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The Second Annual Heart of Billerica Awards Last year, we gave out ten awards, honoring remarkable unsung heroes. Help us recognize those with heart once more. Do you know someone like this? Someone who truly has heart? A neighbor? A student? A mentor? Who do you know that enriches our lives just by living theirs? We Want to Know! Here’s how to tell us: Please describe in 200 words or less how this person demonstrates true heart. They should be a citizen or someone who works in Billerica doing something for Billerica. Although you can’t nominate yourself, you can nominate someone else. Adults can nominate children and children can nominate adults. Parents can’t nominate their own children. No public figures, political leaders, etc. will be considered.
Mail nominations to The Billerica Green, PO Box 492, Billerica, MA 01821, or email an attached text document to email@example.com. Nominations must be received by midnight August 10, 2011. All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee. Recipients will be chosen, notified and announced in the August edition. Their stories will be published in the September edition. An awards ceremony will be held in early September to celebrate those with heart. Location to be announced. Inquiries can be sent to the email address above or by calling The Billerica Green at 978-808-2361.
A publication of The Billerica Green, LLC PO Box 492, Billerica, MA 01821 www.thebillericagreen.com © 2011, The Billerica Green unless otherwise specified. All Rights Reserved. Publisher and Managing Editor Liana Measmer For news, columns, letters, or submissions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-808-2361 Subscriptions Non-Billerica Residents: 12 issues, $25 email mailing address to: email@example.com or mail with check payable to The Billerica Green The Billerica Green, PO Box 492, Billerica, MA 01821 Drop off locations For a complete list of drop-off locations: www.thebillericagreen.com Back Issues $3 each, available at Colleen Sgroi Art Gallery and Classes, 12 Andover Road, Billerica and The Billerica Green Offices, 880 Boston Road, Suite 6A, Billerica. Call for hours of availability. Cover Photo by Gail and George Lucozzi, ASA Photographic www.asaphotographic.com Art Direction Jeff Surette, Surette Creative
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12 Fall Youth Football Preview Pop Warner and Junior High offer football for all
16 Sunny Adventures Sweet treats and cool hangouts mean summer is still here
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From the Publisher’s Desk Positive News Sells
I was sitting in a restaurant recently which boasts TV’s in every corner. I looked up to see the daily news flashing across the screen. Every place in the world the anchor focused on, reported someone else’s demise. Murders. Assassinations. Car accidents. Natural disasters. Scandal. So much pain and suffering. So much destruction. When I could tear my eyes away for a second, I realized my hand had flown up to my mouth in horror. Then I thought about The Billerica Green and how positive news sells. Regardless of what is going on in the world, it’s nice to know that in your hometown, there are lots of things to celebrate. Lots of things that are good. Lots of things to find comfort in. Here at the paper, we strive to bring those things to you. To show you all that is good in Billerica and beyond. It’s been a hot summer around here but there has been no shortage of good things happening around here. The Farmer’s Market took off and is bringing something new each week into Billerica. Don’t despair if a lot of farmers haven’t made an appearance yet. As harvest continues to happen, more and more produce will arrive. August will prove to split our focus. A sort of ‘in-like-the-lion-out-like-the-lamb’ thing. We open with summer but we wrap up with Back-to-School so we tried to tackle both. In honor of the Farmer’s Market and the ensuing harvest to come, we looked at Billerica’s gardens. Our own Garden Club quietly beautifies a lot of the public space we take for granted. Plus, don’t you love the shed on the cover? The Parker family ‘s passion for their yard and their shed is undeniable. We went on to begin a fall youth sports series by looking at two youth football options. Should football players be grouped by weight or by age? You decide. Lastly, don’t forget to send us any last minute Heart of Billerica Awards nominations. We have received many heartwarming letters about local people with character and heart. Deadline is August 10th. As usual, I am thankful for the best team around who also make a difference every day, here and in their worlds. (Thanks everyone. I couldn’t do it without you.) Share your feedback with us as it is always welcome. Plus let us know about the topics that matter to you so we can make the Green even better. Call me at 978-808-2361 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Letters to the Editor To the Editor, Billerica School Lunch has lots of news for the next school year. We are proud to have Meal Magic POS in all schools. POS (point of sale) allows students and parents to view and manage student lunch accounts from the comfort of their home by creating an on line account at www.sendmoneytoschool.com. Also as a time saver, free/reduced lunch applications are available online for the 2011-2012 school year at www. lunchapp.com in mid- August. All families must fill out one new household application each year or when there is a change in income. Studentâ€™s eligible in June will continue their free/reduced status until the end of September or when a new application is submitted. Through www.sendmoneytoschool. com, online prepayments can be made to your childâ€™s School Lunch account by credit card with a S2.99 per transaction (a transaction could be one child or several children) charge. There is no charge for sending in cash or check or using the site to check the available balance or the purchases made by your children. Call the office if you do not have your childâ€™s unique account # (different than a PIN) for the online system. Lastly, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced a new online resource www. ChooseMyPlate.gov in June 2011. This site provides practical information to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. As Americans are experiencing epidemic rates of overweight and obesity, the online resources can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves and their families. For more information, check out our website at Lunch.Billerica.k12.ma.us or contact the Billerica Public Schoolâ€™s Food Service Office at 978-528-8782. April M. Laskey, SNS Food Service Director Billerica Public Schools To The Editor, The Billerica Police Athletic League (PAL), in association with ALS Massachusetts Chapter, is sponsoring the Lt. William C. West Jr. ALS Memorial Road Race on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at the Billerica Irish American Club at 616 Middlesex Turnpike. The Kids Mini-Fun Run (ages 10 and under) begins at 10 am, while the 5K Road Race/5K Walk begins at 11 am. Awards will be given to the top male and female runners. Registration on race day will take place from 8:30 am to 10 am. Pre-Registration fee is $15, but on race
day it is $20. For seniors (65+) the cost is $10, and for kids the fee is $5. There will be a BBQ with entertainment after the race. Proceeds benefit ALS, as well as scholarships in memory of Lt. William C. West Jr. Please call Officers Dale Sarno or William West at 978-667-1212 for more information, or download a registration form at www.billericapal.org. Hope you will be running or walking with us!!! Thanks, Nancy Higgins Billerica Police Department Hi Liana, The Hajjar School was grateful to receive a generous donation of ice cream from Orchard Hill Ice Cream for their 5th Grade Ice Cream social in June. Samantha Boucher and Joseph Dinsmore were on hand to happily receive the ice cream donation from Orchard Hill. Thank you, Heather Dinsmore Hajjar 5th Grade Committee Coordinator
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Hi Liana, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Billerica is going to be taking advantage of a generous rebate program offered by National Grid to retrofit the lights in the clubs swimming pool. In the program, new energy efficient lights will be installed increasing the lighting in the pool while reducing annual energy costs. The cost for the program is almost $5000 but the club only needs to pay $3000 with the rebate from National Grid absorbing the balance. Jerry Oâ€™Connor, a member of the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, generously volunteered to fund the clubs contribution to the program as a donation. Thanks, Roy Nagy, Executive Director The Boys and Girls of Greater Billerica Hi Liana, Two Buoys Lobster is excited to be able to offer Fresh Fish and Scallops, in addition to Lobster, starting at the July 18th Billerica Farmers Market. We have just received word that Fred and Donna Penney, Billerica residents, have received permission to sell fish. Fred and his son are 2nd and 3rd generation lobster men. Fred works with the Mass. Dept. of Fisheries on studying the life cycle of lobsters. Heâ€™s a very knowledgeable person to talk to about the health of our marine life off the coast of Massachusetts. Thanks, Kay Johnson Co-Market Manager Billerica Farmerâ€™s Market
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