Friday, August 24, 2012
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Christine McMenimen may have graduated with the Class of 1984. But she didn't leave Wilmington Public Schools for long. McMenimen was an active member of her graduating class, and is now the principal at Wilmington Middle School. During her high school career, McMenimen was a four-year member of the Wildcat softball team, and a captain of the girls volleyball team during her senior year. In addition, the student nicknamed "Mick" was a member of the yearbook staff, student council and prom committee among other activities. Do you have a recongizable Wilmington High School graduate that you'd like to see featured on Flashback Friday? E-mail Local Editor Matt Schooley with their name and year of graduation.
Friday, August 17, 2012
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Jim Stewart may have graduated from Wilmington High School, but he's never really left it. Wilmington's Town Moderator was a member of the Class of 1977, and now every year he returns to the school's gymnasium to keep order at Annual Town Meeting. During his time at the school, the man known as "Stew" was a four-year member of the Wildcat football, basketball and baseball teams. Stewart served as a captin of the basketball team during his junior and senior years. Do you have a recognizable Wilmington graduate that you'd like to see featured in our Flashback Friday column? E-mail Local Editor Matt Schooley with their name and year of graduation and they could be our next selection.
Friday, July 27, 2012
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He accomplished something not many Wilmington High School graduates have. But before he was a professional athlete, Jason Bere was a member of the Wildcat baseball team and a graduate of the Class of 1989. Following his career in Wilmington, Bere went on to pitch at Middlesex Community College before he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 36th round of the 1990 amateur draft, according to Baseball Reference. Though his career Earned Run Average (ERA) wasn't exactly sparkling, Bere did find a home in the big leagues for more than a decade. In 11 seasons, the Wilmington graduate put together an ERA of 5.14 along with a winning record of 71-65. Bere took the league by storm in his first two seasons. He was second in the Rookie of the …
Friday, July 13, 2012
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When he was a senior at Wilmington High School, Joe Martiniello wrote in his yearbook quote that his goal in the future was to "make a difference in the world." With several Relay for Life events in the books and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised to help fight cancer, it's safe to say this member of the Class of 1995 has accomplished that goal. Martiniello is the event chairman for Wilmington's Relay for Life, but 17 years ago he was a cross country runner, a track athlete and a Wilmington High School graduating senior. In addition to his participation in sports, Martiniello was a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Peer Leadership, Prom Committee and more. Do you have a recognizable member of the Wilmington community …
Friday, July 6, 2012
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When he graduated in 1977, Rocco "Chuck" DePasquale had pizza on the brain. It's only fitting since he puts it on the plates of Wilmington residents on a daily basis. DePasquale is the owner of Rocco's Restaurant and Bar, which has been in the family since 1940. When he graduated from Wilmington High School 35 years ago, he listed his nickname as "Pizza Man." In addition, DePasquale said his challenge was to make the biggest pizza. Among the activities DePasquale participated in during his time was a Wildcat were baseball and the Patron's Drive. Though he's currently known for his traditional Italian food, DePasquale is also a staple in the Wilmington community as he regularly donates to local organizations. If you have someone who you'd …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Before he was an active member of the Wilmington community, he was a captain of the Wildcats boys soccer team.
He's a comedian, an emcee, a Rotarian and more. But more than two decades ago, Steve Bjork was captain of the Wilmington High School boys soccer team and a member of the Class of 1986. Today you can find Bjork bringing laughter at events like the roast of retiring Police Lt. Chris Neville and the annual Good Guy Award. He's also an active member of the Rotary Club, helping lead the Rotary Interact program. Flash back to 1986, and you could find Bjork on the Wilmington basketball team and playing goaltender on the soccer field. In addition, Bjork listed family, prom, and Aerosmith as the things he would remember about high school. It's safe to say that 26 years ago, there's no way Bjork would have predicted that Steven Tyler would still be …
Friday, June 22, 2012
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Long before she was a member of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen, Judy O'Connell was one of the more active members of the Class of 1991. O'Connell was the captain of the Wilmington High School field hockey team in addition to her roles on the basketball and softball teams. She was also a member of the Medical Careers Club. During her senior season, O'Connell led the field hockey team to a 7-4-5 record and a berth in the state tournament, where Manchester eliminated the locals. The senior's efforts on the field didn't go unnoticed. O'Connell was named to the All-Conference team, was chosen as the Player of the Year for the Merrimack Valley Conference and was selected to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic field hockey team. During the senior …
Friday, June 8, 2012
This active member of the Wilmington community was on the color guard, cross country team and more.
Before he was a Lieutenant in the Wilmington Police Department, and before he left that post for retirement earlier this year, Chris Neville was a member of the cross country team, a color guard participant and a Wilmington High School graduate. Neville graduated in 1970, and participated in a variety of school activities during his four years at the school. Though he now focuses on his involvement with Rotary Interact and other community endeavours, back then he was simply interested in the challenge of "trying to be the first in the lunch line."
Friday, May 25, 2012
For our latest Flashback Friday, we take a trip 51 years into the past.
If you've ever been to a Wilmington High School sporting event, you've probably seen Jack Cushing standing on the sidelines, rooting for the Wildcats. It's the same place you could find him some 51 years ago. Cushing is a graduate of the Class of 1961, where he was on the hockey team, on Prom Committee, and the co-editor of photography for the yearbook staff. The year of Cushing's graduation wasn't a great one for the Wilmington football team, which went 2-6-1. Despite a down season, the Wildcats did, however, topple Tewksbury by a 14-6 margin. During 1961, Ernest Crispo was in charge of many decisions involving Wilmington Public Schools as the School Committee chairman. He was joined by vice chairman George G. Robertie and members Arthur …
Friday, May 18, 2012
We introduce our new weekly feature where we give you a blast from the past looking at throwback photos of Wilmington residents.
Even before he was Wilmington's Town Manager, Michael Caira was a Town Manager. The photographs above are of Caira from the 1967 Wilmington High School yearbook, his senior year. In 1967, the Wildcats football team was 5-2-2 and toppled rival Tewksbury by a 22-0 margin. Dave Boeri was the president of the senior class. And a young man named Mike Caira was on the yearbook staff, served as announcer for basketball games, and was Town Manager during the school's Student Government Day. Caira didn't quite achieve the ambitions he listed with his senior photo, though it probably worked out as a good thing for the Town of Wilmington. The current Town Manager wrote in his yearbook that he wanted to some day become the Commissioner of Baseball …