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WILMINGTON — The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to accept the donation of a flag pole to be located at Silver Lake. The donation comes from Rapiscan Systems, an An­dover company formerly located in Wilmington.

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If you go through the Kel­ley book, Wilmington’s rec­ord of births, marriages and deaths, you occasionally find some strange names. In the Eames family, you will find Eloives and Eluta, born in 1806 and 1808. In the Ford and Morrill families, there is Cadwallader, the captain of the Wilmingt…

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WILMINGTON — The Wil­mington Board of Health no­tified Silver Lake beachgoers on July 31 that swimming in Silver Lake was prohibited since the weekly E.Coli test returned exceeding levels of bacteria in the lake.

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WILMINGTON — Dunkin’ at 357 Middlesex Ave. in Wil­mington is celebrating its grand re-opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at 1 p.m. After their restaurant update in June, which made this location a Next Generation store, they’re ex­cited to unveil the refreshed Dunkin’ layout with i…

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There is now a vacant lot at 80 Main St., facing Silver Lake. Until last week, there was a 10-room Victorian house there. On Wednesday, it was torn down. Attorney Michael Newhouse plans to build a new office there, using some elements of the old house that were saved. He has already built a …

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The 1930s were particularly tough years in the United States. The era known as the Depression left many families hard-pressed to put food on the table. One young man in Wilmington felt that he could be of better service to his family if he left. So in September 1938 he hit the rails, the mos…

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WILMINGTON — This Tues­day night, the Wilming­ton Police Department is excited to welcome Wil­mington and surrounding town residents of all ages to meet the people serving them as police and federal law enforcement officers. WPD is hosting National Night Out at Rotary Park on Aug. 6 from 5 -…

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WILMINGTON — A Wil­mington resident was nearly the victim of a scam, but some quick thinking saved him (and his bank account).

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WILMINGTON — Last week, the Wilmington Po­lice Department posted their congratulations to Jo­seph Desmond, who’s been promoted from acting chief to WPD’s Chief of Police. Town Manager Jeffery Hull announced the new chief’s title to the rest of the police department employees and praised Desm…

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Colonel Jonathan Buck was a pioneer in Maine with a long and impressive ca­reer, with a few strange quirks. He was born in Wo­burn in a house that is in Wilmington. He founded the town of Bucksport, Maine, yet he was a lifelong citizen of Massachusetts.

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As a kid, was there anything as fun and creative as playing in the sand? Not at a playground sand­box, but at your favorite beach. Under the summer sun, the “free li­cense” to get on your hands and knees in the sand and create was quite an attraction, but not without its disappointments.

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WILMINGTON — On July 8, representatives from Analog Devices spoke to the Board of Selectmen about the status of an ex­pansion project begun ap­proximately a year ago.

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WILMINGTON — Before Wilmington Accountant Mike Morris officially retired this past Friday, his coworkers at the Town Hall threw him a retirement party. Accounting Assistant Paula Barry, former Assistant Accountant Lorraine Hermann, and As­sistant Finance Director Beth Lallemand put the party…

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The area known as “The Square,” or Wilmington Cen­ter, was once the primary business center of Wilming­ton. Several businesses clustered along Main Street on the small man-made hill at the intersection of Church Street and Burlington Avenue.

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WILMINGTON — The $2.25 million appropriated for the Ristuccia Arena at a De­cember 2014 Special Town Meeting was specifically for that rink at that site, Town Manager Jeff Hull stated at a July 8 Board of Selectmen meeting.

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WILMINGTON — The Town of Wilmington will be updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan, according to Town Manager Jeff Hull. At the July 8 meeting of the Board of Selectman, Hull shared a memo from Di­rector of Planning and Con­servation Valerie Gingrich with regard to this update.

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WILMINGTON — In a briefing for the Board of Sel­ectmen on June 24, Public Buildings Superintendent George Hooper explained that summer is not a time of vacation for his department.

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WILMINGTON — The cost of recyclable disposal is soaring, and Wilmington is one of many communities feeling the increasing financial burden.

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WILMINGTON — Town Manager Jeff Hull briefed the Board of Selectmen on a June 11 conference call re­garding the North Wilming­ton MBTA station. The station has been a point of concern among town emergen­cy officials for some time, as the train often blocks Mid­dlesex Avenue as it slows or sto…

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WILMINGTON — Schools in Wilmington are beginning to define homework policy by philosophy rather than time limits per grade, though the subject will be a point of “continuous conversation,” according to Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand.

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WILMINGTON — The Dun­kin’ on 357 Middlesex Ave. in Wilmington, which closed temporarily for remodeling on Sunday June 9, is reopening this Friday.

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WILMINGTON — On Fri­day June 14, a Wil­mington couple was featured on the HGTV show “My Lottery Dream Home.” Originally from Medford, Nicholas Rocco won a million dollars as the grand prize winner of the Massachu­setts Lottery’s “The Fast Road To $1 Million” instant ticket game. He purchased…

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In May, 1924, the name of the Silver Lake railroad station became a hot political issue in Wilmington and South Tewksbury. The Bos­ton & Maine Railroad was contemplating changing the name of the station to West Wilmington. Maybe somebody thought passengers buying tickets to Silver Lake c…

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WILMINGTON — On Sunday evening, Wil­mington Police received a call that the missing 11-year old boy had re­turned to his Wilmington home. A resident originally called the police early Sunday morning when they woke up and discovered their child missing.

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I had the chance recently to enjoy lunch somewhere you might not think of — at a local vocational technical high school. The Ram’s Head Dining Room, a full-service restaurant, is located in the Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School in Billerica and is the “shop” component of the cu…

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WILMINGTON/TEWKSBURY — Did you know that Silver Lake was once a very popular destination getaway for people from "the city"? Many homes surrounding the lake were originally vacation cottages. Visitors traveled on trains from Boston to enjoy the lake and its summer activities. Learn about thi…

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The Board of Selectmen decided on May 28 to table a discussion on a Town Meet­ing scheduling review committee, as discussions about how to best represent different stakeholder groups continue.

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If you’ve recently walked around the pond at Rotary Park, you might have no­ticed some fairy houses along the way. You might have stopped to look at all the details, or to write a tiny note in Grumpy’s mailbox. And maybe if you noticed when the fairy houses appeared, you could have also seen…

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There is probably no greater tragedy that can befall a mother than to learn that her young son has been killed in war. That was the news that Mrs. Wavie Drew re­ceived shortly after Operation Neptune, the Allied invasion of the coast of France, known as D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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Last week, students from the Shawsheen Valley Tech­nical High School, Wilming­ton Middle School, and the Wilmington West CARES Program showed their portrait of Ellen Degeneres made entirely out of crayons at the SVTHS Third Annual Spring Festival. Built by students ranging from the fourth th…

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WILMINGTON — On Tues­day, May 21, Margaret “Peg­gy” Kane, a longtime member of the Wilmington School Committee, passed away.

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WILMINGTON — On May 22, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Glenn Brand updated the School Committee on a number of staffing changes in the district.

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WILMINGTON — If you dial 911 from any Wilming­ton landline or recently purchased cellphone line, Wilmington’s public safety dispatchers are the ones who will answer. Then, according to the priority and severity of the issue, they’ll raise the concern to the appropriate party. But taking note…

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The B-47 Stratojet was an awesome, beautiful plane with six jet engines on swept-back wings. Intro­duced in 1947, the B-47 marked a giant step forward in aircraft technology, the first U.S. bomber built as a jet. Its ceiling was 40,440 feet, with a top speed of 650 m.ph. It was designed to h…

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WILMINGTON — By a 4-1 vote, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen has chosen Bryan Perry as Town Accountant. Perry currently serves as City Auditor of Lowell.