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TEWKSBURY — The sign on the door reads “Closed until further no­tice.” Pickup trucks en­ter and exit the parking lot, seemingly confused. Am­e… Read more

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TEWKSBURY — With industrial metal chairs, wooden architecture, and potted succulents on the tables, the District is the type of restaurant one might expect to find in a chic downtown setting, rather than inside a technical high school. In this case, the snappy eatery may be found at Minute­m…

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TEWKSBURY — Over the past year, various changes have occurred in the realm of town po­litics. From new elec­ted officials, to major articles being passed at Town Meeting, the Tewks­bury local political sphere shifted through­out 2019.

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TEWKSBURY — The end of 2019 brought big changes to the state’s education system. Bill S.2365, better known as the Student Opportunity Act, was unanimously pas­sed in the state Senate and House of Represen­tatives, and signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker on Nov. 26.

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The mild winter weather presents opportunities to get out and explore without the annoyance of in­sects or extreme discomfort, and the absence of foliage affords views that reveal features that might otherwise be missed in woodland areas. (Always check for ticks, though.)

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The City of Lowell is fil­led with many unexpected hidden gems. One such gem is the surprising combination of art and history that can be found at the Whist­ler House Museum of Art, located at 243 Worthen St. in Lowell.

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TEWKSBURY — A vid­eo of a pig being pro­cessed at the Oliveira farm surfaced last week, raising another set of questions about the operation and its handling of animals in Tewksbury. The video was posted via the social media platform Snapchat, and ap­pears to have been taken by someone other…

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LOWELL — When the call goes out for help, Tewksbury families are always generous and ea­ger to provide assistance in whatever manner they can. For more than 10 years, Lowell Healthy Fa­milies, part of the Massa­chusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Eliot Hu­man Commu…

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WOBURN — The Mid­dlesex District Attor­ney’s Office issued a press release on Friday, Dec. 27 announcing that Tewksbury resident Er­ic Griffin, 40, has been indicted on the charges of first degree murder, domestic abuse, and strangulation relating to the murder of Jennifer Kalicki, 39. His t…

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TEWKSBURY — Test results are in for Tewks­bury’s drinking water in the wake of revelations in November that runoff from a landfill in New Hampshire was being sent to Lowell’s Duck Island waste water treatment plant for processing and subsequent discharge into the Merrimack River. The water, …

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Ever on the lookout for new and interesting pla­ces to explore, we recently noticed a sign along Route 93 north for Lawrence Riv­erfront State Park.

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As the champagne bottles are drain­ed, the confetti set­tles, and the New Year’s Eve fireworks are just an echo in your brain, New Year’s Day brings to mind several things.

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TEWKSBURY — It is a gift for the holidays that residents could not wait to open. Pinnacle Street, which has been closed for eight months, is finally back in business. The bridge, which passes over Meadow Brook, had be­come unstable, with pavement collapsing and footings sinking. Efforts by t…

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TEWKSBURY — At the Dec. 19 meeting of the Tewksbury Board of Health, Attorney Donald Borenstein updated the board about the progress that the Oliveira piggery has made since the Nov. 21 meeting, addressing an extensive list of requirements set forth by the board.

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TEWKSBURY — At the Dec. 17 meeting of the Tewksbury Board of Sel­ectmen, the board ad­dressed a change of manager application for the Holiday Inn on An­dover Street. Chairman Jay Kelly explained that the applicant met all the requirements, including a CORI identification, vote of entry, proo…

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The deadline for getting the new REAL ID is Oct. 1, 2020. What is a REAL ID and why will you need one? As a result of the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, the Depart­ment of Homeland Security, through the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, has implemented a program to stan…

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LOWELL — On Thurs­day, Dec. 19 the criminal phase of the Oliveira animal cruelty case continued at Lowell District Court with a pre-trial hearing. Slaughterhouse owner Dinis Oliveira of 199 Marston St. and his employee, Francisco Men­jivar of El Salvador, both appeared before a judge at the …

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Public Library celebrated the town’s 285th birthday on Mon­day, giving out approximately 200 slices of cake for patrons to enjoy. Friends of the Library Rita O’Bri­en-Dee, Christian Panasuk and Rose O’Neill were all on hand to share in the celebration.

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After several bouts with snow al­ready this De­cem­ber, it is discouraging to think that we are still many months away from spring. Fortunately, De­cember can offer a multitude of indoor seasonal plants to make your spirits bright amidst the cold December weather.

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Even with snow on the ground, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Mu­seum is a lovely place to explore, wander and ab­sorb art while also soaking in the beauty of the outdoors.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury School Com­mit­tee met on Wednesday, Dec. 4 to recognize student achievement on the Next Generation MCAS (Massa­chusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) ex­am. Students in grades 3 through 10 were tested in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science, Technolog…

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TEWKSBURY — This week, Tewksbury staff conducted the first of several public presentations outlining the new zoning bylaw changes, set to be voted on at an­nual Town Meeting in May of 2020.

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TEWKSBURY — The meeting was called to or­der as the gavel was banged and the flag was saluted. Members of the American Legion Post 259 were conducting their monthly meeting, held at the Tewksbury Police Sta­tion meeting room.

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As you think about the teens in your life and consider those who are about to, or have recently turn­ed 18, parents and guar­dians may acknowledge the milestone with a hear­ty “now you’re an adult” declaration. However, there are numerous things that go along with turning 18 that may elude e…

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Health held its regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21 and continued the evidentiary portion and subsequent public hearing of the review of the permit for the keeping of animals for Oliveira farm.

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TEWKSBURY — Stu­dents and families gathered in the large group instruction room at the high school last week to meet the staff from Tewks­bury Public Schools who support students who do not speak English as their first language.

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TEWKSBURY — The Planning Board met on Nov. 18. The first order of business was a discussion about Cube Smart. The board denied a bond re­lease request to Cube Smart at 395 Woburn St. on the grounds that the company still has unresolved landscaping issues. No representatives from Cube Smart w…

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TEWKSBURY — At the Nov. 19 meeting of the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen, State Repre­sentative David Robert­son came before the board to discuss House Bill 3976 which addresses sewage overflow into public waterways. Rob­ertson sits on the Joint Committee on Environ­ment, Natural Resour­ces, a…

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TEWKSBURY — The Flynn family of Tewks­bury gave the City of Eve­rett the spruce tree from their front lawn to be used in Everett’s annual Christ­mas Tree Lighting on Dec. 6. The donation emerged from a post on Facebook by Katie Hand Flynn, who posted about wanting to get rid of the tree in f…

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TEWKSBURY — On Sat­urday, 70 Teamsters wo­men assembled holiday care packages for servicemen and women currently stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The organizing, packing, and stacking of boxes full of supplies was set up by the Teamsters Joint Council 10 New Eng­land Women’s Com­mit­tee at…

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TEWKSBURY — At the Nov. 13 meeting of the Tewksbury School Com­mittee, the committee first invited fifth and sixth graders from the John F. Ryan Elemen­tary School to speak about the Massachusetts STEM (Science, Techn­ology, Engineering, and Math) Week Real World Design Challenge.

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BILLERICA — Mat­thew Mixon of Billerica has recently announced that he will be running to represent Massachusetts’ Sixth District in the Uni­ted States House of Rep­re­sentatives, which in­cludes Tewksbury and Wil­mington, in the 2020 Congressional election. Mixon will be challenging incumbe…

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Virtual reality is gaining popularity in the gaming and action entertainment world and while the technology has been around for decades, the penetration into the home gaming market has been sluggish. VR headsets are expensive, and the software is constantly evolving.