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WILMINGTON — Superin­tendent Dr. Glenn Brand’s re­port for the School Commit­tee at their meeting last Wednes­day night covered CIT days, MSBA, and the middle school task force.

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WILMINGTON — The School Committee invited Wilmington Nursing Direc­tor Doreen Crowe and School Physician Dr. Mark Curdo to talk about two items under new business at their meeting last Wed­nesday night: COVID-19 po­sitive athletes returning to sports and pooled testing.

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WILMINGTON — Wil­mington Fire Chief Bill Ca­vanaugh announced to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on Monday night that the town’s total COVID-19 positive cases as of that day were 76. The total cases were down 62 from the Board of Health’s previous numbers from four days earlier, as S…

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How did Wilmington come to have a railroad track running diagonally across town? There are two north-south main lines running through town. And then there is the Wildcat. Why would anyone build such a track, connecting two main lines?

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On Wednesday Jan. 27, the State of Massachusetts opened appointment sche­duling for COVID-19 vaccinations for the first round of Phase 2 recipients: individuals aged 75 or older. Monday, Feb. 1 will be the first day this group will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

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TEWKSBURY — As the wea­ther gets colder, salt on our roadways, walkways and driveways help keep us safe. How­ever, once the salt is washed off it can make its way into nearby wetlands, streams, riv­ers and groundwater. Impacts of salt include raising the sa­linity in soil and water, making i…

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WILMINGTON — With the pandemic continuing to rage across the nation, many have taken up new hobbies or launched new businesses with their newfound free time at home. Former Wilmington resident Ashley Staab (nee Steen­bruggen) has decided to do just this, launching her business Scrap­py Hats …

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WILMINGTON — The Wil­mington Public Safety Dis­patch Center operated out of the Massachusetts State 911 Department’s mobile PSAP while their operations room received renovations starting Jan. 21. This allowed the center to continue directing 911 calls as normal with no noticeable change to W…

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WILMINGTON — Upon arrival at Wilmington High School, one can see a sea of brightly colored posters along the fence of the basketball court. Cries of “Let Us Play!” “Kids’ Mental Health Mat­ters!” “Sports equals Good Mental Health!” and other such sentiments are hung along the fence. Though e…

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Built in 1835, the Ameri­can House was Boston’s largest and most elegant hotel. A clerk there was shocked when he looked out the window. There in front of the hotel was a large herd of oxen.

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WILMINGTON — The first item for the Board of Selectmen on Monday night was the regular COVID-19 update from Board of Health Director Shelly Newhouse and Fire Chief Bill Cavanaugh. The board welcomed them with appreciation and thanks for all of the health, fire, and police department’s efforts.

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WILMINGTON — Re­sidents shared their disappointment about Wil­mington transitioning four schools to remote learning at the beginning of the School Committee meeting last Wednesday night. They all agreed that remote learning is in­sufficient and that their students are losing precious time.

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WILMINGTON — Town Ma­nager Jeff Hull delivered a town budget proposal for fiscal year 2022, with a grand total of $119,852,135 at the Board of Sel­ectmen meeting on Monday night. He shared that his goals for the budget were to increase by no more than one percent, to provide the services res…

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WILMINGTON — The School Committee meeting last Wed­nesday night covered the fiscal year 2022 recommended budget of $44,815,088, wherein several members of the administration spoke to the their de­partments’ proposed budgets.

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WILMINGTON — The Superintendent’s Report for the School Committee last Wednesday night covered MCAS testing, virtual caregivers’ sessions, CO­VID-19 monitoring, and the OPM for the new town hall and school administration building.

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WILMINGTON/TEWKSBURY — The COVID-19 vaccines are beginning to be administered to health-care workers across the country in the first sta­ges of vaccine implementation. The two types of coronavirus vaccines are developed by Pfizer and Moderna, and both are being administered after being appro…

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WILMINGTON — Mas­sa­chusetts has a robust presence in the film in­dustry, with sites all over the Commonwealth being chosen for their historical or picturesque qualities. The industry also provides economic benefit to all types of lo­cal businesses, and Tom Derian’s Certified Clean­ing Co. i…

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Wilmington — The Board of Selectmen began their meeting on Monday night by expressing their condolences to the families of Bob Palmer and Anne-Marie Norman be­fore they received the CO­VID-19 update. A moment of silence was observed for these two Wilmington-affiliated employees.

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WILMINGTON — Board of Health Director Shelly Newhouse reported on the ever-increasing highest rate of positives and cases in the COVID-19 update for the Board of Select­men on Monday night. The current positives in town she gave was more than 300 cases.

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An old steam locomotive stood in front of the Mu­seum of Science in Boston for several years. It was a monument to a day of railroading, being preserved for future generations.

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WILMINGTON — Dur­ing their meeting on Tues­day night, the Planning Board considered feedback on several potential articles for Town Meeting. They started with the plan to rezone a cluster of un­dersized lots on Bailey Road, Marrietta Avenue, Mozart Avenue, and Ald­rich Road from R20 to R10.

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As getting exercise be­comes increasingly complicated during the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are turning to woodland trails. De­spite the requirement in Massachusetts to wear masks outdoors, exploring is still as interesting as ever and in the chilly weather, the mask now adds…

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WILMINGTON — Look­ing back at the year 2020 in full, the Board of Sel­ectmen dealt with a number of town issues on be­half of Wilmington’s residents regarding properties, policies, COVID-19 changes, and more.

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WILMINGTON — Wil­mington’s School Com­mittee responded to all sorts of staffing, budgeting, social-emotional, and learning issues affecting Wilmington Public Schools this year. Though some were the result of the co­ronavirus outbreak, the committee was made aware of increased turn­over and s…

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Wilmington has seldom had a 24-hour diner, as there has never been much demand. On cold, stormy nights when snow plow drivers would work through the night, though, they would be desperately wanting some coffee and a hot meal.

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LOWELL — COVID-19 has thrown a curve ball at all types of events, including annual holiday gatherings put on by companies, friend groups, church groups and the like. While most can shrug off the loss of a party and deal with it, there are those for whom a holiday gathering is the only bright…

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WILMINGTON — Su­perintendent Dr. Glenn Brand announced last Wednesday night at the School Committee meeting that the district would be transitioning to remote until Christmas break. This would only apply to students in cohorts A and B for the Friday after the meeting and the past Monday and …

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WILMINGTON — The main items for consideration at the Board of Sel­ectmen’s meeting on Mon­day night pertained to a new recovery coach, parcel 13A at Cross Street and Main Street, and Chas Fiore’s spectacular Christ­mas lights.

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WILMINGTON — On Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, Wilmington’s own Fiore family took home the grand prize on ABC Great Christmas Light Fight. This show features outrageous Christmas light displays by families from around the country that compete for bragging rights, as well as a grand prize of $50,00…

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WILMINGTON — Wil­mington’s Board of Health Director Shelly Newhouse shared at the Board of Selectman meet­ing on Monday night that the current COVID-19 numbers were at ex­actly 200 positives and over 600 residents in qua­rantine. This was part of the COVID-19 update giv­en by Newhouse and Fi…

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WILMINGTON — All year round, the Wil­ming­ton Food Pantry is dedicated to helping those in need within the community. Located on Chestnut Street, the food pantry is funded by the Wilmington Community Fund and provides food products on a bimonthly basis.

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WILMINGTON — The School Committee re­ceived a number of up­dates regarding everything from the high school schedule to personnel to the winter sports season at their meeting last Wednesday night. Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand invited Wilmington High School Principal Linda Peters to introduc…

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WILMINGTON — At the School Committee meeting last Wednesday night, Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand covered a virtual caregivers series, the CDC update, and quarantine in the Superintendent’s Re­port. Although grant up­dates were on the agenda, this item was passed over and not discussed.

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Be careful when driving on interstates and freeways next year — you might miss your ex­it if you’re not paying attention. The Massa­chusetts Department of Transportation is beginning the statewide Exit Renumbering Project this fall to replace current signs with a milepost-based numbering system.

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Among the older names in Wilmington is that of Boutwell. There is a street named for the family, and a school bears the same name. For two centuries, the Boutwell house stood on what is now Boutwell Street. It was a tiny house with a gambrel roof on one end and a peaked roof on the other. Th…

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BILLERICA — Shaw­sheen Valley Regional Vo­cational Technical High School students have been busy spreading little signs of joy this Thanksgiving season. Hand-painted wood­­en turkeys, cornucopias and pumpkins were created and mounted on posts and placed in surrounding communities in an effor…

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WILMINGTON — Wil­mington’s Santa Parade will take place this year with some new adjustments and all the same the fun. The event takes place Sunday, Dec. 6 be­ginning at 9 a.m. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves will ride through town for eight hours delighting children young and old. They ar…