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Library fund-raiser in Shea’s honor

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A group of Arlington residents is launching a fund-raising effort to stock the shelves of the library named after the late Town Meeting member Bill Shea at the new Thompson Elementary School. The “Books for Bill” campaign is being led by friends and colleagues of Shea, who died in July after years of public service in Arlington, including stints on the town’s Human Rights Commission and Permanent Town Building Committee in addition to his elected Town Meeting position. The School Committee is naming the library at the new Thompson Elementary after Shea, with the facility scheduled to be completed by next fall . To ensure the library is well-stocked, the “Books for Bill” campaign, chaired by John Cole and former selectwoman Clarissa Rowe, is seeking donations starting at $49. Contributors will be recognized at an event next spring . Donations can be sent to Liza Halley at 94 Grafton St., Arlington, MA 02474. Checks should be made out to the Town of Arlington with “Books for Bill” donation, Thompson School noted on the memo line.

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