The Wilmington Insider For November 18, 2017

WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, November 18, 2017:

In The News:

Yentile Farm News: Beginning Saturday, November 25th, the lights illuminating the turf field and basketball courts at Yentile Farm Recreational Facility will be shut off for the season. Permitted use of the turf field is suspended through the winter. The field and courts will remain unlocked and available, weather permitting. However, they will not be plowed once snow falls. The walkways and parking lot will remain illuminated. Permitting, lighting, and restroom availability will resume in April, once weather permits.

Miceli Casting Votes From His Office: The Lowell Sun‘s new State House Correspondent J.D. Capelouto reported yesterday that State Rep. Jim Miceli has been making some of his votes from his State House office as he recovers from recent hip replacement surgery.  “With a full hip replacement, it’s more convenient to vote on Rule 49 because the time that it would take to get to the chamber, I’d be holding up the vote,” Miceli said. “I can do it, but it’s more convenient to do it this way.”

Happening Today:

Weather: A slight chance of rain after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 48. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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.

Yardwaste: The Town’s Recycling Center (Old Main Street) is open from 9am to 4pm for leaf and brush drop-off.  [Read more HERE.]

In The Community: The 10th Annual Fall Fair at Shawsheen Tech runs from 9am to 3pm at the school (100 Cook Street, Billerica). This FREE event features over 100 tables of vendors and handmade crafts. In addition to the quality and affordable merchandise, our Fall Fair has a Kids Zone, pictures with Santa, tasty treats at the bake sale, and new this year, raffle baskets valued over $100.00! There really is something for everyone!

In The Community: The St. Thomas Women’s Club Annual Craft Fair will be held from 10am to 3pm at Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue). Come and enjoy a large array of crafters from all over New England.  There will be something for everyone! The event will also feature a large raffle table, bake table, coffee, donuts and lunch.

In The Community: The Wilmington Congregational Church (200 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its Fall Church Fair from 9am to 2pm. Come and enjoy the fair with a wide variety of selections, including: White Elephant Room, Jewelry Table, Church Cafe, Country Kitchen & Bake Table, Cookie Walk, Craft Offerings, Kids Games, Face Painting, and a Silent Auction.

In The Community: The Wilmington High School Marching Band is holding its Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive from 9am to 3pm. Students will be collecting non-perishable food donations from shoppers at Market Basket (260 Main Street) and Lucci’s Supermarket (211 Lowell Street). Look for them outside the stores’ entrances and exits! All collected food will be donated to the Wilmington Food Pantry.  The Pantry will be distributing Thanksgiving baskets to its clients on Monday, November 20, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

In The CommunityWilmington Youth Hockey is holding a Luau Party fundraiser from 7pm to midnight at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). The evening will feature music from DJ Dave Glinner, a cornhole tournemnt, a Chinese Appetizer Blitz, Gift Card Raffle Prizes, and a Wildcat Merchandise Table. Tickets cost $25 per person when ordered by November 15.  Order online HERE. Tickets cost $30 at the door.

In The Community: The largest train and toy show in the Northeast is coming to town this month. Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show stops at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington on Saturday, November 18, from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, November 19, from 10am to 4pm.  The event touts 90+ exhibitors from across the country; 350+ tables of trains for sale; huge operating model train displays; trains kids can operate; trains kids can ride; free workshops and demonstrations; and free door prize giveaways. A Saturday & Sunday ticket costs $10.  A Sunday ticket costs $9.  Use coupon code W11 for $1-off online tickets HERE. A group pass is also available. Children 11 and under are FREE. Parking is FREE.

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.

In the Community: Grace Chapel (128 West Street) is hosting a free concert, open to the general public, from 7pm to 9pm, featuring Louis Apollon and Caleb McCoy. Learn more HERE.

In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.

In The Community:  The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.

At The Library: Poetry Circle at 9:15am. [Learn more and register HERE.]

On WCTV: Read WCTV’s Executive Director Shaun Neville’s latest weekly blog post HERE, reminding viewers of Monday night’s WCTV-sponsored Social Media Forum at 7pm.

(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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