Mayor Extends Thanks for a Fun Seniors Red Sox Day at High School

A big thank-you to all of the dedicated volunteers who pitched in to make the Mayor’s Senior Red Sox Day, held this week at Woburn Memorial High School, a huge success!  Three hundred Woburn seniors attended and enjoyed a barbecue, entertainment and raffle prizes.

Special thanks to David Dunkley, Director of Building Facilities for Woburn Public Schools, Damian Ruggieri, Facility Manager at WMHS, and the WMHS summer staff, who worked hard to set up the cafeteria and host the event for the first time at the high school. Great work!

Thanks also to Joanne Collins, Director of the Woburn Council on Aging, Len Burnham, Assistant Superintendent for the Department of Public Works, Tucker Quinn, Marie Lingblom, Paul Medeiros, Senior Center Facility Manager, Meghan Rodriguez, Transportation Coordinator for the Council on Aging for pulling together all of the event details.

Extra special thanks are in order for members of the Woburn Host Lions and Woburn Kiwanis Club for manning the sizzling grills to cook hamburgers and hot dogs for hundreds of seniors—and also to the Woburn Breakfast Lions and Middlesex Lions for serving meals again in record time!

Thanks to Senior Center van drivers Terry Desmond, Marc Masse, Joe Hawkins for coordinating the pickup and delivery of event supplies and many seniors.  Thanks also to the many volunteers from the Woburn Senior Center who are always willing to lend a hand.

Big thank-you to Metropolitan Home Health Services for donating two Red Sox tickets that raised $1,000. through the sale of raffle tickets by Dorothy Capone.  The funds raised will provide for programs at the Woburn Senior Center. Many thanks to Dick Flavin, legendary Boston sports announcer and poet laureate of the Boston Red Sox, for stopping by to thrill the crowd.

Big thanks to Sarah Coffin and the Red Sox organization for surprising everyone with the three Red Sox World Series trophies, and the opportunity for everyone to have their photo taken with the trophies. Lots of Red Sox spirit!

Pitching in again this year with donations of door prizes and manpower to serve seniors were City Councilors Lindsay Higgins, Mike Concannon, Darlene Mercer-Bruen, Ed Tedesco, School Committee members Chris Kiesel, Pat Chisholm, Rick Metters, along with Stanley Malverosa of the Woburn Cultural Council, and the Friends Helping Seniors, and the Woburn Council on Aging.

And, helping wherever they were needed are volunteers Eileen Galvin, Ann Galvin, Mackenzie Galvin, Jeanne Lingblom, Lori Medeiros, Michelle Burnham, Nick Burnham, Joe Burnham, Mary O’Connor, Rosalie Travelo, Jeff Dillon, Liz Dillon, Colleen Cormier, Andrew Lipsett, Katie Concannon, Brenna Connors, and Ryan Connors.

Many thanks to Joseph’s Catering of Woburn for delivering high quality food, and also for donating all of the coffee for the event.

D.J. Dan Maguire was terrific, as usual, and kept the crowd entertained with fun sing-a-longs and trivia.

Thanks also to the DPW and its summer employees, Woburn Fire Department, especially Fire Chief Stephen Adgate, and Woburn Police Department, especially Police Chief Robert Rufo, for providing logistics and safety support during this year’s event.  See you next year!


Scott D. Galvin