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2010 Activities
 Saturday, December 4, 2010 - Woburn Holiday Faire @ Woburn Mall
Saturday December 4, 2010
Woburn Holiday Faire
at the Woburn Mall
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Woburn Holiday Faire features all things Woburn. A perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping. Books by local authors, Historical Society DVDs, photos, art work, souvenirs, collector's items, and ornaments will be displayed for purchase.

Local authors Marie Coady (Woburn, Hidden Tales of a Tannery Town) and John McElhiney (Woburn: A Past Observed and co-author of Woburn: Forgotten Tales and Untold Stories) will be there to sign books purchased that day. Local photographers Gerry Kehoe and Joe Brown will be displaying their spectacular photos for sale.

Woburn Historical Society DVD box sets will be sold at a special discounted price. Normally priced at $15 each, you will be able to purchase the Plasma Films productions of "Serve and Protect - A History of the Woburn Police Dept." and "Ever Ready in Time of Danger - A History of the Woburn Fire Dept." as a set for $25 instead of $30! That's over four hours of Woburn history.

 SCI 2010 Holiday House Tour - December 12 from 2 to 6pm
Tickets for the 2010 Woburn Holiday House Tour are now on sale and you won’t want to miss this year’s tour. It will be the talk of the town with homes that include the Burdett Mansion and the Linscott Mansion!

The Holiday House Tour takes place on Sunday, December 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. This tour is a great opportunity to see homes in other parts of the city that you would not otherwise see and a wonderful way to bring the community of Woburn together.

Tickets are on sale for $25 a piece or buy four tickets get one free. Please visit http://www.sciwoburn.org/hht to purchase your tickets on-line, or the following Woburn locations to buy a ticket in-person:

Century 21, Crowley
Malvy’s Flowers & Gift Shoppe
Woburn Public Library
The NuPath Mercantile Shop (located at 147 New Boston St.
Prudential Preferred Realty

Tickets can also be purchased, if still available, at any of the three starting locations on the tour, to be announced closer to the tour date.

Currently SCI is still looking for sponsors to help make this event spectacular. Sponsorship inquiries can be made to Karen Rice at krice@socialcapitalinc.org or by calling (781) 935-2244. In-kind donations are also always welcomed for the tour as this is the time for giving. We welcome floral arrangements, Christmas trees, wreaths, beverages, holiday treats, and holiday decorations. Do not miss your opportunity to be part of this great holiday event. Tickets are limited so purchase yours today.

For information please contact Kallie McConkie at kmcconkie@sciwoburn.org or at (781) 935-5820.

 Sat, 10/30/2010 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Mayor Scott Galvin, in conjunction with the Woburn Agricultural Committee, will host an open house at Spence Farm on Wyman Street on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Woburn Spence Farm Fall Festival is being sponsored by the generosity of Sean Coakley/Atlantic Power Cleaning, Washington Street Dunkin Donuts, Peterson Party Rental, Bob Carley, Giles Liquors and Corporate Clambake. The event will include pumpkin decorating and helium filled balloons for the children,a petting zoo and hay rides around the Farm property w/ musician Keith Sullivan. Refreshments will be served by the Woburn Lions' Leo club.

Woburn families and residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to stop by and see Woburn’s newest addition to our open space. Come on down to the farm!

Location
Spence Farm
Wyman Street
Woburn, MA, 01801

 Saturday, September 25, 7:30 to 10:30 am - Horn Pond Bird Walk
WHEN: Saturday, September 25, 7:30 to 10:30 am
WHERE: Woburn Horn Pond Conservation Area
STARTING PLACE: The Woburn Parkway entrance at Sturgis and Water Streets

We will take a half 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 (elev. ~254 ft.) in search of Fall Warblers, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting and Eastern Towhee. This part of the walk has terrain that may be uneven, with muddy areas possible.

Co-sponsored by Brookline Bird Club and Menotomy Bird Club.

Be sure to bring your cameras plus binoculars and a bird book if you have them.

Questions to Diana at Diana.Fruguglietti@nokia.com or call 781-933-9063

 Thurs, Sep 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm - Meeting - Asian Longhorned Beetle
Imminent Risk to Local Trees!Learn to Recognize the Asian Longhorned Beetle

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Woburn City Council Chambers in Woburn City Hall at 10 Common Street. All citizens from Woburn and surrounding communities are urged to come to learn about the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) and why it is critical to be aware and to report any potential sightings of this invasive insect.

The meeting will be sponsored and conducted by the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association, with speaker Thomas Brady, Tree Warden and Conservation Agent for the Town of Brookline. This meeting and others around the state are made possible with funding and other support from the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program of the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS).Why is ALB a problem? and why should YOU care?The Asian Longhorned Beetle was found in trees in Worcester in 2008. Before it was reported, the infestation is estimated to have been there at least 12-15 years. Its effects in that city have been devastating and resulted in the loss of over 27,000 trees so far. Other lasting effects include loss of wildlife habitat, loss of cooling shade and windbreaks, impacts on local New England industries including tourism, maple syrup, timber and nursery production, and a loss of the quality of life that trees provide.

More recently, in early July of this year, live adult Asian Longhorned Beetles and larvae were found on 6 trees on the grounds of Faulkner Hospital in the Jamaica Plain area of Boston, adjacent to the Arnold Arboretum. This discovery has mobilized citizens and professionals in the entire metro Boston area to be on the alert. The six trees were removed immediately and inspections of over 20,000 more trees since then have not yielded any more of the invasive insects. However, Worcester has over 1 million trees, and the Boston area has many more than that. It will require perseverance by everyone – not just landscape professionals – to ensure that the spread of ALB is contained as best we know how.

The before and after scenes below from Worcester this past year illustrate what you do not want to happen in your town! The insects were found and reported in Worcester by an ordinary citizen, and citizens are responsible for almost every other discovery of ALB. Come learn what you need to know to be diligent and protect this valuable resource – our trees – before it’s too late!

For more information about the Woburn City Hall meeting on September 16th, please call 781-894-4759. More information about ALB may be found at: Click here: Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) is killing trees. Spot it? Report it! | BeetleBusters.info http://beetlebusters.info/

 3rd Annual Friends of Mary Cummings Park Photography Contest
The Friends of Mary Cummings Park invite you to participate in the 3rd annual Photograph Contest. Submissions may depict anything in the park, such as wildlife and nature, people having fun in the park, or scenic pictures. The Mary Cummings Park is located behind Northeastern University’s Burlington campus, bordered by South Bedford Road and Blanchard Road near the Burlington Mall. For more detailed directions, go to the website at :http://www.cummingspark.org/directions

The size of the photograph must be no larger than 9” x 12” and matted, with a maximum of three (3) entries per photographer. All contest entries will be accepted at our lead sponsor’s store, Ritz Camera of 103 Commerce Way in Woburn through October 10, 2010. Awards and prizes of $100, $50, and $25 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, respectively, will be given in each of the following categories:

Photography:
Adults
High school students
Elementary and Middle School Students

Ritz Camera of Woburn will be offering a complimentary photography workshop on “Color and Composition.” The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 11th (rain date is September 25th) from 4:00 p.m.— 7:30 p.m. Please call Ritz Camera at 781-938-0236 to reserve your spot, as space is limited to 15 participants.
The workshop will begin at the Sylvanus Wood Lane entrance of the Mary Cummings Park.

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 4th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Murray-Kelly room at the Senior Center located in Burlington.

Mary Cummings Park is the 12th largest public parkland inside of Route 128, boasting 210 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows that provide wonderful opportunities for recreation and artistic creation.

For further information, please visit

http://www.cummingspark.org or contact Chris Warren at 781-367-1580

 Saturday, September 18, 2010 - Shamrock School - Recycling Collection
This collection will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Shamrock School parking lot, 60 Green St in Woburn from 9 AM to 1 PM benefiting the Shamrock PTO and their projects and programs. PLEASE USE THE GREEN STREET ENTRANCE TO THE SCHOOL.

A portion of the proceeds from these collections will also be used for a scholarship given to a Woburn High School graduating senior that will be continuing their education in the field of environmental education. If you miss this event our next recycling date will be on Saturday, October 16th at the Daily Times Chronicle parking area on Arrow Drive to benefit the 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. (all Cell Phones will be given to www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com)

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 of the week and save yourself some money on the disposal of those old car batteries. Stop by the Batteries Plus store at the "Four Corners" (please note regular alkaline batteries may be thrown out with the regular trash)

 Sat, July 31 and Sun, Aug 1, 2010 - Native American Pow Wow
WREN is proud to bring you Woburn's 8th Annual Native American Pow Wow. Gathering at Berry Meadow, Altavesta School, Route 38 in North Woburn. Grand Entry at 12:00 Noon. Come and enjoy Native American drumming, singing, dancing, story telling and experience the the Sacred Fire Ceremony. Traditional Native American arts and crafts and food. Public is welcome from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. FREE ADMISSION. For more information call or email Barbara at (781) 933-4146 or GGHawk@comcast.net Event is sponsored by Re/Max Leading Edge, 494 Main St. Woburn, MA 01801 www.leadingedgeagents.com
 Sunday, July 18tm 2010 Bird Walk
Sunday, July 18th evening walk 5:00 PM -7:00 PM

Catering to beginner birders. Join us as we explore the varied habitats of the Horn Pond Conservation Area. In search of local breeding birds: 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 wear good walking shoes and bring Bug Spray and your cameras of course.
This trip is co-sponsored with the Brookline Bird Club, Menotomy Bird Club and WREN.

Meeting Place: Lake Ave Parking Lot (South end of Horn Pond near Gold Star Mothers Memorial)

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Walk leaders: Diana Frugulietti & Paul Ippolito

E-mail questions to diana_f@comcast.net

 Friday, June 25, 2010 - Free - Summer Concert at Horn Pond - Woburn
June 25 - Beat Soup sponsored by McCue Garden Center

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.

Concerts start at 7:00 P.M. and run until 9:00 P.M. and are held at Ice House Park by Horn Pond. Ice House Park is the flat grassy area along Sturgis Street. See you there!

Visit www.sciwoburn.org/concerts for complete concert lineup.

 Saturday, June 19, 2010 - WREN Recycling Collection
Recycling collection to benefit WREN (Woburn Residents' Environmental Network) and their projects and programs. A portion of the proceeds will go towards a scholarship given to a Woburn High School graduating senior that will be continuing their education in the field of environmental education.

Recycling Date: June 19, 2010
Drop off time: From 9 AM to 1 PM
Location: St. Barbara's Church parking lot, 138 Cambridge Rd - Woburn

If you miss this event our next recycling date will not be until after the summer on Saturday, September 18th.

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

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 $60,000 dollars for local organizations in a bit more than 3 years!

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

 Sat, June 12th, WREN sponsored Adult/Child walk at Horn Pond
On Saturday, June 12th, WREN will be sponsoring an Adult/Child walk at Horn Pond. Bring your children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren or even your neighbor’s children and enjoy a leisurely, informative walk around the Lagoon at Horn Pond where we might see baby ducks, geese or swans, turtles or frogs and all kinds of wildflowers.

We will meet at Ice House Park at 9:00am and return between 10:30 & 11:00am. Wear good walking shoes and bring sunblock and insect repellant if needed. PLEASE, NO PETS! And don’t forget your camera!

 Thu, June 3rd - Public Hearing on Spence Farm plan
Mayor Galvin has called a public hearing on Thursday, June 3rd at 7pm in the city council chambers to discuss the proposed plan of buying the Spence Farm property to preserve it as a wilderness area.

The plan would cost 2.7 million dollars and would purchase a valuable 7.6 acre plot of land. The deal is part of a larger effort by the city to buy and preserve wilderness areas. This effort includes buying Whispering Hill from Northeastern University for 7 million dollars.

 Sun, May 30, 2010 - 5th Annual Horn Pond Memorial Lantern Walk
The Horn Pond Memorial Lantern Walk is open to all who wish to walk together to remember our cherished loved ones who have passed away from our earth. We light our lanterns to signify our connections with each other and those whose spirits are still with us. Each year hundreds of lantern walkers circle Horn Pond together with light. If you would like to make your own lantern for someone in your life you are welcome to the Lantern Workshops at Whole Foods. We will have ready made lanterns at the pond and ask for a donation for the work of the Friends of Mary Cummings Trust Park to keep the trust left to the public by Mary Cummings.

The Horn Pond Memorial Lantern Walk started to honor the lives of loved ones particularly our troubled youth who died tragically. I walk for my own son, Michael Lutz, who was killed in a car accident on January 27, 2008, Michael walked the first two years for his own friends. It is an opportunity to remember how precious life is. Please join us for the Lantern Walk, you are welcome to sit on a bench and watch the lights around the pond as well or light a candle and be with us in spirit. Please forward an invitation along to others you think may appreciate this opportunity. Sincerely, Cailin O'Toole, Spirit of United Light Lanterns.

5th Annual Horn Pond
Memorial Lantern Walk
Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Lantern Workshops - Make your own Lanterns
At Whole Foods in Woburn
Every Wednesday in May from 3:30 - 7pm.

All proceeds go to the 'Friends of Mary Cummings Trust Park' www.cummingspark.org/news/ .

 Sat, May 29, 2010 - WREN Education Series -
Untitled 1
"How to Grow Your Own Vegetables"
With: Cheryl Heimlich
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2010
Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Heimlich's Nurseries .
71 Burlington St.
Woburn, MA 01801
www.Heimlichs.com
(781) 933-9815

Come and join Cheryl Heimlich from Heimlich's Nurseries in Woburn. Cheryl will teach you how to create to create a lush and fruitful garden. You will learn:

* What to plant and when to plant
* Basics of soil preparation
* Companion planting and container gardening
* Plant care and maintenance
* Tips for increasing your garden's yield

CLICK HERE to see photos of Cheryl's 2009 Garden Class

 Saturday, May 22, 2010 - Woburn Senior Center - Annual Cleanup
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Woburn Senior Center Annual Clean-up
School St, Woburn
From 9:00am to 1:00pm
Cleaning, weeding, pruning and spreading mulch
Bring along work gloves and yard tools
 Saturday, May 15, 2010 - Appliance Recycling - Shamrock School on Green St
Saturday, May 15, 2010
From 9:00am to 1:00pm
Appliance Recycling
Shamrock School
Green St, Woburn
Proceeds will go to the White School PTO
 Sat, May 15, 2010 - Woburn City Wide Yard Sale
The second annual Woburn Citywide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 9:00 to 2:00. Maps will become available here soon. These maps will be marked with a list of their name and address and where the house is in Woburn. They've also scheduled a Salvation Army truck to come to Woburn the day of the yard sale at 2:30 p.m. at City Hall parking lot, for anyone who chooses to donate unsold merchandise.

Please contact Rory Lindstrom at the Recreation Department for more information: 781-897-5805.

 Sat, May 15, 2010 Appliance Recycling at the Shamrock School
Wondering what to do with that old television, 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 over $50,000 dollars for local organizations in a little over 3 years!

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

This collection will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the Shamrock School, 60 Green St in Woburn from 9 AM to 1 PM benefiting the White School PTO and their projects and programs. A portion of the proceeds from these collections will also be 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 this event our next recycling will be on Saturday, June 19th at St. Barbara's Church on Cambridge Rd with the proceeds going to WREN)

 Wed, May 5, 2010 - Woburn Western Greenway Study -Meeting
Pleased join us on Wed, May 5, 2010 at 7pm in the Council Chambers at Woburn City Hall, 10 Common St.

This, the third meeting for the City’s Western Greenway projec will focus on updates related to the ongoing UMass study on open space in the western part of the city.

This meeting will discuss the possible acquisition of Whispering Hill Woods property, the work of Dr. Jack Ahern and his team from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since the initial meeting on March 10, 2010 and the second meeting on April 14, 2010 and invite officials and citizens to provide feedback on the project. Any persons interested may appear at this meeting. Please contact the Planning Office at 781.897.5817 if you’re in need of any additional services or have questions about the meeting.

CLICK HERE to read more about Woburn' Western Greenway project.

 May 1, 2010 - A visit to Mary Cummings Park

CLICK HERE to read about Robert Truslow's "Of Buckthorn, aching backs, new friends and ticks". A May 1, 2010 visit to Mary Cummings Park.

Mary Cummings Park is 210 acres of public park land which was given in trust to the City of Boston by Mary Cummings for the purpose of keeping the land forever open as a public pleasure ground. It offers fields, forests, trails, wetlands, and a variety of wildlife habitats.

The park is located just inside Route 128/95 in Burlington and Woburn. It is ideal for many activities, including hiking, foliage viewing, birding, nature walks, running, geocaching, picnics, photography, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, model airplane flying, and much more.

Photo: Sylvanus Wood Lane trail to Mary Cummings Park

 Saturday, May 1st, 2010 - PATHWAY of the PATRIOTS
The Woburn Historical Society and Charlestown Militia present the 4th Annual PATHWAY of the PATRIOTS
A Living History program celebrating the roles of the Woburn Militia, their families, and Woburn residents in the events of April 19th, 1775 and the Revolutionary War
Saturday, May 1st, 2010
Tarky Field and the Battle Road Conservation Area
Russell Street (GPS # 273), Woburn, MA 01801
Free Admission and on site parking * Food & Beverages available from vendors

Schedule of Events will include:
· Battle Reenactment
· Dramatizations
· Narrated Tours of Battle Road
Plus ongoing throughout the day:
· 18th century Military Camps
· Colonial Crafts & Sutlers
· Music, Songs, & Dance
And especially for children:
· Farm Animals
· 18thc games & activities
“Join the Army” – learn to drill with the Woburn Militia

For full Schedule of Events & additional information, please visit www.pathwayofthepatriots.com
In case of inclement weather, call The Woburn Historical Society at 781-287-0260

 April 24th - Earth Day 2010 at Woburn Mall
Woburn’s 2010 Earth Day Event will take place at Center Court at Woburn Mall on Saturday, April 24th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Free prizes will be raffled. There are over two dozen exhibitors participating. Photo: Theresa Murphy, City of Woburn Conservation Administrator (left) and Duane P. Cleak, Vice Chairman (right) at 2009 Earth Day event.
 April 16, 2010 - Green Schools Community Fair at Woburn High School
This year, more than 1,400 WMHS students participated in the Third Annual Green Schools Summit and Community Fair at the Woburn Memorial High School, a certified Green School. The Community Fair took place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 88 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Green Schools.

Mr. Jackson Madnick of Wayland, Mass. was an exibitor at the Green Schools fair at Woburn Memorial High School. Mr. Madnick developed and patented a new lawn seed blend called Pearl’s Premium “Ultra Low Maintenance” Lawn Seed.

According to the Pearl's Premium company web site, www.pearlspremium.com, once the lawn is established (about one month):

1. Won't need watering.
2. The grass grows slowly and only needs needs to be cut once a month. .
3. Roots grow to 12 inches long and it drought tolerant. .
4. Doesn't need chemical fertilizers,

For more information visit the company's website at www.pearlspremium.com www.pearlspremium.com

 S.T.A.G.E. (Students Towards A Greener Earth) - Fundraiser
As a community service-oriented group, S.T.A.G.E. ( Students Toward A Greener Earth) is planning to create an organic garden at Woburn High School for one of its community service projects this year. And needs your help!

For every purchase made on this site Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to S.T.A.G.E. Read through this page and see how you can help today! Please support our efforts to make a community organic garden a blooming success!

CLICK HERE for more.

 City of Woburn to Purchase Spence Farm and Whispering Hill Woods
On Tuesday, May 11th, Woburn's Mayor Scott Galvin announced that the City of Woburn will purchase the Spence Farm land currently under contract. Mayor Galvin also announced that the City of Woburn will purchase the Whispering Hill Wood from Northeastern University.

Conserving Whispering Hill Woods helps to ensure the regional value of Mary Cummings Park and is an immense step forward in preserving the last remaining open space in Woburn. The purchase is dependent upon a City Council vote to increase the Meals Tax by 7/10th of a percent. Help spread the word by asking Woburn residents to: 1. Contact their alderman in support of this increase. 2. Attend the Woburn City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

 Woburn Guild of Artists Launches New Website
The purpose of the Woburn Guild of Artists is to promote interest in the arts. It makes available to its members, and the community, assorted instruction in the arts, by inviting eminent artists to demonstrate in various medias. It offers various programs and amenities including and Annual Art Exhibition and a Student Scholarship.

Click HERE to visit WoburnArtGuild.org .

 March 10, 2010 at 7 p.m. - Woburn Loop Bikeway/Greenway Committee Meeting - March 10, 7 p.m.
The next meeting of the Woburn Loop Bikeway/Greenway Committee will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 7 p.m. at the Irish American Club, 147 Main St. This Committee has been working to convert the former MBTA rail line that runs parallel to Main St. from Woburn Square through the South End into a bikeway/greenway that will serve as a linear park for the neighborhood. The meeting will provide a general update on the project status and discussion of plans for moving the project forward in 2010.
 March 9, 2010 at 7pm - Tri-Community Bike/Greenway - 25% design hearing
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) – Highway Division (formerly MassHighway) has scheduled the 25% design hearing on the Tri-Community Bikeway project for Tuesday, March 9th at 7pm in the Winchester Town Hall Auditorium.

Click HERE for MassDOT notice. .

WREN supports and encourages the Tri-Community Bike/Greenway. It is a proposed 7 mile bike and pedestrian pathway running through Woburn, Winchester and Stoneham. The Tri-Community Bike/Greenway will help preserve and restore open space in Winchester, Woburn and Stoneham and encourage more people to walk and use their bicycles which improves physical and mental health. The trail will start at Wedgemere commuter rail station in Winchester, it will wind its way through Woburn and end at Recreation Park in Stoneham.

Please tell your friends about this meeting, so that Woburn, Winchester and Stoneham residents have an opportunity to provide feedback on the project.

Click HERE for Trail Maps and additional information. .

For more information E-mail fel@woburnite.com

 March 10, 2010 - Mayor Scott D. Galvin moves to expand open space, create ‘Western Greenway’
Public meeting to be held Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

Mayor Scott D. Galvin invites residents to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers regarding his work with UMass Amherst and city officials to investigate the possible purchase of Whispering Hill, and creation of a “Western Greenway.”

To that end, the City of Woburn is in the midst of working with UMass Amherst to conduct a study aimed at exploring open-space opportunities at the Whispering Hill location. The study will also analyze and explore the possibility of creating a “Western Greenway,” focusing on concepts for open space, recreational and mixed use of multiple, large parcels of city interest—including Whispering Hill, Mary Cummings Trust property, Winning Farm, and Shannon Farm.

Professor Jack Ahern of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning UMass Amherst will be on hand at the March 10 meeting to help introduce the project, and invite suggestions from officials and citizens to prioritize issues to address in the study, expected to run through August 2010.

A brief presentation will be followed by a working session with maps to allow citizens and officials to identify specific issues, opportunities, and places to address in the Western Greenway study.

Mayor Galvin has worked with Ahern, City Planning Director Ed Tarallo and City Council President Paul Denaro to minimize the cost of the study by engaging Ahern and a team of graduate students in Landscape Architecture at UMass. Ahern has been conducting similar studies across Massachusetts for two decades.

 Think Spring! Think 2010 Gardening!
Interested in learnig how to grow your own vegetables?
WREN is planning its "2010 Gardening Education Series"

For more information contact Fel Medeiros at fel@woburnite.com

 Sat, March 20, 2010 - Appliance Recycling to benefit Woburn Historical Society
Wondering what to do with that old television, 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 over $47,000 dollars for local organizations in a bit more than 3 years!

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

This collection will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the Woburn Daily Times, 1 Arrow Drive in Woburn from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M benefitting Woburn Historical Society and their projects and programs. A portion of the proceeds from these collections are used for a scholarship fund for a Woburn High School graduating senior that will be continuing their education in the field of environmental education.

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

 WANTED: IDEAS and VOLUNTEERS for WREN's 2010 Projects in Woburn
Want to make a difference? Have an idea for an environmental project to improve your neighborhood or one of Woburn's conservation areas? Need help getting your project started? If so, WREN (Woburn Residents Environmental Network) would like to hear your ideas and explore the possibilities of making your project a reality. Contact Fel Medeiros at email fel@woburnite.com