5 Things To Know In Wilmington On Friday, February 19, 2021

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to know in Wilmington on Friday, February 19, 2021:

#1) Library Event: Live Visit To The San Diego Zoo

Join a live Zoo Educator from the San Diego Zoo for a virtual tour at 6:30pm!  We will have exclusive opportunties such as visiting off-view areas most visitors never see, experiencing an up-close wildlife presentation, or something else. Great for the whole family! Register HERE.

#2) Library Event: Bestselling Author Luanne Rice

Bestselling author Luanne Rice will discuss her latest book, The Shadow Box, in conversation with author Elle Marr, in this Zoom webinar at 7pm. Register HERE.

How To Buy A Copy Of The Book: Autographed copies of The Shadow Box will be available for sale before and during the event from our bookstore partner — Wellesley Books. Click HERE to order. 10% of the proceeds from your sale will be donated to the host library of your choice.

About The Author: Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-five novels that have been translated into twenty-four languages. Several of Rice’s novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love, for TNT; Blue Moon, for CBS; Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells, for the Hallmark Hall of Fame; and Beach Girls, for Lifetime. Rice is a creative affiliate of the Safina Center, an organization that brings together scientists, artists, and writers to inspire a deeper connection with nature―especially the sea. Rice is an avid environmentalist and advocate for families affected by domestic violence. She lives on the Connecticut Shoreline. 

About The Book: Enjoy a haunting thriller about how far one wife is willing to go to expose the truth―and the lengths someone will go to stop her. After artist Claire Beaudry Chase is attacked and left for dead in her home on the Connecticut coast, she doesn’t know who she can trust. But her well-connected husband, Griffin―who is running for governor―is her prime suspect. Just before the attack, Claire was preparing for an exhibit of her shadow boxes, one of which clearly accuses Griffin of a violent crime committed twenty-five years ago. If the public were to find out who her husband is, his political career would be over. Claire’s certain her husband and his powerful supporters would kill her to stop the truth from getting out. When one of Claire’s acquaintances is murdered, the authorities suspect the homicide is linked to the attack on Claire. As the dual investigations unfold, Claire must decide how much she’s willing to lose to take down her husband and the corrupt group of elites who will do anything to protect Griffin’s interests and their own. 

#3) Nomination Papers Available To Run For Public Office In Wilmington

Interested in running for an elected office in Wilmington this year?

Nomination papers are now available in the Wilmington Town Clerk’s Office. Contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-658-2030 to arrange pickup.

The following seats will be up for grabs in this year’s election:

  • ONE three-year seat on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen (currently held by Chairman Jonathan Eaton)
  • TWO three-year seats on the Wilmington School Committee (currently held by David Ragsdale & MJ Byrnes)
  • ONE three-year seat on the Shawsheen Tech School Committee (currently held by Jim Gillis)
  • ONE three-year Wilmington Town Moderator position (currently held by Robert Peterson Jr., who has announced he is NOT seeking re-election)
  • ONE five-year seat on the Wilmington Housing Authority (currently held by Chairman John Alefantis)

Papers with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters are due back to the Town Clerk by Friday, March 5, 2021.

The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.

The last day to register to vote for the Annual Town Election is Monday, April 5, 2021.

#4) DEADLINE Nominate A Wilmington Business Owner For Chamber Of Commerce’s Carmon Cunningham Business Legacy Award BY TODAY

The Wilmington/-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce would like to know who YOU think should be the recipient of this year’s CARMON CUNNINGHAM BUSINESS LEGACY AWARD.

If you would like to make a nomination, please send an email to the Chamber’s Executive Director Nancy Vallee at nancy@wilmingtontewksburychamber.org no later than February 19, 2021 explaining why you feel your nominee is deserving of the award.

Please note your nominee must be a current member of the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s members list can be found HERE.

Nominations should be detailed and provide specific examples of business success, leadership, and community involvement. Please call the Chamber at 978-657-7211 with additional questions.

Carmon Cunningham, before his untimely passing in 2016, was the owner of the successful Cleaner Spot Dry Cleaners and Tailor at Wilmington Crossing. Carmon had been a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors for 5 years, serving as the President in 2013 and 2014. Carmon was also very involved in a host of community and business organizations and charitable endeavors and was very well liked and respected by all he interacted with.

The Carmon Cunningham Business Legacy Award is presented:

  • To an individual who has achieved exceptional business success in his/her lifetime.
  • To a member who inspires, is innovative and makes an impact in our communities.
  • The Chamber seeks to recognize inspiring leadership that transcends business and leaves a legacy of community and economic vitality for generations to come.
  • This award will be given to a Chamber member who embodies similar characteristics of the late Carmon Cunningham, Owner of The Cleaner Spot Dry Cleaners.
  • The person who receives this award embraces Carmon’s work ethic and provides a positive atmosphere making work a better place.
  • The person is encouraging, supportive, maintain a positive attitude and cheerful disposition and brings life and energy to our community.

Past recipients of the award include Carmon Cunningham (2017), Mike Champoux (2018), Rick Lowe (2019), and Shelia Bissett (2020).

#5) Return Your Town Census If You Haven’t Already

Wilmington’s Annual Town Census will be mailed in the middle of January 2021. Please keep an eye open for it and respond immediately. Remember, responding to the annual town census keeps your name on the active voting list. Please contact the Town Clerk’s office if you have not received your census by the last week in January.

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