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Cop’s killer had lengthy criminal record, history of violence

OXFORD - Eighteen hours after the murder of police officer Ronald Tarentino, Jorge Zambrano died in a hail of bullets, wounding a state trooper non-fatally in the incident.

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Saturday 05/28/2016
Cop’s killer had lengthy criminal record, history of violence
Posted: May 28, 2016 - 2:04 pm

OXFORD - Eighteen hours after the murder of police officer Ronald Tarentino, Jorge Zambrano died in a hail of bullets, wounding a state trooper non-fatally in the incident.

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Local officer’s death shocks region
Posted: May 28, 2016 - 2:05 pm

AUBURN- A national audience has sat riveted watching the unfolding tragedy of the murder of police officer Ronald Tarentino. Tarentino, an officer out of Auburn, was slain during a routine traffic stop on Sunday. The tragedy has been felt deeply in law enforcement across the country, but it strikes a particular chord in Tewksbury. Taren­tino grew up in Tewksbury, graduating from the High School in 1991, and he still has family in town.

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Area mourns loss of beloved police officer, friend
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 2:04 pm

TEWKSBURY- The people who knew and loved Ronald Tarentino are still struggling to come to terms with his absence in the world. From his childhood through his career as a police officer, Tarentino was a source of cheer and camaraderie to many across several communities. His shocking loss has left many speechless.

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Sunday 05/22/2016
Tewksbury Sports Club continues its ‘Biggest Winner Challenge’
Posted: May 22, 2016 - 2:27 pm

TEWKSBURY- With the summer season fast approaching, many are taking up exercise and dieting programs to shed some of the winter weight. The Tewksbury Sports Club has kicked off a competition to help its members keep up their drive, a weight-loss challenge dubbed The Biggest Winner.

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Tewksbury’s Spring Clean Up Day a success
Posted: May 22, 2016 - 2:15 pm

More than 100 residents including adults and children volunteered for the Tewksbury Beautification Committee's fifth town clean up on Saturday.

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Saturday 05/21/2016
School Committee honors various student achievements
Posted: May 21, 2016 - 3:00 pm

TEWKSBURY - The Tewks­bury school committee kicked off a recent meeting by doling out recognition to a wide variety of students, student-athletes, and volunteers for their contributions to the Tewksbury school system.

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Miceli able to give financial support to Tewksbury’s ‘Into Action Recovery Inc.’
Posted: May 21, 2016 - 12:48 pm

With the House of Repre­sentatives’ budget deliberations now in the rearview, legislators across the state now find themselves sizing up their individual wins and losses when it comes to the over 1,300 budget amendments that were submitted for consideration.

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Board gets down to business on approved town meeting items: Improvements, involvement theme of the evening for Selectmen
Posted: May 21, 2016 - 12:39 pm

TEWKSBURY - The road to better cell service in Tewksbury got a tad longer last night, as approval for the placement of Central­ized Radio Access Network “cannisters” was postponed for future discussion.

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Sunday 05/15/2016
After diagnoses, Thomases become “family others can look to”
Posted: May 15, 2016 - 12:54 am

TEWKSBURY- Every year has its ups and downs, but the Thomas family, made up by Glen and Cheryl Thomas and their sons Kyle and Cory, has spent 2016 weathering a seemingly endless progression of hardship and anguish.

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Landscape of the lost
Posted: May 15, 2016 - 12:36 am

TEWKSBURY – A cemetery with no defined name lies hidden away in a grove of pines and oaks, the space overgrown with poison ivy and other weeds and leaves.

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Saturday 05/14/2016
Article 31 defeated by indefinite postponement: Hardy plan ends up on a pike
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 9:34 am

In what was perhaps the evening’s most hotly contested item, Tewksbury residents voted 178-46 Wednesday night in favor of indefinite postponement for town warrant article 31, the so-called “Hardy Pike” issue.

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Feasibility funding for elementary schools passes: Tewksbury schools enjoy another big win at town meeting
Posted: May 14, 2016 - 8:15 pm

TEWKSBURY - On the heels of approving the town budget and all-day kindergarten in the first session of the Tewksbury annual town meeting, Tewksbury Schools enjoyed another big win with the approval of warrant article 18, a $1.1 million dollar appropriation that would allow the town to conduct a feasibility study at the Trahan School as the first step of addressing deficiencies at the town’s four elementary schools. The money, transferred from the town’s Stabilization fund, would allow the town carry out the study upon the school’s acceptance into the Massa­chusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) reimbursement program. Accor­ding to the MSBA website, the grant program is a “non-entitlement, competitive program, and grants are distributed by the MSBA Board of Directors based on need and urgency.”

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Tewksbury residents say no to “Condoville”
Posted: May 14, 2016 - 1:35 pm

TEWKSBURY - Tewksbury residents sent a strong message to would-be residential developers during the second night of the annual town meeting. The first rezoning effort of the evening, Article 30 brought forth by developers Mark Ginsburg and Arnie Martel, had sought a rezoning in order to establish a 200 unit multi-family residential project to the Ames Pond research area.

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Will run for his 21st term: After 39 years, Miceli still going strong
Updated: May 14, 2016 - 1:35 pm

BOSTON - When election season hits its fever pitch, State Representative James Miceli can take comfort in the knowledge that he will be running unopposed for his 21 term.

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Tuesday 05/10/2016
Local trivia event raises over $5K for children’s charity
Updated: May 13, 2016 - 11:31 am

WILMINGTON – Tewk­bury resident Danielle Spaulding and her Team Loca Motion raised $5,340 Friday night for Boston Children’s Hos­pital. They held a trivia contest at Wilmington Knights of Columbus to support their participation in the annual Eversource Boston Walk for Kids. As of this date, Spaul­ding is fourth overall in the walk’s list of top individual fundraisers and Loca Motion is number one of 291 registered teams!

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Monday 05/09/2016
Principal Weir Plans for French: World Language Returns to Wynn Middle School
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 5:35 pm

TEWKSBURY - The shuffling deck of staff and teachers has allowed for a vanished program to return to the Wynn Middle School. Three years after the foreign language program for seventh graders was vanished from the school, Principal John Weir announ­ced a plan to restore World Language to the Wynn.

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Dual enrollment coming to TMHS: Program gives students jump on college credits
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 5:37 pm

TEWKSBURY - High School students interested in getting an early start on their college careers may have a new opportunity to do just that. Beginning in the fall of 2016, students will be able to enlist in dual enrollment courses, courses which will count not only towards their high school graduation, but also provide actual college credits to the students.

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Dress code revised to student specification: HS students speak out against perceived sexism
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 5:29 pm

TEWKSBURY- At a recent school committee meeting, Tewksbury Memorial High School Principal Kristen Vogel and guidance director Karen Baker O’Brien presented the revised Student Handbook for 2016-2017. While the new handbook will feature numerous changes, up­dates, and refreshes, one alteration was specifically requested and developed by the student body.

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Annual Town Meeting continues Wednesday: Budget approval secures all day kindergarten
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 11:36 am

TEWKSBURY - The annual Tewksbury town meeting proved to hold some major wins for the residents, in particular parents, with the voters unanimously approving the town’s $99.7 million dollar ATM General Fund Budget. In addition to funding operating, facilities, and improvements costs for the town, the approval cemented plans for the long sought-after free, full-day program for kindergarten for town residents.

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Saturday 05/07/2016
TMHS seniors, Russo and Burger, finish in top 10 in DECA competition
Posted: May 07, 2016 - 8:36 pm

NASHVILLE, TN/TEWKSBURY – Standing before two judges at the National DECA Conference and giving an oral presentation on something they have worked on for over almost a year, Tewksbury Memorial High School seniors Jamie Burger and Marina Russo were nervous enough. Add to that a fire alarm and those nerves were completely shot.

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Saturday 04/30/2016
Pair arrested in Tewksbury for drug distribution
Posted: April 30, 2016 - 11:10 pm

On April 21, 2016 the Tewks­bury Police Depart­ment ar­rested Edwin Mal­donado-Santos, 40, of 15 Garfield Street, Lawrence and ­Ed­­ward Cordero-Pinales, 27, of 83 Ken­more Road Apt. No. 2, Methuen for distribution of cocaine (Class B) and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

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Tewksbury High’s “Beauty and the Beast”
Posted: April 30, 2016 - 11:06 pm

TEWKSBURY- Tewksbury High School invites one and all to “be our guest” and see the Tewksbury Memorial High School’s musical production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Jade Scarpa, director, is excited for Thursday’s opening performance. “[Beauty and the Beast] is about a girl trying to find her mature perspective and the world around her,” explains Scarpa. “The beast through his persona [is] trying to find himself around him.”

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Final stop before town meeting decision: Board of Selectmen Approve 2017 Budget
Posted: April 30, 2016 - 11:01 pm

TEWKSBURY- The Tewks­bury Board of Selectmen voted to approve the budget draft for Fiscal Year 2017. The finalized budget will be decided at the upcoming town meeting, pending public discussion. The town budget as prepared totals $99,697,945.

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Tewksbury town meeting scheduled for May 2nd
Posted: April 30, 2016 - 3:45 pm

The Town of Tewksbury invites all registered voters to attend the annual town meeting on May 2nd. The meeting will take place at 8pm at Tewksbury Memorial High School, and serves as the opportunity for residents to take part in the adminstration of their town by democratic process.

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Tobacco laws change in Tewksbury: Board of Health snuffs out flavored tobacco, raises legal age
Posted: April 30, 2016 - 12:33 pm

TEWKSBURY – The Board of Health recently passed stricter laws on the sale of flavored tobacco in town, with new regulations slated to go into effect July 1st, 2016.

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Sunday 04/24/2016
Rotary gives “Hats Off” to two TMHS Students
Posted: April 24, 2016 - 5:11 am

The Tewksbury Rotary club honored two members of the TMHS senior class at a “Hat's Off Award Lun­cheon” held last Friday. Aria Porzio and Taylor Donahoe were nominated for the award in recognition of their academic an extra­curricular successes over the school year. Hat's Off is a joint initiative of the Tewksbury Rotary and Tewksbury Memorial High School.

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S.A.D.D. event raises funds, awareness: Love is a “Game” for TMHS couples
Posted: April 24, 2016 - 3:05 am

TEWKSBURY - Tewksbury Memorial High School spent Thursday night getting to know each other at the “Dating Game.” The gameshow event, presented by S.A.D.D.(Students Against Destruc­tive Decisions), was a fundraiser to support efforts that raise awareness of dating abuse. “Welcome to the very first ever dating game,” said Ricky Tibbetts, one of the hosts. Tibbetts a three-year member of S.A.D.D, served as the night's MC alongside co-host Amanda Kuffoh. Tibbetts said, “ [I want to spread] the message of helping kids going through struggles and overcoming difficulties.”

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Saturday 04/23/2016
O’Connor and staff find needed funds: Free full-day Kindergarten inching closer to reality
Posted: April 23, 2016 - 11:57 pm

TEWKSBURY- One of Superintendent John O’Connor’s long-standing projects may finally be coming to fruition even as O’Connor nears the end of his time with the town.

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Maureen Mahoney honored for supporting victims of violence
Posted: April 23, 2016 - 10:53 pm

Tewksbury native Maureen Ma­honey was honored last week in Washington with a Congressional award for her work as an unsung hero for crime victims.

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120th Annual Boston Marathon: Husband and Wife tandem dive right in to help
Posted: April 23, 2016 - 2:00 pm

BOSTON -- Tewksbury residents John Derouen and Kim Lannon were at the finish line when the bombs went off at the 2013 Boston Marathon. The husband and wife both felt the horror of the events of that day, saw the fear that enveloped the crowd, and wondered like everyone else if things could ever be the same at the world’s greatest marathon.

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Wing named for pantry pioneer: Visionary Mark Wood honored for service to community
Posted: April 23, 2016 - 1:53 pm

TEWKSBURY – Resident Mark Wood was honored Tuesday night at the Tewks­bury Community Pan­try for his work in initiating the successful facility.

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Thursday 04/21/2016
William M. “Billy” Temple
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 10:10 pm

Passionate about cooking, chef at Merrimack College

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Sunday 04/17/2016
Wilmington Historical Place: Perry’s blacksmith shop was a landmark
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 6:06 pm

By Larz F. Neilson

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Annie Sullivan comes to life on stage: Cullen “Speaks” at Health Week event
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 5:53 pm

TEWKSBURY—On Saturday April 9 in the old chapel of Tewksbury Hos­pital, Collette Cullen performed a very moving and informative performance of Annie Sullivan Speaks. An­nie Sullivan was the teacher and companion of Helen Keller, and a resident at Tewks­bury Hospital for four years.

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Museum honors curator Hazel, carries on his work: Two lecturers offer glimpse into history of public health
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 5:47 pm

TEWKSBURY—On Friday April 8 at the Public Health Museum, a tribute was held for Duncan Hazel, a man known for being incredibly knowledgeable about the Public Health Museum. After the tribute, the crowd was also invited to stay for two lectures “George Washington’s Re­lationship to Tewks­bury,” and “Health Prob­lems in the Revolutionary War.”

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Four people arrested for drug distribution in school zone
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 5:37 pm

On April 6, 2016 at 12:50 PM the Tewksbury Police De­partment arrested Juan Carlos Rivera-Martinez, 36, of 168 Prospect Street, Apt. No. 1, Lawrence and Joysel Mateo, 22, of 50 Camden Street, Apt. No. 324, Boston for distribution of heroin (subsequent offense), distribution of cocaine, (subsequent offense), drug violation near a school and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

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Project could take six years to complete: O’Connor lays out plan for new elementary school project
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 2:06 pm

TEWKSBURY- A new elementary school has gone from speculation to active consideration as Super­in­tendent Dr. John O’Connor and the school committee have begun working with the Massachusetts School Buil­ding Authority (MSBA) to tear down the Trahan School and construct a new elementary school.

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As county abuse rates soar, 12-yr old joins fight against drugs
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 2:02 pm

TEWKSBURY - Four people die of opiate overdoses every day in Massachusetts according to Cambridge Health Alliance. What’s more, Middlesex County has become a standout among drug abuse statistics due to rapidly rising rates here. Obviously it’s a mark of notoriety no one wants. As the officials across the Commonwealth struggle to put together a comprehensive strategy to end opioid abuse in Massachusetts, two Tewksbury residents show us that the value of individual efforts is just as important.

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Local non-profit group fighting drug addiction: Tewksbury’s Into Action Recovery meets with Governor Baker
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 1:57 pm

TEWKSBURY - Members of Tewskbury’s Into Action Recovery, Inc. recently attended an informational meeting with Governor Charlie Baker on addiction to opiates or other drugs. The meeting was held in Cambridge, and was sponsored by the Massachusetts non-profit Learn to Cope. Governor Baker had asked to attend one of their chapter meetings. He learned first-hand from the group what it means when loved ones are dealing with addiction, and about the long road to recovery.

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Three people arrested for credit card cloning scheme while staying at Tewksbury Hotel
Posted: April 17, 2016 - 12:29 pm

On April 4, 2016 at approximately 9:20 P.M., members of the Nashua Police Department’s Uniform Field Operations Bureau arrested three subjects that were involved in a credit card cloning scheme at the Pheasant Lane Mall, 310 Daniel Webster Highway.

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Saturday 04/16/2016
Cheers to good ‘Taste’
Posted: April 16, 2016 - 8:26 pm

TEWKSBURY—On Wednesday April 6, the annual Tewksbury Taste of the Town was held by the Rotary Club at the Tewksbury Country Club. It was a night of fun, featuring great food, great prizes being auctioned and raffled off, and great company.

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Cargo train hops tracks, no reported leaks
Posted: April 16, 2016 - 3:08 pm

On Friday afternoon, police, fire, and hazmat crews were called to the scene of a derailed Pan-Am Railways cargo train off of Shawsheen Street. The derailment, which happened around 11:30am near the road crossing in the 1600 section of Shawsheen, did not impact local traffic, but caused headaches for crews attempting to get the train back into operation. Though the train did come off the tracks, the two train cars affected did not tip over, and no damage was reported.

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Alleged cockfighting leaders await day in court: Paying the price for cruelty
Posted: April 16, 2016 - 3:05 pm

TEWKSBURY – A cockfighting ring exposed last month is scheduled for a Discovery in Compliance hearing on June 21, 2016 at Lowell District Court.

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Local schools on alert following threats
Posted: April 16, 2016 - 2:29 pm

TEWKSBURY/WILMINGTON – A wave of robocall bomb threats reverberated throughout multiple Mas­sa­chusetts high schools including Tewksbury Mem­orial High School and Shawsheen Valley Technical High School starting at around 7:30 Mon­day morning.

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Saturday 04/09/2016
Healthcare changes coming to town employees: PEC approval reaps savings for town
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 8:00 pm

TEWKSBURY— Members of the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a Public Employee Committee (PEC) Agreement that modifies the health care coverage of the town’s employees. The agreement was reached in an effort to realize significant cost savings, potentially paving the way for long-awaited community services.

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Group reads to Dewing School kids: High School students enjoy being back, giving back
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 7:00 pm

TEWKSBURY—Last Thursday, several members of the junior and senior classes at Tewksbury Memorial High School got a chance to take a trip back in time, visiting the Loella F. Dewing Elementary School to read childhood stories for the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classes.

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Wanted for Multiple Crimes Throughout Area: Tewksbury “armed and dangerous” carjacking suspect captured in NH
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 6:00 pm

HANCOCK, N.H./TEWKSBURY — A man suspected of robbing two New Hampshire banks is also connected to two Massachusetts carjacking incidents, one in Tewksbury and an attempted carjacking in Reading.

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A new face on Board, a new plan proposed for town center
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 5:00 pm

TEWKSBURY - Change was the theme of the evening Tuesday night at the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen meeting, with recently elected Board member Anne Marie Stronach retaking her seat the table after a three-year hiatus, and the Town Center Master Plan Committee outlining potential plans for a refreshed and reorganized downtown area.

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Third term’s a charm for Stronach in Selectmen race
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 2:43 pm

TEWKSBURY – The tight, three-way race for two seats on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen drew to a close on Saturday with the election of incumbent Todd R. Johnson, and returning board member Anne Marie Stronach to a three-year term.

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Incumbent, newcomer rule the day in Tewksbury: Polimeno, Bennett capture seats on School Committee
Posted: April 09, 2016 - 1:41 pm

TEWKSBURY - A contentious race for Tewksbury School Committee came to a close Saturday with the election of incumbent Kristen “Krissy” Polimeno and newcomer Arati “Arthy” Bennett to a three-year term, securing their seats with a healthy margin against first-time candidates Erin Knyff and Keith Sullivan. Polimeno captured the top spot with 1,703 votes, followed by Bennett with 1,381 votes. Sullivan garnered 1,157 votes, and Knyff finished with 925.

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