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This Week In Tewksbury: Town Meeting, Trivia and Cleanup Day

Congratulations to the TMHS Theater Company for a fantastic production of Mamma Mia last week. Here’s what residents can look forward to as we head into May.

Monday, May 2

An Introduction To Genealogy
Time: 2:30 – 3:30
Where: Zoom, Register here

Curious about your ancestors? Linda MacIver, retired Boston Public Library Genealogy Specialist, will explain how to get started researching your forebearers and provide an overview of resources. MacIver recently retired from a 27-year career at the Boston Public Library where she inaugurated the BPL patron genealogy classes in 2011. She serves as the Federal Records Director of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. This virtual event is a collaboration between the libraries in Chelmsford, North Reading, Tewksbury and Wilmington.

Town Meeting, Night 1
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: TMHS gym

Tewksbury’s Annual Town Meeting convenes at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and continues on Wednesday. Learn the basics of Town Meeting here. Check out five articles of note here. Find the warrants and more TM information from the town here.  And, Team Carnation’s opinion on some pivotal articles is here.

Can’t make it? The Carnation will live tweet the meeting at #tewksburytm so you can follow along, or watch on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33).

Tuesday, May 3

School Committee Meet & Greet
Time: 5:30 – 6:30
Where: TMHS Library

The School Committee will host Brenda Regan in the fourth and final community meet & greet of finalists to be the new Tewksbury superintendent before a hiring decision is made. Residents were invited to ask questions of Nan Murphy, Darcey Fernandes and Brent Conway last week.

Day of Beauty at Shawsheen Tech
Time: Varies
Where: Shawsheen Tech

Shawsheen Valley Technical High School welcomes the public to Shawsheen for “A Day of Beauty” on three Tuesdays in May, beginning this week. The visit will start with pampering at the school salon with service from cosmetology students, and then patrons will rendezvous in the Ram’s Head Dining room for a meal and coffee or tea from students in the Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management program. Learn More.

Wednesday, May 4

In Person Teen Movie: Star Wars A New Hope (Grades 6-12)
Time: 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Where: Library; register here

Happy Star Wars day! Join us to watch A New Hope, do a Star Wars craft and enjoy a snack.  This event is for teens in grades 6-12.  Please register below for this in person movie.  

The run time for A New Hope is 2 hours and 1 minute. Registration is limited to 20.

Special Town Meeting & Zoning Articles
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: TMHS gym

Town Meeting continues with a brief Special Town Meeting then the continuation of Annual Town Meeting as voters evaluate the new zoning bylaw.

Learn the basics of Town Meeting here. Check out five articles of note here. Find the warrants and more TM information from the town here. And, Team Carnation’s opinion on some pivotal articles is here.

Can’t make it? The Carnation will live tweet the meeting at #tewksburytm so you can follow along, or watch on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33).

Thursday, May 5

School Committee Superintendent Deliberations
Time: 3 p.m.
Where: Large Group Instruction Room #1

After completion of site visits, meet & greets and interviews with the four finalists to be Tewksbury’s new superintendent, the School Committee will convene to discuss their impressions of the applicants and vote on their final selection.

TMHS Trivia Night
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury Country Club

This fun annual fundraiser has a few tables still available, according to PAC co-chair Lori Carriere. The cost is $250 per table for a 10-person team. There will be a cash bar, and attendees may bring in snacks. If you’re interested in a table, contact Carrier at

Friday, May 6

Outdoor Meditation Class (FREE 6-Week Series)
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Where: Library Lawn

Chris Connolly, RN, BSN, owner of “Living My Dream Yoga,” will lead a six-week series of outdoor meditation classes. Classes will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. over six consecutive Fridays — May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, June 3 and June 10 — on the library’s back lawn. This class is designed for both those who are new to meditation and regular practitioners. Participants will practice a different types of meditation, including: (1) Metta (loving kindness) Meditation, (2) Sound Meditation; (3) Autogenic Relaxation Meditation; (4) iRest Yoga Nidra; and (5) Mudra (hand gestures) Meditation. Classes will begin with 15-20 minutes of centering and breathing practice, leading into some gentle stretching/yoga to prepare the body and mind for meditation. After the meditation, there will be an integration process to allow participants to return to their daily lives. Connolly, a retired 43-year registered nurse, is a certified 500-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher, and Reiki II Practitioner. Learn more about Connolly here.

Register here. Once you’re registered for one session, you’re registered for the entire six-week series. While chairs will be available, registrants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat, beach towel, blanket or cushion to sit/lay on. Sponsored by the Tewksbury Police Department and The Front-Line Initiative, as part of its “wellness” initiative during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Screening: C’mon C’mon
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Library meeting room, Register here

**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 — C’Mon C’Mon. Radio host Johnny is busy going around the country interviewing young people about their lives, dreams, and fears when he receives a call from his sister Viv. She asks him to temporarily take care of her son Jesse, as her husband has just suffered a mental breakdown. Johnny agrees and immediately heads to Los Angeles. Though the relationship of the uncle and nephew is strained at first, the two grow closer as they spend time together. Stars Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman. Rated R. 108 minutes. 

Doors will open 15 minutes ahead of the show start time. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. 

Saturday, May 7

Annual Town Cleanup
Time: 8:30
Where: Townwide

Tewksbury’s 2022 Spring Town Clean Up is this Saturday! Stop by Town Hall starting at 8:30 a.m. to pick up bags and supplies, then collect trash along roadways and in our parks, open spaces and fields until 2 p.m.

This event has run since 2014, and each year residents fill hundreds of bags with trash while picking up tires, nip bottles and other items discarded on our town lands. Residents can band together and sign up to clean a specific spot around their neighborhoods or just show up and help where needed. Cleanup Day is a great way for teens to earn community service hours.

As part of this spring’s event, paper shredding and electronics recycling will be offered at the DPW from 9 a.m. to noon for Tewksbury residents; a Tewksbury Pantry donation item is requested for the service — the flyer below for needed items. There is a limit of five boxes per resident for shredding.

Recyclable electronic items include monitors, computers, hard drives, tablets, smart phones, printers, scanners and media such as tapes and DVDs. Items are free with a food donation, except for televisions, which are $35 cash to the provider.

Questions? Send a note to Residents may also sign up online at

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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