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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.

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
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.

This article is about a previous years' parade.  For information about 2009's parade please click here.

 

The 53rd Annual Woburn Host Lions Club Halloween Parade steps off at 1 p.m. sharp this Sunday, October 28, 2007. This event draws in excess of 80,000 people a year, hosting over 25 bands such as the University of New Hampshire, Mass Maritime, Waltham American Legion and many New England High Schools and local community bands. This is a charity event with all of the proceeds benefiting Lions eye research.

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YMCAThe North Suburban YMCA is looking for dedicated, hardworking volunteers! We have many areas around the facility that are in need of volunteers including the daycare center (Childwatch), preschool class instructors, preschool and youth sports coaches, birthday party coordinators and so much more. If you are interested please call (781) 935-3270 and ask for extension 209. Or, you can stop by the YMCA in Woburn, located on lexington street to pick up an application!

Our annual canned food drive

The Woburn Youth Council is looking for members. If you are a Middle School or High School student and live in Woburn, the application process is easy! Applications are available at the Woburn Boys & Girls Club, or at Woburn Memorial High School, Arlington Catholic, the Kennedy Middle School, and the Joyce Middle School.

 

 

SCI is embarking upon a stage of significant growth, with our budget more than doubling as we add 20 full-time AmeriCorps members in our three current communities and develop new strategies for expanding our impact across Massachusetts. We are recruiting to fill a new Development Associate position to implement the fundraising activities needed to support our growth. The Development Associate will support SCI's fundraising efforts by running the annual event, managing the grant proposal process, and managing the day-to-day development systems. View the full job description by clicking here. Please help us find great candidates for the position by telling others about this announcement.