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15 Things to Know This Week In Tewksbury

Summer often brings sales people going door to door offering everything from driveway repairs to solar panels. Residents who’d rather not hear these pitches can now sign up for the Tewksbury Do Not Knock registry, which came about thanks to a citizen’s article put forward at October 2021 Town Meeting by resident Christine Chesbrough. Details and a form to register online, or in person or via email, are available now on the town website. 

The splash pad at Livingston St. opened on June 24. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. And the Library is on summer hours and observing the July 4 holiday on Monday, so get your books and movies by Friday at 5 p.m. 

There are a number of vacancies on boards and committees in town, and the deadline to apply to be appointed is July 6. Learn more.

Monday, June 27

Franchising & Self-Employment As A Career Option
When: 2 – 3:15 p.m.

Thinking about business ownership, but not willing to take on the risk of starting your own business from scratch? It may be time to consider franchising. From consulting to restaurants, from gyms to service-based businesses, from home-based to personal services, franchising offers a wide range of opportunities for entrepreneurs. You will leave this workshop, led by franchise ownership coach Suzanne Gray, with a better understanding of the pros and cons of independent business ownership and franchises.

See the full lineup of this week’s kid, teen and adult library events here.

Neighbor event: Kids Day at Billerica Farmers Market
When: 2:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Billerica Common

Monday is kids day at The Billerica Farmers Market. Activities include: Visit from Marshall of Paw Patrol from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.; rock painting, bring a rock to paint, we will supply markers and stickers; color the Brick Road, help color the walkway with colorful chalk; and Yarrow’s animal-shaped balloons from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. LEARN MORE

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

On the agenda are updates from community/economic development planner Alexandra Lowder and a concept plan review for 821 Main St., site of a house adjacent to the French’s location.

Tuesday, June 28

Water Shutdown
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Some locations in town

The town reports that there is a planned water shutdown on Tuesday, June 28 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. This shutdown will impact all residents at the following locations: the Gettysburg Common Condominiums, the Roper Estate Condominiums and from 97 Pleasant Street to 144 Pleasant Street. Residents at these locations will not have access to Town water during the shutdown. This timeframe could be extended if the crew encounters unforeseen conditions.

When water services are restored, residents are asked to open their faucets and allow the recharged water pressure to force any remaining pockets of air out of the piping.

In-person Teen Event: Animal Adventures (Grades 6-12)
When: 4 – 5 p.m.
Where: Library, REGISTER HERE

Meet some amazing animals, hear interesting stories and information about them and get close. Controlled petting and touching is allowed at the discretion of the Animal Adventure Guide.

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

The Select Board has a busy agenda this week that includes a discussion of retail marijuana and four show-cause hearings arising from an April 7 Tewksbury Police Department underage alcohol compliance operation. AJ’s Beer & Wine, Oakdale One-Stop Liquors, Main St. Liquors and Lincoln Liquors will appear. Town counsel as well as TPD chief Ryan Columbus will be on hand for the hearings. The Board will also discuss a policy for the flagpole at Town Hall.

Wednesday, June 29

In-Person Page Turners Fiction Group
When: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Library

Unless you’re a fast reader, it’s probably too late to get in on this month’s book discussion on Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim, though you can pick up a copy or get it in eBook format through OverDrive and the Libby app: This fiction readers’ group meets in person monthly, and the July book is Normal People by Sally Rooney. 

There are also mystery and sci-fi groups that meet monthly.

Barry Finegold Reception
When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury Country Club

Local officials, including Select Board members and three current and two former School Committee members, are among the official hosts for an event for Tewksbury’s state senator Barry Finegold. Tickets and donations here. 

Hidden Battles Jeep Night
When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Heritage Farm Ice Cream

Come join us Wednesday nights at Heritage Farm Ice Cream in Lowell for Hidden Battles Jeep Night. Jeeps can come and go during the event. Don’t have a jeep? Come anyway to hang out! For every $20 cash donation during the event you will get a free ice cream cone.

Thursday, June 30

Indoor and Outdoor State Hospital Campus Tours
When: 10 a.m.
Where: State Hospital

Walking tours continue, weather permitting, on select Thursdays and Saturdays. Find details on Eventbrite.

Community Market
When: 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: 288 Livingston St.

The Tewksbury Community Market takes place every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. through September 30 in the parking lot behind the Tewksbury Recreation Center at Livingston St. Park. Each week’s vendors are listed on the Market’s website. Follow the Tewksbury Community Market’s Facebook (@TewksburyMarket), Twitter (@TewksburyMarket), and Instagram (@TewksburyCommunityMarket) for regular updates.

Tewksbury public health nurse Ashley Pavlakos reports that the town recently received a shipment of rapid Covid-19 test kits from the Commonwealth. In an effort to supply residents with the tools to manage Covid, the town will distribute these test kits at this week’s Community Market from 4 – 7 p.m., one test per household.

Trahan & North St. School Reuse Committee
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The committee will meet to provide feedback and finalize a survey and hear from town planner Alexandra Lowder with the goal of making a recommendation to the Select Board in time to bring ideas before residents at October Special Town Meeting. See what happened at the last meeting.

Friday, July 1

Family Fun Friday
When: 11 a.m. – noon
Where: Library lawn

Family Fun Fridays are back every week during the Summer Reading Program. Come visit us on our back lawn, do a fun activity, and play some games. This week: CHALK PARTY!

Friday film screening: The Contractor
When: 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: Library, REGISTER HERE

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s latest films, The Contractor. A discharged U.S. Special Forces sergeant, James Harper, risks everything for his family when he joins a private contracting organization. Action thriller starring Chris Pine, Gillian Jacobs, and Sander Thomas. Rated R. 103 minutes. Doors will open 15 minutes ahead. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.


Tewksbury will hold its July 4 celebration on Sunday, July 3, with a full day of food, family fun and entertainment culminating in fireworks. The morning events will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Livingston Street Recreation Center and will continue throughout the day, concluding with a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. Learn more.

Want more July 4? Wilmington goes all out every year, with a carnival, road race, concerts, the Rotary and other clubs running dinners and a lot more. See the full schedule and transportation information here. 

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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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