Tewksbury Top News

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TEWKSBURY — Grad­ua­ting seniors from TMHS who earned the Seal of Biliteracy distinction were honored this week at a recognition ceremony hos­ted by ELE Department Lead Karen Hodgson and Spanish teacher Sra. Ma­ria de Graça Lealdini-Dudley. Assistant Superin­tendent Brenda Theriault-Regan wa…

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TEWKSBURY — Thanks to a grant award in Feb­ruary from the Massa­chusetts Cultural Council, Tewksbury’s Open Space and Recreation Plan Com­mitt… Read more

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TEWKSBURY — With conventions across the world cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tewksbury Public Library decided to get creative with a Virtual Library-Con that was held June 22-27.

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The Fourth of July is always celebrated as a summer tradition of cookouts and parades amongst the backdrop of colorful fireworks displays.

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TEWKSBURY — John W. Wynn Middle School 8th grader Kimsan Ngu­yen was recognized re­cently by The Massachu­setts Educational Theater Guild as the Middle School Division Logo Design winner. Nguyen is the stage manager for the Drama Club at the Wynn.

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TEWKSBURY — The Board of Selectmen reorganized as a result of the June 16 local town election. Current Board of Select­man chairperson Jay Kelly was elected to another three year term. Reorgan­ization is customary for boards after local elections.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Sel­ectmen met on June 17, 2020 via teleconference to discuss liquor licenses and prepare for Town Meeting.

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TEWKSBURY — An­nual Town Meeting was held on Monday Night at Tewksbury Memorial High School. Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer were available for residents to use, and almost all attendees wore masks for the entire meeting. Chairs in the gymnasium were spaced six feet apart, and arrows mar­k…

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TEWKSBURY — Steve and Susannah Trudeau have a deep love of family, faith and community. The Tewksbury couple was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Depart­ment of Children and Families as Foster Par­ents of the Year by the Lowell/Chelmsford office.

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The Great Meadows Na­tional Wildlife Refuge is divided into multiple units, consisting of conservation areas in Billerica, Con­cord and Sudbury. We visited the Sudbury refuge earlier this spring and found it to be a nice place to walk, with a variety of terrain and pathways, having explored …

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June brings the official start of summer, offering plenty of outdoor activities for the entire family, including beloved family pets. Hiking, biking, swim­ming and backpacking with the family does not apply to just dogs anymore. With the new trend of “Adven­ture Cats” sweeping social media, …

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TEWKSBURY — Though Tewksbury’s school year is almost over, debates regarding the “Redmen” mascot have begun to spark up again.

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TEWKSBURY — On June 22, annual Town Meeting will commence in a socially-distanced con­figuration at Tewks­bury Memorial High School. Special Town Meeting will commence on June 24. The following articles make up the 2020 warrant.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury School Com­mittee met last Wednes­day, June 10, for a virtual meeting via Webex teleconference.

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TEWKSBURY — Justin Darrigo is an active Tewks­bury teen; he plays football, lacrosse, participates in student government, and is part of the TMHS theater company.

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TEWKSBURY — On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Tewksbury held its annual town election. The polls were open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., with various safety measures in place for in-person voters in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pan­demic.

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With travel and social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19 still in place, many of us will be spending our summer vacations within the confines of our own backyard.

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Continuing our explora­tion of places to walk during the pandemic, we discovered the Mill Pond Con­servation area in Bur­ling­ton.

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TEWKSBURY — Tewks­bury’s newest addition to its switchbox art collection is at the corner of Shaw­sheen and East Streets. Depicting images of a Tewksbury era gone by, the public art installation is sure to evoke memories for those who grew up in the town in the ’70s and ’80s.

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TEWKSBURY — The closure of schools and bu­sinesses has been a difficult transition for all. Stu­dents have moved to on­line learning, but students who participate in Tewks­bury Memorial High School’s LEAP program had a bit of a challenge finding routine and continuation of their life skills …

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TEWKSBURY — On Mon­day, June 8, Governor Charlie Baker outlined the Phase 2, step 1 reopening guidelines for the Com­monwealth. As part of an ongoing effort to get the economy moving again while limiting the chances of a resurgence of the co­ronavirus, the guidelines widen the scope of activ…

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TEWKSBURY — Next week, the annual town election will take place on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Earlier this year, the annual town election was postponed twice from its original date on April 4, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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TEWKSBURY — There seems to be a bit of 21+ magic in the air for the Tewksbury community. Wine fairies have come into town spreading joy and a giving spirit.

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TEWKSBURY — Con­tact tracing is not a new concept in the public health world, but is a term that is now part of our ever-growing pandemic lexicon. The contact tracing process is critically important to containment of the spread of the coronavirus, and in fact any highly contagious or communi…

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TEWKSBURY — Over the past several days, the news cycle has been dominated by coverage of massive peaceful pro­tests in cities and towns across the United States in response to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Geor­gia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as c…

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TEWKSBURY — 30 people from Mass Ad­vocating for Change To­gether came out on Sun­day afternoon to protest discrimination against people with psychiatric diagnoses and lack of transparency from the Massachusetts Depart­ment of Health and the Executive Officer of Health and Human Ser­vices rel…

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TEWKSBURY — Last week, the chairpersons of several Tewksbury boards came together virtually to discuss the business re­opening plan for the town. Selectboard Chair Jay Kelly, Economic Develop­ment Committee Chair Mark Kratman, Planning Board Chair Steven John­son, and Board of Health Chair R…

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As we move into our third month of social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, people are looking for ways to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air while still ensuring their own safety and the safety of others.

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TEWKSBURY — One of the most widely used resources in the community, the Tewksbury Pub­lic Library, had to ab­ruptly shut its doors on March 16 along with other public buildings as part of the stay at home order in effect in the Commonwealth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TEWKSBURY — Re­cent­ly, a Tewksbury landmark has received a much needed face lift. The iconic Mac’s Dairy Farm sign, located at 1863 Main St., was replaced with a new, updated version.

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TEWKSBURY — In times like these, with CO­VID-19 and months that feel like years, it seems like nothing is impossible. Yet, Tewks­bury has gotten itself into a bit of “monkey business” when it received a visitor from the wild side.

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TEWKSBURY — The School Committee met on Wednesday, May 20, for a virtual meeting to recognize academic excellence of the TMHS Class of 2020.

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A notice issued by the Commonwealth of Massa­chusetts on May 21 urged businesses to flush their plumbing in order to mitigate the hazards of mold and Legionella bacteria in the pipes.

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TEWKSBURY — On May 21, 2020, Tewksbury Memo­rial High School premier­ed a pre-recorded scholarship and awards ceremony for the community to celebrate the academic and athletic achievements of the class of 2020. 180 scholarships were awarded, totaling $125,000 in fiscal aid for seniors.

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TEWKSBURY — On Monday, Governor Char­lie Baker unveiled a four-stage plan to reopen Massachusetts in light of the current COVID-19 pan­demic. The four stages, “Phase 1: Start,” “Phase 2: Cautious,” “Phase 3: Vigilant,” and “Phase 4: New Normal,” provide a gradual approach to re­opening the s…

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The recent announcement of the federal government's National De­fense Authorization Act has brought space travel back into the public limelight. This Act specifies plans to redesignate the Air Force Space Com­mand to the U.S. Space Force, and es­tablish it as an independent branch of the U.S…

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Looking for a flat, paved stretch of road to ex­plore? The Methu­en Rail Trail may be for you. The trail is a 2.4 mile stretch that runs from Meth­uen to Salem, New Hampshire on a section of the former Law­rence and Manchester branch of the Boston and Maine railroad corridor.

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TEWKSBURY — Sen­ior year for parents and families of a high school student is an emotional time. It is the end of one journey, and the beginning of another. Ex­pec­tations run high for celebrations and a chance to bring family and friends together to congratulate the graduate on a job well done.

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TEWKSBURY — Last week, it was announced that Tewksbury Memo­rial Day festivities, in­cluding the annual pa­rade and traditional ceremony at Tewksbury Ce­metery, would be cancelled. This cancellation decision comes as a re­sult of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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TEWKSBURY/WILMINGTON — Farm stand season is here and if you haven’t already figured it out, these small treasures of agriculture are an ex­cellent way to get fruits, vegetables, milk, butter, eggs and some meats without going into the grocery store. Oh, and don’t forget local honey, baked go…

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Located on a residential side street in Chelmsford, Thanksgiving Ground For­est is a 45-acre wooded area that abuts Great Brook Farm in Carlisle and Russell Mill. There is a small parking area at the end of Janet Road, open to the public for hiking, mountain biking, and canoe or kayaking.