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Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord

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Concord Museum

Be Our Guest! The Concord Museum will be open FREE for all this Sunday, Jan. 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for the first time or revisit favorite galleries, including the special exhibitions "The Best Workman in the Shop: Cabinetmaker William Munroe of Concord" and "From the Minute Man to the Lincoln Memorial: The Timeless Sculpture of Daniel Chester French."

Christmas tree pickup

There’s still time to dispose of your Christmas tree. Still looking for a way to get rid of your Christmas Tree and help two local organizations at the same time? Then sign up for the Christmas tree pickup to be held Saturday, Jan. 11. Pickup in Concord only on the morning of the 11th. Suggested donation of $15 to $25. To reserve a pickup slot, please email or call Patty Bruttomesso at 978-930-6368. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number when you contact us.

New exhibit at Frame-ables

Starting Jan. 25 through Feb. 28, Gallery 111 in Frame-ables (111 Thoreau Street, Concord) is pleased to announce "BOLD Lines," a group exhibition of contemporary artists. These four artists—Adam O'Day, Candice Oyer, Lisa Sazer, and Olga Resptushenko—all explore the use of lines in new ways to create artwork that is both innovative and yet familiar. Artist Adam O'Day has been walking the line between familiar and innovative throughout his career. Inspired by architecture, landscapes, and comic books, O'Day's mixed media paintings are wildly entertaining. Artist Lisa Sazer uses acrylic on canvas to create work of intense color and expressive line of everyday still life and interiors. Her use of line makes her subjects appear to dance within her work. Her whimsical style turns flattened images into pieces that are anything but stagnant. Candice Oyer creates work that is a mixture of painting, sculpture, and textile design. By weaving hand cut paper, Oyer is able to transform and manipulate materials into a story about life experiences, memories, and dreams. Olga Resptushenko's ceramic work brings something new to the table. Her hand-built, low-fired vessels seem to bloom out from the clay. A combination that reflects the artist. Resptushenko's use of strong line within her work emphasizes the organic forms she creates. Gallery 111 will be open Tuesday-Friday 9:30-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30-5:00 p.m. All are invited to attend an artist reception on Saturday Feb. 1st from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Stop by to see the art, meet with the artists, and enjoy the arts in Concord. Gallery 111 in Frame-ables 111 Thoreau St., Concord, MA. 978-369-5053.

Board of Assessors to Hold Public Forum

The Board of Assessors will hold a public forum as part of its regularly scheduled meeting of Jan. 16, to present background information about the FY14 assessment process. The Board will describe the steps involved in setting the assessed value of taxable parcels for the FY14 tax year (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014), with an assessment date of Jan. 1, 2013 and based on market sales data of calendar year 2012. The meeting will take place in the Hearing Room of the Town House at 7 p.m.

Town Caucus

Caucus is Jan. 27 at the Town House at 7:30 p.m. The caucus is the evening that candidates for town office are introduced, seconded, and voted on as caucus nominees. See who is throwing their hat in the ring this year!

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.

COA Art Space News

Jill Colpak is our exhibitor this month through the end of February. Jill is well known in the Concord community and has done many travel presentations in the past. She has enjoyed photography and has had her own camera since she was a small child. In recent years she has paid more attention to artistic photography, especially with the advent of digital cameras. Her friends and neighbors have enjoyed many of her photographs, and we are very pleased to have her exhibit here at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center.

Let’s see your wedding photo!

Would you like to be part of the COA’s “Wedding in May” exhibit here at the Council on Aging? (This was done once before here at the COA and it was a big hit!) The exhibit will run from May 16 - June 27 and will culminate in a wedding party. If you have an unframed wedding photo you would like to share with the larger community, please call to put your name on our list. Exhibitors will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

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


The Italian restaurant and pizzeria that closed on Walden Street is open on Main Street in the space once occupied by Concord Hand Designs.

Elliott Lilien on World War I

Don’t miss this opportunity. Fridays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the COA.
World War I was the greatest historical catastrophe to ever hit human beings. So it is understandable that there should be great interest in what caused such a calamity. Please join Dr. Elliott Lilien as he offers a four-part presentation on World War I. The four presentations will look at (1) the period before the war (2) the crisis that produced the war (3) the manner in which the war was accepted and fought, and (4) the immediate and more remote consequences. Dr. Lilien will discuss the results of the war in music, art, philosophy, and religion. In the past few years there have been major new books published looking at this period in our nation’s history; Dr. Lilien will discuss these books to bring everyone up to date. Dr. Lilien taught at Concord Carlisle High School from 1965 to 2000. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Columbia Law School, and Harvard University. He is an engaging and dynamic speaker who encourages questions and discussion. He is a much sought after speaker, and we are very pleased to be able to offer this series of presentations free of charge, thanks to the financial support of the Concord Friends of the Aging. We need 25 people signed up in order to host Dr. Lilien. Please call the COA to sign-up!

Music Appreciation VIII

Mondays, Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 3, 10, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1 p.m.
Join concert pianist, composer, and Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member, Keith Kirchoff, for his eighth session of classes here at the COA. This semester of the Music Appreciation series will help to teach the student how to listen to classical music most effectively. With a focus on thematic recognition, formal structures, and simple aural analysis, students will seek to deepen their understanding of great masterworks. With an emphasis being placed upon works featured in upcoming local concerts, the students will be invited to suggest pieces to analyze together in class. Additionally, each week the participants of the class will be given listening assignments which can be done online. Access to an internet connection—though not required—is highly encouraged. This class is open to all, regardless of musical background. Previous enrollment in the Music Appreciation sequence is not required. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ten Mondays. Cost will be $75 for the ten 90-minute classes. Please make your check payable to the Concord Conservatory. Call to sign up.


Friday Afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Lecture Hall—No Need to Sign up in Advance (FREE)
Jan. 10—“42”—The Jackie Robinson Story - This film focuses on the relationship between baseball icon Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson and in 1947 made him the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford and Nicole Beharie. (Biography; 128 minutes; 2013; PG-13)
Jan. 24—The Impossible—Tracking one family's harrowing experiences, this gripping drama depicts the chaos generated by the massive 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. On December 26, the family is vacationing in Thailand when unthinkable disaster strikes. Starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. (Drama; 114 minutes; 2012 Rated PG-13)

Waltz Night at FOPAC

Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8:00 p.m. at 51 Walden St. Mark your calendar for this special event; an elegant evening of dancing to the music of the 51 Walden Waltz Orchestra, including gourmet desserts and coffee. Cash bar. Tickets $45.

Concord Orchestra Winter Concert

Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. Concord Orchestra—51 Walden Street—978-369-4967—
The orchestra is conducted by Richard Pittman. Kent William Hisada, winner of the 2014 Ehlers Young Artist Competition, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Also on the program is New England Triptych by William Schuman and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World. Competition runners-up will give a pre-concert recital each evening at 7:15. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens, and $10 for students.

Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Initiative: Life Lessons outside the High School Classroom

Seniors in town have been invited to participate in a two-year pilot program called Concord-Carlisle Community Connections. This is a new collaborative, community-mentoring program that connects students in the second semester of their senior year at CCHS with community leaders and residents in a variety of disciplines or with significant life experiences. The program seeks to improve student appreciation and understanding of the challenges, inner-workings, and skill sets necessary for professional and personal success in real-world environments. It is anticipated that senior mentor/student participation in this program will facilitate an intergenerational exchange of ideas and life experiences. Student participation will be actively encouraged, with the hope that students come away with a feeling that many things are possible in life through perseverance, determination and personal effort.
This program will be facilitated by COA volunteer Bob Bratzler. Students and participating senior citizen mentors are asked to make a commitment to five sessions, scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 13, 27, April 10, May 1 and 8. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may call now to sign up! Should you have any questions, please contact John Fossett, Concord-Carlisle Community Connections Founder and Program Director, at 978-369-0049, or Bonny Wilbur, COA Program Supervisor at 978-318-3020.

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, Dec. 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 at the former landfill will 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.

Do you want to volunteer for a town board or committee?

The following positions are open at the moment. To signal your interest, go to and download an electronic green card, or pick one up at the Town House. The date of the listing is at the right and the appointing body is in the center.

Board of Appeals, Associated Member —Board of Selectmen —11/13/12
Concord Housing Development Corporation—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12
Records & Archives Committee—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12
Youth Coordinator Advisory Board—Board of Selectmen—11/13/12
Board of Assessors, Associate Member—Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval—11/13/12
Natural Resources Commission, Associate Member—Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval—11/13/12
Board of Health—Town Manager—11/13/12

Betsy Levinson can be reached at

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