- Saturday, November 21, 2009 - Recycle Old Appliances for SCI
- 2nd Annnual Photo and Art Contest - Mary Cummings Park
- A vision for Mary Cummings Park including Whispering Hill Woods
- Woburn looks to save Northeastern property (Whispering Hill Woods)
- Whispering Hill Woods in Woburn (Northeastern University owned property)
- Tue, Oct 21, 2009 - Sustainability Workshop - In Reading
- Saturday, Sep 26 - Bird Walk - HORN POND Conservation Area
- Muscovy Ducks rescued - not missing - from Horn Pond
- Sat & Sun, August 1st & 2nd - Native American Pow Wow - Altavesta School
- Horn Pond Bird Walk - Sunday, July 12th at 5:00 pm
- Saturday, June 20th - WREN Appliance Recycling at St. Barbara's
- Saturday, June 13th - WREN Parent-Child Nature Walk - Horn Pond
- 2009 Summer Concert Series @ Jack Marlowe Park
- Tue, June 9th, from 7:30PM to 9PM Green Awards at Woburn High
- Saturday, May 30th - Senior Center Clean-up
- Sunday, May 24 - 4th Annual Horn Pond Lantern Walk
- 2009 Garden Season - Need a Garden Plot?
- Friday, May 15, 2009 - Horn Pond - Early Evening Bird Walk
- WREN supports the Woburn Loop Bikeway/Greenway.
- Sat, May 2, 2009 - Conservation Day - Woburn
- April 18, 2009 - WREN Education Series @ McCue's Garden Center
- Earth Day 2009 - Woburn Mall
- April 23, 2009 - Mike Harriman receives $1,000 WREN Scholarship
- Sat, April 18, 2009 - APPLIANCE RECYCLING - Kennedy Middle School PTO
- Sunday, April 5, 2009 - Bird Walk at Horn Pond
- Edible Gardens - Learn How! Coming Soon!
- Sun, Mar 22, 2009 - Ted Elliman speaks about Invasive Plants at Horn Pond
- Sat, Mar 21, 2009 - Green Community Fair & High School Green Fest
- WREN's Education Series - 2009 - Ted Elliman - New England Wild Flower Society
Saturday, November 21, 2009 at the Woburn Daily Times, 1 Arrow Drive in Woburn from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M |
Are you wondering what to do with that old television, computer monitor or appliance that is broken, unwanted or unused and just taking up space? So clean out those basements, attics, garages and warehouses and bring your items down!
This collection will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at the Woburn Daily Times, 1 Arrow Drive in Woburn from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M benefitting Woburn Social Capital Inc. and their many projects and programs. A portion of the proceeds from these collections are also used for a scholarship fund for a Woburn High School graduating senior that will be continuing their education in the field of environmental education.
Click HERE for more information. .
The Friends of Mary Cummings Parkl is running its 2nd annual contest for photography and artwork concerning the Park, The pictures may be of wildlife, nature, people having fun at the park, or scenic pictures. Submissions are due by November 16th. See the Contest Flyer for details. http://cummingspark.org/documents/fomcp-art-contest-2009.pdf |
Click HERE to see Contest Flyer for details. .
Letter to the Editor: |
Very seldom is a metropolitan city provided with an opportunity to set aside a great space for all posterity. A place for her citizens to take pause in the solace of nature. Such is the opportunity presented to Woburn when Archstone Apartments withdrew from its development plans and the 75 acres of the Whispering Hill Woods were again placed on the market by Northeastern University.
These woods have been designated as priority habitat for rare species by the State, yet are again threatened with a large-scale development. Whispering Hill Woods lies in the heart of Mary Cummings Park. Looking at the map of the park, one can see that a development of Whispering Hill Woods would effectively divide the 210 acres of Mary Cummings Park and diminish the nature of this great public resource. If the woods are sold into development, this opportunity will never return.
Conserving the woods provides great benefits to Woburn, simultaneously:
• creating a great public open space
• satisfying the requirements of Chapter 40B
• conserving the essential heart of one of the region's great public park
• providing a place for a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities
• protecting the quality of life in Woburn
• safeguarding the city's water supply
• securing habitat for migratory birds and rare species
• avoiding the impacts of an additional large-scale development to traffic and property values.
I am full of hope that the people of Woburn will work together to conserve the last open spaces of this wonderful city. A vision for Mary Cummings Park including Whispering Hill Woods can be found at http://www.cummingspark.org/documents/MaryCummingsParkVision2009.pdf
President, Friends of Mary Cummings Park
Click HERE to read Mary Cummings Park Vision 2009. .
The Huntington News > News |
Woburn looks to save Northeastern property
By Rob Tokanel
Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009
Click HERE to read entire article. .
It has come to our attention that Northeastern University may be requesting proposals for purchase of Whispering Hill Woods, the 75-acre woodland which nearly subdivides Mary Cummings Park. We need your help in spreading the word to others who want to help conserve regional open space. Development of this woodland would dramatically impact Mary Cummings Park. If you would like to help, especially in encouraging the City of Woburn to purchase Whispering Hill Woods and/or encouraging Northeastern University not to sell the woodland without development restrictions, please send an email E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
On April 28, 2009, at a regular meeting of the Woburn City Council, all 9 members of the City Council adopted a resolution ( a formal expression of opinion or intention ) for the City of Woburn to:
“Work collectively to develop a comprehensive plan to allow the City to competitively bid for the so-called Northeastern property consisting of a 74.46 acre parcel of land located at 35 Cambridge Road, Woburn, formally referred to as the Archstone 40B site on Cambridge Road. The plan should outline potential municipal use of the site and an acquisition cost analysis for the potential purchase of the land by the City of Woburn;”
The resolve further stated:
" ... the City of Woburn should work towards a strategy that
would allow the City to best plan for the use of the site to benefit the
residents and protect the community from overdevelopment." ... "The City should actively be looking for grant money, stimulus money, or revenue that would allow the City to develop the land in a way that would benefit the community and not the developers."
Reading and Wakefield are co-hosting a Sustainability Workshop on Wednesday, October 21st from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Reading Senior Center, 49 Pleasant Street in Reading.|
Diana Fruguglietti & Paul Ippolito have scheduled another "Bird Walk", this one will be a "Half Day Morning Walk" in the Horn Pond Conservation Area. |
Meet at the intersection of Sturgis St, Water St & the Woburn Parkway at 7:30 AM on Saturday 9/26. (the same spot WREN starts our Saturday morning trash walks at 9 am)
We will take a 1/2 day walk, exploring the varied habitats of the Horn Pond Conservation Area. The first half of the walk will focus on the main pond, accompanying lagoons and marsh areas in search of migrating fall warblers and sparrows. The second half will focus on Horn Pond Mountain (~254 ft) in search of Eastern Bluebird, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting and Eastern Towhee. The second half has terrain that may be uneven with muddy areas possible.
Bring your cameras, binoculars and maybe a Bird Field Guide. Bug spray is also advised and take a drink along with you.
This trip is co-sponsored with the Brookline Bird Club, Menotomy Bird Club and WREN.
WOBURN - Anyone who walks around Horn Pond or lives in the area may have noticed two Muscovy ducks sitting basically in one spot for about six weeks.
While their presence delighted many walkers and residents, the reason these temporary inhabitants had been spotted there huddling around a manhole cover across from the Clapp School is rather sad.
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