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5 Things To Know the Week of Oct. 3: Special Town Meeting, Planning Board, Plan Now for Spaghetti

On Monday at 7 p.m. the Planning Board meets in person. The agenda includes a discussion of a controversial mixed use development at 30 East St., which falls within the town center overlay district. Learn more about the board’s questions on that project here. The board will also consider a request for a special sign permit for the new Aroma Joe’s coffee shop that opened last month on Andover St. 

Residents may attend the meeting at Town Hall or watch it on Comcast Channel 99 or Verizon Channel 33 or on Tewksbury TV’s YouTube channel.

Tuesday is Special Town Meeting; residents wishing to participate must show up in person and be registered voters. The town has issued “know before you go” guidelines, including a request that attendees skip the meeting if they feel ill, observe social distancing from those not in their households and follow posted directional and spatial arrows. Masks are strongly advised and will be worn by all staff, but the town cannot require voters to wear them.

Find out more about how Town Meeting works here, and read up on the articles to be voted on here

Wednesday is the Power of Flowers Project’s annual Spread the Joy Luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut. There will be a basket raffle, gift card raffle, silent auction, wine pull and golden ticket drawing to win a $500 Visa Gift Card. For more information on the great work this group does or to purchase tickets, go to POFproject.org. You can also learn how to volunteer or make a contribution. Power of Flowers volunteers work out of Tewksbury State Hospital and deliver more than 400 bouquets weekly to residents of care communities and home-bound seniors. If you know a senior who would enjoy a flower delivery, have flowers to donate or would like to hold a workshop or “buds and blooms” party, contact the group.

The Tewksbury Public Library is now open weekends (yay!) and has a great lineup of programs for all ages this week. Tonight those interested in Ireland, genealogy or both can learn about “Irish Genealogy Before 1800″ with educator, author and Ireland expert Thomas Toohey. This is a virtual event and registration is required. On Friday as part of the library’s Virtual Fright Night programming, join paranormal investigators Cody Ray DesBiens and Satori Hawes from Travel Channel’s “Ghost Nation” and learn about some of the haunted objects they’ve found in their work. Virtual, register here.

Finally, tickets are going fast for the annual Lion’s Club Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser to benefit the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry. On Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. you can enjoy salad, spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread and dessert for just $10 per person. Bring pocket cash for some great raffles and a 50/50 drawing. The Lions thank the Tewksbury Country Club for hosting this event, which tends to sell out. Purchase tickets here or email the Lions for a table at $100.

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