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Week in Review: Body Found in Spy Pond, Breach of Confidentiality at Schools

Joe Curro becomes the first candidate for Board of Selectmen, police stop a drug deal near Arlington High School and Post Office closures to be pushed back.

Authorities this week identified the man whose  on Tuesday. The deceased is , 23, of Derry, N.H. A cause of death has not been determined.

School Committee member Joe Curro became the to run for the Board of Selectmen. In an interview, Curro said he , following the expected 2012 departure of  Selectman Annie LaCourt.

And Superintendent Kathleen Bodie has been on student confidentiality, after an official  showing approximate addresses of special education homes.

Here are more of this week's essential news from Arlington Patch's coverage:

COPS AND COURTS

A Kansas man was  to four to five years in prison on charges of stealing $195,000 from an elderly Arlington woman. Darrell L. Kinney, 55, of Iola, Kansas, was  by Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman on one count of larceny of more than $250 from a person older than 60.

An Arlington resident was arrested Friday during what . Steven K. Cooper, 18, was taken into custody on accusations of possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a school zone. He was arrested down the street from  and the .

The Dec. 2  appears to be accidental, officials said. Arlington Police said Conor Fairbairn, of 55 Tanager St., died overnight at his home of a single gunshot wound. Preliminarily, police added, the death does not appear to be suicide.

GOVERNMENT

U.S. Postal Service officials are of two of the three Arlington branches after a piece of mail didn’t go out to town residents in a timely fashion.

Under the previous timeline, officials were expected to decide on whether to close two branches in Arlington by early December. Now, it could take until mid-January for Arlington residents to be once again invited for a public hearing. After that, there would be a 60-day period for Postal Service officials to make a decision.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

A set of next Sunday, with a rocking concert to benefit a New England nonprofit. The Third Annual Rock 'n Soul Holiday Benefit Concert will rock  beginning at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Arlington Patch got a chance to catch up with some of the masterminds behind the concert. .

SCHOOLS

The halls of  are usually empty on weekends. But recently they were filled with crafters, LABBB Collaborative teachers and students and Best Buddies, all there for the s. Most around here know LABBB as an acronym for the award-winning collaborative school that officially includes Lexington, Arlington, Bedford, Burlington and Belmont. The five communities are part of a consortium that teaches children with special needs from childhood until they are 22 years old.

The craft fair benefited LABBB's Best Buddies, a program that pairs students with peers from the collaborative communities, and was organized by LABBB Workshop Training Center Supervisor Janet Paz.

VOLUNTEERING

Have you heard about Will Sherman? This 17-year-old Eagle scout has been working hard to create an online spot to connect volunteers with local nonprofits seeking help. .

BUSINESS

It may be hard to believe, but Christmas is a mere two and half weeks away. But finding the perfect tree can often be a tough thing to do if you don’t know where to look. Luckily, Patch has scoured the area for nearby venues selling Christmas trees. Check out our  in your neck of the woods. 

COLUMNS AND PERSONALITIES

Allison Oropallo, of "" fame, found a that was broken for more than a year. It was a project she said was "just too easy."

Bette Yip is here to save your holiday party. On Friday's Weekly Yip, she shows . That way, your best friend can be the life of the party without taking the cake.

It's was an important week for Ryan P. Standley, who writes about his family's adventures with 5-year-old Lainey. This week, . "Joseph is the sweetest newborn, who renders me powerless with his faintest coo," Standley wrote.

Stephanie Haddad offered some to keep the little ones warm this winter.

Sarah Cawley wrote about how for your little one can be healthy and fun.

BLOG ROLL

Our local voices are always sizzling with great commentary.

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Our newest blogger, , wrote her second foodie blog post this week. Last week, she shared a . This week, she is offering some .

And  tackles some .

Interested in blogging? Shoot an email to arlington@patch.com.

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