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Cop’s killer had lengthy criminal record, history of violence

OXFORD - Eighteen hours after the murder of police officer Ronald Tarentino, Jorge Zambrano died in a hail of bullets, wounding a state trooper non-fatally in the incident.

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Saturday 05/28/2016
Cop’s killer had lengthy criminal record, history of violence
Posted: May 28, 2016 - 2:04 pm

OXFORD - Eighteen hours after the murder of police officer Ronald Tarentino, Jorge Zambrano died in a hail of bullets, wounding a state trooper non-fatally in the incident.

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Local officer’s death shocks region
Posted: May 28, 2016 - 2:05 pm

AUBURN- A national audience has sat riveted watching the unfolding tragedy of the murder of police officer Ronald Tarentino. Tarentino, an officer out of Auburn, was slain during a routine traffic stop on Sunday. The tragedy has been felt deeply in law enforcement across the country, but it strikes a particular chord in Tewksbury. Taren­tino grew up in Tewksbury, graduating from the High School in 1991, and he still has family in town.

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Area mourns loss of beloved police officer, friend
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 2:04 pm

TEWKSBURY- The people who knew and loved Ronald Tarentino are still struggling to come to terms with his absence in the world. From his childhood through his career as a police officer, Tarentino was a source of cheer and camaraderie to many across several communities. His shocking loss has left many speechless.

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Saturday 05/21/2016
Small business month in spotlight at VIP event
Posted: May 21, 2016 - 7:00 pm

WILMINGTON – Tremezzo Ristorante was packed re­cent­ly for a Chamber of Com­merce VIP After Hours event on which included Wilming­ton and Reading-North Read­ing members. Executive Di­rec­tor of Wilmington Cham­ber of Commerce Nancy Vallee hosted the event in celebration of May being Small Business Month.

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Garrant honored with annual Good Guy award
Posted: May 21, 2016 - 5:00 pm

WILMINGTON—This past weekend began in high spirits for Wilmington resident Scott Garrant, as the Fourth of July Committee Chair and former Selectmen was named Wilmington’s “Good Guy” for 2016. The “Good Guy” award, an annual event in its 49th year, honors Wilmington men and women who dedicate their time outside of work to volunteer and elected service within the town.

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Colin MacEacheron writes letter to DeLai: Former WHS student raises drug issues with Wilmington School Administrators
Posted: May 21, 2016 - 3:00 pm

WILMINGTON - High school graduation is only a few weeks away. Students prepare themselves to say goodbye to their former school, and many will go on to college or careers without looking back. But Colin MacEacheron looks back. Though he graduated from WHS in 2012 and has gone on to a study at Fram­ingham, MacEacheron continues to turn back to his time at Wilmington High School, and the drug problem he developed there that almost sent his life on an entirely different course.

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Father honors fallen hero son at Memorial Day ceremony: Guest speaker shares a message from Iraq
Posted: May 21, 2016 - 1:00 pm

WILMINGTON - Memo­rial Day is a significant holiday for our nation. It is a day set aside to remember and honor our fallen veterans. For Arthur MacDonald, the day is truly a meaningful event. In 2003, he lost his son, Lance Corporal Greg­ory E. MacDonald. Cor­poral MacDonald, B Com­pany, 4th Light Armored Recon­nais­sance Battalion, was killed in Iraq.

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School Committee reviews parent survey
Posted: May 21, 2016 - 12:35 pm

WILMINGTON - At a recent school committee meet­ing, Superintendent Mary DeLai disclosed the re­sults of an online survey that had been disseminated to parents of Wilmington students.

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Sunday 05/15/2016
Otis and Jennings honored
Posted: May 15, 2016 - 12:04 am

Every year, each of the twelve Middlesex League schools choose two juniors to choose one of the most prestigious awards available, with the honors bestowed at an awards luncheon. Known as SILS Awards, the awards seek to recognize students who display exemplary qualities of Service, Integrity, Leadership and Spirit.

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Saturday 05/14/2016
McCoy revives allegations at Selectmen meeting: First the carnival, then the fireworks
Posted: May 14, 2016 - 8:39 pm

WILMINGTON - Anyone hoping for a continuation of the saga from town meeting last week had their wish granted Monday night, as tensions from the previous week’s outburst bubbled over toward the end of a largely sedate Board of Selectmen meeting.

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Glen Road/Wildwod Street Intersection: New traffic lights helping decrease accidents or causing more traffic, headaches?
Posted: May 14, 2016 - 7:22 pm

WILMINGTON- The new traffic lights have been activated at the intersection of Middlesex Avenue, Glen Road and Wildwood Street, a major step in the long-developing construction process. The road to new lights has included both the months-long construction job, and a years-spanning bureaucratic push. But not all residents are happy about this new step.

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Wilmington dogs soon to have their day
Updated: May 14, 2016 - 1:50 pm

WILMINGTON - The much-anticipated opening of a public dog park is only a few short weeks away, ac­cording to a presentation given at Monday night’s Board of Se­lectmen meeting. Animal Con­trol Officer Christopher Sullivan and Recreation De­partment Director Deborah Cipriani were on hand to discuss the project, its imminent completion, and the process used to establish the park rules and enforcement.

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Will run for his 21st term: After 39 years, Miceli still going strong
Updated: May 14, 2016 - 1:35 pm

BOSTON - When election season hits its fever pitch, State Representative James Miceli can take comfort in the knowledge that he will be running unopposed for his 21 term.

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Tuesday 05/10/2016
Outstanding team wins championship
Updated: May 13, 2016 - 11:30 am

WILMINGTON – Proud mom Lisa Napolitano has much to celebrate. Napolitano’s daughter Alicia Napolitano, a senior at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, is an honors marketing major with a minor in dance. Alicia has been a member of the Hofstra University Dance Team for four years.

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Monday 05/09/2016
An unexpected attack, a “chorus of boos”: McCoy shocks crowd with accusations
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 9:53 pm

WILMINGTON- Warrant Article 41 would seem to be a minor amendment to the town by-laws to clarify the make-up of the appointment committee which would convene to fill vacancies in the Finance Committee. This short piece of bureaucratic housekeeping would be a spring board to one of the most shocking moments in recent local politics, as Selectman Michael McCoy used the article to launch a public attack against Selectman Judith O’Connell and former Selectman Michael Newhouse, claiming that the pair threatened the employment of Town Manager Jeffery Hull.

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Housing project for 55-plus approved: Heated debate at town meeting over Andover St. development
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 9:56 pm

WILMINGTON- One of the most contentious subjects at this year’s town meeting was Article 50, a proposed re-zoning which would allow for the construction of a new housing project targeted at people 55 years or older. The article passed after a standing vote, 169-41, but the road to get that approval was long and heavily debated.

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Honoring those who have served: Cimaglia’s efforts in serving the dutiful ongoing
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 5:25 pm

WILMINGTON – His last Board of Selectmen meeting behind him, three-term Selectman Lou Cimaglia is moving forward in his quest to help Veterans in need. Back in January, Cimaglia announced that he would not be running for a fourth term, prompting a number of candidates to pull papers at Town Hall.

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Family first for Newhouse: Former selectman grateful to residents
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 5:22 pm

WILMINGTON – Six-term Selectman Michael New­house has seen a lot of changes over the years, mostly positive. Now, he is turning his attention to home and professional obligations.

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Town comes together to support McNally family: Fundraiser helps grant “Bernie’s Wish”
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 11:24 am

WILMINGTON— On Friday night, Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading hosted a fundraiser to held to help life-long Wilmington resident Bernie McNally raise money to support his two young nephews, Patrick and Seamus.

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Town budget approved: Proposed budget for FY 2017 voted in at town meeting
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 10:18 am

WILMINGTON - The town’s steadily escalating budget reached a total of $104,326,543 for FY 2017, up over $3 million from last year’s annual budget. This proposed budget was voted into action at Saturday’s town meeting at the High School, bringing what was repeatedly re­ferred to as “the corporation of Wilmington” to new heights of resources and expenditures.

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Saturday 05/07/2016
Wilmington Middle School hosts 5th annual science and tech fair: Annual STEM night sparks curiosity, fun for families
Posted: May 07, 2016 - 10:53 am

Last Thursday night, at the Wilmington Middle School cafeteria, Wilmington Pub­lic Schools held its Fifth Annual Family STEM (Science, Technology, Engin­eering, Math) Night. Every year, the biggest question about STEM Night seems to be, “what can they possibly do to top last year?” But thankfully. every year, the many volunteers and staff at Wilmington Public Schools manage to top themselves, and this year's event was no exception.

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Saturday 04/30/2016
Board of Selectmen honors two Wilmington State Champion Youth Hockey teams
Posted: April 30, 2016 - 3:37 pm

WILMINGTON- Some of Wilmington’s finest young athletes were honored at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting. The Pee Wee 1 and Bantam 1 teams, fresh off state tournament victories, received hearty congratulations from the Selectmen and Town Manager Jeffery Hull.

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Modest attendance, one close race in Wilmington elections: Caira, Bendel take Selectmen race; Alefantis joins Housing Authority
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 3:45 pm

WILMINGTON - What started out as a dreary election day perked up a bit once the sun came out Saturday afternoon. The same could not be said for poll numbers; a mere 13 percent of eligible voters turned out to cast their ballots for two Board of Selectman seats, three un­contested School Com­mittee seats, and a surprisingly tight write-in contest for Housing Authority.

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Sunday 04/24/2016
The 4-H Pirates Science Club honors local winners
Posted: April 24, 2016 - 2:49 am

The 4-H Science Pirates, a science club in Wil­mington, recently honored several of its members who won ribbons at the state level in 4-H’s Visual Presentation competition.

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Women-owned businesses take spotlight at Chamber event
Posted: April 24, 2016 - 1:38 am

WILMINGTON—On April 14, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce held a “Women in Business” Networking Event. The event, sponsored by Chamber-affiliated, women-owned businesses A Dream Come True Parties & More, The Crafting Closet, The Gymnasts’ Vault, and Jazz 3 Hair Design, gave members and invitees the chance to swap business cards, build new relationships, share resources, and get inspired in a fun and friendly atmosphere. It also gave the evening’s hosts a chance to introduce their businesses to the membership, and offer tours.

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Saturday 04/23/2016
Full Implementation Planned for 2017-2018 School Year: Wilmington to pilot new math program for Middle School
Posted: April 23, 2016 - 11:37 pm

WILMINGTON - Math at the Wilmington Middle School will be getting some revision, as the school’s principal and department have selected a new program, Pearson/Envision 2.0, to pilot in the next school year before moving into full implementation in 2017.

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Gone, but certainly not forgotten: Robert leaves WCTV after 10 years
Posted: April 23, 2016 - 10:45 pm

WILMINGTON – It’s been nearly two weeks since WCTV’s Bill Robert departed the station to move on to new challenges after over 10 years as Operations Mana­ger. Co-workers and friends saw Robert off in style with a celebration at Rocco’s prior to his last day at the station, honoring his work at the station.

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Library program features two stories of survival
Posted: April 23, 2016 - 10:34 pm

WILMINGTON - On May 26th at 7 p.m., the Wilmington Library will host “Stories of Survival” - a Living History event featuring two courageous and inspirational speakers. The firsthand accountings of their unbelievable struggles provide a message of hope and strength to anyone facing adversity in their life.

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Frank West Jr., named Eagle Scout of the Year for Massachusetts
Posted: April 23, 2016 - 10:31 pm

WILMINGTON- For all his hard work and for all his accomplishments, Frank West Jr. was still blown away to receive the letter naming him Eagle Scout of the Year for Massachusetts.

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Carnival future rests with RFP response: Appeals Board steps right up to new carnival plan
Posted: April 23, 2016 - 1:42 pm

WILMINGTON—The future of the Fun on the Fourth carnival was finally decided last Wednesday night, with members of the board voting to approve the amended application for a special permit submitted by the Fourth of July Committee earlier last month.

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Thursday 04/21/2016
William M. “Billy” Temple
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 10:10 pm

Passionate about cooking, chef at Merrimack College

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Sunday 04/17/2016
OSRAM sheds light on car care
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 10:41 pm

WILMINGTON – In addition to making its mark on the end of winter, April is also National Car Care Month, and a great time for getting your vehicle ready for spring and summer, according to the Car Care Council.

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Wilmington Historical Place: Perry’s blacksmith shop was a landmark
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 6:06 pm

By Larz F. Neilson

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Wilmington Historical Event: Plane crash at Town Park
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 6:01 pm

By Larz F. Neilson

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Wilmington adds a new trail layer to its online GIS Map
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 1:39 pm

Wilmington has over 6.7 miles of public trails throughout town. To help promote awareness of these recreational opportunities, the Town has added a new Trail layer to its Online GIS Map. The Trail layer is one of 19 layers that can be applied to an interactive map of the town.

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Crafting a "Nu" Partnership
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 1:30 pm

WILMINGTON - Nancy Zimmer takes a seat on the purple couch that sits perfectly placed in the center of her crafting oasis, pondering the day when a simple trip to get art supplies gave birth to her "baby," The Crafting Closet.

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Town of Wilmington is preparing a Facility Master Plan
Updated: April 17, 2016 - 1:51 pm

The Town of Wil­mington is preparing a Facility Master Plan to establish a long term strategy for the allocation of its municipal uses among buildings and sites. This planning will establish a sequence of short-term, mid-term and long-term recommendations that will guide the Town's decisions relative to investment, expansion, decommissioning, and rebuilding of our facilities.

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Woodbriar nursing facility: Regulators impose fines
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 12:45 pm

WILMINGTON –Regulators at the U.S. Centers for Mediare & Medicaid Services have imposed fines on the Synergy Health Centers-owned Woodbriar Nursing facility last week. The fines, currently topping $278,000 and mounting by the day, were levied in response to infractions, deficiencies, and non-compliance at the facility. Fining will continue, at the rate of $7,100 a day, until the skilled nursing center comes into compliance.

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Wilmington’s Chen promoted to Vice Chancellor at UMass Lowell
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 12:13 pm

WILMINGTON—Earlier this month, it was announced that Wilmington resident and UMass Lowell Vice Provost of Research Julie Chen was promoted to the position of Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. Chen’s promotion to the role came after the committee conducted a nationwide search to replace outgoing Vice Chancellor Marty Meehan, who will become president to the UMass system of schools this July.

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Saturday 04/16/2016
Rec volunteer McNally improved lives, summers for town’s youth: Selectmen honor ‘Mr. Wilmington’
Posted: April 16, 2016 - 3:10 pm

WILMINGTON - Members of the Board of Selectmen honored Bernie McNally Monday night for his service to the Town of Wil­mington and its residents. McNally, Wilmington Rec­reation De­partment volunteer for 12 years and unofficial “Mr. Wilmington,” McNally was on hand to be recognized by the Board, and presented with a plaque commemorating his dedication to the town and its youth.

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Local schools on alert following threats
Posted: April 16, 2016 - 2:29 pm

TEWKSBURY/WILMINGTON – A wave of robocall bomb threats reverberated throughout multiple Mas­sa­chusetts high schools including Tewksbury Mem­orial High School and Shawsheen Valley Technical High School starting at around 7:30 Mon­day morning.

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Selectmen honor their own as Newhouse, Cimaglia depart
Posted: April 16, 2016 - 2:23 pm

WILMINGTON - Though the Wilmington Board of Selectmen meeting covered the usual town business on Monday, the evening was anything but “business as usual,” as the board took time to recognize the efforts and contributions of two long-time members, Louis Cimaglia and Michael New­house, whose term of service ends this month.

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Saturday 04/09/2016
Wilmington Historical Event: The Weld-Ames Connection
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 8:28 am

By Larz F. Neilson

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Old Barrows’ Farm: Diner planned for Lowell Street Corner
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 8:29 am

By Larz F. Neilson

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Harrison corner naming goes to vote at April 30th Town Meeting
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 9:00 pm

WILMINGTON — At the annual town meeting taking place April 30th at the Wilmington High School auditorium, voters will decide on renaming a corner of Church Street and Adams Street in honor of the late William R. Harrison, a decorated veteran and long time Wilmington resident.

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A small black ring, a silent salute: Selectmen Cimaglia raises awareness on veteran suicide
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 8:00 pm

Wilmington -- As long time Veteran’s Agent for the Town of Wilmington, Selectmen member Louis Cimaglia had made a commitment to the welfare of resident veterans and their family members. Now, Cimaglia is bringing awareness to the issues facing all veterans through support of the charitable organization #22KILL.

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Phillips Senior wins ‘Aspirations In Computing’ prize Wilmington’s Neogi wins prestigious award
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 7:00 pm

ANDOVER, MA – Wilmington resident Nupur Neogi, a senior at Phillip’s Academy, has received the Massachusetts NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), Bank of America, Microsoft, BATEC, and Wellesley College, recognizes young high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.

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WHS Assistant Principal beats out 42 other candidates: Dennis Mahoney gets principal’s position at Winchester HS
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 5:00 pm

WINCHESTER/WILMINGTON — Wilmington High School Assistant Principal Dennis Mahoney has been selected to take over the position of Principal for Winchester High School. Mahoney will finish out the school year with Wilmington, concluding his role with the school district on June 30.

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Mental health, substance abuse remain priorities: School Committee talks issues on Candidates' Night
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 2:49 pm

WILMINGTON – The School Committee was first on the agenda at Candidate’s Night held on Tuesday minus incumbent Peggy Kane who was unable to attend.

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Future of the Fourth discussed: Selectmen hopefuls take stage for Candidates' Night
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 1:16 pm

Board of Selectmen candidates Kevin Caira, Joseph Lavino and Greg Bendel stepped up for questions at Tuesday’s Candidate Debate Night. Candidate Tom Miller was absent from the debate.

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