Concord Journal

Wetlands bylaw 101: Natural Resources officials explain their proposal

While Town Moderator Ned Perry told selectmen last week there would not be any “high interest” articles at annual Town Meeting later this month, the proposed wetlands bylaw, Article 43, has sparked as much public interest as any of the other 56 warrant articles. 

In fact, the Natural Resources Division devoted an entire page to the wetlands bylaw on its homepage. Read More »

Concord families, teams save water to build a well

Starting in May, residents will have the opportunity to conserve water and raise money to provide a remote, mountainous village in Nicaragua with fresh water.

This year, the money raised through Concord’s third annual Water Conservation Challenge will be used to build a well in El Uval, a small village of 400 in the mountains of Nicaragua. Read More »

'Changes and Choices' symposium is Saturday

Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education supplies what the community demands.

They offer classes in bird carving, Powerpoint and the Argentine Tango. And they teach about fitness, first aid, the Constitution and geocaching.

This Saturday, Community Education can add to that list adapting to climate change — both economic and environmental. Read More »

Legislation passes to add Barrett's Farm to Minute Man National Park

Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry and Representative Niki Tsongas have announced the passage of legislation in the House of Representatives to protect Col. James Barrett’s Farm in Concord by adding it to Minute Man National Park. Read More »

Reduce, reuse, recycle: It doesn’t take much to be energy-efficient

A few years back, Jack and Melissa McBride moved their family into an old converted barn on Spencer Brook Road after outgrowing the Cape on Bow Street where they were living.

Before long, the McBrides found that their new home was showing its old age. Built in the early 1800s and converted to a house in the 1940s, the McBride’s abode, like many older homes in Concord, was leaking air and lacking insulation. Read More »

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Litter-free lunches at Willard

Lunch at an elementary school usually looks like organized chaos. 

Students emerge from the lunch lines, grab a carton of milk and make a beeline for their tables, where their classmates who brought lunch from home are already swapping snacks. After scarfing down a sandwich, a slice or some celery sticks, the students toss their trash, zip up their bags and rush outside for a short recess. Read More »

ONLINE POLL: Does Concord need its own wetlands bylaw?

At Town Meeting this spring, the Natural Resources Commission will present its proposal for a town wetlands bylaw. The commission says the bylaw will provide additional protection not allowed under the state Wetlands Protection Act. Read More »

Presenting their cases: Officials hear wetlands bylaw, Emerson Umbrella requests

The proposed wetlands bylaw and long-term lease for the Emerson Umbrella dominated the public hearing on non-financial, non-school and non-zoning articles for 2009 annual Town Meeting Monday.

Carrie Flood, executive director of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, presented Article 35, which seeks authorization for the town manager to enter into long-term lease for the former Emerson High School building allowing the continued use of that facility as a center for artists and art programs. Read More »

Housing Athority receives grant to renovate Peter Bulkeley Terrace

To improve tenant privacy and lessen vacancy rates for its elder residents, the Patrick Administration awarded $3 million from capital funds to the Concord Housing Authority Feb. 13.

According to the state Department of Housing and Community Development, the money will improve conditions for those living in Peter Bulkeley Terrace by converting its existing 38 communal apartments into new studio and one-bedroom apartments. Read More »

Concord Public Works Events

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Composting site and paint shed (755 Walden St.)

Closed for the season — will reopen in April  

Household Hazardous Waste

The scheduled dates for 2009 are April 25, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 20, Oct. 17 and Nov. 7. Town curbside customers can obtain a free pass at Concord Public Works.

Call 978-318-3240 if questions.  

DropOff/SwapOff Saturday, May 9, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 978-318-3240 for more information  

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