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TEWKSBURY — The sun was shining on Tewksbury on Saturday as scores of residents and non-residents alike spread out over the community to participate in the fall town clean up.

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TEWKSBURY — The Planning Board met last week for a brief meeting. Members Eric Ryder and Jay Delaney were not present, so the board did not have a voting quorum. Four hearings were continued to future meetings.

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TEWKSBURY — Emily Leg­gat is the newest teen librarian working at the Tewksbury Public Library as of Oct. 1. After severe budget cuts caused the library to remove the teen librarian position in 2009, Leggat is replacing the previous teen librarian Aimee Villet who was originally hired in 2017.

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Halloween and the fall season would not be the same without a Jack-O-Lantern on your front step, or a pile of multi-colored pumpkins on a hay­stack in your front yard.

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This might seem an un­usual title for an article when the need to recycle and the push to upcycle is so great. However, “wish cycling” is the act of placing something in a recycling bin with the “hope” that it will find a reuse or recycled benefit down the line. Tossing items into re­cycling…

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TEWKSBURY — Novem­ber marks the annual clean up of The Pines Ce­metery, one of three in Tewksbury that are part of the Tewksbury State Hos­pital legacy, a former almshouse, tuberculosis and polio infirmary, and pauper care facility open­ed in 1854.

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TEWKSBURY — On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, Michelle Moriarty went to work her Saturday morning shift at Reds Laun­dromat, located at 1768 Main St. in Tewks­bury. Moriarty had no idea as she came through the doors of the laundromat that Saturday, it would be a life changing day.

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WILMINGTON — They heed the call. A fellow veteran needs a helping hand, and Tom Fisher, a veteran himself and motorcycle rider, jumps into action.

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October brings to mind all things that are spoo­ky, scary and go bump in the night. Despite all of the amusement park’s haunted houses and the scary Hollywood horror flicks, nothing can raise the hairs on the back of your neck quite like the writings of Edgar Allan Poe.

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For years I have seen the Great River Wall in Lowell but never knew how to get there to stroll along the Merrimack. I finally track­ed it down and learned that the Northern Canal Walkway is a delightful 1.6 mile path that is open to the public and operated by the National Park Service.

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TEWKSBURY — Tewks­bury’s Fall Special Town Meeting opened on Tues­day, Oct. 1 with 285 voters and 24 visitors registered. Keith Rauseo was nominated to serve as moderator as former Town Meet­ing Moderator Jayne Well­man was elected to the Board of Selectmen and as such had to surrender the r…

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TEWKSBURY — Gov­ernor Charlie Baker is­sued a temporary state­wide ban on vape products on Sept. 24 in an ef­fort to give public health officials a chance to in­vestigate a string of respiratory illnesses tied to the use of such products. Health departments ac­ross Massachusetts had to jump …

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TEWKSBURY — The Board of Selectmen met last week to discuss several one-day event applications. Chair­man Jay Kelly was not present but joined the board via teleconference.

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TEWKSBURY — On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Tewksbury Community Market held its last market of the season in front of the Tewksbury Public Library. 12 vendors and four food trucks were in attendance.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Health met on Sept. 19 with a continuance of a show cause hearing for Cottage Place, located at 1147 Main St. As of the meeting, Cottage Place had not secured a sewer tie in as required by the BOH.

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WILMINGTON — Since September was National Recovery Month, the Tewksbury Police Department set purple lights around the gazebo in the Town Common to raise awareness and bring hope for recovery. Program Di­rector for the Substance Abuse Prevention Colla­borative Maria Rugger­io told the Town C…

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BILLERICA — Re­cently, the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School School Commit­tee released a statement announcing its search for the next Superin­tendent of Schools. The start date of the position would be on July 1, 2020.

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TEWKSBURY — Eric Griffin, who was arraign­ed and charged on Sept. 16 for assault and battery on a household or family member in connection with a suspicious death, has since been scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Oct. 25. The Tewksbury na­tive, 39, was held and brought back to court after…

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As a lifelong New Eng­land resident, I some­how never seem to make time to take a trip to Vermont to enjoy the fall foliage. But, truthfully, there are many places to enjoy the fall colors right here in Massa­chusetts.

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TEWKSBURY — The Planning Board met on Sept. 23. In their first order of business, the board reviewed an extension request for the de­velopment at 940-960 Main St. Attorney David Plunkett explained that the developer had some issues with design chan­ges and is seeking a two-year extension to …

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury DPW has been presenting a stormwater management program to discuss the EPA’s unfunded mandate for cities and towns to manage storm­water runoff and to ex­plore ways to pay for this requirement. The town must obtain a permit un­der the National Pollution Discharge El…

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TEWKSBURY — Last week, Kathleen Noftle, a Tewksbury resident, was accused of stealing morphine from dying veterans. She was arrested Wedne­day morning and charged with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, and subterfuge, and one count of tampe…

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TEWKSBURY — The Town of Tewksbury has re­ceived yet another round of grant funding for energy saving projects from the Commonwealth of Mas­sachusetts. Through the Green Communities Grant program, funding opportunities are offered to cities and towns to reduce muni­cipal energy costs and tran…

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TEWKSBURY — At the Sept. 19 School Commit­tee meeting, the board first entered into executive session regarding continuing discussions on collective bargaining.

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Despite all the trouble the T is having with on-time service and customer satisfaction right now, traveling by mass transit, and specifically by trolley, has been a popular means of travel for over a century.

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TEWKSBURY — At Tues­day’s Community Market, a women’s self-defense group from Kwon’s Tae­kwon­do gave a demonstration.

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TEWKSBURY — At the Sept. 10 Board of Select­men meeting, the board re­view­ed an entertainment license application submitted by Bobby and Jack’s Memphis BBQ. The owners are hoping to run acoustic music nights, game nights, and paint nights, while keeping hours the same. The board approved th…

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TEWKSBURY — Mid­dle­sex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Tewks­bury Chief of Police Tim­othy Sheehan have confirmed that Eric Griffin, 39, of Tewksbury, was ar­raigned today in Lowell District Court and char­ged with assault and battery on a household or family member in connection with a s…

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewks­bury Beautification Commit­tee announces the Fall Clean Up-Half Way to Earth Day on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Resi­dents may stop by the town common to pick up bags, gloves, and safety vests before heading out to pick up trash. The event runs 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and residents…

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TEWKSBURY — In hon­or of National Drive Elec­tric Week, the New Eng­land Electric Car Associa­tion hosted an electric car show at the Tewksbury Pub­lic Library parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.

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TEWKSBURY — Recently, Tewksbury resident Anne-Marie Maguire started a new business cal­led “sWHEATie STRAWs,” selling eco-friendly wheat straws.

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In recent years, the use of smartphones has made the art of photography more popular than ever. Every­one is looking for a scenic backdrop, or the magic “gol­den hour” lighting for the perfect shot to be posted on social media.

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Providence, Rhode Island has really transformed itself from a scrappy town to a vibrant tourist destination. Long known as a foodie haunt, Providence has also become known for its many neighborhood donut shops.

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TEWKSBURY — This week, the biggest Tewks­bury Community Market of the year was held, with 14 vendors and four food trucks. Among the food trucks present was Thwaites Market.

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TEWKSBURY — Last week, the Board of Selectmen and School Committee held their much-awaited joint meeting to interview candidates to fill the vacancy on the School Committee.

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ANDOVER — On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the An­dover Planning Board approved the special permit for the project at 146 Dascomb Road, a proposed 16.2 acre development which, ac­cording to plan documents, is slated for a grocery store, hotel, office space, retail and dining, supported by surface and ga…

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Planning board met on Monday, Sept. 9. The meeting started with a landscape discussion for the iStorage site at 470 Main St. An iStorage representative introduced a plan to add more foliage to the property. The owner also wants to paint the outside of the building r…

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TEWKSBURY — Remember clipping little pink Box Tops for Education and sending them to school with your child or grandchild? Did you ever purchase wrapping paper from the neighborhood children to support their class?

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WILMINGTON/TEWKSBURY — Earlier this year, Tewksbury and Wilmington both received reimbursement from the State of Mas­sachusetts for expenses that occurred as a result of conducting early voting from the 2018 general election. This came after a statement from the State Auditor and Secretary o…

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The tradition of attending a state fair is something that caps off many a summer. Who doesn’t enjoy visiting the 4H displays of canned vegetables, dried flower ar­rangements, winning pies and painstakingly crafted quilts?

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TEWKSBURY — On Thurs­day evening, Aug. 29 2019, all Tewksbury school properties were sprayed to reduce the mosquito population due to the threat of mosquito transmitted EEE virus. This application oc­curred after classes and after school activities had ended and all students had left the pro…

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Summer tourists have returned to their daily grind at home, but early fall weather still features warm, sunny days, making September the perfect time for a New England seacoast day trip.

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The Centers for Disease Con­trol just issued new warnings in August about food safety which extends to all consumers. An antibiotic resistant strain of salmonella has been found in the United States, suspected to originate from some domestic beef and from unpasteurized cheese from Mexico.

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TEWKSBURY — Resi­dents may have noticed that some residential street signs have been replaced recently with two signs instead of one. As part of a cost saving measure, the DPW is installing the new design to save money and reduce theft.