Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A stretch of the roadway will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for work expected to last about seven workdays.
According to communications from Lexington officials, a section of Waltham Street will be shut down beginning at 7 a.m. today, April 16 for water service replacement work expected to take about seven work days. The section slated for closure is the stretch from the intersection of Waltham Street and Marrett Road to Waltham's intersection with Worthen Road. The closures will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but pedestrians and abutting residents will have access throughout, the town communications said. Traffic will be detoured onto Marrett Road, Kendall Road and Worthen Road, and details will be able to direct emergency vehicles whereever needed. For more information, call the Engineering Division at 781-274-8308 if you have questions …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Pay ‘em if you got ‘em.
A common criticism from those opposed to decriminalization of marijuana in Massachusetts is that the law, passed comfortably as a ballot initiative in 2008, is toothless. Which is to say, there's not a lot that law enforcement can do to make the doobs abide. Under Mass General Law chapter 94c, section 32L, possession of one ounce of marijuana is decriminalized and punishable only as a civil offense. For offenders age 18 and older, that means a $100 fine and turning over their stash. And for those under 18, the penalty also includes completion of a drug awareness program and parental notification. Where many critics take exception with the law is in its failure to require the civilly cited to correctly identify themselves and to provide a …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
NSTAR and crowd-sourced websites offer tips and locations for charging electric cars.
Drivers who are considering a switch to electric vehicles or current vehicle owners looking for a place nearby to charge their rides have a couple of places to find their outlet. In Lexington, the closest charging stations are right here in town -- the year-old stations in the lot at 4 Grant St. -- and beyond that there are a few in Waltham and Cambridge, according to crowd-sourced website carstations.com. Carstations allows users to upload new car charging locations to a Google map and (when applicable) provides details on the station. According to the site's About section, "this website is designed to encourage participation and welcomes user interaction in the form of comments, updates and user generated content." There are also more …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The prostitution? The party? Something else? What’s piqued your interest in the latest police log?
Yes, a headline like, “Police Log: A Prostitution Arrest and a House Party Out of Hand,” piques the interest in these parts. But I’m wondering which part: Was it the prostitution? The house party? Something else? Please let me know. No, really. This is my concern. As your friendly neighborhood Patch editor, what I hope to do is provide the information that matters to you. And so, when you’re interested in something, I want to know what that something is, and how I can give you more of it. So, regarding this latest edition of the police log ... Care about the prostitution? I’ve got a story in the works. Wondering about after effect from the house party? I’m following up with police and would be more than happy to ask them a few …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
When can Lexington residents put out Christmas trees for curbside collection?
With the arrival of the New Year, another holiday season has come to an end, leaving many with decorations to take down and Christmas – or, Holiday – trees to dispose of. Luckily, there are a number of ways to do that here in Lexington. Here’s what we found out from the town’s recycling flyer for 2012-2013. There are two basic options for recycling a Christmas tree: curbside collection or dropping it off at the compost facility on Hartwell Avenue. Trees are no longer accepted at the DPW building on Bedford Street. Special curbside recycling collection of Christmas trees takes place this week and next (Dec. 31 to Jan. 5 and Jan. 7 to 11). To participate, residents must remove all foreign objects from the trees and place them curbside …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Got a question? Ask Patch.
While we don't know exactly why the sky is blue or how to time travel, there is a lot us Patch editors do know. And, we have a knack for being able to dig up information when we don't know something. Which is why we're asking you, dear reader, to unleash your burning questions upon us. If it's Lexington-related and you're wondering what's up, ask us. In a new feature, You Ask, Patch Answers, we'll respond to your questions. Did you see something curious happening in town and want to know what it was about? Are you wondering about a new construction project that's cropped up? What about a story for which you'd like more explanation? We'll field questions on anything from when a new business in town is opening to where to find good play …
Monday, August 27, 2012
The question came in from a reader, and we sought out the answer.
Question: Are those traffic surveillance cameras installed at the intersection of Bedford and Hill streets? If they are cameras, what’s the purpose? Are they license plate readers? This seems like a minor intersection. Answer: Those camera-looking devices are not cameras at all, according to the Lexington Police Department. Actually, they’re sensors meant to tell the traffic lights when there’s a vehicle at the stop line. These kind of sensors used to be underground, but now they’re positioned up with the lights. While they won't read your license plate, police say the sensors should prevent motorists from getting stuck too long at the intersection when they’re the only traffic in the area.