Jan 4, 2017
By: The Landmark – 12-15-16
Pictured left to right are principal Cloutier, Jenn Reil, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, and Rick Carrero along with students of the Interact Club and Health Assisting, the department that collected the most coats.
The Bay Path Regional Technical Vocational High School Interact Club, led by Jen Reil and Rick Carrero, collected about 400 coats for the Worcester County Sheriff‘s office annual coat drive. Bay Path partnered with Southbridge Credit Union, which had collection boxes at area branches from mid-October through the end of November.
A video made about the coat drive by the Bay Path Video Club, led by Rebecca Larson, won the Auburn Rotary Club’s video contest. The video is featured at baypath.tec.ma.us. Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis stopped by the school to reward the students with a certificate of appreciation.
Jan 3, 2017
By: Telegram.com/Worcester 12/30/2016
SHREWSBURY – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis will be sworn into office for his second six-year term Jan. 5.
The inaugural ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at St. John’s High School, 378 Main St., beginning at 6 p.m.
The oath of office will be administered by Lt. Gov. Karyn E. Polito. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Space is limited. RSVP is required at 508-796-2638 or at email@example.com.
The 55-year-old Rutland resident was first elected to the office on Nov. 2, 2010, after serving in the Legislature eight years. He was unopposed in the November 2016 election. Mr. Evangelidis also practiced law for over 20 years and served as an assistant state attorney in Miami-Dade County in Florida, and assistant district attorney for Suffolk County in Boston.
Jan 3, 2017
Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis presents Sutton resident Jason Rawinski with a special citation for collecting over 300 new and lightly used winter jackets on behalf of the Nichols College Student Alumni Society. The coats were delivered and donated together by Evangelidis and Rawinski to the Webster-Dudley Food Share
By Millbury Sutton Chronicle 12/30/2106
Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis spent Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 visiting a number of greater Worcester area charities to distribute some much needed warm winter jackets.
The Sheriff ’s Coat Drive is an annual event that provides new or lightly used winter coats to families in need throughout Worcester County and is a collaborative effort between the Sheriff ’s Office of Community Corrections, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, The Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff ’s Association, Warmer Winters of Leominster, Twin City Cleaners of Dudley, Independent Cleaners of Fitchburg, as well as many other local businesses and community partners including Felters Mill, Matt’s at the Buzzer Barbershop and Care One of Millbury.
This year’s coat drive also got extra help from Sutton resident Jason Rawinski, who collected over 300 new and lightly used winter jackets on behalf of the Nichols College Student Alumni Society. The coats were delivered and donated together by Sheriff Evangelidis and Mr. Rawinski to the Webster-Dudley Food Share.
“We cannot thank Sheriff Evangelidis and Jason enough for coming today to deliver hundreds of winter coats,” said Webster- Dudley Food Share President James Alkire. “Receiving these much needed warm jackets helps us provide an invaluable service for those less fortunate in our community, especially during the cold winter months.”
This year’s coat drive also received a huge boost in early October with a special donation from Wachusett Mountain Ski Area of over 1,500 ski jackets.
“With the tremendous donation of over 1,500 winter jackets from Wachusett Mountain Ski Area and the Crowley Family, we were able to have a huge head start on our successful coat drive which was able to help so many families in our community. We can not thank them enough for their overwhelming generosity,” said Evangelidis.
During the distribution week, Evangelidis paid a special visit to over a dozen local charitable organizations to personally hand deliver thousands of winter jackets including the Gardner Community Action Center, Cleghorn Neighborhood Center & Our Fathers House of Fitchburg, Spanish American Center of Leominster, Rutland Food Pantry, St. Anne’s Human Services of Shrewsbury, Rhodes House of Recovery in Millbury, Webster-Dudley Food Share, TradeWinds Clubhouse, Catholic Charities & Arc of Hope of Southbridge as well as St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, The Mustard Seed, Veteran’s Inc. & The Net of Compassion of Worcester.
“During the holiday season, the Sheriff ’s annual Winter Coat Drive helps to ensure that local families who may be in need are provided with an adequate winter coat. With over 3,500 winter jackets collected during this year’s coat drive, we were able to help more families and children in need than in year’s past,” Evangelidis said. “As the cold weather months approach and especially during this difficult economic time, it is extremely important to do all we can to help those in our community who may be less fortunate.”
Dec 5, 2016
GARDNER Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and some his staff dropped by Gardner’s Community Action Center on Wednesday morning to drop off several rather heavy bags full of winter coats, just in time for the onset of the New England winter.
CAC Executive Director Julie Meehan said the organization will provide coats to 215 Gardner families.
“Many people were coming in early to ask about the coats,” said Meehan.
“We really rely on this drive.”
In recent months, Meehan said, “We’ve had 12 hundred people come through our doors.
Four-hundred were looking for coats, winter clothing, heating assistance.
That’s about the same as last year, but they started coming in earlier.”
The Sheriff’s Coat Drive, was initiated by Evangelidis’ predecessor but, said Director of External Affairs Kimberly Roy, on a much smaller scale.
“They might have helped out one community a year,” she said.
“Sheriff Evangelidis greatly expanded the effort and it’s been a countywide effort for six years now.”
In addition to the sheriff’s stop in Gardner, Evangelidis and his volunteers were making stops Wednesday in Cleghorn and at Our Father’s House in Fitchburg.
The sheriff and his crew also stopped at the Spanish American Center in Leominster, and at three locations in Southbridge on Wednesday.
“There are a number of areas throughout the county that really need the kind of help were delivering today,” said Nic Barbara, Evangelidis’ director of external programs.
“There are some spots in the north county that need help, but Southbridge is an area that’s really hurting.”
“It’s hard to gauge in some places,” Meehan said.
“There are some people in Westminster, for example, that could use some help or may ask for help, but they’re embarrassed.
The hardest part is sometimes getting past the stigma.”
The deadline for contributing coats to the drive is usually at the end of November, just before Thanksgiving.
“People certainly are more than welcome to drop of coats at any time,” said Ellen Savickas, a board member of the Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association.
“If they come in after the deadline we simply deliver them next year.”
The Sheriff’s Coat Drive is a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office of Community Corrections, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the Gardner Museum, RCAP Solutions of Gardner, Royco Distributors of Gardner, Warmer Winters of Leominster, Independent Cleaner of Fitchburg, and a long list of other local businesses and community partners.
“We can’t thank Sheriff Evangelidis and his team enough for coming in today to deliver hundreds of winter coats for the individuals who rely each day on our center,” said Meehan.
“Receiving these badly needed warm jackets helps us provide an invaluable service to those less fortunate in our community, especially during the cold winter months.”
Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke also was on hand to thank Evangelidis for his yearly effort to assist the less fortunate around Worcester County and in Gardner in particular.