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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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    When Town Hall is crowded ... I reserve sustained applause for all Town Meeting members who show up to engage in public discussion and votes about Arlington's issues. As tedious and time-consuming as some of the discussion can be, your work toward a vote, and the vote itself, are welcome. Nay, more than that -- showing up is essential in our town's representative democracy. By far, the greatest majority of our elected Town Meeting members are present each spring Monday and Wednesday nights, from 8 until 11, at Town Hall. What about the persistent absentees? As documented in this news story about Town Meeting attendance, those who responded to questions about their absences have their reasons. ...

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    Repeal mandatory minimum sentences

    The following letter to the editor by Barbara J. Dougan of Arlington, the Massachusetts project director for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, was published in the Thursday, Jan. 22 Boston Globe and is republished with the author's permission. Thomas Farragher's column about an addict who turned his life around without going to federal prison was excellent ("Trial and redemption," Globe Metro, Jan. 14). Sadly, Massachusetts addicts convicted of drug crimes in state court usually don’t have that option. For most of them, our state law requires the courts to impose a mandatory minimum prison sentence. While the length of the sentence may vary — typically based on the weight of the drugs, nothing more — only one outcome is allowed: a prison cell. It doesn’t matter what role the person played in the offense or whether the crime was motivated by an addict’s need for drugs. Massachusetts needs to follow the lead of many other states and repeal its ...

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    One participant's view of a town tradition King My wife and I have been attending Arlington's celebration of Martin Luther King's life for two decades. We recall fondly the elbow-to-elbow affairs in the basement at the First Baptist Church. Pushed together with people you did not know but would soon come to know, the annual January occasions began the evening as neighborly get-togethers. After supper, we'd head upstairs to the sanctuary, and a choir would remind that the occasion was in part religious. After all, the slain civil-rights leader had been a preacher. So the evening called for the rhetoric of remembrance -- hopes sought, gains made, progress yet to occur -- and speakers rarely disappointed. Some even made news, as in 2006, when Deval Patrick spoke, foreshadowing the silky phrases we would hear after he became governor. Poet Afaa Michael Weaver recalls his younger years. In the years since the event moved to Town Hall, the committee that organizes the celebratio ...

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    Loser's view: What historic loss teaches

    As I write, the Spy Ponder boys are unbeaten after their first nine games. Many of their wins have been decisive. Enjoy the run while it lasts, and remember it well. I have no such memories. I played high school ball on a team that set a standard for appalling play. In two years, the teams on which I dribbled lost 34 times. A typical loss was 100 to 40 or so. A typical win? None really. We won twice, close games against the same "artistic" kids from New Hope, Pa. Why were we so bad? It was not for lack of effort. ...

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    Jazzy fund-raiser held as teen Model U.N. Group needs help

    The following was submitted by Julia Ruderman, a member of ARMUN for a second year, a resident of Arlington and a junior at Minuteman. The Arlington Regional Model United Nations Program (ARMUN) invited the public attend "An Evening of Festive Entertainment," held Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Fellowship Hall of Calvary Church, 300 Mass. Ave. The evening featured a local-youth jazz band led by vocalist Claire Dickson and bassist Dan Klingsman, joined as well by Ezra Morrison on Clarinet, Kevin LeFleur on guitar, Michael Morrissette on piano and Aaron Colonnesse on drums. ...

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    Review: 'American Sniper': Clint’s a good shot, but what about man behind scope?

    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. It’s pretty amazing the quality of films Clint Eastwood has been belting out as he sails well past the octogenarian mark, not just because he’s making movies at that age, but because of the ambition and scope of those films. “Invictus” (2009) took on the shifting tides of apartheid in South Africa, “J. Edgar” (2011), the biopic of America’s long-standing top dick, spanned eras and presidential regimes as America was shaped during the mid-1900s – and then there was the ill-fated but well-intentioned musical “Jersey Boys” (2014) ...

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    Brrrr: but it's a good cause Jan. 31

    Want to receive a photo of School Committee Chairman Bill Hayner in a Speedo freezing his tush off? You can, if you donate to a worthy cause -- eradicating polio. "Remember, everyone who sends a donation gets a picture of me coming out of the water," Hayner write in an appeal seeking donations. He adds with tongue in cheek: "If it is a substantial donation, I won't send the picture." Hayner is among those supporting Rotary District 7930 of Arlington, participating in its fifth annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Long Beach in Gloucester at 11:15 a.m. ...

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