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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Larz F. Neilson
By Larz F. Neilson
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Larz F. Neilson
By Larz F. Neilson
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.