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Concord Currents: What’s happening in town this week

Posted by Shivaji Mudambi  May 14, 2012 09:09 AM

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Be sure to take advantage of the new fundraising program hosted by Communities for Restorative Justice. The nonprofit is organizing an online auction, and there are some attractive gifts to bid on, all for the benefit of the thoughtful approach to restitution for first-time offenders that benefits the victim as well as the perpetrator. Learn more here.

Starting on May 20, bidding opens for fabulous prizes. There are Red Sox tickets, a Nantucket vacation house for the July 4 weekend, a flight around your neighborhood, a year’s membership to the Beede Fitness Center, and lots more. Go here to view all the donated items and have your credit card ready. Bidding opens May 20 and closes June 3. Anytime you want, hop online and see what is available. Watch the bidding as the days go by.

Or you can “bid for a need,” such as counseling, or underwriting the C4rj newsletter. Going online for fundraising is a growing phenomenon during which the nonprofit works with the hosting site “Bidding for Good.” All the prizes are listed in detail with a photo where appropriate.

In other news, the town is seeking support for curbing the “sign farms” that spring up on the front lawns of businesses in the Milldam, particularly this season, advertising performances and sales of all kinds.

According to the town website, “There are certainly some community-oriented commercial institutions in Concord (banks and the like) which are nice enough to allow such non-profits to place their signs on their property in large numbers – and perhaps residents are OK with this because, after all, the signs are then located together in what is a commercial area anyway. But residents, non-profit organizations, and other individuals who may wish to place such signs on public property - particularly in our "downtown" areas - should be aware that the Town Manager’s Office has developed what is aimed at being a neutral policy for limiting both the number and length of time such signs may be placed on traffic islands and other public locations around Concord.”

The town manager has developed a sign policy suggesting no more than three signs or sandwich boards per site, and no one sign for longer than two weeks. The town is hoping for voluntary cooperation in the spirit of community awareness.

Also at the COA, take advantage of COA Cinema on Friday, May 18. As part of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park and Older Americans Month’s theme Never Too Old to Play, the COA will be showing the film, “Fever Pitch” which portrays one man’s struggle to balance his love of a woman with his love of the Red Sox. Ben (Jimmy Fallon) is a high school teacher who meets Lindsay (Drew Barrymore), who has a successful career in business. Ben and Lindsay don’t appear to have much in common on the surface, but they hit it off and are soon involved in a serious romance. But when spring rolls around, Lindsay discovers the true love of Ben’s life – the Boston Red Sox. Join us for ballpark fare (popcorn, peanuts, Crackerjacks) and cheer on your favorite team. For this movie only, please call 978 318 3020 to sign up.

Starting on May 18, for the following two days, stop by the library for the “Little Women Continuous Read.” From 1 p.m. on Friday through Sunday, May 20, numerous readers will take part in this celebratory program in honor of the 100th birthday of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. The three-day event is co-sponsored with the Orchard House. It will be in the children’s room of the main library. On Sunday there will be a cake after the book is finished. Costumed characters will add to the flavor of the weekend. Town and library staffers will read, along with Orchard House patrons.

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

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