Donations Benefit Local Schools
WILMINGTON -- The Wilmington School Committee recently accepted two donations to the district.
Cummings Properties donated $2,000 to the DECA Program at Wilmington High School. DECA is a club for students with an interest in pursuing careers in business, marketing, entrepreneurship and more.
The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks also donated dictionaries to the Shawsheen Elementary School and the Woburn Street Elementary School students in third grade. That donation is worth $936.
-- KORI TUITT
Dracut joins area green towns
DRACUT -- State officials announced Thursday that nearly three dozen communities across the commonwealth have been designated as “green,” including Dracut, the only local town that made the cut.
The designation, specifically by the Department of Energy Resources, is in recognition of a community’s “ambitious clean energy goals to reduce energy consumption and lower emissions.”
With Thursday’s designations, 240 of the commonwealth’s municipalities, or 68 percent, have earned a Green Communities designation.
The 30 new Green Communities are now eligible for grants totaling $4,866,648.
“The Green Communities program is an essential component of our nation-leading clean energy success and demonstrates our administration’s commitment to partnering with municipalities,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “These 30 newly designated communities are pledging to join in responsible stewardship of the environment and taxpayer resources while creating a cleaner, healthier commonwealth for our residents and businesses.”
-- SUN STAFF
ABCC aims to halt driving drunk
BOSTON -- The state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission plans to conduct enforcement operations on Dec. 31 in major cities across the state, citing a goal of preventing impaired driving on New Year’s Eve.
Specific locations were not announced, but a Thursday press release from the ABCC said enforcement would take place in bars identified as the last location to sell alcohol to convicted drunken drivers or businesses flagged by local police.
“This effort supports safer roads during the holidays,” said state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who oversees the ABCC, in the press release. “This kind of enforcement establishes a long-term deterrence for bar owners from over-serving, helping to keep the public safe.”
-- CHRIS LISINSKI
Idemia donates support to police
BILLERICA -- A company on Concord Road, Idemia, has donated another year of support services to the Billerica Police Department for its live scan fingerprinting system.
The system was purchased by the state three years ago with three years of support service, expiring on December 2015.
The donation will continue to support the service for another year at no cost to the town, according to the police department.
-- ELIZABETH DOBBINS