Saturday, March 30, 2013
Hunters Ridge Road resident Cynthia Rainey, who narrowly lost out on winning a seat on the Concord School Committee in the recent town election, says she'll 'do everything in my power to work for the best schools that we can.'
Saturday, March 30
To the Citizens of Concord, I am writing to thank the Concord voters for their support in the School Committee race. It was an honor to run in our wonderful community, and what an incredible campaign and election it was. I thank all of the citizens who turned out in spite of the bad weather. During the campaign I was given many gifts, one of the most valuable to me personally was the support of my family, my husband and two sons who worked alongside me the whole way and were a daily source of inspiration and support. I was lucky enough to have a small but vigorous organization that grew and strengthened every day. Those volunteers daily demonstrated a level of support and dedication that was truly humbling and I can’t thank them enough. I …
Cottage Road resident Lisa Bergen, who recently fell just short of winning a seat on the Concord School Committee, writes that it's 'time to direct our attention back to the issues and how they are handled.'
Saturday, March 30
Dear Concord, My sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who encouraged and supported me in my campaign for a seat on the School Committee. I am especially grateful to my campaign staff for their tireless efforts and to the countless volunteers who pitched in on everything from handing out flyers to standing in the snow(and sleet and rain!) on Election Day. Through this campaign I have had the honor and privilege of meeting with hundreds of Concordians and discussing their concerns and hopes for our schools and our town. I know from this experience that Concord is blessed with knowledgeable and active citizens who truly care about transparency, inclusive government, and serving the greater good. With the election over, it is time to …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Despite wintry weather, Concord’s March 19 election saw the highest turnout for an annual Town Election since 2006
First the threat of snow postponed MCAS testing and trash pickup, and then the snow itself stopped school and postponed the opening of town offices. But the wintry mix that persisted throughout the day could not stop Concord’s annual Town Election. The snow may have affected voter turnout, and certainly it led to some creative campaigning in the form of sign-holding snowman that popped up around town. Weather, however, was but a twist in the day’s main plotline: The contested race for two seats on the School Committee. In the end, Johanna Boynton and Kathleen Snook edged out Lisa Bergen and Cynthia Rainey. The race was close, with more than 6,000 ballots cast and all four candidates separated by fewer than 400 votes. Check back with …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook won the four-woman race for two seats on the Concord School Committee.
The preliminary results are in, and they say Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook have narrowly won seats on the Concord School Committee. According to preliminary numbers posted to the town website—numbers which Town Clerk Anita Tekle said could change slightly but not so much as to affect the outcome—Boynton and Snook both earned more votes than Lisa Bergen and Cynthia Rainey, the other candidates in the race. Snook was the top vote-getter, according to the preliminary results, tallying 1,638 votes. Boyton was second with 1,565; Bergen earned 1,444 and Rainey 1,287. According to Tekle, there was about a 24 percent voter turnout, the highest for an annual Town Election since 2006. Check back tomorrow morning for more about Concord’s annual …
Sign holders outside Ripley told Patch why they were standing in the rain to support their chosen School Committee Candidates.
Four women and a headless snowman stood in the rain outside the Ripley Adminstration Building early Tuesday afternoon. It was Election Day in Concord, and they were there to support their chosen School Committee candidates. Watch the videos above to hear why they did it.
Patch caught up with signholders at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center Tuesday afternoon during Concord's Town Election.
Despite the freezing rain that turned to sleet shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, signholders were out in support of all four School Committee candidates at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. Watch the videos above to hear why they decided to brave the weather for their candidates.
As always, we'll tell you when and where to vote on Election Day, but the why and how are up to you.
The polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for annual Town Elections. Check Concord Patch throughout the day for reports from polling locations and on voter turnout. For all Concord residents planning to vote in today's election, here is what you need to know: Who's on the ballot? There's a contested race for School Committee, with four residents -- Lisa Bergen, Johanna Boynton, Cyntia Rainey and Kathleen Snook -- vying for two open seats on the board. Town Moderator Eric Van Loon is seeking to hang onto his post for another one-year term. Meanwhile, Carmen Reiss and Alice Kaufman are running for Board of Selectmen and Dennon Rodrigue for a five-year term on the Concord Housing Authority. Reiss, like Van Loon, is an incumbent seeking re…
A quick look at what you need to see, do and know on March 19 in Concord.
1. It's Election Day: The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for Concord's annual Town Election. 2. Today in Public Meetings: According to the town website, public meetings posted for today include the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission at 9 a.m., the Board of Health at 7 p.m. and the Board of Registrars at 7:45 p.m. 3. Bridge: They're playing rubber bridge at 1 p.m. this afternoon 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. Rain, Sleet and Snow All Possible: All kinds of precipitation in the forecast for today, with a high temp of 37 and total …
Laws Brook Road resident Peter Bailey Wells writes that, 'Negativity rarely results in a positive result. Please do not allow our town’s dialogue to be dominated by negativity.'
Tuesday, March 19
To the Editor, I have lived in Concord all of my life. I am a soon-to-graduate senior at CCHS who also happens to have just turned 18. I am planning to vote in the March 19th election that includes a choice of four different citizens for two spots on the school committee. I am not writing to endorse or discredit any candidate. Frankly, I am entirely undecided. I am writing to provoke a series of questions in the minds of all parents and community members of Concord who have had a hand in the discourse surrounding this election. What are you thinking about when you write semi-anonymous offensive or derogatory comments to someone else on an Internet comment thread? (Such as the ones found following Janet Friedman’s letter to the editor.) …
Monday, March 18, 2013
A quick look at what you need to see, do and know on March 18 in Concord.
1. Today in Public Meetings: According to the town website, public meetings posted for today include the CCHS Building / Stage 2 Ttrade PreQualification Committee at 10 a.m., the Board of Selectmen at 6:30 p.m. and the Finance Committee Public Hearing at 7 p.m. 2. Town Elections are Tomorrow: Don't forget -- Concord's annual Town Elections are tomorrow. To view a sample ballot, click on the PDF posted to your right. 3. Storytimes: There's a storytime at 10 a.m. at the Concord Free Public Library and another one at 10:30 a.m. at Barefoot Books. 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 …