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An Interview with Town Manager Jim Malloy

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An Interview with Select Board Chair Doug Lucente

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Now Virtual: Futures Panel April 2nd

Futures Panel: Challenges & Opportunities for Lexington

Futures Panel: Challenges & Opportunities for Lexington
April 2, 2020, 7-9:00 PM
This will be a virtual panel.
You can join the event by clicking this link before the event begins: 
https://zoom.us/j/891896344

Please join the 20/20 Vision Committee for an evening of thought-provoking speakers and topics as we host “Futures Panel: Challenges & Opportunities for Lexington”.  The evening marks a milestone in the first 20 years of Lexington’s long-range planning process and seeks to engage the community in shaping a vision of our town’s future.

Our panelists will peer into the future, highlighting the challenges and opportunities facing the regional economy, the evolving expectations for public education, and opportunities for using data and technology in planning and delivery of town services.


Jay Kaufman, Beacon Leadership Collaborative

Former State Representative for Lexington
MODERATOR
Jay Kaufman brings his deep knowledge of Lexington and his love of education and policy to guiding this important conversation about the future of Lexington.

 

Nariman Behravesh, PhD, Chief Economist, HIS Markit
ECONOMIC TRENDS AFFECTING LEXINGTON’S FUTURE
The US economic recovery is likely to continue for another year or two. In this environment, income growth and house price increases in Lexington will remain above average. In the coming decade, educational attainment and the Asian share of Lexington’s population will also continue to rise. Housing affordability and education funding will persist as top challenges for the town.

 

Julie Hackett, EdD, Superintendent, Lexington Public Schools
EMERGING EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY TRENDS
Dr. Hackett will discuss emerging educational technology trends and innovative learning practices that will prepare all LPS students to be “future-ready” and achieve the district’s new mission of “Joy in learning, curiosity in life, and compassion in all we do.”

 

Daniel O’Brien, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University; Co-Director, Boston Area Research Initiative
SMART CITIES — AND TOWNS   OF TOMORROW
Professor O’Brien will describe how data and technology are advancing city planning and services in metropolises like Boston, and how suburbs and towns—like Lexington and its neighbors—can leverage the same opportunities in their own work.

 

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East Meets West – A Shadaj Baithak Event

Lexington nonprofit organization will present a cultural event co-sponsored by Lexington Community Education and Community Endowment of Lexington (www.lexingtonendowment.org).

 

Indian Classical Music Appreciation Workshops on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, September 23, 24, 26 at 7:30 pm at Cary Library.

Please join us three nights this week for an informal and informational workshop on Indian classical music.
Monday, 09/23: Similarities and differences between Indian Classical Music and Jazz, with Phil Scarff
Tuesday, 09/24: Indian Classical Violin, with Tara Anand
Thursday, 09/26: Percussion in Indian Classical Music, with Amit Kavthekar

CONCERT:

Friday, September 27,  8.00 pm :  Concert
Venue:  Scottish Rite Masonic Museum, 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington, MA 02420

Tickets:   www.shadaj.org  (Premium: $100,  Regular: $30)
FREE for Shadaj Members and Students (Only upon RSVP)
Upgrade available for Shadaj members to Premium seating ​

Become a SHADAJ Member :  http://shadaj.org/membership.html 

Note: 

  • Admission will be handled on a first come first serve basis.  Members must RSVP to secure a seat.

About the Artists :​
Composer and performer, Pandit Shubhendra Rao is ranked amongst the key soloists of India who lived with his guru, Pandit Ravi Shankar in the Guru-Shishya Parampara for over 10 years, assisting him in concerts and compositions all over the world. He is an unmatched master at his instrument whose playing reminds the listener of the masters of yore transformed into today’s era.
Saskia Rao-De Haas (Cello)
Saskia Rao-de Haas is a brilliant cellist and composer from the Netherlands who is based in India. She has enriched North Indian classical music with her unique instrument, the Indian cello, and created a distinctive playing style with it. She studied with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia as well as at top institutes in the West, CODARTS, and the University of Amsterdam. In addition to her prestigious status in India, Saskia is an accomplished Western
Aditya Kalyanpur, a child prodigy, is one of the leading young generation tabla players of the Panjab Gharana. A prime disciple of the legendary Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussin, Aditya has performed with all the leading artists all around the world in all major music festivals. Aditya is a talented tabla solo artist who is equally adept at accompanying, fusion music and have several albums to his credit.

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Lexington Unites for Puerto Rico!

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WWI Poppy Gala Aims to Set Upbeat Tone for Centennial

Oct. 19, 6 pm, Masonic Lodge, 3 Bedford St. Lexington.  Tickets: $125, tables of 8 $1,000.

By Craig Sandler

As the Great War ended a century ago, Lexington shared the world’s sense of relief, hope and joy – and the Lexington Historical Society plans to bring that same spirit to an October gala celebrating the centennial.

The Society’s Armistice Day Poppy Gala, Oct. 19 at the Masonic Lodge on the Green, will take place in the middle of a series of programs and observances to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  The fundraiser is a major source of the revenue the Historical Society must raise to carry out its mission of historical stewardship and preservation, education, and community events.

The poppy theme comes from the central symbol of the “War to End Wars.”  The poppies a young wounded soldier observed on the graves of combat casualties in Flanders Field, Belgium, capture both the mournfulness and resilient spirit that attended the signing of the Armistice, Nov. 11, 1918.

That autumn, as soldiers came marching home to Lexington and across the nation, it was thought the war had opened a new era of peace.  That hope proved false, but the war did give the nation a sense of mission as a global force for democracy and freedom.  And the fall of 1918 was a time of optimism.

That spirit of joy will be nurtured at the Gala, a plated, sit-down dinner, with a series of musicians performing songs that capture the mood of the time in melody.   The acclaimed Lexington High School jazz band will play popular music of the day, followed by Elizabeth and Allie Whitfield, a mother-daughter singing duet.  Pianist Barbara Hutchinson will provide the mood music during dinner.

“We hope to commemorate the centennial from a post-war perspective,” said Erica McAvoy, the Society’s executive director.  It’s not going to be somber.  We want the spirit to be bright, happy and jovial, and we’re hoping people are going to come in, hear the jazz band and catch the tone of celebration.”

At the same time, the Gala is an opportunity for Lexington’s and other local history lovers to support the unique programs and crucial preservation mission of the Historical Society.  Besides dinners tickets ($125), attendees and fans of the Society can buy space in the program book, and messages honoring loved ones and family members who’ve served in the armed forces are welcome.  Sponsorships are also available and will directly help the Society fulfill its mission. Contact Erica McAvoy at (781) 862-1703 or director@lexingtonhistory.org.   Besides music and dining, the Gala will feature a silent auction, including airfare for two anywhere in the U.S. and a Portsmouth, N.H., getaway.

 

 

Oct. 19, 6 pm, Masonic Lodge, 3 Bedford St. Lexington.  Tickets: $125, tables of 8 $1,000.

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Halloween in the Center!

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Veterans Day in Lexington

Veterans Day Breakfast

  • Veterans Breakfast, Saturday, November 4, Keilty Hall, St. Brigid’s Church
  • Sponsored by The Town Celebrations Committee in partnership with the Lexington Rotary and the Lexington/Bedford Veterans Services Office.
  • Tickets may be obtained at the Lexington Community Center and Michelson’s Shoes in Lexington Center. Admission is free but a ticket is required.
  • Coffee 8:30 a.m. Program starts 8:50 a.m. Breakfast served 9:00 a.m.
  • Rotary Club members will serve a full breakfast catered by Neillio’s.
  • Complimentary service portraits by professional photographer Dave Tabeling
  • More than 20 door prizes donated by local businesses.
  • For questions on the event, contact Veterans Services Director Gina Rada at grada@lexingtonma.gov or 781 698-4848.

 

Karen Budnick

Karen Budnick, LICSW, Senior Social Worker and Coordinator of the No Veteran Dies Alone program at the Bedford VA Hospital, will deliver the keynote address at the sixth annual Veterans’ Breakfast on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Keilty Hall, St. Brigid’s Church, 2001 Massachusetts Avenue.
For the past eight years, Karen has served as the Social Worker at the David James Hospice Unit at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford. This unit includes its own dedicated physician, social worker, psychologist, nursing staff, volunteers and chaplain to care for veterans at the end of their lives with dignity, respect and compassion. “There is much suffering and hardship in the world today” Karen says, “and I view my job as helping to alleviate suffering and to bring light, love, peace and harmony to those veterans who are taking their final journey.”
Many veterans arrive at the hospice unit with serious psychic and medical issues – war injuries, PTSD, addictions of all kinds – that in turn have created sadness, loss, anger and separations from their families. As veterans approach the end of life, many yearn to mend these hurts and make peace with their families (and many families want to do the same). The love and support that the Hospice Program, Karen and the volunteers provide to veterans and families helps them open their hearts to forgiveness of self and forgiveness of others, often bringing peace and understanding before the veteran embarks on the final journey.
Karen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University.

 

Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony
PARADE
Gather in parking lot behind
Police Station 9:30 a.m.
Step off 10:00 a.m.
CEREMONY
Inside Cary Hall, 11:00 a.m.

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