high school graduates throw caps in the air
LHS Class of 2022 graduates tossed their caps in the air after receiving their diplomas on Sunday. (Sarah Liu / LexObserver)

Hello, Lexington!

Good morning and welcome to LexObserver’s weekly news roundup. 

Summer is just around the corner, and next week, we’ll share our plan for summer newsletters that look a little different than our weekly roundups. But…for now, we’d love to know: If you appreciated our feature about the effort to bring a women’s monument to Lexington, what other topics or questions would you like to see explored in longer-form stories? If you have ideas, please reach out to sophie@lexobserver.org.

Now, this week’s news.

In this issue:

  • COVID-19 Weekly Update (See Below): Recorded LPS cases decrease.
  • Community Announcements (See Below): Purple Puppy Promenade to support Alzheimer’s Association this morning; new East Lexington art exhibit open until Aug. 1 at the Community Center.

After two years, Lexington High School graduates return to traditional pomp of in-person ceremony

LHS Class of 2022 graduated Sunday, June 5 in ceremony at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell; Minuteman graduates celebrated June 3, LABBB graduates received diplomas June 9

“I can’t tell you how happy I am that we are not doing a drive-by, or four ceremonies in one day – that we are doing this together as a community, in person,” LHS Principal Andrew Stephens said last Sunday during opening remarks met with hearty applause.

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Lexington voters approve debt exclusion to fund long-delayed new police station

In June 6 Special Election, debt exclusion to temporarily raise property taxes to fund new building earns 56.6% votes in favor, with 12.48% voter turnout

In Monday’s Special Town Election, 56.6% of voters approved a debt exclusion to fund a roughly 34,000 square foot, $35.2 million new police station at 1575 Massachusetts Avenue for the Town. Lexingtonians cast 1,615 ballots in favor of the debt exclusion and 1,236 against it, as well as 2 blanks, final results certified Wednesday confirmed.

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COVID-19 Weekly Update

  • At press time, this week’s recorded COVID-19 case numbers had not been posted to the Town dashboard. Last week, the Town had 123 new recorded COVID-19 cases as of June 2.
     
  • At Lexington Public Schools, recorded cases decreased for the second week in a row (though the student pool has decreased, as seniors have been out of school since Memorial Day Weekend). As of Thursday, LPS had 68 staff or students absent who had tested positive, and no staff or students students on quarantine; last week, as of June 2, 76 staff or students were absent who had tested positive, while two students were on quarantine.

Community Announcements

  • Purple Puppy Promenade for Alzheimer’s awareness, support today: Lexington Goes Purple is hosting the 4th annual Purple Puppy Promenade from 9:30-10:30 a.m. this morning. The parade will begin at Emery Park in front of the Lexington Depot and will continue to Muzzey Field. Prizes will be awarded for Best Puppy Costume, Best Tricks and Best Obedience Skills. You can learn more about the parade, and how to support the Alzheimer’s Association, here.
  • Ongoing Art Exhibit until Aug. 1 at Lexington Community Center: “East Lexington Trees Tell Our History,” a new art exhibit co-sponsored by the Lexington Community Center and the Munroe Center for the Arts, is open at the Community Center until Aug. 1. The exhibit is open Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can learn more about the exhibit here.

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With gratitude,
Nicco Mele, Sophie Culpepper, Erin Sandler-Rathe and the LexObserver Team

Edited by Erin Sandler-Rathe

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