Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Saturday's event marks beginning for stretch run before October's build.
Hundreds turned out on Saturday, May 18, for a celebration of Joey’s Park as plans to build a replacement park in October are finalized. The party also served as the official kick-off to an on-line fundraising auction at the Web site: www.joeyspark.org. “It was a magical evening,” says Diane Miller, Friends of Joey’s Park co-chair. “Joey’s Park has been bringing this community together for generations and it did so again last weekend. Families were able to relax and enjoy food, music, friends – and, of course, the playground,” she added. Red “Join the Fun, Join the Build” balloons dotted the playground and children scribbled chalk messages across the well-worn wooden planks. The 24-year-old park will be replaced in October with a …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Searching for clues as celebration on May 18 takes shape.
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Tuesday, May 7
Where is it? A search is on to find the location of a time capsule buried in 1989 somewhere beneath Joey’s Park playground as organizers plan a May 18 celebration of the park’s 24 years. “The theme of our May 18 party is ‘Joey’s Park Then and Now’ and its intended as a celebration of the 24 years of wonderful memories that our community has of this magical park,” explains Diane Miller, Friends of Joey’s Park co-chair. “It would be amazing if we could pinpoint the location of the 1989 time capsule,” she said. Organizers of the original 1989 build confirm a time capsule was buried beneath the playground. Nearly a quarter century later, however, they don’t remember its precise location. “I really don’t remember much about it other than we …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The start of the year a new playground will be constructed.
Hundreds turned out on Saturday, April 27 for a town-wide photo at Joey's Park, adjacent to the Winn Brook Elementary School. The photo will be used to promote the construction of a new playground on the current location. The celebration of the 24-year-old playground continues on Town Day, Saturday, May 18, with a "Joey's Park: Then and Now" party at the playground from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn more about the plans for the community to build a new playground this October at www.joeyspark.org
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Will be rescheduled later in the Spring.
The Joey’s Park Community Meeting that was to take place tonight, Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Winn Brook Elementary School cafeteria, has been cancelled due to the snow and ice storm that gripped Belmont today. "We've cancelled the community meeting tonight because of the snow, but hope to reschedule this Spring," said Stephanie Leydon. Learn more about plans for the new playground at www.joeyspark.org
Monday, January 7, 2013
BHS Class of ’92 raised $1,000 at 20th reunion.
Contributions came in from across the country from Belmont High School’s Class of ’92 to help build a new playground that will replace one built 24 years ago in honor of classmate Joey O’Donnell. “It was a spontaneous idea several of us came up with,” says Class of ’92 president Andrew Plunkett, a close friend of Joey O’Donnell. “We knew the Friends of Joey’s Park were raising money for a replacement playground and we figured this would be a great way to help and to honor Joey.” The Class of ‘92’s 20th reunion last November came 26 years after 12-year-old Joey O’Donnell lost a life long battle with cystic fibrosis. Reunion attendees included a group of Joey’s friends who came up with idea of building the park. Located on Cross Street, …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Friends regrouping for next phase of renovation of project.
Join the Friends of Joey’s Park on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Winn Brook Elementary School's cafeteria, for a kick-off meeting to begin the next phase of the Joey’s Park project. Participants will review the progress the Friends have a made so far – in the design, community input, publicity and fundraising – and then talk about planning for the future. In September, the group raised more than $50,000 with a charity walk to build the play space that will range from $250,000 to $350,000 and open in October 2013. The group is restructuring the Joey’s Park committee to reflect the needs of the next phase which will include construction planning; sourcing materials and tools; organizing volunteers, food, and childcare; and…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
To be held at the Winn Brook gym in the afternoon.
The Friends of Joey’s Park is hosting the first of two community input meetings today to review and discuss the design for the new playground located adjacent to the Winn Brook Elementary School. The first meeting is to day from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Winn Brook Elementary School's gym and will include a brief presentation of the design plan at 2:30 p.m. and again at 3:15 pm. The second meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Winn Brook's cafeteria and will include a brief presentation at 7 p.m. The design for the new Joey’s Park incorporates ideas offered by Winn Brook Elementary School students. The students met with architects from the firm Play By Design in September during a special Design Day. …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Rainy morning doesn't deter nearly 1,000 residents from raising $30K to rebuild Joey's Park. Now the real work begins.
At the exact moment daredevil Felix Baumgarter took his historic step off in his record-setting skydive, nearly 1,000 residents, family and friend at Belmont's Winn Brook Elementary School took a collective step off to repeat history. Led at the start by a bagpiper wailing "Scotland, the Brave" and welcomed home by brassy tunes from the Belmont High School Marching Band, the assembly – toddlers in strollers, youngsters wearing rain boots, parents pushing strollers and older residents walking dogs – transversed two miles through town participating in the inaugural Walk for Belmont to Benefit Joey’s Park. For Ellen Schreiber, the force behind the walk, the day that started out under a threatening sky finished under a bright, warm sun was …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Fundraiser will help rebuild quarter-century old playground at Winn Brook School
When the organizers of next month’s charity walk to rebuild a beloved Belmont playground learned recently that the original Joey’s Park was also funded through a series of walkathons, “to me it’s a case of the stars aligning,” says Belmont Partners in Play co-founder Ellen Schreiber. “It was meant to be,” she said. The inaugural two-mile Walk for Belmont to Benefit Joey’s Park will be held Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m., beginning and ending at Joey’s Park behind the Winn Brook Elementary School on Cross Street. The cost will be $10 per person and $20 for families. The walk, designed so everyone from babies in strollers to grandparents can participate, “[I]s going to be a blast,” said Schreiber. “We’re going to have 1,000 walkers all walking …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Middle school, Winn Brook on notice as Belmont Police cooperating in investigation.
A "Stranger Danger Alert" was issued Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2, by the Belmont School Department after a "suspicious, unknown adult male" was seen lurking at a street corner near Chenery Middle School, according to Belmont School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Kingston. "It was not determined what he was doing but he did leave after Chenery staff confronted him," said Kingston at last night's School Committee meeting held at the Chenery. According to Chenery Principal Kristen St. George, the unknown man – the only description is that he was a "white male" – was seen lingering near the Middle School play area during lunch or recess. When approached by staff, he left and drove off in a vehicle. "Although this does not constitute illegal activity…