Town Manager Tuesdays: New Year's Edition
Town Manager Carl Valente shares his Top 10 Ways to get involved, stay informed and enjoy Lexington in 2012.
With the New Year upon us, here are my top 10 suggestions for Lexington residents to get involved, stay informed or simple enjoy our wonderful community:
- Visit www.lexingtonma.gov, the town’s website, for a wealth of information about your town government.
- Visit the Cary Library. There are many fabulous programs there every week.
- Sign up for any of our e-government subscriptions at http://www.egovlink.com/lexington/subscriptions/subscribe.asp to receive timely emails on everything from road closures to parades and other events in town.
- Register on Lexington's CodeRed emergency notification system http://www.lexingtonma.gov/%5Cpolice%5Ccodered.cfm . You can add your cell phone, work phone and email addresses to provide multiple ways to receive emergency information from the town’s public safety departments.
- Mark you calendar next July to enroll in Lexington’s Citizens Academy that will begin in September (9 two-hour sessions).
- Volunteer on a town board, committee or ‘Friends’ group. One person can make a difference.
- Watch Lexington’s Government Channel on LexMedia, RCN Channel 15, Comcast Channel 10 and Verizon Channel 37 or see a meeting you are interested in by going to the On Demand section of LexMedia’s website www.lexmedia.org.
- Attend a night of Town Meeting and bring your children. More than ever, we need young people to think about a career in public service.
- Take a walk on Town Conservation land. One of my favorites is Dunback Meadow, which is 170 acres and 2 miles of trails.
- Get out of your car one day a month and ride or walk on the Minuteman Bikeway or hop on Lexpress to get around town (fares are $1.50, $.75 for seniors).
- (Bonus: Take the Liberty Ride during its June-October season. You don’t really know about the events of April 19, 1775 until you have taken this tour.)
My best to all in 2012. Thank you for your ongoing support.