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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 100 residents including adults and children volunteered for the Tewksbury Beautification Committee's fifth town clean up on Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Tewksbury native Maureen Mahoney was honored last week in Washington with a Congressional award for her work as an unsung hero for crime victims.
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.
TEWKSBURY – Resident Mark Wood was honored Tuesday night at the Tewksbury Community Pantry for his work in initiating the successful facility.
By Larz F. Neilson
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TEWKSBURY – A cockfighting ring exposed last month is scheduled for a Discovery in Compliance hearing on June 21, 2016 at Lowell District Court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.