Adorable Golden Retriever Puppy Sleeping in the Yard
During the second week of Annual Town Meeting, Article 28, a citizen petition spearheaded by Pam Baker, proposed prohibiting pet stores from selling “puppy mill” animals (dogs, cats and rabbits) in Lexington. No such stores currently exist in town, but the motion seeks to ensure they can never operate here to prohibit any profit in town from selling animals raised in inhumane, commercial breeding facilities. (Courtesy of Envato Elements)

Good morning and welcome to this week’s LexObserver news roundup. 

Will next week conclude Spring Town Meeting, or will it stretch on into the final week of April after the LPS spring break? There’s no way to be certain – but we’re at least halfway there, with four sessions down and anywhere from two to four remaining this month. 

We have one quick announcement for you: Next week, this newsletter is going to look a little different! The content will be the same, but we plan to experiment with some small aesthetic changes, and will be excited to hear your feedback.

Now, this week’s news:

 

Week of April 9: Lexington News Roundup

Reported by Sophie Culpepper

IN THIS ISSUE:      

  • LPS review panel recommends change in afterschool program vendor from Lextended to Kidsborough; School Committee will discuss recommendation Monday.
  • Session #3 Town Meeting Highlights: Additional Climate Action Plan funding approved; Amendment to Article 12a means safety signage at Hartwell Ave approved, but branding signage rejected; roundabout proposed in Article 12n, Battle Green Streetscape Improvements, moves forward.
  • Session #4 Town Meeting Highlights: Memorial for former TMM David Kaufman; non-binding Zero Waste Resolution, Humane Pet Store Bylaw, Nexus Studies Citizen Petitions all pass by wide margins.
  • Next week at Town Meeting, zoning is likely to take center stage: Understanding OSRDs, and where Articles 38 and 39 stand.
  • This week’s School Committee meeting: Early-stage ideas for updating LHS graduation requirements include reducing science, social studies requirements from four to three years, which would bring them in line with state requirements.
  • COVID-19 Weekly Update: Small increases in town, school cases this week.
  • (We’re leaving out Community Announcements today since this edition is a little long…)

LPS review panel recommends change in afterschool program vendor from Lextended to Kidsborough; School Committee will discuss recommendation Monday

 

 

Session #3 Town Meeting Highlights: Additional Climate Action Plan funding approved; Amendment to Article 12a means safety signage at Hartwell Ave approved, but branding signage rejected; roundabout proposed in Article 12n, Battle Green Streetscape Improvements, moves forward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session #4 Town Meeting Highlights: Memorial for former TMM David Kaufman; non-binding Zero Waste Resolution, Humane Pet Store Bylaw, Nexus Studies Citizen Petitions all pass by wide margins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next week at Town Meeting, zoning is likely to take center stage

  • Monday: STM 2022-2 Article 2, to appropriate nearly 2 million dollars to fund a Lexington High School Feasibility Study following the district’s long-awaited invitation into the Massachusetts School Building Authority eligibility period to build a new or renovated high school.

 

 

 

Article 35 – Open Space Residential Developments return for round 2:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s School Committee meeting: Early-stage ideas for updating LHS graduation requirements include reducing science, social studies requirements from four to three years, which would bring them in line with state requirements

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Weekly Update: Small increases in town, school cases this week

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With gratitude,
Nicco Mele, Sophie Culpepper, Sarah Liu, Vivian Wang and Seiya Saneyoshi
LexObserver Team

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