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TEWKSBURY — Social distancing measures, hand­washing, stay at home or­ders and “don’t touch your face” are guidelines which have been drilled into the global conscience for weeks now.

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TEWKSBURY — Once Governor Charlie Baker issued the order on March 15 to close all Massachu­setts schools until at least April 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents have been left to pick up where teachers left off with respect to continuing classroom learning — no easy task.

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After a week of the kids being home from school with no organized ac­tivities or play dates, they probably have had their fill of Netflix and video games and are starting to get restless.

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TEWKSBURY — A new program produced by Tewksbury Telemedia re­cently set out to investigate happenings in Tewks­bury Town Hall that are not related to any committee or board meeting, primary or election result, or the somewhat noisy new heating system.

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TEWKSBURY — At the meeting of the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen on March 10, 2020, Tewksbury Department of Health Di­rector Susan Sawyer and Board of Health Chair Ray Barry came before the board to discuss the current coronavirus situation.

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Last week, the spring semester for many local college students was turned upside down, as various colleges and universities across the country have halted in-person classes and activities, and are ordering students to move off campus. This comes in response to COVID-19, as schools work to li…

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TEWKSBURY — Dur­ing a phone call on Tues­day with Tewksbury’s Health Director and the Town Crier, several is­sues that the department is dealing with in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic were discussed.

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With the re­cent health threat of CO­VID-19, there have been school cancellations, work from home orders and cancellation of all town and school sports activities.

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COVID-19 is pushing us all to find ways to stay sane during the social distancing and recommended shut downs. Since we’ll be home for the next three weeks at least, I am committing to get my family out for a walk every day as long as weather permits. And while we always enjoy finding new pla…

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TEWKSBURY — Spon­sored and hosted by the Tewksbury Public Libra­ry, The Boston Women’s Heri­tage Trail marched into Tewksbury on March 5, 2020, at 7 p.m. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote.

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TEWKSBURY — Last week, more than 40 students and staff at Tewks­bury Memorial High School were required to self-quarantine in their homes after returning from a school-run trip to Italy. The State Department of Public Health reported that a passenger on the same flight as the students was pr…

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As the coronavirus continues its march across the planet, media is bombarding us with hand washing and hand sanitizing messages. Stores are sold out of sanitizer and cleaning wipes. And though it took a rapidly spreading virus to raise the level of handwashing awareness, it is important to u…

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TEWKSBURY — On Tuesday, March 3, 14 states voted in the pre­sidential primaries, dubbed “Super Tuesday” based on the amount of states voting, as well as the amount of delegates up for grabs. The states that voted include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minneso…

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TEWKSBURY — At the Feb. 24 meeting of the Tewksbury Planning Board, members reviewed plans for the new center fire station and returned to a discussion on traffic for the new elementary school.

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Even though there is no snow on the ground here in the Merrimack Valley, areas up north continue to offer winter wonderland con­ditions. While skiing is exciting and athletic, there are other ways to enjoy the snow without zooming downhill.

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TEWKSBURY — Town Nurse Urvi Agarwalla loves to get out into the community. With a passion for public health and community outreach, Ag­arwalla is excited to continue the work of former town nurse Sarah King­horn, and be involved in education and activities that will help the residents of Tewksbury.

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I’ve always thought that nothing was as calming as the repetitive, yet restful sound of waves crashing against the shore. The smell and taste of salt in the air and the warming comfort of sunshine on your face can always drop your anxiety level by a notch or two.

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Open until April 5, 2020, Imagine Van Gogh is an immersive experience in the art of Vincent Van Gogh that is different than any you may have experienced. Housed in the giant warehouse-like art space of the Arsenal Contempo­rary Art in downtown Mon­tréal, a restored shipyard, Imagine Van Gogh…

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TEWKSBURY — On March 3, 2020, also known as Super Tuesday, registered Tewksbury voters will have the opportunity and duty to head down to the voting polls and cast their votes in the Presi­dential Primary. Denise Graffeo, Tewksbury’s Town Clerk, was able to spare some time and talk further a…

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TEWKSBURY — Joe Crotty, who passed away this week at 92, left an un­deniable impact on those he taught through his time at Tewksbury Memo­rial High School. Former students know him as their history teacher, or most notably, vice principal, up until his retirement in 1992.

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TEWKSBURY — Dur­ing the Feb. 10 meeting of the Tewksbury Plan­ning Board, the board reviewed a non-substantial change determination for Breakaway Ice Center at 20 Carter St. The board has expres­sed concerns over the safety of the parking lot; in response, the lot has been restriped.

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TEWKSBURY — The Board of Selectmen met last week to review En­terprise Fund budgets for FY21 and the five-year capital outlay plan.

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a to­tal of 15 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, with one case so far in Boston from a man who visited the area of China where the virus started.

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TEWKSBURY — The Pub­lic Health Museum in Tewksbury is currently looking for volunteer do­cents. The Public Health Museum works to preserve artifacts and rec­ords of the nation’s history in public health and serves as a community re­source to educate and promote topical public health initiatives.

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With warm wea­ther just around the cor­ner, it’s time to start planning for spring flower-peeping. While many spots across the Uni­ted States bloom perennially, perhaps none are as spectacular as Washington D.C.'s cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin.

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TEWKSBURY — During last week’s meeting of the Tewksbury School Com­mittee, business manager Dave Libby presented the FY21 budget hearing public session. The budget con­sists of four major parts: salary, operating, and capital outlay, which are managed by the school, and fixed costs, which ar…

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ANDOVER — Tewks­bury School Committee Chairman Keith Sullivan was arrested Friday night during the Tewksbury-Andover boys’ basketball game in Andover. Two An­dover police officers plac­ed Sullivan under arrest for trespassing when he did not leave the game at their request, said Ando­ver Pol…

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Food Pantry operates in an expanded cinderblock building tuc­ked behind the DPW on Whipple Road. Since 1995, the pantry has been helping Tewksbury residents get through challenging circumstances.

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In this information age, it is easy to be overwhelmed with marketing messages for all kinds of products and services that corporate computer algorithms “think” we are interested in. We are barraged by telemarketers and emails for products and services that companies who mine our data believe…

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On Monday, Feb. 3, the Iowa Caucuses were held, marking the first nominating event in the 2020 presidential election cy­cle. In the days leading up to the caucuses, presidential candidates travel the state, reaching out to po­tential voters in a true display of “retail politics.”

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TEWKSBURY — At the meeting of the Tewks­bury Planning Board on Monday, Jan. 27, the board returned to a previous discussion about the par­king situation at 20 Car­ter St. which is Break­away Ice Rink.

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TEWKSBURY — On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Brenda M. Fitzgerald, of the Commonwealth of Massa­chu­­setts Department of Children and Families, held a meeting at the Tewksbury Public Library for potential foster care parents. The meeting was provided to inform and educate potential foster parents of how…

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TEWKSBURY — 10 mem­bers of the Tewks­bury Fire Department raced on Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Boston Bruins BFit Challenge in support of fellow first re­spon­ders.

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As my Grandma used to say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I think it is safe to say the same goes for women, as who doesn’t love to un­wind while enjoying a delicious meal?

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Lynn Woods Reservation sounds like an oxymoron in some ways; woods in the middle of a city? But yes, this oasis has long been known to the trail walking and mountain biking set as a fine option for exploring and diving into nature without having to drive too far off the beaten path.