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WA’s New Mascot Unveiled: Weekend Wrap-Up


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WESTFORD — Welcome to the Oct. 2 edition of Weekend Wrap-Up. Here, we highlight the most important news you may have missed this week in Westford.

Westford Academy’s Antonelli unveils new mascot

Westford Academy Principal James Antonelli unveiled Westford Academy’s new mascot.

The School Committee originally voted unanimously on Nov. 22 to support a resolution drafted by Superintendent of Schools Christopher Chew to change the mascot.

In making the change, officials hope to alleviate concerns possible racist connotations of the previous Grey Ghost.

The now former mascot, a hooded figure with a dark face, prompted concerns over connections to both black face caricatures and a 1950s television show, “The Gray Ghost,” which follows the life of a Confederate commander.

Flowers to Empower aims to teach sustainability, business skills to young women

A new business has bloomed in Westford — and it’s run entirely by students.

On a parcel of land near the Westford Community Garden, young women between 12 and 16 years old grow flowers and create bouquets under a newly founded organization — Flowers to Empower.

“From the beginning, we’ve had a vision of this land being used as a community space,” Elizabeth Almeida, one of the founders of Flowers to Empower, told WestfordCAT. “It’s about food, outdoors and community, so we’re trying to find a way to draw people around that.”

The goal, Almeida says, is to teach young women about entrepreneurship and leadership.

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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.