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04/ Rotary Club Helping to end polio
Jim Shaw WRITERS STARTING ON PAGE 23 20/ Nominations sought for annual awards
Jeri Zeder 16/ First Parish Church installs new minister
Publisher Digney Fignus Lexington businesses support Lexington Youth and Family Services 17/ League of Women Voters First Friday
E. Ashley Rooney 19/ Sources of Strength suicide prevention
jim@colonial�mes Elena Murphy STORIES 20/ Local business, Eccoli Salon Jane Whitehead 10 Pay Now, Give Later Learn about the Cary Library 21/ Lexington Field & Garden Club news
Jim Shaw 35/ Minuteman HS lands life sciences grant
Laurie Atwater Maria Hastings Legacy Society 36/ Seniors celebrate Valentine's Day
Devin Shaw 38/ LACS upcoming events & programs
18 Lexington Businesses Support LYFS New corporate 39/ Chamber's Women in Business Series
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Lexington Rotary Club is Helping to End Polio

Growing Since 1884 To raise awareness and critically-
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• A weekly supply of fresh produce, 60 cents per vaccine, the effort will pay organization with nearly 34,000 clubs
for over a quarter of a million polio vac- in more than 200 countries and geo-
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• More variety than any other CSA in the area. event added to the over $510k raised by its top priority in 1985. Rotary has since
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S E R V I C E TCEOAMMMWUONRITKY We’re not talking eyeglasses here. seats,” Clayton said. “It was terrific.”
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Gossage. was the antique rifle that was dis-
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John O’Donnell and Liz O’PJNorheensilidOe’Dnot n&neClElO Wall. with invisible attachments so that it
President & CEO Business partners Robert Clayton looks suspended.
Committed John O’Donnell and Barry Stahl own the 15-store Big
Picture Framing, and according to Clayton said often, customers
toofthloecasul bccuessinsess.President & CEO them, there’s nothing that can’t be come into the store with their object
preserved and and not know what to do with it.
Opening in 1945, and working in the same building for decades, displayed in
The Community Nursery School of Lexington (CNS) decided the best way “Our guys are up to the chal-
it was time for an upgrade. In 2007, a building advisory committee possible. lenge,” said
(BAC) was established to research what was needed to move From your Clayton. “We
forward. Funding was the biggest challenge and between their college or pro- will come up
capital campaign and their work with John O’Donnell, President & fessional diploma to your grandchild’s with a solu-
CEO of Patriot Community Bank, plans were set in motion and in christening gown, and just about tion. It makes
June of 2011 construction was completed on the new building. anything else, Big Picture Framing has our life that
built a business on creative methods,
CNS director Liz O’Neil knew that Patriot Community Bank was high-quality materials and great cus- much more interesting.”
exactly the kind of bank that she and her team could work with. tomer service. All mattes are acid-free and
And, understanding the challenges of capital campaigns and new Clayton said he and Stahl started
commercial construction, John O’Donnell and Patriot Community the business with two stores in framed with protective UV glass.
Bank was the perfect partner. Needham and Arlington in 2000. They “We preserve and protect every-
aren’t artistic types, “but we know
how to hire.” Their staffs are experts. thing we do,” said Clayton. “It’s part of
“They are clever and talented,” respecting the customer.”
said Clayton. “I’m very proud of these
guys. We do the basic certificate to He said lately, “people are more
the most complex, ornate thing you’ve conscious of displaying things, and
ever seen. It runs the whole gamut.” preserving them. We pride ourselves
Clayton tells the story of a cus- on giving our customers what they
tomer who had a collection of ticket want at the best price in the market
stubs from a good many rock concerts because we guarantee the lowest
he’d been to, and instead of the usual price.”
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Plan Now,
Give Later!

Maria Hastings Cary Legacy
Society donors see legacy gifts
as a smart, painless way to
support causes they believe in

By Jane Whitehead Rooney is also well-rep- E. ASHLEY ROONEY
resented in the Cary’s
Lexington author and regular CTM contributor E. Lexington Authors’ Recreation Department, (not to mention her
Ashley Rooney explains cheerfully: “One of these Collection, with over 40 experience as a parent of two children and
days I’m going to die and some money will go to titles on subjects ranging foster-parent of two others) Rooney had seen
the Library and some money will go to my kids.” from garden ornaments a huge need for accurate, current information
to ghosts. “I’m usually for teens on subjects from bullying to drug use,
Rooney is one of 29 members of the Maria four books ahead of pregnancy and sexuality.
Hastings Cary Legacy Society, founded in 2007 to myself,” she says, and
recognize people who provide for Cary Memorial although she’s been slowed down in recent “Ashley was a constant presence and constant
Library in their estate plans. According to Kat months by a broken shoulder, she’s working on cheerleader for all things teen in Lexington,” says
MacDonald, Director of Development for the a new series on western art (as in “cowboys and Ikauniks, who retired in 2011. With the estab-
Cary Memorial Library Foundation, Legacy Indians”), has a couple of books in production lishment in 2005 of a named fund to support
Society donations to date total $188,340. on fiber art and encaustic art, with co-author resources and programming for teens, Rooney
Anne Lee, and is looking forward to seeing the “stepped up as the first great benefactor of the
The beauty of legacy gifts, says Library Director first copies of Contemporary Texas Architecture Library’s teen program and got it off to a solid
Koren Stembridge, is that they provide “a (Schiffer Publishing, 2016). But the legacy she’s start,” says Ikauniks.
windfall—money that falls outside the normal proudest of is her work with adolescents and her
operating budget and allows for something contribution to building the Library’s resources Together, says Ikauniks, she and Rooney
magical to happen.” (For five ways to join the for young people. developed an easy-access collection of non-fic-
Legacy Society, see page 12.) tion books on issues identified by the newly
Listening to Teens formed Teen Advisory Board. The “issues” collec-
“We want to have things continue that we tion has been growing ever since, says Ikauniks,
believe in,” says Rooney, “and Cary Memorial When Pam Ikauniks, Cary’s then Reference and and is “a real core collection for the teens that
Library is one of the things I strongly believe in.” Young Adult Librarian, was tasked with building showed that the Library cared about them as a
The legacy gift will be the capstone on Rooney’s up teen collections and programming in 2004, group.”
long-term support for the Library, which has she turned to Rooney, who was well-known
included organizing three fund-raising art shows locally for her work with young people as well as Legacy Society, continued on next page
showcasing the work of local artists, and serving for her philanthropy.
two terms as a board member of the Cary
Memorial Library Foundation. Over twenty years of working with youth groups,
as a volunteer at Lexington’s Church of Our
Redeemer, and as an employee of Winchester

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Legacy Society, continued from previous page these organizations that we feel are
worthy and could use some funds.”
Pot Luck in the Reading Room
On the nuts and bolts of making the
For Ruth and Bruce Lynn, Cary Library has necessary changes to their wills, most
been a vital part of their personal and in Ruth’s people in the early stage of retirement
case, professional, lives for over thirty years. “could probably use a little update”
Ruth retired as head of the Children’s Room to reflect their current circumstances
in January 2013, after decades of bringing the and maximize tax advantages, and at
best in children’s literature to Lexington’s young that point it’s straightforward to add
readers and their parents. “When the kids were “a donation or two” in a codicil, says
growing up we both took them there as often Bruce. Ruth hastens to add: “It’s not
as we could,” says Bruce, “and now we take our like we’re leaving millions of dollars –
grandchildren whenever they’re in town.” but if everybody in town left a small
amount like we hope to leave, imagine
Since he retired as a high-tech marketing what the budget of the Library would
manager, in March 2015, Bruce is more likely to be!”
be found in the reading room than the children’s
room. That’s when he can spare the time from Legacy Society, continued on page 12
the many food-centric causes he supports. In his
twenties he worked as a cook before taking an
MBA, and long-term volunteer cooking gigs have
included coordinating Temple Isaiah’s annual
fundraising dinner for the California-based
anti-hunger charity MAZON, and acting as a lead
cook for the Temple’s quarterly congregational

Twelve months ago he took on the role of head RUTH AND BRUCE LYNN
cook for the independent volunteer organization
Lex Eat Together (LET), supervising teams of The Legacy of Claude Brenner, 1928 – 2015
volunteer assistants to provide a weekly dinner
at the Church of Our Redeemer, Lexington, free When Claude Brenner died in March 2015 at age 86, Cary
and open to anyone in need of a good meal or Library lost one of its greatest supporters. The MIT-educated
some company. South African-born aeronautical engineer settled in Lexington
in 1970. He valued highly the breadth and depth of the
When Bruce wants to catch up with New Yorker Library’s collections on the many subjects that interested him,
cartoons – he cancelled his subscription because from cryptic puzzles to recycling and energy conservation,
he never has time to get through the whole and he knew that such resources can never be taken for
magazine – he heads to Cary Library. “I really granted.
love to go to the reading room and pick out
some magazines and sit down and relax and Brenner served on the CMLF board from 2006-2009, and just
even put my feet up,” he says, laughing. “It’s like before his 80th birthday, became the founder and founding
pot luck, because they have so many different donor of the Library Foundation’s charitable gift annuity
magazines.” (CGA) program. In return for an initial gift of $10,000, the CGA provided Brenner with an
annuity over the course of his lifetime, paid in fixed quarterly payments, and at his death the
Where There’s a Will balance was retained in the endowment fund. At the time he made the gift, Brenner said:
“It’s a great instrument because it locks in support after my death, and gives me nice stream
“We think the Library is such an important piece of income.”
of living in Lexington, such a valuable resource
to the community,” says Ruth Lynn. She knows Brenner’s generosity did not end with the CGA. In his will, he also left the Library an addition-
first hand how crucial private support has been al bequest of over $90,000. He once said: “I think that it’s vital that people have free access
to keeping collections updated and expanding to the deep well of information that is available in a library of Cary’s quality.” His double
programming for all age groups. “I was lucky to legacy helps ensure the future continuity of that access.
work in a community like Lexington that provides
so much support to its local library,” she says.

Now she and Bruce plan to add their own
financial contributions, in the form of a small
percentage of their total assets at the time of
their eventual deaths. “It’s pretty easy to do,”
says Bruce. “It’s not like we’re depriving our kids,
and when that payout is made, we won’t be here
and we won’t need it, so it may as well go to all


Legacy Society, continued from page 11

Plan Now, Give Later!
How to Join the Maria Hastings Cary Legacy Society Why consider a legacy gift?

As Koren Stembridge, the Library’s director, LIFE INSURANCE. CMLF can be the
full or partial beneficiary of your life
explains: “Gifts and legacies allowed for this insurance policy.

Library to be created and this building to be DONOR-ADVISED FUND. These
funds are encumbered for charitable
Keep your memories alive. Proudly display built. The future is uncertain and libraries are purposes and cannot be left to heirs.
You may be able to designate CMLF to
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Minister on Sunday, March 26 at 4 stands on the side of love, justice and

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Asian ancestry are well represented on lishment of a standing body known as
PTA/O boards, and are increasing their the Diversity Think Tank.
participation on the Town’s elected
and appointed committees. However, Presenters: Dan Krupka and Susie
challenges remain in achieving a more Lee-Snell, Subcommittee on Asian
complete integration into the existing Communities of the Lexington 20/20
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At Lexington's Colonial Times we are committed to providing the community with
information relevant to parents and all those interested in the welfare of Lexington's
children and young people. We are happy to support LYFS with space to tell their
story, editorial support and advocacy as they expand their efforts to provide free
mental health counseling and suicide prevention programs in Lexington and at
Lexington High School. This group of mental health professionals concerned
citizens and local bussinesses and organizations are helping our kids when they
can be most vulnerable and creating programming that helps to build empathy and
increase resilience. We hope you will join us in supporting their work.

Lexington Merchants Support
Lexington Youth and Family Services

Founded in 2008, this local not-for-profit provides
confidential mental health services for Lexington teens

By Timothy Dugan, Prokopios Efstratoudakis at Personal From left to right: LYFS co-president Connee Counts; Anna Maria Dimos of EyeLook;
M.D., local Child and Cleaners and Stephanie Despirito and Stephanie Despirito of Stephanie Louis; LYFS founding board member Bill Blout; LYFS
Adolescent Louis Volpicelli of Stephanie Louis Executive Director Erin Deery, LICSW; LYFS founding board member Betsey Weiss; Vasa
Psychiatrist, founding Salon. Given that it is widely known that Efstratoudakis of Personal Cleaners; Timothy Dugan; and Kathy Fields of Crafty Yankee
board member and downtown merchants are burdened
past president of by very thin profit margins yet give Chris Smith, president of Capstone being named in our LYFS brochure and
Lexington Youth and generously to a multiplicity of causes, Mortgage, first suggested that we website, I was impressed with their
Family Services, Inc. we are heartened by their financial develop corporate sponsorships and clear focus on supporting the necessary
(LYFS) support coupled with their advocacy for challenged us to think about the good work of LYFS on behalf of kids and
the work that LYFS is doing. process as interactive and as mutually families in Lexington.
When Lexington Youth and Family beneficial to LYFS and the merchants
Services first incorporated in 2008, we, Since LYFS opened the doors to a free alike. Spurred on by LYFS’s increasing The LYFS’s Corporate Sponsorship
as founding members, were told that Friday afternoon adolescent drop-in community presence and evolving program will enhance our financial
we should vigorously pursue private clinic in 2011, LYFS has broadened its sense of mission, my colleagues wellbeing. In addition, however, as
contributors and grants, but not look to commitment to adolescent mental and I initiated discussion with local taught in the Mental Health First Aid
Lexington merchants and corporations health and suicide prevention. In 2014 merchants—and received quick, Training in Lexington (2015), merchants
for financial support. we hosted a well-attended forum on affirming, and exciting responses. For in town can be the first line of support
Asian Mental Health and continue our example, the Efstratoudakises who for their customers and, if appropriate,
Prior to 2016, our private, not-for-profit collaboration with CAAL, IAL, and KoLex. recently purchased Personal Cleaners can directly refer a client to LYFS.
mental health and teen suicide preven- In 2015 we collaborated with the Town were enthusiastic about LYFS and
tion advocacy agency had been finan- of Lexington on writing the grant for have included our brochures on their Our Corporate Sponsors—Crafty
cially supported primarily by generous Mental Health First Aid training and customer counter—and often will Yankee, EyeLook, Personal Cleaners,
private donors, Massachusetts CHNA consulted on the programming. engage customers in talking about LYFS and Stephanie Louis Salon not only
grants, Lahey Clinic Foundation, and their knowledge about the stress contribute to the financial well-being of
Community Endowment of Lexington, Since 2015, through the leadership of that Lexington kids feel. Crafty Yankee’s LYFS—they have also become voices for
Lexington Rotary Club, Lexington Power our talented Executive Director, Erin Kathy Fields, a long-standing supporter mental health awareness and suicide
Yoga Community Class program, and Deery, LICSW, we developed and began of many causes in Lexington, offered prevention in our town. Welcome
First Parish Unitarian Church—which offering Sources of Strength (SOS), a to help us design a bracelet including aboard!
generously donates our clinical and nationally recognized peer-supported the LYFS logo and our mission regarding
administrative office space, as well as suicide prevention program for high teen safety. Stephanie Despirito of Contact Information for referrals,
supporting us with an annual “pass-the- school students. Thanks to our business Stephanie Louis Salon is considering donations, and interest in
plate.” Additionally, we are happy for partners’ ability to comprehend our some type of promotion display in Corporate Sponsorship:
the support of the Colonial Times our purpose and contribute both novel their store to invite discussion about
media partner, for their support of LYFS ideas as well as financial resources, our teen stress with both parent and kid LYFS - 781-862-0330
and their continued coverage of youth LYFS organization has increasingly been clients. The Dimos family from EyeLook Erin Deery, LICSW, Executive Dir.
stress and at-risk teens. able to realize its vision: “Lexington immediately responded to our request First Parish Church
teens are healthier, more resilient, as well, and explored ways to further 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA
We are delighted to announce that we and feel better supported in their impact the lives of kids and families in 02421
have now added to that list of support- daily lives” as a result of our work, the Lexington. Website:
ers with our founding LYFS Corporate support of Lexington Public Schools,
Sponsors! They are Kathy Fields of and the Lexington community. While all sponsors liked the idea of
Crafty Yankee; Anna Maria, Nora,
and Paul Dimos of EyeLook; Vaso and

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Don’t Reinvent the Wheel--Use it! STEPHEN STRATFORD

Lexington Youth & Families' sponsors the peer-leadership - Selling Lexington Since 1981-
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tion program tragedies in Acton, Newton and here classic Colonial boasts almost 4,400 sq ft on three finished levels with
that was brought in Lexington. While teens work to expansion potential of an additional 1,000 sq ft of brightly lit lower level walk-
to Lexington by decrease stigma around mental health out space that is roughed for future finish. Traditional New England field stone
LYFS in 2015. and develop campaigns to positively retaining walls, natural blue stone walkways, copper finish roof lines, and bay
impact their peers and community, window welcome you to this 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath residence. Unparalleled
By Erin M. Deery, LICSW, The SOS program most have also reported that their quality and workmanship with meticulous attention to detail throughout
LYFS Executive Director involvement has helped them manage provide the perfect balance of warmth, character and function. The open and
uses an “upstream themselves better, which has had a sun-filled floor plan is accented with exceptional designer finishes and custom
positive impact on their wellbeing. millwork such as coffered ceilings and beautiful built-ins. The stunning
model” that works to promote kitchen with custom cabinetry, cook’s island and high end appliances opens to
In addition to SOS promoting hope and a large family room with fireplace flanked by built-ins. The spectacular master
hope, help, and strength in order to strength, it also builds connections suite features a gas fireplace, luxurious private bath and two custom walk-in
between peers and safe adults in the closets. Three additional bedrooms with direct entry to baths round out the
reduce suicide risk among teens. This community. Peer Leaders are trained second floor. The third floor offers a wonderful separate guest suite. This home
to notice when they see their friends exceeds the energy star ratings and Mass Stretch Energy Code to provide the
program uses the power of peer social and classmates struggling, and then are utmost in efficiencies. Located just steps to the neighborhood playground and
proactive in reaching out and helping park and quick access to the new Estabrook School, commuter routes and
networks to change unhealthy norms buslines.
to connect those students to safe
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of Strength and pays

attention to all

eight pieces of the

SOS pie--fam-

ily supports,

positive friends,


healthy activ-

ities, generos-

ity, spirituality,

medical access,

and mental health.

As the Executive Director mUsing the SOS Wheel with Your Kids
at LYFS and coordinator of the SOS
program in Lexington, I have been quite • Cut out the SOS wheel and post it on the
impressed with the way teens and refrigerator.
adults have responded to this program.
Working mostly with teenagers for the • Talk to your kids about your Sources of
past decade, I have often found that Strength using the SOS wheel as a guide.
adults underestimate teens, sometimes
seeing them as superficial or unmoti- • Look for opportunities to expand your
vated and often finding it hard to get child’s supports considering all eight core
teens to share. The Peer Leaders in SOS principles.
have shattered those perceptions.
• Pass the wheel around the dinner table
Most of the teens involved in SOS and encourage conversations about
joined because they wanted to make areas of strength and areas that could
a difference in their community. They be improved.
see the high level of stress, anxiety,
and depression among their peers and • Follow Sources of Strength LHS on
the negative impact of growing up in Facebook and encourage your kids to do
it as well.

Lexington Chamber Awards Local business leaders gather at annual Chamber dinner

Chamber of Commerce director/secretary Fred Johnson
presents the Community Initiative Award to Lexington
Symphony Music Director/Conductor Jonathan McPhee.

Cleve Coats and Charles Crayton of Executive Protection
Services accept the Rising Star Award from Chamber
director Tom Fenn.

Director Brian Yurovich presents realtor Lester Savage The Lexington Chamber of Commerce 2017 Middlesex County Sheriff
(center) with the Charitable Service Award as Chamber annual Winter Gala was by all accounts a great Peter J. Koutoujian
executive director Molyna Richards looks on. success. About 125 members and guests gath-
Out-going board member and longtime board secretary ered for the Gala and annual meeting. Guests Photos by Jim Shaw
Pam Shadley is presented the Civic Leadership Award by spent about an hour mixing and mingling at the
Chamber board chairperson Ada Wong. cocktail hour. Then dinner was served. Upon
completion of dinner, those in attendance were
treated to a lively presentation from guest
speaker Peter Koutoujian, who serves as Middle-
sex County Sheriff.

When Peter finished his remarks, the an-
nual meeting was convened. This year four new
directors were added to the board. They include
Kathy Fields of Crafty Yankee, Caryl Dlugy of Get
In Shape For Women, Jim Tarpy of Tarpy Insur-
ance, and Filippo de Magistris of Il Casale. The
meeting then turned its attention to annual
recognition of members whose efforts stand out
(see photos to the left). The evening also fea-
tured a silent auction complete with gifts donat-
ed by members of the Chamber.

To learn more about the Lexington Chamber
of Commerce, please visit

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Local election is Monday, March 6th; Candidates make their case

This year turned out to be quite a become available. Seven candidates Precincts & Voting Locations in Lexington
year for candidates in town-wide races have put themselves on the ballot for
and Town Meeting. There were more your consideration. Each of the seven The polls are open in Lexington on election day, March 6th, from
candidates than positions for Town candidates for the one-year seat have 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for all elections. Registered voters in Lexing-
Meeting in just about every precinct. submitted statements to the Colonial
Times. ton’s nine precincts vote at the following polling places:
In order to help Lexington voters Precinct 1: School Administration Building - 146 Maple Street
become better informed, we have asked Incumbent School Committee
each candidate in a contested race for member Judy Crocker is seeking re-elec- (enter via 328 Lowell Street driveway)
town-wide office to provide us with a tion to a three-year seat. She is being Precinct 2: Bowman School - 9 Philip Road
500 word statement regarding their challenged by Kate Colburn. Again, we Precinct 3: Community Center - 39 Marrett Road
candidacy. encourage you to read their statements. Precinct 4: Cary Memorial Building - 1605 Massachusetts Avenue
Precinct 5: School Administration Building - 146 Maple Street
The races for selectman and school Most all of the candidates have
committee are heating up. Longtime websites that will provide greater infor- (enter via 328 Lowell Street driveway)
selectman Norman Cohen decided not to mation about them. Many listed their Precinct 6: Cary Memorial Building - 1605 Massachusetts Avenue
seek re-election leaving his seat vacant. websites at the conclusion of their state- Precinct 7: Estabrook School - 117 Grove Street
Incumbent Michelle Ciccolo is seeking ments. We encourage you to visit their Precinct 8: Samuel Hadley Public Services Building - 201 Bedford St.
re-election, and she’ll be joined on the websites. Precinct 9: Maria Hastings School - 7 Crosby Road
ballot by Doug Lucente and Glenn Parker.
There has been lots of activity so far in We also encourage you to visit the (enter via 2618 Massachusetts Avenue)
that race. We encourage you to read LexMedia website to watch Coffee with For more information, visit
their statements here in the Colonial the Candidates, a 15 to 20 minute inter-
Times. view with each of the candidates. The
interviews were hosted by Colleen Smith
With the unexpected resignation of and Jim Shaw and are very informative.
School Committee chair Bill Hurley due
to personal reasons, a one-year seat has What’s most important is that you
take the time to vote on Monday, March

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Glenn Parker - Candidate for Selectman

The Next Generation of Leadership Why I am running for Selectman: Glenn Parker
I believe in the quality and
Vote Monday, March 6th ing the plans for these infrastructure
strength of our local government, a projects, all of which are critical, but I
• Secure smart investments in school buildings system that is based on open, collabora- see reasons for concern. Seeing them
• Remove barriers to empower student tive, thoughtful decision-making. For the through will require a renewed respect
last 10 years, I have served the citizens for thrift and good communication with
driven success of Lexington in Town Meeting and as voters.I will remain mindful of these
• Embrace contemporary technology in school Chair of the Appropriation Committee, important questions:
where I developed a deep understand-
communication planning ing of town finances. I have an informed • If Lexington voters deny the
perspective on the position of Lexington funding required, the plans could fail.
Get on track with the campaign at: relative to our neighboring towns, as What are the alternatives? well as where we stand among other
communities in the Commonwealth. I • If the funding is approved,
“People in Lexington tell me that the younger have also developed an appreciation for there will be increased pressure on fi-
generation should get involved in our Town. I believe I the rich history anddiversity of Lexing- nancially vulnerable Lexington residents.
am answering that call. My goal is to pave the way for ton’s residents, and I believe this keeps How will we prepare for that?
the next generation of leaders in Lexington.” –Steve our town economically healthy and
culturally vibrant. • How will we mitigate the finan-
cial impactfor all residents of Lexington?
I am running for a seat on the
Board of Selectman because my finan- I ask Lexington’s voters for their
cial expertise, regional perspective, de- support in my campaign for Selectman,
cade of experience in town government, and I invite everyone to learn more at
and respect for Lexington’sresidentsand
heritage will be valuable as we navigate
a sea of competing priorities and uncer-
tain economic trends.

Lexington has already entered
a time of serious financial challenge.
Looking back over the last 10 years,
while maintaining and enhancing our
existing infrastructure, we have also re-
built an elementary school (Estabrook),
renovated two more (Bridge and Bow-
man), and replaced the Department of
Public Facilities building.

Looking forward to the next 10
years, we face a new list of largeproj-
ects. We are preparing to rebuild Hast-
ings Elementary School, create a real
home for our Pre-K program, rebuild our
main fire station, and rebuild or reno-
vate our police station. Doing all this
will require voters to approve additional
revenue. We must remain attentive to
the impact of continued growth in our
public school enrollment,and we must
prepare our high school for the wave of
new Lexington students coming up from
the lower grades.

I have participated in develop-

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Michelle Ciccolo - Candidate for Selectman Doug Lucente - Candidate for Selectman

It has been a joy to serve on the Board Michelle Ciccolo I have the background and experi- Doug Lucente
of Selectmen for the past 3 years. While ence to be an effective leader on the
I take great pride in all that we have ac- are enumerated on my website at www. Board of Selectmen. My track record of ted to bettering the green spaces that
complished together – a solid financial First and fore- bringing diverse groups together toward are available within Lexington.
footing, a new Community Center, most, I want to work to ensure that common goals will serve our community
continued renovations to our schools, Lexington continues to be a dynamic, well. The role of Selectman is multifac- This diverse set of experiences will
and more - there is still much ongoing inclusive, welcoming community that eted. I have the broad experience and serve Lexington well. I am committed to
and more that lies ahead. Government sets an example as a desirable place strong leadership we need to help navi- Lexington, and I am committed to being
moves at a slow and deliberate pace for people to prosper. In addition, my gate through the challenges ahead. an open listener and respectful advo-
and projects can take years to come priorities include helping the commu- cate for our citizens. I care deeply about
to fruition. As a patient and dedicated nity develop a unified vision through As parents of middle school stu- this community, and will continue to be
contributor who is committed to build- the comprehensive planning process; dents, my wife Kristin and I understand approachable and to listen and engage
ing consensus, I believe I have much working to provide much needed public the importance of balancing the deliv- our talented citizens.
to add to the process as we continue safety facilities for Fire and Police; ery of a first-rate school system with the
our work. It is essential that we have supporting the schools in addressing overcrowding we are facing. As your future Selectman I am
leaders who understand our complex overcrowding; expanding Lexington’s committed to:
community and how local government Complete Streets program to improve As the son of parents living in Lex-
works. As a lifelong Lexington resident bicycle and pedestrian safety; and find- ington, I appreciate the tax burden felt • Keeping Lexington affordable
with a Master’s degree in Public Affairs ing ways to mitigate the taxpayer impact by many seniors, and the importance • Prioritizing our public safety by
and decades of professional municipal of these necessary services. of embracing and engaging them in our completing capital projects timely
work experience, I believe I have an National and State politics get most of community. • Balancing the needs of stake-
ideal background to help move Lex- the press, but local government affects holders in our decision making, and
ington forward. I have proudly served our lives in more impactful ways. We all As a commercial property owner, creatively solving problems
Lexington as a Town Meeting Member, can play a role, so please engage and I understand the cost and timeliness as- • Finding sources of revenue
a Planning Board Member, a Committee participate - it is this very thing that sociated with major capital projects. from our commercial tax base.
Chair, and now as Selectman. keeps Lexington vibrant and strong. • Keeping Lexington and our
Public policy is my passion. As your Thanks for reading and I would be hon- As CEO of a company based in center thriving and inviting
Selectman, I represent Lexington as the ored to have your vote on March 6th. Lexington, I appreciate all that Lexington I will work tirelessly to ensure
FirstVice President of the Mass. Select- has to offer to our commercial taxpay- Lexington continues its tradition of be-
men’s Association and on the Mass. ers, and how the commercial market is ing a desirable place to live, work, and
Municipal Board, which affords me the an important element in our economic visit. I look forward to being an indepen-
opportunity to meet regularly with state growth. dent voice on the Board and I ask that
government officials at the highest level. you cast your vote for Doug Lucente on
From these interactions, I bring cutting As an attorney, I recognized the Monday March 6th.
edge best practices, advanced knowl- importance that our Board of Selectmen
edge, and strategic information back to are diverse in their skillsets and profes-
Lexington, which helps keep us ahead of sional backgrounds. The benefits I bring
the curve. These meetings also give me as an attorney are judgment and a bet-
the chance to advocate for Lexington’s ter understanding and appreciation for
issues at the state level. legal and regulatory risk.
An example of this is the new Mas-
sachusetts Complete Streets Grant As a Town Meeting member for
Program, which I helped develop at the 14 years, I understand the inner work-
State level while President of the Metro- ings of our town’s government and its
politan Area Planning Council. Complete processes.
Streets are roadways that enhance
mobility for users of all ages and abili- As a Lexington Youth Commission
ties – focusing on bike and pedestrian student, adult member, and chairman,
safety and transit (not just vehicles). involved in the commission since 1988,
Here in Lexington, I helped champion I appreciate that we must invest in our
the policy which makes us eligible for youth and give them opportunities to
this new state funding. As a result, give back to the community.
Lexington recently received a $292,000
capital grant to make Complete Streets As a Lexington Lions Club leader
improvements throughout Town. for over 20 years, I have had the privi-
The priorities I have for my next term lege of organizing events such as the 4th
of July Carnival and Patriots’ Day Road
Race. I was instrumental in privately
funded projects, such as the Lincoln
Field Bathroom, and the Fletcher Park
ice rink. I appreciate the benefits of
public private partnerships in order to
get things done cost effectively.

As a member of the Lincoln Park
Sub-Committee I have worked to pre-
serve our open space, and I am commit-


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man” interest of Lexington and its citizens."
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am hopeful of his election to the Board of
cooperative, Attorney Selectman, where he will do a fine job of
work with.” CEO of Lexington-based Business representing the interests of Lexington and
arles Teague, it's taxpayers.”
Fletcher Park Commercial Property Owner
unity Ice Rink smartCEO Award Recipient — Joel Adler, Town Meeting Member

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Friends of the COA host annual Valentines Day Luncheon at Community Center

The Friends of the Lexington
Council on Aging, along with
Lexington’s Human Services

office and the Lexington
Youth Commission hosted
the annual Valentines Day
luncheon at the Lexington
Community Center. Every
seat was full, and those

in attendance enjoyed
a delicious Italian meal
of salad, lasagna with
meatballs and sausage, and
dessert. There was piano

playing and choral
singing too.

This is a perennially favorite
event for Lexington’s
Photos by Jim Shaw

Members of the Lexington Youth Commission are pictured
above with their advisors Deb Hankins and Doug Lucente.

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varied wooden pieces, or the creation
of actual wooden boxes.

Creating Smart, Beautiful Spaces Woodworkers Guild presents In keeping with our theme, we are
“OUT OF THE BOX" delighted to feature Dale Broholm as
Local Woodworkers strut their stuff! the presenter at the public Gallery
February 25 ~ March 12, 2017 Reception, February 26th from 2 to 4
The Woodworkers Guild of the pm. Dale is a RISD Furniture Design
Lexington Arts and Crafts Society will instructor, an independent builder of
display their best, most recent, and innovative furniture, and a proponent
most unusual creations at the annual of the Witness Tree Project. At the
Gallery Show and Sale, opening reception, Dale will share aspects of
February 25th, running through March these themes with us.
12. This year we have encouraged our
varied and talented members to stretch In addition to many of our gallery
their design elements, whether in the pieces being for sale, we also offer
making of turned items, furniture, a “cash and carry” corner, to satisfy
instant wood-acquisition cravings.

Reception: Sunday, February 26, 2 -
4pm. Gallery Hours: Tuesday ~ Friday &
Sunday 12-4 • Saturday 10 - 4

Open to the public • Free Admission
and Parking

closely with a master painter to learn
the fundamentals of painting still life,
landscape, portrait and figurative work.

Don’t miss our Remodeling The Painters Guild presents His painting style is most closely asso-
Workshop April 1, 2017. Sam Vokey, Demonstration in Oils ciated with the Boston School tradition
See our website to register. Sunday, March 12, 2:00 - 4:00pm of painting which crosses Realism with
Sam Vokey is an oil painter who spe- some of the softer edges and painterly
Refining the Art of Collaboration cializes in landscapes and still life’s and qualities of Impressionism. Vokey’s
commissioned custom paintings. still life’s and landscapes demonstrate
a strong consideration for creating
He is an elected member of The Guild balance between the overall composi-
of Boston Artists and has won the tion and the light and dark values in his
designation of Copley Master from paintings. It is a wonderful opportunity
the Copley Society of Boston. He is a to watch, learn, question and speak
graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine with the artists in a comfortable setting.
and Middlesex School in Concord, MA.
Located in the Plummer Studio,
Lexington, MA | 781.860.9800 | He attended the R.H.Ives Gammell admission and parking is free and open
Atelier in Boston. This was a European to the public.
style atelier whose students worked

Register now for new SPRING Classes
& Workshops for Adults, and Teens
(Beginner to Advanced). Classes fill up
quickly so stop by the Society Office,

call 781.862.9696 or visit our website at for a detailed listing.

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Chamber of Commerce kicks off 2017 Women in Business series with Dr. Mary Czajkowski

The Lexington Chamber of
Commerce kicked off the 2017
Women in Business series with a
presentation by Lexington School
Superintendent Dr. Mary Cza-
jkowski. The standing-room-only
crowd enjoyed the presentation
and came loaded with questions.
Among the issues Dr. Czajkowski
addressed were the effects of the
presidential election on educa-
tion, charter schools, student
stress and curriculum develop-

The event is held on the
second Tuesday of every month.
The meetings are sponsored by
realtor Lester Savage, and are
held at Tres Petite Creperie — a
French bistro in Lexington Center.

For more information about
Women in Business or the Cham-
ber of Commerce, please visit

Pictured left: Dr. Mary Cza-
jkowski speaks with members of
the Lexington Chamber of Com-
merce at the monthly Women in
Business meeting.

(Photo by Jim Shaw)


v Divorce & Family Law v Businesses and Corporations
v Criminal Defense v Civil Litigation
v Personal Injury v Real Estate Conveyancing
v Employment Law v Estate Planning
v Zoning, Land Use and Licensing

Peter J. Kajko Julie R. Hess Molly Wilson Chung Carl K. Toumayan
Mitchell E. Weisman Charlene A. Caldeira Matthew R. Passalacqua Maura C. Anderson
AnnMarie Colasanti Patricia A. O’Connell Stephen A. MacKenzie
Cynthia Sherman Edward A. Prisby Kristen W. Jiang Of Counsel:

The Hon. Isaac Borenstein (Ret)
Richard Keshian

430 Bedford Street, Suite 190, Lexington, Massachusetts 02420
Phone: (781) 860-9500 • Fax: (781) 863-0046



Wanderlust: Read. Explore.

It's time for Lexington's community We thought that it was a lovely message
for the community.
reading event LEXINGTON READS.
Once again, Cary Library has gifted the The staff of the library is really excited to
community with a fascinating program for be hosting the author Rinker Buck who
people of all ages in the month of March. is known to be very funny, on March 9th.
I sat down with Meagan Parker from Cary, They are especially thrilled to be using the
who is in charge of special events for the new library "living room" space for the
library, to talk about this month's program. event.

Meagan couldn't be more excited about Another programming event is the The Books
Wanderlust (what a great word). As the popular Book Lovers' Brunch which will be
staff at Cary began thinking about a theme a local affair this year. Lexington resident Our offfiicial Lexington Reads selection for We hope that over the month of March,
for this year they kept returning to the idea Kitty Galaitsis will make a presentation teens and adults is The Oregon Trail by Lexingtonians will join us by reading
of travel because as it turns out the travel about her trip to Uzbekistan! She and her Rinker Buck. We also have two selections this book and participating in one of the
section at the library is a hit with residents! husband took 5,000 pictures in the exotic for children. This is the World by M. Sasek many programs offered at Cary Memorial
"Travel books are so popular," Meagan said. location and are whittling them down for and The Travel Book by Malcolm Croft are Library. By reading together, we hope
"We thought a travel theme would be a nice what is going to be a fascinating sideshow both available in the Children’s Room. All to bring the community together and
way to talk about different cultures and how and talk."Who knows anything about three books are available at Cary Memorial learn from one another. Travel is such
travel can open up your eyes to new people, Uzbekistan!" Megan said. "It will be really Library and through the Minuteman Library an exciting, eye-opening, and fun way to
new experiences and new adventures!" interesting to learn about that part of the Network. Ask a librarian for help finding a learn about the world and people around
world." copy! us. Join us as we read, explore, and
The librarians chose The Oregon Trail by discover.
Rinker Buck as the "community book" Meagan had a great idea come to her The Idea Wall
because "it was so popular with the staff." because she has several friends in the
The book is a combination travelogue, foreign service. She contacted the During Lexington Reads the Idea Wall will transform into a map of our dream destina-
memoir and buddy book as the author, his speaking bureau for retired foreign service tions, hometowns, and favorite places. Stop by the Idea Wall, on the main floor of CML,
brother Nicholas and a Jack Russell terrier offices and invited a couple to speak about to add your input and see where your neighbors have ventured!
recreate the great migration in a covered their own personal experience of relocat-
wagon. "We thought this type of book ing to a different country every two years. What is the Idea Wall? The Idea Wall is an interactive community art space on the
would be interesting to lots of people," "I think it's such a different experience," main floor of Cary Memorial Library. Our hopes for the Idea Wall are that the Lexington
Meagan said. "There's the travel piece of Meagan said. "What's it like re-starting community can come together and participate in art projects each month that excite,
it and his personal memories of his father your life every two years? What's it like to unite, and inspire us. The exhibits will change every four to six weeks, so check back and
which are funny and touching and there's grocery shop in a different country! I think see what is new.
the history part of it. The author weaves in alot of us have fantasized about picking up
a modern-day context and draws parallels and moving somewhere exotic, but who
with our world which I appreciated." does it. This is like armchair travel!"
Meagan said the book also offers some
insights. "I loved that he examined the myth Former diplomat Larry Mandel and his
of the old west--rugged individualism and wife Judy will visit on the 28th.
how people stuck out on their own on the
Oregon Trail. But it really wasn't true--it So pick up the books and get ready to
was always a community effort with people
helping eachother and working together. wander! -Laurie Atwater

40 • Lexington’s Colonial Times Magazine |

3/9/17 • MEET THE AUTHOR: RINKER BUCK • 7:00 PM (Main Floor of Cary Memorial Library)

Rinker Buck, the the trail by wagon, what it was like to “see and what he learned; don’t miss this event! Home, First Job: A Memoir of Growing up
author of our America slowly” and travel with his brother. This will take place in the new Living Room at Work, If We Had Wings: The Enduring
official Lexington “The Oregon Trail” is a fun travelogue and space on the main floor of Cary Memorial Dream of Flight, and Flights of Passage. He
Reads selection The history book that not only takes readers on Library. No registration is required. lives in Connecticut.
Oregon Trail will a journey through the American West, but
be here to speak also helps to explore what is best about Rinker Buck is an award-winning journalist
about his expe- America and the people who live along the and New York Times bestselling author.
rience traversing trail. Rinker Buck will discuss his journey His previous books include Shane Comes


3/7/17 3/16/17 3/23/17 3/28/17
WITH MANGO THE OREGON TRAIL Grades 4 &5 7:00 PM - Large Meeting Room
2:00 PM - Learning Center Ages 7-Adult 3:00 PM - Large Meeting Room
5:00-7:00 PM - Teen Workshop Have you ever imagined living abroad?
Learn to use Mango, a library database Let’s travel the world. Test your geography Foreign Service Officers move every few
that offers foreign language instruction. Become a Western pioneer! In the Oregon skills as part of a team. We’ll have games, years and experience a multitude of
Free to use from home for all Lexington Trail computer game, you decide how to contests, and more—and lots of fun. cultures, languages, and countries over
residents with a CML card, this database navigate the treacherous 2000 mile journey Attendance is limited. Sign up online (caryli- the course of their career. Larry Mandel,
offers instruction in 70 languages. Learn from Independence, Missouri to Oregon. beginning Monday, March 3 at 7 a retired Foreign Service Officer, and
from a library staff person how to access Stop by the Teen Workshop any time from PM. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.7 his wife Judy discuss their lives as pro-
and navigate this wonderful resource, and 5:00-7:00 p.m. and try the game yourself. fessional nomads and navigating life in
get ready for your next trip! Bring your own Ages 7-adult. No registration required. 3/23/17 many different cultures. No registration is
device. No registration is required. PAGE TO SCREEN: EVEREST required.
3/18/17 7:00 PM - Large Meeting Room
3/8/17 BOOK LOVERS’ BRUNCH 3/30/17
Kids cooking green presents: 10:00 AM - Large Meeting Room Professor Monika Raesch joins us to discuss Kids Cooking Green presents:
ITALIAN ADVENTURE how books are adapted to the screen. ENGLISH ADVENTURE
Grades 3-5 Lexington resident Kitty Galaitsis is the The differences in medium, the strengths Grades 3-5
4:00-5:00 PM - Storytime Room speaker at the annual Book Lovers’ Brunch! of each format, and the ways we react 3:00-4:00 PM - Storytime Room
Galaitsis will speak about her recent travels differently to these stories will be explored
Let’s travel to Italy for this special cooking to Uzbekistan, the history of the country, in depth. We will discuss the film “Everest” Let’s travel to England and prepare a dish
class. We’ll make hand-rolled individual and what she learned on this adventure and how this true story of adventure travel they call “Bubble and Squeak!” Come for
pieces of spinach pasta called “Trofie” and of a lifetime. Come and learn all about was adapted into a film. the fun and enjoy your own homemade
we’ll cook and mash some cauliflower this fascinating but little known country. vegetarian Bubble and Squeak to eat for
with Cacio de Roma cheese and make the A light brunch will be served. Registration an afternoon snack. Attendance is limited.
best tasting mac and cheese. Attendance is required; sign up online or by phone Sign up online ( beginning
is limited. Sign up online ( beginning Monday, February 27, 2017. This Monday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. Phone
beginning Monday, February 27 at 7:00 program is generously sponsored by the reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.
p.m. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 p.m. Friends of Cary Memorial Library.

Copies are available at Cary Memorial Library and through the Minuteman Library Network. E-books and downloadable audiobooks are available through Overdrive.

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck practical knowledge and driving skills. As the This is the World by M. Sasek The Travel Book by Malcolm Croft
two brothers, who are very different people,
“The Oregon Trail” traverse the trail, Buck dives into the history of From London to Hong Kong, From amazing animals and
by Rinker Buck is the Oregon Trail, the pioneers, and the formation Sydney to San Francisco, super sights to fun festivals
a road trip story, a of the American West. With reflections on readers will delight in this and fabulous food, this book is
story of brothers, relationships, community, and the original trail charming journey through the packed with hundreds of facts
a travel memoir, a pioneers, “The Oregon Trail” finds the humor world’s greatest cities. With about every country on our
history book, and an and humanity in the travel experience. This book deft strokes of his paintbrush planet.
exploration of the will appeal to all those interested in travel, family and a witty voice to match,
American identity stories, history, and humor. master illustrator and storytell- Lexington Reads is sponsored by the Cary
all wrapped in one er M. Sasek captured the essence of the world’s Memorial Library Foundation, with additional
hilarious package. Rinker Buck is an award-winning journalist and major capitals brought them to life for an entire assistance by the Friends of Cary Memorial
Rinker Buck is a New York Times bestselling author. His previous generation of young readers. Library. We thank everyone who has donated to
middle aged man who spends his days reading books include Shane Comes Home, First Job: the Foundation and Friends for their support of
and writing in Connecticut. One day, he decides A Memoir of Growing up at Work, If We Had the library and its programming.
to travel the Oregon Trail by wagon. His brother Wings: The Enduring Dream of Flight, and
Nick joins the journey, providing necessary Flights of Passage. He lives in Connecticut. 41FEBRUARY | MARCH 2017 •

three key questions. They decide how right in front of them as the first step in Dan Rothstein COURTESY PHOTO
they will act on each question and learning how to participate effectively,”
finally they reflect on what they have Rothstein says. ”What people learned Hear Dan Rothstein and Sacha Pfeiffer speak in Lexington!
learned from the process. was they needed to ask questions
about the decisions that were going to The importance of the press and of citizens in demanding a culture of ac-
It took years of trial and error to refine be made locally—about the housing countability in a democracy. As citizens, how can we learn to ask the right
the process—to make it simple, usable, and the healthcare but that they were
repeatable and reliable. The Right not able the change the decision made questions and engage in effective action?
Question Institute calls this protocol the by a corporate board in London.” RQI
Question Formulation Technique (QFT). witnessed that this process engendered “Spotlight: A Story of Asking the Right Questions and Holding Institutions
Rothstein points out that this is not a sense of control in people who felt Accountable” with Sacha Pfeiffer and Dan Rothstein
a technique that was created in a helpless. “This process changes the
think-tank or by academics or commu- dynamic and says that it’s not just the CARY HALL • SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH, 2016 AT 8:00 PM
nications experts—this is a ground-up person with more power who gets to
process that began with regular eople ask the questions,” Rothstein says, “but Why is the Ques�on Formula�on Technique so powerful?
in challenging circumstances. Although it’s the person who needs the service or
they started their work with adults the information or the help that also is As participants learn to produce their own questions, they are thinking
in low-income communities, it soon entitled to question.” divergently—that is, more broadly and creatively. When they focus on the kinds
became apparent that the protocol of questions they are asking and choose their priority questions, they are thinking
could be effective in almost unlimited What RQI observed through this expe- convergently—narrowing down, analyzing, assessing, comparing, and synthesizing.
settings across age groups, disciplines rience and other advocacy work they And when they reflect on what they have learned through the process, students
and education levels. conducted around the country was the are engaged in metacognition—they are thinking about their thinking. -RQI
many ways that positive interactions by
These days QFT is used by Lexington disenfranchised people with institutions (BQBD) Voter Engagement Workshop And, it could not be timelier. As intel-
Public Schools, Harvard graduate or figures in power could improve their uses the Question Formulation lectuals, college educators, employers
students, Microsoft Corporation, Kaiser self-esteem and increase engagement. Technique to help citizens become and innovators reflect more and more
Permanente, schools in rural Appalachia “The process of asking questions sets more involved with the democratic on our current testing-centric education
and many more organizations around up the expectation for responsible process. “It’s a voter engagement system—the decline of creativity, the
the globe to stimulate participation, decision making from that authority strategy that starts where people are collapse of critical thinking and the
aid in self-advocacy, unlock creative figure,” Rothstein says. It’s a way to and allows them to ask questions crisis of school funding—RQI enters
potential and facilitate learning. hold the system accountable. about decisions that are affecting them with a decidedly low tech, low cost
all the way up the democratic deci- protocol that can radically transform
HOW CAN QUESTIONS CREATE BETTER This led RQI to the insight that each of sion-making chain. It’s a different way learning. Switching the classroom
CITIZENS? The Hawaiian Pineapple these advocacy situations had produced to approach voter education,” Rothstein dynamic and allowing kids to do
Planta�on Experience citizens that were more prepared and says. RQI thinks their strategy can make what used to come naturally—ask
When sugar cane plantation workers therefore more engaged with their democracy work better. questions—paves the way toward a
were about to lose their livelihood in communities through each productive coveted educational goal—creating
Hawaii, RQI was brought in to help the interaction. Government agencies like HOW CAN QUESTIONS CREATE BETTER critical thinkers for 21st century jobs
workers through the transition. Medicaid, Social Security, immigration, STUDENTS? The Classroom Experience and lives.
“The plantation was being sold off,” schools, courts or housing authorities It’s actually fascinating that Rothstein Naysayers believe that there can’t
Rothstein explains. “The department can be little gymnasiums for the “small and Santana, who started their work so possibly be time for student generated
of public health brought us in. They d” democratic muscle necessary for many years ago with adults, have come
were worried about how company citizenship. “They need an opportu- up with an insight and a protocol that RQI, continued on page 44
owned housing was going to be divided nity to see how all those services and has perhaps its most natural application
up, how the land was going to be programs are affected by decisions in the classroom. 43FEBRUARY | MARCH 2017 •
used, how healthcare was going to be made by elected officials who are
provided all of these things that the usually invisible,” Rothstein says. “It’s a
company had provided.” muscle that develops over time through
action. If you don’t develop the muscle
Working with these farm workers, RQI it atrophies.”
gained insight about how the QFT could
empower people to take ownership RQI calls this network of public insti-
and participate in decisions that could tutions “outposts of democracy or a
affect their immediate welfare and their Microdemocracy” where citizens or
future. Like their work in Lawrence, prospective citizens are often discour-
they observed that the simple act of aged from participating in their own
asking questions was empowering to government. “When they experience
those who felt disempowered. participation on the micro level they
“That was a major point in our devel- discover the value of participating in
opment—in understanding how to traditional forms of democratic action,”
help people learn to focus on decisions he adds.
RQI’s Better Questions Better Decisions

OPEN 7 DAYS! MONDAY - SUNDAY 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM RQI, continued from page 43 she explains. “It gives me a chance to
listen to their concerns about what the
Juicy Citrus questioning in the modern classroom text might address. Great texts have
with its performance demands and plasticity that way and can lead in many
multiple assessments. To the contrary different directions.” Russell says it
Rothstein says, “When students spend works particularly well with students
time on forming questions about what who may not be so quick to speak up in
the need to learn it’s not a detour—it’s a regular setting. “I often worry about
actually a shortcut. They just get there the students who take more time to
much more quickly and more effective- process and want to go deeper—where
ly.” He’s not guessing about this; he’s do we give them a chance for their
seen it in practice. “This is what we voices to be heard? This process values
have seen from educators all around that.”
the world—there are now over 200,000 Russell also refers back to the student’s
educators using the question formula- questions throughout their study of the
tion technique.” text. “They’re given permission…their
thinking is valued and they know it’s
Enjoy the peak of Antioxidents, Teachers continue to inspire Rothstein not just the right answer I’m looking for.
the season with Vitamin C, and his colleagues at RQI. “There’s When they ask their own questions, the
sweet & juicy Florida Folate & an art and a science to the question seed of their ideas has been planted
and California citrus. Fiber... formulation technique. The science early on and they’re growing their own
is—it’s a protocol. The art is in learning ideas.”
The benefits of how to adapt it to what you need to be
citrus are endless! Enjoy teaching when the students need to Russell also appreciates that the QFT is
pink, white and Star Ruby be learning,” he explains. RQI has now being used across the history curricu-
Grapefruits, Clementines and developed an extensive library of tools lum at LHS so the language and process
Navel Oranges. Fresh cut, available for download from their site is familiar to students. She finds the
sliced or whole peeled sweet to help educators deploy the protocol common practice creates fluency and
pineapple always on special! in their classrooms. ease for the students. “In a place like
Lexington where so many students
Fresh Fish Daily QFT IN LEXINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS are articulate and so quick to have the
Visit our Deli for FRESH SEAFOOD As a Lexington resident, Rothstein is answers, it’s a chance to slow down.
particularly pleased about the enthusi- It’s a very different way of thinking and
gET yOuR OMEgAS! asm that the Lexington Public Schools it often frustrates the kids who always
have expressed for the QFT program. have a quick answer which isn’t a bad
Fresh Fish Daily! “So may Lexington educators are using thing,” she says. “To work together and
Check out our the QF technique and it’s really great,” listen to what other students have to
he says. “When successful communities say is a benefit for them.”
DELI to see what also recognize that they want their
we have today! students to be asking better questions, Rothstein says all teachers like this
SALMON FILLETS & that’s inspiring” about the QFT. “It creates a better
STEAKS, HADDOCK, community and it creates respect
The Lexington Education Foundation for different perspectives among the
SOLE, SHRIMP, awarded a grant to Lexington middle students.”
SCALLOPS & MORE schools to attend a RQI summer
seminar. Social Studies specialists were Through creation of this invaluable interested in using the technique to protocol, the Right Question Institute
927 Waltham Street foster “higher order thinking skills.” RQI has taken a complicated skill and made
did further professional development it accessible to everyone in any setting
Lexington, MA across the district to enhance teachers’ that requires engagement, advocacy or
781-862-2112 understanding and implementation of problem-solving.
the protocol.
In education, where problems often
Karen Russell, an English teacher at seem insurmountable, this technique
LHS, was one of the QFT pioneers in is low-tech, affordable and transfor-
Lexington. I talked with Russell by mative. Encouraging collaboration,
phone and she was very enthusiastic sparking curiosity and creativity,
about using the QFT in the classroom. creating confidence and laying the
groundwork for critical thinking can
“I often use it when I begin a text,” only increase our capacity as a nation
she says. "Students’ questions inform to thrive in the 21st century and help
me about their interests and [through our kids realize their potential in these
the process] they take ownership over challenging times.
where we are going with the text,”

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