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Wildlife, Newspapers, Traffic Safety: Weekend Wrap-Up


WESTFORD — Welcome to the April 10 edition of Weekend Wrap-Up where we highlight the most important news you may have missed this week in Westford.

Wildlife rehabilitator prepares for ‘baby season’

Wildlife rehabilitator Avery Adam is preparing for baby season, where she anticipates an influx of animals to care for.

Adam became a licensed rehabilitator in 2021, and has since hosted dozens of small mammals for rehabilitation. Currently, she hosts four squirrels and three baby skunks, or kits, at her home in Westford.

19 print publications will cease production by May

Gannett, the owner of USA Today and WickedLocal, announced that at least 19 local newspapers across Massachusetts will end their print publications. These publications will still maintain a digital presence within their communities.

The Eagle Independent, which serves Westford, Littleton and Chelmsford will cease print production alongside the 18 other publications.

Westford Police to increase distracted driving patrols in April 

After receiving an approximately $20,000 grant from the Office of Grants and Research in November, the Westford Police Department will use a portion of the funding to increase patrols in April to educate drivers.

“A large part of it is education,” Westford Police Department Captain James Peloquin said. “It can be extremely damaging to safety.”

WestfordCAT continues to speak with local candidates 

The May 3 municipal election is fast approaching, and WestfordCAT serves to be a valuable resource in informing voters ahead of the vote.

Recently, WestfordCAT spoke with Select Board incumbent Scott Hazelton on his candidacy, and why he is seeking reelection to the board.

WestfordCAT spoke with School Committee hopefuls Meghan O’Connell, Derek Lo, Marisol Garcia and Betsy Kwon. WestfordCAT also spoke with School Committee incumbent Sean Kelly.

WestfordCAT spoke with Board of Health hopeful Melissa Mackey, as well as incumbents Susan Hanly and Stephanie Granger on their candidacy.

Local journalism is vital to our communities. As other publications shift focus toward regional journalism, WestfordCAT continues to provide high-quality hyperlocal reporting to our town, free for everyone to read. So  we have a small favor to ask. Every contribution, no matter how big or small, helps us sustain our journalism and keep our community informed. Please consider supporting WestfordCAT for as little as $1 on PayPal.

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