Good morning and Happy New Year! Welcome to LexObserver’s first Friday news roundup of 2023.
As you may know (and surely to your inbox’s relief), we crossed the NewsMatch finish line Dec. 31! Here’s an exciting update from Erin on how we did:
NewsMatch results: You are amazing, dear readers!
We raised almost $20,000 during NewsMatch, making us eligible for their $15,000 match! That’s $35,000 total, which is a great start to the year. Thank you to everyone who contributed, and especially to those of you who have chosen to be recurring donors! Thank you as well to One2One Bodyscapes for their $500 matching contribution!
Almost 300 people donated, and about 2/3 of you were first-time donors! We are so grateful to each and every one of you — your gifts allow Sophie’s excellent reporting to continue and give us enough breathing room to keep bringing in new features and sections. Please continue to spread the word to your friends and neighbors about our coverage and our mission. You are our best ambassadors!
You’ve set us up to cover a lot of important stories in 2023 and to keep growing in the future! Thank you, and here’s this week’s news.
In this issue:
- When a skater fell through the ice at the Old Reservoir, quick thinking and a dog leash saved his life.
- Explainer: How to vote and run for local office in Lexington.
- Lexington police log.
- Nature Column: Birds of a Feather….
- Community Submissions.
When a skater fell through the ice at the Old Reservoir, quick thinking and a dog leash saved his life
Monday, Dec. 26 was Haoyang Yu’s last day dog-sitting Copper. Yu’s friend had gone skiing for the long weekend, leaving Yu to watch over his goldendoodle.Keep reading
Lexington’s Annual Town Election will take place on Monday (you read that right—Monday, not Tuesday) March 6, 2023, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.Keep reading
The Lexington Police Department updates their incident log on Monday mornings.Keep reading
(And if you’d like to submit a letter to the editor, learn how to do that here!)
Calling all for LEF Trivia Bee Teams and Sponsors!Keep reading
Hancock Church in Lexington, MA, will celebrate the New Year and Epiphany with A Bach Christmas on Sunday, January 8, 2023!Keep reading
The Arboretum Sensory Garden with Scott Stanley and the Sensory Garden at the Lexington Community Center with Rita Pandey and Barbara Tarrh.Keep reading
Join First Parish in Lexington Jan. 8 for “Do the Work!” Practices for Racial Justice and Building a Beloved Community.Keep reading
The Lexington Farmers’ Market is back for its 7th season with the Small Yet Mighty Winter Market at the Waldorf School in Lexington.Keep reading
The League of Women Voters of Lexington invites you to a First Friday Forum on Jan. 6, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.Keep reading
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Nicco Mele, Sophie Culpepper, Erin Sandler-Rathe and the LexObserver Team
Edited by Sharon McGowan
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