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16 Things To Know This Week In Tewksbury: License Your Pup, Voter Deadline, Shaw Tech Student-Run Services Reopen

It’s a doggone good week in the ‘Bury, with a Waffles appearance, a Paw Patrol showing — and town clerk Denise Graffeo reminding dog owners that if they don’t get their pooches licensed by March 15, they will owe a $5 late fee. Note that pups new to town may be licensed at any time throughout the year without incurring a late fee.

Tewksbury’s U.S. Congressional representative Seth Moulton tells the Carnation that his office will partner with the Democracy Summer Youth Fellowship program this year. High-school and college-age young people interested in politics may apply for this six-week program, which runs from June 20 to July 31 and requires a commitment of 20 to 25 hours a week. The application is available here and must be completed by March 15.

Note that Wed., March 9 is National Meatball Day. The Carnation staff is on the lookout for opportunities to celebrate.

Monday, March 7

Fundraiser: Susan Amato for Board of Health
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Where: Angelina’s

Residents are invited to drop in, meet Susan and hear her ideas for the Tewksbury BoH. Donations will be accepted, and those interested may sign up for a lawn sign or to hold signs. Refreshments served. Cash bar. 

Candidates and local groups who wish to have their forums, fundraisers or other election-related events listed in the Carnation should send the information to attn: Donna Gill.

Mindfulness & Meditation Series, Class 1: Deep Breathing & Muscle Relaxation
Time: 7:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register for the series here

Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class, the first in a series. Participants are welcome to find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher Lauren Masse. Learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body. Lauren will focus on a different type of meditation for each session. The series runs four consecutive Mondays — March 7, 14, 21 and 28 — at 7:30 p.m.

Finance Committee
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The Finance Committee will review the town’s capital budget tonight at Town Hall. The committee will also hear updates on progress for the new elementary school, Green Committee and Economic Development Committee. AGENDA HERE

Tuesday, March 8

Library Program: Rebel Girls Celebrate International Women’s Day
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Register direct on Zoom here.

On International Women’s Day, join authors Elena Favilli, Lilly Workneh and CaShawn Thompson and Art Director Giulia Flamini to learn about their books and the mission of Rebel Girls. Rebel Girls is a global empowerment brand dedicated to raising the most inspired and confident generation of girls through content, experiences, products and community. Rebel Girls has sold nearly 7 million books through their New York Times bestselling series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Presented in collaboration with a number of Massachusetts libraries, including Ashland and Tewksbury.

Find the full and fantastic lineup of this week’s adult, teen and kids events at the Tewksbury Public Library here.

Board of Library Trustees
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Where: Library large meeting room

The Trustees will discuss issues including continuing to lend to patrons whose town libraries have been decertified and hear an update from Library director Diane Giarrusso. AGENDA HERE.

Wednesday, March 9

Re-Opening of the Rams Head Dining Room and all Student Run Services
Time: Ongoing
Where: Shawsheen Tech

The Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management program at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School invites the public to its Grand Re-Opening luncheon today. Lunch will be offered in the student-run Rams Head Dining Room and will offer two seat times, 11:30 am and 12:00 pm. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal consisting of a choice of soup or salad, an entrée and a dessert for $9. To make a reservation, please call 978-671-3668; reservations are required. Students in the Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management program look forward to re-opening the dining room to the public, and expect to serve a full house.

In addition to the dining room, Shawsheen has a student-run automotive shop, printing center and salon open to the public. Guests are encouraged to visit the campus during the school day to utilize these services, as they provide authentic learning experiences for students.

For more information about the Rams Head Dining Room or any other student-run service at Shawsheen, please visit

Tewksbury School Committee Public Budget Hearing and Regular Meeting
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: TMHS LI 1, though the location may change, so confirm with the School Committee if you plan to attend in person. Or catch the meeting on TewksburyTV or Comcast (22) or Verizon (34)

The School Committee will convene at 5:30 p.m. and enter executive session until 6 p.m. The committee will recognize former Trahan principal George Paul then hear presentations featuring comfort dog Waffles, the schools’ STEM efforts and ELA programs at the elementary level. After a citizen’s forum, the community will hear from acting superintendent Brenda Theriault-Regan. 

Note that the TTA announced Friday on its Facebook page that it has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. Acceptance is still pending a vote by the full TTA membership. AGENDA

Thursday, March 10

Elementary School Building Committee
Time: 7 –  9 p.m.
Where: Ryan School Cafeteria

The project management, design and construction management firms will provide updates on the new Central Elementary School, which is set to welcome students in January. AGENDA

Mighty Storms Of New England with WBZ Meteorologist Eric Fisher
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here.

WBZ Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher will discuss his new book, Mighty Storms of New England: The Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Blizzards, and Floods that Shaped the Region, via Zoom. Discover the legendary storms that have devastated New England, including the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 that killed 564 people, the Worcester Tornado of 1953, the Snow Hurricane of 1804 that demolished orchards and killed dozens of sailors off the coast and the Blizzard of 1978 that brought Boston to a standstill for weeks. 

Friday, March 11

Voter Registration Deadline for Annual Town Election & Meeting
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

A voter registration session has been scheduled for Friday, March 11 at the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 1009 Main St. Graffeo informs residents who are not registered to vote that this is the final day to register if they wish to vote in the April 2 Annual Town Election and the May 2 & 4 Annual Town Meeting. Town Hall will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on March 11 for voters who wish to register to vote in person. Residents may also register by mail. LEARN MORE

Visit a Secret Stash Sweets Tasting Event at Open Space Gift Shop & Studio on Saturday from 1 – 3 p.m. MORE

TJ Callahan’s launches its weeklong St. Patrick’s Day event lineup on Saturday with Irish step dancing from 3 – 7 p.m. Don’t miss the corned beef Reuben sandwich. MORE

MVP will hold a drive-in showing of Paw Patrol Saturday at 6 p.m. MORE

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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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