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TEWKSBURY — Tewks­bury marked the 20th an­niversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept, 11, 2001 with a parade and ceremony at the 9-11 me­morial. Located at the in­tersection of Chandler and East streets, next to the Tewksbury Public Li­brary, the memorial, con­structed in 2005, is dedicated …

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After record rainfall amounts this summer, many are ex­periencing a green lawn speckled with tiny mushrooms. This unusual occurrence for early September makes for an ironic segway into the fact that September is National Mush­room Month.

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TEWKSBURY — At this week’s 10th Community Market of the season, Tiny Arms Coffee & Ce­ramics will be among al­most 40 vendors present. Based in a mill’s loading dock on Western Avenue in Lowell, Tiny Arms specializes in sustainable cof­fee and ceramics products.

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While backyard birdwatching may be a meditative pastime for many, Massachusetts residents are urged to take precautions when filling their bird feeders to help stop the spread of a mysterious communicable disease killing birds across the Eastern seaboard.

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TEWKSBURY — After a defeat at special Town Meeting on May 5, 2021, the zoning bylaw review committee reconvened to debrief and plan for next steps. An updated zoning bylaw for Tewksbury, which consolidates overlay districts, addresses signage, building height, density, and so forth for the c…

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TEWKSBURY — With this year marking the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, cities and towns across the nation will honor the victims of the attack through me­morial ceremonies. In this spirit, the Tewksbury 9-11 Memorial Ceremony will be among those held on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 at 8:46 a.m.

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TEWKSBURY — After a successful first week at the new Livingston Street Park location, the Tewksbury Community Market is planning for another triumphant mar­ket this week, with over 30 vendors set to attend. Among the vendors in attendance will be Wood Working Ladies, a business specializing …

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Health met on Aug. 19 for its regular meeting to discuss continuation of a moratorium on new body art establishments, im­pen­ding actions relative to Oliveira farm, and to hear COVID-19 updates.

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TEWKSBURY — This week will mark the first week the Tewksbury Com­munity Market will be held at their new location, Livingston Street Park. One of the vendors in at­tendance at the newly-relocated market will be Ackreations Treasures, a business specializing in hairpiece accessories.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Health held a show cause hearing on Aug. 26, 2021 for Oli­veira Farm, located at 199 Marston St., last week. Member Tony Boschetti was not present.

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TEWKSBURY — Des­pite reports in local me­dia recently that “pet” goats were taken from Oliveira farm and de­stroyed, records provided to The Town Crier by the Massachusetts De­part­ment of Agricultural Resources and the US Department of Agricul­ture confirm that the animals were not pets, an…

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As the weather turns cooler and more bearable, now is a great time to check out the beauty and color of nor­thern New England. New Hampshire’s White Moun­tains, millions of years old, contain more than 40 scalable peaks, including many 4,000 foot giants.

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This week brings the start of school for many communities. As students return to the classroom, many parents are faced with the problem of how to get their picky eat­ers to eat a healthy lunch when they go back to school.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Health met Wednesday, Aug. 18, for a special meeting to discuss the wearing of masks in the Tewksbury Public Schools for the upcoming school year and to provide input to the Tewksbury School Committee.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Sel­ectmen met on Aug. 17, 2021, for an in-person meet­ing at town hall. Member James Mackey was not present.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury School Com­mittee met on Aug. 18, 2021 at TMHS, during a power outage caused by a car hitting a utility pole on Pleasant Street just before the meeting. TMHS generators were in use.

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In spite of tremendous physical damage, Wilming­ton fared well in the hurricane of 1938. The storm with no name, the worst since 1869, ripped through New England on Sept. 21, killing 682 people. Wilming­ton had no fatalities and only minor injuries.

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The long awaited harvest season for much of the locally grown produce begins as many of us are still in the mindset of summer. August is when we all enjoy the last few pleasures of summer, and the harvest of locally grown plums is certainly one of those summertime pleasures.

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Ahead of the Common­wealth’s “Hurricane Aware­ness Month” in Septem­ber, Hurricane Henri made its way up the eastern seaboard, bringing rain and strong winds to the region. Hurricane season typically runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 in Massachu­setts.

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TEWKSBURY — On Aug. 19, it was announ­ced that the Tewksbury Com­munity Market would be moving locations for its final five markets of the 2021 season. While the market is currently being held in field space adjacent to the Tewks­bury Public Library, it will be moving to Liv­ingston Street P…

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Plan­ning Board met for an in-person meeting on Aug. 17, 2021 in Tewksbury Town Hall. All five members were present to hear about a citizen petition that will be submitted for consideration on the war­rant for special Town Meeting on Oct. 5, 2021.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Plan­ning Board met for an in-person meeting on Aug. 17, 2021 in Tewksbury Town Hall. All five members were present.

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TEWKSBURY — While the weather has not been cooperative for much of the Tewksbury Commu­ni­ty Market’s season this year, there have been a variety of unique vendors in the line-up for previous and upcoming markets. Among them is Naturel Juicing LLC.

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TEWKSBURY — As students graduate high school and get ready to head off to college and career, it is important to instill in them a sense of civic duty and remind them to register to vote. Even if students move out of state, they may vote absentee by mail for local and national elections. Whi…

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TEWKSBURY — For­mer TMHS marching band and winter guard performers Megan Cun­ningham, Jasmine Won and Ian Mangan took part in summer workshops in July with the Spartans, continuing a tra­dition of music and performance participation by graduates of the TMHS performing arts program.

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TEWKSBURY — Taught a Lot Childcare, located in Tewksbury, has had an eventful year! Shirley Con­nolly, owner and Childcare Educator, re­cently held an extravagant graduation ceremony for her “ducklings” that are moving on to kindergarten, while also fund­raising $600 towards a comfort dog an…

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What better way to spend a warm, sum­mer eve­ning than a leisurely stroll amongst the glow of the ancient art of Chinese lanterns. Mix in the ex­cite­ment and natural beau­ty of a few of Franklin Park’s wild animals, and you have the recipe for an eve­ning of family fun.

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Hiking in the White Moun­tains of New Hampshire is appealing to people for a host of reasons. Part of the 48 4,000-foot peaks in the Granite State, Mount Liberty falls at number 18, with an elevation of 4,459 feet.

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TEWKSBURY — The TMHS Titans Robotics team competed in Bat­tleCry, a regional robotics competition hosted by Worcester Polytech­nic Institute on Aug. 1, 2021. FIRST (For Inspir­a­tion and Recognition of Science and Technology) teams from around the northeast traveled to Wor­cester to particip…

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TEWKSBURY — On Friday, July 30, members of the Tewksbury Public Schools Summer Academ­ic Credit Recovery program gathered for a celebration to mark the completion of their High Quality Service Learning Project. Featuring students from grades 7-12, the group worked alongside Strongwater Farm …

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TEWKSBURY — A re­cently reported vulnerability in a software system used by many municipalities was disclosed last week by PeopleGIS. The vendor was reviewed in an “ethical hack” by WizCase, an organization of cybersecurity researchers who found the exposure.

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Though summer may be drawing to a close, the North Shore continues to offer recreation opportunities beyond beaches and camping. If you’re looking to get up to the coast for sea breezes and exercise, seek out the area’s im­pressive network of paved trails for walking and biking.

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TEWKSBURY/WILMINGTON — The Girl Scouts are an integral part of the fabric of Tewksbury and Wilming­ton, and Joyce Hamlyn has been the master wea­ver for over 20 years. The coordinator of the Bald­win Unit of Tewksbury and Wilmington, Hamlyn is retiring and will be de­parting for Arizona in t…

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TEWKSBURY — The incidence of COVID-19 cases is on the rise in Massachusetts, and Tewks­bury is not spared. The Tewksbury Public Schools COVID-19 dashboard had its first case reported since May.

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TEWKSBURY — An institution in Tewksbury, Noelle Boc has seen a generation of Tewksbury children grow and launch into the world. And now, as the Tewksbury Public Library assistant director prepares to take over the helm at the Peabody In­stitute Library in Dan­vers, it seemed fitting to refle…

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LOWELL — On Thurs­day, July 29, 2021, a hearing was held pertaining to the upcoming trial date of Joseph Zagarella and Thom­as Ogden who are accused of being connected with the October 2016 death of Tewksbury resident Ethan Costello.

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TEWKSBURY — Last week, KRM Chocolates was one of over 30 vendors present at the weekly Tewksbury Commu­nity Market. Based out of Salem, KRM Choco­lates offers a variety of handmade, gourmet cho­colate products.

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Tybee Island is a barrier island on the northern coast of Georgia, not far from the more fa­mous Hil­ton Head Island in South Carolina. Warm water, white sand beaches, history, a giant pier, laid back outdoor dining — all things people seek in a summer destination.

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Summertime is fill­ed with visions of beauty. The majestic sight of the ocean surf crashing on a sandy beach. The peace and tranquility of a field of flowers blowing gently in a summer breeze. The simplistic glimpse of children running through a sprinkler on a lazy, summer afternoon.

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TEWKSBURY — This Thursday, July 29, Kiss the Cook Mac and Cheese will be among the vendors present at the Tewksbury Community Market. Based out of Derry, New Hamp­shire, Kiss the Cook offers locally made macaroni and cheese for pick up, delivery, and shipped fro­zen.

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TEWKSBURY — Bruce and Sue Panilaitis are committed to family and creating a safe, loving home. The Tewksbury couple was recently recognized by the Massa­chu­setts Department of Children and Families as Foster Parents of the Year through the Lowell/Chelmsford office.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Plan­ning Board met for a hybrid meeting on July 19, 2021. Member Jay Delaney at­tended virtually via WebEx. Member Eric Ryder was not present.

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TEWKSBURY — In the fall of 2019, the members of the Tewksbury Garden Club voted to pursue a project to renovate and refresh the 40 feet of in­door planters at the Tewks­bury Senior Center.  The club applied for and re­ceived a nearly $900 grant from the Tewksbury Cultur­al Council which is f…