WILMINGTON, MA — A growing number of events in town are expected to be postponed and/or cancelled in the coming weeks due to precautions surrounding the Coronavirus.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE:
- As of Thursday afternoon, Wilmington has 14 positive confirmed COVID-19 cases and an additional 16 residents in quarantine. Learn more HERE.
- Wilmington Public Schools will not be re-opening until at least Monday, May 4, 2020. Learn more HERE.
- State Rep. Dave Robertson calls COVID-19 “the greatest health and economic crisis of our times.” He’s been posting daily updates on Facebook. Learn more HERE.
- Governor Baker is temporarily prohibiting utility shutoffs. Learn more HERE.
- WCTV is closed to the public, but will continue to generate new content and cover Selectmen, School Committee and other town board meetings. Learn more HERE.
- The Wilmington Police Department is advising residents not to fall for any COVID-19 scams. Learn more HERE.
- THUMBS UP to the Shawsheen Tech for donating medical supplies to local hospitals and police. Learn more HERE.
- THUMBS UP to Wilmington’s The Crafting Closet for organizing an effort to sew masks for healthcare professionals. Learn more HERE.
- We’re One Wilmington’s 10th And Final 5K Run For Wilmington/Kim Fore Walk will now be a ‘Virtual 5K.’ Learn more HERE.
- The State has launched a COVID-19 text message notification system. Text “COVIDMA” to 888-777 for important updates. Learn more HERE.
- MBTA only wants you to travel if you ABSOLUTELY have to. Otherwise, STAY HOME. Learn more HERE.
- Wilmington Recreation Department’s Registration Night for Tiny Tots & Kids Club scheduled for April 8, 2020 has been indefinitely postponed. Learn more HERE.
March 24, 2020 UPDATE:
- As of Monday, March 23 at noon, three residents have tested positive for coronavirus, with seven additional residents under quarantine. These are the town’s first positive cases since the crisis began.
- Town Offices are now completely closed until April 8, 2020. All non-essential town employees are staying home. Read an important update from Town Manager Jeff Hull HERE.
- All non-essential Wilmington businesses must close by Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at noon per the order of the Governor. Essential services include: Health Care & Public Health; Law Enforcement, Public Safety & First Responders; Food & Agriculture; Critical Manufacturing; Transportation; Energy; Water & Wastewater; Public Works; Communications and Information Technology; Financial Services; Defense Industry Base; Chemical Manufacturing & Hazardous Materials; Other Designated Community Based Essential Function & Government Operations; and News Media. Read more about Baker’s latest measures HERE.
- Wilmington’s curbside trash and recycling collection will remain on schedule. The collection of white goods and CRTs will be suspended for the weeks of April 3, 2020 and April 10, 2020. Learn more HERE.
- The Town’s Yard Waste Center will be CLOSED on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, but will be OPEN on Saturday, April 4, 2020, 9am to 4pm. No punch ticket will be required, but proof of residency will be checked. Please check he Public Works webpage at https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/public-works for details or changes. Residents will be updated as changes occur moving forward.
- MBTA is adding an extra early morning train on the commuter rail on both the Lowell and Haverhill lines. Learn more HERE.
- THUMBS UP to Wilmington’s The Crafting Closet for organizing an effort to sew surgical masks for local hospitals. Learn more HERE.
- Wilmington Youth Soccer won’t begin its season until April 26, 2020 at the earliest, per an announcement from the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association.
- Wilmington Youth Hockey is taking a week-by-week approach and will communicate with families. As of now, all on-ice activities remain cancelled.
March 22, 2020 UPDATE:
- The Wilmington Board of Selectmen declared a local state of emergency on Friday night. Declaring a state of emergency will facilitate and expedite the use of resources to protect residents and town personnel from the impacts of COVID-19, including — but not limited to — emergency expenditures pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 31 and limitations on operating hours and access to public buildings. Read the declaration HERE.
- Wilmington Public Schools emailed out recommended enrichment activities for students on Friday morning. The PreK-5 list can be found HERE. The 6-12 list can be found HERE.
- The Wilmington Annual Town Meeting has, in fact, been postponed to Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:30am inside the Joanne Benton Memorial Auditorium at WHS.
- As of Friday night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, the Wilmington Annual Town Election remains on Saturday, April 25, 2020. No races are contested. The town may move the date, however, pending legislation at the State House.
- The Wilmington Senior Center recently dropped off small care packages to local seniors. [source]
- The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce recently announced their ‘Takeout Blitz’ contest to promote take-out and delivery orders at local restaurants while dine-in services are prohibited. You can win a restaurant gift card simply by sharing a photo of your meal! Read the details HERE.
- Market Basket recently reduced their hours. They now close daily at 6pm beginning this Monday. [source]
- Wilmington DPW wants to remind residents not to flush tissues, napkins, paper towels or wipes down the toilet. Bad things will happen. [source]
- Don’t be fooled! Wilmington’s RMV recently re-opened, but ONLY for COMMERCIAL license & permit transactions, NOT regular (passenger) driver’s licenses or motorcycle licenses. [source]
- Wilmington’s Spectra Medical Devices is one of the medical device companies work with the state and federal government to provide coronavirus test kits. [source]
- Wilmington DPW’s Springyard Waste program — including curbside collection and yardwaste center openings — are still on as planned. Details HERE.
- Don’t fall victim to a coronavirus-related scam. Read tips from the Middlesex DA’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office HERE.
- The preschool lottery for the Wildwood & Boutwell Early Childhood Centers have been postponed. [source]
- Access is Mandatory (AIM) meetings on Tuesdays at the Wilmington KofC Hall have been postponed indefinitely.
- I can’t keep track of all the Wilmington businesses temporarily closing, but TJ Maxx, Savers, Panera Bread, and Olympia Sports are CLOSED according to reader submissions.
March 20, 2020 UPDATE:
- Thankfully, there are still NO positive coronavirus cases in Wilmington. [source]
- Effective immediately, all Town recreation areas including parks, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, the dog park, pickle ball courts, the skate park, Town Beach and adjourning areas, walking trails, and the Town Forest. [source]
- The Wilmington Board of Selectmen is holding an emergency meeting this Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5pm at Town Hall. The Board will receive an update on COVID-19 from Wilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse. Town Manager Jeff Hull will also detail the town government’s response to the virus. The meeting will be televised on WCTV (Channel 9 on Comcast xfinity, Channel 37 on Verizon FIOS) and live-streamed on www.wctv.org.
- It appears the Annual Town Meeting will be postponed to Saturday, May 30, 2020. That will be confirmed at tonight’s meeting.
- The big joint public hearing between the Wilmington Planning Board and Wilmington Finance Committee to discuss the Town Meeting warrant has been postponed to Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium. [source]
- The Wilmington Board of Appeals meeting — with the public hearing on the proposed detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue — has been postponed to Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium. [source]
- While several RMV customer service center locations have reopened, Wilmington’s remains closed. [source]
- By now, you’ve heard of the special senior shopping hours at Market Basket and Target.
- Elia’s Country Store is closing early on Saturday, March 21, 2020 (8pm instead of 10pm) for re-stocking. The store will reopen with normal Sunday hours — 7am to 8pm with alcohol sales from 10am to 6pm. [source]
- The Wilmington Democratic Town Committee has cancelled its Scholarship Breakfast Fundraiser at Windsor Place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 and its Monthly Meeting on Monday, April 6, 2020 at WCTV. [source]
March 18, 2020 UPDATE:
- Wilmington Public Schools is expected to announce additional guidance to parents relative to at-home educational resources soon, potentially as soon as Wednesday. On the health front, Superintendent Brand recently shared with families a useful COVID-19 checklist. View it HERE.
- The MIAA announced that the high school spring sports season will now begin on April 27, 2020, with a deadline for completion of regular season & playoffs set for June 20, 2020. [source]
- After seeing the information on Wilmington Apple, WBZ recently covered three Wilmington pizza places — EJ’s Pizza, LaRosa’s, & Tremezzo Pizzeria — for giving back to those in need during this difficult time.
- The Wilmington Memorial Library asked me to stress the following message: Please do not return your library materials in the book return during the library’s closure. Any library fines will be waived and the due dates will be extended. (This is a change to the information the town previously sent out.)
- The start of the Wilmington Police’s Citizen Police Academy has been postponed. [source]
- The next meeting of the Wilmington Police Explorers program has been cancelled and future meetings are being reassessed. [source]
- The Annual Town Rabies Clinic scheduled for April 4, 2020 has been postponed to a future date. [source]
- Wilmington Figure Skating Club has postponed the start of its Learn To Skate classes until April 10, 2020. [source]
The Wilmington Arts Council has cancelled ALL of its programs for March & April.
- In addition, the Arts Council will not be holding its Annual Art Exhibition this year as a result of the Art Center being repurposed for use by the school department.
- Abundant Life’s Sunday services, events and meetings have been cancelled until further notice. All Wilmington churches have now suspended their services. [source]
Here is a list of known postponements and cancellations in Wilmington:
- Wilmington Public Schools is CLOSED until at least April 7
- All Public & Community Events happening at Wilmington Public Schools are CANCELLED through Sunday, April 26, 2020 (end of April vacation)
- Shawsheen Tech is CLOSED until at least April 7
- Abundant Life is CLOSED until at least April 7
- Wilmington Town Hall, Library, Senior Center, DPW Admin & Veterans Office will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC on March 16 (if you absolutely must access one of these buildings, you must make an appointment)
- All Of Wilmington’s Public Meetings Scheduled For Week Of March 16 Have Been POSTPONED
- All Wilmington Memorial Library programs are CANCELLED through Friday, April 10, 2020
- All Wilmington Senior Center programs are CANCELLED through Friday, April 10, 2020
- Wilmington Recreation Department Classes & Trips are CANCELLED & POSTPONED Through April 1
Events Previously Promoted On Wilmington Apple That Have Been Cancelled Or Postponed
- Wilmington Youth Center CLOSED on March 11 (Final Day Was Scheduled For March 28)
- Wilmington Community Health & Wellness Fair — Saturday, March 14, 2020
- March-A-Pella Concert at Wilmington High — Saturday, March 14, 2020
- Shawsheen Tech Spring Festival — Saturday, March 14, 2020
- Wilmington Rotary Club’s Polar Plunge — Saturday, March 14, 2020
- Women’s Roller Derby At Shriners Auditorium — Saturday, March 14, 2020
- 4 Wilmington Middle School Students To Perform With Lowell Philharmonic — Sunday, March 15, 2020
- WCTV TV Production Workshop — Monday, March 16, 2020
- Wilmington Rotary Club’s Poker Night at Tremezzo — Monday, March 16, 2020
- St. Patrick’s Day Celebration At Wilmington Senior Center — Tuesday, March 17, 2020
- Wilmington Middle School Drama Club Presents ‘Shrek The Musical’ — March 19-21, 2020
- Spring Castleberry Fair Arts and Craft Festival At Shriners Auditorium — March 21-22, 2020
- Wilmington Youth Soccer’s 10th Annual Girls Night Out — Sunday, March 22, 2020
- New England Brass Band Concert at Wilmington Congregational Church — Saturday, March 28, 2020
- WHS Lamplighters Drama Guild’s “Lamplighter For A Day” — Saturday, March 28, 2020
- Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show At Shriners Auditorium — March 28-29, 2020
- Book Store Next Door Closed Until April 1; Friends Of Library Annual Meeting Cancelled
- Wilmington High School Band Parents Trivia Night — Friday, April 3, 2020
- Beyond TOPS Comedy Night Fundraiser — Friday, April 3, 2020
- Sons of Italy’s Easter Bunny Breakfast — Sunday, April 5, 2020
- Shriners Circus At Shriners Auditorium — Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – Sunday, April 26, 2020
- Spring High School Sports Delayed, Will Start No Earlier Than March 30
- Wilmington Youth Soccer Season ON HOLD; All Activities Suspended Until Further Notice
- Wilmington Little League Season ON HOLD; All Activities Suspended Until April 6
- All Wilmington Restaurants Must Cease Dine-In Services & Only Offer Pick-Up And/Or Delivery, From March 17 Through At Least April 6
This list will be updated at least twice a day for the foreseeable future. Check back regularly.
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