Acton Eats: Monsoon

Monsoon Indian Bistro
273 Great Road
Acton, MA
(978) 493-5200

My wife and I have a tendency to overlook Monsoon. It's not that we don't like Indian food, but rather that our ten-year-old son can't handle the spice. But with our son spending the week with his grandparents, we had a chance to remind ourselves that Monsoon is one of the more reliable restaurants in town.

Looking into the Crystal Ball....

Town Manager Steve Ledoux has publicly stated that the union contracts he negotiates with the municipal unions will be "zero cost increase" contracts. This means that the increased cost to the town for all employee expenses will be zero over the next three years.

This doesn't mean that the employees will not get raises. The raises will be modest, but they will be balanced off with changes in the health insurance plans, so that the expensive plans will be phased out and lower-cost plans (HMOs) will be used by all.

Ask ActonForum: Type of Chlorine in Water?

Question from an ActonForum reader:

43 Mass. communities have apparently been buying chlorine from China Amesbury discovered problems (clumping,etc.) with the product. Does the Acton Water Dept. us this China-produced chlorine?

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The other shoe is dropping

When my favorite socialist, Barack Obama, was running for election, he claimed that he could cover his expensive social programs and unfunded mandates without raising taxes on the middle class. Remember that?

At first, he said that individuals making over $200,000 a year, or couples making over $250,000, would not see a tax increase under his administration. I never believed that assertion no matter how insistent he was in repeating it. Did you? Do you really think money grows on trees and the "wealthy" can pay for everything?

Acton Eats: Spicepepper Garden

Spicepepper Garden
36 Great Road
Acton, MA
(978) 369-8808

Spicepepper Garden has certainly started off with a bang. The Sichuan and sushi restaurant opened its doors at the beginning of May, and its parking lot is full just about every time we go by. My family and I made our first visit there on a Sunday night and found it just about filled to capacity, except for the bar area, which remained almost empty.

Acton School Committee Open Meeting Law Violations: THE COVERUP MAY BE WORSE THAN THE OFFENSE

When Charlie Kadlec and I filed the Open Meeting Law complaint against the School Committees in Acton, it took over nine months for the Middlesex DA to rule that eight meetings of the School Committee and/or its subcommittee had violated the Open Meeting Law. This issue was explored by the local paper as well as on Acton Forum SEE ARTICLE.

Missing Flag on Davis Monument

Question from an ActonForum reader

I have noticed that the American flag has been missing from atop the Center Monument. Is there some reason? It was a shame not to have it flying on Patriot's Day and we are now approaching Memorial Day and still no flag.

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We asked Dean Charter, the town's Facilities Director to help answer this question. Here is his reply :

Special Town Meeting June 14th, 2010

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What is the purpose of the June 14th Special Town Meeting ?

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Teachers’ Union Demonstration – Rallying for Respect or Bullying for Benefits?

How ironic that the anti-bullying task force came back to report on its findings at the May 6, 2010 School Committee (SC) meeting the very same night that the teacher's union decided to try to bully the School Committee.

I don't know what else to call it, when over 200 staff members (two-thirds of the AEA membership) show up at a School Committee meeting to protest being "disrespected" by members of the School Committee.

If you've attended any School Committee meetings, you know that many of the SC members do act disrespectfully to the public. I've seen it, and I've experienced it.

Does Acton use "flaggers" or just police details ?

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wondering if you know whether Acton utilized any "flaggers" (to replace police details) during 2009 or is the police dept. dedicated to using only police details???

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We asked the Acton Chief of Police, Frank Widmayer, to explain the "flaggers vs. police detail" situation. His reply :