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What To Know In Tewksbury the Week of April 3

The Senior Center will reopen on Monday, April 4, after being closed for a week due to a Covid outbreak. 

Watch for a roadway closure starting Monday, April 4, when water main construction will begin on Pike Street; work is expected to continue through mid-May. Pike Street will be closed to through traffic during construction hours, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A detour route via Kennedy Rd. will be in place during construction hours; see below.

For more information, please contact project manager Andrew Stack at 978-640-4440 x256 or astack@tewksbury-ma.gov.

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.

Monday, April 4

Office Hours with State Rep. Vanna Howard & State Rep. Tram Nguyen
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Drop in to speak with two of Tewksbury’s three reps, no appointment required.

Tewksbury Beautification Committee
Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Town Hall, lower level

The Committee will discuss town clean-up day and new street trees to be planted with National Grid. Agenda.

Tewksbury Genealogy Group: Irish Genealogy Databases
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom, learn more & register

The Tewksbury Genealogy Group is open to everyone who’s interested in genealogy. Each meeting consists of a presentation from a guest speaker, typically a professional genealogist, followed by a period where members can briefly share their latest genealogy research, and then the library will share a genealogy resource its patrons can access for free. The April 2022 meeting will feature Irish Genealogist Michael Brophy’s presentation, “Shamrocks In Cyberspace: Irish Genealogy Databases.” Information about our Irish ancestors is exploding on the internet. The best websites for Irish research will be explored and analyzed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, April 5

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 reorganize, then hear updates on the proposed Bourque Foundation Road Race and Tewksbury’s Habitat Build. Agenda

Smallpox: A History of Disease Control, The First Vaccine and The End of a Disease
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Zoom, learn more and register

For much of human history, smallpox was a major cause of death and disability; among specific infections second only to tuberculosis, killing hundreds of millions of people even after the availability of a highly effective vaccine. But smallpox is gone; the only human disease to be eradicated! Join the Public Health Museum, located in Tewksbury, to review the history of smallpox from the early days of inoculation to the dawn of a vaccine, the introduction of effective disease control measures in Massachusetts, and the origins of the global efforts toward eradication and its successful completion. Organized by the Public Health Museum. Held in collaboration with the Tewksbury Public Library.

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

Hidden Battles Heroes Support Group
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Lowell YWCA

Hidden Battles will kick off its Heroes Support Group for Mental Health. Meetings will be at the Greater Lowell YWCA, 35 YWCA Dr., Lowell. These meetings are for all first responders: police, fire, EMS, 911 dispatchers, nursing/medical staff, corrections and veterans. Any questions, feel free to reach out- info@hiddenbattlesfoundation.org 

Wednesday, April 6

Peeps Diorama (Grades 6-12)
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom; register here

Pick up your supplies and create a scene from your favorite book or movie using edible items only and Peeps! If you register by 4/1/22 supplies will be provided for you.  If you do not, a list of supplies will be mailed for you.  Join us on the day of via Zoom to create your scene while chatting with friends.  Show off your finished creation at the end! This event is for grades 6-12.

Financial Workshop for 17-30 Year Olds: Decisions! Decisions!
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom; register here

When you start a new job, some of your first decisions may be about saving for retirement and choosing health insurance. How much should I put into my retirement account? Which investments should I choose? Which health insurance plan will serve my needs and be affordable? The choices can be daunting. Join us for a workshop, geared towards 17 to 30 year-olds, to gain some important insights on how to make these essential decisions.

Friends of the Tewksbury Library Board Meeting
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom, email for link

Monthly meeting of the fabulous Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library. All are welcome to attend this meeting of the Friends’ Board. Email questions to friendstplibrary@gmail.com and to receive the link to the meeting.

Thursday, April 7

No-Till Gardening: Easy Methods For Starting Your Garden From Scratch
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom; learn more and register here

No-till means exactly what it says–you don’t till the soil or turn it over or break it up every year. Using a rototiller once or digging by hand to start a garden is fine. However, over time digging adds too much oxygen to the soil, which deprives the plants of nutrients. Digging brings weed seeds to the surface and turning over the soil disrupts the symbiotic relationships and fungal networks which are so important for healthy soils. No-till is easier on the body and can become a fun family activity that makes gardening nearly weed-free and a joy.

Friday, April 8

Screening: West Side Story
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Library meeting room

**After a 25 month absence, film screenings at the library are BACK! And the library has a NEW and IMPROVED large movie screen, projector, and sound system!** 

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s latest films — West Side Story (2021), which was recently nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. Stars Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, and Ariana DeBose. Directed by Stephen Spielberg. Rated PG-13. 156 minutes. Doors will open at 10:15am. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested.

Saturday, April 9

Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Where: Hybrid

Annual meeting of the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.  All are welcome to attend. This meeting will take place in the library’s meeting room on the first floor. If you are interested in attending virtually, via Zoom, please register here.

Easter Mini Craft Fair
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Open Space Gift Shop

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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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