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Watching the graduating seniors from Milton High gather to celebrate their amazing accomplishment – the beginning of their future without masks or social distance – was an incredible thrill.

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The annual Town Election approaches, with contested races on the Select Board, School Committee, Planning Board, Board of Health and for the Trustees of the Public Library.

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If you haven’t yet, go to Milton Access TV and watch the rerun of the March 31 Milton School Committee meeting. Kudos to the two parents who stood up for their children and other children who would benefit from the Cambridge Education equity survey. Kudos to School Committee Vice Chair Dr. E…

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First, let’s take a moment to recognize the people whose lives were lost in mass shootings last week in Atlanta, Georgia, and this week in Boulder, Colorado.

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A documentary premiered on television Tuesday night that warrants your attention, including that of teenagers and young adults. Five more episodes of “Soul of a Nation” will be shown at 9 p.m. on ABC, locally known as Channel 5 in Boston.

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The arrival of spring. On the calendar, at least. (Remember the April Fool’s Day snowstorm in 1997?) Spring 2021 officially starts on March 20.On a related note as the days lengthen and it is lighter at 5 p.m., it will be time to turn the clocks ahead on Sunday, March 14 at 2 a.m. (Not that …

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Annual Town Election is set for Tuesday, April 27. To paraphrase Alfred Lord Tennyson, ՚Tis better to have run and lost than never to have run at all.

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The Jan. 27 hour-long presentation by Superintendent James Jette and his leadership team of assistant superintendents, principals and program specialists should go a long way to easing tensions, concerns and worries of parents and guardians concerned about their children’s elementary school …

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The pandemic has shone a brighter spotlight on social problems in our nation that still need a solution. Think homelessness, addictive drug use, and racial inequities.

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At the start of the Jan. 6 Milton School Committee meeting, Chair Sheila Egan Varela requested a moment of silence in response to a mob insurrection earlier that day by pro-Trump extremists at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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Looking back to Dec. 6, 1995, the day the first issue of the Milton Times was published brings out some wonderful memories.

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If ever a portion of a public meeting encapsulated the cultural challenges facing Milton this year, it came during the second “citizens speak” portion of the Nov. 18 school committee meeting.

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This week is the calendar-noted time to remember all who have served in the U.S. military and all those who currently serve. According to a July 2020 report by the Council on Foreign Relations (www.cfr.org/backgrounder/demographics), less than one-half of 1 percent of the U.S. population is …

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Other than who will be the next U.S. president and if there will be a new U.S. Senate Majority Leader after Jan. 3, 2021, attention must focus on doing all that we are able, at least in Massachusetts, to curb COVID-19 from infecting more people.

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If you haven’t already, and you are a resident registered to vote in Milton, one of the most important things to do between now and Tuesday, Nov. 3 is to vote.

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It is hoped that everyone in Milton who is a resident registered to vote does so. Now more than ever, the multiple ways in which a person can cast a ballot — in person early, by mail-in, dropping off a ballot earlier requested by mail outside the town offices building and the traditional vot…

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A goal of a local newspaper is to encourage an exchange of ideas and thoughts about issues affecting a particular municipality, in this case, the town of Milton.

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Surviving, not yet thriving, during the global pandemic known as COVID-19 remains a task for every person in the world, and locally, in Milton. For those aged 12 and above, think ahead to how you want to remember this time in history, and how you helped, or hurt, the cause to keep yourself, …

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Amid the diligence of daily precautions we now take to ward off the coronavirus, other personal responsibilities await us.

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Comments made by Milton School Committee members, teachers and residents during the committee’s Aug. 5 meeting show the difficulty of making a return to school decision.

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The pros and cons of how the Milton public schools will reopen for the 2020-21 academic year involve physical safety and dedicated teaching. Not to mention, imploring students old enough to take more responsibility for their own learning, such as in high school or perhaps the most academical…

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Stand up straight and extend your arm out on each side, left and right. From your left hand’s longest fingertip to your right hand’s longest fingertip, the distance between these points can be used as a measurement that can be used to determine what socially distancing means, or in a better …

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A subscription price increase is coming Sept. 1.

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Finding a quiet spot to sit and think will be one of the best and most important things to do this summer. Finding a quiet spot to sit and think is a

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This Saturday, July 4, marks the country’s 244th birthday. Actually, the original date intended by John Adams to celebrate the new nation’s independence from Great Britain was July 2. But, things happen, as is the case this Fourth of July. Even so, enjoy the day in small and safe ways.

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After what may have seemed a not too snowy winter and a long and dreary spring compounded by the pandemic, summer is here. The warmer weather may be here and the coronavirus pandemic remains here. Please, even if you feel uncomfortable about wearing a mask in public, do so. If not for yourse…

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In Milton and beyond, the mood is tense. Tense about work itself and what it will look like in the future. Tense about how and when school children will return to classes. Tense about how we decide to plan for our future and live our daily lives. Tense about COVID-19 and when a vaccine will …

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The country, and if by humble extension, Milton, is full of angst. In one corner of Milton, however, the angst is not borne of current civil unrest nationwide.

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Opening email is seldom a pleasant experience.

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April is National Poetry Month and on this last day to mark the occasion, the final stanza of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses” comes to mind. The last stanza talks about resolve to get through difficult times and experiences. At the least, that’s what makes it a favorite to read and review:

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At this point in time, including in Milton, it is unknown what the world will look like in a week’s time or a month as this pandemic unfolds. For younger people, especially, their world is Milton.

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Will grade school students return to physical classrooms this year? Will more cultural activities and organized sports games be canceled through the summer?

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In times of crisis or catastrophe, what is most important and most enduring rises to the surface. Caring about other people, looking out for other people and wanting the best for other people are the emotional cream that rises to the top.

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Newspapers all over the country celebrate Sunshine Week in March.

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This is an especially good time to be a good neighbor.

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While the presidential primary may be top of mind for some readers or residents, the challenges facing Milton’s future are important. Early voting for the presidential primary continues through Friday, Feb. 28. Those who believe in tradition will choose on Tuesday, March 3 a person who they …

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The staff and friends of the Milton Times are having a party May 1 to celebrate the newspaper’s 25 years of existence.

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 The Milton Times took three awards in the New England Newspaper and Press competition’s 2020 Better Newspaper contest.

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It was the sound of rapid two-finger typing on a vintage shiny black Royal typewriter in an upstairs bedroom that brought comfort to these ears day or night.