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What To Know In Tewksbury the Week of Jan. 2

Hopefully everyone had a restful holiday break. Now it’s nomination season, with 11 open seats for a variety of Tewksbury elected positions.

Nomination Papers Available
When: Monday, Jan. 3
Where: Town Hall

Those interested in running for an open seat in the April election can take the first step starting today. Town clerk office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last day for candidates to file their nomination papers is Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 before 5:00 p.m. Fifty valid registered Tewksbury voter signatures and addresses are required to be put on the ballot.

Welcoming The New Year With Optimism & Managing Unhealthy Thinking
When: Monday, Jan. 3, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual program, Zoom

Learn how mindful strategies can help you develop a greater awareness of mind and body to restore health and wellness. After learning simple exercises and with regular practice, participants can develop skills that enable them to let go of negative thoughts, achieve calm and have more compassion. Register directly on Zoom HERE. This virtual event is a collaboration between the Andover, Chelmsford, Tewksbury and Wilmington libraries.

On Monday evening, the library will host a virtual event on meditation and how to practice daily mindfulness. Find more details and see the full week’s programming lineup HERE.

UPDATE: The Select Board meeting has been postponed to Jan. 11
Select Board
When: Tuesday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall, in person or virtual on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The Select Board will address dates to open and close the May 2, 2022 Town Meeting and May 4, 2022 Special Town Meeting warrants and the open position for a Town Moderator, among other matters. Find the agenda here.

Zoning Bylaw Committee
When: Wed., Jan. 5, 6 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The committee will discuss the results of the ongoing survey of residents and business owners on retail marijuana facilities, among other matters. The survey is anonymous and will be open until Jan. 14. Find the agenda here.

Conservation Commission
When: Wed., Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

Find the agenda here.

Friends of the Tewksbury Library Monthly Meeting
When: Wed., Jan. 5, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom. For link, email the Friends at

Everyone is welcome at this meeting of the Friends board. Annually the Friends fund $20,000+ in programming not covered by the Library budget, including museum passes and purchase of art supplies for children’s enrichment.

Public Health Museum Outdoor Tours
When: Thursday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m.
Where: Tewksbury State Hospital
Cost: $10 for grounds tour, $5 for museum. Please bring cash.

Thursday tours resume this week. Visitors can sign up to walk the grounds then embark on a tour of the Public Health Museum. Registration is required.

Andover Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting
When: Thursday, Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Hall, 2nd floor, 2 N. Main St.

The Andover ZBA will revisit the unpermitted contractor yard at South St. after viewing the facility and abutting homes on Dec. 11. The ZBA agenda was not posted as of Monday, but the previous meeting was telecast on Andover’s public access channels.

Line Dancing Lessons
When: Thursday, Jan. 6, 7 – 9 p.m.
Where: Bobby & Jacks Memphis Barbecue

Every Thursday starting Jan. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m., 603 Line Dance will host free line dancing lessons.

Ongoing Happenings

The Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual elections on February 8, 2022. The Board is looking to fill two open seats for terms running from 2022-2025. Board members are responsible for setting the strategic direction and goals for the organization and attending various meetings and events throughout the year.

If you are interested in serving, please mail/email an application to the nomination committee for consideration no later January 31. Note: Seats for bankers and realtors are filled at this time.

Prior to applying, please read through the “About the Board” document for additional information on the role and its commitments. Contact Nancy Vallee if you have any questions at 978-657-7211 or

The Chamber is also accepting nominations for the 2022 Carmon Cunningham Business Legacy Award through the month of January. Learn more about the award here, and contact Nancy Vallee with your selection.

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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