The Wilmington Insider For November 17, 2017

WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, November 17, 2017:

Happening Today:

Weather: Sunny, with a high near 42. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.

Traffic Advisory: Butters Row Bridge will be closed through at least December 8. The MassDOT are repairing damaged bridge timber deck planks and timber stringers. Work will take place daily from 7am to 7pm. Detour routes are posted HERE. … A Sewer Project on Lowell Street is underway from 7am to 4pm. Short traffic delays are expected particularly as the project advances through the Woburn and Lowell Street intersection.

Fall Yardwaste: The Town will collect leaves and grass clippings placed in biodegradable paper bags or uncovered barrels at curbside on regular trash collection days.

In The CommunityTJ Callahan’s (1475 Main Street) is hosting a fundraiser for the family of Ryan Giroux, of Wilmington beginning at 7pm. The band “Back To The 80’s” will perform beginning at 9pm.  The evening will include a raffle basket table and a 50/50 raffle. Cover charge and proceeds will be donated to the Giroux family, whose 27-year-old Ryan passed away in car crash in Tewksbury on Sunday morning.  She proudly served in E Company, 3-1216 Aviation, Massachusetts Army National Guard since 2010. Walk-ins welcome, but folks can RSVP to the Facebook event HERE.

In The Community: The Wilmington Rotary Club is holding its Annual Auction at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Doors open at 6pm. Auction begins at 7pm. Local businesses are donating items to be auctioned off, and there is a free buffet and cash bar available, as well as a “wine wall.” This is the Rotary Club’s big fundraiser, and proceeds go towards scholarships for graduating Wilmington seniors, as well as the various projects that the Club does around town, including improvements to Rotary Park, donations to the library and the public schools, and various youth organizations. Proceeds will also benefit Rotary International initiatives, including efforts to eradicate polio, develop clean water projects, and the homelessness and hunger initiative.

In The Community: The Aleppo Shriners will be holding its annual Festival of Trees on Friday, November 17 (5pm to 8pm); Saturday, November 18 (10am to 5pm); and Sunday, November 19 (10am to 4pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). This event features a large number of beautiful trees with lots of presents to raffle.  The event also features Photos with Santa, Holiday Music, Delicious Treats, DIY Holiday Crafts, Scavenger Hunt, and Aleppo Clowns. Admission costs just $1. (Children 3 and under are free.)  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Aleppo Shriners General Fund.  For more information, contact Cathryn Woods at 781-820-1269 or

In The Community: The Wilmington High School’s Lamplighters’ Drama Guild is ready to entertain you! They will perform “Rumors,” a comedic farce written by Neil Simon, on Friday, November 17 (7pm) and Saturday, November 18 (1pm and 7pm) in the Wilmington High School Auditorium (159 Church Street). According to Samuel French, “At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.” Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for students, seniors (65+) and children (>12). Tickets are available online HERE or at the door.  Seating is general admission.

At Town Hall: A Public Shade Tree Hearing will be held at 9am in the Town Hall Auditorium. Read the notice HERE.

At The Library: Needleworkers at 10am. Drop-In Preschool Storytime at 10am. R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club at 3:45pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]

At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Doris’ Craft at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm.

(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)

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