Civic Engagement Summit a Great Success

 

The first ever Massachusetts Civic Engagement Summit was held last Friday. Social Capital Inc., a member of the planning committee, helped to make the Civic Engagement Summit a great success! A team of ten SCI staff and volunteers traveled to Worcester for this important event. Along with David Crowley and Crystal Johnson, SCI Woburn members Mike Sances, David Eggleton, Andrew Gibson, and Caitlin O'Reilly also attended.

 

Click Here to read the full press release!


Click Here to visit the Massachusetts Civic Action website


Marzilli Wins Democratic Primary

James MarzilliRep. James Marzilli of Arlington took the Democratic primary for the Fourth Middlesex District senate seat Tuesday. The top vote-getter here in Woburn was Rep. Patrick Natale, who took Woburn by a wide margin. Jim Marzilli will go up against Republican Brion Cangiamilia from Billerica and Constitution Party member Thomas Fallon from Burlington in the general election on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

 

 

 

WO...WOBURN

Hey Woburn,
Thank you for hosting me and showing me a great time...Big up to David, Andrew, Heather, Amanda, and all of the SCI Woburn Staff,,,,,and of course my homie, Crystal...
You were able to create a sucessful tour for me and together we Blacked Out the entire area...
The message of Creative Civic Engagement fit right in with the overall mission of SCI...and that made our time together even more effective...
I visited several places including the day and evening School in Roxbury, and everywhere i went the people were well prepared to hear my message of community empowerment and I believe that 2008 holds great things for SCI and all of their community partners.
Once again it was a real honor for me to share the last few days with ya'll up here in the BEAN Area and I look forward to continuing to work together in the future...good tings a gwuan....
thanks again
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The Election Results are In!

Vote!The local elections were held last Tuesday and the results are in. The top two vote-getters for the School Committee were Joseph Crowley and Christopher Kisiel and they will each serve four year terms. The others elected to the School Committee were Patricia Chisholm, Denis Russell, and John Wells, all incumbents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners of the Alderman elections are as follows:

Alderman at Large:
Paul J. Denaro,
Joanna Gonsalves

Ward 1:
Charles E. Doherty

Ward 2:
Richard Gately Jr.

Ward 3:
Scott D. Galvin

Ward 4:
James J. Dwyer

Ward 5:
Darlene Mercer-Bruen

Ward 6:
Michael L. Raymond

Ward 7:
Raymond B. Drapeau

I voted, how about you?

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.

New Pastor at St. John's Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Neal E. Pearson, Pastor
St. John’s Baptist Church
38 Everett Street, Woburn, MA

Rev. Dr. Neal Pearson was installed as the new Pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church in Woburn on Sunday, October 21, 2007. Reverend Pearson was ordained a Deacon at 26 years old at the Friendship Baptist Church of Warren, Ohio. He graduated from Kent State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering Technology and moved to Massachusetts to work for Digital Equipment Corporation in 1983.

George Martinez Visits Woburn

 

George Martinez
Please join SCI in welcoming George Martinez to Woburn.

 

George Martinez, hip-hop artist and US cultural envoy to Bolivia, will be in the New England area from November 6 - November 10 as a guest of SCI. He will be conducting workshops and lectures at our three SCI locations, in Woburn, Lynn and Dorchester. George will bring his unique and extraordinary insight regarding issues of civic engagement, community activism, and social justice to Woburn. As president and founder of the Hip-Hop Association, George has successfully blended artistic expressions of Hip-Hop Culture and the call for activism into an innovative and inspiring presentation.

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