Friday, December 24, 2010
Harrington Wine & Liquors celebrates the holiday season by displaying its iconic Chelmsford train set.
A Chelmsford institution is up and running for the holiday season. The well-known model LGB train set at Harrington Wine & Liquors has grown over the years, and so has its fan base. "It's nice to see parents come by with kids," said store owner John Harrington, "and say they came here as children to see the train." Harrington began the tradition in 1985 by displaying a small train set from a vendor for the holidays. He simply set up a card table out of the way, plugged in the train, and thought it would be a nice decoration. "People gravitated to it," Harrington said, "and I realized that for some reason everybody loves trains and reminiscing about their childhood." Now, the 53-by-6 foot train set landscape spans the length of the store …
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The Harrington Elementary School community enjoyed a PTO fundraiser with crafts for sale.
The Harrington Elementary School PTO sponsored a Craft Fair on Saturday, with 21 vendors congregating at the school cafeteria to sell various goods such as jewelry, clothing, and books. A raffle consisting of one item per vendor was also held to benefit the school.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Harrington Elementary School celebrates the Halloween season with a community event.
All Hallows' Eve came to Harrington Elementary School two nights early when it celebrated its annual Halloween Party on Friday. The event, which ran from about 5:30 to 7:30p.m., was sponsored by the school's PTO and is "not really…a fundraiser, just a community event for the kids," said Principal Michael LaCava. Admission was $2 per child plus one bag of candy per family. Venues for the event were the Harrington cafeteria and neighboring gym. The party featured a 50/50 raffle, face painting, and various diversions including tossing games, "pumpkin bowling," and donut-eating contests, which PTO member Srinivas Mantha called "the most famous…a blast of a game." Food included snacks, drinks, and Papa Gino's pizza, at $2 per slice. "It's a …
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The PTO also discussed a BJs event.
The Harrington Elementary School PTO held a meeting on Wednesday at the school library to discuss updates and new events. Highlights of the meeting were:
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Michael LaCava discusses his path to the position and his experience so far at the school.
"Some people call it work, I just enjoy it," said Harrington Elementary School interim Principal Michael LaCava. "I'm very lucky." LaCava said he always knew he wanted to teach, but never knew he'd end up at Harrington. At the time, his goal was more specific than that of most aspiring educators. "I knew in 7th or 8th grade that I wanted to be a high school band director," she said. "All through high school I was in the band," LaCava said, "Then I went to college and yup, that was it still, I wanted to be a high school band director." Originally from Wilmington, LaCava was familiar with Chelmsford growing up,p laying the teams at sporting events. He attended UMass Amherst and then, "wound up in the middle in Gardner as the high school …