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Friday, February 4, 2000

Valentine's Day has become a bigger special holiday. When I was growing up, I don't remember my parents going out to eat, but I do remember a special treat from them to me. I remember in grade school making the valentine box into which we "mailed" the valentines to our friends, teacher, and secret pal, with the anticipation of getting a valentine from a special friend and later from a boy who was my current "crush." Now I remind my husband Alex that February 14th is right around the corner and I am writing an article for the Mosquito on what we are doing. Usually we host a "sweetheart dinner" where the men cook and the ladies just sit around being decorative. This is a lot of fun with great food, but since he may have to go out of town that week on business, it has left us unable to make plans. That has not kept me from picking out a few favorite places that have special valentine dinners. ...more

A big leap in the number of Carlisle students at Concord-Carlisle High School and in the size of the school overall could very likely result in an unusually large (17-19 percent) increase in what the town has to pay next year. Moreover, since Carlisle's budget guidelines were set without regard to Concord's, nearly $200,000 (or more) of this increase is not yet accounted for in the budget FinCom has prepared to present at Town Meeting. ...more

"We don't have a cookie jar full of cookies," finance committee chair Tony Allison told the Gleason Library Trustees and Director Ellen Rauch at the January 26 hearing on the library's request for a 58 percent increase to operate the new building next year. ...more

Are cell towers hazardous to your health? Although the federal government disagrees, the panelists assembled for "Microwaving Communities: The Link between Cell Phone Antennas and Your Health" at the Alcott School in Concord on January 30 presented a strong, albeit uncontested, case that they are. ...more

In February, as more fortunate citizens curl up with seed catalogues and dream of narcissus, town officials' thoughts turn to strategies for shaping Proposition 2 1/2 override questions. This year, such talk has started earlier than usual, as most town departments have submitted requests far higher than the draconian guidelines the finance committee approved last fall. ...more

To the Editor: ...more

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