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Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord

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The Finance Committee

Annual public hearing on the town budget on Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Town House. The joint school committees meet Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

Thriller by Concord Players, 51 Walden St.

"Night Watch" on Feb. 21, 22, 23, 28, and March 1. Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment Elaine screams as she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine's terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees still another body - this time a woman's - but by now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas. From this point on, the plot moves quickly and grippingly as those involved contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax. Tickets $20. Concord Players - 51 Walden Street -

Healthy Concord presents Building Resilience, All Ages-All Stages

The Healthy Concord project will host a Community Forum on Saturday, March 1 called Building Resilience, All Ages-All Stages. Stress is a common state for many of us, brought on by the demands of work, school, family, traffic, illness, the economy, and so much more. This program will provide participants of all ages and stages of life strategies and tools for navigating and taking control of our demanding world by developing skills for personal and community resilience. The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Ronald Siegel, who will speak on mindfulness and the new science of happiness. Dr. Siegel is the author of "The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems," and assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.
There will also be three breakout sessions: Mindfulness and Parenting, facilitated by Mary Ann Christie Burnside; Permission to Pause: Use of Relaxation Techniques in Your Daily Life, led by Catherine Collins, R.N.; and Digital Tools for Mindfulness, with Pam Ressler, R.N.
The conference will also feature exhibits from a host of other organizations in Concord that provide resources and programming that promote personal and community resiliency.
The conference will be held Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Registration is not required but is suggested; those interested in attending may register at

League of Women Voters

Candidates forum on Sunday, March 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Concord Art Association

Members Juried 2
 from Feb. 23 - April 6
. Gus and Arlette Kayafas, jurors. Opening Reception
 on Thursday, Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m.

Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for the Year Beginning July 1, 2014 is Available

The Town Manager’s Proposed Budget for FY2015 has been transmitted to the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen. The budget for the Town’s operating departments is proposed at $20,364,013, in conformance with the Budget Guidelines issued by the Finance Committee last November 30. The total General Fund Budget is $89,662,745, a 4 percent increase over the current year. The budget document is available for public review on the Town website (under “Important Documents”) Questions about the Town Manager’s proposed budget may be addressed to

Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project Now Underway

Town Planning Director Director Marcia Rasmussen, Senior Planner Lara Kritzer, Assistant Natural Resources Director Lori Capone, and Deputy Town Manager Doug Meagher met with members of the Historical Commission and project consultants from CRJA-IBI Group to kick off the Wheeler-Harrington Management Plan Project. Over the next nine months, the consultants will be studying the historic house, its cultural landscape (Harrington Park), and completing an environmental assessment of the property in order to develop a complete picture of the site, its needs, and its potential for future community uses. Separate reports on the historic structure, environmental assessment and cultural landscape will also be produced as part of this work and made available for review.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Volunteers certified under the AARP Tax Aide program will be at the COA on Tuesdays and Fridays during the months of February and March to help you prepare your Federal and Massachusetts personal income tax returns or to answer your tax questions. Each senior will meet with a team of two tax counselors for an hour and a half session. This free service can answer most of the tax issues faced by low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those over age 60. The tax counselors are now holding office hours. Please call the COA to schedule your confidential appointment.

"Rabbit Hole" at the Umbrella

The play, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, and includes comedy as well as drama. Feb. 27 - March 9 at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St. Remember, you can volunteer to usher and see a performance free, and get community service hours too. Call 978-371-0820 for more information.


The Concord Players present "Night Watch," a thriller by Lucille Fletcher set in a Manhattan townhouse. Call 978-369-2990 for tickets. More information at Feb. 14, 2014 to March 1, 2014.
The Concord Band Winter Concert featuring Lew Buckley performing his own composition, Tribute to Doc, for solo trumpet and band. Tickets $20 adults, $10 for seniors and students, available at the door. March 8, at 8 p.m.
The Concord Orchestra Spring Concert featuring Concord native BSO horn player Richard Sebring in a performance of Horn Concerto No. 2 by Richard Strauss. Also on the program is Gandolfi’s Night Train to Perugia and Scherherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets $30/$25/$10. Call 978-369-4967 or buy on-line. March 21 and 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.

At the Concord Library

Music from the Library will present Slowind on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Lobby. Advance registrations are strongly encouraged. Click here to register online or call 978-318-3301 on or after February 15. (The 2/15 Arneis concert is full and registration is closed.)
2014 Friday Flicks at Fowler has begun. The series features award-winning international films. Free admission. Door opens at 6:30 p.m. [View Complete Film Schedule]
Leslie Wilson, Curator of the Library Special Collections will present Meet the Prichards, a Concord-Carlisle Community Education Program on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Main Library. Call 978-318-3342 to register. [View Press Release]
Thursday Author Talk will feature Concord author Liza F. Carter on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Periodicals Room. Carter will talk about her book Moving with the Seasons. Open to all.

Community Innovation Challenge Grant

The Concord Health Division received notification that, with Bedford as the lead community, Concord and 30 other partner towns will receive funding of $111,000 under the State’s Community Innovation Challenge Grant program. Grant funding will be used to create a Tick Borne Disease Surveillance Network. Grant funds will allow residents to submit ticks for testing at no cost to the University of Massachusetts - Laboratory of Medical Zoology, where the ticks will be tested to determine if the tick is carrying Lyme disease, Babesiosis and/or Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis. More information about the program and the protocol for submitting ticks for testing will be forthcoming; the program will begin in April or May and continue through fall 2014.

Board of Health Tobacco Control

The Board of Health is considering revisions to its current regulation Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products. These revisions are aimed at reducing youth access to tobacco and nicotine delivery products. The revisions will prohibit the sale of single cigars priced at less than $3, and packaged cigars sold in packages of less than 5 cigars. It will also prohibit the sale of blunt wraps, hollow tubes made wholly or in part from tobacco that are designed to be filled by the consumer with loose tobacco or other fillers. The Board of Health is also considering prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in all buildings where smoking is prohibited under the State’s Smoke-free Workplace law. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the Board listened to a presentation from Tobacco 21, a group of local physicians who are advocating raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products to age 21. The Board took the information presented under advisement and will consider it further at their March 18 meeting.

New bank on Main Street

TD Bank Building Permit Issued. A building permit has been issued to TD Bank allowing the construction of their new bank at 1112 Main Street (on the corner of Baker Avenue), West Concord. This project required Natural Resources Commission, Planning Board and Board of Appeals review and approval. The projected cost of construction for this new bank building is $1.2 million.

deCordova Biennial through April 13

The 2013 deCordova Biennial is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing quality, dynamism, and variety of art-making in New England, rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting 21 artists and collaboratives living and working in the region, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. Showcasing sculptors alongside filmmakers and performance artists whose practices traverse a wide range of subject matter, the 2013 deCordova Biennial will occupy nearly the entire Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. The exhibition is a sprawling entity that demonstrates the active, ambitious art scene taking place across the six states of New England. At deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln - 781-359-8355 -

Music Appreciation Mondays, 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.

The Town election is Tuesday, March 25.

All registered voters can vote from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at their precinct.
Town Meeting starts on Sunday this year. May 4 - 8 Sunday through Thursday, Town of Concord - Monument Square - 978-318-3000 - Meetings held at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Sunday session starts at 2 p.m.; all other sessions start at 7 p.m.

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 13th, 27th, April 10th, May 1st and 8th. Sessions will be held at HWCC from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. 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.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at

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