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WPS BILLBOARD              March 29, 2017       


NOTIFICATIONS
Superintendent Olsen provides biweekly school system updates via WestfordCAT.  You may access his updates at Westford School System Update.

NEW POSTINGS
WESTFORD’S HOMETOWN HERO!  2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games - The past few weeks have been a very special time for an important member of the Westford Community. Westford Academy graduate Christopher O’Neil, Class of 2008, has just concluded representing the United States in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.  Chris’ hard work paid off, earning him a bronze medal in the Advanced Super-G slalom skiing event.
Chris has always been an uplifting and supportive member of our community from managing the Westford Academy basketball and football teams, to his work at Lowell General Hospital. Friends and family will be hosting a “Hometown Hero Celebration” for Chris on the evening of April 7th, from 7:00 and 11:00, at the Nabnasset Lake Country Club. The event is a potluck gathering and a cash bar.  All are welcome to join in the celebration and recognition of Chris O’Neil, Westford’s Hometown Hero!

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Please Join the Westford Health Department and Aunties Sweet Shop as we present "Westfest" Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Abbot Elementary School. The Health & Wellness Fair runs between 11:00 am-3:00 pm and Food Truck Festival 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Great family activities and food!  Over 40 vendors and educational booths with numerous topics and many free Screenings including: Blood Pressures, Body Mass Index, Hearing Screening, Pediatric Dental Screening, Concussion Education and Testing, Elder Services, Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Prevention Information, Cooking Demonstrations by Whole Foods, Kids Activities: BounceHouse, DunkTank, Touch A Truck, Raffle Prizes and Give-A-Ways and Much More. Walk-In-No Appointments needed. Sponsored by Circle Health, Emerson Hospital, Dunk Tank sponsored by Goldfish SwimSchool with the chance to dunk Scott Middlemiss, assistant principal of Nabnasset and Abbot schools; a Touch a Truck event provided by the Westford Police and Fire departments; a DJ generously sponsored by Bullwinkel & Brooks, LLC.  The St. Martin Team at LAER Realty Partners will be back with their LAER Lion bounce house. And Gary Lavelle of CSA Graphics will have his T-shirt cannon on-site to launch WESTFEST tees into the crowd. Proceeds from children's activities will benefit local community organizations and non-profits.

REMINDERS
Please Support WESTFORD TROOP 95’s 2nd Annual Electronics Recycling Fundraiser! Ready for Spring Cleaning? Clean out your house and support Westford Troop 95’s 2nd Annual Electronics Recycling Fundraiser!  Our event will be held April 1st from 10am to 1pm at the Miller School.  Proceeds benefit Troop 95 and will support our High Adventure trip to China!  Please see our website for items accepted and nominal fees charged: http://www.westfordtroop95.com/

FLETCHER LIBRARY
Pet a Bunny: Meet and Greet with the 4H Rabbit and Cavy Club: Wednesday, April 5 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The 4H Club members will be in the Meeting room to answer your questions and you will have the opportunity to meet some very nice bunnies and guinea pigs. Free Drop-In! Free drop-in for all ages.
Lego® Club: Saturday, April 15, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Come create something fun with Library Legos®. All creations will be displayed in the library until the next time we meet. Free drop-in for ages 5 and up.
Captain America: Wednesday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. From the Marvel.com website: “In World War II patriotic solider Steve Rogers became the living symbol of freedom, Captain America. Left for dead while frozen in ice, the star-spangled hero with an indestructible shield awoke years later to continue his never-ending battle for liberty.” Captain America will read a story, answer any and all questions, and pose for photos. Youth Services staff will provide some fun superhero crafts too.

WESTFORD EDUCATION FOUNDATION -
Share A Story, Save A Life - Westford resident Mary Lovely is a survivor. She and her cousin, Laura Perry, were both sexually abused by the same predatory family member. Together, they created Say It, Survivor, an organization dedicated to helping others deal with the aftermath of abuse and reclaim their lives. On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Mary and Laura will present Sexual Abuse Prevention: Educated Parents, Empowered Kids, at 7:00 p.m. in the Stony Brook Middle School auditorium. In this powerful presentation, they share their stories, they say, shamelessly. Their candor and compassion have helped countless people heal and empower themselves. Parents and anyone who works with children are encouraged to come and educate themselves in order to protect the young people in their lives. The event, hosted by the Westford Parent Connection, is free and open to the public, due to the generosity of our sponsors. This presentation was originally scheduled to take place in February, but was postponed due to inclement weather. For more information about Mary and Laura’s organization, go to http://www.sayitsurvivor.com/. For details about the Westford Parent Connection, check out http://www.westford.org/wpc/ or contact Mary Anne Seraphin at mary.anne.seraphin@gmail.com.
Could Your Teen Be A Victim Of Dating Violence? Approximately 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the US were intentionally hit or otherwise physically harmed in the last year by someone they were romantically involved with. Only one third of teens who were involved in an abusive relationship confided in someone about the violence. Too many kids who have been hurt do not seek help.
Remote Control is a highly interactive performance that addresses the issues associated with relationship violence and bystander intervention. Remote Control explores the relationship between three characters: Josh and Amy, who are dating, and their male friend Darryl, who becomes an involved bystander. Using an imaginary remote control device. Darryl – as the narrator – stops, rewinds, and replays various scenarios while the actors incorporate the audience’s observations and suggestions into the action of the play. Remote Control encourages bystander intervention and shows how bystanders and friends can play an important role in preventing abuse.
Through a grant from the Westford Education Foundation, all eighth graders at Blanchard and Stony Brook Middle Schools will see a performance of Remote Control during the school day. Stony Brook’s performance will take place April 5, and Blanchard’s will happen on April 11. In addition, the Westford Parent Connection will host a parent presentation on Wednesday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Stony Brook. This event is free and open to the public and is appropriate for parents, guardians, and teachers. The performance and post-performance discussion will focus on how to do the following:
Define and identify the different types of abuse
Recognize the early warning signs of an abusive relationship
Learn how to help someone in an abusive relationship
Understand the importance of the role of the bystander
Identify local resources and reporting options
Remote Control is a production of Deana’s Educational Theater (DET), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. DET was founded in 1994 by the family and friends of Deana Brisbois, a victim of dating violence. For more information about the program, go to http://www.deanaseducationaltheater.org/. Both the Westford Education Foundation and the Westford Parent Connection are independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, as well. Check out http://wefweb.org/ and http://www.westford.org/wpc/ for more details. For all other questions, contact Mary Anne Seraphin at mary.anne.seraphin@gmail.com.

FAME’s 18th Annual Dinner Dance will feature new musical repertoire at a new location! Friends Advancing Music Education is happy to announce that it will host the 18th Annual Dinner Dance at the Fellowship Hall in The First Parish Church United (FCPU) on Friday, April 7 between 6-10 PM. Our fundraiser will feature Westford Academy’s Jazz Bands, String Troubadour Ensemble, Members of the Honors Choir and the Westford Chamber Music Ensemble. Tickets are $55/person and $440 for a table of eight, and will be available until April 3, 2017. The evening’s dinner will be catered by Coleman's Catering from Groton and will include a delicious 3-course menu, along with a cash bar with beer and wine. FAME is also sponsoring a Raffle for an Apple Watch Series 2 (a $300 value) and Apple TV ($100 value). Both, Dinner Dance and Raffle tickets may be purchased at http://westford.org/fame/dinner_dance_2017.html. There will be additional drawings for prizes generously donated by local restaurants and businesses. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the WPS music program, Senior Scholarships & Music Camp Scholarships for WPS students.

WESTFORD FAMILY FUNFEST - Westford Breakfast with the Spring Bunny - Mark your calendar for Breakfast with Spring Bunny on Saturday, April 8 from 8 to 11:30 AM at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Rd. Families order from the breakfast menu (at your cost) and a percentage will support the Westford Family FunFest Charities. As part of the morning activities children will be able to enjoy a small craft area sponsored by the Westford Girl Scouts/Circle Health/Whole Foods of Westford (small cost); and the Easter Bunny will be available for FREE pictures with your camera in the lobby and treat for each child. Call Westford Regency at 978 692-8200 ext. 520 for reservations and leave a message with the number of reservations, name and phone number. Westford Regency will confirm your reservation via a phone call. Visit here for more details. Coloring page donated by LAER Reality. The Westford Family FunFest Events are sponsored by the Westford Regency Inn, Circle Health/ Lowell General Hospital, Whole Foods of Westford, Enterprise Bank of Westford, and Emerson Hospital.  The Westford FunFest and sponsors supports: WASA (Westford Against Substance Abuse), Roudenbush Community Center, Westford Historical Society, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, The Westford Fund, Cameron Senior Center and others throughout the year.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION IN WESTFORD - You are cordially invited to the Earth Day Celebration at the J V Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street, Saturday, April 22, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines, Vice-Provost, Professor of Radiology and Nursing, University of Massachusetts Medical School, will give the keynote address on "It takes a village ... To save the earth!" The celebration will include music, environmental project presentations, global essay contest award ceremony, and an interactive activity. It is a family event. Receive a spring gift! Free. For information: 978-692-1658 or info@sealoearth.org.

ARE YOU READY TO RUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE? The 18th Annual Westford Road Race is coming! Hundreds of runners from all over the region will come together at the Abbot School to participate in the Family Fun Run or the 5K or 10K races on Sunday, May 7. The Family Fun Run starts at 2:00 p.m., the 5K starts at 2:20 p.m., and the 10K starts at 2:25 p.m. Want to join us? Go to www.westford.org/roadrace for registration information. The first 600 pre-registered participants will receive race t-shirts. Registration fees are $15 per person for the Fun Run, $25 per person for the 5K, and $30 per person for the10K, if you register before April 21. After April 21, the cost of the 5K is $30 and the 10K is $35. The event is organized by the Westford Charitable Foundation, Inc., which has given more than $275,000 back to the community. Want to make a tax-deductible donation? Go to www.active.com/donate/twcf for details. This is a fun community event you will not want to miss.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD THIS SUMMER - Summer vacation that special time of the year for all children, will be here soon. Thanks to the many families living in the Westford area, children living in New York City experience 1 to 2 weeks in our area through the Fresh Air Fund. We are currently seeking new host families to open their hearts and their homes.
This program allows youngsters, ages 7-12, from NYC to experience the simple summer pleasures like swimming in a pool, running through newly cut grass and building sand castles at the beach. A Fresh Air host parent explains why her family chose to participate, "It's a way to give back, meet someone from a different background and an opportunity to create a friendship that may last a lifetime. Last year our summer friend swam in a pool for the very first time and ate her first blueberry. It was a gift of summer fun. We can't wait to see her again this summer!" For more information on becoming a host family, please contact our local volunteer: Allison Bernstein at allisonbernstein@yahoo.com or 978-846-0404. You can also learn more about the Fresh Air Fund by visiting www.freshair.org.

WESTFORD SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM -  The Westford Summer Music program is now accepting registrations for instrumental and choral music students entering grades 5 through 9. Band, chorus, and orchestra ensembles will rehearse daily from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook School on July 10th through July 14th .  During the week, the students will prepare new music and give a free performance on Friday, July 14th at 11 a.m.
Summer Band directed by Ms. Vicki Garino, Blanchard and Stony Brook band director
Summer Chorus directed by Mrs. Karen St. George, WA vocal director
Summer Orchestra directed by Mr. Todd Hamelin, Abbot and Day Schools string director
For more information and registration please visit http://www.westfordk12.us/summermusic. For questions, please contact:
Julie Ottesen at jottesen@westfordk12.us.Applications for plots in the

WESTFORD COMMUNITY GARDEN for the 2017 growing season are now available on the town’s website. The fee for a 15’x15’ plot is $25; $50 for a 30’x15’; or $100 for a 30’ x 30’ plot. New this year, an expanded perennial section of the garden will be available, with 30’ x 30’ plots that will remain untilled between growing seasons to accommodate such food crops as strawberries, blueberries, and asparagus, as well as non-invasive perennial flowers and herbs. Fee includes tilling, soil amendments, water, fencing to deter wildlife and advice. The field is located at the intersection of Graniteville Road and Coldspring Road. Westford Community Gardens is a resident-driven program established by the Westford Agricultural Commission. Application available for download at: https://westfordma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3854


WESTFORD HEALTH DEPARTMENT
WELL CHILD CLINICS  Immunizations and physical examination offered to those from infancy to school entry ages. Included in the exam are vision, hearing, blood pressure, and urine.  Lead screening done when appropriate.  Physicals offered by Pediatrics West. Not for Westford pediatric patients.  Not for sick children.  Appointments are required 1 week prior to date; please call 978 692-5509 to schedule.
Dates:  April 11, 2017  
Times:  4:30pm-5:30pm
Location:  Pediatrics West
Fee:  $5.00

National Drug Take Back Day, sponsored in town by the Westford Police Department and Health Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency, Officials say this is a great time to clean out medicine cabinets and get rid of expired prescription and over the counter medications kept in the home. The Health Department will also accept, from Westford residents only, sharp items including used syringes, needles, and lancets. Officials ask you to be sure all these items are brought in puncture proof containers, like detergent bottles or coffee cans. Medications can also be brought over in their original containers, with identifying information removed, or in a zip-lock bags.
Date:       Saturday, April 29
Time:      10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Westford Police Department, in the lobby

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Please Join the Westford Health Department and Aunties Sweet Shop as we present "Westfest" Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Abbot Elementary School. The Health & Wellness Fair runs between 11:00 am-3:00 pm and Food Truck Festival 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Great family activities and food!  Over 40 vendors and educational booths with numerous topics and many free Screenings including: Blood Pressures, Body Mass Index, Hearing Screening, Pediatric Dental Screening, Concussion Education and Testing, Elder Services, Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Prevention Information, Cooking Demonstrations by Whole Foods, Kids Activities: BounceHouse, DunkTank, Touch A Truck, Raffle Prizes and Give-A-Ways and Much More. Walk-In-No Appointments needed. Sponsored by Circle Health, Emerson Hospital, Dunk Tank sponsored by Goldfish SwimSchool with the chance to dunk Scott Middlemiss, assistant principal of Nabnasset and Abbot schools; a Touch a Truck event provided by the Westford Police and Fire departments; a DJ generously sponsored by Bullwinkel & Brooks, LLC.  The St. Martin Team at LAER Realty Partners will be back with their LAER Lion bounce house. And Gary Lavelle of CSA Graphics will have his T-shirt cannon on-site to launch WESTFEST tees into the crowd. Proceeds from children's activities will benefit local community organizations and non-profits.

CAMP PHYSICALS will be offered via the Health Department by the staff at Pediatrics West, 133 Littleton Rd., on May 23, 2017, from 5-6 p.m. These physicals are to assist families with getting the required physicals specifically for summer camps; this does not meet school needed sports physicals. Appointments necessary, call 692-5509 to schedule. Fee is $5.