Good morning and welcome to LexObserver’s first weekly news roundup of this fall!
As mentioned in last week’s final summer newsletter, our weekly roundups now go out on Friday mornings. In most roundups, we’ll aim to cover one to three stories per week, as well as the latest community announcements and letters to the editor (when we have submissions). This edition has four stories, since it’s our first week back and there’s a lot to cover…but one to three will be the norm in future weeks! And, we still plan to share a feature exploring an important topic in Lexington every four to six weeks along the lines of our summer reporting.
Happy Friday, and here’s this week’s news.
In this issue:
- Following July departure of Lexington’s inaugural Chief Equity Officer, Town continues its search for a replacement.
- In first summer of Lexington’s gas-powered leaf blower seasonal restrictions, compliance remains uneven.
- During Lexington’s first participatory budgeting cycle, residents will decide how to spend $500,000 for community benefit.
Following July departure of Lexington’s inaugural Chief Equity Officer, Town continues its search for a replacement
After serving as Lexington’s first-ever Chief Equity Officer for about a year, Martha Duffield announced that she would leave the position at a July 11 Select Board meeting. Her last day was July 20, and the Town is still in the process of recruiting for her replacement.Keep reading
In first summer of Lexington’s gas-powered leaf blower seasonal restrictions, compliance remains uneven
On a sweltering afternoon in late August, many a Lexington street is quiet and still – the picture of idyllic suburban summer. But wandering among the carefully tended lawns north of the Battle Green, an unmistakable drone punctuates that quiet.Keep reading
During Lexington’s first participatory budgeting cycle, residents will decide how to spend $500,000 for community benefit
For the first time, Lexington residents have the opportunity to submit their own ideas for municipal spending – and vote directly on which ideas to fund – in a process called participatory budgeting.Keep reading
Though a dreary Tuesday brought much-needed rain to Massachusetts, fewer than one in three Lexingtonians turned out to vote in a state primary full of down-ballot surprises and close calls.Keep reading
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