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Fundraisers, Wellness, Safety: Weekend Wrap-Up

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WESTFORD — Welcome to the April 17 edition of Weekend Wrap-Up where we highlight the most important news you may have missed this week in Westford.

Westford family seeks support from community 

28-year resident of Westford Brian Maher was injured in a car accident on Nov. 27, 2021. His family is seeking donations to alleviate expenses in Maher’s recovery.

The family is seeking $25,000 in donations. $18,579 has been raised at the time of reporting. 

Westford Police announce new health and wellness initiatives 

Westford Police are celebrating a $10,500 donation from the See a New Sun Foundation to fund a one-year subscription of the Cordico Health and Wellness App. The subscription will be shared between Westford Police, Westford Fire and the Westford Public Safety Communication Department. The app provides early intervention as well as resources and information for users. 

The department also formed a new health and wellness team, which is currently in its early stages. Multiple officers have volunteered to serve on the team. 

“We have the vision to expand the initiatives beyond that [the app]. We’re still in the early stages,” said Westford Police Capt. James Peloquin. 

Man sentenced in connection with trafficking narcotics in Westford 

Mark Garcia, 35, of Westford recently pled guilty to multiple charges, including trafficking methamphetamine, cocaine and possession of a firearm. 

“The defendant in this case was in possession of a wide variety and quantity of controlled substances, along with packaging materials, a firearm and a large quantity of cash,” said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan in a press release.

Garcia, who worked at a local pharmacy, was sentenced to six to eight years in state prison with three years probation. He must also seek substance abuse evaluation and treatment, seek and maintain employment and to not have any employment where pharmaceuticals are dispensed, according to the release.

Kimball Farm opens additional activities

Kimball Farm reopened its ice cream stand and Seafood and Grill Shack recently, with its additional activities reopening for the summer last week. 

Activities such as mini golf, batting cages, bumper boats and Soaring Eagle Zipline have opened, according to the farm’s website. Each activity will operate between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. The Olde Sawmill Arcade, Outback Tap Shack and Animal Adventures have not announced opening dates.

The farm clarified that most of its remaining activities opened on Thursday, April 14 in a phone call with WestfordCAT. The remaining activities, including its Animal Adventures, arcade and Outback Tap Shack are planned to open sometime in May.

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Ben Domaingue
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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is a News Reporter covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.