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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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UPCOMING MEETINGS  

RECYCLING/TRASH/YARD WASTE (978-318-3240)

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  

Law offers benefits for ‘Green Communities’

When it was passed last July, the Green Communities Act (GCA) was hailed by the governor’s office as “a giant step forward towards a clean energy future.” But implementing the GCA could be an even bigger step as more and more “Green Communities” vie for state funds. Read More »

Senate passes bill to add Barrett's Farm to Minuteman Park

Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry and Rep. Niki Tsongas announced on Thursday the passage of legislation by the United States Senate to protect a one-of-a kind national historic treasure, Col. James Barrett’s Farm in Concord, by adding it to Minute Man National Park.  The farm had a central role in the first battle of the Revolutionary War in 1775. The House is expected to pass the measure in the coming days at which point it will be ready to be signed into law by the president. Read More »

Residents take the plunge

Locals looking to raise awareness about global warming made a quite a splash Saturday by braving the blustery afternoon air to plunge into Concord’s Walden Pond. Read More »

Hall’s stops its tree stand

West Concord families have had to travel a little bit further than Beharrel Street for their seven-foot firs this year.

The Hall’s Christmas Tree Stand, a seasonal staple in West Concord for more than 40 years, will not open for business this Christmas season — or any season hereafter.

Toby Hall, who started selling Christmas trees in 1962 at the old Acadian Utilities, decided as he hit age 60 that it was time to end his Christmastime tradition of traveling to Concord to sell the balsam and Fraser firs his family grows in Maine. Read More »

Town seeks comments on proposed Wetlands Bylaw

The Natural Resources Commission will be proposing a Wetlands Bylaw at Town Meeting 2009. Copies of the draft bylaw are available on the town Web site at www.concordma.gov, on the Natural Resources Web page. Public comment is encouraged. Provide written comments to the Natural Resources office at 141 Keyes Road, via fax at 978-318-3291, or via e-mail to dkaye@concordma.gov by Dec. 19.

Global warming is topic of talk

ConcordCAN invites you to a free “Evening with Bill McKibben” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Tri-Con Church. McKibben’s topic is “The Most Important Number in the World, Join the Fight Against Global Warming.” Discussion will follow McKibben’s address; refreshments and book buying opportunities will be provided in the Parish Hall. Read More »

New Willard’s green elements are incorporated into teachers’ curriculum

Willard students will become community educators next year, moving into a new building touted as an interactive classroom with learning elements that highlight the elementary school’s green design features. 

Last spring, hundreds of Willard School students in hardhats broke ground on the school slated to open for the 2009-2010 school year and the Willard School Building Committee two weeks ago told selectmen the project was ahead of schedule and under budget.  Read More »

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