Good morning and welcome to LexObserver’s Friday News Roundup.
We hope you’re looking forward to the long weekend, and to Lexington’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service events throughout this weekend into Monday!
A note from Erin about another event to keep an eye out for next month:
SAVE THE DATE!
Feb. 9, 7:00 p.m.: “How do we foster a sense of racial and social justice in our schools and throughout our communities?“
PARTICIPATION REQUESTED! This is the first in a series of conversations co-sponsored by the Lexington Lyceum Advocates and the LexObserver. These community conversations will take place in an interactive format: brief remarks by experts in the field, followed by a moderator-led Q&A discussion with audience members, and culminating in break-out sessions in small groups, led by the panelists.
Dr. Robert Bellinger, Associate Professor Emeritus of History, Suffolk University, Former Director of the Black Studies Program
Kerry Dunne, Ed.D. History & Social Studies Department Head, Lexington High School
Jane Hundley, Social Studies Department Head, grades 6-8, Lexington Public Schools
Mona Roy, Advocate, Education Committee of Indian Americans of Lexington, Past Chair of Lexington Human Rights Committee
Dr. Natasha Warikoo, Professor of Sociology, Tufts University; author of Race at the Top
Come to talk, share, question, listen, and learn! Tickets on sale at 12:00 p.m. January 13.
Thank you for reading, and here’s this week’s news.
In this issue:
- Special education, pandemic effects drive increases in proposed FY24 LPS budget.
- Lexington police log: Hit-and-run and check washing.
This year, rapidly increasing student needs have contributed to an unusually challenging budgeting process. “It’s not raining, it’s pouring,” Hackett wrote in her budget message emphasizing the importance of adequate funding to address these needs.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!)
Community Announcement: FAA Call for Public Comment Closes Tuesday (1/17/2023) RE Land Swap at Hanscom Field
The Federal Register (Dec. 15, 2022) includes notice of a complex land swap at Hanscom Field, with a call for public comment closing on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.Keep reading
Hancock Church will offer Our Whole Lives sexuality education for grades 7-9 this semester, and now is the time to sign your kids up!Keep reading
Community Announcement: Lexington Historical Society looks to the future by transforming its headquarters
Lexington Historical Society has selected Massachusetts-based, women owned H2 Design Studio to create the physical starting point of a visitor’s journey through the rich, diverse, and dynamic history of Lexington.Keep reading
Vibrant programs that make life in Lexington better start here.Keep reading
A 40-year CAAL tradition is back in-person, and better than ever!Keep reading
The Lexington Bicentennial Band presents its Winter Concert on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Gillespie Auditorium at Lexington High School, led by Music Director Jeff Leonard.Keep reading
On Jan. 15, Rev. Anne Mason will preach Unarmed Truth and Unconditional Love at First Parish in Lexington.Keep reading
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Nicco Mele, Sophie Culpepper, Erin Sandler-Rathe and the LexObserver Team
Edited by Lauren Feeney
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