Protesting LEA educators
A couple dozen educators protested outside the School Committee meeting room at the Central Administration Building prior to Tuesday's budget hearing and meeting. (Sophie Culpepper / LexObserver)

Hello, Lexington!

Good morning, happy Friday (finally some blue sky!!) and welcome to this week’s LexObserver News Roundup.

Before we get to today’s news, we’re delighted to introduce the newest member of our team – Susanne Beck – who will be with us through late spring as an intern!

In her own words, Susanne comes to us as “a next step in a checkered career that has zigged and zagged through investment banking, management consulting, philanthropy, non-profit leadership and finally, on to journalism.” She adds, “yes, I am probably one of the few interns with gray hair!” 

Susanne is looking forward to reacquainting herself with Lexington, where she lived for several years with her husband and three children, and to helping the Observer “expand our regular beats and provide more coverage of some of the many multi-faceted people who live here.” You can say hello to her and share ideas at Welcome, Susanne!

Thanks so much for reading, and here’s this week’s news.

In this issue:


Obituary: Arthur Katz

Sailor, grandfather, businessman and devoted citizen Arthur Katz dies at 97

Arthur Katz of Lexington was born on May 5, 1925 into one of the only two Jewish families in Glastonbury, Conn., a small town outside Hartford.

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

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