Bertucci's entrance Lexington Center
Assistant Health Director Alicia McCartin conducted another inspection of Bertucci’s on Sept. 22, and found that the restaurant had addressed all violations and was able to reopen. (Sophie Culpepper / LexObserver)

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In this issue:

School Committee reviews proposal for earlier K-5 start times

At Tuesday’s School Committee meeting, Superintendent Julie Hackett presented a proposal to shift elementary school start times over an hour earlier beginning with the 2023-24 school year to address current transportation challenges

On Tuesday, the Lexington School Committee reviewed an early-stage proposal to shift elementary school start times earlier by over an hour starting in the 2023-24 school year. No vote was taken on the proposal at this week’s meeting; the district plans to conduct additional public outreach.

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Appropriation Committee approves Reserve Fund authorization for public safety radio repairs

With 7-1 vote during Tuesday meeting, the Appropriation Committee approved authorizing up to $750,000 from the Town’s Reserve Fund for required repairs

Lexington is one step closer to modernizing its decades-old public safety radio system, which is currently experiencing delays and dropoffs affecting some police and fire radio transmissions.

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Following almost five years of community work, Planning Board unanimously adopts Volume I of updated Comprehensive Plan

With 5-0 vote, Planning Board adopts first update to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan in roughly two decades

After dozens of meetings and almost five years of community engagement and drafting, Lexington has a detailed policy document on the books encompassing present-day Town goals and priorities across 10 different subject areas to guide its future physical development. 

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After correcting violations that led to failed health inspection, Bertucci’s in Lexington Center reopens

Earlier this month, restaurant closed for 10 days following failed health inspection that found mouse infestation, other Food Code violations

At their regular meeting Wednesday, the Lexington Board of Health discussed the recent temporary closure of Bertucci’s in Lexington Center following the restaurant’s failed health inspection earlier this month.

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Letters to the Editor

Community Submissions

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

Edited by Erin Sandler-Rathe

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