What's happening with the rail trail?

Question from an ActonForum reader

Who would have thought that Chelmsford (Chelmsford! Of all places!) could get their section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail done before Acton. What's up with that?

ActonForum reply:

ActonForum thanks Tom Michelman for this information :

The BFRT is being built in phases from North to South. The Chelmsford / Westford portion for years have been scheduled to be built prior to the Acton portion.

The attached has some details on the BFRT history.

Acton Eats: Po's Ribs and Barbecue

Po's Ribs and Barbecue
344 Great Road
Acton, MA
(978) 264-3110

Barbecue restaurants are popping up all over the place, like dandelions in a spring lawn. I wouldn't be surprised if one day every town had its own barbecue joint, just as every town has its own pizza shop today.

Acton's entry into the arena is Po's Ribs and Barbecue, located next to CVS in the Acton Woods Plaza, at the intersection of Routes 2A and 27.

I just solved all our nation's problems.

Well, this is my inaugural blog. I have never blogged and I would not really categorize myself as a self-promoter so publishing my random thoughts on a blog is strange for me. So far I said that I am private and not a self-promoter but I do have some value here. My mind works in slightly different ways than what constitutes “normal”, and I feel at home taking artistic license and combining it with a problem of the day. This is my commitment as a blogger. Before I start, I remind us all to hate the blog but not the blogger.

Town Meeting - We could have done better on police union contract

On Monday night, April 5, Town Meeting will be asked to approve the funding for the first of several municipal union contracts that have expired. This one is for the police supervisor's union, which is comprised of eight officers. (The others are still in negotiation and won’t be presented to this Town Meeting.) Article 12 is for the last three years and Article 13 goes forward another three.

Which political party is more corrupt?

Which political party is more corrupt? Republicans or Democrats?

Before you answer, be careful: It is a trick question.

The answer is both of them. More accurately, it is all of them.

The communists are corrupt, the fascists are corrupt, and the socialists are corrupt. The federalists and the whigs were corrupt. Royalty is corrupt.

Politicians aren't the only ones. We know many business leaders are corrupt. Lawyers, accountants, doctors and dentists can be corrupt. People we trust with our lives and our life's savings can be corrupt.

Acton Eats: Crossroads Cafe

Crossroads Cafe
405 Nagog Square
Acton, MA
(978) 263-9733

On Saturday night my family had nothing planned for dinner, so we decided to go out to grab a bite to eat. We didn't want anything too fancy, too expensive, or too spicy, so we found ourselves at the Crossroads Cafe.

We hadn't been in several years, but the place looked just as we remembered it: dark wood tables, high-backed booths, and vintage photos of Boston landmarks and sports teams. The bar area seemed to be made of wall-to-wall TVs, some of which were probably added since our last visit.

Acton Needs an Endowment

Acton’s budget system is a mess. As a town, we rely on property taxes, which is a stable source of revenue, but we also depend on fees and state aid. State aid is particularly fickle. Every few years, there is a statewide crisis and that trickles down to us, which causes a local crisis.

And in a downturn, like we have now, we choose to spend reserves instead of cutting back expenses. This sets us up for an override in a future year. These overrides are divisive and cause catastrophe if they don’t pass. This is a terrible way to manage long-term finances.

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

Pitching,Pitching, Pitching

Everyone once in a while something comes along which explains things clearly and concisely and for pitching that times is now. For the past several years I have been searching for a partner at www.duquettesports.com to teach pitching, which is probably the least understood and most valuable component of any game. Until now I couldn't find the right fit but all that has changed with the advent of www.3psports.com.

Acton Eats: Choosing a CSA

Part 2 of 2

In part one of this series, I talked a little about the basics of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a form of partnership where you can purchase a share in a local farm in exchange for a portion of the harvest. My wife and I have been long-time CSA members, first at Meadow Brook Farm (now Siena Farms), and currently at Lindentree Farm.

In this post, I'll discuss some of the questions you might want to ask when choosing a CSA. And if you are thinking of joining a CSA, now is the time, as many farms are in the process of signing up members for 2010.

Acton Eats: What is Community Supported Agriculture?

Part 1 of 2

The snow is falling as I begin this blog entry, but I'm already thinking of spring. For one thing, the fruits of last fall's harvest are almost gone. The only fresh vegetables I have left are one lonely butternut squash and a few heads of garlic. I also have a dozen Ziploc bags of last year's produce in the freezer, but I know these, too, will soon be gone.

I'm sure some of my friends and family members are studying the seed catalogs and web sites, planning what crops to plant in their backyards this spring.

For those of us who crave fresh vegetables, but lack the space, the time, the skill, or the patience to grow their own gardens, there is an alternative. And that is the phenomenon known as Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, for short. When you belong to a CSA, you pay a set fee at the start of the year for a weekly share of produce throughout the growing season, roughly from the first of June to the first of November.