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Tree Lighting Approved, Community Fund Discussed at Monday Meeting

Wilmington's Board of Selectmen held a short meeting on Monday night and discussed a variety of agenda items.

Though Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting was brief, board members touched on several important topics during the session.

Fourth of July Committee chairman Scott Garrant asked for and received permission to use Town Common for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1.

The annual event will include hayrides, carolers, cookies and hot chocolate from 4-6 p.m. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. to commence the lighting of the trees, and he will move inside the 4th of July Building to meet residents afterwards.

As always, the Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual ice sculpture and the Wilmington Fire Department will collect toys for area children.

“This is exactly what the Town Common is for,” said selectman Mike Champoux. “It’s always a pleasure when I see Scott Garrant coming in to meet with the board because it means another exciting event is coming up.”

Dianna DiGregorio was also in front of selectmen as she updated board members and residents about the available programs through the Wilmington Community Fund. 

Food Pantry organizers recently reached out to the community due to a shortage on items. According to DiGregorio, the response was overwhelming as the shelves were stocked thanks to donors around town.

The important thing to remember, according to DiGregorio, is that donations are always needed year round to assure that the shelves remain full.

“Every time the pantry is open, we have more and more people signing up. It’s sad,” said DiGregorio. “The Wilmington Community Fund appreciates anything people can give us. It will help us address the needs that we have to address.”

Selectmen praised DiGregorio for the Community Fund’s efforts.

“It’s volunteerism at its best here in town,” said Mike McCoy.

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