5 Things To Know In Wilmington On Wednesday, November 25, 2020

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to know in Wilmington on Wednesday, November 25, 2020:

#1) MassDOT To Hold Virtual Public Hearing On Proposed Intersection Improvements At Lowell St. & Woburn St. 

A pre-recorded Design Public Hearing will be posted to the MassDOT website on November 25, 2020 to present the proposed intersection improvements at Lowell Street (Route 129) and Woburn Street project.

The purpose of this virtual hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Intersection improvements at Lowell Street (Route 129) and Woburn Street project. All comments submitted in response to this event will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

The proposed project consists of constructing intersection improvements at Lowell Street (Route 129) and Woburn Street to reduce vehicular congestion and peak hour delays as well as improve multimodal safety and reduce vehicular crashes. The project would include upgrades to the existing traffic signal to provide modern equipment with increased visibility for all modes of transportation. Dedicated left turn lanes are proposed on all four approaches to the intersection. An additional right turn lane is proposed on the eastbound approach of Lowell Street. Bicycle lanes will be provided on all four approaches. New or rehabilitated sidewalk, ADA/AAB accessible ramps, crosswalks and pedestrian signal equipment is proposed on all four approaches to the intersection. Curbing and drainage improvements are included. Utility poles will be relocated and/or equipment consolidated. Mill and overlay of the pavement is anticipated within the project limits.

Please submit any written statements regarding the proposed undertaking to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02216, Attention: PROJECT MANAGEMENT, PROJECT FILE NO. 609253. Project inquiries may also be emailed to dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us.

#2) DEADLINE: Register Tree, Wreath Or Basket For Virtual Festival Of Trees

We’re One Wilmington isn’t going to let COVID stop us from putting on our favorite event of the year! Although not in person, you can bet the 10th Anniversary of one of Wilmington’s most beloved holiday traditions will be just as creative and spectacular as ever!

WOW will be bringing the virtual Festival to your homes December 1, 2020 to December 4, 2020 and we couldn’t be more excited! Through the use of cutting edge online raffle technology you can view and buy chances to win one of our many trees, wreaths, and baskets! In case you haven’t attended in the past, our raffle is known around the area not only for the beauty and creativity of the donations, but the spectacular prizes! The online raffle will be open all day and night for not our typical two, but four full days!

Our plan is to broadcast live from the hall each of the four nights so we can make it as personal as possible for our loyal patrons. Our broadcast will feature a look back at the past 10 years of the Festival, tours of the hall, musical performances, a scavenger hunt, a special visit by Mrs. Claus and more! You can bet we will be offering plenty of chances to win extra raffle tickets, too! We are hoping this virtual format will bring the Festival to even more people who may not have been able to attend in the past due to time or location.

Seeking Donations

We can’t pull this off without the generosity of our donors! Wilmington has never let us down and we are sure this year will be no different. When so many holiday traditions are being canceled, donating can be a real highlight of the holiday season. It takes about 100 donations to fill our hall. Can you help us out? No donation is too small. Consider putting something together with your family, neighbors, a group of friends, sports team or from your business or organization. The possibilities are limitless, get creative! All donations are tax-deductible and funds raised will be used, in part, to fund our holiday gift program for community members who are struggling.

Ribbons will be awarded for donations in the following categories: Best Use of Theme, Best Mini/Tabletop Tree, Best Wreath, Most Creative/Unique Tree, Best Alternative Tree, Fan Favorite, and Best in Show.

Donations must be registered in advance by Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Register online at www.onewilmington.org/events/festival-of-trees or by emailing Becky McGrath at mcgrathbecky@gmail.com.

Set up will take place at the Knights of Columbus in Wilmington on November 29-30. Due to COVID indoor gathering restrictions, all donors will be required to sign-up for a setup time slot and will be limited to 45 minutes and 2-3 persons per group. Donations that do not require set-up can be dropped off anytime without a signup. For the health and safety of volunteers and donors, any person in the hall will be required to wear a face mask at all times.

Any questions about this event can be directed to Becky McGrath at mcgrathbecky@gmail.com.

#3) Wilmington Food Services Providing Free Meals To Children — Curbside Pick-Up In High School Parking Lot

Wilmington Public Schools Food Services will be distributing free meals for children 2-21 from 9:30am to 12:30pm in the High School Parking Lot. Produce boxes and bags will be featured, including “make your own pizza” kits.

Wilmington Police has asked, due to traffic congestion, that families with names ending in A-M arrive from 9:30am to 11am and N-Z arrive 11am to 12:30pm.

#4) Town Yardwaste Center Is Open

The Town’s Yardwaste Center, located on Old Main Street, off of Main Street at the Woburn line, will be open today from 8am to 2pm. Wilmington residents only may use the center to drop off leaves and brush. In order to use the facility, residents must purchase a $15 punch card at the Treasurer/Collector’s Office at Town Hall. The card has no expiration date and is good for 5 visits to the facility. Residents will be asked to show the punch card an an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings may be disposed at the recycling center due to the odors they create. Stumps will not be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles are allowed. For a complete schedule of the Town’s 2020 Yard Waste Program and other information on waste disposal and recycling, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 or refer to the department’s website HERE.

#5) Wilmington Library To Close Early

The Wilmington Memorial Library closes at 5pm. Curbside pickups and appointments to visit can be scheduled between 10am to 4pm.

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