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Concord Currents, What’s happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Gomez  February 15, 2013 11:19 AM

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Fitness Together, a one-on-one personal training business, is moving from its corner spot on Lowell Road to more spacious quarters at 97 Thoreau Street on Feb. 25, said owner Mike Oakes. The new space was formerly a butcher shop.

Besides being more visible, Oakes and Manager Johnny Kuettner say the new floor space will be a step up from the current area. Several new features will make it the place to go for expert private training, either for a specific sport or for overall improvement.

“It’s a new chapter for us,” said Kuettner who sat for a brief interview between clients.

Fitness Together will have a field turf (like an indoor soccer floor) hallway for sled pulls, pushes, with overhead monkey bars, as well as enlarged training rooms, a bigger cardio space with TVs in every machine, “battling ropes,” a TRX system in each of the three personal training rooms, showers, and a larger common area with a widescreen TV.

“We find people like to congregate before and after their session,” said Oakes, “so we wanted to build in a space for socializing.”

In the new location, Oakes said the doors will open at 5 a.m. instead of 6. It is designed to attract men and women who want to get in an early workout, shower, and hop on the train across the street, Oakes said.

Fruit and water are offered to all clients, Kuettner said.

The move comes after 10 years on Lowell Road. The two men built the business by offering professional training on an individual basis. Kuettner said the clientele has “morphed” over the decade from mostly folks who wanted to drop a few pounds to now include younger people eager to train for a specific sport, and older ones who want to maintain flexibility want personal attention.

Oakes has done a good amount of the buildout himself, whether it’s drywall installation, adding crown molding to the ceiling, plastering, whatever. There are seven trainers in all.

“We are excited to be part of the new neighborhood,” said Oakes. He will host an open house in early March for the public to check out what Fitness Together offers.

“We have phenomenal clients,” said Oakes. “We have a strong culture here. It’s not just a place to work out. We’ve developed bonds with our clients.” He said training is tailored to each person’s needs and limitations. See here for more information.

In other Concord news, there is a Sustainable Concord coffee on Tuesday, Feb. 19 on the topic of solar roofs. It is targeting households, with the theme that now is a great time to act. A panel of local experts will present useful information about what can be done, and has been done in Concord and Acton. At the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, from 7:30-9 a.m. Bring your coffee mugs and questions; and share what you know on this timely topic. There will be hot coffee, tea, and various local goodies.

The Friends of Minute Man National Historical Park is offering two lectures in March at Bemis Hall at 15 Bedford Rd in Lincoln, on Sunday March 10 and Sunday March 17 at 3 pm.

The March 10 Lecture will present speaker J.L. Bell who will speak on Washington's Spy Ring. Mr. Bell will discuss the challenges that General Washington faced in gathering intelligence on the British Military in Boston. The talk reveals secrets and names the names!

On March 17, Joan Walsh, the Director for Bird Monitoring at Mass Audubon, will look at the results of Mass Audubon's recent State of the Birds of Massachusetts and Breeding Bird Atlas II and discuss the role that our shifting land-use practices have had upon our native bird population.

The Emerson Umbrella is offering two intriguing events in March. On March 2 you can take in a wonderful evening of Old Broadway! Musicals from 1940 – 1970. It will be a perfect evening for the family or a night out with friends. Tickets are $15 and there will be a cash bar. This is a fundraiser for our growing Performing Arts Program.

Also, the Umbrella presents Jesus Christ Superstar, which opens on March 28. Get your tickets now as they are going fast. See here.

During vacation week, sign the kids up for Umbrella art-focused programs. Feb. 19 – 22. Our theme this year is “Vision of the Future…” Students will use their imagination and creativity to explore their hopes and ideas about the future. While you are at it, check out our one day March Workshops. These adult workshops are perfect for busy schedules and blustery March days.

The Council on Aging is seeking a volunteer for its growing “Lunch and Learn” program. Tasks involve assisting with set-up before the program, and clean-up after. We are lucky to already have one dedicated volunteer, but a second volunteer will insure that we will always have help in preparing for these very well attended programs. Please call Wellness Coordinator, Susan Hoole, to let us know you are interested and/or for more information. 978 318 3020.

Tax Relief Presentation Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 10:30 a.m. – Noon. Do you qualify for an exemption from part of your real estate tax? Do you know the details of the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Law? Please join Carolyn Dee from the Town of Concord’s Assessor’s Office, and Brian Lynch from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, at the HWCC, for detailed information on what tax relief is available under the law, and how you might benefit. Carolyn will be speaking about the exemption and deferrals that are currently available in Concord to help ease the burden of property taxes. Brian will speak about the refundable Massachusetts’ tax credit. The maximum credit for 2012 is $1,000. Come learn the eligibility requirements for each credit and how one may receive the benefit.

Bach’s Lunch – Indian Hill Music, Littleton Thursday, Feb. 21, Leaving HWCC at 10 a.m. By popular demand, we will go to Indian Hill Music for their 11 a.m. Bach’s Lunch concert to enjoy an eclectic mix of classical and ethnic music, presented by Shan Liu on flute and Margaret Phillips on bassoon. There is no charge for this lunchtime concert. Complimentary coffee, tea and cookies are served; you may bring your own lunch to enjoy. The charge for the van is $3 (cash). We will return to the HWCC by 1:30 PM. Please call to reserve your spot.

Trinity Church Pipe Organ Concert, Durgin Park and Quincy Market Feb. 22 departing at 11:15 a.m. This trip was so popular in December that it sold out. It was such a lovely event that we decided to repeat it in February with priority given to those of you who didn’t go the first time. The organ concert runs for half an hour starting at 12:15 p.m. There is no charge for the concert, but the church does request a donation. After the concert, you will re-board the COA van and ride to Durgin Park for traditional New England fare (they have a reasonably priced lunch menu). After lunch, you will have an hour to walk around Quincy Market. Please note: lunch is at 1 p.m., so you may want to bring a snack to eat on the van. Also, Durgin Park’s dining room is on the second floor, accessible only by stairs as there is no elevator. We will return to the HWCC by 4 p.m. The COA van has limited seating, so please call to reserve your spot. Please remember to bring $3 (cash) for the van. 978 318 3020.

Also at the COA, take in the Gary Hylander Lecture series on The Roaring Twenties. First Lecture – Monday, Feb 25 at 2 p.m. If you enjoyed Gary’s talk in December about Dickens’ Christmas Carol, you will love his six lecture series about the Roaring Twenties – “Flivvers, Flappers and Fitzgerald,” which covers the prosperous period in US history from the end of World War I to the beginning of the Great Depression. The lectures are on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. March 5, April 2, 9, 23, and 30. This series is being presented free of charge through a generous contribution by the Concord Friends of the Aging.

The Division of Natural Resources is following up its community meeting on open space planning with a survey. Check out the details and participate.

The town department is in the process of updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP)! Once completed, an OSRP is a powerful instrument to achieve Concord’s open space and recreation goals. It establishes the community’s aspirations, recommends patterns of development that will support these goals, and enables Concord to obtain certain state and federal grants. This plan will assist in maintaining and enhancing the benefits of open space, as well as active and passive recreational facilities, to benefit the character of the community and protect its green infrastructure, and will also identify future goals and objectives for open space and recreation planning.

Please take 20 minutes to complete the Open Space and Recreation Plan Survey by going here. If you prefer to fill out a paper copy, hardcopies are available at the Town Offices, Libraries, Beede Center, Hunt’s Gym, and Council on Aging, and can be mailed or hand delivered to the Division of Natural Resources, 141 Keyes Rd. Surveys will be accepted through Feb. 28.

Also, join division staff at the second Community Meeting on March 13, at 7 p.m. in the first floor conference room at 141 Keyes Road to provide additional input and to ensure your visions are appropriately addressed in the 2013 Open Space and Recreation Planue.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at

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