Good morning and welcome to LexObserver’s Friday news roundup!
It’s March 3, which means the Annual Town Election is just three days away. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 6; you can find your polling place here. While all townwide races are uncontested, contributing to conditions for low voter turnout, Town Meeting has a contested Precinct 7 race and Precinct 8 has room for write-in candidates because there are fewer candidates than open seats.
We’ll bring more reporting to you about the election results and Town Meeting in the coming weeks. In the meantime, thanks so much for reading, and we hope you enjoy this week’s news.
In this issue:
- After unexpected state aid increase, Select Board approves revised FY24 budget.
- Youngest ever Grammy-winner for jazz ensemble got his start in Lexington.
- School Committee Roundup: MSBA invites Lexington into Feasibility Study process for new high school construction.
- Telling Stories Left Untold.
- Town Manager holds first ‘Java with Jim’ community event.
- Lexingtonians voice concerns over proposed Hanscom development as MEPA issues certificate.
- Q&A with Ofrit Liviatan.
- “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”: A Nature Column.
- Lexington police log: Fraud, weather cause headaches.
- Letter to the Editor.
- Community Submissions.
In a special Select Board meeting Thursday, members unanimously approved amendments to the Town’s FY2024 budget after Governor Maura Healey announced her budget recommendation including about $2.3 million more in state aid than Lexington had expected to receive.Keep reading
When Lexington native Steven Feifke was young, he wanted to become one of two things: a professional baseball player or, more unusually, a jazz pianist.Keep reading
School Committee Roundup: MSBA invites Lexington into Feasibility Study process for new high school construction
In a detailed presentation, 10-year-old Nikhil Shah asked the School Committee to consider making Diwali – a major Hindu holiday that celebrates the festival of lights and triumph of good over evil – a school holiday.Keep reading
Town Manager Jim Malloy held a community meeting dubbed ‘Java with Jim’ Wednesday, where he shared local government updates and answered community questions in the foyer of Cary Memorial Building over Dunkin’ coffee and munchkins.Keep reading
As interest Hanscom Field’s North Airfield development grows, Lexingtonians have added their voices to a growing chorus of concerns and objections to the project.Keep reading
Ofrit Liviatan is a lecturer on law and politics at Harvard University’s Department of Government, the author of a political novel Anything But Steady, and the Director of Harvard College’s Freshman Seminar Program.Keep reading
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:05 a.m., a Beacon Street resident called to report that someone was using her business’ name on Craigslist to advertise a donkey for sale.Keep reading
Letters to the Editor
Zoning articles are among the most complex brought before Town Meeting.Keep reading
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