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What To Know In Tewksbury the Week of March 27: Giving Circle Open Meeting, Finance Committee to Review Warrants, NHS Induction

Tonight the 100 People Who Care Tewksbury giving circle invites residents who may be interested in joining to attend their Q1 Impact Award event at Tewksbury Country Club. Three nonprofits will present: Catie’s Closet, CTI’s Rita O’Brien Dee Center and Into Action Recovery. More info is below.

At its December meeting at TCC, pictured above, the group awarded $10,000 to Hidden Battles.

The Senior Center will be closed until April 4 due to a Covid outbreak; the town is doing a deep cleaning. The Center will be open as a polling place on Saturday, April 2, which is election day in Tewksbury. We did a roundup of information voters may need along with some last-minute letters of support. 

Monday, March 28

100 People Who Care Tewksbury
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury Country Club or watch on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (8) or Verizon (32)

Monday marks the fourth quarterly meeting of Tewksbury’s local giving circle, which will approach $50,000 in funds raised for local nonprofits since June 2021. As it enters its second year, the group, part of the 100 Who Care Alliance, is looking to expand its membership to make an even larger local impact. If you may be interested in joining, please drop in, no obligation and no need to make a donation unless you wish to. Check out our Q1 nominees here. Social hour is from 6 – 7 p.m. Presentations from our nonprofits start promptly at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar, and residents who decide they wish to join may do so on the spot. Learn more on the group’s website or Facebook page.

Planning Board
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

After Town Planner and committee reports, the Planning Board will dispense with a non-substantial change and an ANR (approval not required) project then move on to the multi-use development currently under construction at 940 – 960 Main St. It will also hear about amenity updates planned for Trull Brook golf course. AGENDA

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

Residents interested in a preview of the Finance Committee’s positions on articles in the Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting warrants can find that insight at this meeting. Residents will also have an opportunity to ask questions about reviewed budgets. A public hearing on the warrants will be held on Wednesday. AGENDA

Tuesday, March 29

Select Board
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The Select Board will consider a request for a one-day liquor license from the Bourque Family Foundation, which holds a variety of benefit events around Massachusetts, as well as a presentation on polling locations in advance of Saturday’s local election. The board will also hear an update on the planned combined DPW/School Facility, as discussed at a previous meeting. The town is working with consultants to bring down costs for the project by renovating and re-using some of the existing building, which was built in the 1950s. Town Meeting previously approved $2.2 million for design. AGENDA

The First Kennedys — The Humble Roots Of An American Dynasty
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

Author Neal Thompson will discuss his new book, The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty, on Zoom. Explore the inspiring story of the poor Irish refugee couple who escaped famine, created a life together in a city hostile to Irish, immigrants, and Catholics, and launched the Kennedy dynasty in America. Their Irish ancestry was a hallmark of the Kennedys’ initial political profile, as JFK leveraged his working-class roots to connect with blue-collar voters. Today, we remember this iconic American family as the vanguard of wealth, power, and style rather than as the descendants of poor immigrants. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Find the full schedule of Library events for this week here.

Wednesday, March 30

The Joys Of Bird Feeding with Mass Audubon
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Where: Zoom, register here

Looking for a way to brighten your yard and mood? Backyard bird feeding is a wonderful way to attract birds to your property, still feel connected to nature while inside, and get to know the characteristics and behaviors of common birds. Explore different feeder types, the best seed to put in them, the birds they’ll attract, how to outsmart squirrels, and other ways to encourage birdlife into your yard and community. Led by Scott Santino, the Education Manager and Teacher Naturalist at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Time:
6:30 p.m.
Where: TMHS

Congratulations to the Tewksbury Memorial High School students who will be inducted into the National Honor Society at a live ceremony. To be considered for the NHS, juniors and seniors must have a grade point average of 3.8 (weighted on a 4.5 scale), complete 35 hours of community service by the end of their junior year, provide character references, demonstrate leadership potential and participate in a variety of school and community activities.

Finance Committee
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on all articles in the Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting warrants. Residents may speak on the articles, but they must be in attendance at Town Hall. AGENDA

Annual Town Meeting will kick off on May 2 in the Tewksbury Memorial High School gym at 7:30 p.m. Click here for the warrant. Special Town Meeting will follow on May 4 beginning at 7 p.m. Here is the STM warrant. Mark your calendars!

De-stress with DOGS (Grades 6 – 12)
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Library, please register in advance

Stressed? Overwhelmed with school, sports and more? Come by and de-stress with dogs! Join the Library in a relaxing space to color, unwind and pet therapy dogs. Please register for the event so organizers know how many people to expect. Once you register, you can drop in anytime between 3:30-4:30 on the day of the event. This event is for teens in grades 6-12 only.

Thursday, March 31

Public Health Museum Tour
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Where: 365 East St.

Thursdays during March and April, the Public Health Museum at Tewksbury State Hospital holds open house, self-guided tours. Volunteers will be available. Donations are appreciated. Register here.

This Day in History: Eleven years ago today, a deadly Egyptian cobra that had escaped in New York’s Bronx Zoo was found alive in the zoo’s reptile house, almost a week after it broke free. The snake became among the first nonhuman Twitter celebrities when an account was set up in its name. The Bronx Zoo’s Cobra now has 141,500 followers. 

Friday, April 1

Wrap Bracelet & Earrings Workshop
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Open Space Gift Shop & Creative Studio

Join Kristen of KC Styles to learn and make your own beaded wrap bracelet and earrings. Kristen will provide an array of colors and all of the supplies and tools you will need. This workshop is open to all ages with adult supervision required for children.

Kristen Tomassetti, of KC Styles, also exhibits at the Tewksbury Community Market. Advance registration is required.

Note that there will be no Senior Center movie this week.

Saturday, April 2

Annual Town Election!
Time: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Townwide

Find your voting location here. The Carnation’s roundup of letters and links to additional candidate information is here. And chances are your favorite candidates are seeking volunteers to hold signs at the four polling places. Check their websites or Facebook pages.

Going to be out of town? Sign up for an absentee ballot.

Ongoing

The Tewksbury Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, or TDEIAC, has launched an anonymous survey and is looking for responses from residents, business owners and people who work in town. The survey will be live through early April and should take just 10 – 12 minutes to complete. Learn more or click over to the survey here.

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Lorna is a 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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