Deficit Spending makes a comeback

About six or seven years ago, in what I remember was my first Acton Town Meeting, I was in the audience when someone got up to complain about the budget being presented that night.

"This budget is out of balance. You are using one-time revenues, called Free Cash, in order to fund operations. This is unsustainable."

That statement seemed self-evident. I knew from "Accounting 101" that one-time revenues shouldn't fund recurring operations. It leads to overspending.

Public Art

As a newcomer to Action I notice works of art that are displayed in public places.
This image show a portion of a stained glass window. It makes me think of stones, bubbles,
water and ice.

Do you know where it is? Do you know who the artist is?

Appel Overlooked by Israel Baseball League

In 2006 at the Dan Duquette Sports Academy we held the first ever tryout for a fledgling professional baseball league in Israel which was launched in 2007. We also held tryouts around the world in Los Angeles California, Miami, Florida, Dominican Republic and Israel. Apparently overlooked in tryouts for the league was a player who was right there under our own eyes for many of the talent sessions.....our PR consultant, the ubiquitous Marty Appel, former PR director of the New York Yankees.

Acton Eats: Ichabod's (Closed)

Ichabod's
166 Great Road
Acton, MA
(978) 635-9269
http://www.ichabodscafe.com/

The transformation is now complete.

When my family and I first visited Ichabod's Cafe, a couple of years ago, it was known as a place to grab a cup of coffee and a muffin, or maybe a sandwich. But the little cafe had higher aspirations, adding a dinner menu and a selection of Middle Eastern specialties. Then Ichabod's started serving alcohol and gradually began going more upscale. The cozy little breakfast nook of the front room has now vanished, only to be replaced by an intimate lounge area, where live bands play on Fridays and Saturdays.

Acton Images - Fall '09

I am a semi-pro photographer who has recently moved from Sudbury to Acton. I shoot primarily nature and landscape images, and would like to start a blog for other photographers in Acton to exhibit their work.

I hope the images on this blog will capture life in Acton - the events, history, and natural beauty of this town.

I look forward to seeing other posts and images.

ASK ACTON FORUM : A new "huge" 40B development off Newtown Road ?

Question from an ActonForum reader :

I've heard there is a "huge" 40B project being considered off Newtown Road. I was wondering about the details, like number of units, type of units, etc.

ActonForum reply :

No plans for a "huge" 40B project of Newtown Rd have been filed. There is a small 40B project on Lillian Rd which has been discussed at several Board of Selectmen meetings (last time on November 16th). Although the developer has increased the number of units from the original plan (to four 3-bedroom houses) this is not a "huge" project.

Congratulations to the Lord Jeffs

Congratulations to the 2009 Lord Jeffs for an undefeated season, a NESCAC championship and a thrilling victory over Williams. We're incredibly proud of our team and their 8-0 record.
On Saturday November 14th the Amherst College football team defeated Williams College 26 to 21 on Weston Field in Williamstown MA. It was the first time since 1984 that the Lord Jeffs closed a football season with a perfect record and it was the first time that Head Coach EJ Mills got his team through an unblemished season. Said Mills,

Give the Gift of .........Sports CAMP!

Every year after Thanksgiving dinner we draw names for holiday gifts for the kids. We consider everything that most families do like toys, games, clothes, clothes, clothes and the latest electronics gadgets and video games. (ugh!) Each holiday season, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and god parents are all faced with the hard decision of what gifts to give children. This year, though, as part of your holiday gift list, I urge you to think a bit outside the box and consider to give the Gift of Camp.

The Beacon on the Ropes

The Beacon, Acton’s weekly newspaper, is clearly suffering.

For this political observer, it takes about 2 minutes to read through the paper these days.

There are no compelling “letters to the editor,” unless you want to read "thank you" notes.

The news articles typically rehash what has happened at this or that local committee meeting. Nothing is covered consistently.

ASK ACTON FORUM : Beer and wine licence for the Acton Bowladrome

Question from an ActonForum reader :

I'm wondering if it's really a good idea to have a liquor license at the bowling alley that caters to "families"......from the article in the Beacon last week, I guess it's a done deal. Don't know all the details whether they only serve at certain times or what.....just curious.

ActonForum reply :

The Acton Bowladrome is owned and operated by the Sundberg family, long-time Acton residents. Their request for a beer and wine license was presented to the Board of Selectmen a few months ago, see :