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Concord Currents: What's happening in Concord

Posted by boston.com  December 19, 2013 10:45 AM

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Shop at the Concord Museum

Finish up your holiday shopping at the Concord Museum where members will get 20 percent off your entire purchase on Friday, Dec. 20. There are candles, jewelry, books, scarves and lots of ornaments, even peppermint twist soap from Cape Cod.

Winter Solstice celebration

On Dec. 21 near the Old Manse, join with friends at the Solstice Celebration and hear a free choral presentation while hailing the longest night of the year. Put on your winter coats and go to the river behind the Old Manse at 269 Monument Street at 6 p.m. Follow the luminaria to the riverside fete which ends at 7:30. The singing group Voices for the Earth will have poems,m songs and s’mores. Song sheets will be provided for some caroling. Bring a flashlight, glow stick or headlamp.

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.

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.

Holiday activities

On Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. there will be a Christmas storytime for ages three and up at the public Library on Main Street.

On Dec. 21 and 22, there will be a special children’s event at the Concord Museum. At 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. bring the kids to meet Ian Falconer’s Olivia the Pig.

On Dec. 22, at 2 and 4 p.m. the One Act Operetta presents “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at 51 Walden. For information, go to www.51Walden.org.

On Dec. 20, the Council on Aging is showing the 1954 classic “White Christmas” in the lecture hall.

Comella’s

The Italian restaurant and pizzeria that closed on Walden Street is open on Main Street in the space once occupied by Concord Hand Designs. And as a special treat, Santa Claus will pay a visit to the restaurant on Sunday, Dec. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Winter's Promise

The Concord Women’s Chorus is having its holiday concert featuring seasonal works for women's voices and chamber orchestra by Gabriel Fauré, Gustav Holst, and Baldassare Galuppi Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St.

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, December 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.

Compost Site & Christmas Tree / Styrofoam Collection: The compost site will remain open Saturdays, 9-3, through Dec. 14, weather permitting. Residents can bring leaves and grass clippings at no cost; there is a charge for brush. The compost site will also be open the first two Saturdays in January (Jan. 4 and 11) from 9-3 for Christmas Tree & Polystyrene (Styrofoam™) collection. In addition, the compost site will also be open for Christmas tree collection on two Fridays in January: Jan. 3 and 10, from 9-3.

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

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