened the following recreation areas:

- North Union softball and playground

- Crosby soccer

- Gibbs playground

- Thorndike dog park

The following Recreation areas are still closed:

- North Union - baseball closed until backstop repaired

- Scannell - baseball closed until outfield fence repaired

- Robbins Farm - baseball field closed until it can be groomed

Tree at Hardy School

At Hardy, Principal Deb D'Amico wrote July 19:

"Our most serious loss is the huge and ancient oak tree at the corner of Brooks and Lake Street, which snapped and sent giant limbs to the ground across the Hardy garden.

"By the time I arrived at the school this morning shortly after 8AM tree crews and DPW employees were already working to remove the limbs. Amazingly, the limbs missed the Japanese Gate by a few feet and, while it did fall across the garden and our school sign, damage there is slight and reparable.

"Three trees in our school yard have been ripped up by the roots and will be removed as soon as possible.  An air conditioning unit on the roof of the school was torn off its bolts and tipped over.  Otherwise, Hardy was spared serious damage."

Saved baby squirrel

Ly Perry of Arlington wrote that her son, Joe, 12, saved the life of a baby squirrel -- a "pinky," the name she said animal control gave it. It is shown at left. "Joe found the squirrel last night [July 18], put it in a cage with water and cotton then gave it to animal control today."

Storm damage photos from residents

Sanjeev Naik: http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=aca87ac9bc0f403e&sid=0AYs2zhq2aMmLJeA


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