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15 Things to Know This Week In Tewksbury

It’s a busy week for town elected officials, except for the Board of Health, which canceled its meeting after posting an empty agenda

It was an honor to kick off the week on Sunday at an Eagle Court of Honor held at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks Lodge. Senator Bruce Tarr (above, far left) joined (far right) Rep. David Robertson — himself an Eagle — to issue citations to new Eagles Cyrus Rich, David Johnson, Alek Cranston and Justin Flynn.

Also in attendance were Select Board members Mark Kratman and Jayne Wellman. 

eagle scouts
The new Eagles with their Scout leaders, back l-r, George Brangiforte, Dennis Gray, David Falanga, Mark Viens, Mike Wink and David Johnson.

Monday, July 18

Housing Authority
When: 4 – 5 p.m.
Where: Saunders Circle Community Building

The Housing Authority tracks the town’s affordable housing inventory. At this meeting, the group will hear about ARPA funds and discuss unit vacancies. AGENDA

Tewksbury Beautification Committee
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

The Committee will review adopt-an-island applications and discuss the successful Library trail walks series. AGENDA

NOTE: This concert has been move to NEXT WED., July 27
Community Concert: A Ray of Elvis
When: July 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Library Back Lawn

The Tewksbury Outdoor Concerts on the Lawn series kicks off — weather permitting — with one of the country’s top Elvis Tribute Artists, Ray Guillemete, Jr. Get there early, starting at 5:30 for a 6:30 showtime, to mingle and support the Friends of the Library by purchasing a chance for $1 to win $25 in scratch tickets. In case of rain, check the TPL site or Facebook page or town website to find out if the show is going on.

 See the full Community concert lineup.

See all the events for kids, teens and adults at the Tewksbury Public Library here.

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

This is the Board’s first meeting since member Eric Ryder resigned. That will likely be discussed, along with the plan for retail marijuana and information on plans for Trull Brook golf course upgrades. AGENDA

Tuesday, July 19

Council on Aging
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

The COA will discuss upcoming September events and a new appointment. AGENDA

Kids Performer: Origami Storigami!
When: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Library

This week’s kids performer is Motoko, who will present Origami Storigami! The program will start with Motoko’s performance of Japanese fables. In a series of age-appropriate activities, she will teach how to make origami animals and techniques for making ‘fold-along’ tales, in which a piece of paper is reused and transformed multiple times to represent different characters and objects. She will explain the history and cultural symbolism of origami, and participants will take home their creations. This program is supported by a grant from the Tewksbury Cultural Council and the Friends of the Tewksbury Library. No registration is required.

Cookout at Galilee Cafe
When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury Congregational Church

The Tewksbury Congregational Church at 10 East St. invites all residents to drop in on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for a free outdoor community barbecue. This is part of the TCC’s monthly Galilee Cafe program, held the third Tuesday of every month. You may eat your meal there or pick it up to take away. 

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

The Select Board will discuss changes at Al Fresca, make appointments to the TDEIAC and schedule October’s Special Town Meeting. The Board will also set dates for the open and closing of the October STM warrant. Residents considering submitting citizen’s articles should take note of these dates. Main St. Liquors will also appeal the nine-day license suspension imposed by the Board last month. AGENDA

Wednesday, July 20

In-Person Teen Event: Giant Candy Bingo (Grades 6-12)
When: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Library, Register here

Come to the library to play Candy Trivia Bingo, where attendees will have a chance to win GIANT-SIZE candy! All participants will get candy regardless if they win, so join us and have fun! 

School Committee
When: 5 p.m. executive session, 5:30 p.m. regular meeting
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (22) or Verizon (34)

The School Committee will present both the Ginsburg Family Award and the Krissy Polimeno Outstanding Educator Award. Residents will also hear about proposed updates to TPS policies and the four-month year-end evaluation of interim (now current) superintendent Brenda Regan.  AGENDA

Thursday, July 21

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

The market will go on rain or shine, so swing by Livingston St. for fruits and vegetables, crafters, sweets and food trucks. Find the lineup at the Market’s website. 

The History of Cocktails
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual, Register here

Use eight different ingredients as a path to explore the history of mixology, from the 18th century to the present day. This talk will explore the histories of juniper, citrus, nutmeg, ice, anise, grenadine, cola, and flavored vodka, with brief digressions into tea, bitters, eggs, hay, the “no flavor” push of the vodka era and Red Bull. Led by culinary historian Sarah Lohman, author of the bestselling book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine.

Friday, July 22

Film Screening: Respect
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s latest films — Respect. Based on the life and times of Aretha Franklin, the woman who would come to be known all over the world as the undisputed Queen of Soul, this story follows her beginnings from the choir at her father’s church to becoming one of the art’s most recognizable voices, producing songs that would be known and enjoyed by many generations. Drama starring Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker. Rated PG-13. 145 minutes. 

Senior Center doors will open at 10:15 a.m. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Register here.

Film Screening: Infinite Storm
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Library

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s latest films — Infinite Storm. When a climber gets caught in a blizzard, she encounters a stranded stranger and must get them both down the mountain before nightfall. Thriller starring Naomi Watts, Billy Howle, and Denis O’Hare. Rated R. 97 minutes.

Library meeting room doors will open at 1:45 p.m. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Register here.

Weekend 

Take A Hike Through The Chandler Well Fields (Kevin St.)
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Chandler St., Register here

The Tewksbury Open Space & Recreation Committee and the Tewksbury Public Library invite you to take a guided hike through the Chandler Well Fields, entering through Kevin Street. 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 miles long and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. The trail features a boardwalk and great marsh views. Please park along Kevin Street, without blocking driveways. This hike is limited to 20 cars. 

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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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