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“Save the Planetarium” Petition Reaches 700 Signatures

by ARLnow.com | April 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm | 534 views | 1 Comment

The “Save the David M. Brown Planetarium” online petition has tallied its 700th signature. The petition received 100 signatures yesterday, including that of former planetarium director Steve Smith, according to petition organizer Raphael Perrino.

Meanwhile, the Save the Planetarium Facebook page now has more than 2,900 fans.

On Monday, Perrino presented the petition to school board member Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez. “The meeting went very well,” Perrino said.

The fate of the planetarium is expected to be discussed at tomorrow’s 7:30 p.m. school board meeting. Perrino hopes to have between 20 and 40 people on hand for a rally.

Not everybody wants to see the planetarium remain open, however. In the budget recommendations it approved yesterday, the Arlington County Civic Federation voted in favor of shuttering the planetarium, as superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy has proposed.

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  • Pam Juhl

    With the very large public support, Arlington Public Schools personnel are looking further into this issue, but noone has agreed to anything yet. Continued support is needed through the final vote of the School Board on April 29. Everyone can help by sending letters/emails to the School Board, signing the on-line petition (link is in the article), joining the facebook page (link is also in the article), and spreading the word. A group of concerned citizens has joined together to keep the stars shining. This save-the-planetarium group is working on forming a non-profit group to bring awareness of the Planetarium to the community and pursue fund-raing efforts to help with upgrades and future repairs of the Planetarium. Interested person can contact the group at save.the.planetarium@gmail.com.

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