News and Events


Grand Opening Photos

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Westford’s own Joyce Pellino Crane did a fabulous article for the Boston Globe Northwest section on September 14. Please click here to see “Son will live on in hearts of joyous tots.”  sonwillliveon.pdf

Bay State Parent, a monthly print and online publication for local moms and dads, did a great piece on the playground in its September issue. See “In Ronan’s Name: Creating a Place to Play for Every Child.”

The Lowell Sun and Westford Eagle also provided some wonderful pre-event publicity for our September 19th gala. To read more, visit their websites at and

For some Check out the Fun Pages from the March 16 Boston Globe for a great feature on barrier-free playgrounds. funpages.PDF

Please click on the link below to see the Lowell Sun December 17, 2007 article Playground from the Heartlowell_sun_article.pdf

To see the January 10, 2008 article from the Westford Eagle titled Remembering Ronan, click on westford_eagle_article.pdf

Monthly Newsletter

For the latest news and updates, be sure to check out the monthly newsletter for the playground project. Please see the January issue january_2009_newsletter.pdf. If you don’t already receive the newsletter and would like to, please email Stephanie McElligott at to be added to the mailing list.

Events and Fundraisers

February 12, 2009 – Dining at Bamboo in Westford

Special thanks to all who attended our Bamboo event on February 12th. We raised over $1,700 for Ronan’s Playground.

March 12, 2009 – Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day Family Celebration and Fundraiser

Families and children of all ages are invited to celebrate Irish and Scottish culture with us on Thursday March 12th at the Parish Center for the Arts from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support Ronan’s playground. The event offers something for everyone, including Celtic folk music from The Boston Kiltics, Celtic Bells performing a fascinating story of Celtic culture, step dancing, refreshments, raffles, crafts, and games. Admission is $15 per person and a family maximum of $40. To reserve tickets, contact Heidi Tierney at And don’t forget to wear your green!

April 5, 2009 – Comedy Night and Auction Event

Come laugh with us on April 5th at Bainbridge’s Restaurant in Chelmsford. The event begins at 7:00 with a silent auction and raffle, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. At 8:00, three local comedians, including headliner Jim Colliton will kick off the comedy show. Colliton’s style has been compared to that of Jerry Seinfeld, with humorous stories of real life we can all relate to. Tickets are $35 per person and advance sale only. Please contact Stephanie McElligott at for tickets or to donate an item to our auction.