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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.

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There is a health crisis raging all around us; one that impacts first responders, frontline workers, and families, and it’s not COVID-19. Until it was pushed off the front page in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic, the opioid epidemic, a massive fo­cus of federal, state and local health…

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TEWKSBURY — For the second time, the Tewks­bury Board of Selectmen has voted to postpone the annual town election that was originally supposed to be held on April 4, 2020 to Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

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TEWKSBURY — Two months into rehearsals, the Tewksbury Memori­al High School Theater Club (TMHSTC) had to halt production of their spring musical, Cinder­ella, due to COVID-19.

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The wonderful world of oil painting has been regarded with respect and admiration for centuries, but for the masses, many feel that they possess neither the talent nor pa­tience that is required to learn to paint.

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Hiking through the forest of Dogtown Woods, mes­sages reveal themselves on boulders encouraging “Keep Out of Debt” and “Use Your Head.”

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TEWKSBURY/WILMINGTON — The Tewks­bury Food Pantry has been working extra hard during these tough times, as unemployment rates rise for many workers and their families. Ac­ross the country, food banks and pantries have seen an increase in need, as well. However, Tewks­bury has risen to meet t…

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TEWKSBURY — The flashing DPW sign on Route 38 says it all: “No Wipes Down the Pipes.”

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TEWKSBURY — The School Committee met on April 15 for their first virtual meeting in the wake of COVID-19.

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TEWKSBURY — As the weeks wear on and social distancing, stay at home orders, and school cancellations keep us all in a new reality, Tewksbury re­sidents are finding ways to keep connections with their special groups while also help frontline workers and those with CO­VID-19.

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TEWKSBURY — The Board of Selectmen met on April 21, via teleconference, to conduct the annual Town Manager review.

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Everyone is grateful for the hard work and dedication of all of the essential workers that have continued to provide much needed services to our community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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TEWKSBURY — The No Excuse Moms exercise group made a generous delivery to Lowell General this week, collecting more than $1,000 in donations from their members, friends and family. The group was able to purchase sandwiches and coffee from Perfecto’s in Tewksbury, supporting a local business.

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Bradley Palmer State Park is located in Tops­field, approximately 30 minutes away from our area. The well-maintained park has a little something for everyone, and during the pandemic, is open free of charge to the public.

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BILLERICA — On Tues­day April 28, the Shaw­sheen Tech School Com­mittee voted to appoint Dr. Brad Jackson as the new superintendent. The vote comes after deciding to suspend and restart the superintendent search at the last school committee meeting on April 1.

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BILLERICA — Ac­cording to an email from Shawsheen Valley Tech­nical High School Prin­cipal Jessica Cook, the school district has decided not to renew her contract for the next school year. The news was spread first on Sunday night on social media be­fore Cook released a statement to students…

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Massachusetts Govern­or Charlie Baker made a live address to the Com­monwealth on Tuesday at noon to update residents on the current state of the coronavirus crisis. Baker noted that the state is “still in the surge.”

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Community Garden, located behind the Tewksbury Public Li­brary, is working on pre­paring and planting for the 2020 growing season. Co-directors Peggy Brid­ges and Lauren Cunning­ham will oversee the gar­den this year, along with Assistant Library Director Noelle Boc…

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TEWKSBURY — During a recent walk in his neighborhood, Ryan School fifth grader Donovan Conway noticed there was an awful lot of trash on the streets.

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TEWKSBURY — Fol­lowing an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Tewks­bury State Hospital, a United States Army Re­serve medical team is being sent to help combat the virus. Currently, as of Monday, April 20, 81 patients and 90 staff members have tested positive for the virus.

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TEWKSBURY — The Board of Selectmen met Tuesday, April 7, via teleconference for a brief meeting.

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TEWKSBURY — During this difficult time when we are all encouraged to stay apart, a com­munity came together to help a Tewksbury resident usher in his 8th birthday.

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TEWKSBURY — School activities have ground to a halt as social distancing measures are implemented to keep everyone safe from the spread of COVID-19. However, there is one club that has been able to keep right on competing, meeting and strategizing with no risk to their respiratory health.

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TEWKSBURY — The shift that the religious community has had to make in how services are conducted has been a source of challenge but also inspiration. The hou­ses of worship in Tewks­bury have moved quickly to serve their patrons, even though technology may not their first calling.

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After more than three weeks of a stay at home order in Massachusetts, residents are undoubtedly getting a bit of cabin fever. While some may be im­mer­sing themselves in a deep clean, catching up on reading, or binge-watching television, there is also a way to travel around the world without…