Scholarship deadline extended

WILMINGTON -- We're One Wilmington recently extended the deadline to its three student scholarships to Friday, May 18.

The non-profit organization awards two $2,500 community service scholarships for high school seniors headed to college. It also awards the $2,500 Janet Coulouris Memorial Scholarship for a college-bound high school senior with a passion for mental and physical health of humans or animals.

For more information, contact Catherine Maiella at cmaiella@gmail.com.

-- KORI TUITT

Vintage baseball event May 20

TEWKSBURY -- The Tewksbury Public Events Committee is hosting a Vintage Baseball event on Sunday, May 20. This free event will take place at the Obden's Field on Livingston Street at 1 p.m.

The Essex Ball Association will be visiting the town, playing baseball with equipment, rules and uniforms from the 19th century. The two teams to play that day will be the Lynn Live Oaks and the Lowell Baseball Nine. They will be up against each other in one round and play some Tewksbury Youth Baseball players in another round.

Those interested in joining the committee or volunteering, contact tewksburyevents@gmail.com.

-- KORI TUITT

Drinkwater joins Senate race

LOWELL -- John Drinkwater, legislative director of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, is officially on the ballot seeking election to the state Senate.


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He is running for the First Middlesex District seat vacated when Eileen Donoghue became Lowell's city manager last month. The district covers Lowell, Tyngsboro, Westford, Groton, Dunstable and Pepperell.

Drinkwater, a Democrat, collected enough signatures to make the primary election ballot on Sept. 4, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Two other Democrats, former Lowell mayor Rodney Elliott and former Westford School Committee chair Terry Ryan, are also on the ballot. Former Lowell mayors Bill Martin and Edward Kennedy are running as well, although they have not yet officially announced getting on the ballot. Republican John MacDonald is on the ballot as well.

-- CHRIS LISINSKI

Selectmen name Caira to chair

WILMINGTON -- Kevin Caira is the new chairman of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen. His fellow members unanimously voted for him to lead the board after Selectman Greg Bendel nominated him.

Caira said there are some big issues the board will face that he's prepared to take on with his colleagues, including hiring a new town counsel and continuing to fight against the Olin Chemical transrail development.

"I'm excited about it and I thank them for the vote of confidence in leading the board and I'll do my best," Caira said. "I look forward to it."

-- KORI TUITT

World record for thumb pushups

LITTLETON -- Martial artists at a new local studio will attempt to break the world record for thumb pushups next week. Building Body, Mind and Soul, which opened recently on Great Road, will host an event on May 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in which employees attempt to set a new record. The studio's mission focuses on engaging youth in an anti-drug, anti-violence message. -- CHRIS LISINSKI