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TEWKSBURY — With the ongoing COVID-19 pan­demic still in full force across the United States, and as cases begin to rise in Massachusetts, questions arose regarding the status of local Halloween festivities this year. Re­cently, the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen decided to allow trick or trea…

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TEWKSBURY — Jon Bernard hit the ground running in his first few months in Tewksbury. As the interim principal at Tewksbury Memorial High School, Bernard has taken on his assignment with con­fidence and eagerness.

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TEWKSBURY — There is no denying the therapeutic benefits of garden­ing. Getting your hands in the soil, tending to plants, the satisfaction of a bloom. A new program on the campus of Tewksbury Hospital is not only bringing those benefits to anyone in re­sidence, it is also breathing new life…

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TEWKSBURY — Al­though election day isn’t until Nov. 3, Massachu­setts offers in person, early voting to those wishing to cast their ballot before election day. In Tewksbury, voters are able to cast their ballot in the presidential election, as well as in down ballot races, beginning on Sat­u…

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TEWKSBURY — This year in the race for State Representative of the 18th Essex District, representing voters in Precincts 3 and 3A in Tewksbury, Tram Nguyen is running for re­election. Nguyen, a Demo­crat, was elected as the first Vietnamese American woman to serve in the Mas­sachusetts Legisl…

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TEWKSBURY — Jeffrey DuFour is a new candidate for the House of Rep­resentatives 18th Essex District seat on the Nov. 3 ballot for Tewksbury pre­cincts 3 and 3A. DuFour is a Republican candidate running against Democra­tic incumbent Tram Ngu­yen because he believes now is the right time for a…

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TEWKSBURY — The Public Health Museum in Massachusetts has been bringing its Outbreak! Pub­lic Health summer program to area high school juniors and seniors since 2013. Faced with the pandemic and the realization that students could not be brought together safely in person at the Museum, prog…

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TEWKSBURY — On Thurs­day, Oct. 1, the candidates for State Repre­sentative of the 19th Mid­dlesex District, Dave Rob­ertson (incumbent-D) and Alec Difruscia (R), met for a debate moderated by Wilmington Apple editor Robert Hayes at Tewks­bury Town Hall. The de­bate was hosted by the Tewksbur…

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TEWKSBURY — Hope. It is a word that is not seen as often as it should in today’s world. With a glo­bal pandemic, stress over the upcoming presidential election and general un­certainty about the future of this country, it is easy to feel hopeless and lost.

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Handwashing and using hand sanitizer are some of the specific measures that public health experts recommend to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. How­ever, with the explosion of the sale of hand sanitizer in response to the pandemic, companies who have not traditionally been producers of…

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TEWKSBURY —Tewks­bury residents came to­gether on Saturday as part of the Beautification Com­mittee’s fall town clean up. The event, which has run since 2014, is also supported by the Open Space and Recreation Com­mittee, the Shawsheen River Water­shed Associa­tion and the Town of Tewks­bury.

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TEWKSBURY — Last week, the Tewksbury Pub­lic Library took a virtual trip across the pond to visit our unofficial “sister city” in the United Kingdom. More than 40 residents of both Tewks­bury, MA and Tewkes­bury, England, which is in Gloucestershire County (northwest of London), participated…

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TEWKSBURY — Scott Mazzapica is a familiar face to many who’ve enjoy­ed his performances in Tewksbury school’s theater productions over the years.

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NORTH ANDOVER —Colleges everywhere have to determine how to manage the COVID-19 pandemic on their campuses, and Merrimack College has been impressively cau­tious and careful while still providing as normal of a college experience as possible for its students.

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The start of Oc­tober brings to mind all that is scary. Spooky jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses, and of course, ghost stories.

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North Pack Monadnock is found along the Wapack Trail, one of the oldest public hiking trails in the country. We previously hiked Pack Monadnock and returned to hike North Pack.

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TEWKSBURY — With restaurants slowly re­opening, and thousands of plans for travel, parties, and events cancelled, neighborhoods need something to look forward to, especially as the seasons change from summer to fall. Thankfully, Food Truck Festivals of Ameri­ca has got a solution.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Sel­ectmen met on Tuesday, Sept. 15 for a virtual meeting via teleconference.

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TEWKSBURY — A long-time Tewksbury Pub­lic Schools educator is being honored by her friends through the es­tablishment of a memorial scholarship fund. Elaine Fiske, who pas­sed away in July, is be­ing remembered for her dedication and kindness, and for the example she set for others.

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TEWKSBURY — At this week’s Tewksbury Com­mu­nity Market, a new ven­dor, Amy Torro of Tewks­bury, made her market debut at the final market of the year. Her crafting business, “Amy’s She Shed Creations,” specializes in repurposed wood signs, as well as several other kinds of crafts.

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Before I go any further, please read this: you must make a reservation to hike in New Hampshire state parks. Massachusetts residents are welcomed to day hike, but if you don’t have a reservation, you will be turned away at any of the parking lots.

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TEWKSBURY — The Planning Board met Mon­day, Sept. 14 for a meeting via videoconference due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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TEWKSBURY — The mighty Merrimack has as history as long as its run. Lifeblood to the valley that bears its name, the river is both giving and challenging at the same time. Tewksbury draws its drinking water from the 117 mile river, which makes the new documentary, “The Mer­rimack: River at R…

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WILMINGTON — On Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, a community ga­thered together with heavy hearts to say their final goodbyes to fellow Wilmington resident, Massachusetts State Trooper 1st Class Thomas W. Devlin.

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TEWKSBURY — Among the new vendors at this week’s Tewksbury Com­munity Market at the Tewksbury Public Libra­ry was Cookie Monstah, a food truck specializing in homemade cookies and cookie-ice cream sandwiches.

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Dogs have long held the title of “man’s best friend,” al­though cats are ac­tually the world’s most popular pet, outnumbering dogs as many as three to one. Cats are independent, curious and loyal, making them wonderful lifelong companions.

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Rail bikes have become a popular activity across the country, taking abandoned stretches of railroad and providing a new generation of riders a way to access some of the most scenic yet hidden byways in America.

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TEWKSBURY — The Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library have been busy recalibrating during the COVID-19 crisis. The Friends’ biggest fundraiser of the year, indoor mini golf in the stacks, was cancelled in March due to the pandemic.

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The passing of Labor Day brings the unofficial end of summer. It means the end of cookouts, beach days, and to some of the older generation, the end of wearing the color “white” until after next Me­morial Day!

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A warm summer even­ing was the perfect time to visit Epping, New Hamp­shire’s New Eng­land Drag­way to watch the street car races. While this might not be the first activity one has in mind for a Friday night, I am pleased to re­port it was a family-friendly, interesting and easy activity th…

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TEWKSBURY — As the 2020-2021 academic year starts, many wonder how you go back to school in a midst of a global pandemic. How do we ensure that kids wear and keep on their masks? What do we do if someone in the school gets COVID-19? How will we track it?

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TEWKSBURY — After a week off for last week’s state primary elections, the Tewksbury Commu­nity Market was held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, outside of the Tewksbury Public Library. Among the 22 lo­cal vendors present at this week’s market was Sun­nyhill Candle Co.

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TEWKSBURY — At a recent Tewksbury Com­mu­nity Market, one of the 19 vendors present was My Scrubs Don’t Suck, a business specializing in handmade, made to order, luxury sugar scrubs.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Fire Depart­ment has been the recipient of several grants re­cently, each of which is designed to enhance safety through firefighter training and upgrade equipment. The department has been active in its pursuit of FEMA grants which are described as a way to “fund cr…

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TEWKSBURY — Tewks­bury teachers had just come back together to be­gin their professional development training in anticipation of school re­opening when a letter from Superintendent Christopher Malone was sent to the district on Fri­day, Aug. 28, 2020. The letter explained that a faculty memb…