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TEWKSBURY — A special group of Tewksbury students participated in a skills event last week which inspired and energized all involved.

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The rose has long been held as a symbol of life, love, beauty and devotion, and the month of June has been a long standing, popular month for the ultimate celebration of love and devotion, wedding season.

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TEWKSBURY — A re­cent attack of a dog by a mother coyote at the state hospital fields in Tewks­bury has ignited concern among dog owners and walkers. A dog off-leash was attacked by a coyote when it strayed too close to the den. The mother was protecting her litter from a would-be predator; …

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Community Mar­ket is set to begin their 2021 season on June 17. This year, the market will be held in the same location as last season: 300 Chandler St., commonly re­cognized as the field across from the Tewks­bury Public Library.

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TEWKSBURY — The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Patriot’s Pen Essay contest has been providing scholarships for youth for many years. Part of the program is the annual es­say contest focused on de­mocracy and patriotism and the vision of that ideal from the perspective of young students.

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TEWKSBURY — On Thursday, May 20, the Tewksbury Rotary Club virtually honored Tewks­bury Memorial High School members of the Class of 2021, Lovens La­mousnery and Eyhvong Phalla for receiving the May 2021 Hat’s Off Award.

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TEWKSBURY — After a pause to in-person celebra­tions last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tewks­bury’s Memorial Day festivities look a bit more normal this year. Follow­ing the easing of statewide restrictions on Saturday, May 29, the annual Memo­rial Day Ceremony and Pa­rade will take pl…

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TEWKSBURY — The TMHS theater company presented their spring production, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in a virtual format on Fri­day and Saturday, May 21 and 22. The production was viewable via Broadway on Demand, a streaming service.

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TEWKSBURY — Last week, the Board of Select­men heard a presentation on the Pedestrian Mobility Master Plan from DPW Director Brian Gilbert and Town Engineer Kevin Har­diman. Gilbert and Hardi­man reviewed the history of the plan’s development, the current status of sidewalks in the town, and…

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The dairy case, if it can be called that any longer, has exploded with a huge variety of non-dairy beverages. Signaling a shift away from cow’s milk, nut, soy and oat milks are commanding more and more real estate on store shelves.

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Promenade is in the air for Tewks­bury Memorial High School, as well as many other high school communities, but be­­cause of the ongoing pandemic, many schools have had to be creative when choosing a venue to hold this year's prom.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Public Schools district-wide art show premiered online last week in a virtual format curated by Tewksbury’s fine and performing arts educators.

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TEWKSBURY — On April 9, 2021, the United States At­torney’s office for the Dis­trict of Massachusetts an­nounced that Arnold Martel, Sr., age 61, of Tewksbury, was charged with defrauding the government of more than $480,000 by engaging in a mul­ti-year tax evasion scheme.

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TEWKSBURY — Occupying more than 700 acres, Tewks­bury Hospital commands a fair portion of the landscape in central Tewksbury. The hospital, a former almshouse, ties many people in Tewks­bury together through history, lore, services or recreation.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury School Com­mittee met on May 13, 2021 for its first in-person meet­ing since last summer, held in the TMHS auditorium. Members wore masks and social distancing was observed.

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The explosion of interest in nature cameras during the pandemic has provided the world an opportunity to observe nature in all types of remote settings. Armchair naturalists may enjoy hippos at a watering hole in Africa or bears in Alaska.

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Ahoy, Me Hearties! If you long for stories of the swashbuckling days of a pirate adventure and treasure hunting, there is no need to travel all the way to the Carib­bean. New England is rich with its own history of piracy on the high seas, and a short trip south of Boston to Cape Cod will le…

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Tewksbury — Residents came out in large numbers last Saturday to participate in the annual spring town cleanup. Part of the Tewksbury Beauti­fication Committee’s activities, the event has evolved to include the Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee and benefitted the Community Pantry this year.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Public Schools premiered the online district art exhibition on Fri­day, May 7 via Tewksbury Telemedia’s YouTube chan­nel. The art show, typically a packed event at Tewks­bury Memorial High School in non-pandemic times, went virtual in light of the constraints of pub…

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TEWKSBURY — Spe­cial Town Meeting and the remainder of annual Town Meeting was held on Wednesday, May 5, at Tewksbury Memorial High School.

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Flower buds and new foliage growth is a telltale sign of the beginning of spring. For seasonal al­lergy sufferers, it is also a sure sign of the beginning of spring allergy season.

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As evidence mounts as to the strains that industrial animal food production places on our eco­sys­tems, producers are looking for ways to ease the industry’s carbon foot­print, appeal to a variety of palates, and provide equivalent or superior nu­trition profiles through new food products.

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TEWKSBURY — The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP) recently named Tewksbury resident Mary-Ellen Coo­per as the 2021 recipient of the MCNP Distinguished Nurse Practitioner Award. She has been in nursing for over 30 years and is currently a nurse practitioner at Tewksbury Hospital.

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TEWKSBURY — A con­cept plan for new sidewalks along Fiske Street and Andover Street near the Loella F. Dewing Elementary School will be submitted by town engineers for a Complete Streets Grant from MassDOT as part of the town’s Five Year Capital Plan.

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Plant-based eating is re­ceiving a lot of attention in the media these days. People are seeking ways to improve their health, re­duce dependence on large scale agribusiness, and re­verse the environmental im­pacts that factory farming has produced.

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America’s national pastime, baseball, is usually in full swing by mid-spring. The same can be said for the all-American hamburger. It seems grilling burgers has also become a national pastime, especially from Memo­rial Day to Labor Day, making May the perfect time for Na­tional Hamburger Month.

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TEWKSBURY — As a way to make an impact on local nonprofits, a new charitable giving organization has formed in Tewksbury. Part of the larger “100 Who Care Al­liance,” 100 People Tewks­­bury is being organized by resident Lorna Garey.

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TEWKSBURY — On May 3, 2021, annual Town Meeting will commence in a socially-distanced configuration at Tewksbury Me­morial High School. Special Town Meeting will be held on May 5. The following articles make up the 2021 warrant.

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TEWKSBURY — Wa­ter­line replacement in Tewks­bury is an ongoing pro­cess, and has been for se­veral years. As the town’s infrastructure ages, town engineers have been wor­king on replacement projects for various sections of water pipe.

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Every spring, as the snow recedes and the grass starts to turn green, small shoots of plants emerge and buds on the trees get ready to burst. However, this awakening from the winter slumber is often also combined with a reveal of litter on the landscape, leaving many to wonder how it got the…

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Springtime brings warmer temperatures and longer days, and is also the unofficial start of hun­ting season. I refer not to wildlife hunting season, but to the treasure hunting season.

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TEWKSBURY — The Town of Tewksbury has begun its catch basin cleaning which includes the removal of trash and sediments collected in the storm drains. According to the Department of Pub­lic Works, catch basin maintenance is important to prevent blockages and minimize the amount of pollutants …

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TEWKSBURY — On Thursday, April 15, the Tewksbury Rotary Club virtually honored TMHS members of the Class of 2021, Erin McIntyre and Karlee Gonsalves for re­ceiving the April 2021 Hat’s Off Award.

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TEWKSBURY — Jas­mine Won, a Tewksbury resident and first-year student at Bridgewater State University, has re­cently been named as a Newman Civic Fellow for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Few things say “spring is here” like the thousands of happy, little yellow faces that adorn the island of Nantucket in the month of April.

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April 30 is National Bub­ble Tea Day. The bubble tea craze, or boba, seems to have gained momentum recently, breaking out of its ethnic market status into a more mainstream drink.

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TEWKSBURY — Re­cently, the method of ob­taining public records through the Tewksbury Public School System was a topic of online discussion. Doreen Healy, a 15-year advocate for special education students and families within Tewks­bury and the surrounding communities, received a bill for more…

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TEWKSBURY — On Sat­urday, April 10, voters in the Town of Tewksbury took to the polls for the annual town election. Though turn­out was low, with only 1,999 out of 23,531 registered voters casting a ballot, the outcome of the election left Tewksbury with two new selectmen and two new School …