The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series continues with the second concert this Friday, July 11, featuring Beat Soup. The concert runs from 7-9 p.m. in Citizens Park, located on Main Street (Route 38) across from the Common. This concert is sponsored by Michael de la Maza.

Together since the early 1990’s and a Boston Globe Pick of the Week, Beat Soup has been compared to Bim Skala Bim, Madness, Elvis Costello and The Specials. Their original music is inspired by British Invasion Pop, 2Tone Ska, and bands like Talking Heads and even The B52s! The 8–piece dance band features the classic sax-trombone-trumpet horn section on Caribbean and Rock Beats.

Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs to Citizens Park to enjoy free concerts every other Friday throughout the summer. With generous support from local businesses, the Concert Series is free to the public.

The Sundance nominated documentary film, "Traces of the Trade" will air on PBS/POV (Channel 44) Sunday, June 29th at 9:00 p.m. SCI Board Chair and 2008 SCI Idealist Award Winner Dain Perry and his family created the film about coming to terms with their family legacy involving the slave trade. Dain and his wife Constance tour the country using the film to prompt conversations about racial reconciliation.


Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North is a unique and disturbing journey of discovery into the history and "living consequences" of one of the United States' most shameful episodes — slavery. In this bicentennial year of the U.S. abolition of the slave trade, one might think the tragedy of African slavery in the Americas has been exhaustively told. Katrina Browne thought the same, until she discovered that her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island were not an aberration. Rather, they were just the most prominent actors in the North's vast complicity in slavery, buried in myths of Northern innocence.

The Mothers Support Group will not meet on July 3rd.  Many of our members will be away for the week of 4th of July.  Instead, we will pick-up where we left off and meet on Thursday, July 17th!  I hope you all have a very happy and safe 4th of July!


The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series kicked off its sixth year Friday with Iyeoka Okoawo and The Funk Tribe. This first concert was sponsored by Woburn Mall/KGI Properties. Although showers had been in the forecast and rain fell, the sky cleared and the sun came out in time for the concert, and the weather was perfect for an outdoors performance.

Audience members were treated to Iyeoka and the Funk Tribe’s various styles of music and warm interaction with the crowd. The Boston-based band blended poetry with jazz, blues, gospel, and hip-hop, showcasing its members’ many talents throughout the evening, as well as encouraging audience members to dance.

This is the sixth year that the Citizens Park Summer Concert Series will entertain Woburn residents. The concerts are a great way to enjoy summer nights with your fellow community members, and at the great location also a chance to shop and have dinner in Woburn Center.

The next Concert will be on July 11th, featuring the ska band Beat Soup. For a full schedule including dates, band line-up, and sponsors click here.

Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs to Citizens Park to enjoy free concerts every other Friday throughout the summer. With generous support from local businesses, the Concert Series is free to the public.

The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series is coordinated by Social Capital Inc. (SCI), Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network (WREN) (, and the Woburn Redevelopment Authority.


On Saturday, June 14, 2008, Social Capital Inc. (SCI) launched the First Annual Youth Civic Showcase and Awards. This new and exciting event attracted a diverse group of youth participants from Lynn, Dorchester, and Woburn, all of whom participate in SCI’s statewide Engaging Youth Program. Each youth group presented their civic projects from the 2007-2008 service year.

Appliance / Freon Bearing / CRT Device Recycling Event

Wondering what to do with that old television, computer monitor or appliance that is broken, unwanted or unused and just taking up space?

No matter what, I always get far more out of wonderful events like that than I could possibly contribute, and I am writing to thank you for the invitation to attend.

I spoke to the "Don't SPOT the Dot" group alone, and asked about rats; they reported that the population declined, and that a Chinese grocer had been very surprised and appreciative that his rat problem had been resolved when he was encouraged to cease his practice of keeping oils and other "food" near, not in, the dumpster.