The Wilmington Insider For September 22, 2018

WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, September 22, 2018:

Happening Today:

Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 8 to 14 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

In The Community: The Wilmington Community Fund is holding a Town Shredding Day from 9am to noon in the Wilmington Town Common Parking Lot, next to the 4th of July Building. Two shredding trucks will be on hand to handle the volume from Highland Shredding On Demand. Paper clips, rubber bands, and staples to NO need to be removed. Please, however, be sure to remove binder clips or metal fasteners. Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or cash donations to the event. All donations will given to the Wilmington Food Pantry.

In The Community: The Wilmington Conservation Commission invites residents of all ages to share a few hours of their time and participate in the Annual Town Clean-up Day  beginning at 8:30 am. The Conservation Commission is seeking volunteers to help beautify Wilmington’s conservation lands by removing litter and debris. Volunteers are asked to meet at the DPW Building, 135 Andover Street at 8:30 am. Refreshments will be served and trash bags will be provided. Work gloves will be provided on a first come, first served basis.  Please dress appropriately for woods and wetlands. If you are unable to attend the clean-up event on September 22nd, feel free to enjoy the Town’s resources and help keep them beautiful anytime you like. For more information, please contact the Department of Planning & Conservation at (978) 658-8238 or email

In The Community: Wilmington’s Department of Veterans’ Services has announced the unveiling of a new monument in honor of PFC Antonio T. J. Gagnon, a lifelong resident of Wilmington who grew up on Lake Street.  Mr. Gagnon was killed in action on July 16, 1950 in Korea while serving in the United States Army. The monument, located at Silver Lake and Main Street, will be unveiled on Saturday, September 22 at 11:00am.  Residents are invited to attend.

In The Community: There are two yard sales happening in Wilmington today. Find out where HERE.

In The Community: Assisting Hands Home Care will be sponsoring its First Annual Electronics Recycling event to benefit Wilmington’s Buzzell Senior Center from 9am to noon. Goods can be dropped off at 5 Middlesex Ave. There is a suggested $10 donation per carload, with some items, like TV’s, monitors, batteries, toner, and wood, costing more. Learn more HERE.

In The Community: We’re One Wilmington always believes many people acting together in kindness can total a large difference and no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. WOW is organizing a drive to assist a Wilmington family in need, the fire victims in Lawrence and the Hurricane Victims in Wilmington, North Carolina who have been displaced and evacuated from their homes. It may be weeks or months before they can return to their homes. Some will never be able to return.

WOW is encouraging the citizens of Wilmington to team up and support our neighbors on their massive recovery. This weekend, they hope to “Fill a Truck” for Lawrence, MA and Wilmington, NC. Items can be dropped off at the Shawsheen School Soccer Field Pavilion on Saturday, September 22 from 9-4 and Sunday, September 23 from 12-4. If you cannot drop off at this location during these times, please email jomarie0525@yahoo.comto arrange for a pick up. WOW is also looking for volunteers to help collect and organize donations at these times. You can sign up to help at

In The Community:  The Parish of the Transfiguration’s Charities Committees will be holding its annual collection to benefit the Mission of Deeds during all masses on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23. Donations may dropped off a Villanova Hall on Saturday, September 22 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm, and Sunday, September 23, from 7am to 1pm. Requested items include:

  • Kitchen: Pots & Pans, Silverware, Glasses, Mugs, Baking Pans, Mixing Bowls, Coffee Makers/Tea Kettles, Toasters/Toaster Ovens, Blenders/Mixers, Dish Towels/Pot Holders
  • New Linens: Bed Pillows, Twin Size Sheets, Twin Size Blankets, Twin Size Comforters, Full/Queen Sheets, Full/Queen Blankets, Full/Queen Comforters, Towels, Face Cloths
  • Household: Lamps, Microwaves, Vacuums, Framed Art Work, Clocks/Alarm Clocks, Irons/Ironing Band, Fans
  • Children: Books, DVDs, Toddler Beds, Pack ‘N Plays

In The Community: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, in partnership with Lahey Health, Winchester Hospital, the Woburn Police Department and Woburn Fire Department, will host a free back-to-school safety day from 10am to 1pm at the Kennedy Middle School (41 Middle Street) in Woburn. The event aims to to remind parents and kids of important safety tips as they start the school year. Visitors will be able to visit information booths hosted by the District Attorney’s Office and community partners to receive resources on bullying, cyber-safety, bike safety and more as they prepare for back-to-school.

Visitors will also be able to explore over 50 emergency vehicles from public and private partners across the state including S.W.A.T. Trucks, Military Humvees, Motorcycles, Fire Trucks and much more. There will be K-9 demonstrations by trained specialty dogs and their law enforcement handlers. Car seat inspections and installations will be available. The Boston Bruins Foundation will also be hosting fitness stations for children. Participants will receive a certificate signed by Blades, the Bruins mascot and a BFit wristband.

In The CommunityThe Suburban Boston Fall Home Show will emanate from Wilmington’s Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Friday, September 21 (11am-8pm); Saturday, September 22 (10am-8pm); and Sunday, September 23 (10am-6pm). Admission is free and parking is free.

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: Meditation for Kindness & Compassion at 10:30am. [Learn more and register HERE.]

(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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