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The Insiders: Toning up Concord’s backside

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Bust out your booty shorts and your Skechers rump-shaping sneakers! Today’s glute-blasting good time is all about toning up Concord’s backside. Calm
down, calm down – we see you slowly backing away from the paper. We’re talking about the view of Concord for drivers passing by on the highway.
Most of us who live and work in town probably don’t even give it a second thought, but to folks who cruise through on Interstate 93, we are not giving off our best possible first impression. So how do we fix this
problem? Our easy solution is just to throw a pair of yoga pants over the whole section of I-93 between Exits 13 and 14, but if that doesn’t sound feasible (Lululemon be damned!), there’s a good chance for you to make your own suggestions heard. Tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Grappone Conference Center, there is a public brainstorming charette (from the Greek for “tiny chair”). If you have a great idea for how to spruce up what’s being billed as “Concord’s new front door,” come on down to the charette. For more information on the event, visit

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Mayday! Mayday! Like, literally, it’s May Day. Historically, May 1 has been a day to celebrate the labor movement. To that end, there will be a rally at the State House today, bringing together labor organizations and immigrants’ rights groups. Rally organizers said the event is to “demand a road map to citizenship and stronger worker protections.” Speaking at the event will be young Americans (this is Bowie to Bowie!) who entered this country without papers as children. The event starts at noon.

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