5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Festival of Trees Lead Organizer Becky McGrath

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Becky McGrath, lead organizer of We’re One Wilmington’s Festival of Trees, for five quick questions.What’s it like planning one of Wilmington’s most popular community events?“I have a lot of help; it’s certainly not just me. I’ve got an awesome team of 12 volunteers. For example, Karin Bloom takes care of the bake sale. Tammy McElligott handles all the decorating. Nathalie Hayduk takes care of all the entertainment. Jomarie O’Mahoney and Catherine Maiella take care of our Member Social. Jen Bolanos and Pam Almedia tag all the ornaments on the Angel Tree. And we have other team members as well helping out wherever they can. Planning starts in the summer. It’s hours and hours of work put in by tons of people. But it’s really a pleasure. They’re all amazing people to work with. We work really well together.”Are there any changes to this year’s Festival of Trees compared to years past?“Yes, the biggest change this year is we opened a day early, although not to the general public. The event is getting more and more crowded each year. We wanted to make it a more comfortable atmosphere for folks who might be older or need room for wheelchairs and walkers. We invited the Senior Center to come out on Friday morning. A couple of groups from Windsor Place are coming on Friday afternoon. The teachers and staff of Wilmington Public Schools have also been invited to come on Friday after school. Lots of the teachers don’t live in Wilmington, so they may not want to make the drive back to town on the weekend. There’s a lot of trees this year decorated by schools and student groups.”How many donations are you anticipating this year?“We’re estimating 118 donations, which includes 60-70 tall trees. It’s definitely a record year for donations. I think we’re reaching the maximum allowed for the venue. When you visit this weekend, just think of all the people — hundreds of community members — who put their heart and soul into these trees. We’re so grateful to the community.”How many people attend Festival of Trees each year? Will the event ever outgrow Villanova Hall?“Based on raffle ticket sales, we suspect about 2,000 people come through during the weekend. We really like where we are. The location keeps it feeling like a nice a community event. It’s so close to the Common. It’s really convenient for all the other activities going on, including the Town Tree Lighting on Saturday night and the Sons of Italy’s Breakfast with Santa on Sunday morning at the Knights of Columbus. It really is just the perfect spot. I think we’ll stay here, we just might have to cap the number of donations at 120, our magic number.”How much does the Festival of Trees raise each year? Where do the funds go?“Each year it climbs. The amount raised almost doubles each year, which is pretty amazing. Last year, after expenses, we cleared $50,000. And that’s without charging any admission fee — that’s raffle sales and bake sales.The event’s proceeds allows We’re One Wilmington to do so many things. We recently made a $2,000 sponsorship to the Elderly Services Department’s new Memory Cafe. We sponsored the “Revive Civility” program at the Wilmington Memorial Library.  We purchase holiday gifts requested by Wilmington families. We’re supporting 21 families this year. We paid over $3,000 in utility bills for people in emergency financial need. We have care packages we send out to residents who are struggling financially or emotionally. We hand out $8,500 in scholarships annually. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”BONUS QUESTION: Which is your favorite tree this year?“I have to admit, the cupcake tree is my favorite. It’s so adorable.”Becky McGrath (bottom left) and some of her team of organizers.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWe’re One Wilmington Still Looking For Donations For Festival Of TreesIn “Community”We’re One Wilmington Still Looking For More Trees For Festival Of Trees, Announces More Event DetailsIn “Community”PHOTOS: Becky McGrath Named 2017 Wilmington Good GuyIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR OMahony Brings People Together Always Helping Others With

first_imgDear Editor,I’m writing in support of Jomarie O’Mahony for Selectmen.I’ve known Jomarie for many years and have always be amazed at how she has been able to balance her family life, work schedule and volunteerism to the people of Wilmington.Whether she’s taking her children to a sporting event or to other activities in town, she’s always there with a smile.Many of you know Jomarie as a strong supporter of helping those who need assistance.Jomarie has always been very active in programs to help others and does it with a smile and knowledge that with others she can help and make a difference.She supports our education system, sports and arts programs.She supports after school programs for the children of Wilmington.She is a supporter of our Police, Fire and all Departments.She wants to keep Wilmington’s small town feel.She understands the issues facing Wilmington and is willing to give her time, energy and knowledge to making Wilmington a better place to live and work.She will work with our State delegation on the Rt 38 corridor, Fire substation, school, the MBTA issue or any project in our town.She will work with the residents of Wilmington to find solutions to issues, whether it’s a Fire Substation, School, Housing for our seniors or Veterans or a pothole she will be at forefront.Most importantly, Jomarie will bring civility to the Board of Selectmen.It’s time to elect a person that bring groups together and not separate them and that person is Jomarie O’Mahony. I strongly ask you to Vote for Jomarie O’Mahony for Selectmen.Sincerely,Gary DePalmaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Letter Of Support For Jomarie O’Mahony From The Person Who Knows Her BestIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”LETTER FOR THE EDITOR: Jomarie O’Mahony Will Be An Independent Voice Of Reason For WilmingtonIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

PM orders police to settle cases fast

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses senior police officers on the occasion of the Police Week -2019 at the Prime Minister’s Office Tuesday morning. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday put emphasis on building a more ‘people-friendly’ police force instructing the authorities concerned to dispose of police cases properly and on time to ensure quick justice.“Being imbued with patriotism, you’ll have to work becoming more people- friendly policemen and creating confidence and trust among the people,” she said while addressing senior police officers at the Prime Minister’s Office Tuesday morning on the occasion of the Police Week -2019.The prime minister said it is fact that the police cases are not finished on time and there is lacking of those who conduct cases.“So you’ll have to play a special role in monitoring this properly and completing the cases speedily … you should also have a team to look into the fate of the cases,” she added.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, inspector general of police Mohammad Jabed Patwary, secretary of the public security division of home ministry Mostafa Kamal Uddin and additional IGP (admin) Mokhlesur Rahman addressed the function.Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, deputy inspector general (DIG-highway) Atikul Islam, additional police commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Monirul Islam, deputy police commissioner of Tejgaon Zone Biplab Kumar Sarkar and Rajbari superintendent of police Asma Siddika Mily also spoke.The prime minister said the police cases remain pending in the courts years after years which need engagement of government officials along with the lawyers.“So, I think there should have a separate arrangement to look into these issues,” she said.Terming terrorism and militancy as a worldwide problem, the prime minister said her government has been able to control the twin monsters.“But we will have to continue our drive against militancy and terrorism and we should have a strategy to thwart any possible militant attack promptly side by side increasing intelligence surveillance and training,” she said.While talking about the framing of the Digital Security Act, the prime minister said many people are speaking against the law. “But the reality is that the law has been enacted to ensure security of the innocent and common people and protect their human rights,” she said.“The law has been enacted to save the life and property of the people alongside protecting their rights,” she added.The prime minister said the law is helping the police in investigation and filing the cases as well as identifying and arresting the criminals involved in cyber crimes.She praised the role of the police force in rooting out terrorism, militancy and drugs and vowed to continue the government’s fight against corruption side by side combating terrorism and militancy“Graft impedes the economic development of the country while drugs destroy a society and country … from the abuse of drug, hijacking and theft take place and even the children kill parents for it,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also laid stress on increasing the members of the specialised police force to guard mega projects. “We’re implementing many mega projects like the Padma Bridge. So, we need more members of specialised police force to guard the schemes,” she said.The prime minister also laid importance on proper training of the police and said her government is setting up 100 special economic zones where specialised Industrial Police will be deployed.She stressed the need for imparting specialised training to other specialised police units like River Police, Airport Police and Tourism Police alongside Industrial Police.Sheikh Hasina said members of the police will have to move with immediate action taking into account the nature of the activities of the criminals. That specialised training must be imparted to make them capable of facing any situation fast, she added.In this context, she said necessary steps will be taken to establish a specialised training institute for the police to create facilities for their specialised training.The premier mentioned that the police are giving more labour to maintain a peaceful environment in the country for economic development.“We’ve been able to take the country forward economically as you have given that labour with efficiency and for it I would like to thank you,” she said.The prime minister called upon the police to work with dedication and utmost sincerity for turning Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country.“Our journey has not yet ended, we’ve to go a long way,” she said.About increasing manpower of the police, she said more manpower will be added to various units of the police so that the people can get their desired services.On various demands of the police, Sheikh Hasina directed the authorities concerned to look into the issue of giving posting of the police personnel in different embassies and missions of Bangladesh abroad.The prime minister expressed her determination to build a middle income country in the golden jubilee year of independence and a developed and prosperous one by the year 2041.last_img read more

US Ambassador To Panama Resigns Saying He Cant Serve Trump

first_img Share Arnulfo Franco/APJohn Feeley, soon after his appointment as ambassador to Panama in February 2016. The career diplomat has now announced his resignation.John Feeley, the U.S. ambassador to Panama, is stepping down from his post, citing irreconcilable differences with the Trump administration, Reuters reports.Feeley’s resignation, widely reported on Friday, is not a response to President Trump’s remarks Thursday at a noon meeting about immigration. Sources tell NPR that at that meeting, Trump referred to African nations as “shithole countries” and questioned why the U.S. admits immigrants from Haiti. Trump denies reports about his remarks, which have prompted uproar around the world.However, the ambassador to Panama had tendered his resignation by Thursday morning, before the meeting occurred, a State Department official tells NPR’s Michele Kelemen.Feeley, a career diplomat, informed the White House, the State Department and the Panamanian government “of his decision to retire for personal reasons, as of March 9 of this year,” the State Department says.Steve Goldstein, the undersecretary for diplomacy, told Michele that all ambassadors and other diplomats have the right to be in the job they chose and that it is up to them if they leave for moral reasons, or any other reason.Reuters has more detail on Feeley’s stated explanation of his resignation:“Feeley, one of the department’s Latin America specialists and among its [most senior] officers, made clear that he had come to a place where he no longer felt able to serve under Trump.” ‘As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies,’ Feeley said, according to an excerpt of a resignation letter read to Reuters on Friday.” ‘My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come.’ “Editor’s note: NPR has decided in this case to spell out the vulgar word that the president reportedly used because it meets our standard for use of offensive language. It is “absolutely integral to the meaning and spirit of the story being told.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more