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TEWKSBURY - Following the April 6 town election, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee both met to reorganize their positions. For the selectmen, Jay Kelly was re-elected as chair of the board. Mark Kratman was elected as vice chair, and newly elected member Jayne Wellman Miller wa…

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TEWKSBURY — The planning board met April 1 to review zoning articles for Town Meeting and hold permit hearings. Two hearings, one regarding a special permit and definitive subdivision at 1420 Andover St. and the other concerning a site plan special permit at 1037 North St./1547 Andover St./1…

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TEWKSBURY — On Fri­day, April 12, DPW Super­in­tendent Brian Gilbert had Pinnacle Street closed indefinitely.

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TEWKSBURY — Town Mod­erator Jayne Wellman Miller presented an informational session at the Tewks­bury Public Library recently to discuss the pro­cess of Town Meeting. Tewks­bury has an open Town Meeting form of government and Mil­ler explained that 263 of the 351 cities and towns in the Comm…

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewks­bury Memorial High School Class of 1989 are an­nouncing their 30-year re­union this year with a trailer filmed and produced by Lyon Drive Entertainment. Lyon Drive Entertainment is a company started by John Pires and Doug Bass to put real people into Hol­lywood-style vi…

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ANDOVER — Andover Planning Board members discussed the impact of the Dascomb Road project on the retail sector of the community at their April 9 meeting. The proponent expres­sed an expected net benefit to Andover of $2 million per year based on estimated real estate taxes, meals taxes and r…

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April 22, 2019 is the official observance of Earth Day. Nestled be­tween the spring equinox and Arbor Day, Earth Day is a time to not only celebrate all that is wondrous and beautiful in nature, but also a time to remember our planet Earth is our greatest gift, and its re­sources must be car…

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TEWKSBURY — On this Saturday, April 6, the annual town election will occur, in which Tewksbury residents will have the opportunity to elect candidates to local offi­ces. According to the Town Clerk’s Office, 22,416 people are town are registered to vote in this election.

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TEWKSBURY — On Sunday, April 7, it will be 1775 on the Tewksbury Town Common. Through the efforts of the Tewksbury Historical Society, the annual Line of March re­enactment will provide a living history demonstration of the march along the route from Tewksbury to Concord to join the militia’…

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Lions Club is giving free vision screenings to anyone in the community on April 17 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Wamesit Lanes. Tewks­bury Lions Pre­sident Jerry Selissen explains that the Lions have made it a priority to help people with vision problems, especially in t…

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TEWKSBURY — The Board of Selectmen met last week to approve several ap­plications and review options for senior tax relief.

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Usually, if someone were to tell you to “go fly a kite,” it would be an impolite, frank way to tell you to go away and don't bother them. But April is “National Kite Month,” the perfect time for a friendly and polite invitation to “go fly a kite!”

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As the robins dot the yard and spring peepers chirp, the time has come to wake our lawns from their winter slumber. Temperatures rise, making it more agreeable to spend time outside and revive those parts of our property that might be looking a bit haggard from the cold and harsh conditions …

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TEWKSBURY — In this year’s annual town election, John Stadtman is one of two candidates that will be filling the two open seats on the School Committee.

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TEWKSBURY — In this year’s annual town election, Jayne Wellman Miller will be running for one of the two open seats on the Board of Selectmen.

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TEWKSBURY — The School Committee convened its final meeting of the session last Wednesday with chair­woman Krissy Poli­me­no and member Arthy Ben­nett. Bennett and Polimeno whose terms are expiring, chose not to run for reelection.

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TEWKSBURY — In this year’s annual town election, Maria Zaroulis will be running for one of the two open seats on the Board of Health.

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TEWKSBURY — Resi­dents voted at October 2018 Town Meeting to enact a pro­hibition on single use plastic bags in the Town of Tewks­bury. The bylaw, which was accepted by the Attorney General of Massachusetts, will go into effect April 1.

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There is exciting news for local coin collectors and history buffs alike. On Feb. 6, 2019, the U.S. Mint released the Lowell Na­tional Historical Park quarter. The Lowell quarter is the 46th coin release in the U.S. Mint’s “America the Beauti­ful” quarters program, which honors sites of nati…

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You may be familiar with Billerica’s Vietnam Veterans Park from soccer games or from passing it on Treble Cove Road, across from the Biller­ica House of Corrections. It is worth a longer visit for its walking trails and activities and is fairly quiet during the week.

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TEWKSBURY — As residents head to the polls on Sat­urday, April 6 there will be four questions on the ballot. One question relates to the debt exclusion of the proposed new elementary school building and is binding, while the other three questions are non-binding and designed to gauge residen…

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TEWKSBURY — Next Saturday, friends of Tewksbury resident Shel­by Taranto are hosting a benefit to help support her and her family in her recent diagnosis of breast cancer. The event, named Rockin’ Pink for Shelby, will raise money to alleviate the cost of her treatments. Taranto learn­ed she…

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TEWKSBURY — In this year’s annual town election, Kylee Perrotta will be running for a position on the Board of Health.

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TEWKSBURY — Student artists from Tewks­bury Memorial High School recently had the opportunity to showcase their work in a public art exhibit at Villa Roma Pizza on Main Street.

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TEWKSBURY — Last Thurs­day evening, some of the candidates for the School Com­mittee, Board of Health, and Board of Selectmen met for a debate at the Tewksbury Candidates Night, put on by the Tewksbury/Wilmington Cham­ber of Commerce.

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ANDOVER — Transitioning families from homelessness or shelters to permanent housing is a reality in the Merrimack Valley. What makes those transitions more pleasant is the ability for a family, single mother or individual to pick out and furnish their new unit with items that make their livi…

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TEWKSBURY — In this year’s annual town election, Shannon Demos will be running to fill one of the two open seats on the School Committee.

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ANDOVER — At the March 22 Andover Planning Board meeting, Tewksbury residents attended to listen to two project plans proposed in Andover on the Tewksbury line. The first plan involves 1320, 1322 and 1323 South St. which are actually in Andover. Abut­ters were informed that a developer was s…

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TEWKSBURY — The Smiley Seth Foundation, created and run by Tewksbury’s Steve and Sarah Bottari, held a fundraiser in honor of their son Seth on Saturday, March 3. The Bot­tari’s son, Seth, lost his life to a very rare form of cancer called Atypical Teratoid Rhab­doid Tumors or ATRT when he w…

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BILLERICA — As of Tues­day, March 19, Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School has instal­led an interim Superinten­dent-Director to replace Ti­m­othy Broadrick, who re­signed. Broadrick occupied the position as superintendent-director for three years and worked closely with the…

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We are all familiar with the practice of “spring cleaning.” I can re­member when I was a child, my mother would move all the furniture around to shampoo the carpets, and the entire house would smell like a lethal cocktail of Win­dex, Pine Sol and bleach. This was old school spring cleaning a…

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TEWKSBURY — The Ele­mentary School Building Com­mittee hosted a community fo­rum on Tuesday, March 5 at the Tewksbury Senior Center to keep citizens informed about developments in the pro­posed new elementary school project and hear resident in­put and concerns, as well as answer questions.

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ANDOVER — The Massa­chusetts Environmental Pro­tection Agency, or MEPA, is­sued its comments and re­quirements for additional in­formation to be submitted by the proponents of the 146 Dascomb Road project as part of its EENF process. MEPA issued a certificate for the project, granting a re­q…

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TEWKSBURY — Last week, the School Commit­tee heard several presentations from district administrators about course offerings and threat response.

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TEWKSBURY — At the Feb. 29 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, some significant financial announcements were made which will impact residents in a positive way.

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Sunday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. It is the day we celebrate our Irish heritage with a plate of corn­ed beef and an ice-cold beer while we are dressed all in green, listening to traditional Irish music at our favorite local pub.

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The winter walking series continues with a look at Gold­smith Woodlands, 170 acres of protected space in Andover, right at Routes 125 and 28. Parking is at 491 South Main St. at a lot maintained by the Andover Village Improvement Society.

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TEWKSBURY — On Tues­day, School Committee candidate Erin Knyff withdrew from consideration for one of two open seats on the committee. Knyff was one of three candidates vying for the positions on the April 6 ballot.

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TEWKSBURY — John W. Wynn Middle School students were rerouted to Tewksbury Memorial High School last Wednesday out of an abundance of caution while an anonymous message was investigated, ac­cording to Superintendent Christopher Malone. A parent had notified school principal John Weir, via e­…

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TEWKSBURY — Into Ac­tion Recovery is holding their third annual Patriots VIP Tailgate Raffle at TJ Calla­han's Pub in Tewks­bury at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. The evening’s festivities in­clude a full buffet and dozens of raffle prizes. The night’s big event will be a drawing for the gran…

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TEWKSBURY — Students at the Loella F Dewing Ele­mentary School have raised $1,230 in just the second week of their three week campaign to help fund blood cancer research and provide help and hope to thousands of ­patients. The students are supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LL…

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What better way to start off a cold March morning than sitting down to a stack of warm flapjacks covered with real maple sy­rup. When imagining this scenario, most people think of the state of Vermont for delicious, fresh maple syrup, but in fact there are more than 300 maple syrup producers…

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Winter finally delivered some snow this week, which made for a fabulous hike at Weir Hill in North Andover. Pro­noun­ced “wire,” the hill is part of the North Andover Trails network, 194 acres of woodlands and drumlins next to Lake Cochi­chewick and Stevens Pond. Trails are well marked and m…

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TEWKSBURY — In this year’s annual town election, Anne Marie Stronach will be running for reelection to the Board of Sel­ectmen. Stronach has ser­ved on the Board of Sel­ectmen for nine years overall, between the years of 2007- 2013, and 2016 to the present day. She currently serves as the Bo…

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TEWKSBURY — Recently, the Animal Control Officers of Tewks­bury, Billerica and Chelmsford hosted a coyote expert, John Ma­guranis, to share information about coyotes and how to coexist in a suburban setting.