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2009 Activities
 Saturday, November 21, 2009 - Recycle Old Appliances for SCI
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. .

 2nd Annnual Photo and Art Contest - Mary Cummings Park
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. .

 A vision for Mary Cummings Park including Whispering Hill Woods
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

Best regards,

Steven Keleti
President, Friends of Mary Cummings Park

Click HERE to read Mary Cummings Park Vision 2009. .

 Woburn looks to save Northeastern property (Whispering Hill Woods)
The Huntington News > News
Woburn looks to save Northeastern property
By Rob Tokanel
News Staff
Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009

Click HERE to read entire article. .

 Whispering Hill Woods in Woburn (Northeastern University owned property)
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: info@cummingspark.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."

 Tue, Oct 21, 2009 - Sustainability Workshop - In Reading
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.
 Saturday, Sep 26 - Bird Walk - HORN POND Conservation Area
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)

The details:
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.

 Muscovy Ducks rescued - not missing - from Horn Pond
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.

For more of this story, click on or type the URL below:

CLICK HERE

http://www.homenewshere.com/articles/2009/08/13/daily_times_chronicle/news/woburn/doc4a82cd9e75b62084039791.txt

 Sat & Sun, August 1st & 2nd - Native American Pow Wow - Altavesta School
The WREN sponsored Native American Pow Wow held Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2 at the Altavesta School Field on Main Street in North Woburn was a huge success thanks to Barbara Casey, a WREN member who organized the event.
 Horn Pond Bird Walk - Sunday, July 12th at 5:00 pm
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Catered towards Beginner Birders. Join Diana Frugugliette and Paul Ippolito as they explore the varied habitats of the Horn Pond Conservation Area.  In search of local breeding birds including the Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Brown Thrasher and Eastern Towhee.  This walk has terrain that may be uneven with muddy areas possible. 

Be sure to bring your binoculars, cameras and a Bird
Field Guide if you have one....and don't forget the bug spray.

This walk is co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club, Menotomy Bird Club and WREN.


Meeting Place: Parking Lot Entrance, at Lake Ave (South end of the Pond). 
Date & Time: Sunday, July 12th from 5:00 to about 7:00 pm 

For more info contact: Diana Fruguglietti, Woburn 781-933-9063
diana@dnptravel.com and Paul Ippolito 

 Saturday, June 20th - WREN Appliance Recycling at St. Barbara's
Appliance/Freon Bearing/CRT Device Recycling at St. Barbara's Church

Wondering what to do with that old television, computer monitor or appliance that is broken, unwanted or unused and just taking up space?  If you want to get rid of items before the summer at reduced cost from curbside collection prices don't miss this one as it is the last collection until September.

Paul Medeiros has found and is working with a Massachusetts company that will collect these items at drop off sites set up throughout Woburn at various times throughout the year. This is an excellent opportunity to recycle these items at a minimal cost compared to the high cost associated with curbside appliance recycling programs and will also be a fundraiser for local organizations that will sponsor these events. Another good thing and possibly the best part of this program is that it is open to residents from any and all communities, not just Woburn, as well as any and all business entities. With your help these collections have raised over $42,000 dollars for local organizations in two plus years!

So clean out those basements, attics, garages and warehouses and bring your items down!

This collection will be on Saturday, June 20, 2009 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Saint Barbara's Church located on 138 Cambridge Road (RT 3) in Woburn benefiting WREN (Woburn Residents' Environmental Network).and their many projects and programs. A portion of the proceeds from these collections is used for a scholarship fund for a Woburn High School graduating senior that will be continuing their education in the field of environmental education.

If you miss or cannot attend this collection the next one will be on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at the Woburn Daily Times, 1 Arrow Drive in Woburn from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M benefiting Woburn Council of Social Concern 

Want to recycle for reuse or salvage and don't like to throw away old, usable or even unusable equipment? Bring it to the event: For $1.00 each we will take the following: computers, electronic office equipment such as calculators, typewriters, fax/copy machines, printers, telephones, all consumer electronics (excluding televisions) such as cameras, video/audio/DVD/VCR, microwaves and sink disposal units.

Additionally, we will take and recycle or salvage the following in any quantity for a voluntary donation: computer parts and accessories, plugs, wires, drives, parts of computers, cell phones, video games as well as parts and accessories or plugs and wires, DVD’s, CD’s and VHS tapes.

If you would like further information or have any questions about this recycling program designed to save you money and benefit local organizations, please call Paul or Lori Medeiros at (781) 938-0297 or via e-mail at: paulderman@verizon.net

And an added note.....

Batteries Plus has expanded their battery recycling program to include virtually any type of battery. They will recycle every and any battery from the tiny button batteries out of a hearing aid to the large auto batteries out of your car or truck. And this service is done completely "free of charge" and also every day of the week. So help out the environment, add the convenience of being able to do this any day and save yourself some money on the disposal of those old car batteries. Stop by the Batteries Plus store at the "Four Corners" Batteries Plus, 173A Cambridge Rd., Woburn, MA 01801 Tel. 781-933-9093

 Saturday, June 13th - WREN Parent-Child Nature Walk - Horn Pond

Saturday, June 13th

 

WREN’s Parent/Child Nature Walk

(any adult and any child welcome-please no dogs)

 

"Come explore the Horn Pond Conservation Area with your kids! Did you know that we had a working Sand Pit at Horn Pond? Do you know what baby Swans are called? Join us for an adventure at Horn Pond and learn all kinds of things you never knew about our largest and most used Conservation Area in Woburn."

 

This walk is led every year by Woburn’s own “Mother Nature” Geraldine Kehoe

 

So come and join Gerry wear good walking shoes, sunblock and insect repellant are also recommended. The tour will run from 9:00 am to approximately 11:00 am on Saturday, June 13th. (and don't forget your camera!!!)

 

Meeting place is at Ice House Park, near the intersection of Sturgis & Water Streets at the North End of Horn Pond.

 2009 Summer Concert Series @ Jack Marlowe Park
Untitled 1 Social Capital Inc. (SCI) along with the North Suburban YMCA, Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA), and Woburn Residents Environmental Network (WREN) are proud to announce the sixth year of the Free Summer Concert Series in Jack Marlowe Park (formerly Citizens Park)! Jack Marlowe Park is located on Main Street (Route 38) across from the Common. This year Woburn will host five exciting concerts planned, each offering a unique sound and experience. Concerts start June 12, 2009 and play every other Friday until August 7, 2009. Concerts run from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. From big band to bluegrass, there is something for everyone. For more information including descriptions of each band. Hope to see you all there!

Free Summer Concert Series in Jack Marlowe Park

2009 Jack Marlowe Park Summer Concert Series Line Up

June 12-The Bedford Big Band sponsored by Reading Cooperative Bank

The Bedford Big Band is a 21 piece band who's repertoire is swing and big band jazz from the 1930s and 40’s. They also do great Latin, Waltz, and Rhythm 'n Blues and even a few contemporary arrangements. More information on the band can be found at www.bedfordbigband.comBeat Soup rocking out at last year's concerts

June 26- Beat Soup sponsored by Woburn Mall/KGI Properties 

Beat Soup’s ska-influenced stylings include both instrumental dance pieces and vocal numbers.  Playing originals and covers, the 8-piece dance band from Boston feature a classic sax/trombone/trumpet horn section as well as guitar, keyboard and drums. Go to www.beatsoup.com for more information.

July 10-Southern Rail sponsored by Michael de la Maza

Southern Rail's music is high-energy exuberent fun, with riveting harmonies, irreverent humor and sparkling banjo and mandolin solo work. Their songs have graced Blugrass Unlimited's Top Thirty Singles Chart for a combined total of 32 months, receiving heavy national airplay. Southern Rail's reputation for strong original material, heart-stopping harmonies, and infectious good humor has spread to both coasts, spurred on by a heavy touring schedule and 8 successful recordings. www.southernrail.com

July 24-The McTeggarts sponsored by Dunkin Donuts of Woburn Center

The McTeggart's create traditional Irish folk music that makes you want to stand up and join in. The band made up of Jimmy Byrne from Cork and Mike O'Brien from Dublin come together with their dulcet tones and superb musicianship and have become one of the most sought after folk Irish bands in America and abroad. More information can be found at  www.themcteggarts.com

August 7-Professor Harp sponsored by SBLI

Professor Harp (a.k.a Hugh Holmes) combines the electric Texas style blues of the late '60s and r&b-infused rock 'n' roll. His robust playing style brings the Delta all the way to New England. He uses his harp to play  full sounding, powerful blues while singing with an infectous fervor.  www.professorharp.com

Concerts start at 7:00 P.M. and run until 9:00 P.M. and are held at Jack Marlowe Park in Woburn Center. See you there!

 Tue, June 9th, from 7:30PM to 9PM Green Awards at Woburn High
Come to the Woburn Memorial High School at 88 Montvale Ave to join greenschools to recognize some truly extraordinary Schools, Individuals, and Green Schools Projects across the state of MA, and to review a most outstanding year! This Tuesday, June 9th, from 7:30PM to 9PM, special presentations and Awards will be given by our Student Ambassadors and other key "Green School Figures". Tickets will be sold at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for students. Meet the Board/Staff and those that make up the greenschools organization, and learn about some new and exciting opportunities for your school and community. We hope you will join us and bring The Green Difference to your School/Community!
 Saturday, May 30th - Senior Center Clean-up
Senior Center Clean-up on Saturday, May 30th;
 Sunday, May 24 - 4th Annual Horn Pond Lantern Walk
The 4th Annual Horn Pond Lantern Walk is on Sunday, May 24th at 7:30PM .
Meet at Horn Pond's Lake Ave. parking lot and join members of the Woburn community as they celebrate the lives of loved ones, friends, classmates, family who have left this earth. Lanterns are created at workshops or will be available for a donation at the event. Suggested donation $5 to $15.
All donations go to Friends of Mary Cummings Trust Park. A lantern building workshop is scheduled for the public at Whole Foods Market on Thursday, May 21st from 3:30 to 7:30 pm.
 2009 Garden Season - Need a Garden Plot?
Want to grow your own vegetables and need a garden plot?
The Friends Of Mary Cummings Park is waiting for permission from the City of Boston to start a community garden program at the Babylon Hill field (located off Blanchard Rd in Burlington). If you are interested or need more information, please contact Fel Medeiros at fel@woburnite.com
 Friday, May 15, 2009 - Horn Pond - Early Evening Bird Walk
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As a part of a team from Drumlin Farm, Paul & I will be birding for up to 24 hours, May 15th - May 16th and raising money to support the sanctuary, as part of Mass Audubon's Bird-A-Thon Fundraiser. Click here: Mass Audubon | Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon

Since 1955, Drumlin Farm has been connecting you and your family to nature, helping children and adults discover the beauty and promise of the living world. Your contributions will help support land conservation & restoration, stewardship of our beautiful sanctuary, and environmental education programs.

If you would like to sponsor us, you currently have 3 options.

1. You can make a donation via credit card in any amount through this website which is simple, fast and totally secure. http://www.firstgiving.com/diana-and-paul

2. You can mail us a check made out to Mass Audubon.

3. Meet us at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 15th at the Sturgis St. Entrance to Horn Pond and join us for an early evening bird walk. We will accept any contribution large or small. It would be helpful if you email prior to let us know you will attend so we can keep an eye out for you. Diana@dnptravel.com

This will be our 4th year and the past 3 years it has rained, so let's hope for nice weather!

We understand the current financial outlook is not promising, but if you are interested in helping out, and want to mail your contribution you may do so to us at: 5 Ellen Rd. Woburn, MA 01801

Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too.

Any amount is appreciated! Thank you from us, Drumlin Farm and the birds!

- Diana Fruguglietti & Paul Ippolito

 WREN supports the Woburn Loop Bikeway/Greenway.
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June Mackenzie, a South End neighborhood resident, is WREN's representative on the Woburn Loop Advisory Committee. WREN sees the Woburn Loop Bikeway/Greenway as an exciting alternative transportation connection from the South End to Woburn Square and also an important open space project. Once completed, the Woburn Loop will provide an enjoyable recreational opportunity for neighborhood residents, which will help pull the neighborhood closer together. The Woburn Loop's return to active public use will have a significant positive neighborhood impact.

CLICK HERE for more about the Woburn Loop Bikeway/Greenway

 Sat, May 2, 2009 - Conservation Day - Woburn
The Woburn Conservation Commission is holding its annual Conservation Day event on Saturday, May 2, 2009.

The event begins at 9:00 AM. The sign-in table will be at the Cove Street entrance to the Horn Pond Conservation Area.

All are welcome to come, help out, enjoy and appreciate the area. It is a great day to meet your neighbors, old friends and make some new ones! You can make a difference. For students seeking community service credit hours - make sure that you let us know at the sign-in table that you will be needing certification that you participated so that you get credited.

This year's anticipated projects include:

Installing additional trail markers along trail junctions (Phase III)
Clean-up of winter debris along trails
Cutting of brush overhanging trails
General trash pick up
And more...

Please come join us for a day to get things done and have some fun!

 April 18, 2009 - WREN Education Series @ McCue's Garden Center
Untitled 1 Megan McCue from McCue's Garden Center
200 Cambridge Rd. Woburn, MA 01801
(781) 933-1385

"Vegetable Gardening 101"
Meagan McCue, of McCue Garden Center in Woburn provided an informative class about things that New Englanders must do in the early spring to have a bountiful spring and summer vegetable/herb garden. Meagan discussed soil preparation, including testing for proper ph and necessary soil amendments.. Everyone had a great time.

CLICK HERE to see more PHOTOS

 Earth Day 2009 - Woburn Mall
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On Saturday April 25th Woburn celebrated Earth Day at the Woburn Mall. The event was sponsored by WREN (Woburn Residents Environmental Network) and The Woburn Mall. There were displays by local businesses, organizations and groups.

Photo: Terry Connolly, owner of TLCRecycles.com listens attentively as a visitor asks about her company. TLC Recycles is an education company that specializes in teaching students (K-12) and residents in eastern Massachusetts communities how to properly recycle at home and in their schools. Affordable recycling presentations and enrichment programs are delivered onsite at schools or special interest group locations.

Photo: Marie Coady, columnist and freelance writer (left) gets a visit from Cailin O'Toole (right).

Marie Coady is a columnist and freelance writer. Her columns appear weekly in the Daily Times Chronicle,located in Woburn, MA which publishes five dailies and five weeklies that serve ten communities. Before joining the Times she was a columnist for the Woburn Advocate and the Burlington Union, weekly newspapers among the 130 belonging to the Community Newspaper Company. As a freelance writer she has been published in hundreds of mainstream newspapers, magazines and children's magazines. During that time she has received awards for "Excellence in Column Writing" and "Editor's Choice Awards". Visit Marie Coady's website at www.MarieCoady.com

Photo: Theresa Murphy, City of Woburn Conservation Administrator (left) and Duane P. Cleak, Vice Chairman (right)

The Woburn Conservation Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, the Woburn Wetlands Ordinance, and the state and local wetlands regulations. The Conservation Commission also supports the acquisition and preservation of open space, and is concerned with the protection of our natural resources; wetlands in particular. The Commission organizes Conservation Day, and runs the Community Gardens Program. The Commission participates in Earth Day activities, and has promoted the planting of trees in the City through a tree program.

 April 23, 2009 - Mike Harriman receives $1,000 WREN Scholarship
Thursday, April 23, 2009 at the SCI / City of Woburn's Volunteer Week Reception at Woburn City Hall, WREN announced it's first ever Scholarship Award. Gerry Kehoe and Rod Flynn presented Michael Harriman a well deserved Scholarship. Michael has been with WREN since his middle school days and for the last seven years has donated hundreds of hours of his time working with WREN members cleaning, planting, building and recycling our way to a "green" society. Michael was also one of the founding members of the Environmental Club at the high school. He will be continuing his education this fall at Westfield State College and WREN members decided to chip in at least fifty cents toward that tuition cost for every hour Mike has put in with us over the years and presented him with a scholarship of $1,000.
Photo (left to right): WREN treasurer Rod Flynn, Mike Harriman, Woburn Mayor Thomas McLaughlin and WREN President Gerry Kehoe.
2004 photo of Mike Harriman - bottom right
2004 photo of Mike Harriman and Rod Flynn
 Sat, April 18, 2009 - APPLIANCE RECYCLING - Kennedy Middle School PTO 
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Please Spread the word to everyone and every business!!!!

Kennedy Middle School PTO Appliance/Freon Bearing/CRT Device Recycling

Getting ready for Digital TV and wondering what to do with that old television or how about that old computer monitor or appliance that is broken, unwanted or unused and just taking up space?

Paul Medeiros has found and is working with a Massachusetts company that will collect these items at drop off sites set up throughout Woburn at various times throughout the year. This is an excellent opportunity to recycle these items at a minimal cost compared to the high cost associated with curbside appliance recycling programs and will also be a fundraiser for local organizations that will sponsor these events. Another good thing and possibly the best part of this program is that it is open to residents from any and all communities, not just Woburn, as well as any and all business entities. With your help these collections have raised thousands of dollars for local organizations in a little over two years of operation and it is also funding a new scholarship at Woburn High School.  So clean out those basements, attics, garages and warehouses and bring your items down!

This collection will be on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Kennedy Middle School located at 41 Middle St, in Woburn and will benefit the many Kennedy Middle School and PTO projects and programs.  Plus a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to a scholarship fund for a Woburn High School graduating senior that will be continuing their education in the field of environmental education.

If you miss or cannot attend this collection the next one will be on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at the Reeves School which is located at 240 Lexington Street in Woburn from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. with the proceeds going to the many Reeves School and PTO projects and programs.

The prices are as follows:

Waste Mgmt curbside Collection               Drop off Collection

Monitor/Laptop              $30.00                             $5.00

Television-                     $30.00                             $10.00

Refrigerator-                  $30.00                             $10.00

Water Cooler-                $30.00                            $10.00

Air Conditioner-             $30.00                            $10.00

Freezer-                         $30.00                             $10.00

Dehumidifier-                $30.00                             $10.00

Stove/Washer/Dryer-    $15.00                            $10.00

Water Heater-                $15.00                            $10.00

Dishwasher-                  $15.00                             $10.00

Want to recycle for reuse or salvage and don't like to throw away old, usable or even unusable equipment? Bring it to the event: For $1.00 each we will take the following: computers, electronic office equipment such as calculators, typewriters, fax/copy machines, printers, telephones, all consumer electronics (excluding televisions) such as cameras, video/audio/DVD/VCR, microwaves, trash compactors and sink disposal units.

Additionally, we will take and recycle or salvage the following in any quantity for a voluntary donation: computer parts and accessories, plugs, wires, drives, parts of computers, cell phones, video games as well as parts and accessories or plugs and wires, DVD’s, CD’s and VHS tapes.

If you would like further information or have any questions about this recycling program designed to save you money and benefit local organizations, please call Paul or Lori Medeiros at (781) 938-0297 or via e-mail at: paulderman@verizon.net

 Sunday, April 5, 2009 - Bird Walk at Horn Pond
Come and join Diana Fruguglietti & Paul Ippolito for a 1/2 day walk, exploring the varied habitats of the Horn Pond Conservation area. The walk will focus in and around the main pond, accompanying lagoons and marsh areas in search of early migrants and local resident birds such as Gadwall, Field Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, Belted Kingfisher, and Tree Sparrow.

Parts of the walk have uneven terrain; muddy areas are possible.

Meeting Place/Time: Sturgis St. entrance to Horn Pond 8:00 a.m.
Contact: Diana Fruguglietti & Paul Ippolito - 781-933-9063 diana@dnptravel.com

Co-sponsored with the Brookline Bird Club, Menotomy Bird Club and Woburn Residents Environmental Network (WREN).

 Edible Gardens - Learn How! Coming Soon!
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Edible gardens made sense in the past, they also make sense now!
WREN is coordinating two, one hour classes on "Starting an Edible Garden", for April 2009. The classes will be held at two local Woburn garden centers.

Details, including dates and times will be announced shortly. Interested in participating? Email fel@woburnite.com>

 Sun, Mar 22, 2009 - Ted Elliman speaks about Invasive Plants at Horn Pond
WREN's 2009 Speaker Series is pleased to bring you:

Ted Elliman will speak about Invasive Plants at Horn Pond. Knowing what to discourage or eradicate is the first step in the process to protect our native plants from competition.

Date: Sunday, Mar 22, 2009
Time: 2:00PM to 4:00PM
Place: Woburn Police Station, 25 Harrison Ave. Woburn, MA
This is a FREE event. Everyone is Welcome!

 Sat, Mar 21, 2009 - Green Community Fair & High School Green Fest
Woburn Memorial High School is hosting its 2nd annual Green Community Fair & High School Green Fest on March 21st.

Green Schools Community Fair Get ready for Earth Day this year and bring the family out to our Green Schools Community Fair. This event is jam-packed with environmental vendors and exhibits that really make The Green Difference. Join us for a special performance by Woburn's very own HURLD GREEN SINGERS [led by Principal Eileen Mills], DJ DUKE, MUSIC by Highlife in Suburbia...featuring their new Environmental Songs, GREEN CRAFTS, GREEN BUILDING, GREEN CLEANING, SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING, TOUR A GREEN SCHOOL [led by Woburn High School's Environmental Club], try GREEN EDIBLE EXPERIMENTS led by some of the finest students our state has to offer, travel through our TIME TUNNEL and meet Bag Monster [made of 500 wasted plastic bags]. Featuring:

*Admission is FREE [with the option to buy a $5 Craft Pass for Children] & you could win 4 FREE PASSES TO COCO KEY WATER RESORT!

Click HERE for information.

 WREN's Education Series - 2009 - Ted Elliman - New England Wild Flower Society
WREN's 2009 Education Series started this past Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at the Woburn Police Station, 25 Harrison Ave. Woburn, MA

Ted Elliman from the New England Wild Flower Society was the guest speaker. His presentation on the identification, ecology and control of "Common Invasive Plants of Massachusetts" was well attended by a group of WREN members and friends. WREN hopes to bring more educational programs in the upcoming months.

Pictured left to right: Betty Wright, Ted Elliman and Barbara Emeneau

Invasive plants and animals have been bag and baggage since people started to move into North America. Like other long settled communities Woburn has lts share of invasives, but we've ignored them for the last half century and now we need to listen to knowledgeable people like Ted to learn how to safely and effectively remove them and encourage natives and non-aggressive exotics. We also need to learn how to solve daily difficulties without destroying the delightful natives we have all around us. Poison Ivy is not a desirable native. WREN members and friends hope to apply what they learned from Ted.

Ted Elliman, is New England Wild Flower Society's Vegetation Management Coordinator and Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) Volunteer Coordinator. He has worked on botanical surveys for the U.S. Park Service and Forest Service, as well as in southwestern China. Click HERE for information about New England Wild Flower Society .