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This Week in Tewksbury: Rt. 38 Paving, Planning Board, Flooding Seminar

Overnight paving along Rt. 38 kicks off this week. Work begins at the intersection of Main Street and Colonial Drive on Monday at 8:00 p.m. and continues until 5:00 a.m. Traffic will be detoured in three separate phases; find details here. 

This work is part of a $4.6 million DoT project for Rt. 38 resurfacing and related work that is expected to be completed in fall 2023. The schedule is weather dependent and subject to change. Residents can dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions, or download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app. Or, just avoid Rt. 38 between Chandler St. and Nelson St. after 8 p.m. this week.

Monday, May 23

Educational Seminar
When: 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: Library large meeting room or the town’s Tewksbury TV YouTube page

Residents may recall taking part in a survey about flood-prone areas. The town will share findings of the survey, the flood modeling and potential solutions at this public meeting. Residents are invited to attend the meeting to learn how your opinions are guiding the development of solutions, what green infrastructure is and how it can be used to mitigate flooding. To register for the meeting and learn more, visit the town’s hazard and mitigation and climate resilience planning webpage at www.tewksbury-ma.gov/flooding. For questions, please contact Alexandra Lowder at alowder@tewksbury-ma.gov.

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

This is likely to be a short meeting as Trull Brook Golf Course has requested another continuance. The lone agenda item is the proposed high-tech greenhouse on Highland View Rd. At its last meeting, the Board took exception to the installation of a drainage system at the site last summer, before the project was presented to the Board and without the required permits or inspections.

Tuesday, May 24

Free Blood Pressure Clinic
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Senior center

The Senior Center offers regular free blood pressure checks every Tuesday and Wednesday (9 – 11 a.m.), thanks to town nurse Ashley. No appointment is necessary. Just drop in! Find more May events.

Wednesday, May 25

History Of New England Stone Walls
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual, REGISTER HERE

Stone walls are an iconic landscape feature of New England. They once served a functional purpose, but today they are threads through time, defining the region’s historical identity. Join Leigh Schoberth, senior preservation services manager at Historic New England, to explore the history of stone wall building in the region, and to develop a framework for identifying different types of stone walls. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Virtual Travel Program: Taupo New Zealand
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

Join us as we “travel” around the world through this incredible program. We have 10 more tours to enjoy throughout 2022. You can see and hear the live tour guides, and they can see and hear us. There is time to chat and ask questions during the tour. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Tewksbury Cultural Council. The cost is $5, and residents can sign up at the reception desk.

Conservation Commission
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The Conservation Commission will address a violation at 2493 Main St., site of the former Route 38 cafe. Commissioners will also hear from consultant Matt Hamor on the 60 Highland View Rd. greenhouse project.

Thursday, May 26

From Uptown Girls To Downton Abbey: How US Gilded Age Heiresses Invaded British Aristocracy
When: 1 – 2 p.m.
Where: Virtual, REGISTER HERE

Long before the British Invasion, the cash-strapped lords, viscounts, and dukes of Great Britain shifted their focus from hunting foxes and pheasants to more lucrative targets: cash-flush Gilded Age American socialites who were willing to trade their family’s money for an ancient title and often a chilly reception in the British aristocracy. Fans of “Downton Abbey” and “The Gilded Age” on television and film will delight as Anglophile and former U.K. resident Claire Evans recounts the tales of some of the famously loaded young Americans who infused bank accounts of many stately homes, including close relatives of Winston Churchill and Princess Diana. She’ll also give travel tips if you’d like to create a Gilded Age tour for yourself. This virtual event is a collaboration between the libraries in Ashland (host) and Tewksbury.

TMHS Annual Scholarship & Awards Night
When: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: TMHS

This event is by invitation only. Students who are receiving an award should have received an invitation. Congratulations graduates!

Friday, May 27

Kickoff to Memorial Day Weekend!

There are plenty of things to do in and around Tewksbury this weekend, including the annual observance and parade on Monday.

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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