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Concord Currents: What's happening in Concord

Posted by boston.com  November 6, 2013 11:16 AM

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Town Offices and libraries are closed on Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

At 2 p.m. there will be a muster sponsored by the town’s Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee at Prichard’s Gate, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The Flag Retirement Ceremony is traditionally held each Veterans Day and enables Concordians to retire their American Flags in a respectful and appropriate manner. The ceremony was established in 1965 so that cemetery flags which were torn and faded from being left in place through the fall and winter months could be retired.

In the Town Manager Chris Whelan’s report, he said the Board of Health is increasingly concerned about “electronic cigarettes” that they see as marketed to teens and young adults. Whelan said the board is “also concerned over “vaping,” the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces where smoking has been prohibited. The board is in the process of amending its tobacco and nicotine delivery product regulation to strengthen provisions that impede youth access to nicotine delivery products, single inexpensive cigars, and blunt wraps, and to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces.

The town will vote up or down at the spring Town Meeting on several projects arising from the Community Preservation Committee. Planning Director Marcia Rasmussen presented three projects: the Rappoli land acquisition, continued funding for the design of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, and the Regional Housing Services Program. The CPC Committee will hold a pubic hearing on the proposed projects on Monday, Nov 18.

The Millbrook Tarry Task Force reports that Rite Aid is “willing to consider” temporary relocation to allow demolition of the existing structure and construction of a new building that will have space for Rite Aid and other retail and residential uses.

The West Concord Designers are holding Open Studios on Nov.15, 16 and 17 at their various locations. You will enjoy seeing their work and shopping for gifts.

The Concord Youth Theatre, 358 Baker Ave., is performing the Wizard of Oz on Nov. 15, 16 and 17; Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30. Don’t miss the Cowardly Lion, Tin Woodsman and Scarecrow as they join Dorothy and Toto trying to get home to Kansas!

Town Manager Chris Whelan said the value of all construction permitted in Concord was $58.8 million, and to date in 2013,the value of all construction is over twice that at $119.5 million. Building permits for new home construction increased from 24 new homes a year ago to 37 new homes as of Nov 1. Most of the new construction (32 of 37) are tear-downs.\

At the library, “Weekend Poetry Reading” will feature Jillian Weise on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Trustees Room. Weise is author of The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, her debut poetry collection, the novel The Colony and The Book of Goodbyes. Open to all.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the library Book Discussion Group will read “Far from the Madding Crowd,” by Thomas Hardy at 9:30 a.m. in the Trustees Room.

The Concord Players present Les Miserables on Nov. 8, 9, 10,15, 26, 27, and 22, 23 with performances at 8 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25. Go to www.concordplayers.org for information.

The rarely-performed “Side Show” is running this weekend at the Emerson Umbrella on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 with discounts for groups of 10 or more. Visit www.emersonumbrella.org for information.

The Concord Conservatory of Music, located at the West Concord Union Church, is holding a faculty concert is pianist Yelena Berlyeva at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. The program will include Brahms; Six Pieces for Piano, and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 18 as well as works by Scarlatti and Chopin. Free. 1317 Main Street.

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

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