Thursday, May 2, 2013
Read on for a list of the most popular stories for April 2013.
As a new regular feature at the beginning of each month, we'll bring you a list of the last month's most popular stories on Patch. That way, if you missed anything, it'll be easy enough to catch up.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
By turns tense and workmanlike, Concord's annual Town Meeting on Tuesday tackled 11 articles on Tuesday night, voting down only a petitioner's bid to "Address Educational and Fiscal Concerns in the Concord Public Schools."
Below you'll find a summary of articles and actions from the second night of Concord's annual Town Meeting, held Tuesday, April 23 at Concord-Carlisle High School. For opening night coverage, click here. And be sure to stay tuned to Patch for continuing coverage of Town Meeting. Article 8, Concord Public School Renovations Town Meeting easily passed a $795,000 appropriation for remodeling, reconstructing, extraordinary repairs or related work at various Concord Public Schools. According to Maureen Spada, the presenter for the School Committee, the lion’s share of these funds will be put toward electrical improvements, roofing and HVAC work at the Peadoby and Sanborn schools, while a smaller portion will go toward heating and paving work …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Concord resident Tina Labadini, who has ties to the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., addressed annual Town Meeting, which opened night Monday -- one week after the Boston Marathon bombing.
As a proper noun, Concord is a town. But lowercase the "c" and you've got something synonymous with harmony. So it seems fitting then, in light of recent tragedies, that a resident would stand in front of annual Town Meeting and encourage the nearly 1,000 Concordians assembled as the town's legislative body and say: "Let's be kind." Town Meeting opened Monday, one week removed from the Boston Marathon bombings that set off a week many feel was Massachusetts' most trying in recent memory. As part of the opening ceremonies resident Tina Labadini, who has ties to the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., took the podium, saying as hearts go out to the victims there is a way for Town Meeting to honor them with its actions as well as …
On an opening night that drew nearly 1,000 voters—most of whom stayed until midnight—annual Town Meeting worked through budget business, school transportation articles and its consent calendar.
In a five-hour opening night, Concord’s annual Town Meeting on Monday voted to put neither a conservation restriction nor a bus depot on the landfill site at Walden Woods. It did, however, approve a non-binding petitioner’s article requesting the town’s school committees to keep Concord’s school bus transportation department on the grounds of Concord-Carlisle High School. Here’s a quick rundown of the actions taken at Town Meeting on Monday, April 22. Be sure to check back on Patch for more in-depth coverage of the meeting and, in particular, the school-transportaiton related articles. Article 2, Consent Calendar In one sweeping vote, Town Meeting unanimously approved articles 3, 4, 5, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31…
A quick look at what you need to see, do and know on April 22 in Concord.
1. Town Meeting's Back in Action: At 7 p.m. tonight at Concord-Carlisle High School. 2. BBB: Giving Tips in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombing: After fake charities and scams started popping up in the immediate aftermath of last Monday's Boston Marathon Bombing, the Better Business Bureau provided some tips on how to make sure your charitable donations go where they're supposed to. Check 'em out here on Patch. 3. Bridge: They'll be playing at 1 p.m. today at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. 4. Do You Get Daily, Weekly and Breaking News in Your Inbox? If the answer to that question was "No," then you're missing out and need to click here to sign up for the Patch Newsletter. 5. Cold and Wet: Showers likely, and highs aren't expected to get …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Email alert also identifies overflow parking lots available.
Ongoing construction at Concord-Carlisle High School could present a bit of a parking problem as spaces will be limited and annual Town Meeting has several potential high-interest items on the warrant. The following notice hit the inbox earlier today: There is limited parking at CCHS due to ongoing construction. We encourage people planning on attending Town Meeting to arrive early and car pool when at all possible. There are two overflow parking lots that will be utilized at the Alcott School and Concord District Court. There will be buses to transport attendees for Town Meeting to and from CCHS. Concord-Carlisle High School is located at 500 Walden St. The Alcott School is a short distance away at 93 Laurel St. and the court house is …
Park Lane resident Carol Wilson writes that Concord "should not rush to place a conservation restriction on" the landfill site and urges voters to vote No on Article 12.
To the Editor, Tonight at Concord's opening night of Town Meeting we will be asked to approve a permanent conservation restriction on 35.4 acres of Concord land. Why would we sell a conservation restriction on this land known as the Concord landfill? Do we know that we will never have need for this land for other municipal or community purposes in the future? Or perhaps it is that the purchase price of $2.8 million is too good an offer to pass up? Maybe it is because we don't trust the town to be a good steward of this land without a conservation restriction? Frankly, not one of these reasons can explain why we need Article 12. First, the landfill represents the only significant piece of land the town still owns that is close to the …
Concord's annual Town Meeting begins at 7p.m. tonight, April 22, at Concord-Carlisle High School.
Hot-button issues aplenty at Concord's annual Town Meeting and at least couple of them could come up tonight. After the early-agenda budget business comes a cluster of high-intrest articles that could impact school transportation in the immediate future. In Article 12, which the Walden Woods Project has been pushing pretty hard on of late, Town Meeting could authorize the selectmen to sell a land-use restriction to Walden Woods along with a commitment to limit future activities at the landfill site. Following that is Article 13, which would authorize the use of monies to develop a transportation building on the former landfill site – a use that wouldn’t fly if Article 12 is approved. Sticking with the schools, Article 15 is a petitioner’s …
A quick look at what you need to see, do or know on April 22 in Concord.
1. Annual Town Meeting: Gets started at 7 p.m. this evening at Concord-Carlisle High School. 2. Want to Review the Warrant? It's posted as a PDF to your right. 3. Info on Parking, Childcare for Town Meeting? You can find that right here. 4. Like Us on Facebook: For even more information and engagement, like Concord Patch on Facebook. Over there, we'll be asking questions, looking for feedback and continuing the conversation with the Concord community. See you soon! 5. Say It Aint Snow: Possible morning frost this morning before the day heats up into the low-50s, according to the National Weather Service, which predicts a chance of rain or even snow overnight and a low of 34.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
A CCHS student pours out his feelings on Concord's bottled water ban.