Over the past several weeks, I have seen many of you throughout Tewksbury and Wilmington, and had the opportunity to wish many a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and now a Happy New Year as well. It is wonderful reminder seeing all of our friends and family throughout town, and makes me cherish the absolute community we have all built. Each event was special in its own right, and a wonderful time for me, and it made me proud to represent Tewksbury and Wilmington.
First, I would like to extend a special thanks to Jerry Selissen, Liz Carey, Marc Ginsburg, and their team of volunteers who put together a wonderful dinner in honor of Tewksbury Korean War and Vietnam War veterans. Every veteran was given a pin, a congratulatory citation from me, and a citation from the town. I was truly honored to speak alongside General Peter Aylward, and for the opportunity to personally thank those who gave up so much for our community and country. It was truly a touching moment, and I know it meant the world to each veteran there.
Only days after, the holiday spirit continued with the Tewksbury and Wilmington tree lighting ceremonies. Sure, the weather was cold, but that didn’t stop the spirit of Tewksbury and Wilmington residents from gearing up for fun and community. I saw many residents and friends, and even spent some time with Santa Claus at the podium thanks to Cheryl and David Gay. I also saw many throughout Wilmington at the tree lighting ceremony, where I ran into Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Michael Champoux. Our wonderful fire departments ensured that Santa made it from the North Pole and back safely, and to them and the volunteers who ran the events we owe a big thank you.
Shortly after, long-time personal friend and friend of the Tewksbury elderly Linda Brabant hosted her yearly Christmas dinner. I always look forward to the event, seeing her, the members of the Council on Aging, and many of my friends around dinner. Dancing and music went all night and it truly brought me a smile to see scores of people celebrating the holidays. Only a few days after this, I was able to attend the Wilmington Council on Aging Christmas supper at the Tewksbury Country Club.
I also had the pleasure of seeing the Sons of Italy of Tewksbury. The Sons and Daughters of Italy is truly a silent charity group, never seeking praise for their efforts publicly. Those who are members, however, know the true spirit these fine folks hold around the holidays. This year, the Tewksbury Lodge #2872 alone donated several scores of toys for the poor and impoverished families in the area. I know they won’t boast as they are humble, but it always left an impression on me and they deserve great credit and praise for helping those less fortunate.
I want to wish everyone in Tewksbury and Wilmington a happy and healthy 2018. It is a wonderful experience representing you.
Representative James Miceli
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