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Candidates Night

WESTFORD: The League of Women Voters of Westford is hosting a Candidates’ Night on April 12 at 7pm in the J.V. Fletcher Library’s first floor meeting room. Candidates’ Night gives voters an opportunity to hear from those who are running in the May 2 Town election for Select Board, Board of Health, Library Trustees, Town Moderator, Planning Board, and School Committee. Questions for the candidates can be submitted  prior to Candidates’ Night by going to the LWV website at lwv.westford.org. Attendees may also submit written questions during the event. Jo-Ann Berry of the Acton Area League will moderate the evening.

Westford CAT will be on hand to record the event, and will then post the recording on its cable channel shortly thereafter. 

To give voters even more information about the candidates, the League will be publishing its Voters’ Guide on its website on April 3. All candidates – including those who are running unopposed – have been asked to answer questions about their background, their reasons for running, and their priorities if elected. 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, issues-oriented organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.

Musicians from PEI return to the Congregational Church of Littleton

LITTLETON: Save the date for more finger-snappin', toe-tappin' tunes from our Prince Edward Island, Canadian neighbors. It's been a few years since they were here (thanks, Covid!) and we could not be more excited. Gordon Belsher and Cynthia MacLeod will perform at the Congregational Church of Littleton on May 20 at 7pm (Doors open at 6:30). Tickets are $22 pp+ fees, and are available online at https://ccolpeiMay2023.eventbrite.com. Refunds are available until 30 days before the concert. All sales are in advance with none available at the door. Your Eventbrite receipt serves as your ticket. There is ample parking at CCoL, 330 King Street (Route 2A). Please enter through the lower front doors on the left. The current COVID policy at the church recommends face coverings but does not mandate them.

IBMA Inductees Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard Bring The Hazel Project to PCA

WESTFORD: On April 14 at 7:30pm, the PCA Coffeehouse Music Series presents The Hazel Project, a New England-based band paying tribute to the music written and/or recorded by legendary International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) inductees Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. As pioneers of women in bluegrass music, Hazel and Alice tackled subjects from social injustice to the hardships of workers as well as love and loss.

The Hazel Project band was formed late 2019; all are excellent instrumentalists and vocalists with startling harmonies. They feature Diane Kordas mandolin, guitar; Lindsay Lassonde, bass; Whitney Roy, guitar; Gretchen Bowder, banjo; Betsy Heron, fiddle. The group features sweet soaring harmonies and tasteful tunes - traditional grass roots music to fill your heart and soul.

At the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), located at 10 Lincoln Street on Westford Common, bring your own food and drink for a complete evening of entertainment. Doors open at 7pm; show begins at 7:30pm. Limited seating. For tickets and more information, please visit pcawestford.org or visit them on Facebook.

Direct Ticket Link: https://parisharts.square.site/product/the-hazel-project/80

Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley Awards Scholarships to Local Students for Upcoming (RYLA) Conference in June

The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley announced that it has awarded scholarships to this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference to be held in June. The lucky scholarship winners are Nevaeh Duplessis, Vincenzo Porfino, Riley Dinjian and Madison Oxnard.

Robert Johnson, local Committee Chairperson, said that the chosen students will be among the more than 150 Massachusetts high school sophomores who will attend the RYLA Conference. Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women, the conference will feature many thought-provoking events including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide the participants with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. Topics will include decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service. To be chosen, the candidates needed to qualify by showing leadership potential and good citizenship characteristics and showing a strong desire to attend and benefit from the conference. Additionally, in their individual interviews, they needed to stand out from the other applicants.

Congratulations from the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley to this year’s scholarship winners and their families! Anyone interested in obtaining further information should visit www.ryla7910.org or contact
Robert Johnson at johnson@itesafety.com, (978) 875-3143 or any other member of the Nashoba Valley Rotary Club.

Mini-Golf at the Reuben Hoar Library is Back! 

LITTLETON: The Reuben Hoar Library, 35 Shattuck Street, will be transformed into a unique, custom-designed 18-hole mini golf course on March 31 and April 1. From 6-9pm on Friday evening, a ticketed event for adults aged 21+ will include unlimited rounds of golf, food, and a silent auction. On Family Day, April 1 from 10am-3pm, participants of all ages can try their skills at the 18-hole mini-golf course for $5 per round. Details and tickets can be found at https://auctria.events/RHLminigolf.

Westford Household Hazardous Waste Collection

WESTFORD: On Saturday, April 15 from 9am-1pm, the Westford Recycling Commission will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection at the Westford Highway Department at 28 North Street. The collection is only for Westford households (no businesses) and proof of residency is required. Please note there is a fee. Checks are preferred, made out to Town of Westford.
Some types of hazardous waste such as motor oil, batteries (including automotive/ tractor lead acid batteries, button batteries, and rechargeable batteries), and fluorescent tubes and light bulbs can be recycled locally, year-round, and for no fee.  For details, please refer to the Westford Recycling Commission's "A to Z list: Where Can My Items be Reused or Recycled" document:  https://westfordma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2924/How-to-Recycle-Most-Everything-PDF.
For more information on Westford's Hazardous Waste Collection, visit www.westfordma.gov/recycling. You can also review your copy of the 2022-2023 Westford Recycling Guide for details on what to bring and what NOT to bring to the collection.
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Westford PCA Welcomes Olga Hunyadi as April Artist of the Month

WESTFORD: The Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, welcomes Olga Hunyadi as the April Artist of the Month with an exhibition of oil paintings capturing scenes from all over the world. Hunyadi is a graduate with honors from Kazan Art College, Russia.  She studied at the high school of Arts Dresden, Germany and joined the Union of Artists of Russia where she received a scholarship of Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Since 2018, Olga has lived in Lowell. She has participated in group and regional exhibitions in the Boston and New York area as well as in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada. She recently exhibited her work in New York at the National Opera Center. Her work is well know both in the united States and over the world with works in private collections in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Estonia, China, Israel, Canada and the USA.

The Gallery will be open to guests each Sunday, March 29 through April 30, from noon until 2pm. Stop by, meet Olga and view her stunning oil paintings created with a unique perspective and vision. Olga can be reached for art purchases at olyahunyadi@gmail.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/olga.sushkova.50.  

Chick Singer NIght Boston Hosts Showcase Benefit at PCA

WESTFORD: Chick Singer Night (CSN) Boston brings their popular live music showcase back to The Parish Center for the Arts for an all-ages show on March 18 at 7pm.  The stage will feature eight talented singers/songwriters each performing a 15-minute set. Four of the eight performers are from Westford. Taking the stage are Carol Wing (Westford), Dale Knowles (Westford), Kathryn Fitzgerald (Westford), Ali Manion (Westminster), Connie Diamond (Lowell), along with the "R U Man Enough" featured artist Russell Watts (Ayer) and CSN Boston Directors Marcia J. Macres (Westford) and Jennifer Truesdale (Arlington). Ticket link and more info about the performers can be found at http://chicksingernight.com/chapters/boston.

The evening is hosted by Chick Singer Night Boston Directors Marcia J. Macres (pictured) and Jennifer Truesdale, both local musicians, entrepreneurs and music business owners. The artists are backed by the incredible CSN Boston Band made up of seasoned musicians Justin Kolack on bass, Alizon Lissance on keys, Jerry Velona on drums, and Joe Musella on guitar. These musicians have to learn an average of 24 songs for each show in a short period of time.

Tickets are available in advance for $15 online at https://chicksingernight.com/chapters/boston. If not sold out in advance, there will be tickets available at the door for $20. This is an all-ages show and is BYOB drinks and snacks. 

Since CSN Boston was created in 2004, they have seen so many venues close down, so proceeds from this show will be donated to The Parish Center for the Arts venue (pcawestford.org); a visual and performing arts center providing concerts, art exhibits, community events, and more - a true Merrimack Valley gem. If you cannot make it to the show, please consider making a donation via: 1) Venmo@ChickSingerNightBoston or 2) PayPal.me/CSNBoston

SAVE THE DATE: "The Power of Angels" 2023 Kitty Angels Fundraiser May 6 & 7

AMHERST, NH: Plans are coming together for another fabulous fundraiser for Kitty Angels, Inc., so mark your calendars! This year’s event will take place on May 6 & 7, from 9am-5pm at Treasures Antiques and Collectables, 106 Ponemah Road (Route 122). Yes, pets are always welcome! The kitties and vendors have taken the necessary precautions and are excited to have you get out of the house and come visit with them for some fabulous finds, great “free” entertainment and most important of all, to help Kitty Angels!

Look for all your favorite vendors, including artist Eric Nickola, dba WolfpacStudios, Artist
Lori-Ellen Budenas of Respect the Wood, Monica Gesualdo of Trading Faces, Food Vendor B’s Grumman Grub, Heart’s Design Jewelry. Forever Clean Soaps, Gabe’s Creations, LAB House, Shire Enduring Creations, Dubz Dyes, Morel Woodworking, Baby Snuggz, SoGo Metal Art, Happy Cat Creations, Vinyl Revival, Dusty Finds, Blueberry Cove Creations, Damsel In Defense, Willey’s Whirleys, Baboosic Lake Gourds, Anthony Acres, Color Street, Paws & Spas, Lynda’s Felted Critters, Custom Care Designs, Fiber Art by Eve Huston, Cam’s Shop, Amherst Animal Hospital and so many more. The bands and soloists for the event, consist of keyboardist/band member Joey Peavey, Side Effects, Jensing, North Sound Duo, Jeff Damon, Sunset Rhythm and Wildwood.

Featured throughout the fundraising weekend and into the month of June, is an electrifying raffle of numerous and diverse prizes, all generously donated by local and national businesses, professional sports teams, private individuals and some of the awesome on-site vendors.

Kitty Angels, Inc. is the sole beneficiary of this event. They are a no-kill cat shelter and are made up of all unpaid volunteers, dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats and kittens, furnishing them with treatment for injuries or other health issues and then placing them into new forever homes with compatible owners. They are a non-profit, 501(C)3 charitable corporation where all donations are fully tax-deductible and every penny of every donation is used in the caring of cats. Consider adopting a new life-long forever-friend!

Interested in becoming a vendor at the event? Contact Sherry or Rick Tobin, at (603) 672-2535.  

March Events at the Parish Center for the Arts

WESTFORD: There's always something happening at the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA)!  Here are some highlights from the PCA's March program calendar:
  • In the Art Gallery you'll find the March "artists-of-the-month." Brooke Lambert and Kurt Hanss present “Aqua Terra”, a high color exhibition of paintings and prints currently on view through March 28.
  • On March 18, enjoy Chick Singer Night (Boston), an all-ages music talent showcase concert highlighting local singers/songwriters. Proceeds benefit the PCA's programming.
  • Souvenirs, Suites and Rhapsody in Blue for Four Hands at One Piano takes place on March 19. Pianists Bonnie Anderson and Stella Owen return to the PCA to perform music by Debussy, Ibert, Ravel, Barber and Gershwin.

For the full schedule of concerts, art exhibits, and community events including open mics, jazz and bluegrass jams, and art gallery hours, visit the website at pcawestford.org

Rabies Immunization Clinic Schedule

Rabies immunization for dogs and cats over six (6) months of age, not previously immunized, and those with a red heart (2020) rabies tag must be immunized. Depending on the vaccination status of your dog or cat the veterinarian will inform you of the effective vaccination duration for the vaccination given. The charge per immunization is $20, payable to Vet. Residents of Nashoba member towns may attend any of the following clinics. Cats must be brought in cages or closed boxes during the last half of any clinic. The tag for 2023 will be a green bell.

Times & Places:

Ayer Animal Hospital, 196 W. Main Street
Bryan Clifford | 3/24, 5-6pm
Corynne Orzech | 3/31, 5-6pm

Highway Barn, 88 S. Acton, Bolton/Stow Gould | 3/30, 6-7pm

Highway Barn, 112 West Street, Berlin Bianco | 3/25, 10-11am

Lancaster Fire Station, 1055 Main Street
Bianco | 3/25, 11:30am-12:30pm

Pepperell Fire Station, Jersey Street
Flanagan | 4/1, 9-10:30am

Townsend Highway, 177 Main Street
Flanagan | 4/1, 11am-12:30pm

Littleton Animal Hospital, 29 King Street
Brooks | 2/25, 1-3pm
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Westford Holds Town Meeting March 25

WESTFORD: The Annual Town Meeting will be held in person on March 25 at 10am in the Westford Academy gymnasium, 30 Patten Road. Town Meeting is the legislative branch of Westford’s government, and all registered voters may attend, speak, and vote. Voter registration deadline for Town Meeting is Wednesday, March 15, at 5pm.There are 24 articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting warrant. Of particular note are Articles 6, 7, and 23:
  • Article 6 would appropriate $12.4 million for the construction of a new municipal building at 51 Main Street (site of the former fire station on the Common) contingent on voters’ approval of a debt exclusion.
  • Article 7 would appropriate $6.4 million to replace the roof on the Lloyd G. Blanchard Middle School, located at 14 West Street. The Town may be eligible for a school grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. 
  • Article 23 would request that the Select Board ensure the agricultural preservation restriction (APR) held by the Town on the land at 66-68 Boston Road – the Drew Garden property – be enforced. 

During the Town Meeting preview on March 16, town officials will go over each item – or article – on the warrant, giving residents a chance to familiarize themselves before attending Town Meeting. More information about Town Meeting can be found on the town’s website at  westfordma.gov/393. The Town Moderator’s webpage, westfordma.gov/891, offers even more details about Town Meeting.
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Long Live the Queen!: A Bus Tour of Acton, Concord, and Littleton Queen Anne Homes

ACTON/CONCORD/LITTLETON: Many Queen Anne buildings have stood the test of time and still grace the streets of these three towns over a hundred years later. On April 30 at 1pm, join Histoury as they explore the picturesque and playful style that reigned in the last decades of Queen Victoria’s era, glimpsing into the lives of many locals along the way. The Long Live the Queen! Bus tour is a one-time cultural experience in the Massachusetts area. Spots are very limited!

Histoury is an organization that brings to life architectural tours that are both entertaining and educational. Made up of experts in tourism and history preservation, our team creates one-time tours in the New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts areas that both inform and inspire!  For more information, visit https://histoury.org.

LWV of Westford, Westford Climate Action Hosts Senator John J. Cronin

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WESTFORD: The League of Women Voters of Westford and Westford Climate Action are hosting Massachusetts State Senator John J. Cronin on March 15 at 7:30pm in a
virtual Civic Social. The event – open to all – will give residents an opportunity to talk informally with Senator Cronin. The Senator was elected to the Senate in 2020 and, as a result of redistricting, now represents the communities of Fitchburg, Leominster, Westford, Shirley, Groton, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Ashby, Townsend, and Clinton, which make up the Worcester and Middlesex District. Email info@lwv.westford.org to get a link to the Zoom meeting.

Senator Cronin's legislative agenda aims to achieve mental health parity in the Commonwealth, to increase social mobility through equitable access to workforce development pathways, and to promote the revitalization of Gateway Cities. Senator Cronin serves as Chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure and as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. He is also a member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and the Joint Committees on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Labor and Workforce Development, Municipalities and Regional Government, and Financial

Senator Cronin is a graduate of West Point and Suffolk University Law School. He is a former U.S. Army Infantry Officer and a combat veteran with multiple deployments to Afghanistan. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served as a veteran advocate at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.

Civic Socials are the League’s informal monthly get-togethers, open to all, where people can learn what’s happening in and around town and about what the League is doing. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, issues-oriented organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League does not support or oppose any candidate or political party. For more information, go to lwv.westford.org. Westford Climate Action is a grassroots organization of town residents who are concerned
about the climate crisis and advocate for mitigating actions that can be taken locally. To find out
more, visit westfordclimateaction.org.

Expand Your Soul with Unitarian Universalism

LITTLETON: You will find a spiritual community at the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Congregation, not a typical church. The UU faith doesn’t want to save your soul, instead the goal is to help you unfold the awesome soul you already have. Love is the core value, topped by caring for the Earth, each other, and interdependent web on the planet that we belong to. Visitors are always welcome to experience Sunday gatherings at 10am at  19 Foster Street, where music, connection, community, singing and sometimes clapping and dancing happen. Children and families are part of their worship. About 15 minutes into the service, young people leave the sanctuary for broad-based spiritual education and activities that reflect their principles. Instead of a doctrine, UUs learn from art and science, different philosophies and world faiths. Everyone is invited to sing not only hymns, but popular songs with a spiritual twist. Their talented keyboard artist leads the choir, which sings each week. The church community also offers many activities outside of worship, such as social and environmental justice task forces, the UU-Ukes, Sacred Circle Dance, a men’s group, a women’s sing-along group, the Women’s Alliance, a youth group and more. Annual events include a fall fair, a community camp out for all ages at a nearby state park, and the men’s ski weekend.

www.fculittle.org for more information. For a different twist on “church,” give UU a try in person or online on a Sunday morning followed by coffee hour.

PCA Gallery of Westford Call for Artists

WESTFORD: The Parish Center for the Arts Gallery of Westford is inviting artists to submit applications for solo and group exhibitions to be shown between October 2023 and June 2024. If accepted, the artist(s) will display their work for one month. The PCA Gallery provides the gallery space and guidance to the artist for making a successful exhibition. The artist is responsible for most publicity, hanging, hosting a reception (if desired) and gallery sitting. The artist retains 80% of all sales.

To be considered, submit 6-8 images by email (.jpg file format). For each image include the title, dimensions and media. In addition, include a brief artist biography including the artist email, address and phone number. Email submissions to gallery-manager@pcawestford.org.  If you wish to submit via mail, send to PCA, P.O. Box 411, Westford, MA 01886. Please provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you'd like your submission packet returned. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2023.

The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) is located at 10 Lincoln Street. For more information about how to become an artist of the month visit https://parisharts.square.site/artist-faq.

LIRA Invites Retirees to Join Spring Semester

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LOWELL: The Learning in Retirement Association (LIRA) invites all retirees to join their Spring semester classes (some live, Zoom or hybrid. A sampling of offered Spring classes includes:
1. The U.S. Constitution, based on material from the National Constitution Center.
2. Our Immune System & how it works.
3. Groton Hill Music Center, tour this new incredible teaching and performance facility.
4. Police Reform, presented by Ed Cronin - Former MA Police Chief & International Police advisor & author.
5. What, Why & How of EV’s; benefits, brands, selection resources and rebates/incentives.
6. Waste Management Recycling Center tour, 2 billion pounds in, sorted & sold.
7. Heroes & Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature
8. The Peloponnesian War, UML Assistant Professor Jane Sancinito covers the lead up to the messy end.
9. The Old Manse Tour, built 1770 overlooking the North Bridge.

10. Critical Issues in K-12 Public Schools. Curriculum, national models of school effectiveness & more.
11. That THINK You Do, Author Joseph
Carrabis shares 60 ways to be happy.
12. Exploring the Universe, an overview of the Universe, Our Solar System, Stars & Citizen science projects.
13. The Politics of the United Kingdom, UML Emeritus Professor John Wooding; politics, history, culture, parties & the UK constitution.
14. A Greek Odyssey, historical & current context of its history, photos & experiences as a Fulbright Fellow.
15. A Three-Week Course on Frankenstein by UML Professor Bridget Marshall
16. Searching the Exoplanetary Atmospheres for Clues by UML Professor Emeritus Bob Gamache
15. Great Decisions discussion group topics; Energy Geopolitics, War Crimes, China & the US, Economic Warfare.
16. Book discussion group; The Age of Innocence, The Revolutionary, Clara, and the Sun.
17. Film discussion group; Dances with Wolves, Chariots of Fire, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
18. 150 years of Bridal Fashion – tour at the Nashua Historical Society.
19. UML South Campus Art tour; paintings, sculpture, mosaics & the artist who made them.

Detailed descriptions, schedules, and information to join LIRA www.UML.edu/LIRA. Some classes begin March 6. Half year membership fee is only $75; $125/couple. You can take as many classes as you wish. For questions, email LIRA@uml.edu.

Town Election Season is Here!

WESTFORD: Littleton’s website and the League of Women Voters-Acton Area (LWVAA), www.lwv-actonarea.org, have everything you need to participate in local elections as a voter or as a candidate. The LWVAA has resources to help you get started as a candidate including videos with advice from former candidates and candidate checklists for our member towns. What to consider when you decide to run? They’ve got you covered. Explore the links below to learn about open elective positions in Littleton and key dates for voter registration, elections, and Town Meeting. Littleton has vacancies to fill this spring with skilled and engaged citizens like you!

Deadline for pulling nomination papers: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Last day to submit nomination papers: Friday, March 17, 2023

Open Positions (Position, # pos, Term)
Select Board, 2, 3-year term
School Committee, 2, 3-year term
Town Moderator, 1, 3-year term
Board of Assessors, 1, 3-year term
Board of Health, 1, 3-year term
Cemetery Commissioner, 1, 3-year term
Housing Authority, 1, 4-year term (filling interim vacancy & completing remainder of 5-year term)
Library Trustees, 2, 3-year term
Light & Water Commissioners, 1, 3-year term
Park & Recreation Commissioners, 1, 3-year term
Planning Board, 1, 5-year term
Trust Fund Commissioner, 1, 3-year term

League of Women Voters Election Resources: https://bit.ly/LWV-ActonArea

Town of Littleton Website, Elections & Voter Information: https://bit.ly/3DU4Ngj
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Littleton Lyceum Reschedules Eric Jay Dolin Appearance

LITTLETON: The Littleton Lyceum has rescheduled its snowed-out January program, welcoming back best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin on March 3 at 7:30pm in Littleton High School’s Performing Arts Center at 56 King Street. Dolin will discuss his latest book “Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution”, sharing exciting tales of the little-known role of this ragtag fleet of private vessels who contributed to the war effort by tormenting the British with daring maneuvers and deadly encounters in the Atlantic Ocean. Season tickets to the Lyceum are available for families or individuals for $25, and single tickets may be purchased at the door for $8; $5 for seniors and students.  For more information, visit littletonlyceum.org.
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PCA Gallery Presents Brooke Lambert & Kurt Hanss

WESTFORD: Artists Brooke Lambert and Kurt Hanss have come together to present a new, high color duo exhibition at Parish Center for the Arts Gallery: Aqua Terra, February 28-March 28. This exhibition of new paintings and original collagraph prints is a vibrant exploration of land and sea through color and design using both representational and abstract imagery.  Aqua Terra is on view from February 28 - March 28. The Opening Reception will be held on March 3 from 6-9pm at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street. The Gallery will be open to guests on Sundays from 2-4pm.

Lambert’s work is largely influenced by the emotions and memories of natural environments and the ocean – the floating shadows you see submerged underneath a wave, the red tinge behind your eyelids while lifting your face to the sun, the pattern of a honeycomb or a fishing net, and all the beautiful shapes, forms, and color in nature. Her collagraph prints are made using discarded and recycled materials, such as string and plastic netting, the very materials that are choking the ocean. It is Brooke’s hope that the moments of unexpected beauty captured in her images inspire a deeper appreciation of the natural world and her use of sustainable practices encourage us all to protect our environment. Lambert is a professional printmaker and painter. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has shown her work widely in New England, New York, and beyond. She is currently represented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Gallery in New York and is sponsored by Akua Inks and Speedball Art Products. Brooke teaches adult art classes in MA, ME, & NH. Her work can be found in Western Avenue Studios in Studio 447 and online at www.brookelambertartist.com.

Kurt Hanss is a painter and maker currently working out of Lowell. His  current creative focus has been painting, and his work has recently included exciting new experiments with color theory and design. Kurt’s work invokes a sense of vibrant movement, combining kaleidoscopic colors in unexpected ways to breathe life into favorite objects and refreshing scenes. Some of his preferred subjects include vintage vehicles, machinery, and iconic New England landmarks. Raised in Rochester NY, Hanss began his studies in art at a young age. He went on to study painting and Art History at Alfred University, in Alfred NY. Kurt has a studio presence at Western Ave Studios in Lowell, MA. He teaches art at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence and throughout New England. His work can be found online at www.hanssart.com.

MBLC & Bruins PJ Drive at J.V. Fletcher

WESTFORD: The J.V. Fletcher Library has once again teamed up with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect new pajamas for children and teens in need.   The PJ Drive runs through March 15. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas from size 0-3 months through adult size medium. The drop off bin is located next to the Library's Main Desk, 50 Main Street.  For more information, please call (978) 692-5555.
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Westford Climate Action Presents Zero Carbon Home Webinar

WESTFORD: Join David Green, for a free and highly informative webinar on how you can save money on heating and cooling and cut your carbon footprint. David will share his own experience in installing insulation, solar panels, heat pumps, and energy efficient windows in his home in Dover (MA). Register at www.greenzerocarbonhome.comn on the home page or at www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-carbon-zero-bills-by-david-green-tickets-516858988147. All attendees will receive a free electronic version (for iPad or Kindle) of Green's book Zero Carbon Home which provides a wealth of information from his own experience in making energy improvements to his home, cutting heating and electric bills to zero, and achieving a zero-carbon footprint. For more information about David and these energy saving improvements, visit the Zero Carbon Home website at www.greenzerocarbonhome.com.
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Find Out about Affordable, Reliable, Clean 21st Century Nuclear Energy

The climate crisis is no longer hypothetical. It has arrived. The fastest way to de-carbonize the planet and reduce use of fossil fuels is to incorporate more nuclear energy into the regional power grid. Energy educators are offering free public talks to groups of all kinds – schools, libraries, religious communities, as well as civic, service and environmental organizations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, southern New Hampshire and Maine and northeastern Connecticut. 

Learn about modern safety procedures, the science and enormous power of uranium and thorium as a 21st century solution to meet the escalating world demand for electricity. Examine the fears underlying discussions of nuclear operations, waste and safety. Find out how modern nuclear reactors feed regional power grids with clean energy 24/7, and how other countries are developing this dense low-carbon energy source. Explore Eco-Nuclear Solutions, a non-partisan, volunteer, grassroots group of scientists, educators and environmentalists at www.eco-nuclearsolutions.org. To reserve a date to explore the potential of nuclear power, contact econuclearsolutions@gmail.com

The one-hour presentation is an introduction to nuclear energy and how it benefits the planet and the world’s people. Access to reliable affordable electricity is a gateway out of poverty, which typically leads to lower birth rates. Nuclear power is experiencing a renaissance as one of the most reliable, affordable and zero-carbon sources of electricity that requires minimal land. It is the only electricity generating technology that sequesters  and/or safely disposes of all byproducts which, along with its demonstrated reliability, makes it a rockstar to provide energy, the lifeblood of the world. The Seabrook, NH and Millstone, CT, nuclear plants provide 20% of electricity to the New England grid. Scientists and activists will share data, stories, slides and videos about the world’s drive for reliable, affordable and clean energy.

The team includes: David Butz, a self-educated living encyclopedia of nuclear energy, past, present and future; Carolyn McCreary, Ph.D, who served two terms on the Ayer Select Board and led the town to become a Green Community; Dale Levandier, Ph.D., a chemist with knowledge of nuclear physics; and other scientists and environmental activists.

Westford League's Civic Social Focuses on Town's Mental Heal Services

WESTFORD: The need for mental health support both locally and nationally is at an all-time high. So many people – adults and children – suffer from depression, anxiety, and a host of other mental health challenges. The trouble is, it can be very hard to get help. Westford is working to change that. Join the League of Women Voters of Westford on February 15 at 7:30pm to learn about the mental health resources Westford offers, as well as new initiatives the town is working on. 

Rae Dick, Westford Health Director, and Nicole Laviolette, Westford Community Wellness Coordinator, will outline programs and services designed to help Westford residents address mental health concerns. Learn about the Interface Referral Program, the new Mobile Clinician, the Community Behavioral Health Committee, and more. Please note that while there will be time for questions, the evening is not designed to provide medical advice or offer a diagnosis. The program will give residents a better understanding of the mental health resources available. 

Civic Socials are the League’s informal monthly get-togethers, open to all, where people can learn what’s happening in and around town and about what the League is doing. Email info@lwv.westford.org to get a link to the Zoom meeting.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, issues-oriented organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.

GLCF Seeks Request for Proposals for 2023 Discretionary Grant Cycles

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LOWELL: The Greater Lowell Community Foundation will open its 2023 Discretionary Grant Cycles on February 1 and is seeking requests for proposals from nonprofit organizations. The Foundation will award $200,000 through the Discretionary Grant Cycle. Nonprofit organizations serving the communities of Acton, Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Pepperell, Shirley, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsboro, Westford, and Wilmington are invited to apply.

Grant funding from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s 2023 Discretionary Grants Program includes the following strategic funding categories:
  • Racial Equity and Inclusion (details below) - The Foundation will award multiple grants of up to $15,000 that focus on racial equity and inclusion. The grant funding should focus on one or more of the following goals:
    • Increase understanding of our community’s challenges with racial equity and race relations
    • Provide access to stories and diverse perspectives on the lived experience of racial inequity in Greater Lowell
    • Strengthen relationships among Greater Lowell residents, particularly across racial and ethnic groups
    •  Increase awareness of resources and best practices related to advancing racial equity
  • Leclair Elder Services - The Foundation will award five grants at $7,000 each to organizations that support services to seniors (55 years+) in our service area.
  • Children’s Services - This year, thanks to the generosity of our donors, GLCF will award seven grants at $7,500 each to projects that support services for children. The Foundation welcomes proposals that improve the quality of life for children and young adults (birth to age 22.)
Grant applications must be submitted by noon on March 3, 2023. Grant recipients will be announced in May. More information is available online at  www.glcfoundation.org.

For more information about the grant process, contact Sharon, GLCF Grants Coordinator with any questions at sharon@glcfoundation.org.

PHOTO: Clarendon Early Education Services received a 2022 Discretionary Children’s Grant to support their Comfort Kits for Foster Kids.

PCA Art Gallery Features an Exhibition of Local Artists

WESTFORD: PCA Art Gallery Features an exhibition of local artists with a Reception on February 5 from noon-2:30pm. Unique collection of paintings and photography by accomplished area artists.  The Artist of the Month Gallery is pleased to welcome six artists, members of the PCA Art Gallery Committee, working in a variety of media including oils, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media and fine art photography. The exhibition runs from January 30 until February 26, with the gallery open each Sunday from noon to 2pm. Call (978) 692-6333 for more information.

Ronald Hubbard is a local Artist from Westford. He has been making Art for over 40 years after receiving a BFA degree from Boston University School of Fine Arts. Ron is very excited to share his current work in which he seeks to examine and learn to see in a deeper way the possibilities and beauty in the everyday spaces and objects.

Rebecca Hurman enjoys developing mixed media and collage compositions using acrylics, paper, and items found in and around her home in Westford. She was recently awarded 2nd place in the 2022 Westford Regional Art Event for her piece “Summer Solstice”.

Jack McCrossan is a Groton photographer best known for his scenic New England images printed on archival silver halide paper. His training includes Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts and Maine Media Workshops & College.

Gretchen Warsen grew up near the coast of Maine. She studied art at Bates College and spent one semester in Rome with the Tyler School of Art. She left a graphic design job to be a mom for several years before becoming a professional artist and now works out of her home studio in Westford.

Alice Phalen--Alice Phalen works in a variety of media but mainly acrylic and watercolor. She  grew up in NYC wandering the various museums and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine art from Hunter College. She focuses her subject interests on the relationship of objects in space and the effects of light —in scenery, still life and portraits.

Thomas Briere is a fine art photographer whose subject interests include discovering artistic forms and simplicity found in landscapes, found objects and still life compositions.
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The Late Risers Perform New Orleans-style Jazz at The Parish Center

WESTFORD: The Late Risers are bringing their New Orleans-style high energy jazz to The Parish Center for the Arts in Westford on January 28 at 7:30pm. The Late Risers perform music of the 1920s-40s and original compositions inspired by this American musical tradition. Whether playing at concert halls, swing dances or while strolling the streets of Boston, the Late Risers elicit smiling faces and dancing feet from their audiences. Tickets are available in advance at pcawestford.org  for $20 general; $17 for PCA members/ seniors; and also available at the door (cash/credit). Doors open at 7pm. There will be candlelit cafe-style seating and attendees are encouraged to BYO snacks/drinks. Free Street Parking available along Lincoln St., at the former fire station parking lot on the right, and across the street in JV Fletcher library parking lot (in rear of library). More info about The Late Risers online at www.thelaterisers.com.

Local Students Named to Dean's List at Fitchburg State

FITCHBURG: Fitchburg State University President Richard S. Lapidus has announced the students who qualified for inclusion on the Dean’s List for the Fall 2022 semester. A student is placed on the Dean’s List for the semester if an average grade of 3.20 or better is attained, and the student is attending the university full time.  Congratulations to:

Acton / Boxborough / Maynard
Catherine Abrams
Yilver A. Aguilera

Zainabu A. Bosungmeh 
Joseph D. Ditavi
Abderrahmane Garchali 

Ryan B. Kidder 
Carl W. Lindberg
Kyle J. Lindfors

Jonah T. Sallese 
Zachary J. St John 
Ayer / Shirley / Groton / Harvard / Devens
Chassity P. Boo 
Kaitlyn M. Bremer 
Jonathan W. Bremer 
Hailey G. Burke 
Savannah D. Caldbeck
Matthew J. Carey 
Andrew T. Esielionis
Emily J. Hanson 
Kayla A. Holland 
Curtis J. Holmes
Kabriana T. Kien 
Ryleigh A. Levensailor 
Brady W. Madigan 
Deven J. Muldoon 
Eli Norton 
Mishayla S. Silver
Megan R. Strout
Mark K. Terhune 
Danielle M. Varner 
Jing Wang
Stephen T. Wells

Chelmsford / North Chelmsford
David E. Kelley 
McKenna G. Moore 
Sara Najm 
Karen A. O'Rourke
Seth E. Rigby

Concord / Carlisle / Bedford
David P. Eisenberg 
Shujiao Liu

Hudson / Stow
Brian K. Boland 
Emily Cristobal 
Molly J. Flanagan
Isaiah French

Emily G. Hallsworth 
Nicholas D. Solimine 
Cameron J. Sousa
Dale A. Sousa 
Courtney M. Walsh

Marlborough / Sudbury
Julia M. Barnes 
Ava E. Hannon 
Kaleigh A. Morales 
Nickolai Voskanian

Westford / Littleton 
Vincent A. Colavita 
Erick K. Gakuo 
Benjamin R. Golash 
Kyanah Long 
Nathan S. Martin 
Edith Masembe 
Adam E. Quinlan 
Alyssa K. Ramirez 
Asha L. Speller 
Benjamin G. Stormwind
Meaghan J. Walsh

Additionally, Fitchburg State University President Richard S. Lapidus has announced the names of students included on the President’s List for the Fall 2022 semester. The President’s List honors students for consistently high academic achievement. A student is named to the list after achieving a 3.75 average in each of three successive semesters.  Congratulations to:

Acton / Boxborough / Maynard
Owen C. Thayer
Chelmsford / North Chelmsford
Alyssa J. Fields
Emily F. Klein 
Sophia A. Piper

Learn more at fitchburgstate.edu.

ParentChild+ Program now Available Locally

ACTON: ParentChild+ is a FREE home visiting program for families with young children to help parents prepare their child for preschool or kindergarten. First Connections recently received a grant to provide this program to families living in Acton, Bedford, Boxboro, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Sudbury and Westford. An Early Learning Specialist will visit your home twice per week with fun and engaging early learning experiences, including a high-quality book or toy that you can keep. Specialists model reading, conversations and play activities designed to promote language development, pre-literacy skills, and school readiness. Children can enter the program when they are 18-36 months old and participate for 46 weeks, excluding summer and holiday breaks. Families who lack transportation or the financial ability to attend playgroups or preschool will be prioritized to receive this service. Families whose children are watched by family members while they work are eligible, but children enrolled in preschool or child care outside of the home would not be eligible. This program has a 40-year track record of supporting early childhood success. Anyone interested in participating in this program can contact First Connections by emailing firstconnections@jri.org or calling/texting Debbie at (978) 505-4429.  
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Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library Book Sale 2/10-12

WESTFORD: The Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library Inc. will be holding a book sale on February 11 from 10am-5pm and February 12 from 2pm-4pm in the meeting room of the J.V. Fletcher Library at 50 Main Street. Sunday’s sale will be a $5 bag sale, purchase a bag at the door for entry. There will be a preview sale for Friends members only on February 10 from 6:30-9pm. Memberships will be available for purchase at the door. Please note that scanners may not be used on Friday but are welcome on Saturday and Sunday. The sale will include thousands of books plus CDs, audio books, blu-ray discs, and DVDs. We accept credit card payments in addition to checks and cash.

The Friends are looking for more books for this sale. Please consider donating your unwanted books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray materials to the Friends for the direct benefit of the library and the community of Westford. These materials can be dropped off at the left-hand door just inside the library’s rear entrance. If the library is closed, just drop your donations in the collection box that is located near the back door of the library. Tax deduction forms are available at the library’s main desk. The Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library appreciates your support. 100% of the proceeds from all book sales directly benefit our library. Approximately 95% of the books offered at these sales are donated by Westford residents.

St. Mark’s Chocolate Festival TO GO! Returns

WESTFORD: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will again sell delicious boxes of homemade chocolate desserts to raise money for local food pantries in a creative take on its long-running Chocolate Festival. Boxes homemade chocolate desserts can be purchased online (www.st-mark.org/chocolate) and then picked up at the church on February 11 from 1-4pm. Only 200 boxes will be available, last year selling out before the Festival, so patrons are encouraged to order early to avoid disappointment.

As usual, local businesses are stepping up to donate prizes for the Chocolate Festival raffle. This year there will be TWO raffles:
  • A premium raffle for $5 per ticket for a chance to win an overnight stay at the Groton Inn with breakfast and a $50 gift certificate to Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton; gift certificates to five local lunch places; and dinner and a movie for your sweetheart – two tickets to O’Neil Cinema in Littleton and a $50 gift card to Burton’s Grill and Bar;
  • A general raffle for $2 per ticket and win one of 25 prizes donated by other local businesses. For a full list (updated daily with new prizes), visit www.st-mark.org/pages/chocolate-festival-raffle-prizes.

Winning tickets will be pulled at 4:30pm on the day of the festival and broadcast on Facebook Live.

All proceeds benefit the Westford Food Pantry, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry at Devens, St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen in Lowell, and St Mark’s building fund, which supports low-cost community use of its facilities. For more information, visit www.st-mark.org/chocolate.St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is located at 75 Cold Spring Road.
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Historical Lecture on World Famous Beryl Mountain

WESTFORD: Jim Pecora, “the Rock Guy” will present a historical lecture on the world-famous Beryl Mountain (South Acworth, NH) on January 15 at 1:30pm at Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road. Suggested program donation $10 per person. For more information, visit https://museum.westford.org/events/visit-with-the-jim-pecora-the-rock-guy

Pecora’s Mica Mine Schoolhouse Museums exhibit on hard rock mining at the Westford Museum ends this month. Learn how and why one mining locality in Southwestern New Hampshire began the “Nuclear Age,” made the first three atomic bombs possible, and decades later initiated the ending of the “Cold War”. It’s an exhibit on the four commercially mined minerals of Southwestern New Hampshire, and the historical items made from these minerals. Tools of the trade donated by “The Thomas Companies,” formerly of Spofford (NH). Carl Thomas was the owner of this mine for decades. His daughter, Lynn Thomas donated her father's mineral collection and tools of the trade to mine hard rocks. Dynamite and blasting tools are on display, historical to modern day.

Jim Pecora, known as "The NH Rock Guy" is Founder of the New England Mineral Museum – a portal to the History, Geology, Gemology, & Lapidary Arts of New England. He is a Mining Historian, Lapidarist and Jeweler. Pecora is the Executive Director of the New England Mineral Museum (NEMM), a New Hampshire Non-Profit. Google “Pecoras Mica Mine Schoolhouse,” the YouTube and traveling road show arm of the Museum that offers a multitude of educational programs to youth and adults alike.

New Phone? New Phone Case?  Recycle Your Old Ones at the TerraCycle Bin

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ACTON/LITTLETON: Did you get a new phone for the holidays, and the old phone case no longer fits?  You can recycle it if you bring it to a TerraCycle collection bin in Littleton or Acton.  There are four: at the Acton and Littleton Donelan’s supermarkets; at the Littleton Reuben Hoar Library, and at the Littleton transfer station.
You may recycle (reasonably empty and dry):
  • Cell phone cases of any brand
  • Personal care and cosmetic containers
  • Oral care product containers & manual toothbrushes (no electric toothbrush heads)
  • Plastic Deodorant containers (no aerosols)
  • Air freshener and cleaning pumps, trigger sprays, cartridges (no aerosols)
  • Old pens, markers, and mechanical pencils
  • Empty ink-jet and toner cartridges
  • And much more – see https://tinyurl.com/littletonmarecycles to find out what other surprising items you can recycle.
Terracycle gives points for each item which translate into cash for non-profits such as 4-H, and the Littleton schools, and library.  Still have questions?  Email littletonma.recycles@gmail.com
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.  For more information about the Action C.R.A.F.T. 4-H Club, please contact Elaine Shirron, 4-H Leader, at (978) 635-0122. 

Westford Lunar New Year Celebration

WESTFORD:  After a short hiatus, Westford Academy is bringing back its annual Lunar New Year Celebration, to be held on January 28, 2023. This event includes a dinner catered from Sichuan Palace, and a traditional Asian show that includes a dragon dance by professional dancers. Tickets:
  • Combo (dinner, show, activities); adults: $25; youth (K-8): $15; WA students: $20; Seniors (65+): $15; children < 6 free.
  • Show and activities only: adults: $15; youth (K-8): $10; WA students: $10; Seniors (65+): $10; children < 6 free.
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Action Holiday BINGO! Wrapping Up Soon

Have you been playing The Action's Winter BINGO! this season?  The game will be wrapping up soon, so be sure to dab your numbers, cross your fingers, and when you find yourself with a row completed horizontally, vertically or diagonally, copy or scan your cards and send them to "contest@actionunlimited.com" or 100-1 Domino Drive, Concord, MA 01742.  One winner will be drawn from all verified submissions.

Revised Westford Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule

WESTFORD: The town is amending its December and January collection schedule for trash and recycling. The weeks of 12/26 to 12/30 and 1/2 to 1/6 will be collected on our regular Monday-Friday collection schedule. There will be no one-day delay either of these weeks for trash and recycling pickups.  Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Reminder: the Town of Westford was notified by the Town of Groton recently that Westford residents are no longer permitted to use the Groton Transfer station.  This nearby option for recycling was especially appreciated by Westford residents who missed a recycling pickup or who live in a complex that does not offer recycling services. The reason is that Groton determined some Westford residents have been using the Groton Transfer Station inappropriately, bringing trash and construction debris increasing the disposal costs to the Town of Groton.  Policing Westford residents to ensure we bring only recycling would also be additional cost burden Groton (as it would require additional staffing); therefore, the decision was made by the town of Groton to revoke Westford residents' access to their Transfer Station.
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Parker School Opens 2023-24 Enrollment Season

DEVENS: Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School announced the enrollment season for the 2023-2024 academic year is now open. Parker is a free public charter school open by lottery to students entering grades 7, 8 and 9. Applications can be submitted online at www.parker.school/apply until February 1, 2023. The lottery will be held on February 7, 2023 at 4pm. All application, lottery, and enrollment regulations, as outlined in the enrollment policy will be followed.

In addition, Parker has limited openings in grades 7 and 9 for mid-year entry during the current (2022-23) school year. There are no openings in grade 8 for the 2022-23 school year at this time. Applications for the current school year can be submitted online and will be accepted until January 4, 2023. If more applications are received than there are available spaces, a lottery will be drawn on January 12, 2023 at 4pm. Enrollment offers will be made with an intended start date of the first day of second semester (January 24, 2023).

Parker Charter School educates 400 students in grades 7-12 from more than 40 towns in Massachusetts. Founded in 1995, Parker is committed to the principles of progressive education—inclusive community, low student-teacher ratio, project-based learning, and promotion based on mastery of core intellectual skills. Learn more at www.theparkerschool.org. Sign up for an information session at www.parker.school/infosession.