David C.'s blog

Woburn Public Media Center is running live broadcasts of the election results as the come into City Hall.  At this point, I've heard the results for the contested City Council seats as follows:  Mike Raymond has won Ward 6; incumbents Darlene Mercer Bruen and Ray Drapeau have been re-elected to their ward alderman positions, as have Aldermen at-large Joanna Gonsalves and Paul Denaro.  Aldermen Gately, Galvin, and Dwyer have been re-elected.  Haven't heard anything about Ward 1 or School Committee yet...stay tuned!

City Clerk Bill Campbell is known to be a good prognosticator in terms of predicting voter turnout, and he estimates about 32% will vote today. It's drizzly, the Mayoral race is not contested, and local elections haven't gotten quite as much coverage as the triumphs of our local sporting teams. So if anything, one might think Bill's estimate is on the high side. But here's to hoping that more than 1/3 of us will exercise our basic right to vote today.

At first I planned to voting after work. But we were up early today, having not quite adjusted to the time change fully in our house, and I thought it would be fun to take my two year old to the polls with me on the way to daycare. It was a great excuse to expose him to two important things--voting and school! I did try to explain voting to him a bit, though he was more interested in watching kids eat their breakfast in the school gym/cafeteria. Nonetheless, I hope this early exposure to the process will remain with him some rainy election day when he's older, and he'll make the effort to take an extra 15 minutes to participate in our democracy.

Sure, there are reasons not to vote. But today as I walked past candidates standing in the rain, I was reminded of the hard work and risk they take to participate as candidates. I was reminded of those that have served our country--be it in the military or the civil rights movement--to ensure that we all have the right to vote. Fifteen minutes on a rainy day is not much of a sacrifice by comparison.

Click here to find out where to vote today.

The Woburn Memorial High School Class of 1987 will hold its 20th reunion on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Hilton at 2 Forbes Road in Woburn. Festivities will start with a reception from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by dinner & dancing from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  Tickets are $50 at the door.

Keep an eye on this page for more Class of '87 info...including pictures after the reunion!

I've started to see a few trees change colors already by the pond, and Labor Day is just around the cornder. With that, of course, it's back to school time next week. Did you have a good summer? Looking forward to the fall? Share your views with your fellow community members by adding a comment.

Molly's Misfits played their Celtic music to a big crowd last Friday night. People of all ages enjoyed the show on this beautiful evening, and a number of young fiddlers and Irish step dancers accompanied the band. This concert was sponsored by Sean P. Coakley.

Many thanks to all of the local businesses that sponsored the concerts this summer. For a full listing of concerts this summer and their sponsors, visit http://sciwoburn.org/programs/concerts.

Mishawum Choral Society will be holding open rehearsals throughout the month of September. No auditions. Anyone (especially TENORS, basses and baritones) with experience in choral singing or ability to read music is encouraged to join this wonderful group. Rehearsals every Tuesday 7:30-9:30 in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church in Woburn Center, corner of Main St. (Rt.38) and Winn Street. Donn Hill, Director; Sarah Lafontaine, pianist. For more info, go to website, http://www.mishawumchoral.org or call 781-438-4379.