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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.

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Walking in the woods on an autumn day adds a different dimension to the forest. Leaves are crun­chy, most have fallen, and the landscape is blanketed in auburn, orange, yellow, red and brown.

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TEWKSBURY — The Board of Selectmen met last week to address tax rates for residents and commercial property.

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As we all try to become more aware of our impact on the environment, we diligently recycle, reduce our carbon footprint, and strive to become more sustainable. We carry reusable bags, put paper in our toters, and shut off our lights when no one in is the room. But how are we doing with food waste?

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Nothing says “Welcome Autumn Harvest” quite like a display of festive Indian Corn. Also known as Flint Corn, this colorful and decorative corn differs from the traditional yellow corn that is grown both locally and throughout the country to eat and enjoy at cookouts, bar-b-ques, and dinner tables.

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TEWKSBURY — At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Tewksbury Board of Health, Chairman Ray­mond Barry discussed the issue of non-compliance by the trustees and management company for Cottage Place at 1147 Main St. regarding a transition to sewer and handling of the abandoned septic system.

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TEWKSBURY — The Town of Tewksbury’s events for Veterans Day start on Friday, November 8 with the fourth annual Veterans Breakfast from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Tewksbury Senior Center. This free event will be hosted by Veterans’ Service Officer Lisa Downey and served with help from State Senator B…

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TEWKSBURY — The Baker-Polito administration has declared a first in the country STEM week, emphasizing the importance of science, technology, engineering and math in schools and encouraging exploration and innovation in these disciplines.

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TEWKSBURY — Last week, the Tewksbury Pub­lic Library hosted an in­formation session to share critical details about the 2020 US federal census with members of the community.

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As we begin to make pre­p­arations for the upcoming holiday season, many of us skimp on sleep as a way to have extra time to complete our ever growing “to do” list. This un­knowingly puts ourselves at risk, as sleep is one of the most important, but often overlooked, aspects of healthy living.

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TEWKSBURY — The School Committee met last week to recognize high achieving students and hear an update on the elementary school project from project management firm CBRE/Heery and design firm Flans­burgh Architects. The first order of business an executive session to discuss col­lective bargaining.

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TEWKSBURY — At the Oct. 15 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, representatives from Wame­sit Lanes made a request for changes to their in­door and outdoor entertainment licenses, and ex­tension of hours for their liquor license.

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TEWKSBURY — Last Tuesday, Oct. 15, a bench at the Tewksbury Senior Cen­ter was dedicated in honor of late State Repre­sentative Jim Miceli.

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How in the world do you pronounce that name? The village that lies at the northern most end of the cleanest lake in New York state is pronounced “skinny-atlas.” Skaneateles is an Iroquois name meaning “very long lake,” which is appropriate for its 16 mile length and narrow feature.

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TEWKSBURY — The sun was shining on Tewksbury on Saturday as scores of residents and non-residents alike spread out over the community to participate in the fall town clean up.

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TEWKSBURY — The Planning Board met last week for a brief meeting. Members Eric Ryder and Jay Delaney were not present, so the board did not have a voting quorum. Four hearings were continued to future meetings.

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TEWKSBURY — Emily Leg­gat is the newest teen librarian working at the Tewksbury Public Library as of Oct. 1. After severe budget cuts caused the library to remove the teen librarian position in 2009, Leggat is replacing the previous teen librarian Aimee Villet who was originally hired in 2017.

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Halloween and the fall season would not be the same without a Jack-O-Lantern on your front step, or a pile of multi-colored pumpkins on a hay­stack in your front yard.

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This might seem an un­usual title for an article when the need to recycle and the push to upcycle is so great. However, “wish cycling” is the act of placing something in a recycling bin with the “hope” that it will find a reuse or recycled benefit down the line. Tossing items into re­cycling…

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TEWKSBURY — Novem­ber marks the annual clean up of The Pines Ce­metery, one of three in Tewksbury that are part of the Tewksbury State Hos­pital legacy, a former almshouse, tuberculosis and polio infirmary, and pauper care facility open­ed in 1854.

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TEWKSBURY — On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, Michelle Moriarty went to work her Saturday morning shift at Reds Laun­dromat, located at 1768 Main St. in Tewks­bury. Moriarty had no idea as she came through the doors of the laundromat that Saturday, it would be a life changing day.

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WILMINGTON — They heed the call. A fellow veteran needs a helping hand, and Tom Fisher, a veteran himself and motorcycle rider, jumps into action.

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October brings to mind all things that are spoo­ky, scary and go bump in the night. Despite all of the amusement park’s haunted houses and the scary Hollywood horror flicks, nothing can raise the hairs on the back of your neck quite like the writings of Edgar Allan Poe.

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For years I have seen the Great River Wall in Lowell but never knew how to get there to stroll along the Merrimack. I finally track­ed it down and learned that the Northern Canal Walkway is a delightful 1.6 mile path that is open to the public and operated by the National Park Service.

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TEWKSBURY — Tewks­bury’s Fall Special Town Meeting opened on Tues­day, Oct. 1 with 285 voters and 24 visitors registered. Keith Rauseo was nominated to serve as moderator as former Town Meet­ing Moderator Jayne Well­man was elected to the Board of Selectmen and as such had to surrender the r…

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TEWKSBURY — Gov­ernor Charlie Baker is­sued a temporary state­wide ban on vape products on Sept. 24 in an ef­fort to give public health officials a chance to in­vestigate a string of respiratory illnesses tied to the use of such products. Health departments ac­ross Massachusetts had to jump …

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TEWKSBURY — The Board of Selectmen met last week to discuss several one-day event applications. Chair­man Jay Kelly was not present but joined the board via teleconference.

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TEWKSBURY — On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Tewksbury Community Market held its last market of the season in front of the Tewksbury Public Library. 12 vendors and four food trucks were in attendance.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Health met on Sept. 19 with a continuance of a show cause hearing for Cottage Place, located at 1147 Main St. As of the meeting, Cottage Place had not secured a sewer tie in as required by the BOH.

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WILMINGTON — Since September was National Recovery Month, the Tewksbury Police Department set purple lights around the gazebo in the Town Common to raise awareness and bring hope for recovery. Program Di­rector for the Substance Abuse Prevention Colla­borative Maria Rugger­io told the Town C…

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BILLERICA — Re­cently, the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School School Commit­tee released a statement announcing its search for the next Superin­tendent of Schools. The start date of the position would be on July 1, 2020.