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15 Things to Know This Week In Tewksbury

Last night Tewksbury recognized the 21st anniversary of 9/11 with a ceremony at the Memorial on the Library grounds. Watch for more photos, but we wanted to note a portion of the address given by retired Tewksbury Fire Department Chief Robert Fowler, who traveled with other members of the TFD to Ground Zero immediately after the attack:

“It is easy to take for granted the little things, but these are the things that truly matter. Breathe today and slow down, appreciate the aspects of life that you rush by. Hold a door, give a compliment, do something for someone, no matter how small.”

Fowler also reminded attendees that the 9/11 Memorial was built with donations, and that residents may help with ongoing maintenance by sending a check to the 9/11 Committee, PO Box 55, Tewksbury, Mass. 01876.

Of note this week: A presentation at Saunders Circle of the FY23 plan for affordable housing in town and a special evening showing of Elvis at the library on Friday, with pizza.

Monday, Sept. 12

Housing Authority Public Hearing
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Saunders Circle

Residents interested in affordable housing in town may want to attend the public hearing for the Authority’s FY23 plan for capital improvements, operations, policies and other matters related to the town’s state-aided public housing. 

While the Authority has not posted the FY 23 draft plan on the state website maintained for that purpose, residents can review the FY22 plan and pick up a paper copy of the new plan at the Housing Authority on Saunders Circle. Agenda.

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

The Board will hear from the town planner, consider several family suite applications and hear an update on the former Funland site and 30 Commerce Way. Agenda.

Finance Committee
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Center Fire Station Training Room

Preparations for October Special Town Meeting continue with the Finance Committee’s review of the warrant. The Committee will also receive an update from the Town Manager and their reps on other town committees. Agenda.

Whipple Rd. Construction
When: 7 a.m. – 3:30 daily work hours
Where: Lowell line to Rogers St.

Starting Monday, Sept. 12, CJP and Sons Construction will begin marking and cutting pavement on Whipple Road between the Lowell line and Rogers St., for the Whipple Road Water Main Replacement Project. Traffic delays are expected, and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible. There will be some water service interruptions. Notices will be distributed to affected households at least 48 hours in advance of anticipated shutdowns. For more information, please visit the project website.

Tuesday, Sept. 13

In Person Teen Event: Design A Book Bag (Grades 6-12)
When: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Fun meets function in this teen craft where you can personalize a tote bag with paint, fabric pens, puffy paint, ribbon and more. Supplies will be provided for registered attendees of this in-person event, so be sure to sign up. If you have questions, please email Kate at This event is open to anyone in grades 6-12.

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

Walking Tour Of The Tewksbury Hospital Campus
When: 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Public Health Museum

Come explore the history of the legendary Tewksbury State Hospital, which opened its doors in May 1854 as the State Almshouse. Led by a knowledgeable volunteer guide from the Public Health Museum, join this 60+ minute walking tour to explore life in days past, the history of a vibrant community, its architecture, the lives of its patients and staff, and its connection to public health. Meet in front of the Public Health Museum (365 East Street). Limited to 20 spots, so register now. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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 consider one-day liquor/entertainment licenses for Strongwater Farms’ annual family hoedown on Oct. 2 (vendors and sponsors still needed)  and the Senior Center Murder Mystery events. The Board will also make some committee appointments. Agenda.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Mass. DoT Highway Division Public Hearing
6 – 7 p.m.
Where: Virtual, Register here

The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Route 38 Traffic Signal Improvements project. Notice.

VIRTUAL: Understanding Your Cat with Dr. Rachel Geller
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

Dubbed the “Cat Whisperer,” Dr. Rachel Geller will explain common cat behavior problems encountered by owners, followed by a Q&A, so bring your questions for this expert’s advice. Dr. Geller will also offer advice on how to choose the perfect cat for your household and integrate your new cat successfully into your family. 

Thursday, Sept. 15

Rainbow Social
When: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

This month’s LGBTQ+ Rainbow Social will be held on Thursday. There will be refreshments and a fun activity. For details or to sign up contact the Senior Center and ask for Christina.

VIRTUAL: Motown — Music That Moved The World
When: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

In Detroit in the 1960’s, Motown Records produced hits as efficiently as the Ford Motor Company produced automobiles. It was the “Sound of Young America” sung by performers like The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Using audio and visual content, we’ll trace the amazing musical journey from the power soul of “Dancing in The Streets” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” to the psychedelic soul of “Cloud Nine” and “What’s Going On” to the pop soul of The Jackson 5. Led by Gary Wenstrup, who has taught courses on the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and Motown Records for the Continuing Education Departments of College of DuPage and Oakton (IL) Community College. 

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

The Tewksbury Community Market takes place on Thursdays through September 30 in the parking lot behind the Tewksbury Recreation Center at Livingston St. Park. Learn more at the Market’s website.

Friday, Sept. 16

Film Screenings: Elvis
When: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: 10:30 at Senior Center, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Library

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases — Elvis. The life of American music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950’s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Biographical drama starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. Rated PG-13. 159 minutes. 

Library 10:30 showing: Doors will open at 10:15 a.m. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Register here.

Senior Center 1:30 p.m. showing: Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Contact the Senior Center at 978-640-4480 to register if you’d like to attend.

Library 7 p.m. showing: Doors will open at 6:45 a.m. Pizza & water will be served. A $2 donation is suggested. Register here.

Silvertones Dance
When: 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30
Where: Senior Center

The Silvertones are back! Purchase tickets at the door for $10 per person. This is not a BYOB event. Door prizes this month: two tickets to a future Silvertones dance. Soda & bottled water will be available for purchase.

See more Senior Center events happening this month here.


Dads & Donuts Reading Time
When: 10 – 10:30 p.m.
Where: Library Craft Room

Join for music, books, movement… and donuts! Sharing story time with a parent or caregiver is a good way to foster a love of reading and jumpstart a journey of lifelong learning. Aimed at kids 3 – 7, but siblings are welcome and will be fed donuts.

Hidden Battles Family Day
When: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: US Bunting & Cricket Club, located at 449 Boylston St., Lowell

Hidden Battles Foundation will host its 6th annual Pitch for Prevention Cornhole Tournament and Family Day on Saturday. This event is a FREE day where families can enjoy Touch-A-Truck, K9 demonstrations, bounce houses and more while raising awareness of first responder, nurse and military/veteran suicide and PTSD. Individuals or teams can sign up for the cornhole tournament at the organization’s website, or email Chris Hurst with questions.

TMHS Soccer Car Wash
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Town Hall Annex

Support Tewksbury boys and girls soccer at this car wash. $5 donation.

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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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