Sometimes history happens quickly and, as we close out the year 2011, it seems like a great time to look at what has changed here in Wilmington during the past twelve months alone.
Sadly, Wilmington suffered several high profile losses during the year 2011. In February, local while walking near the intersection of Main Street and Glen Road.
During the summer residents who passed away while serving his country at a military base in Alaska. He was buried with a full military funeral in July.
In August Middle School teacher . His death left students and teachers at the school both saddened and shocked.
Most recently, and, he too, was .
Not all of the year, however, was filled with tragedy. Wilmington has also had its share of triumph during 2011. For the second year in a row, .
In addition, Wilmington residents helped the town to earn both the Liberty Mutual “” as well as their “” for two years running.
If you stop by it’s hard to miss the granite replica of the Stanley Cup that was erected in October. Ristuccia Arena serves as the practice rink for the and the statue is a reminder of their historic Stanley Cup win in 2011.
For Wilmington’s restaurant fans, December 21 marked a big day as . For months resident were busy speculating what was going to open at the end of the plaza and most were thrilled to see the Panera Bread sign go up.
On Saturday, December 10, during a special town meeting, the hope to begin as an overwhelming majority approved the plan to begin construction. The new school is expected to open in the fall of 2014.
At that same meeting Town Manager Michael Caira told Patch that he plans to retire in the fall of 2012. He also pointed out that, even in retirement, he will remain an active member of the Wilmington community.
As 2011 winds to a close it’s easy to look around and see what a difference a short 12 months makes around town.