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Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord

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Concord Orchestra

This weekend, March 21 – 22 at 8 p.m., the orchestra features Richard Sebring in concert at 51 Walden St. He was born and raised in Concord and is now the principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Sebring studied at Indiana University, the New England Conservatory of Music, the University of Washington, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Previously principal horn of the Rochester Philharmonic, he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1981. Mr. Sebring has been soloist with the BSO and the Boston Pops in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on tour. As a studio musician, his horn work is heard regularly in popular music, on PBS, and in films. His arrangements of holiday and ceremonial music have been played by the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall and at Fenway Park. Mr. Sebring teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Board of Selectmen

The board voted to conduct a special Town Meeting within the annual meeting on May 5, the second night. For now, the warrant, which closes on March 27, contains just one article: to purchase a one-acre plot on Knox Trail on which to park, fuel and maintain the town’s fleet of school buses.

The selectmen meet on Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Town House. The School Committee meets Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the high school.

CMLP to offer broadband

The municipal light plant is offering high-speed broadband to residents next week. Signups can be done online at Speeds and prices are on the web page.

Voter Registration for Town Election and Town Meeting

The Town Clerk reminds voters that the annual Town Election is Tuesday March 25. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. There is one race for School Committee this year, pitting Wallace Johnston against Dave Garrison; while Mike Lawson and Eric Van Loon are on the ballot for uncontested spots on the Board of Selectmen and Moderator, respectively.

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. The deadline for unregistered residents to register to participate in and vote at the Annual Town Meeting beginning on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. is Monday, April 14. On that date, the Town Clerk’s office will be open until 8 p.m.

At the Concord Museum

Book talk with Dr. Richard Primack on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the museum. Primack’s newest book is "Walden Warming." He uses the notes that Thoreau made years ago, transforming them from charming observations into scientific data sets. He describes how warming temperatures have altered other aspects of Concord from the dates when ice departs from Walden Pond to the arrival of birds in the spring. Call 978-369-9763 for a reservation.

At First Parish

Join Concord native and violinist Sarah Whitney and violinist Julia Salerno performing a duo concert on Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m. at the church, 20 Lexington Road. The concert is “Seeing Double,” and covers the baroque style of Georg Telemann, the folk melodies of Miklos Rosza, bluegrass tunes of Mark O’Connor, Prokofiev and jazz composer Mark Summer. Admission $20.

At the Council on Aging

Trip to the Wenham Museum with Lunch at the Wenham Tea House
Tuesday, March 25, Leaving HWCC at 9:30 a.m.; Returning at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The Wenham Museum is one of the best places in Massachusetts to learn about how New England families lived, played, and collected throughout three centuries. On March 25 we will visit the museum and view their world famous doll and toy collections. Special exhibits on display include The 50th Anniversary of Mary Poppins and Happy 50th Birthday GI Joe. The per-person cost of $20 (payable in cash on the day of the trip), covers van transportation and museum admission including a private guided tour. You will purchase your own lunch at the moderately priced Wenham Tea House which is directly across the street from the museum. At least 10 participants are needed to run this trip, and the maximum is 13. Please call to sign up!

The Price is Right Trivia Game
Friday, March 28 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun, interactive game of team trivia on Friday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. here at the HWCC. The Concord Health Care Center will be hosting this event filled with fun and prizes. We will break into small groups and play as teams. Trivia questions about a variety of topics (Concord, Sports, History, etc.) will be given, with each team having time to discuss and answer the questions. The team with the most correct answers will spin the prize wheel and choose a mystery box prize! Concord Health Care Center has been offering this program to area Councils on Aging, and by all accounts participants really enjoy the game. We need a minimum of 6 people for this program to run. Be sure to call now to reserve your spot and see what it is all about!

Harvey’s Treasure Chest

The volunteers at the Harvey’s Treasure Chest Gift Shop have designated March as Vintage Sale Month! Be sure to stop in to see some of the treasures they have compiled. You could find your very own treasure!

Art Space News

This month through April 4 plan to come see work by artist Cynthia H. Williams from Lincoln, MA. Cynthia was an art major at Connecticut College, and for 50 years she and her family bred Golden Retrievers for dog shows and field trials. At the young age of 80, Cynthia went back to painting, taking acrylic classes taught by artist Maris Platais. Since getting back into art Cynthia has completed over 70 paintings, a selection of which are in this month’s show.

Town Manager's report

Estabrook Woods Map: The Trails Committee has completed a long awaited map for Estabrook Woods, which can be downloaded from the Town website at:

Concord Clean-up: Sign up now for the Concord Clean-up! The annual cleanup of roadside litter and trash begins on Saturday, March 29 and continues through Sunday, April 6. The Division of Natural Resources will supply yellow bags for miscellaneous litter and clear bags for recyclables (bottles and cans only – no paper). Individuals, families, neighborhood groups, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to contact the Division of Natural Resources for route assignments and bags.

New West Concord Eateries:The Building Inspections Division has been working with two new proposed restaurants located on Commonwealth Avenue in West Concord. One will be located in the former Mandrioli’s West Concord Market at 24 Commonwealth Avenue, and the other possible restaurant locating in the former Concord Outfitter’s retail space at 84 Commonwealth Avenue.

Emerson Umbrella - 40 Stow Street - 978-371-0820 -

Big Art through May 10
Four major, outdoor sculptures by nationally known, Vermont/Texas artist David Stromeyer. Two are based on abstract twist forms; two are lyrical ventures suggestive of rich, narrative relationships. All are colorfully coated steel completed within the last year. The exhibit will run one year. All works are currently available for purchase.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson March 21 - April 6
A rock musical with music and lyrics written by Michael Friedman , and a book by its director Alex Timbers. The show is a comedic Wild West rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party. It redefines Andrew Jackson, America's seventh President, as an Emo rock star and focuses on populism, the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel.

Concord Youth Theatre - 358 Baker Avenue - 978-371-1482 -

Join us for a delightful interactive theater experience. CYT actors will inspire you with new and improved versions of familiar children’s stories, complete with a sing-a-long! Outgoing audience members may even join the actors on stage to tell a joke or share a special talent. And everyone gets a prize at the end! So put on your performing hats and come play with us! $5 per person, cash or check only - no advance sales. Suggested audience ages 2 – 9.
Show Schedule
: Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
March 22 ~ Chicken Little
April 12 ~ Aladdin
April 26 ~ Charlotte’s Web
May 10 ~ Snow White
May 17 ~ Peter Rabbit

Honored Citizen Reception

March 23 Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Town House. Come honor Jack Clymer.

New hotel discussed

The planning department met with property owner and developers to discuss a proposal to build a 128-unit “extended stay” hotel at 320 Baker Avenue. It is proposed to be a three-story structure limited to 40 feet in height. The hotel use is allowed under a bylaw change that was approved at the 2013 Town Meeting.

Concord Art Association

Near & Far
: Recent oil paintings 
by Laurie Simko
and aerial photographs 
by Al Levin. 
March 2-30.

Concord Riverwalk

Dan Gainsborough’s environmentally friendly housing development on Route 62, Concord Riverwalk, has been named the 2013 Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. Gainsborough was a panelist at the recent MA Smart Growth Conference hosted by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.

Concordians on stage in Boston in May

Claudia Nimar produced a show last year called “Wild & Precious," written and performed by Concord residents Steve Cadwell and Francene Amari Faulkner. It is a singing, talking multimedia performance. The show will be in Boston for one night on May 9 at the First Church Boston on Marlboro Street and proceeds will go to PFLAG and UUUM Roxbury. See for more information.

Working for the Town

Regular status

GIS & Application Integration Program Manager

Assistant Local Inspector

Power Supply & Rates Administrator

Limited status (less than 20 hours a week)

Van Driver – The town is accepting applications for the Van Driver position on an ongoing basis to develop a pool of candidates to consider when a vacancy occurs.

Temp or seasonal

Senior Work program
Senior Worker

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

Resident Parking

Fees are going up for residential parking at the West Concord MBTA lot. Beginning on April 1, the fee for six months will go from $75 to $100. This increase is so that revenue from the lot keeps pace with the cost associated with maintaining it, according to Town Manager Chris Whelan. Residents whose vehicles are registered in Concord are eligible. Permits can be purchased at the Collectors office in the Town House.

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.

50 Beharrell Street Demolition Permit Issued

The Building Inspections Division last week issued a permit allowing demolition of the buildings at 50 Beharrell Street in West Concord. This demolition work will allow Oaktree Development, to begin construction of a combined industrial/business/residence use building to be known as Brookside Square. The mix of uses includes 30,000 sq. ft. of commercial and industrial space plus 74 units of housing (of which 8 will be considered affordable). The estimated cost of construction is $14.8 Million.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Volunteers certified under the AARP Tax Aide program will be at the COA on Tuesdays and Fridays during 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. Please call the COA to schedule your confidential appointment.

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.

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 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.

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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