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2005 Activities
 Cummings Estate Walk - Saturday, October 22, 2005
On Saturday, October 22, 2005 a group of WREN members and friends toured the Mary PC Cummings estate led by WREN member and botanist Betty Wright.

The Mary Cummings property is all open space containing woods, meadow and marsh: 188 acres, 40 acres of which are in Woburn and the remainder in Burlington, which are bounded by Cambridge St., Bedford Rd, Blanchard Rd. and Muller Rd. ; another 12 acres are on the other side of Bedford Rd. in Burlington and 4.3 acres at Bedford & Willow Rds.

Originally it also contained 14.29 acres which was seized by eminent domain by the federal government for a NIKE missile (not shoe) site. It was evidently one among many in Massachusetts see http://ed-thelen.org/loc-m.html ' its the rectangle building sitting out in a filed [sic] its the ops-HQ building. The small homes farther right is base housing to the lower right is a Northeastern University campus, the parking lot is built over the missile silos.

To learn more about this land, please visit the Cummings Estate section of the WREN website. And if you would like to get involved in preserving this land as open space for generations to come, please contact Cath Moore at: ycmore@gis.net.

 Lions Club 51st Annual Halloween Parade - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 1:00pm
WREN is proud to once again participate in the Woburn Host Lions Club 51st Annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 30, 2005.

A group of WREN members is meeting at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 29, 2005, at Heimlich Nurseries in Woburn to decorate the WREN float. The theme of this year's float is: “Woburn's Conservation Area Wildlife”

The Woburn Host Lions Halloween Parade is one of the largest events in New England and draws people from all over New England. With an estimated attendance of over 100,000, the parade gives Woburn an opportunity to showcase Woburn's Horn Pond Conservation area.

 Horn Pond Vegetation Management Plan to be Implemented Spring 2006!
WREN is pleased to report that this past Monday, September 19, 2005 at 4:30 pm a group of WREN members had a productive meeting with Mayor Curran, Thomas Quinn Deputy Superintendent of Public Works, several Woburn Conservation Commission members and other concerned individuals. The group discussed WREN's proposed Horn Pond Vegetation Management Plan and agreed that no further cutting, with the exception of a dead tree at Ice House Park, will take place at Horn Pond until the Spring of 2006.

Prior to any further cutting, training will be provided to several Department of Public Works employees on ways to identify native and invasive vegetation. The areas designated for no cutting and for limited cutting in the accepted Vegetation Management Plan, proposed by WREN, will be included in the training. Tom Brady will secure the appropriate individuals to provide the training and any interested WREN members will also be allowed to participate in the training program.

Everyone present at the meeting agreed with the importance of adopting a formal vegetation management plan for the Horn Pond conservation area. The plan, was well received by Mayor Curran and Thomas Quinn. It was designed and created with the assistance of Gerrry Kehoe, Tom Brady, Jay Corey, Betty Wright, Paul Ippolito, Diana Fruguglietti and Joan Farr. It is sensitive to native vegetation and wildlife including birds and insects. The plan allows for some areas of Horn Pond to be cut while preserving other areas in their natural state.

Present at the September 19, 2005 meeting were: Mayor John Curran, Thomas Quinn from DPW, Gerry Kehoe, Dick Farr, Joan Farr, Lisa Weiss, Betty Wright, Tom Brady and Fel Medeiros from WREN and Mike Benenate, Theresa Murphy and Carol Donovan from the Woburn Conservation Commission.

Fel Medeiros, Chair
WREN

 Walk Shaker Glen With Us! - Saturday, September 17, 2005
Right here in Woburn we have a piece of wilderness! On the West Side, right out of the 4 Corners, lies a little known, but breathtaking Conservation Area called Shaker Glen.

This spring through the volunteer efforts of WREN, SCI and the Woburn Conservation Commission, two new bridges with hand rails have been installed, Shaker Glen Brook has been cleared of snags and debris and the trails have been cleared and groomed.

As it did back in June, WREN once again will lead a guided walk through the Glen this Saturday, September 17th, at 1:00 p.m.

Wear good walking shoes as the terrain is uneven and rocky in areas, bringing something to drink would be a good idea and some insect repellant. And don't forget your camera!

Because of limited parking in the Glen please meet in the parking lot behind the Northern Bank & Trust building (which is next to the McDonalds on Lexington Street) at 12:45 p.m. From there you will be shuttled to the entrance to Shaker Glen.

See you Saturday, September 17th, at 1:00 p.m.

 Horn Pond - A Natural Resource to be Nurtured and Preserved.
WREN believes that Horn Pond is a natural resource to be nurtured and preserved for the enjoyment of current residents and future generations. The Pond is both a scenic waterway and a home for countless types of birds, fish, mammals and insects, as well as vegetation. Therefore, WREN works hard to promote the protection of wildlife at Horn Pond and objects to arbitrary actions that destroy the Pond and this wonderful habitat. Accordingly, we strenuously object to the extensive clearing that is taking place.

On March 29, 2005 a group of concerned individuals met at the Mayor's office to express concern over the extensive cutting at Horn Pond and to propose a plan that would allow for selective cutting of some areas around the pond while leaving others, home to so many animals, intact.

Present at the meeting were: Mayor John Curran, Fred Russell of DPW, Jay Corey City Engineer, Theresa Murphy Conservation Administrator, Duane Cleak - Vice Chair of Woburn Conservation Commission and Fel Medeiros of WREN.

At the end of the meeting Mayor Curran asked WREN, the Menotomy Bird Club and other interested individuals to suggest a plan to maintain the vibrant Horn Pond ecosystem. We appreciated this and moved forward to develop a viable plan to serve our community. Under the guidance of Gerry Kehoe, a WREN member and local naturalist, we developed a plan that identified the sensitive areas at Horn Pond that should not be cut. This included sensitive areas that had not yet been cut, as well as those sensitive areas that had already been cut, but which should be protected from future cutting to allow them to revert to their previous natural state. Then, we identified plants and native shrubs that could be planted in selected areas at Horn Pond to provide shelter and food for wildlife.

On Thursday, July 28, 2005 a follow up meeting was held at the Mayor’s office to review, finalize and approve the "Horn Pond Vegetation Mangement Plan". Present at the meeting were: Mayor John Curran, Fred Russell of DPW, Jay Corey City Engineer, Theresa Murphy Conservation Administrator, Michael J. Benenate, Chair of Conservation Commission, Duane Cleak Vice Chair of Woburn Conservation Commission, Tom Brady, Linda Olsen, Gerry Kehoe and Fel Medeiros of WREN.

At the conclusion of this meeting, those present agreed that no further cutting should or would be done at the Pond until the plan was finalized.

Now, less than one month later, to our collective surprise and disappointment, the cutting of areas identified as wildlife sensitive continues at Horn Pond. WREN concurs that some cutting is appropriate to improve the views of Horn Pond. What is disappointing however is the blatant disregard for Horn Pond as a place where we can go to observe the wildlife to which Horn Pond is home. This “home” is being destroyed, and wildlife that lived with us weeks ago are no longer there. Our wildlife sensitive areas have become or are quickly becoming barren of any wildlife. We are all poorer as a result.

Fel Medeiros
WREN (Woburn Residents' Environmental Network)
WREN - Homepage
www.GoWREN.org

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Please express your concerns to the following individuals:

Mayor John Curran
Mayor's Office
10 Common St
Woburn MA 01801
Tel. 781-932-4503
Fax. 781-932-4506

Fred Russell,
Department of Public Works
781-932-4410
frussell@ci.woburn.ma.us Conservation Commission administrator

Theresa Murphy
Tel. 781 932-4403
Fax: (781) 937-3750

 August 2005 - Horn Pond Vegetation Clearing
I am a Winchester resident so I am not as privy to the “behind the scenes” information about the planning and upkeep of Horn Pond. I do so enjoy its beauty and splendor and can be found there many a morning with my camera in tow. I write a weekly nature piece with photo for the Winchester Star and many of the photos are from around the pond.

This year has been rather disappointing however. Not that there is nothing to see, etc, but in taking down all of the small trees and bushes along the sides of the path, many creatures have been uprooted from their homes. There are now hundreds of dragonflies, which of course keep the mosquito population down, but all the butterflies are no where to be found. Their host wildflower plants have been cleared away. The biggest area was down by the newly paved and pathed area. Each day I come hoping to see some of the wildflowers replanted, but alas, more cutting is occurring. There used to be about a hundred species living and reproducing there!

All the milkwood plants have been cut down and the hundreds of milkwood beetles that I have watched through the seasons are gone, with no home. I am not sure what happened to them because the milkwood plants were cut while they were overwintering – what a surprise they faced! Today I saw many of the large bushes on the Sturgis Street side being cut down. That is home to hundreds of birds.

There must be a reason for all this clearing to occur, but it has made the area look very sparse in a naked sort of way. If the clearing continues, there will be no more wildlife! I hope this is part of some long term plan to replace some of those flowers and bushes.

Hope Pashos
Winchester

 Come Walk Shaker Glen With Us! - Saturday, June 4, 2005
Right here in Woburn we have a piece of wilderness! On the West Side, right out of the 4 Corners, lies a little known, but breathtaking Conservation Area called Shaker Glen.

Through a grant from DCR Grant Funding and the volunteer efforts of WREN, SCI and the Woburn Conservation Commission, the Glen has been given a new lease as a Conservation Area.

Two beautiful new bridges with hand rails have been installed, a new trail guide is being written, the stream has been cleared of snags and debris and the trails have been cleared and groomed.

To celebrate this effort, which has been accomplished over the course of eight weeks, a guided walk will be conducted of the Glen on Saturday, June 4th, at 1:00 p.m.

It will include the nature, history and geology of the area and is sponsored by WREN.

Wear good walking shoes as the terrain is uneven and rocky in areas, and bring insect repellant. And don’t forget your camera!

Because of limited parking we will meet in the parking lot behind McDonalds on Lexington Street at 12:45 p.m. From there you will be shuttled to the entrance to Shaker Glen.

 2005 Citizens Park Concert Series
WREN is pleased to be joining with the the Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA) and Social Capital Inc. (SCI) to present the Citizens Park Concert Series.
Now in its third year, this series brings a diverse array of talented musical groups to perform for Woburn residents.
The Concerts are free, so just bring your friends and your lawn chairs to Citizens Park. Come and enjoy some great music and the company of your fellow community members. Click here for download directions to the event.
Citizens Park is located on Main Street (Route 38) in Woburn Center, across from the Common. All concerts will start at 7 p.m. and last approximately two hours.
This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Woburn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Click HERE to view a Schedule of the Citizens Park Concerts

 Woburn Conservation Day - Saturday, May 7, 2005
Rain and wind did not keep this volunteer, who lives in Hopkington, from driving to Woburn on Conservation Day.

A BIG THANK YOU to all the voulunteers who braved the wind and rain!

Several roads and trails in the Horn Pond Conservation area were resurfaced with gravel and/or wood chips.

Conservation Day is an annual community event organized and run by the Woburn Conservation Commission at various Conservation lands in the City.

 Hidden Treasures Art Auction! - Saturday, May 7, 2005
Presented by: SCI, the Woburn Guild of Artists, the Woburn Historical Commission

The Live Auction event is at Woburn City Hall on May 7. The viewing and reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and the live auction starts at 7 p.m.

The live bidding showcase is free to all prospective bidders but requires advance registration.

You may sign-up by contacting SCI by phone at 781.935.2244 ext. 3, or by e-mail at auction@sciwoburn.org

There will also be an “Art-in-the-Park” event in Citizens Park on May 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information about the event visit: www.sciwoburn.org.

 Woburn Senior Center Clean-up on Saturday, April 30, 2005
WREN and SCI volunteers gathered on Saturday, April 30th for WREN's Annual Clean-Up at the Woburn Senior Center on School Street.
The volunteers arrived at 9:00am and picked up trash, raked leaves, spread mulch, weeded flower beds and prepared the gardens for planting flowers and vegetables. After all the work, volunteers were treated to a lunch of hot dogs and burgers.
Lisa Weiss, a WREN member, trying to run over the photographer.
 Earth Day at the Woburn Mall - Saturday, April 23, 2005, 10-2
‘Bag Your Block’ is Earth Day Theme

“Bag Your Block,” a message to urge residents to pick up trash in their neighborhoods on a regular basis, is the theme for the year’s Earth Day festivities.

Nearly two dozen community groups have signed up to participate in Woburn’s annual event to recognize Earth Day, which will be held at the Woburn Mall, on Saturday, April 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to City Council President, Paul Medeiros, the “Bag Your Block” theme is the brainchild of Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network (WREN) member, Areve Alexander, “as a way to promote and foster a program where residents would take responsibility or organize a neighborhood group to pick up trash in their neighborhoods weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or as time allows to keep the areas clean and free of litter.”

“It was felt that this could get contagious,” said Medeiros. “I should point out that a few members of WREN have been doing this for a few years now and have made a difference in several areas of Woburn.

“Imagine what an impact more individuals or groups could make city-wide?” he added. “As the saying goes: ‘Many hands make light work.’”

The event at the Mall will feature an appearance from the always popular JuJu the Clown, free raffles and prizes, and a grocery bag coloring contest sponsored by “Market Basket”.

Please don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Pantry of the Woburn Council of Social Concern.

Groups listed to participate as of now are:

Woburn Recycling Committee
Woburn Conservation Commission
Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network
Woburn Historical Commission
Social Capital, Inc/Woburn Youth Council
Woburn Council of Social Concern
Woburn Redevelopment Authority
Council on Aging/Friends Helping Seniors
Reiki by DBK
Acupuncture and Wellness Center
Marini Chiropractic
Gerry Kehoe Nature Photography
Woburn Public Library/Friends of Woburn Public Library
Tri-Community Bike Path
Woburn DARE/Neighborhood Crime Watch
Sparqs industrial Arts Club
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Devereux Therpeutic Foster Care

 Earth Day at Woburn Mall - Saturday, April 23, 2005 10-2
‘Bag Your Block’ is Earth Day Theme

“Bag Your Block,” a message to urge residents to pick up trash in their neighborhoods on a regular basis, is the theme for the year’s Earth Day festivities.

Nearly two dozen community groups have signed up to participate in Woburn’s annual event to recognize Earth Day, which will be held at the Woburn Mall, on Saturday, April 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to City Council President, Paul Medeiros, the “Bag Your Block” theme is the brainchild of Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network (WREN) member, Areve Alexander, “as a way to promote and foster a program where residents would take responsibility or organize a neighborhood group to pick up trash in their neighborhoods weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or as time allows to keep the areas clean and free of litter.”

“It was felt that this could get contagious,” said Medeiros. “I should point out that a few members of WREN have been doing this for a few years now and have made a difference in several areas of Woburn.

“Imagine what an impact more individuals or groups could make city-wide?” he added. “As the saying goes: ‘Many hands make light work.’”

The event at the Mall will feature an appearance from the always popular JuJu the Clown, free raffles and prizes, and a grocery bag coloring contest sponsored by “Market Basket”.

Please don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Pantry of the Woburn Council of Social Concern.

Groups listed to participate as of now are:

Woburn Recycling Committee
Woburn Conservation Commission
Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network
Woburn Historical Commission
Social Capital, Inc/Woburn Youth Council
Woburn Council of Social Concern
Woburn Redevelopment Authority
Council on Aging/Friends Helping Seniors
Reiki by DBK
Acupuncture and Wellness Center
Marini Chiropractic
Gerry Kehoe Nature Photography
Woburn Public Library/Friends of Woburn Public Library
Tri-Community Bike Path
Woburn DARE/Neighborhood Crime Watch
Sparqs industrial Arts Club
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Devereux Therpeutic Foster Care

 Sunday, April 17, 2005 WREN Gets a Little Help From a Friend
Photo by Mike Harriman

WREN volunteers received a little help from a friend during their usual 9:00am Horn Pond Trash Walk on Sunday, April 17th.

While coming around the "Cove" (behind the Pump House) WREN members Rod Flynn, Lisa Weiss and Mike Harriman found that someone had floated a whole case of beer bottles, one at a time, out into the Pond.

Mike Harriman and Lisa Weiss took their shoes & socks off and attempted to wade out into the lake to gather the bottles one by one.

When it was apparent that many of the bottles were just out of their reachm one of the local fisherman, Dennis Carney, came "To the Rescue". Dennis rowed his small boat to each of the remaining floating bottles and picked them all out of the water, one by one.

Thank you, Dennis!

 Woburn Conservation Day - Saturday, May 7, 2005
Conservation Day is an annual community event organized and run by the Woburn Conservation Commission at various Conservation lands in the City.

This year's Conservation Day event will start at 9:00am on Saturday, May 5, 2005.

Some of the projects planned for this conservation day include: building and repairing bridges, clearing trails, spreading and raking woodchips, planting and pruning shrubs, and general cleanup removing trash and debris.

Woburn Conservation lands being targeted for improvements this year are: Horn Pond Conservation land and Battle Road Conservation land.

If you are interested in helping with this project, come on down to Horn Pond on Saturday, May 5, 2005 at 9:00am.

All are welcome to join us.

 Officers - 2005
Chair - Fel Medeiros FSMedeiros@aol.com

Co-Chair - Gerry Kehoe mothernature@rcn.com

Treasurer - Rodney Flynn rodneyflynn@yahoo.com

Public Relations - Maureen Vallis maureenvallis@yahoo.com

Recording Secretary - Lisa Weiss lweiss@alum.mit.edu

Stewardship Coord. - Gerry Kehoe mothernature@rcn.com

Recruitment Coord. - June Mackenzie junemackenzie@verizon.net

Web Site - Fel Medeiros FSMedeiros@aol.com

 Rebuilding Shaker Glen Bridges - Saturday, May 14, 2005
Tom Brady is coordinating the rebuilding of two foot bridges in the Shaker Glen Conservation Area. Part of this grant is to also prepare and print educational information about the Shaker Glen Conservation Area.

We will meet at 9:00am at the old Tarkey School parking lot on Russell St. (directly accross form Silver Mine Road)

We need several volunteers to help with the following:

A. Dismantle and remove the two old bridges
B. Carry tools, lumber and other building materials into the Glen
C. Remove some fallen Hemlocks from the trails near the bridges
(This will be an 'all day' project)

Lunch and cold drinks and water will be provided to volunteers. Bring and wear work gloves and work boots or sturdy foot wear.

Please help us spread the word. If you are interested in helping with this project, please send an email to:

Fel Medeiros: FSMedeiros@aol.com

 Woburn Garden Tour - Sunday, June 26, 2005
The Woburn Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, June 26 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

It will feature Ten (10) of Woburn's most beautiful gardens. Gardens for the tour were selected from the winners of the 'Woburn Garden Awards' held in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Tickets to view all 10 gardens are $12. and will be available available at Details and Malvy's in Woburn center and McCue's Garden Center on Rt. 3A (near Four Corners).

Volunteer are needed to hosts/hostesses each of the 10 gardens.

If you are interested in helping with this event or want to purchase tickets, please send an email to:

Fel Medeiros: FSMedeiros@aol.com

Tickets will also be available at the WREN table at the Earth Day Celebration held at Woburn Mall on April 23, 2005.

Please visit us again for more information about WREN's 'Woburn Garden Tour'

CLICK HERE to VIEW PHOTOS of the 2004 Woburn Garden Awards winners

 “How to plant a tree” by Arborist Matthew R. Foti - Sunday, March 20, 2005
WREN sponsored “How to plant a tree” by arborist Matthew R. Foti .
Mr. Foti, the owner of Foti Tree, Inc of Lexington has been practicing arboriculture for over 25 years. He has been a guest expert several times on the PBS program, “This Old House” and has coordinated and performed many tasks for the Massachusetts Arborists Association.
 Horn Pond Bird Walk - Sunday, March 6, 2005 9:00 - 11:00 am
Horn Pond Conservation Area offers a nice tail end of winter opportunity to search for our favorite winter residents - Eastern Bluebird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Brown Creeper - what will we actually find, who knows, but the adventurous can always hope to find an unexpected surprise.

Meet at the Sturgis Street Entrance 9:00-11:00 AM. Diana Fruguglietti and Paul Ippolito.

 Jan 2005 - Join Us Saturday Mornings From 9 to 11am - Just Another Horn Pond Walk
Join our weekly walks around Horn Pond! Meet WREN members Rod Flynn, Lisa Weiss and others every Saturday morning. We start off at 9:10am from Ice House Park on Sturgis St. at the Water Street end.

If you would like to join us for a walk, learn about or get involved in some of the events we have planned for 2005 or have some ideas about improving Woburn's Conservation areas, send an email to Fel Medeiros at WRENmail@yahoo.com