Week in Review: Jan. 8 to 14
A look back at the week that was in Lexington.
We started this week by asking whether you all thought the Pledge of Allegiance belongs in the Lexington Public Schools, where, as it turns out, the pledge is not uniformly said despite state law suggesting schools should recite it daily.
A poll was posted and, as of Saturday morning, 38 of 66 voters believe the pledge should be said every day in all of schools. Our commenters, however, found themselves split the subject.
On Tuesday morning, we posted a story about Lexington High Principal Natalie Cohen’s plans to retire June 30. Cohen’s letter to staff, administrators and the school community leaked out late Monday and Superintendent Paul Ash confirmed the news Tuesday morning.
Later that day, Town Manager Carl Valente used his column to share an overview of his preliminary budget for fiscal 2013, announce the town is recruiting a full-time veterans services officer and plug Lexpress after news that the MBTA is considering an increase in fares. It should be noted that VSO recruitment comes months after a handful of veterans showed up at a November special Town Meeting and called on the town to make the position full-time.
We led Wednesday morning with a little election catch-up with Town Clerk Donna Hooper. With only days remaining for potential candidates to pull papers (that time has now passed, sorry) there were races shaping up for School Committee and Housing Authority, but candidates were still needed for Town Meeting.
Two new features also posted on Wednesday. One, a weekly column called “Cooking with Sheila” encouraged juicing up the New Year to stick with those healthy-eating resolutions. The other, a monthly column that looks inside Lexington’s “Technological Landscapes,” discussed dreams of an optical computer.
Meanwhile, study of the Lexington Fire Department got underway this week, with the consultants meeting with LFD officers, select firefighters and a steering committee. According to Valente, the study could shape the search for a new permanent chief, along with the funded but unfilled assistant chief's position.
Later on Thursday, we posted a story about Big Lex, the four-day high school debate tournament raging at Lexington High School all weekend long.
That night, the Lexington League of Women Voters hosted an informaiton session about the Jan. 24 special election to decide about financing through a debt exclusion school building projects to rebuild Estabrook Elementary and renovate the Bridge and Bowman Schools. On Saturday morning, we asked how y'all would vote.
On Friday the 13th we hit you with 13 things to know about Friday the 13th, as well as a poll of the most popular dog names of 2011 and an explanation of a cool documentary project from Steven Bogart, the former drama teacher at LHS.