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Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord

March 20, 2014 03:35 PM
Concord Orchestra

This weekend, March 21 – 22 at 8 p.m., the orchestra features Richard Sebring in concert at 51 Walden St. He was born and raised in Concord and is now the principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Sebring studied at Indiana University, the New England Conservatory of Music, the University of Washington, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Previously principal horn of the Rochester Philharmonic, he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1981. Mr. Sebring has been soloist with the BSO and the Boston Pops in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on tour. As a studio musician, his horn work is heard regularly in popular music, on PBS, and in films. His arrangements of holiday and ceremonial music have been played by the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall and at Fenway Park. Mr. Sebring teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Board of Selectmen

The board voted to conduct a special Town Meeting within the annual meeting on May 5, the second night. For now, the warrant, which closes on March 27, contains just one article: to purchase a one-acre plot on Knox Trail on which to park, fuel and maintain the town’s fleet of school buses.

The selectmen meet on Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Town House. The School Committee meets Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the high school.

CMLP to offer broadband

The municipal light plant is offering high-speed broadband to residents next week. Signups can be done online at concordma.gov. Speeds and prices are on the web page.

Voter Registration for Town Election and Town Meeting

The Town Clerk reminds voters that the annual Town Election is Tuesday March 25. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. There is one race for School Committee this year, pitting Wallace Johnston against Dave Garrison; while Mike Lawson and Eric Van Loon are on the ballot for uncontested spots on the Board of Selectmen and Moderator, respectively.

Town Meeting starts on Sunday this year. May 4 - 8 Sunday through Thursday, Town of Concord - Monument Square - 978-318-3000 - www.concordma.gov. Meetings held at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Sunday session starts at 2 p.m.; all other sessions start at 7 p.m. The deadline for unregistered residents to register to participate in and vote at the Annual Town Meeting beginning on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. is Monday, April 14. On that date, the Town Clerk’s office will be open until 8 p.m.

At the Concord Museum

Book talk with Dr. Richard Primack on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the museum. Primack’s newest book is "Walden Warming." He uses the notes that Thoreau made years ago, transforming them from charming observations into scientific data sets. He describes how warming temperatures have altered other aspects of Concord from the dates when ice departs from Walden Pond to the arrival of birds in the spring. Call 978-369-9763 for a reservation.

At First Parish

Join Concord native and violinist Sarah Whitney and violinist Julia Salerno performing a duo concert on Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m. at the church, 20 Lexington Road. The concert is “Seeing Double,” and covers the baroque style of Georg Telemann, the folk melodies of Miklos Rosza, bluegrass tunes of Mark O’Connor, Prokofiev and jazz composer Mark Summer. Admission $20.

At the Council on Aging

Trip to the Wenham Museum with Lunch at the Wenham Tea House
Tuesday, March 25, Leaving HWCC at 9:30 a.m.; Returning at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The Wenham Museum is one of the best places in Massachusetts to learn about how New England families lived, played, and collected throughout three centuries. On March 25 we will visit the museum and view their world famous doll and toy collections. Special exhibits on display include The 50th Anniversary of Mary Poppins and Happy 50th Birthday GI Joe. The per-person cost of $20 (payable in cash on the day of the trip), covers van transportation and museum admission including a private guided tour. You will purchase your own lunch at the moderately priced Wenham Tea House which is directly across the street from the museum. At least 10 participants are needed to run this trip, and the maximum is 13. Please call to sign up!

The Price is Right Trivia Game
Friday, March 28 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun, interactive game of team trivia on Friday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. here at the HWCC. The Concord Health Care Center will be hosting this event filled with fun and prizes. We will break into small groups and play as teams. Trivia questions about a variety of topics (Concord, Sports, History, etc.) will be given, with each team having time to discuss and answer the questions. The team with the most correct answers will spin the prize wheel and choose a mystery box prize! Concord Health Care Center has been offering this program to area Councils on Aging, and by all accounts participants really enjoy the game. We need a minimum of 6 people for this program to run. Be sure to call now to reserve your spot and see what it is all about!

Harvey’s Treasure Chest

The volunteers at the Harvey’s Treasure Chest Gift Shop have designated March as Vintage Sale Month! Be sure to stop in to see some of the treasures they have compiled. You could find your very own treasure!

Art Space News

This month through April 4 plan to come see work by artist Cynthia H. Williams from Lincoln, MA. Cynthia was an art major at Connecticut College, and for 50 years she and her family bred Golden Retrievers for dog shows and field trials. At the young age of 80, Cynthia went back to painting, taking acrylic classes taught by artist Maris Platais. Since getting back into art Cynthia has completed over 70 paintings, a selection of which are in this month’s show.

Town Manager's report

Estabrook Woods Map: The Trails Committee has completed a long awaited map for Estabrook Woods, which can be downloaded from the Town website at: concordma.gov/pages/ConcordMA_NaturalResources/subcomm/Final%20Estabrook%20-%208.5x11.pdf.

Concord Clean-up: Sign up now for the Concord Clean-up! The annual cleanup of roadside litter and trash begins on Saturday, March 29 and continues through Sunday, April 6. The Division of Natural Resources will supply yellow bags for miscellaneous litter and clear bags for recyclables (bottles and cans only – no paper). Individuals, families, neighborhood groups, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to contact the Division of Natural Resources for route assignments and bags.

New West Concord Eateries:The Building Inspections Division has been working with two new proposed restaurants located on Commonwealth Avenue in West Concord. One will be located in the former Mandrioli’s West Concord Market at 24 Commonwealth Avenue, and the other possible restaurant locating in the former Concord Outfitter’s retail space at 84 Commonwealth Avenue.

Emerson Umbrella - 40 Stow Street - 978-371-0820 - www.emersonumbrella.org

Big Art through May 10
Four major, outdoor sculptures by nationally known, Vermont/Texas artist David Stromeyer. Two are based on abstract twist forms; two are lyrical ventures suggestive of rich, narrative relationships. All are colorfully coated steel completed within the last year. The exhibit will run one year. All works are currently available for purchase.


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson March 21 - April 6
A rock musical with music and lyrics written by Michael Friedman , and a book by its director Alex Timbers. The show is a comedic Wild West rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party. It redefines Andrew Jackson, America's seventh President, as an Emo rock star and focuses on populism, the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel.


Concord Youth Theatre - 358 Baker Avenue - 978-371-1482 - www.concordyouththeatre.org

Join us for a delightful interactive theater experience. CYT actors will inspire you with new and improved versions of familiar children’s stories, complete with a sing-a-long! Outgoing audience members may even join the actors on stage to tell a joke or share a special talent. And everyone gets a prize at the end! So put on your performing hats and come play with us! $5 per person, cash or check only - no advance sales. Suggested audience ages 2 – 9.
Show Schedule
: Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
March 22 ~ Chicken Little
April 12 ~ Aladdin
April 26 ~ Charlotte’s Web
May 10 ~ Snow White
May 17 ~ Peter Rabbit


Honored Citizen Reception

March 23 Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Town House. Come honor Jack Clymer.

New hotel discussed

The planning department met with property owner and developers to discuss a proposal to build a 128-unit “extended stay” hotel at 320 Baker Avenue. It is proposed to be a three-story structure limited to 40 feet in height. The hotel use is allowed under a bylaw change that was approved at the 2013 Town Meeting.

Concord Art Association

Near & Far
: Recent oil paintings 
by Laurie Simko
and aerial photographs 
by Al Levin. 
March 2-30.

Concord Riverwalk

Dan Gainsborough’s environmentally friendly housing development on Route 62, Concord Riverwalk, has been named the 2013 Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. Gainsborough was a panelist at the recent MA Smart Growth Conference hosted by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.

Concordians on stage in Boston in May

Claudia Nimar produced a show last year called “Wild & Precious," written and performed by Concord residents Steve Cadwell and Francene Amari Faulkner. It is a singing, talking multimedia performance. The show will be in Boston for one night on May 9 at the First Church Boston on Marlboro Street and proceeds will go to PFLAG and UUUM Roxbury. See www.wildandprecious.org for more information.

Working for the Town

Regular status

GIS & Application Integration Program Manager

Assistant Local Inspector

Power Supply & Rates Administrator

Limited status (less than 20 hours a week)

Van Driver – The town is accepting applications for the Van Driver position on an ongoing basis to develop a pool of candidates to consider when a vacancy occurs.

Temp or seasonal
Recreation

Senior Work program
Senior Worker


Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for the Year Beginning July 1, 2014 is Available

The Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for FY2015 has been transmitted to the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen. The budget for the Town’s operating departments is proposed at $20,364,013, in conformance with the Budget Guidelines issued by the Finance Committee last November 30. The total General Fund Budget is $89,662,745, a 4 percent increase over the current year. The budget document is available for public review on the Town website (under “Important Documents”.) www.concordma.gov. Questions about the Town Manager’s proposed budget may be addressed to finance@concordma.gov.

Resident Parking

Fees are going up for residential parking at the West Concord MBTA lot. Beginning on April 1, the fee for six months will go from $75 to $100. This increase is so that revenue from the lot keeps pace with the cost associated with maintaining it, according to Town Manager Chris Whelan. Residents whose vehicles are registered in Concord are eligible. Permits can be purchased at the Collectors office in the Town House.

Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project Now Underway

Town Planning Director Director Marcia Rasmussen, Senior Planner Lara Kritzer, Assistant Natural Resources Director Lori Capone, and Deputy Town Manager Doug Meagher met with members of the Historical Commission and project consultants from CRJA-IBI Group to kick off the Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project. Over the next nine months, the consultants will be studying the historic house, its cultural landscape (Harrington Park), and completing an environmental assessment of the property in order to develop a complete picture of the site, its needs, and its potential for future community uses. Separate reports on the historic structure, environmental assessment and cultural landscape will also be produced as part of this work and made available for review.

50 Beharrell Street Demolition Permit Issued

The Building Inspections Division last week issued a permit allowing demolition of the buildings at 50 Beharrell Street in West Concord. This demolition work will allow Oaktree Development, to begin construction of a combined industrial/business/residence use building to be known as Brookside Square. The mix of uses includes 30,000 sq. ft. of commercial and industrial space plus 74 units of housing (of which 8 will be considered affordable). The estimated cost of construction is $14.8 Million.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Volunteers certified under the AARP Tax Aide program will be at the COA on Tuesdays and Fridays during March to help you prepare your Federal and Massachusetts personal income tax returns or to answer your tax questions. Each senior will meet with a team of two tax counselors for an hour and a half session. This free service can answer most of the tax issues faced by low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those over age 60. Please call the COA to schedule your confidential appointment.

Community Innovation Challenge Grant

The Concord Health Division received notification that, with Bedford as the lead community, Concord and 30 other partner towns, will receive funding of $111,000 under the State’s Community Innovation Challenge Grant program. Grant funding will be used to create a Tick Borne Disease Surveillance Network. Grant funds will allow residents to submit ticks for testing at no cost to the University of Massachusetts - Laboratory of Medical Zoology, where the ticks will be tested to determine if the tick is carrying Lyme disease, Babesiosis and/or Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis. More information about the program and the protocol for submitting ticks for testing will be forthcoming; the program will begin in April or May and continue through fall 2014.

Board of Health Tobacco Control

The Board of Health is considering revisions to its current regulation Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products. These revisions are aimed at reducing youth access to tobacco and nicotine delivery products. The revisions will prohibit the sale of single cigars priced at less than $3, and packaged cigars sold in packages of less than 5 cigars. It will also prohibit the sale of blunt wraps, hollow tubes made wholly or in part from tobacco that are designed to be filled by the consumer with loose tobacco or other fillers. The Board of Health is also considering prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in all buildings where smoking is prohibited under the State’s Smoke-free Workplace law. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the Board listened to a presentation from Tobacco 21, a group of local physicians who are advocating raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products to age 21. The Board took the information presented under advisement and will consider it further at their March 18 meeting.

deCordova Biennial through April 13

The 2013 deCordova Biennial is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing quality, dynamism, and variety of art-making in New England, rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting 21 artists and collaboratives living and working in the region, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. Showcasing sculptors alongside filmmakers and performance artists whose practices traverse a wide range of subject matter, the 2013 deCordova Biennial will occupy nearly the entire Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. The exhibition is a sprawling entity that demonstrates the active, ambitious art scene taking place across the six states of New England. At deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln - 781-359-8355 - www.decordova.org

Music Appreciation Mondays, March 24 and 31 at 1 p.m.

Join concert pianist, composer, and Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member Keith Kirchoff for his eighth session of classes here at the COA. This semester of the Music Appreciation series will help to teach the student how to listen to classical music most effectively. With a focus on thematic recognition, formal structures, and simple aural analysis, students will seek to deepen their understanding of great masterworks. With an emphasis being placed upon works featured in upcoming local concerts, the students will be invited to suggest pieces to analyze together in class. Additionally, each week the participants of the class will be given listening assignments which can be done online. Access to an Internet connection - though not required - is highly encouraged. This class is open to all, regardless of musical background. Previous enrollment in the Music Appreciation sequence is not required. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ten Mondays. Cost will be $75 for the ten 90-minute classes. Please make your check payable to the Concord Conservatory. Call to sign up.

Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Initiative: Life Lessons outside the High School Classroom

Seniors in town have been invited to participate in a two-year pilot program called Concord-Carlisle Community Connections. This is a new collaborative, community-mentoring program that connects students in the second semester of their senior year at CCHS with community leaders and residents in a variety of disciplines or with significant life experiences. The program seeks to improve student appreciation and understanding of the challenges, inner-workings, and skill sets necessary for professional and personal success in real-world environments. It is anticipated that senior mentor/student participation in this program will facilitate an intergenerational exchange of ideas and life experiences. Student participation will be actively encouraged, with the hope that students come away with a feeling that many things are possible in life through perseverance, determination and personal effort.
This program will be facilitated by COA volunteer Bob Bratzler. Students and participating senior citizen mentors are asked to make a commitment to five sessions, scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 13th, 27th, April 10th, May 1st and 8th. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. You may call now to sign up! Should you have any questions, please contact John Fossett, Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Founder and Program Director, at 978-369-0049, or Bonny Wilbur, COA Program Supervisor at 978-318-3020.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord

March 13, 2014 05:51 PM

By Betsy Levinson, Globe Correspondent

Board of Selectmen

The public hearings on the Town Meeting warrant will conclude on March 17 with the Finance Committee hearing on the Enterprise Budgets (water, Sewer, Solid Waste, Beede Swim & Fitness Center, and the Light Plant). The Enterprise Budget document is in preparation and public notice will be provided when it is available.

Voter Registration for Town Election and Town Meeting

The Town Clerk reminds voters that the annual Town Election is Tuesday March 25. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. There is one race for School Committee this year, pitting Wallace Johnston against Dave Garrison; while Mike Lawson and Eric Van Loon are on the ballot for uncontested spots on the Board of Selectmen and Moderator, respectively.

Town Meeting starts on Sunday this year. May 4 - 8 Sunday through Thursday, Town of Concord - Monument Square - 978-318-3000 - www.concordma.gov. Meetings held at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Sunday session starts at 2 p.m.; all other sessions start at 7 p.m. The deadline for unregistered residents to register to participate in and vote at the Annual Town Meeting beginning on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. is Monday, April 14. On that date, the Town Clerk’s office will be open until 8 p.m.

At the Library

The Library is pleased to present a stepdancing show performed by Inishfree School in honor of St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m. at Main Library.

At the Council on Aging

Lunch Bunch to Cambridge Brewing Company – Including Beer Tasting!

Tuesday, March 18, Leaving HWCC at 12:15 p.m.

Join us for lunch and a “Tasting with the Brewer” at the Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge on Tuesday, March 18. This unique lunch trip will include a 30-minute discussion from one of the brewers about the brewing process, brewing ingredients, and beer’s flavor profile, as well as the opportunity to taste four different samples of beer. The only walking involved will be to and from the van and the restaurant, as this is a seated discussion. The Cambridge Brewing Company offers patrons a wide array of hand crafted original beers and a lunch menu that includes salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees ranging from $10-$14. The cost of the beer tasting/discussion, van transportation, and a snack is $20 per person, payable in cash on the day of the outing. You will pay for your own lunch. The restaurant will provide individual checks. A minimum of 8 reservations are needed to run this trip and the trip is limited to 13 people. Call early to reserve your spot!

Trip to the Wenham Museum with Lunch at the Wenham Tea House

Tuesday, March 25, Leaving HWCC at 9:30 a.m.; Returning at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The Wenham Museum is one of the best places in Massachusetts to learn about how New England families lived, played, and collected throughout three centuries. On March 25 we will visit the museum and view their world-famous doll and toy collections. Special exhibits on display include The 50th Anniversary of Mary Poppins and Happy 50th Birthday GI Joe. The per-person cost of $20 (payable in cash on the day of the trip), covers van transportation and museum admission including a private guided tour. You will purchase your own lunch at the moderately priced Wenham Tea House which is directly across the street from the museum. At least 10 participants are needed to run this trip, and the maximum is 13. Please call to sign up!

The Price is Right Trivia Game

Friday, March 28 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun, interactive game of team trivia on Friday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. here at the HWCC. The Concord Health Care Center will be hosting this event filled with fun and prizes. We will break into small groups and play as teams. Trivia questions about a variety of topics (Concord, Sports, History, etc.) will be given, with each team having time to discuss and answer the questions. The team with the most correct answers will spin the prize wheel and choose a mystery box prize! Concord Health Care Center has been offering this program to area Councils on Aging, and by all accounts participants really enjoy the game. We need a minimum of 6 people for this program to run. Be sure to call now to reserve your spot and see what it is all about!

Harvey’s Treasure Chest

The volunteers at the Harvey’s Treasure Chest Gift Shop have designated March as Vintage Sale Month! Be sure to stop in to see some of the treasures they have compiled. You could find your very own treasure!

Art Space News

This month through April 4 plan to come see work by artist Cynthia H. Williams from Lincoln, MA. Cynthia was an art major at Connecticut College, and for 50 years she and her family bred Golden Retrievers for dog shows and field trials. At the young age of 80, Cynthia went back to painting, taking acrylic classes taught by artist Maris Platais. Since getting back into art Cynthia has completed over 70 paintings, a selection of which are in this month’s show.

We will be bringing out the china teacups and saucers once again for our Annual COA Afternoon Tea Party on March 14 at 2 p.m. You will be serenaded by harpist Rebecca Swett as you sip your tea, nibble tea sandwiches and sweets, and enjoy the company of friends. The Tea Party is made possible by funds raised by the Harvey’s Treasure Chest Gift Shop. This event is not just for women – men are invited too!

Saint Patrick’s Day Luncheon

Saturday, March 15 at noon

The Concord-Carlisle Senior High School Class of 2014 cordially invites all senior citizens in Concord and Carlisle to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon on Saturday, March 15 in the CCHS cafeteria. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at 12 p.m. Guests will enjoy a traditional boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage, potato and carrots. Traditional Irish soda bread and a plate of sweets for each table will round out the meal. Entertainment will be provided by a troupe of Irish Step Dancers. There is no charge for this event, and the COA van will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who need it.

Town Manager’s report

Estabrook Woods Map: The Trails Committee has completed a long awaited map for Estabrook Woods, which can be downloaded from the Town website at concordma.gov/pages/ConcordMA_NaturalResources/subcomm/Final%20Estabrook%20-%208.5x11.pdf.

Concord Clean-up: Sign up now for the Concord Clean-up! The annual cleanup of roadside litter and trash begins on Saturday, March 29 and continues through Sunday, April 6. The Division of Natural Resources will supply yellow bags for miscellaneous litter and clear bags for recyclables (bottles and cans only – no paper). Individuals, families, neighborhood groups, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to contact the Division of Natural Resources for route assignments and bags.

New West Concord Eateries: The Building Inspections Division has been working with two new proposed restaurants locating on Commonwealth Avenue in West Concord. One will be located in the former Mandrioli’s West Concord Market at 24 Commonwealth Avenue, and the other possible restaurant locating in the former Concord Outfitter’s retail space at 84 Commonwealth Avenue.

Rabies Clinic: All resident cat- and dog-owners are welcome to attend the annual rabies vaccination clinic which will be held Saturday, March 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Public Works Building, 133 Keyes Rd. Vaccine will be administered to dogs from 1-1:45; all dogs must be on a leash. Cats will be vaccinated from 1:45-2:30; all cats must be in a cat carrier.

Emerson Umbrella - 40 Stow Street - 978-371-0820 - www.emersonumbrella.org

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
March 21 - April 6
A rock musical with music and lyrics written by Michael Friedman , and a book by its director Alex Timbers. The show is a comedic Wild West rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party. It redefines Andrew Jackson, America's seventh President, as an Emo rock star and focuses on populism, the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel.


Big Art through May 10
Four major outdoor sculptures by nationally known, Vermont/Texas artist David Stromeyer. Two are based on abstract twist forms; two are lyrical ventures suggestive of rich, narrative relationships. All are colorfully coated steel completed within the last year. The exhibit will run one year. All works are currently available for purchase.


Concord Youth Theatre - 358 Baker Avenue - 978-371-1482 - www.concordyouththeatre.org

Join us for a delightful interactive theater experience. CYT actors will inspire you with new and improved versions of familiar children’s stories, complete with a sing-a-long! Outgoing audience members may even join the actors on stage to tell a joke or share a special talent. And everyone gets a prize at the end! So put on your performing hats and come play with us! $5 per person, cash or check only - No advance sales. Suggested audience ages 2 – 9.
Show Schedule
 Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
March 22 ~ Chicken Little
April 12 ~ Aladdin
April 26 ~ Charlotte’s Web
May 10 ~ Snow White
May 17 ~ Peter Rabbit


Honored Citizen Reception
March 23 Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Town House. Come honor Jack Clymer.

Concord Art Association

Near & Far: 
Recent oil paintings 
by Laurie Simko
and and aerial photographs 
by Al Levin
. March 2-30.

Concord Riverwalk

Dan Gainsborough’s environmentally friendly housing development on Route 62, Concord Riverwalk, has been named the 2013 Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. Gainsborough was a panelist at the recent MA Smart Growth Conference hosted by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.

Working for the Town

Regular status

GIS & Application Integration Program Manager

Assistant Local Inspector

Branch Librarian

Town Accountant

Power Supply & Rates Administrator

Limited status (less than 20 hours a week)

Van Driver – The town is accepting applications for the Van Driver position on an ongoing basis to develop a pool of candidates to consider when a vacancy occurs.

Temp or seasonal
Recreation

Senior Work program
Senior Worker


Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for the Year Beginning July 1, 2014 is available

The Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for FY2015 has been transmitted to the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen. The budget for the Town’s operating departments is proposed at $20,364,013, in conformance with the Budget Guidelines issued by the Finance Committee last November 30. The total General Fund Budget is $89,662,745, a 4 percent increase over the current year. The budget document is available for public review on the Town website (under “Important Documents”) www.concordma.gov. Questions about the Town Manager’s proposed budget may be addressed to finance@concordma.gov.

Resident Parking

Fees are going up for residential parking at the West Concord MBTA lot. Beginning on April 1, the fee for six months will go from $75 to $100. This increase is so that revenue from the lot keeps pace with the cost associated with maintaining it, according to Town Manager Chris Whelan. Residents whose vehicles are registered in Concord are eligible. Permits can be purchased at the Collectors office in the Town House.

Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project Now Underway

Town Planning Director Director Marcia Rasmussen, Senior Planner Lara Kritzer, Assistant Natural Resources Director Lori Capone, and Deputy Town Manager Doug Meagher met with members of the Historical Commission and project consultants from CRJA-IBI Group to kick off the Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project. Over the next nine months, the consultants will be studying the historic house, its cultural landscape (Harrington Park), and completing an environmental assessment of the property in order to develop a complete picture of the site, its needs, and its potential for future community uses. Separate reports on the historic structure, environmental assessment and cultural landscape will also be produced as part of this work and made available for review.

50 Beharrell Street Demolition Permit Issued

The Building Inspections Division last week issued a permit allowing demolition of the buildings at 50 Beharrell Street in West Concord. This demolition work will allow Oaktree Development, to begin construction of a combined industrial/business/residence use building to be known as Brookside Square. The mix of uses includes 30,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space plus 74 units of housing (of which 8 will be considered affordable). The estimated cost of construction is $14.8 million.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Volunteers certified under the AARP Tax Aide program will be at the COA on Tuesdays and Fridays during March to help you prepare your Federal and Massachusetts personal income tax returns or to answer your tax questions. Each senior will meet with a team of two tax counselors for an hour and a half session. This free service can answer most of the tax issues faced by low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those over age 60. Please call the COA to schedule your confidential appointment.

Rabbit Hole at the Umbrella

The play, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, and includes comedy as well as drama. Feb. 27 - March 9 at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St. Remember, you can volunteer to usher and see a performance free, and get community service hours too. Call 978-371-0820 for more information.

At FOPAC

The Concord Band winter concert featuring Lew Buckley performing his own composition, Tribute to Doc, for solo trumpet and band. Tickets $20 adults, $10 for seniors and students, available at the door. March 8, at 8 p.m.
The Concord Orchestra spring concert featuring Concord native BSO horn player Richard Sebring in a performance of Horn Concerto No. 2 by Richard Strauss. Also on the program is Gandolfi’s Night Train to Perugia and Scherherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets $30/$25/$10. Call 978 369-4967 or buy on-line. March 21 and 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Community Innovation Challenge Grant

The Concord Health Division received notification that, with Bedford as the lead community, Concord and 30 other partner towns, will receive funding of $111,000 under the State’s Community Innovation Challenge Grant program. Grant funding will be used to create a Tick Borne Disease Surveillance Network. Grant funds will allow residents to submit ticks for testing at no cost to the University of Massachusetts - Laboratory of Medical Zoology, where the ticks will be tested to determine if the tick is carrying Lyme disease, Babesiosis and/or Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis. More information about the program and the protocol for submitting ticks for testing will be forthcoming; the program will begin in April or May and continue through fall 2014.

Board of Health Tobacco Control

The Board of Health is considering revisions to its current regulation Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products. These revisions are aimed at reducing youth access to tobacco and nicotine delivery products. The revisions will prohibit the sale of single cigars priced at less than $3, and packaged cigars sold in packages of less than 5 cigars. It will also prohibit the sale of blunt wraps, hollow tubes made wholly or in part from tobacco that are designed to be filled by the consumer with loose tobacco or other fillers. The Board of Health is also considering prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in all buildings where smoking is prohibited under the State’s Smoke-free Workplace law. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the Board listened to a presentation from Tobacco 21, a group of local physicians who are advocating raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products to age 21. The Board took the information presented under advisement and will consider it further at their March 18 meeting.

deCordova Biennial through April 13

The 2013 deCordova Biennial is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing quality, dynamism, and variety of art-making in New England, rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting 21 artists and collaboratives living and working in the region, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. Showcasing sculptors alongside filmmakers and performance artists whose practices traverse a wide range of subject matter. The 2013 deCordova Biennial will occupy nearly the entire Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. The exhibition is a sprawling entity that demonstrates the active, ambitious art scene taking place across the six states of New England. At deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln - 781-359-8355 - www.decordova.org.

Music Appreciation Mondays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1 p.m.

Join concert pianist, composer, and Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member Keith Kirchoff for his eighth session of classes here at the COA. This semester of the Music Appreciation series will help to teach the student how to listen to classical music most effectively. With a focus on thematic recognition, formal structures, and simple aural analysis, students will seek to deepen their understanding of great masterworks. With an emphasis being placed upon works featured in upcoming local concerts, the students will be invited to suggest pieces to analyze together in class. Additionally, each week the participants of the class will be given listening assignments which can be done online. Access to an Internet connection - though not required - is highly encouraged. This class is open to all, regardless of musical background. Previous enrollment in the Music Appreciation sequence is not required. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ten Mondays. Cost will be $75 for the ten 90-minute classes. Please make your check payable to the Concord Conservatory. Call to sign up.

Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Initiative: Life Lessons outside the High School Classroom
Seniors in town have been invited to participate in a two-year pilot program called Concord-Carlisle Community Connections. This is a new collaborative, community-mentoring program that connects students in the second semester of their senior year at CCHS with community leaders and residents in a variety of disciplines or with significant life experiences. The program seeks to improve student appreciation and understanding of the challenges, inner-workings, and skill sets necessary for professional and personal success in real-world environments. It is anticipated that senior mentor/student participation in this program will facilitate an intergenerational exchange of ideas and life experiences. Student participation will be actively encouraged, with the hope that students come away with a feeling that many things are possible in life through perseverance, determination and personal effort.
This program will be facilitated by COA volunteer Bob Bratzler. Students and participating senior citizen mentors are asked to make a commitment to five sessions, scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 13, 27, April 10, May 1, and 8. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may call now to sign up! Should you have any questions, please contact John Fossett, Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Founder and Program Director, at 978-369-0049, or Bonny Wilbur, COA Program Supervisor at 978-318-3020.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord

March 6, 2014 12:29 PM
Board of Selectmen

The public hearings on the Town Meeting warrant will conclude on March 17 with the Finance Committee hearing on the Enterprise Budgets (water, Sewer, Solid Waste, Beede Swim & Fitness Center, and the Light Plant). The Enterprise Budget document is in preparation and public notice will be provided when it is available.

Voter Registration for Town Election and Town Meeting

The Town Clerk reminds voters that the annual Town Election is Tuesday, March 25. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. There is one race for School Committee this year, pitting Wallace Johnston against Dave Garrison, while Mike Lawson and Eric Van Loon are on the ballot for uncontested spots on the Board of Selectmen and Moderator, respectively.

Town Meeting starts on Sunday this year. May 4 - 8 Sunday through Thursday, Town of Concord - Monument Square - 978-318-3000 - www.concordma.gov. Meetings held at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Sunday session starts at 2 p.m.; all other sessions start at 7 p.m. The deadline for unregistered residents to register to participate in and vote at the Annual Town Meeting beginning on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. is Monday, April 14. On that date, the Town Clerk’s office will be open until 8 p.m.

At the Library

Weekend Poetry Reading will feature six Harvard emerging poets with introductions by Joshua Bell on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. in the Periodicals Reading Room. Open to all. [Read Their Bios]. Library Book Discussion Group will read The Poetry of Thomas Hardy on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Trustees Room. Discussion will be led by local Hardy expert Professor Dennis Taylor. Open to all. (Snow date: 3/18)

At the Council on Aging

We will be bringing out the china teacups and saucers once again for our Annual COA Afternoon Tea Party on March 14 at 2 p.m. You will be serenaded by harpist Rebecca Swett as you sip your tea, nibble tea sandwiches and sweets, and enjoy the company of friends. The Tea Party is made possible by funds raised by the Harvey’s Treasure Chest Gift Shop. This event is not just for women – men are invited too!

Town Manager’s report

Estabrook Woods Map: The Trails Committee has completed a long-awaited map for Estabrook Woods, which can be downloaded from the Town website at concordma.gov/pages/ConcordMA_NaturalResources/subcomm/Final%20Estabrook%20-%208.5x11.pdf.

Concord Cleanup: Sign up now for the Concord Clean-up! The annual cleanup of roadside litter and trash begins on Saturday, March 29 and continues through Sunday, April 6. The Division of Natural Resources will supply yellow bags for miscellaneous litter and clear bags for recyclables (bottles and cans only – no paper). Individuals, families, neighborhood groups, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to contact the Division of Natural Resources for route assignments and bags.

New West Concord Eateries: The Building Inspections Division has been working with two new proposed restaurants locating on Commonwealth Avenue in West Concord. One will be located in the former Mandrioli’s West Concord Market at 24 Commonwealth Avenue, and the other possible restaurant locating in the former Concord Outfitter’s retail space at 84 Commonwealth Avenue.

Rabies Clinic: All resident cat and dog owners are welcome to attend the annual rabies vaccination clinic which will be held Saturday, March 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Public Works Building, 133 Keyes Rd. Vaccine will be administered to dogs from 1-1:45; all dogs must be on a leash. Cats will be vaccinated from 1:45-2:30; all cats must be in a cat carrier.

Saint Patrick’s Day Luncheon

Saturday, March 15 at 12:00 Noon

The Concord-Carlisle Senior High School Class of 2014 cordially invites all senior citizens in Concord and Carlisle to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon on Saturday, March 15 in the CCHS cafeteria. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at noon. Guests will enjoy a traditional boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage, potato and carrots. Traditional Irish soda bread and a plate of sweets for each table will round out the meal. Entertainment will be provided by a troupe of Irish Step Dancers. There is no charge for this event, and the COA van will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who need it. Please call the COA by Monday, March 10 to sign up.

Concord Art Association

Near & Far
: Recent oil paintings 
by Laurie Simko 
and aerial photographs 
by Al Levin
 from March 2-30.

Concord Riverwalk

Dan Gainsborough’s environmentally friendly housing development on Route 62, Concord Riverwalk, has been named the 2013 Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. Gainsborough was a panelist at the recent MA Smart Growth Conference hosted by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.

Working for the Town

Regular status

GIS & Application Integration Program Manager

Assistant Local Inspector

Branch Librarian

Town Accountant

Power Supply & Rates Administrator

Limited status (less than 20 hours a week)

Van Driver – The town is accepting applications for the Van Driver position on an ongoing basis to develop a pool of candidates to consider when a vacancy occurs.

Temp or seasonal
Recreation

Senior Work program
Senior Worker


Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for the Year Beginning July 1, 2014 is Available

The Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for FY2015 has been transmitted to the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen. The budget for the Town’s operating departments is proposed at $20,364,013, in conformance with the Budget Guidelines issued by the Finance Committee last November 30. The total General Fund Budget is $89,662,745, a 4 percent increase over the current year. The budget document is available for public review on the Town website (under “Important Documents”) www.concordma.gov. Questions about the Town Manager’s proposed budget may be addressed to finance@concordma.gov.

Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project Now Underway

Town Planning Director Director Marcia Rasmussen, Senior Planner Lara Kritzer, Assistant Natural Resources Director Lori Capone, and Deputy Town Manager Doug Meagher met with members of the Historical Commission and project consultants from CRJA-IBI Group to kick off the Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project. Over the next nine months, the consultants will be studying the historic house, its cultural landscape (Harrington Park), and completing an environmental assessment of the property in order to develop a complete picture of the site, its needs, and its potential for future community uses. Separate reports on the historic structure, environmental assessment and cultural landscape will also be produced as part of this work and made available for review.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Volunteers certified under the AARP Tax Aide program will be at the COA on Tuesdays and Fridays during March to help you prepare your Federal and Massachusetts personal income tax returns or to answer your tax questions. Each senior will meet with a team of two tax counselors for an hour and a half session. This free service can answer most of the tax issues faced by low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those over age 60. Please call the COA to schedule your confidential appointment.

"Rabbit Hole" at the Umbrella

The play, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, and includes comedy as well as drama. Feb. 27 - March 9 at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St. Remember, you can volunteer to usher and see a performance free, and get community service hours too. Call 978-371-0820 for more information.

At FOPAC

The Concord Band Winter Concert featuring Lew Buckley performing his own composition, Tribute to Doc, for solo trumpet and band. Tickets $20 adults, $10 for seniors and students, available at the door. March 8, at 8 p.m.
The Concord Orchestra Spring Concert featuring Concord native BSO horn player Richard Sebring in a performance of Horn Concerto No. 2 by Richard Strauss. Also on the program is Gandolfi’s Night Train to Perugia and Scherherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets $30/$25/$10. Call 978-369-4967 or buy online. March 21 and 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Community Innovation Challenge Grant

The Concord Health Division received notification that, with Bedford as the lead community, Concord and 30 other partner towns, will receive funding of $111,000 under the State’s Community Innovation Challenge Grant program. Grant funding will be used to create a Tick Borne Disease Surveillance Network. Grant funds will allow residents to submit ticks for testing at no cost to the University of Massachusetts-Laboratory of Medical Zoology, where the ticks will be tested to determine if the tick is carrying Lyme disease, Babesiosis and/or Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis. More information about the program and the protocol for submitting ticks for testing will be forthcoming; the program will begin in April or May and continue through fall 2014.

Board of Health Tobacco Control

The Board of Health is considering revisions to its current regulation Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products. These revisions are aimed at reducing youth access to tobacco and nicotine delivery products. The revisions will prohibit the sale of single cigars priced at less than $3, and packaged cigars sold in packages of less than 5 cigars. It will also prohibit the sale of blunt wraps, hollow tubes made wholly or in part from tobacco that are designed to be filled by the consumer with loose tobacco or other fillers. The Board of Health is also considering prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in all buildings where smoking is prohibited under the State’s Smoke-free Workplace law. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the Board listened to a presentation from Tobacco 21, a group of local physicians who are advocating raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products to age 21. The Board took the information presented under advisement and will consider it further at their March 18 meeting.

deCordova Biennial through April 13

The 2013 deCordova Biennial is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing quality, dynamism, and variety of art-making in New England, rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting 21 artists and collaboratives living and working in the region, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. Showcasing sculptors alongside filmmakers and performance artists whose practices traverse a wide range of subject matter, The 2013 deCordova Biennial will occupy nearly the entire Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. The exhibition is a sprawling entity that demonstrates the active, ambitious art scene taking place across the six states of New England. At deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln - 781-359-8355 - www.decordova.org.

Music Appreciation Mondays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1 p.m.
Join concert pianist, composer, and Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member, Keith Kirchoff, for his eighth session of classes here at the COA. This semester of the Music Appreciation series will help to teach the student how to listen to classical music most effectively. With a focus on thematic recognition, formal structures, and simple aural analysis, students will seek to deepen their understanding of great masterworks. With an emphasis being placed upon works featured in upcoming local concerts, the students will be invited to suggest pieces to analyze together in class. Additionally, each week the participants of the class will be given listening assignments which can be done online. Access to an Internet connection - though not required - is highly encouraged. This class is open to all, regardless of musical background. Previous enrollment in the Music Appreciation sequence is not required. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ten Mondays. Cost will be $75 for the ten 90-minute classes. Please make your check payable to the Concord Conservatory. Call to sign up.

Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Initiative: Life Lessons outside the High School Classroom
Seniors in town have been invited to participate in a two-year pilot program called Concord-Carlisle Community Connections. This is a new collaborative, community-mentoring program that connects students in the second semester of their senior year at CCHS with community leaders and residents in a variety of disciplines or with significant life experiences. The program seeks to improve student appreciation and understanding of the challenges, inner-workings, and skill sets necessary for professional and personal success in real-world environments. It is anticipated that senior mentor/student participation in this program will facilitate an intergenerational exchange of ideas and life experiences. Student participation will be actively encouraged, with the hope that students come away with a feeling that many things are possible in life through perseverance, determination and personal effort.
This program will be facilitated by COA volunteer Bob Bratzler. Students and participating senior citizen mentors are asked to make a commitment to five sessions, scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 13, 27, April 10, May 1 and 8. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may call now to sign up! Should you have any questions, please contact John Fossett, Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Founder and Program Director, at 978-369-0049, or Bonny Wilbur, COA Program Supervisor at 978-318-3020.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord

February 28, 2014 04:53 PM

Board of Selectmen

The public hearing on Town Meeting articles will be held Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Town House hearing room. The hearing covers 14 articles, including five citizen petition articles. Then on Wednesday, March 5, the Planning Board will conduct its hearing on zoning articles and an amendment to the Inclusionary Housing Bylaw. The public hearings will conclude with the March 17 with the Finance Committee hearing on the Enterprise Budgets (water, Sewer, Solid Waste, Beede Swim & Fitness Center, and the Light Plant). The Enterprise Budget document is in preparation and public notice will be provided when it is available.

Voter Registration for Town Election and Town Meeting

The Town Clerk reminds voters that the deadline for unregistered residents to register to vote for the Annual Town Election of Tues. March 25 is Wednesday, March 5. The Town Clerk’s office will be open on that date until 8 p.m. The deadline for unregistered residents to register to participate in and vote at the Annual Town Meeting beginning on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. is Monday, April 14. On that date, the Town Clerk’s office will again be open until 8 p.m.

The Town election is Tuesday, March 25.
All registered voters can vote from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at their precinct.

Town Meeting starts on Sunday this year. May 4 - 8 Sunday through Thursday, Town of Concord - Monument Square - 978-318-3000 - www.concordma.gov. Meetings held at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Sunday session starts at 2 p.m.; all other sessions start at 7 p.m.

Music from the Library

Slowind on Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Lobby. Advance registrations are strongly encouraged. Click here to register online or call 978-318-3301.

Local Candidate forum

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will hold a candidates’ forum on Sunday, March 2 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Town House hearing room.

At the Council on Aging

We will be bringing out the china teacups and saucers once again for our Annual COA Afternoon Tea Party on March 14 at 2 p.m. You will be serenaded by harpist Rebecca Swett as you sip your tea, nibble tea sandwiches and sweets, and enjoy the company of friends. The Tea Party is made possible by funds raised by the Harvey’s Treasure Chest Gift Shop. This event is not just for women – men are invited too!

Saint Patrick’s Day Luncheon

Saturday, March 15 at noon. The Concord-Carlisle Senior High School Class of 2014 cordially invites all senior citizens in Concord and Carlisle to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon on Saturday, March 15th in the CCHS cafeteria. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at noon. Guests will enjoy a traditional boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage, potato and carrots. Traditional Irish soda bread and a plate of sweets for each table will round out the meal. Entertainment will be provided by a troupe of Irish step dancers. There is no charge for this event, and the COA van will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who need it. Please call the COA by Monday, March 10 to sign up.

Working for the Town

Regular status:

GIS & Application Integration Program Manager

Assistant Local Inspector
Branch Librarian

Town Accountant

Power Supply & Rates Administrator

Limited status (less than 20 hours a week):

Van Driver – The town is accepting applications for the Van Driver position on an ongoing basis to develop a pool of candidates to consider when a vacancy occurs.

Temp or seasonal:

Recreation

Senior Work program:

Senior Worker


Healthy Concord presents Building Resilience, All Ages-All Stages

The Healthy Concord project will host a Community Forum on Saturday, March 1: Building Resilience, All Ages-All Stages. Stress is a common state for many of us, brought on by the demands of work, school, family, traffic, illness, the economy, and so much more. This program will provide participants of all ages and stages of life strategies and tools for navigating and taking control of our demanding world by developing skills for personal and community resilience. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ronald Siegel, who will speak on Mindfulness and The New Science of Happiness. Dr. Siegel is the author of "The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems," and assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.
There will also be three breakout sessions: Mindfulness and Parenting, facilitated by Mary Ann Christie Burnside; Permission to Pause: Use of Relaxation Techniques in Your Daily Life, led by Catherine Collins, R.N.; and Digital Tools for Mindfulness, with Pam Ressler, R.N.
The conference will also feature exhibits from a host of other organizations in Concord that provide resources and programming that promote personal and community resiliency.
The conference will be held Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Registration is not required but is suggested; those interested in attending may register at: https://building-resilience.eventbrite.com.

Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for the Year Beginning July 1, 2014 is Available

The Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for FY2015 has been transmitted to the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen. The budget for the Town’s operating departments is proposed at $20,364,013, in conformance with the Budget Guidelines issued by the Finance Committee last November 30. The total General Fund Budget is $89,662,745, a 4 percent increase over the current year. The budget document is available for public review on the Town website (under “Important Documents”) on www.concordma.gov. Questions about the Town Manager’s proposed budget may be addressed to finance@concordma.gov.

Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project Now Underway

Town Planning Director Director Marcia Rasmussen, Senior Planner Lara Kritzer, Assistant Natural Resources Director Lori Capone, and Deputy Town Manager Doug Meagher met with members of the Historical Commission and project consultants from CRJA-IBI Group to kick off the Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project. Over the next nine months, the consultants will be studying the historic house, its cultural landscape (Harrington Park), and completing an environmental assessment of the property in order to develop a complete picture of the site, its needs, and its potential for future community uses. Separate reports on the historic structure, environmental assessment and cultural landscape will also be produced as part of this work and made available for review.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Volunteers certified under the AARP Tax Aide program will be at the COA on Tuesdays and Fridays during the months of February and March to help you prepare your Federal and Massachusetts personal income tax returns or to answer your tax questions. Each senior will meet with a team of two tax counselors for an hour and a half session. This free service can answer most of the tax issues faced by low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those over age 60. The tax counselors will be holding office hours beginning Tuesday, Feb. 18. Please call the COA to schedule your confidential appointment.

"Rabbit Hole" at the Umbrella

The play, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, and includes comedy as well as drama. Feb. 27 - March 9 at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St. Remember, you can volunteer to usher and see a performance free, and get community service hours too. Call 978-371-0820 for more information.

At FOPAC

You can still see The Concord Players in "Night Watch," a thriller by Lucille Fletcher set in a Manhattan townhouse. Call 978-369-2990 for tickets. Information at www.concordplayers.org. Closes March 1.
The Concord Band Winter Concert featuring Lew Buckley performing his own composition, Tribute to Doc, for solo trumpet and band. Tickets $20 adults, $10 for seniors and students, available at the door. March 8, at 8 p.m.
The Concord Orchestra spring concert featuring Concord native BSO horn player Richard Sebring in a performance of Horn Concerto No. 2 by Richard Strauss. Also on the program is Gandolfi’s Night Train to Perugia and Scherherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets $30/$25/$10. Call 978 369-4967 or buy on-line. March 21 and 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Community Innovation Challenge Grant

The Concord Health Division received notification that, with Bedford as the lead community, Concord and 30 other partner towns will receive funding of $111,000 under the State’s Community Innovation Challenge Grant program. Grant funding will be used to create a Tick Borne Disease Surveillance Network. Grant funds will allow residents to submit ticks for testing at no cost to the University of Massachusetts - Laboratory of Medical Zoology, where the ticks will be tested to determine if the tick is carrying Lyme disease, Babesiosis and/or Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis. More information about the program and the protocol for submitting ticks for testing will be forthcoming; the program will begin in April or May and continue through fall 2014.

Board of Health Tobacco Control

The Board of Health is considering revisions to its current regulation Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products. These revisions are aimed at reducing youth access to tobacco and nicotine delivery products. The revisions will prohibit the sale of single cigars priced at less than $3, and packaged cigars sold in packages of less than 5 cigars. It will also prohibit the sale of blunt wraps, hollow tubes made wholly or in part from tobacco that are designed to be filled by the consumer with loose tobacco or other fillers. The Board of Health is also considering prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in all buildings where smoking is prohibited under the State’s Smoke-free Workplace law. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the Board listened to a presentation from Tobacco 21, a group of local physicians who are advocating raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products to age 21. The Board took the information presented under advisement and will consider it further at their March 18 meeting.

deCordova Biennial through April 13

The 2013 deCordova Biennial is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing quality, dynamism, and variety of art-making in New England, rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting 21 artists and collaboratives living and working in the region, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. Showcasing sculptors alongside filmmakers and performance artists whose practices traverse a wide range of subject matter, The 2013 deCordova Biennial will occupy nearly the entire Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. The exhibition is a sprawling entity that demonstrates the active, ambitious art scene taking place across the six states of New England. At deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln - 781-359-8355 - www.decordova.org.

Music Appreciation Mondays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1 p.m.

Join concert pianist, composer and Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member Keith Kirchoff for his eighth session of classes here at the COA. This semester of the Music Appreciation series will help to teach the student how to listen to classical music most effectively. With a focus on thematic recognition, formal structures, and simple aural analysis, students will seek to deepen their understanding of great masterworks. With an emphasis being placed upon works featured in upcoming local concerts, the students will be invited to suggest pieces to analyze together in class. Additionally, each week the participants of the class will be given listening assignments which can be done online. Access to an Internet connection - though not required - is highly encouraged. This class is open to all, regardless of musical background. Previous enrollment in the Music Appreciation sequence is not required. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ten Mondays. Cost will be $75 for the ten 90-minute classes. Please make your check payable to the Concord Conservatory. Call to sign up.

Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Initiative: Life Lessons outside the High School Classroom

Seniors in town have been invited to participate in a two-year pilot program called Concord-Carlisle Community Connections. This is a new collaborative, community-mentoring program that connects students in the second semester of their senior year at CCHS with community leaders and residents in a variety of disciplines or with significant life experiences. The program seeks to improve student appreciation and understanding of the challenges, inner-workings, and skill sets necessary for professional and personal success in real-world environments. It is anticipated that senior mentor/student participation in this program will facilitate an intergenerational exchange of ideas and life experiences. Student participation will be actively encouraged, with the hope that students come away with a feeling that many things are possible in life through perseverance, determination and personal effort.
This program will be facilitated by COA volunteer Bob Bratzler. Students and participating senior citizen mentors are asked to make a commitment to five sessions, scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 13, 27, April 10, May 1 and 8. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may call now to sign up! Should you have any questions, please contact John Fossett, Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Founder and Program Director, at 978-369-0049, or Bonny Wilbur, COA Program Supervisor at 978-318-3020.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord

February 20, 2014 05:34 PM
The Finance Committee

Annual public hearing on the town budget on Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Town House. The joint school committees meet Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

Thriller by Concord Players, 51 Walden St.

"Night Watch" on Feb. 21, 22, 23, 28, and March 1. Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment Elaine screams as she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine's terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees still another body - this time a woman's - but by now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas. From this point on, the plot moves quickly and grippingly as those involved contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax. Tickets $20. Concord Players - 51 Walden Street - www.concordplayers.org.

Healthy Concord presents Building Resilience, All Ages-All Stages

The Healthy Concord project will host a Community Forum on Saturday, March 1 called Building Resilience, All Ages-All Stages. Stress is a common state for many of us, brought on by the demands of work, school, family, traffic, illness, the economy, and so much more. This program will provide participants of all ages and stages of life strategies and tools for navigating and taking control of our demanding world by developing skills for personal and community resilience. The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Ronald Siegel, who will speak on mindfulness and the new science of happiness. Dr. Siegel is the author of "The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems," and assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.
There will also be three breakout sessions: Mindfulness and Parenting, facilitated by Mary Ann Christie Burnside; Permission to Pause: Use of Relaxation Techniques in Your Daily Life, led by Catherine Collins, R.N.; and Digital Tools for Mindfulness, with Pam Ressler, R.N.
The conference will also feature exhibits from a host of other organizations in Concord that provide resources and programming that promote personal and community resiliency.
The conference will be held Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Registration is not required but is suggested; those interested in attending may register at https://building-resilience.eventbrite.com.

League of Women Voters

Candidates forum on Sunday, March 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Concord Art Association

Members Juried 2
 from Feb. 23 - April 6
. Gus and Arlette Kayafas, jurors. Opening Reception
 on Thursday, Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m.

Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for the Year Beginning July 1, 2014 is Available

The Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for FY2015 has been transmitted to the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen. The budget for the Town’s operating departments is proposed at $20,364,013, in conformance with the Budget Guidelines issued by the Finance Committee last November 30. The total General Fund Budget is $89,662,745, a 4 percent increase over the current year. The budget document is available for public review on the Town website (under “Important Documents”) www.concordma.gov. Questions about the Town Manager’s proposed budget may be addressed to finance@concordma.gov.

Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project Now Underway

Town Planning Director Director Marcia Rasmussen, Senior Planner Lara Kritzer, Assistant Natural Resources Director Lori Capone, and Deputy Town Manager Doug Meagher met with members of the Historical Commission and project consultants from CRJA-IBI Group to kick off the Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project. Over the next nine months, the consultants will be studying the historic house, its cultural landscape (Harrington Park), and completing an environmental assessment of the property in order to develop a complete picture of the site, its needs, and its potential for future community uses. Separate reports on the historic structure, environmental assessment and cultural landscape will also be produced as part of this work and made available for review.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Volunteers certified under the AARP Tax Aide program will be at the COA on Tuesdays and Fridays during the months of February and March to help you prepare your Federal and Massachusetts personal income tax returns or to answer your tax questions. Each senior will meet with a team of two tax counselors for an hour and a half session. This free service can answer most of the tax issues faced by low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those over age 60. The tax counselors are now holding office hours. Please call the COA to schedule your confidential appointment.

"Rabbit Hole" at the Umbrella

The play, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, and includes comedy as well as drama. Feb. 27 - March 9 at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St. Remember, you can volunteer to usher and see a performance free, and get community service hours too. Call 978-371-0820 for more information.

At FOPAC

The Concord Players present "Night Watch," a thriller by Lucille Fletcher set in a Manhattan townhouse. Call 978-369-2990 for tickets. More information at www.concordplayers.org. Feb. 14, 2014 to March 1, 2014.
The Concord Band Winter Concert featuring Lew Buckley performing his own composition, Tribute to Doc, for solo trumpet and band. Tickets $20 adults, $10 for seniors and students, available at the door. March 8, at 8 p.m.
The Concord Orchestra Spring Concert featuring Concord native BSO horn player Richard Sebring in a performance of Horn Concerto No. 2 by Richard Strauss. Also on the program is Gandolfi’s Night Train to Perugia and Scherherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets $30/$25/$10. Call 978-369-4967 or buy on-line. March 21 and 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.

At the Concord Library

Music from the Library will present Slowind on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Lobby. Advance registrations are strongly encouraged. Click here to register online or call 978-318-3301 on or after February 15. (The 2/15 Arneis concert is full and registration is closed.)
2014 Friday Flicks at Fowler has begun. The series features award-winning international films. Free admission. Door opens at 6:30 p.m. [View Complete Film Schedule]
Leslie Wilson, Curator of the Library Special Collections will present Meet the Prichards, a Concord-Carlisle Community Education Program on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Main Library. Call 978-318-3342 to register. [View Press Release]
Thursday Author Talk will feature Concord author Liza F. Carter on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Periodicals Room. Carter will talk about her book Moving with the Seasons. Open to all.

Community Innovation Challenge Grant

The Concord Health Division received notification that, with Bedford as the lead community, Concord and 30 other partner towns will receive funding of $111,000 under the State’s Community Innovation Challenge Grant program. Grant funding will be used to create a Tick Borne Disease Surveillance Network. Grant funds will allow residents to submit ticks for testing at no cost to the University of Massachusetts - Laboratory of Medical Zoology, where the ticks will be tested to determine if the tick is carrying Lyme disease, Babesiosis and/or Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis. More information about the program and the protocol for submitting ticks for testing will be forthcoming; the program will begin in April or May and continue through fall 2014.

Board of Health Tobacco Control

The Board of Health is considering revisions to its current regulation Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products. These revisions are aimed at reducing youth access to tobacco and nicotine delivery products. The revisions will prohibit the sale of single cigars priced at less than $3, and packaged cigars sold in packages of less than 5 cigars. It will also prohibit the sale of blunt wraps, hollow tubes made wholly or in part from tobacco that are designed to be filled by the consumer with loose tobacco or other fillers. The Board of Health is also considering prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in all buildings where smoking is prohibited under the State’s Smoke-free Workplace law. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the Board listened to a presentation from Tobacco 21, a group of local physicians who are advocating raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products to age 21. The Board took the information presented under advisement and will consider it further at their March 18 meeting.

New bank on Main Street

TD Bank Building Permit Issued. A building permit has been issued to TD Bank allowing the construction of their new bank at 1112 Main Street (on the corner of Baker Avenue), West Concord. This project required Natural Resources Commission, Planning Board and Board of Appeals review and approval. The projected cost of construction for this new bank building is $1.2 million.

deCordova Biennial through April 13

The 2013 deCordova Biennial is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing quality, dynamism, and variety of art-making in New England, rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting 21 artists and collaboratives living and working in the region, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. Showcasing sculptors alongside filmmakers and performance artists whose practices traverse a wide range of subject matter, the 2013 deCordova Biennial will occupy nearly the entire Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. The exhibition is a sprawling entity that demonstrates the active, ambitious art scene taking place across the six states of New England. At deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln - 781-359-8355 - www.decordova.org.

Music Appreciation Mondays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1 p.m.

Join concert pianist, composer, and Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member Keith Kirchoff, for his eighth session of classes here at the COA. This semester of the Music Appreciation series will help to teach the student how to listen to classical music most effectively. With a focus on thematic recognition, formal structures, and simple aural analysis, students will seek to deepen their understanding of great masterworks. With an emphasis being placed upon works featured in upcoming local concerts, the students will be invited to suggest pieces to analyze together in class. Additionally, each week the participants of the class will be given listening assignments which can be done online. Access to an Internet connection - though not required - is highly encouraged. This class is open to all, regardless of musical background. Previous enrollment in the Music Appreciation sequence is not required. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ten Mondays. Cost will be $75 for the ten 90-minute classes. Please make your check payable to the Concord Conservatory. Call to sign up.

The Town election is Tuesday, March 25.

All registered voters can vote from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at their precinct.
Town Meeting starts on Sunday this year. May 4 - 8 Sunday through Thursday, Town of Concord - Monument Square - 978-318-3000 - www.concordma.gov. Meetings held at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Sunday session starts at 2 p.m.; all other sessions start at 7 p.m.

Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Initiative: Life Lessons outside the High School Classroom

Seniors in town have been invited to participate in a two-year pilot program called Concord-Carlisle Community Connections. This is a new collaborative, community-mentoring program that connects students in the second semester of their senior year at CCHS with community leaders and residents in a variety of disciplines or with significant life experiences. The program seeks to improve student appreciation and understanding of the challenges, inner-workings, and skill sets necessary for professional and personal success in real-world environments. It is anticipated that senior mentor/student participation in this program will facilitate an intergenerational exchange of ideas and life experiences. Student participation will be actively encouraged, with the hope that students come away with a feeling that many things are possible in life through perseverance, determination and personal effort.
This program will be facilitated by COA volunteer Bob Bratzler. Students and participating senior citizen mentors are asked to make a commitment to five sessions, scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 13th, 27th, April 10th, May 1st and 8th. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. You may call now to sign up! Should you have any questions, please contact John Fossett, Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Founder and Program Director, at 978-369-0049, or Bonny Wilbur, COA Program Supervisor at 978-318-3020.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord

February 14, 2014 10:44 AM
Vacation week is Feb. 17 to 21.

Lions Club Italian dinner for seniors

Saturday, Feb. 15 at noon. The Concord Lions Club is pleased to once again offer their annual Italian Lunch for Concord seniors at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. The meal will be served at noon, please plan to attend and join in on the fun! This year there will be music provided by The Yankee Stompers – you won’t want to miss it! Please call the COA to sign up in advance; total reservations are limited to 100 people due to room capacity.

Thriller by Concord Players, 51 Walden St.

"Night Watch" on February 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, and March 1. Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment Elaine screams as she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine's terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees still another body - this time a woman's - but by now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas. From this point on, the plot moves quickly and grippingly as those involved contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax. Tickets $20. Concord Players - 51 Walden Street - www.concordplayers.org.

Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for the Year Beginning July 1, 2014 is Available

The Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for FY2015 has been transmitted to the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen. The budget for the Town’s operating departments is proposed at $20,364,013, in conformance with the Budget Guidelines issued by the Finance Committee last November 30. The total General Fund Budget is $89,662,745, a 4 percent increase over the current year. The budget document is available for public review on the Town website (under “Important Documents”) www.concordma.gov. Questions about the Town Manager’s proposed budget may be addressed to finance@concordma.gov.

Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project Now Underway

Town Planning Director Director Marcia Rasmussen, Senior Planner Lara Kritzer, Assistant Natural Resources Director Lori Capone, and Deputy Town Manager Doug Meagher met with members of the Historical Commission and project consultants from CRJA-IBI Group to kick off the Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project. Over the next nine months, the consultants will be studying the historic house, its cultural landscape (Harrington Park), and completing an environmental assessment of the property in order to develop a complete picture of the site, its needs, and its potential for future community uses. Separate reports on the historic structure, environmental assessment and cultural landscape will also be produced as part of this work and made available for review.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Volunteers certified under the AARP Tax Aide program will be at the COA on Tuesdays and Fridays during the months of February and March to help you prepare your Federal and Massachusetts personal income tax returns or to answer your tax questions. Each senior will meet with a team of two tax counselors for an hour and a half session. This free service can answer most of the tax issues faced by low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those over age 60. The tax counselors will be holding office hours beginning Tuesday, Feb. 18. Please call the COA to schedule your confidential appointment.

"Rabbit Hole" at the Umbrella

The play, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, and includes comedy as well as drama. Feb. 27 - March 9 at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St. Remember, you can volunteer to usher and see a performance free, and get community service hours too. Call 978-371-0820 for more information.

At FOPAC

The Concord Players present "Night Watch," a thriller by Lucille Fletcher set in a Manhattan townhouse. Call 978-369-2990 for tickets. More information at www.concordplayers.org. Feb. 14, 2014 to March 1, 2014.
The Concord Band winter concert featuring Lew Buckley performing his own composition, "Tribute to Doc," for solo trumpet and band. Tickets $20 adults, $10 for seniors and students, available at the door. March 8, at 8 p.m.
The Concord Orchestra spring concert featuring Concord native and BSO horn player Richard Sebring in a performance of "Horn Concerto No. 2" by Richard Strauss. Also on the program is Gandolfi’s Night Train to Perugia and Scherherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets $30/$25/$10. Call 978-369-4967 or buy online. March 21 and 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.

At the Concord Library

Music from the Library will present "Slowind" on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Lobby. Advance registrations are strongly encouraged. Click here to register online or call 978-318-3301 on or after February 15. (The 2/15 Arneis concert is full and registration is closed.)
2014 Friday Flicks at Fowler has begun. The series features award-winning international films. Free admission. Door opens at 6:30 p.m. [View Complete Film Schedule]
Leslie Wilson, Curator of the Library Special Collections will present Meet the Prichards, a Concord-Carlisle Community Education Program on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Main Library. Call 978-318-3342 to register. [View Press Release]
Thursday Author Talk will feature Concord author Liza F. Carter on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Periodicals Room. Carter will talk about her book, "Moving with the Seasons". Open to all.

From the Council on Aging: Van Trip to John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Tuesday, Feb. 18

Leaving HWCC at 9:30 a.m. Join the Concord COA for a visit to the JFK Museum in Boston on February 18. Board the van at 9:30 a.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center and travel to the Library to learn about the presidency of John F. Kennedy. You will have the opportunity to visit “A Nation Remembers,” the exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Other special exhibits on display include the Cuban Missile Crisis, Jacqueline Kennedy’s Whitehouse Years and the Freedom 7 Space Capsule. After touring the museum, you can have lunch on your own in the Library’s café. You will be back in Concord at approximately 2 p.m. A charge of $15, which includes museum entry and transportation, is payable in cash on the day of the outing.

Community Innovation Challenge Grant

The Concord Health Division received notification that, with Bedford as the lead community, Concord and 30 other partner towns will receive funding of $111,000 under the State’s Community Innovation Challenge Grant program. Grant funding will be used to create a Tick Borne Disease Surveillance Network. Grant funds will allow residents to submit ticks for testing at no cost to the University of Massachusetts - Laboratory of Medical Zoology, where the ticks will be tested to determine if the tick is carrying Lyme disease, Babesiosis and/or Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis. More information about the program and the protocol for submitting ticks for testing will be forthcoming; the program will begin in April or May and continue through fall 2014.

Board of Health Tobacco Control

The Board of Health is considering revisions to its current regulation Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products. These revisions are aimed at reducing youth access to tobacco and nicotine delivery products. The revisions will prohibit the sale of single cigars priced at less than $3, and packaged cigars sold in packages of less than 5 cigars. It will also prohibit the sale of blunt wraps, hollow tubes made wholly or in part from tobacco that are designed to be filled by the consumer with loose tobacco or other fillers. The Board of Health is also considering prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in all buildings where smoking is prohibited under the State’s Smoke-free Workplace law. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the Board listened to a presentation from Tobacco 21, a group of local physicians who are advocating raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products to age 21. The Board took the information presented under advisement and will consider it further at their March 18 meeting.

New bank on Main Street

TD Bank Building Permit Issued. A building permit has been issued to TD Bank allowing the construction of their new bank at 1112 Main Street (on the corner of Baker Avenue), West Concord. This project required Natural Resources Commission, Planning Board and Board of Appeals review and approval. The projected cost of construction for this new bank building is $1.2 million.

deCordova Biennial through April 13

The 2013 deCordova Biennial is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing quality, dynamism, and variety of art-making in New England, rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting 21 artists and collaboratives living and working in the region, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. Showcasing sculptors alongside filmmakers and performance artists whose practices traverse a wide range of subject matter, The 2013 deCordova Biennial will occupy nearly the entire Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. The exhibition is a sprawling entity that demonstrates the active, ambitious art scene taking place across the six states of New England. At deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln - 781-359-8355 - www.decordova.org.

Music Appreciation Mondays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1 p.m.

Join concert pianist, composer, and Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member Keith Kirchoff for his eighth session of classes here at the COA. This semester of the Music Appreciation series will help to teach the student how to listen to classical music most effectively. With a focus on thematic recognition, formal structures, and simple aural analysis, students will seek to deepen their understanding of great masterworks. With an emphasis being placed upon works featured in upcoming local concerts, the students will be invited to suggest pieces to analyze together in class. Additionally, each week the participants of the class will be given listening assignments which can be done online. Access to an Internet connection - though not required - is highly encouraged. This class is open to all, regardless of musical background. Previous enrollment in the Music Appreciation sequence is not required. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ten Mondays. Cost will be $75 for the ten 90-minute classes. Please make your check payable to the Concord Conservatory. Call to sign up.

Town election is Tuesday, March 25.

All registered voters can vote from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at their precinct.
Town Meeting starts on Sunday this year. May 4 - 8 Sunday through Thursday, Town of Concord - Monument Square - 978-318-3000 - www.concordma.gov. Meetings held at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Sunday session starts at 2 p.m.; all other sessions start at 7 p.m.

Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Initiative: Life Lessons outside the High School Classroom

Seniors in town have been invited to participate in a two-year pilot program called Concord-Carlisle Community Connections. This is a new collaborative, community-mentoring program that connects students in the second semester of their senior year at CCHS with community leaders and residents in a variety of disciplines or with significant life experiences. The program seeks to improve student appreciation and understanding of the challenges, inner-workings, and skill sets necessary for professional and personal success in real-world environments. It is anticipated that senior mentor/student participation in this program will facilitate an intergenerational exchange of ideas and life experiences. Student participation will be actively encouraged, with the hope that students come away with a feeling that many things are possible in life through perseverance, determination and personal effort.
This program will be facilitated by COA volunteer Bob Bratzler. Students and participating senior citizen mentors are asked to make a commitment to five sessions, scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 13, 27, April 10, May 1 and 8. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may call now to sign up! Should you have any questions, please contact John Fossett, Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Founder and Program Director, at 978-369-0049, or Bonny Wilbur, COA Program Supervisor at 978-318-3020.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord

February 5, 2014 12:25 PM

Board meetings

The selectmen meet Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. The School Committee, and Planning Boards meet on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 and 7 p.m., respectively.

Vacation week is Feb. 17 to 21.

Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project Now Underway

Town Planning Director Director Marcia Rasmussen, Senior Planner Lara Kritzer, Assistant Natural Resources Director Lori Capone, and Deputy Town Manager Doug Meagher met with members of the Historical Commission and project consultants from CRJA-IBI Group to kick off the Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project. Over the next nine months, the consultants will be studying the historic house, its cultural landscape (Harrington Park), and completing an environmental assessment of the property in order to develop a complete picture of the site, its needs, and its potential for future community uses. Separate reports on the historic structure, environmental assessment and cultural landscape will also be produced as part of this work and made available for review.

Lions Club Italian dinner for seniors—Saturday, Feb. 15 at noon

The Concord Lions Club is pleased to once again offer their annual Italian Lunch for Concord seniors at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. The meal will be served at noon, please plan to attend and join in on the fun! This year there will be music provided by The Yankee Stompers – you won’t want to miss it! Please call the COA to sign up in advance; total reservations are limited to 100 people due to room capacity.

Thoreau School Lunchtime Performance at the Council on Aging, 1275 Main St.

Concord’s Thoreau Elementary School will be providing our weekly lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Some of the children will be here to sing as well! Plan to arrive a bit early that Wednesday, as the children will begin their performance at approximately 11:50 a.m. that day.

Make Your Own Flower Pot Pen Bouquet

Come join the COA on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. to make a bouquet of flower pens. Disguise your ordinary pens as pretty artificial flowers! The flower pot pens are made using silk flowers and are a unique and attractive way to store your pens. They make a cute and functional gift that will last for years to come. Cost is $12 per person, this includes materials. Please call 978-318-3020 to sign up!

Thriller by Concord Players, 51 Walden St.

On February 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 (matinee), 28, and March 1. Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment Elaine screams as she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine's terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees still another body - this time a woman's - but by now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas. From this point on, the plot moves quickly and grippingly as those involved contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax. Tickets $20. Concord Players - 51 Walden Street - www.concordplayers.org.

New bank on Main Street

A building permit has been issued to TD Bank allowing the construction of their new bank at 1112 Main Street (on the corner of Baker Avenue), West Concord. This project required Natural Resources Commission, Planning Board and Board of Appeals review and approval. The projected cost of construction for this new bank building is $1.2 million.

deCordova Biennial through April 13

The 2013 deCordova Biennial is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing quality, dynamism, and variety of art-making in New England, rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting 21 artists and collaboratives living and working in the region, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. Showcasing sculptors alongside filmmakers and performance artists whose practices traverse a wide range of subject matter, the 2013 deCordova Biennial will occupy nearly the entire Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. The exhibition is a sprawling entity that demonstrates the active, ambitious art scene taking place across the six states of New England. At deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln - 781-359-8355 - www.decordova.org.

Music Appreciation Mondays, Feb. 10, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1 p.m.

Join concert pianist, composer, and Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member, Keith Kirchoff, for his eighth session of classes here at the COA. This semester of the Music Appreciation series will help to teach the student how to listen to classical music most effectively. With a focus on thematic recognition, formal structures, and simple aural analysis, students will seek to deepen their understanding of great masterworks. With an emphasis being placed upon works featured in upcoming local concerts, the students will be invited to suggest pieces to analyze together in class. Additionally, each week the participants of the class will be given listening assignments which can be done online. Access to an Internet connection - though not required - is highly encouraged. This class is open to all, regardless of musical background. Previous enrollment in the Music Appreciation sequence is not required. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ten Mondays. Cost will be $75 for the ten 90-minute classes. Please make your check payable to the Concord Conservatory. Call to sign up.

The Town election is Tuesday, March 25.

All registered voters can vote from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at their precinct.

Town Meeting starts on Sunday this year.

May 4 - 8 Sunday through Thursday, Town of Concord - Monument Square - 978-318-3000 - www.concordma.gov. Meetings held at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Sunday session starts at 2 p.m.; all other sessions start at 7 p.m.

Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Initiative: Life Lessons outside the High School Classroom

Seniors in town have been invited to participate in a two-year pilot program called Concord-Carlisle Community Connections. This is a new collaborative, community-mentoring program that connects students in the second semester of their senior year at CCHS with community leaders and residents in a variety of disciplines or with significant life experiences. The program seeks to improve student appreciation and understanding of the challenges, inner-workings, and skill sets necessary for professional and personal success in real-world environments. It is anticipated that senior mentor/student participation in this program will facilitate an intergenerational exchange of ideas and life experiences. Student participation will be actively encouraged, with the hope that students come away with a feeling that many things are possible in life through perseverance, determination and personal effort.
This program will be facilitated by COA volunteer Bob Bratzler. Students and participating senior citizen mentors are asked to make a commitment to five sessions, scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 13, 27, April 10, May 1 and 8. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may call now to sign up! Should you have any questions, please contact John Fossett, Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Founder and Program Director, at 978-369-0049, or Bonny Wilbur, COA Program Supervisor at 978-318-3020.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

Concord Currents: What's happening in and around Concord this week

January 30, 2014 04:01 PM

Reminder from the Tax Collector and Assessors about Tax Payment Due Date and Abatement Application Deadline: Property tax payments must be received in hand by the Tax Collector no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3 at the Town House in order to be considered timely and avoid penalty charges, in accordance with State law. Applications for abatement are timely, by State law, if postmarked by Feb. 3 and mailed to the correct address. Information from the Tax Collector is available at: http://www.concordma.gov/Pages/ConcordMA_Collector/index or by contacting the Treasurer-Collector at:collector@concordma.gov.

Autism program

Space is still available for this Saturday's Especially for Me: FREE Evening for Families with Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Feb. 1, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Pre-register here: http://bit.ly/Esp4MeFeb14 as space is limited. Romy Wilhelm, a practicing music therapist from Indian Hill Music, will join us so visitors can learn more about the benefits of music therapy. Food will be generously provided by Not Your Average Joe's of Acton. Sponsored by The Yawkey Foundations, Foundation for MetroWest and Hologic.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Volunteers certified under the AARP Tax Aide program will be at the COA on Tuesdays and Fridays during the months of February and March to help you prepare your Federal and Massachusetts personal income tax returns or to answer your tax questions. Each senior will meet with a team of two tax counselors for an hour and a half session. This free service can answer most of the tax issues faced by low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those over age 60. The tax counselors will be holding office hours beginning Tuesday, Feb. 18. Please call the COA to schedule your confidential appointment.

Judith Kaolora Performs ‘Hedy Lamarr’
Friday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.

Judith Kalaora, the actress and educator who led the workshop “Chocolate – Don’t Leave Home without It,” is back at the COA to perform a one-woman show about Hedy Lamarr from her series “History at Play.” Upon hearing the name Hedy Lamarr, whom do you see? A bejeweled temptress, perched on velour cushions in the 1949 classic Samson and Delilah? Or, a demure inventor embarking on scientific ideas that were generations ahead of her time? Watch as this young Jewish Austrian refugee transforms into the most beautiful woman in the world, all the while inventing technology that has changed how we live today. This show is being presented on Friday, Feb. 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is free of charge thanks to the support of the Concord Friends of the Aging. Please call to reserve your spot!

Van Trip to John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Tuesday, Feb. 18, Leaving HWCC at 9:30 a.m.

Join the Concord COA for a visit to the JFK Museum in Boston on Feb. 18. Board the van at 9:30 a.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center and travel to the Library to learn about the presidency of John F. Kennedy. You will have the opportunity to visit “A Nation Remembers,” the exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Other special exhibits on display include the Cuban Missile Crisis, Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House Years and the Freedom 7 Space Capsule. After touring the museum, you can have lunch on your own in the Library’s café. You will be back in Concord at aprroximately 2:00 p.m. A charge of $15, which includes museum entry and transportation, is payable in cash on the day of the outing. A minimum of 10 participants is required to run this trip. Registrations will be taken starting on Feb. 3.

Planning and Land Management Health Program

Healthy Concord presents Building Resilience, All Ages-All Stages: The Healthy Concord project will host a Community Forum on Saturday, March 1, Building Resilience, All Ages-All Stages.
Stress is a common state for many of us, brought on by the demands of work, school, family, traffic, illness, the economy, and so much more. We can’t eliminate some of these factors, but we can change our response to them. This program will provide participants of all ages and stages of life strategies and tools for navigating and taking control of our demanding world by developing skills for personal and community resilience. The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Ronald Siegel, author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Siegel will provide an introduction to Mindfulness and how it can be an effective tool for dealing with stress and anxiety in our lives. There will also be three breakout sessions: Mindfulness and Parenting, with Mary Ann Christie Burnside, Ed.D., a developmental psychologist who specializes in mind-body wellness and relational health; Digital Tools for Mindfulness, with Pam Ressler, R.N. who is the founder of Stress Resources in Concord, Massachusetts, a firm specializing in building resiliency for individuals and organizations through tools of connection, communication and compassion; and Integrating Mindfulness Practice Into Your Daily Life. The conference will also feature exhibits from a host of other organizations in Concord that provide resources and programming that promote personal and community resiliency. The conference will be held Saturday, March 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord. All are welcome to attend. The event is free. Registration is not required but is suggested; those interested in attending may register at: https://building-resilience.eventbrite.com. More information is also available on the Healthy Concord Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HealthyConcordMA.

State passes same-day voter registration

The State Senate last week passed legislation reforming election laws in Massachusetts. The bill authorizes early voting for state and federal elections and primaries, allows residents to register to vote on election day and creates an online voter registration system. It also allows 16 and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote.

“The goal here is to expand access,” says State Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington). “When people can vote early and 16 and 17 year-olds can preregister, the process gets more convenient and more people can take part. That’s a good thing.”

Under the bill Massachusetts would join 32 other states and D.C. which allow early voting. Early voting would begin 10 business days before the election and end two days prior.

In addition to building an online voter registration system, the Secretary of State would create a secure online portal allowing voters to easily check their registration status and polling place.

Celebrate Darwin and Lincoln

On Feb. 12, you are invited to the First Parish to join the birthday party for Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, and Abraham Lincoln. Sponsored by the Concord Area Humanist Society, the party starts at 7 p.m. The speaker is well-known doctor Henry Vailliant, who will speak on the importance of these two historic figures. He has taught at Harvard, Tufts, and Northeastern. He practiced medicine in Acton for 37 years. Henry held many offices at Emerson Hospital, including President of the Medical Staff, and Chair of the Department. of Medicine. Interested in Darwin since reading Voyage of the Beagle 50 years ago, he recently visited the Galapagos. Lincoln was a boyhood hero who became even more fascinating the older Henry became. Themes will include: how both men were Frontier Explorers—fundamentally conservative and yet profoundly revolutionary; and how medical advances may change the evolution of Homo Sapiens. An RSVP would help our planning. Please send it to pne@aol.com with “DARWIN” in subject line.

New art show at Frame-ables

Now through Feb. 28, Gallery 111 in Frame-ables (111 Thoreau Street, Concord) is pleased to announce "BOLD Lines," a group exhibition of contemporary artists. These four artists—Adam O'Day, Candice Oyer, Lisa Sazer, and Olga Resptushenko—all explore the use of lines in new ways to create artwork that is both innovative and yet familiar.

Artist Adam O'Day has been walking the line between familiar and innovative throughout his career. Inspired by architecture, landscapes, and comic books, O'Day's mixed media paintings are wildly entertaining. Artist Lisa Sazer uses acrylic on canvas to create work of intense color and expressive line of everyday still life and interiors. Her use of line makes her subjects appear to dance within her work. Candice Oyer creates work that is a mixture of painting, sculpture, and textile design. By weaving hand-cut paper, Oyer is able to transform and manipulate materials into a story about life experiences, memories and dreams. Olga Resptushenko's ceramic work brings something new to the table. Her hand built, low-fired vessels seem to bloom out from the clay. Her petal like bowls are powerful and yet delicate. Gallery 111 will be open Tuesday-Friday 9:30-5:30 and Saturdays from 9:30-5:00. All are invited to attend an artist reception on Saturday Feb. 1 from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Stop by to see the art, meet with the artists, and enjoy the arts in Concord. www.frame-ables.com 978-369-5053

Verrill Farm

Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m. - noon: Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes, griddlecakes or flapjacks - by any name, nothing beats a ‘stack’ served up with bacon or sausage and Massachusetts made real maple syrup on a winter morning! Breakfast also includes juice and milk or coffee and takes place in the heated greenhouse beside the stand. No reservations necessary. $7.50 per adult, $4.50 for kids under 10, excluding tax.

Gridiron Goodies for Super Bowl Sunday

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2. Verrill Farm’s kitchen team is preparing a winning selection of finger foods to munch on during the game. Choices include Buffalo and BBQ wings and fingers, steak tips, pork quesadillas, guacamole and onion dip. These fan favorites and others are available, first come, first served—no matter who’s playing!

Tax break coming

Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord) announced that as of Jan. 1, 2014, the state income tax will decrease for the second time in three years from 5.25 percent to 5.2 percent. Atkins praised the move, citing “sound fiscal management and commitment to passing responsible budgets on time.”

COA Art Space News

Jill Colpak is our exhibitor this month through the end of February. Jill is well known in the Concord community and has done many travel presentations in the past. She has enjoyed photography and has had her own camera since she was a small child. In recent years she has paid more attention to artistic photography, especially with the advent of digital cameras. Her friends and neighbors have enjoyed many of her photographs, and we are very pleased to have her exhibit here at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center.

Let’s see your wedding photo!
Would you like to be part of the COA’s “Wedding in May” exhibit here at the Council on Aging? (This was done once before here at the COA and it was a big hit!) The exhibit will run from May 16 - June 27 and will culminate in a wedding party. If you have an unframed wedding photo you would like to share with the larger community, please call to put your name on our list. Exhibitors will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Get ready for spring

The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Spring Plant Sale on 4/25 (3-6 p.m.) and 4/26 (8 a.m.-noon) at the 4H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Rd, Westford, MA.
All items may be ordered in advance for best selection through March 31; the sale features tree and shrub seedling, perennials, fruits, groundcovers and garden supplies (cow manure, rain barrels, compost bins,etc). To place an order please visit http://www.middlesexconservation.org/ and click on 'Spring Plant Sale', or call 978-692-9395 to request a catalog. All proceeds benefit the District's conservation programs, protecting soils and waters in Middlesex County.

New weapon to identify power outages

The Concord Municipal Light Plant is launching an advanced outage management system (OMS) this winter. The OMS will enable the department to provide more timely information to customers and help utility personnel restore electricity efficiently. The OMS system is integrated in the geographic information system (GIS) of the town. The OMS will group the calls and perform network traces to predict which upstream devices are without power. This will give CMLP operations staff the tools to quickly identify potential outages and dispatch crews accurately. Customers can view the CMLP progress at http://cmlpoms.concordma.gov/OMSWebMap.

Music Appreciation VIII
Mondays, Jan. 27, February 3, 10, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1:00 p.m.

Join concert pianist, composer, and Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member, Keith Kirchoff, for his eighth session of classes here at the COA. This semester of the Music Appreciation series will help to teach the student how to listen to classical music most effectively. With a focus on thematic recognition, formal structures, and simple aural analysis, students will seek to deepen their understanding of great masterworks. With an emphasis being placed upon works featured in upcoming local concerts, the students will be invited to suggest pieces to analyze together in class. Additionally, each week the participants of the class will be given listening assignments which can be done online. Access to an internet connection - though not required - is highly encouraged. This class is open to all, regardless of musical background. Previous enrollment in the Music Appreciation sequence is not required. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ten Mondays. Cost will be $75 for the ten 90-minute classes. Please make your check payable to the Concord Conservatory. Call to sign up.

Concord Orchestra Winter Concert
Feb. 1 - Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Concord Orchestra - 51 Walden Street - 978-369-4967 - www.concordorchestra.com
The orchestra is conducted by Richard Pittman. Kent William Hisada, winner of the 2014 Ehlers Young Artist Competition, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Also on the program is New England Triptych by William Schuman and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World. Competition runners-up will give a pre-concert recital each evening at 7:15. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens, and $10 for students.

Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Initiative: Life Lessons outside the High School Classroom
Seniors in town have been invited to participate in a two-year pilot program called Concord-Carlisle Community Connections. This is a new collaborative, community-mentoring program that connects students in the second semester of their senior year at CCHS with community leaders and residents in a variety of disciplines or with significant life experiences. The program seeks to improve student appreciation and understanding of the challenges, inner-workings, and skill sets necessary for professional and personal success in real-world environments. It is anticipated that senior mentor/student participation in this program will facilitate an intergenerational exchange of ideas and life experiences. Student participation will be actively encouraged, with the hope that students come away with a feeling that many things are possible in life through perseverance, determination and personal effort.
This program will be facilitated by COA volunteer Bob Bratzler. Students and participating senior citizen mentors are asked to make a commitment to five sessions, scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 13, 27, April 10, May 1 and 8. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may call now to sign up! Should you have any questions, please contact John Fossett, Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Founder and Program Director, at 978-369-0049, or Bonny Wilbur, COA Program Supervisor at 978-318-3020.

Trails End Cafe
Work has begun to convert the Trails End Cafe from a coffee and lunch spot to a full service restaurant and bar at the intersection of Lowell and Keyes roads. It is anticipated that the renovation project will take approximately three months to complete.

Do you want to volunteer for a town board or committee? The following positions are open at the moment. To signal your interest, go to www.concordma.gov and download an electronic green card, or pick one up at the Town House. The date of the listing is at the right and the appointing body is in the center.

Board of Appeals, Associated Member—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12

Concord Housing Development Corporation—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12

Records & Archives Committee—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12

Youth Coordinator Advisory Board—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12

Board of Assessors, Associate Member—Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval—11/13/12

Natural Resources Commission, Associate Member—Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval—11/13/12

Board of Health—Town Manager—11/13/12

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

Concord Currents: What's happening in and around Concord this week

January 23, 2014 02:13 PM

State passes same-day voter registration

The State Senate last week passed legislation reforming election laws in Massachusetts. The bill authorizes early voting for state and federal elections and primaries, allows residents to register to vote on election day, and creates an online voter registration system. It also allows 16 and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote.

“The goal here is to expand access,” said State Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington). “When people can vote early and 16 and 17-year-olds can preregister, the process gets more convenient and more people can take part. That’s a good thing.”

Under the bill Massachusetts would join 32 other states and D.C. which allow early voting. Early voting would begin 10 business days before the election and end two days prior.

In addition to building an online voter registration system, the Secretary of State would create a secure online portal allowing voters to easily check their registration status and polling place.

Concord Museum free on Sunday

“Be Our Guest” takes place again Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Concord Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy the galleries, take a break in our Museum Shop and visit our two special exhibitions.

Caucus is Monday night

Do you want to run for public office in Concord? You’ll have a chance to declare your intentions at the annual town caucus on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town House. Nominees for selectmen, School Committee, and Housing Authority will be introduced and voted on by caucus attendees. Alternatively, candidates can get signatures and be placed on the town ballot for the spring election.

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest

All community members are invited to attend a special evening with Lee Woodruff on January 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fenn School. Lee Woodruff is author of the best-selling book, "In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing," which tells the harrowing story of the traumatic brain injury suffered by her husband Bob, then an ABC News correspondent, while embedded with troops in Iraq. Lee is also a CBS news contributor, philanthropist, devoted mother and wife. Space is limited! Reserve your FREE ticket at www.cccommunitychest.org or (978) 369-5250. Since 1947, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest has strengthened our community by marshalling resources to help those in need.

Fowler Flicks

The West Concord branch library continues its Free Friday Flicks at Fowler tomorrow at 7 p.m. with “The Lives of Others,” a 2006 German film. In this Oscar-winning political thriller directed by von Donnersmarck, an East German secret police agent spies on a prominent playwright suspected of disloyalty, and finds himself irresistibly drawn into the lives of the playwright and his girlfriend, a famous actress. (Rated R). On Jan. 31 at 7 p.m., the library will air “The Well-Digger’s Daughter,” a 2011 French film. Daniel Auteuil directed and stars as a poor laborer whose world is turned upside-down when his beloved daughter falls in love with a dashing, wealthy pilot, who is called away to fight in World War I. (Not Rated). Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the series features unique and critically-acclaimed international films. Free admission. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. [View Complete Film Schedule]

Celebrate Darwin and Lincoln

On Feb. 12, you are invited to the First Parish to join the birthday party for Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, and Abraham Lincoln. Sponsored by the Concord Area Humanist Society, the party starts at 7 p.m. The speaker is well-known doctor Henry Vailliant, who will speak on the importance of these two historic figures. He has taught at Harvard, Tufts, and Northeastern. He practiced medicine in Acton for 37 years. Vailliant held many offices at Emerson Hospital, including President of the Medical Staff, and Chair of the Department of Medicine. Interested in Darwin since reading Voyage of the Beagle 50 years ago, he recently visited the Galapagos. Lincoln was a boyhood hero who became even more fascinating the older Vailliant became. Themes will include: how both men were frontier explorers and were fundamentally conservative yet profoundly revolutionary. He will also discuss how medical advances may change the evolution of Homo Sapiens. An RSVP would help our planning. Please send it to pne@aol.com with “DARWIN” in subject line.

New art show at Frame-ables

Starting this Saturday, Jan. 25 through Feb. 28, Gallery 111 in Frame-ables is pleased to announce "BOLD Lines," a group exhibition of contemporary artists. These four artists—Adam O'Day, Candice Oyer, Lisa Sazer, and Olga Resptushenko—all explore the use of lines in new ways to create artwork that is both innovative and yet familiar.

Artist Adam O'Day has been walking the line between familiar and innovative through out his career. Inspired by architecture, landscapes, and comic books, O'Day's mixed media paintings are wildly entertaining. Artist Lisa Sazer uses acrylic on canvas to create work of intense color and expressive line of everyday still life and interiors. Her use of line makes her subjects appear to dance within her work. Candice Oyer creates work that is a mixture of painting, sculpture, and textile design. By weaving hand cut paper, Oyer is able to transform and manipulate materials into a story about life experiences, memories and dreams. Olga Resptushenko's ceramic work brings something new to the table. Her hand built, low-fired vessels seem to bloom out from the clay. Her petal like bowls are powerful and yet delicate. Gallery 111 will be open Tuesday-Friday 9:30-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30-5:00 p.m. All are invited to attend an artist reception on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Stop by to see the art, meet with the artists, and enjoy the arts in Concord. Gallery 111 in Frame-ables 111 Thoreau Street, Concord, MA www.frame-ables.com 978-369-5053.

Verrill Farm

Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to noon: Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes, griddlecakes or flapjacks—by any name, nothing beats a ‘stack’ served up with bacon or sausage and Massachusetts made real maple syrup on a winter morning! Breakfast also includes juice and milk or coffee and takes place in the heated greenhouse beside the stand. No reservations necessary. $7.50 per adult, $4.50 for kids under 10, excluding tax.

Gridiron Goodies for Super Bowl Sunday

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2. Verrill Farm’s kitchen team is preparing a winning selection of finger foods to munch on during the game. Choices include Buffalo and BBQ wings and fingers, steak tips, pork quesadillas, guacamole and onion dip. These fan favorites and others are available, first come, first served - no matter who’s playing!

Tax break coming

Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord) announced that as of Jan. 1, 2014, the state income tax will decrease for the second time in three years from 5.25 percent to 5.2 percent. Atkins praised the move, citing “sound fiscal management and commitment to passing responsible budgets on time.”

COA Art Space News

Jill Colpak is our exhibitor this month through the end of February. Jill is well known in the Concord community and has done many travel presentations in the past. She has enjoyed photography and has had her own camera since she was a small child. In recent years she has paid more attention to artistic photography, especially with the advent of digital cameras. Her friends and neighbors have enjoyed many of her photographs, and we are very pleased to have her exhibit here at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center.

Let’s see your wedding photo!

Would you like to be part of the COA’s “Wedding in May” exhibit here at the Council on Aging? (This was done once before here at the COA and it was a big hit!) The exhibit will run from May 16—June 27 and will culminate in a wedding party. If you have an unframed wedding photo you would like to share with the larger community, please call to put your name on our list. Exhibitors will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

COA lectures

Elliott Lilien on World War I. Don’t miss this opportunity. Fridays, Jan. 24 and 31 at 1 p.m.
World War I was the greatest historical catastrophe to ever hit human beings. So it is understandable that there should be great interest in what caused such a calamity. Please join Dr. Elliott Lilien as he offers a four-part presentation on World War I. The four presentations will look at (1) the period before the war (2) the crisis that produced the war (3) the manner in which the war was accepted and fought, and (4) the immediate and more remote consequences. Dr. Lilien will discuss the results of the war in music, art, philosophy, and religion. In the past few years there have been major new books published looking at this period in our nation’s history; Dr. Lilien will discuss these books to bring everyone up to date. Dr. Lilien taught at Concord Carlisle High School from 1965 to 2000. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Columbia Law School, and Harvard University. He is an engaging and dynamic speaker who encourages questions and discussion. He is a much sought-after speaker, and we are very pleased to be able to offer this series of presentations free of charge, thanks to the financial support of the Concord Friends of the Aging. These presentations will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. You may attend any or all of the sessions. We need 25 people signed up in order to host Dr. Lilien. Please call the COA to sign-up!

Music Appreciation VIII
Mondays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1:00 p.m.

Join concert pianist, composer, and Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member, Keith Kirchoff, for his eighth session of classes here at the COA. This semester of the Music Appreciation series will help to teach the student how to listen to classical music most effectively. With a focus on thematic recognition, formal structures, and simple aural analysis, students will seek to deepen their understanding of great masterworks. With an emphasis being placed upon works featured in upcoming local concerts, the students will be invited to suggest pieces to analyze together in class. Additionally, each week the participants of the class will be given listening assignments which can be done online. Access to an internet connection—though not required—is highly encouraged. This class is open to all, regardless of musical background. Previous enrollment in the Music Appreciation sequence is not required. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ten Mondays. Cost will be $75 for the ten 90-minute classes. Please make your check payable to the Concord Conservatory. Call to sign up.

COA CINEMA
Friday Afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Lecture Hall—No Need to Sign up in Advance (FREE)

Tomorrow (Jan. 24)The Impossible – Tracking one family's harrowing experiences, this gripping drama depicts the chaos generated by the massive 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. On December 26, the family is vacationing in Thailand when unthinkable disaster strikes. Starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. (Drama; 114 minutes; 2012 Rated PG-13)

Concord Orchestra Winter Concert

Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. Concord Orchestra—51 Walden Street—978-369-4967—www.concordorchestra.com
The orchestra is conducted by Richard Pittman. Kent William Hisada, winner of the 2014 Ehlers Young Artist Competition, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Also on the program is New England Triptych by William Schuman and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World. Competition runners-up will give a pre-concert recital each evening at 7:15. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens, and $10 for students.

Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Initiative: Life Lessons outside the High School Classroom

Seniors in town have been invited to participate in a two-year pilot program called Concord-Carlisle Community Connections. This is a new collaborative, community-mentoring program that connects students in the second semester of their senior year at CCHS with community leaders and residents in a variety of disciplines or with significant life experiences. The program seeks to improve student appreciation and understanding of the challenges, inner-workings, and skill sets necessary for professional and personal success in real-world environments. It is anticipated that senior mentor/student participation in this program will facilitate an intergenerational exchange of ideas and life experiences. Student participation will be actively encouraged, with the hope that students come away with a feeling that many things are possible in life through perseverance, determination and personal effort.
This program will be facilitated by COA volunteer Bob Bratzler. Students and participating senior citizen mentors are asked to make a commitment to five sessions, scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 13, 27, April 10, May 1 and 8. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may call now to sign up! Should you have any questions, please contact John Fossett, Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Founder and Program Director, at 978-369-0049, or Bonny Wilbur, COA Program Supervisor at 978-318-3020.

Trails End Cafe

Work has begun to convert the Trails End Cafe from a coffee and lunch spot to a full service restaurant and bar at the intersection of Lowell and Keyes roads. It is anticipated that the renovation project will take approximately three months to complete.

Do you want to volunteer for a town board or committee? The following positions are open at the moment. To signal your interest, go to www.concordma.gov and download an electronic green card, or pick one up at the Town House. The date of the listing is at the right and the appointing body is in the center.

Board of Appeals, Associated Member—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12

Concord Housing Development Corporation—Board of Selectmen—1/13/12

Records & Archives Committee—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12

Youth Coordinator Advisory Board—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12

Board of Assessors, Associate Member—Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval—11/13/12

Natural Resources Commission, Associate Member—Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval—11/13/12

Board of Health—Town Manager—11/13/12

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

Concord Currents: What's happening in and around Concord this week

January 16, 2014 04:59 PM

Governor Candidates debate

The League of Women Voters in Lincoln is hosting a debate among the candidates for governor on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Bemis Hall. All are welcome to this free event.

Waltz Night at FOPAC

Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8:00 p.m. at 51 Walden St. Mark your calendar for this special event; an elegant evening of dancing to the music of the 51 Walden Waltz Orchestra, including gourmet desserts and coffee. Cash bar. Tickets $45.

MLK, Jr. holiday

Monday, Jan. 20 is the official observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday holiday. Accordingly, all town offices, schools and libraries will be closed.

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest

All community members are invited to attend a special evening with Lee Woodruff on January 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fenn School. Lee Woodruff is author of the best-selling book, "In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing," which tells the harrowing story of the traumatic brain injury suffered by her husband Bob, then an ABC News correspondent, while embedded with troops in Iraq. Lee is also a CBS news contributor, philanthropist, devoted mother and wife. Space is limited!! Reserve your FREE ticket at www.cccommunitychest.org or (978)369-5250. Since 1947, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest has strengthened our community by marshalling resources to help those in need.

Scottish poet to be honored at Bondir dinner

On Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. Bondir Concord invites diners to join them for a traditional Burns Night Supper in celebration of the legendary poet Robert Burns’ birthday. The menu will feature a five-course dinner prepared by chef/owner Jason Bond and will highlight traditional Scottish fare with an emphasis on wild game dishes. Menu selections will be paired with beer and wine as well as reserve and vintage scotch whiskies. Burns devotees will enjoy poetry readings, dancing, and live music. Scottish attire encouraged! Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns is regarded as the pioneer of the Romantic Movement. Celebration of his life and work became nearly a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. Burns Suppers began in 1802 in conjunction with ‘Robert Burns Day’ celebrated on Jan. 25, the poet’s birthday. Price: $85 per person including wine. To reserve, please call Bondir Restaurant in Concord at (978) 610-6554. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, go to www.bondirconcord.com.

Fowler Flicks

The West Concord branch library continues its Free Friday Flicks at Fowler on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. with “The Lives of Others,” a 2006 German film. In this Oscar-winning political thriller directed by von Donnersmarck, an East German secret police agent spies on a prominent playwright suspected of disloyalty, and finds himself irresistibly drawn into the lives of the playwright and his girlfriend, a famous actress (Rated R). On Jan. 31 at 7 p.m., the library will air “The Well-Digger’s Daughter,” a 2011 French film. Daniel Auteuil directed and stars as a poor laborer whose world is turned upside-down when his beloved daughter falls in love with a dashing, wealthy pilot, who is called away to fight in World War I (Not Rated). Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the series features unique and critically-acclaimed international films. Free admission. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. [View Complete Film Schedule]

Route 2 work continues

Route 2, Crosby’s Corner Improvement Project—Night Work Scheduled—MassDOT officials have notified the Town of Concord that night work is scheduled for the week of Jan. 6 thru 10. Work includes sawcutting pavement and installing a gas main across Route 2 at the Crosby’s Corner Intersection. For nighttime operations, there will be single lane closures eastbound and westbound between the hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Additional information about the Crosby’s Corner Project and project updates can be found on the Town’s website at http://www.concordma.gov/pages/ConcordMA_PublicWorks/Crosbys_corner.

Verrill Farm

Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to noon: Pancake Breakfast.Pancakes, griddlecakes or flapjacks—by any name, nothing beats a ‘stack’ served up with bacon or sausage and Massachusetts-made real maple syrup on a winter morning! Breakfast also includes juice and milk or coffee and takes place in the heated greenhouse beside the stand. No reservations necessary. $7.50 per adult, $4.50 for kids under 10, excluding tax.

Gridiron Goodies for Super Bowl Sunday

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2. Verrill Farm’s kitchen team is preparing a winning selection of finger foods to munch on during the game. Choices include Buffalo and BBQ wings and fingers, steak tips, pork quesadillas, guacamole and onion dip. These fan favorites and others are available first come, first served—no matter who’s playing!

Tax break coming?

Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord) announced that as of Jan. 1, 2014, the state income tax will decrease for the second time in three years from 5.25 percent to 5.2 percent. Atkins praised the move, citing “sound fiscal management and commitment to passing responsible budgets on time.”

Town is growing

Town Manager Chris Whelan said at year’s end, the building inspection division has issued over 900 building permits for the year; a significant increase to the 733 permits issued in 2012.

COA Art Space News

Jill Colpak is our exhibitor this month through the end of February. Jill is well known in the Concord community and has done many travel presentations in the past. She has enjoyed photography and has had her own camera since she was a small child. In recent years she has paid more attention to artistic photography, especially with the advent of digital cameras. Her friends and neighbors have enjoyed many of her photographs, and we are very pleased to have her exhibit at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center.

Let’s see your wedding photo!

Would you like to be part of the COA’s “Wedding in May” exhibit here at the Council on Aging? (This was done once before here at the COA and it was a big hit!) The exhibit will run from May 16—June 27 and will culminate in a wedding party. If you have an unframed wedding photo you would like to share with the larger community, please call to put your name on our list. Exhibitors will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

New weapon to identify power outages

The Concord Municipal Light Plant is launching an advanced outage management system (OMS) this winter. The OMS will enable the department to provide more timely information to customers and help utility personnel restore electricity efficiently. The OMS system is integrated in the geographic information system (GIS) of the town. The OMS will group the calls and perform network traces to predict which upstream devices are without power. This will give CMLP operations staff the tools to quickly identify potential outages and dispatch crews accurately. Customers can view the CMLP progress at http://cmlpoms.concordma.gov/OMSWebMap.

COA lectures

Elliott Lilien on World War I. Don’t miss this opportunity. Fridays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31 at 1 p.m.
World War I was the greatest historical catastrophe to ever hit human beings. So it is understandable that there should be great interest in what caused such a calamity. Please join Dr. Elliott Lilien as he offers a four-part presentation on World War I. The four presentations will look at (1) the period before the war (2) the crisis that produced the war (3) the manner in which the war was accepted and fought, and (4) the immediate and more remote consequences. Dr. Lilien will discuss the results of the war in music, art, philosophy, and religion. In the past few years there have been major new books published looking at this period in our nation’s history; Dr. Lilien will discuss these books to bring everyone up to date. Dr. Lilien taught at Concord-Carlisle High School from 1965 to 2000. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Columbia Law School, and Harvard University. He is an engaging and dynamic speaker who encourages questions and discussion. He is a much sought-after speaker, and we are very pleased to be able to offer this series of presentations free of charge, thanks to the financial support of the Concord Friends of the Aging. These presentations will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the following Fridays: Jan. 10, 17, 24, and 31. You may attend any or all of the sessions. We need 25 people signed up in order to host Dr. Lilien. Please call the COA to sign-up!

Music Appreciation VIII
Mondays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 1:00 p.m.
Join concert pianist, composer, and Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member, Keith Kirchoff, for his eighth session of classes here at the COA. This semester of the Music Appreciation series will help to teach the student how to listen to classical music most effectively. With a focus on thematic recognition, formal structures, and simple aural analysis, students will seek to deepen their understanding of great masterworks. With an emphasis being placed upon works featured in upcoming local concerts, the students will be invited to suggest pieces to analyze together in class. Additionally, each week the participants of the class will be given listening assignments which can be done online. Access to an internet connection—though not required—is highly encouraged. This class is open to all, regardless of musical background. Previous enrollment in the Music Appreciation sequence is not required. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ten Mondays. Cost will be $75 for the ten 90-minute classes. Please make your check payable to the Concord Conservatory. Call to sign up.

COA CINEMA

Friday Afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Lecture Hall—No Need to Sign up in Advance (FREE)
January 24—The Impossible—Tracking one family's harrowing experiences, this gripping drama depicts the chaos generated by the massive 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. On December 26, the family is vacationing in Thailand when unthinkable disaster strikes. Starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. (Drama; 114 minutes; 2012 Rated PG-13)

Concord Orchestra Winter Concert

Jan. 31 and Feb. 1—Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Concord Orchestra—51 Walden Street—978-369-4967—www.concordorchestra.com
The orchestra is conducted by Richard Pittman. Kent William Hisada, winner of the 2014 Ehlers Young Artist Competition, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Also on the program is New England Triptych by William Schuman and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World. Competition runners-up will give a pre-concert recital each evening at 7:15. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens, and $10 for students.

Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Initiative: Life Lessons outside the High School Classroom

Seniors in town have been invited to participate in a two-year pilot program called Concord-Carlisle Community Connections. This is a new collaborative, community-mentoring program that connects students in the second semester of their senior year at CCHS with community leaders and residents in a variety of disciplines or with significant life experiences. The program seeks to improve student appreciation and understanding of the challenges, inner-workings, and skill sets necessary for professional and personal success in real-world environments. It is anticipated that senior mentor/student participation in this program will facilitate an intergenerational exchange of ideas and life experiences. Student participation will be actively encouraged, with the hope that students come away with a feeling that many things are possible in life through perseverance, determination and personal effort.
This program will be facilitated by COA volunteer Bob Bratzler. Students and participating senior citizen mentors are asked to make a commitment to five sessions, scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 13, 27, April 10, May 1, and 8. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may call now to sign up! Should you have any questions, please contact John Fossett, Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Founder and Program Director, at 978-369-0049, or Bonny Wilbur, COA Program Supervisor at 978-318-3020.

Trails End Cafe

Work has begun to convert the Trails End Cafe from a coffee and lunch spot to a full service restaurant and bar at the intersection of Lowell and Keyes roads. It is anticipated that the renovation project will take approximately three months to complete.

Battle Road Scenic Byway Committee: The first meeting of the newly established Battle Road Scenic Byway Committee was held on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Lexington. The first order of business for the Committee was the election of officers which, under the Memorandum of Understanding between Arlington, Lexington, Lincoln and Concord, requires that no more than one officer be chosen from each community. At this time, Richard Canale of Lexington was elected as Chair, Clarissa Rowe of Arlington as Vice Chair, and Lara Kritzer of Concord as Secretary. The Committee also discussed its priorities moving forward and potential grant and funding sources for that work. In the next few months, the Committee will work on introducing itself to the boards and commissions in each of its member communities and developing a process for reviewing potential projects involving the Battle Road Scenic Byway.

Do you want to volunteer for a town board or committee? The following positions are open at the moment. To signal your interest, go to www.concordma.gov and download an electronic green card, or pick one up at the Town House. The date of the listing is at the right and the appointing body is in the center.

Board of Appeals, Associated Member—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12

Concord Housing Development Corporation—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12

Records & Archives Committee—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12

Youth Coordinator Advisory Board—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12

Board of Assessors, Associate Member—Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval—11/13/12

Natural Resources Commission, Associate Member—Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval—11/13/12

Board of Health—Town Manager—11/13/12

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

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