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5 Things to Know the Week of Nov. 8: Shop Local, Select Board, TDTC Hosts Candidates

Those looking to shop local for the holidays can now check out the popup Tewksbury Farm & Craft Market, which opened this weekend at 553 Main St., between Ocean State and Papa Gino’s. The market is open daily, except Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A list of current vendors is here.

Tewksbury continues to battle Wilmington for the The Reading Cup in the towns’ first annual “Reading Rivals” Competition. Residents can win weekly $25 gift cards along the way and be entered into the grand prize raffle for completing a minimum of three hours of reading.

The competition is tight, so every hour counts between now and when the contest ends on November 24. Join in with your existing Beanstack account, or sign up for one here.

On Monday, the Planning Board meets in person at Town Hall at 7 p.m. The Board will consider a family suite application, the addition of new parking spaces at the plaza housing Al Fresca and continue the discussion of a new mixed-use development at 30 East St.

On Tuesday night, the Select Board meets at Town Hall. Agenda items include appointments for the DEI Advisory and Trahan and North St. Reuse committees, a hearing regarding trees slated to be cut down on South St. and updates on the Center Fire Station and town water quality.

Residents can attend both the Planning Board and Select Board meetings in person or watch the proceedings on Tewksbury TV’s YouTube channel or Channel 99 (Comcast) or 33 (Verizon).

A full calendar of this week’s open meetings is available here; check back often as new entries are added frequently, or sign up for alerts from the town.

Also on Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Tewksbury Public Library hosts a virtual event — Finding Your Dream College — for parents and students preparing to apply to schools but unsure how to choose from among the thousands of institutions across the country. This presentation from The Princeton Review informs students about what a dream college is for them, what a college wants in dream students and what they must do to get in to their dream colleges. Register here.

Check out other TPL events — including programs on the Ella Fleming School and Boston’s Combat Zone — here, and note that the library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. 

On Wednesday, the TMHS Class of 2022 will take its panoramic photo shoot at 1:25 p.m.

There is no school on Thursday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day. The town has a number of celebratory events planned. The Carnation is looking forward to attending the 11th annual dinner and social at Tewksbury Country Club.

On Friday, there is a screening of Nomadland at the Tewksbury Senior Center beginning at 2 p.m. Registration is required, and seating is limited to 25. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library and Tewksbury Lions Club. Register here.

Also on Friday, the TMHS Drama Club presents Clue! Learn more about how to get your tickets.

Residents interested in hearing from candidates Danielle Allen, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Ben Downing are invited to join the Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee at its regular meeting on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. at Tewksbury Town Hall. Allen, Chang-Diaz and Downing have all thrown their hats into the ring for the 2022 primary race and the opportunity to challenge Gov. Charlie Baker.

Tewksbury’s legislative delegation often provides updates at these meetings, and a virtual attendance option is available. Contact TDTC chair Cathy Dwyer at to request the log-in info.

The Tewksbury Food Pantry is collecting donations all week ahead of its annual Thanksgiving distribution. Residents may drop off nonperishable items at dropboxes around town or at the pantry at 999 Whipple Road. Donations may also be dropped off at Tewksbury Dental Associates at 1438 Main St. through November 16.

The pantry has great need this year for personal care products, including soap, shampoo, disposable razors, shaving cream, toothpaste and toothbrushes and deodorant. Find the complete donation list here.

Lorna is a U.S. Army veteran and 25-year resident of Tewksbury who has written for organizations ranging from the DIA to InformationWeek to a free weekly in New London that sent her to interview the pastry chef at Foxwoods.

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