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On the side of love

On the side of love

Residents attend a candlelight vigil against bigotry, Sunday, Dec. 4, on the Common. More than 250 people showed up for the event, organized by the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church and supported by the Harvard Congregational Church, Holy Trinity Catholic Parish of Harvard, and Temple Beth Elohim of Acton. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)

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Close to 300 people gathered near the evergreen tree at the foot of the Common Sunday evening to show solidarity in the face of recent incidents of bigotry.

A week after the rock at the Bromfield School was defaced with swastikas and obscenities, students countered with a new message of hope. Yet concern about racism, anti-Semitism, and intolerance continued to roil.

Word that the Planning Board might be considering a zoning change to encourage clustered housing on the Littleton Road Poor Farm land brought nearly two dozen neighbors to its Monday night meeting.

This week, the selectmen agreed to continue investigating the restoration of the old library’s original center entrance and making that entrance accessible.

While the selectmen made some progress at their Tuesday meeting in finalizing a lease and request for proposals for the old library, they voted to continue the meeting to the following evening, Dec. 7.

In Harvard’s cider-making world, what’s going—gone, in fact—is the Harvard Cider Company; what’s coming—relatively soon—is hard cider from Carlson Orchards.

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December 9, 2016
Vol. 11, No. 4
“Keeping vigil”

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