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2004 Activities
 Lions Club 50th Annual Halloween Parade - Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 1:00pm
WREN is proud to once again participate in the Woburn Host Lions Club 50th Annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 31, 2004.

A group of WREN members met at 2:00pm this afternoon, Saturday, October 30, 2004, at Heimlich Nurseries in Woburn. The group set up and decorated WREN's float. The theme of this year's float is: “Horn Pond Conservation Area”. It features 'Winithooloo' (the carved Native American formerly at Horn Pond Conservation Area) as its focal point. It is surrounded by seasonal flowers, trees and plants native to the Horn Pond Conservation area. A group of Native Americans playing their drums will also be featured on the float.

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.

WREN wishes to thank all those who made this year's entry possible:

Mayor John Curran for supporting the idea of allowing WREN to showcase 'Winithooloo' for all to see during the Halloween parade. Heimlich Nurseries for donating the plant material to decorate the float. Skylight Studios, Inc. of Woburn, the company that created the mold of 'Winithooloo' for providing the statue and a support base for WREN to use on the parade. James Burke of Northern Landscape Company for allowing WREN to use his truck and trailer in order to bring you the WREN float. Barbara Casey and the various Native Americans who participated in the float and a big heartfelt thank you to all WREN members for their hard work.

After its first time public viewing away from the Horn Pond Conservation Area, 'Winithooloo' will be returned to its original home at Horn Pond Conservation area.

 WREN meeting at Woburn Boys and Girls Club - Thursday, October 14, 2004
Standing left to right: Fel Medeiros, Ed Cooney, Dick Easler, Bill Maher, Marie Price, June MacKenzie, Ed Quinn, Gerry Kehoe, Mike Harriman. Sitting left to right: Kate Kehoe, Barbara Emeneau, Tom Brady, Rod Flyn, Lisa Weiss.

Photo taken by Barbara Casey

 "Horn Pond - 10,000 In the Making" - Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Burbeen Free Lecture Series presents:

'Horn Pond - 10,000 In the Making'

October 26, 2004 @ 7:00 P.M. at the High School Auditorium (Canopy Door)

Slide Presentation on the history and the flora and fauna of Horn Pond through all seasons! Includes a look at four other Woburn Conservation Areas and WREN, who sponsors the Stewardship Program for the Woburn Conservation Areas!

 WREN Picnic at Ice House Park - Saturday, September 25, 2004
Saturday, September 25th was a beautiful warm and sunnny day at Horn Pond. A group of approximately 20 WREN members came together to enjoy each other's company and share good food and conversation at WREN's 3rd annual picnic.
While some enjoyed sampling food and conversation on land, others took to the water on a sailboat provided by David Kehoe. Mayor John Curran and Kelly Grammer stopped by to chat a little. Everyone had a great time.
 Woburn Garden Awards & Photo Awards Celebration at City Hall - Sun. September 12, 2004
Please come and join us for the 3rd Annual WREN Garden Awards Celebration at City Hall. Mayor John Currran will present the certificates to this year's Garden Awards and Photo Awards winners.
The celebration starts at 1:00pm with a exhibit of the garden and photo award winners. The awards presentation will start at 2:00pm in the City Council Chamber.
Food and beverages will be served during the event.
 September 11 Remembrance - Woburn Parkway Bulb Planting - Sun., September 19, 2004
On Sunday, September 19 at 1:00pm a group of WREN and Social Capital Inc. volunteers along with Woburn Youth Concil members planted 911 bulbs at the Woburn Parkway in remembrance of September 11.
The planting included scilla sibericus (Siberian squill), a low-growing, 'electric' blue flower, which blooms earlier than daffodils and Crocus Tommasinianus, also known as snow crocus.
 WREN participates at Woburn's 1st Downtown SummerFest - August 28, 2004
Pictured from left to right: Marie Price, June MacKenzie, Mayor John Curran, Kelly Grammer and Susan DeTeso.
The first Downtown SummerFest was held on Aug. 28, and was a great success. The event, planned by members of SCI's Leadership Woburn program, featured arts & crafts displays, free children's activities and sidewalk sales. The event took place in the center of Downtown Woburn.
 WREN participates at Woburn's Summerfest
WREN's display for Woburn's SummerFest included brochures about Woburn's Conservation Areas and a petting pen with 2 pygmy goats and a miniature horse which were provided by WREN member Bob Carley and his wife Chris.
Pictured from right to left: Michael Harriman, Bob and Chris Carley along with their daughter.
 Rag Rock and Battle Road Nature Walks - Saturday, August 7, 2004
Come along with other WREN members for a walk through these two Conservation and learn about Rag Rock and Battle Road Conservation Areas. Two hidden treasures areas in Woburn.

Meet us 9:00am at the top of Hillside Ave and hear about the history of this 'Rock of Indian Legend' from the Rag Rock Steward and take the short hike up to the top for a spectacular view of Horn Pond and the Boston Skyline!

After visiting Rag Rock, the group will head for the Battle Road Conservation Area. Take Revere Road across from St. Barbara's Church on Cambridge Road up the hill to Briscoe on the left. Go all the way to the end. Group will meet at the entrance on the left side of the circle at the end of Briscoe. Walk on the ground traveled by Woburn's Minute Men and hear the history of this area as you stroll through Oak/ Hickory woods, over moss covered rocks and beside original Colonial Stone Walls!

 2004 Community Photo Awards Competition - Entry Form
Woburn’s Conservation Areas – Sponsored by WREN
(Woburn Residents Environmental Network)
Any photo taken in any of Woburn’s many Conservation Areas at any time of year, is eligible. Photo must have been taken between Aug. 1, 2003 and Aug. 1, 2004. Subject matter is open.
CLICK HERE for ENTRY APPLICATION!
 WREN Walk - Saturday, July 17, 2004 - Woburn's Forest Park and the Cranberry Bog
Here's a photo of the WREN members and friends who came to learn about 'Forest Park' and 'Cranberry Bog'. Two beautiful natural areas in Woburn.

We met at Weafer Little League Park to walk the trails and hear about the history of Forest Park, Woburn's only designated 'Town Forest'.

After visiting Forest Park, the group visited the Cranberry Bog Conservation Area. There, they heard from a longtime area resident who worked harvesting cranberries back when the Cranberry Bog was in operation. For photos of the WALKS, please click on the following links: CRANBERRY BOG PHOTOS . or FOREST PARK PHOTOS .

 Citizens Park Concert Featuring: "Solamente Salsa" - Friday, August 27, 2004 - 7:00 to 9:00pm
The Hector Cuevas Combo is Boston's most elegant Latin Band, delighting lovers of Latin music.
WREN is pleased to once again join SCI and the Woburn Redevelopment Authority in coordinating the Citizens Park Summer Concert Series.

The Concerts are free! Just bring your friends and your lawn chairs to Citizens Park and enjoy great music and the company of your fellow community members. Citizens Park is located on Main Street (Route 38) in Woburn Center, across from the Common. Concerts are on Friday nights and start at 7 p.m.
For a schedule of future concerts, please CLICK HERE .

 Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - WREN meeting at Thompson Library
 WREN Nature Walk - Saturday, July 17, 2004 at 9:00am
All are welcome to come along with WREN members and friends to learn about 'Forest Park' and 'Cranberry Bog'. Two beautiful natural areas in Woburn.

Meet at 9:00am at the Weafer Little League Park upper parking lot to walk the trails and hear about the history of Forest Park, Woburn's only designated 'Town Forest'.

After visiting Forest Park, the group will head for the Cranberry Bog Conservation Area. There, you will hear from a longtime area resident who worked harvesting cranberries back when the Cranberry Bog was in operation. The Cranberry Bog Conservation Area walk will start at approximately 10:00am. Meet at Washington Circle (at the bridge over the Aberjona)

Directions to Weafer Little League Park: Coming from Woburn Sq. (Rt 38), take a right on to Mishawum Rd (2nd traffic light north of downtown Woburn). Follow Mishawum to a four way stop. Proceed through the stop and Forest Park Road will be the fourth left. Weafer Little League Park is just down the road on your left. The driveway up to the upper ball field is just before you come to the park and just after Brentwood Road on your left.

 Rag Rock and Battle Road Nature Walks - Saturday, August 7, 2004
Come along with other WREN members for a walk through these two Conservation and learn about Rag Rock and Battle Road Conservation Areas. Two hidden treasures areas in Woburn.

Meet us 9:00am at the top of Hillside Ave and hear about the history of this 'Rock of Indian Legend' from the Rag Rock Steward and take the short hike up to the top for a spectacular view of Horn Pond and the Boston Skyline!

After visiting Rag Rock, the group will head for the Battle Road Conservation Area. Take Revere Road across from St. Barbara's Church on Cambridge Road up the hill to Briscoe on the left. Go all the way to the end. Group will meet at the entrance on the left side of the circle at the end of Briscoe. Walk on the ground traveled by Woburn's Minute Men and hear the history of this area as you stroll through Oak/ Hickory woods, over moss covered rocks and beside original Colonial Stone Walls!

 3rd Annual Woburn Garden Awards Celebration - Sunday, September 12, 2004
WREN is proud to announce its 3rd Annual Woburn Garden Awards. The Garden Awards is a celebration of Woburn' gardens and its gardeners. Joining WREN will be: Social Capital Inc. and the Woburn Guild of Artists.
WREN's Woburn Garden Awards is a social event that brings together some of Woburn's most dedicated and inspirational artists, some of the finest gardeners.
The Woburn Garden Awards showcases the most imaginative, colorful and beautiful spaces found around the city, spaces not always visible to the public eye from the street. These are in the private backyards of proud neighbors who spend a lot of time digging, weeding, watering, and staking. As judges and participants, we will be invited into some of the city's most intimate spaces to witness creations as individual as the creators themselves... Masterpieces painted with plants instead of paints!

The Garden Awards Certificates will be presented at City Hall on Sunday, September 12, 2004.

A little ice cream and music at Citizens Park! Who could want anything else?
 Citizens Park Concert Series presents the "Joey Vellucci Band " - Friday, June 25, 2004
About the Band: Come enjoy the eclectic styles and songs of the Joey Vellucci Band! The Joey Vellucci guitar style is jazzy, bluesy, country, rock, swinging, funky, soulful, twanging, smooth and ripping all at the same time. His vocals mix Marvin Gaye with George Benson, Bob Marley with Otis Redding and Elvis with Howlin Wolf and James Brown. Sometimes gritty, sometimes smooth. The result is always soulful, in tune and pleasing to the ear! They have been enjoyed all over the world; but you can here them right here in Woburn! Learn more about the band at http://mysite.verizon.net/vze48qxb/index.html.
 2004 Citizens Park Summer Concert Series
WREN is pleased to once again join SCI and the Woburn Redevelopment Authority in coordinating the Citizens Park Summer Concert Series.

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.

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.

For information about upcoming concerts or other WREN events, please click on the 'EVENTS' button on the left side of this page or visit SOCIAL CAPITAL INC. .

 Woburn’s Second Annual Photography Competition - 2004
This summer will mark Woburn’s Second Annual Photography Competition. This competition is sponsored jointly by WREN (Woburn Resident’s Environmental Network), the Woburn Historical Commission and SCI (Social Capital Inc.). Each organization is sponsoring a separate category in the competition and each will select winners. In addition, there is a special 16 and under division for all three categories as well as a separate Professional division for all three categories.

Photos taken in any Woburn Conservation Area, photos taken of any Historic House, statue, area or historic event in Woburn and photos taken of anyone engaging in any volunteer effort in Woburn can be entered in this competition. All photos must have been taken between August 1, 2003 and August 1, 2004. Photos should be submitted between July 1, 2004 and August 10, 2004.

For more information, please contact Gerry Kehoe at mothernature@rcn.com

 Bedford Street Cleanup - Saturday, June 12, 2004
On Saturday morning, a few WREN members along with some area residents cleaned up a section of Bedford Rd. (Top photo from left to right: Rod Flynn, Lisa Weiss, Areve Alexander and Bill Maher)
 John and Henry, two Bedford Rd. area residents who helped with the cleanup.
Well I got by that stretch of Lowell Street for a little bit on Monday afternoon and again on Tuesday morning and picked up all I could reach from the street with my garden claw. The area does look a little better, but there is still a lot of junk floating out in the marsh.

One neighbor driving by, stopped and thanked me and gave me a bottle of ice water, and I'm sure several others took notice.

Lisa Weiss has taken on cleaning Wildwood Street. She goes there after work on her bike and has cleaned up the area.

Areve Alexander has been taking care Bedford Road from Willow down to Cambridge St. A group of us helped her out on Saturday including (along with Areve): Bill Maher, Fel Medeiros, Lisa Weiss, myself and a couple of neighbors.

Dick and Geri Easler, do the back trails around Horn Pond a couple days a week. And I know there are several other WREN's out there (besides our Saturday Morning Walks around the Pond) walking trails here and there picking up trash.

If we could get a few more WREN's to get out and do similar things, quietly without a lot of "Fanfare" outside of the Conservation Areas out along the city streets in our neighborhoods, we could lead by example. The main areas that we have been taking care of (Horn Pond, the Cranberry Bog, Shaker Glenn, Forest Park, the Battle Road & Rag Rock) are all in very good shape (trash wise) now. A lot of you remember the Cranberry Bog the first time we cleaned the area, took three city dump trucks to carry the stuff away. Now I go by there every few weeks and maybe fill up a bag of trash (well not counting Washington Circle). Or how about Rag Rock before we vacuumed it the first time, boy like night and day.

So you don't have to wait for a weekend, we all want to go the the beach or the mountains then. How about after dinner once or maybe twice a week, put on your WREN t-shirt grab a trash bag and head out and just walk your neighborhood or pick another area of the city. Hey the sun doesn't go down until 8:30 this time of year, so you can spend 30 minutes, an hour or more. If you find more stuff than you can carry, just tie up the bags right there and let me know and I will inform the men at the DPW to swing by and pick it up or I'll pick it up myself and drop it at the dumpster at the City Barns.

Like I said before, Woburn is now a "Tree City-USA" I would also like it to be known as a "Clean City-USA".

Rodney Flynn

 Celtic Night at Citizens Park a great success! - Friday, June 11, 2004
The group 'Down Dog' kicked off the 2004 Citizens Park Summer Concerts series.

The Concert, 'Celtic Night', sponsored by Sean P. Coakley was a tremendous success. An audience of over 200 people attended the concert.

 Horn Pond Lagoon Bird Walk - Sunday, May 16, 2004
Diana Fruguglietti and Paul Ippolito of Woburn co-led a Beginner's Bird Walk around the Horn Pond Lagoon and the Community Gardens on Sunday, May 16th from 5-7pm. Six participants attended. The weather was cool, in the 60's and it had rained most of the afternoon.
The following birds were observed:

Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Mallard, Red-tailed Hawk (being mobbed by other birds), Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Additional bird walks will be scheduled in the future focusing on the Horn Pond Mountain area, targeting Indigo Bunting, Eastern Bluebird, Prairie Warbler and Field Sparrow.

 Saturday, May 8, 2004 at Horn Pond
Bob, Lorna and their dog enjoying a beautiful day at Horn Pond.
 Conservation Day at Cranberry Bog - Saturday, May 1,2004
As part of the Woburn Conservation Commission's activities on Conservation Day, WREN members replaced the fence posts and rails at the Cranberry Bog Conservation Area.
 "Conservation Day" at Horn Pond - Saturday, May 1, 2004
Woburn's 'Conservation Day' is Saturday, May 1st. This special event brings many Woburn Conservation Area friends of all ages together for a productive day of work to improve Woburn's Conservation Areas. the Horn Pond and Cranberry Bog conservation areas. This year's conservation areas chosen for improvements on 'Conservation Day' are Horn Pond and Cranberry Bog. Volunteers will, among other things, be clearing trails, installing fence posts and removing trash.
 Woburn Senior Center Beautification Project - Saturday, April 17, 2004
The Woburn Senior Center Beautification Project on National Youth Service Day was a great success! Members from WREN, SCI, Youth Council and Woburn Senior Center worked together at the Woburn Senior Center for the second annual National Youth Service Day project. The beautification project included a clean-up of the exterior areas and the construction of raised flower beds. A proclamation declaring the day as National Youth Service Day was read by Mayor Curran.
 Visibility Site Clean Up - March 27, 2004
Thank you everyone that helped out at the March 27 cleanup. We had: John Ciriello, Dick Easler, Tracey Harwood, Fel Medeiros, Ed & Liam Quinn, Mike Harriman, Karen Rice & her nephew Kyle, Jay Amendola, Barbara Casey, Siobhan Curran, Lisa Weiss, Jean Graham, Clare Hurley & Rod Flynn.
 WREN Visibility Site Clean Up - Saturday, March 27, 2004
Saturday, March 27, 2004 starting at 9:00am WREN's 'Adopt-a-Visibility Site' Off Route 38 in North Woburn will be spruced up.
The old daylilly foliage will be removed to make way for the emerging daffodil bulbs, and the raised bed will be mulched with new hemlock. A 'skim-coat' of topsoil will also be added.
If you would like to help, please bring shovels, rakes or a wheelbarrow.
 Thompson Library Clean Up - Saturday, April 10, 2004
We will meet at the Library on Elm Street at 9:00 AM. Bring your shovels, rakes, gloves and we could use a wheel-barrow or two.
 Woburn approved for Tree City USA status! - March 2004
Woburn's application for Tree City USA was approved! Woburn will be specially honored at the annual Tree City USA Forum as a first year recipient on April 16, 2004 in Plymouth.
Back in December 1, 2003 Mayor John Curran held Woburn's 1st Arbor Day Observence and Proclamation in front of the Clapp School. This was the last of four standards that had to be in place before the City of Woburn could apply for Tree City USA status.
Several organizations, including; Boys and Girls Club, North Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Woburn Business Association, Woburn Historical Commission and WREN (Woburn Residents' Environmental Network) provided letters of support to accompany the application for Tree City USA.
 Saturday, February 28, 2004 at Horn Pond
Two GREY2K USA volunteers walk their greyhounds at Horn Pond. For more information about their organization, visit www.grey2kusa.org.

Responsible dog owners pick up and properly dispose of any dog droppings from footpaths or public places.

Dog feces is more than just a nuisance - it can pose a serious health hazard. A number of common parasites, including round worm, are transmitted via dog feces.

roundworms and other parasites can linger in the soil for years. As a result, anyone who comes in contact with the soil also comes in contact with the infected eggs. Children run the greatest risk of infection because they're prone to play in the dirt at the park or playground and then put their hands in their mouths or rub their eyes with their hands. But even a group of teens or adults playing Frisbee or touch football in an open area could be at risk. Parasitic infections can make humans extremely sick, and for pregnant women, can pose a serious risk to their unborn child.
 WREN's Weekly Horn Pond Walks Make a Difference! Feb 2004
Join our weekly walks around Horn Pond! Meet WREN members Rod Flynn, Lisa Weiss and others on Saturday mornings at 9:00am. We start off at 9:15am from Ice House Park on Sturgis St.
If you would like learn more about WREN or need help to organize a Spring "Clean Up" in your neighborhood, email us at WRENmail@yahoo.com
 Getting a little rest after skating at Horn Pond - Jan 2004
 Catching a rainbow trout at Horn Pond - Jan 2004
 What happens after the Horn Pond walks?
After the walk some WREN members find a local coffee house for a hot cup of coffee or tea and a little conversation that's sure to warm up your day.
Pictured here are Lisa Weiss and Rod Flyn enjoying a mango smoothie and a diet coke at Boston King Coffee in Four Corners. Fel Medeiros (taking the photo) had an Iced Green Tea Latte.