The Wilmington Insider For December 16, 2017

WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, December 16, 2017:

Happening Today:

Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.

Town Meeting: The Town is holding a Special Town Meeting at 10:30am in the WHS Auditorium. Read the warrant HERE.

The warrant includes five articles, all — coincidentally — involving drugs.

Three town-sponsored articles will (3) amend the zoning bylaw to prohibit marijuana establishments in town, (4) amend the inhabitant bylaw to prohibit marijuana establishments in town, and – as a fail safe — (5) amend the zoning bylaw to extend the current moratorium on marijuana establishments in town to December 31, 2018.

The two other articles were petitioned, led by Selectman Mike McCoy, to (1) amend the zoning bylaws to allow for detox facilities only in industrial zoned areas with a special permit and (2) amend the zoning bylaws to allow for nursing homes and hospitals — including detox centers — only in industrial zoned areas with a special permit. (Existing facilities currently outside those zones would be grandfathered.) McCoy intimated that the second article is his preferred article and that there may not necessarily be a need to vote on the first article if the second article is approved.

Note that McCoy and proponents of Article 2 intend on withdrawing Article 1, according to the Concerned Citizens of Wilmington’s Facebook page.

A quorum of 150 voters is needed to begin the meeting.  The articles will be taken up in random order.

In The Community: 6th, 7th and 8th grade students living in Wilmington are invited to join the Wilmington Youth Center and enjoy being part of a community that offers a safe place to hang out with your friends and have fun! The Wilmington Youth Center, located inside Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue), will be open every Saturday night, from 7pm to 9:30pm, from November 25, 2017 to March 17, 2018. Registration costs $40 per child or $80 per family.  Registrations will be accepted on Saturday nights during the season. 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.

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: The Wilmington Memorial Library’s Poetry Circle is meeting at 9:15am. [Learn more and register HERE.]

At WCTV: Wilmington Community Television is looking for volunteers to help with its WHS winter sports coverage. Learn more HERE.

Go Wildcats!: The Sons of Italy’s Wrestling Tournament takes place at 10am at Shriners Auditorium. The WHS Girls Varsity Hockey team hosts Woburn at Ristuccia at noon.  The WHS Boys Varsity Hockey team hosts Woburn at Ristuccia at 2pm.

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

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