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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.

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TEWKSBURY — As the economy of the Greater Lowell region continues to grow and evolve, an evaluation of the threats the region faces to economic vitality is important to consistently re­view as a way to prioritize the goals that should be set for member communities. Part of that process in­cl…

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Sel­ectmen met last on Tues­day, Jan. 21 to make board and committee ap­pointments and to hear the Town Manager’s goals for the year.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Planning Board met last week to review plans for several developments in town, as well as the new elementary school.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Open Space and Recreation Commit­tee announced that it has received a $2,000 grant to fund pollinator kits for planting in the community. Part of the Tewksbury Cultural Council grant pro­gram, the award is administered through the Massa­chusetts Cultural Council whi…

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TEWKSBURY — The Town of Tewksbury was recently awarded a grant from the Commonwealth’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program to identify priority action items that will improve the community’s resili­ence to climate change and help update Tewks­bury’s hazard mitigation plan.

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WINCHESTER — Is your grandchild in jail? He or she probably isn’t, but that won’t stop scam­mers from trying to convince you otherwise and take your money.

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By the time Feb­ru­ary rolls around, most of us have had enough of Old Man Winter’s grip upon us, and we yearn for the warmer temperatures of spring. So it is no accident that Feb. 2 falls midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

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As part of an ongoing series to try to explore the restaurants of the area’s technical high schools, Northeast Metro Tech, a short distance from Wake­field’s downtown and Lake Quannapowitt, provided a nice option.

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WILMINGTON — On Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, the 4th annual Taste of the Towns Pizza Wars will be hosted in the Wil­mington Middle School Cafeteria, located at 25 Carter Lane. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life of Wil­mington-Billerica-Te…

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks 2070 will be hosting a veterans’ fundraiser break­­fast on Sunday, March 1 from 8 - 11:30 a.m. to benefit the nonprofit organization Op­er­ation FINALLY HOME. Darlene Lockhart, Exal­ted Ruler of the Elks 2070, is spearheading this event for the secon…

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WILMINGTON — On Saturday Feb. 8, 2020, the Wilmington-Tewksbury United Methodist Women will be hosting their third annual Chocolate Festi­val.

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TEWKSBURY — Tewks­­bury resident and Shaw­sheen Tech senior Bobby O’Hearn has a “can do” attitude, and his Eagle Scout project, recently com­pleted at the North Street Elementary School, is a shining testament to that.

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TEWKSBURY — At the Jan. 15 meeting of the Tewksbury School Com­mittee, business manager Dave Libby presented the first budget workshop of the year for the FY21 bud­get.

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TEWKSBURY — Part of the Tewksbury Health De­partment’s responsibility is to communicate updates in regulations to businesses that are under its pur­view. Restaurants and oth­er food establishments must comply with the new federal food code, for example.

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TEWKSBURY — Stu­dents in the Environ­men­tal Science class at Tewks­bury Memorial High School had the chance to hear first hand from the town’s stormwater management project manager Arthur Markos and GIS project manager Ches­ter Cheng about the impact that runoff can have on local water sour…

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Backpacks, ink pads, people darting in and out of the stacks, pens and pouch­es in hand. A big chunk of guardrail outside the front door What is going on? Well, the Tewksbury Public Library hosted a Letter­box­ing Event this weekend and if you haven’t attended one, you’ll have to give it a t…

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TEWKSBURY — Some students at Tewksbury Me­morial High School are looking forward to the spring season in anticipation of track meets, baseball tournaments, and la­crosse games. But the Tewksbury Titans are plan­ning to compete in a different kind of sport: robotics.

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TEWKSBURY — The sign on the door reads “Closed until further no­tice.” Pickup trucks en­ter and exit the parking lot, seemingly confused. Am­erican Legion members are left scratching their heads as to how to access their flags and files.

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TEWKSBURY — With industrial metal chairs, wooden architecture, and potted succulents on the tables, the District is the type of restaurant one might expect to find in a chic downtown setting, rather than inside a technical high school. In this case, the snappy eatery may be found at Minute­m…

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TEWKSBURY — Over the past year, various changes have occurred in the realm of town po­litics. From new elec­ted officials, to major articles being passed at Town Meeting, the Tewks­bury local political sphere shifted through­out 2019.

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TEWKSBURY — The end of 2019 brought big changes to the state’s education system. Bill S.2365, better known as the Student Opportunity Act, was unanimously pas­sed in the state Senate and House of Represen­tatives, and signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker on Nov. 26.

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The mild winter weather presents opportunities to get out and explore without the annoyance of in­sects or extreme discomfort, and the absence of foliage affords views that reveal features that might otherwise be missed in woodland areas. (Always check for ticks, though.)

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The City of Lowell is fil­led with many unexpected hidden gems. One such gem is the surprising combination of art and history that can be found at the Whist­ler House Museum of Art, located at 243 Worthen St. in Lowell.

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TEWKSBURY — A vid­eo of a pig being pro­cessed at the Oliveira farm surfaced last week, raising another set of questions about the operation and its handling of animals in Tewksbury. The video was posted via the social media platform Snapchat, and ap­pears to have been taken by someone other…

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LOWELL — When the call goes out for help, Tewksbury families are always generous and ea­ger to provide assistance in whatever manner they can. For more than 10 years, Lowell Healthy Fa­milies, part of the Massa­chusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Eliot Hu­man Commu…

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WOBURN — The Mid­dlesex District Attor­ney’s Office issued a press release on Friday, Dec. 27 announcing that Tewksbury resident Er­ic Griffin, 40, has been indicted on the charges of first degree murder, domestic abuse, and strangulation relating to the murder of Jennifer Kalicki, 39. His t…

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TEWKSBURY — Test results are in for Tewks­bury’s drinking water in the wake of revelations in November that runoff from a landfill in New Hampshire was being sent to Lowell’s Duck Island waste water treatment plant for processing and subsequent discharge into the Merrimack River. The water, …

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Ever on the lookout for new and interesting pla­ces to explore, we recently noticed a sign along Route 93 north for Lawrence Riv­erfront State Park.

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As the champagne bottles are drain­ed, the confetti set­tles, and the New Year’s Eve fireworks are just an echo in your brain, New Year’s Day brings to mind several things.

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TEWKSBURY — It is a gift for the holidays that residents could not wait to open. Pinnacle Street, which has been closed for eight months, is finally back in business. The bridge, which passes over Meadow Brook, had be­come unstable, with pavement collapsing and footings sinking. Efforts by t…

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TEWKSBURY — At the Dec. 19 meeting of the Tewksbury Board of Health, Attorney Donald Borenstein updated the board about the progress that the Oliveira piggery has made since the Nov. 21 meeting, addressing an extensive list of requirements set forth by the board.