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Northshore January February 2016

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32 | JANUARY + FEBRUARY 2016 Educational programs accompany the exhibitions, too. An examination of plastics pollution accompanied the recent False Food exhibition, in which artist and designer Jerry Takigawa used plastic debris—re- trieved from the stomachs of alba- tross, which mistook it for food—to create arresting images that, at first glance, might be mistaken for hu- man meals, too. "We try to target our program- ming to influence and entertain and educate our public," Tognarelli says. "We try to make the exhibitions meaningful on multiple layers." And in Winchester, there are even multiple layers of meaning when it comes to a walk in the woods, thanks to Winchester Trails, an all-volunteer environmental education organiza- tion that brings local classrooms into the town's open space—which is plentiful, thanks to the Middlesex Fells—for hands-on learning. "I think that Winchester's a wonderful community.... It's a small town where people care about things," says Nancy Lin, one of Winchester Trails' volunteer nature guides and a certified professional wetland scientist working for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Wet- lands and Waterways Program, who manages its Outreach, Educa- tion, and Training unit. She says the people of Winchester continu- ally "put their money where their mouth is," whether it's to save the Wright-Locke Farm or to fill the very-needed trail guide positions with Winchester Trails. "I see that over and over again," she says. "People putting in their own time, their own money for the community." There are also efforts to keep the town's center and top-rated schools as lively as its other resources. Win- chester High School is in the midst of a $129 million renovation, and "in 2016, a large focus will be on the town center," says Richard C. How- ard, Winchester's town manager. The town center is already a nice place to spend time. Howard points to the river, bookstore, lovely architecture, and tree-lined streets, as well as established res- taurants and two brand-new ones: TWK [The Waterfield Kitchen] and First House Pub. But next, Win- chester will look toward bringing housing to the town center, thanks to a revamped zoning bylaw allow- ing mixed-use development. Other possible improvements include infrastructure, parking, and streetscape improvements. "It will capitalize on the fact that the commuter stop is right there," Howard says of the town center improvement plan. "It's all intended photographs by Robert Boyd Winchester Preschool; Ambrose, Lincoln, Lynch, Muraco, and Vinson-Owen Elementary Schools; McCall Middle School; Winchester High School PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mathematician and Fields Medalist Lars Ahlfors, Nobel Prize winner Allan McLeod Cormack, Speech- writer Jon Favreau, Sports anchor Mike Lynch, Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, United States congressman Samuel W. McCall, Chemist Dan Nocera, Gymnastics World Championship and Olympic medalist Alicia Sacramone, Boston Bruins coach Harry Sinden, Aerosmith band member Brad Whitford, Major League Baseball player Brian Wilson NOTABLE RESIDENTS Cafe Piazza Dolce serves up delicious Italian dinners; Below, Downtown Winchester is the perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring.

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