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15+ Things To Know This Week In Tewksbury

To celebrate the last day of school — Tuesday, June 21 — the Tewksbury Police Department will drive a rented ice cream truck around town looking for kids who’d like a free cone. Want the “TPD Ice Cream Unit” to come to your street? Hop over to any of TPD’s social media outlets this week and nominate your neighborhood.

If you or neighbors have unused swimming pools, the Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project warns that they can quickly become significant larval mosquito habitats. The CMMCP offers a free, annual control program that can reduce or eliminate all mosquito species, including those that may carry diseases. Treatment of pools is at no cost to Tewksbury or residents, and pools can later be opened. Anyone interested can fill out a form or contact the CMMCP directly.

Finally, Sunday is Juneteenth, with many companies and organizations celebrating the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is a legal holiday in Massachusetts, observed on Monday. 

Monday, June 13

Housing Authority
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Virtual, join here or dial in at 866-899-4679 using ID 936-580-117 

The Tewksbury Housing Authority is charged with promoting “adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment free from discrimination.” At this meeting the group will provide a report on unit vacancies in town and present its five-year plan. AGENDA

Tewksbury Community Resources Roundtable
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Library first-floor meeting room

Representatives from Tewksbury organizations — nonprofits, community groups, town committees, fundraising groups and news sources (ahem) — are invited quarterly to spend five minutes speaking at the roundtable and sharing information about their programs, services and upcoming events and fundraisers. Residents are invited to attend to find out about volunteer and other opportunities.  

Check out the full Tewksbury Public Library lineup here. There’s lots going on this week!

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

After committee reports and a scheduled update on improvements at Trull Brook golf course, Tree House Brewing will present its site plan to the Planning Board. The meeting will close with the latest developments in the Highland Rd. high-tech greenhouse approval process. AGENDA

Tuesday, June 14

Flag Day
When: All day
Where: U.S.A.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777. It also marks the birthday of the U.S. Army on June 14, 1775. Some facts: The U.S. Flag Code says, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Alternatively, you can drop worn flags in a flag disposal box (find a location).

Or, the Stars for our Troops program accepts worn-out American flags. A volunteer for the program will cut out and send the flag’s embroidered stars to an American soldier. 

Wednesday, June 15

Teen Event: Watch Heartstopper (Grades 7-12)
When: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: TPL meeting room

Join in to watch the first four episodes of Netflix’s Heartstopper based on the webcomic and graphic novels by Alice Oseman. Heartstopper is rated TV-14. Each episode is about 30 minutes long. REGISTER HERE.

Wellness Advisory Council
When: 3:30 p.m.
Where: TMHS LG1, in-person only

Led by TPS lead nurse Kelly Constantino, the Tewksbury Wellness Committee will review the school wellness policy, discuss town and school events and look to recruit more community involvement. AGENDA

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

The Finance Committee will reorganize then assign representatives to other town committees, including the Elementary School Building Committee and Economic Development Committee. AGENDA 

Thursday, June 16

Senior Center Foxwoods Trip
When: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Get tickets on Tuesday!

The Friends of the Elderly are sponsoring another bus trip to Foxwood. We leave the Senior Center parking lot at 7:00 a.m. and depart Foxwoods at 3:00 p.m. to arrive back in Tewksbury at approx. 5:00 p.m. You can purchase tickets at the Center from Kay Maher on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Kay Zerosfski keeps us entertained with “Bus Bingo” on the way down and offers treats for the ride home.

Tewksbury Community Market
When: 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: Livingston St.

The opening day of the Community Market will feature tables by six community groups as well as 30+ vendors. See the full lineup here.

Board of Health
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The published agenda is light on detail, but residents are advised that there will be a keeping of animals permit request from a Claire St. resident and an update on the ongoing, and expensive, situation at Oliviera farm: Between May 1 and 15, town counsel invoiced $892.50 for Board of Health issues. AGENDA

Friday, June 17

Screening: Father Stu
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Library meeting room, Register here or here depending on time.

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s latest films, Father Stu. Follows the life of Father Stuart Long, a boxer-turned-priest who inspired countless people during his journey from self-destruction to redemption. A drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, and Malcolm McDowell. Rated R. 124 minutes. 

Doors will open 15 minutes ahead of the show start time. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

Tewksbury’s Own Silvertones
When: 7 – 10 p.m.
Where: Senior Center, cost $10 per person

Come dance or just listen to the sounds of the Silvertones. What’s your pleasure … waltz, Latin, jitterbug, line dances, they have just the beat for you. Tickets on sale at the door, which open at 6:30 p.m. It is casual attire, bring your munchies, soda will be available for purchase. Bring along a friend, have some fun and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Snack Food Trivia Night
When: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual, learn more and register here

Join us on Zoom to test your knowledge of SNACK FOOD! Play solo or organize a team! For security purposes, participants’ videos will be disabled, so no need to worry about having a working webcam to play. The ability to view slides on a screen is all you need for this fantastic trivia fun! Please note that trivia questions are geared toward adults in challenge rating. (If families want to play together, however, there are no “embarrassing” questions or content.)

Weekend Preview

Blood Drive
When: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Masonic Lodge

Book an appointment at the Red Cross website.

Cat Adoption Event
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon
Where: Library

The Billerica Cat Care Coalition is holding a cat adoption event for Tewksbury Library patrons and residents. All adoptions require a completed and approved application. Please visit their website to submit an application in advance of the event. If you attend the event without having submitted an application, please don’t expect to take a cat home with you.

Take A Hike To The Bay Circuit Trail
When: Saturday, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Park on Bligh St. REGISTER HERE, but hurry! There is limited space

The Tewksbury Open Space & Recreation Committee and the Tewksbury Public Library invite you to take a guided hike from Bligh Street to Andover (Bay Circuit Trail Connection). The hike will be led by Open Space & Recreation Committee member Bruce Shick, who will be accompanied by Beautification Committee member and native plant/tree expert Kathy MacInnis. 

This easy hike is 2.5 miles long and will last approximately 90 minutes. The trail, which features some boardwalks, leads all the way to the Merrimack River and beyond. Please park on Bligh Street. Do not block driveways. The trail begins between 101 and 121 Bligh Street. This hike is limited to 25 cars.

Kids Garden Planting Day (age 4 to 12)
When: Saturday, 11 a.m. – noon
Where: Community garden behind the library

Come outside behind the library and learn about the Tewksbury Community Garden! You can help us plant flowers and pumpkins! We will also be painting rocks to spread around and decorate the garden area. Then, you can take a seedling home all of your own! Must be accompanied by an adult.

Tewksbury Historical Society Annual Meeting
When: 1 – 3:35 p.m.
Where: TPL meeting room

On Saturday, June 18 at 1 p.m. at the Library, residents are invited to join the Tewksbury Historical Society for a presentation by group president Doug Sears that will condense 400 years of Tewksbury history into 40 minutes. The prerecorded program, part of the Society’s Annual Meeting, will be followed by a question-and-answer session. LEARN MORE

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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