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Town Mailbag: Long Pond Reopens for Recreation, Have Coffee or Milk With a Cop, Hen Group to Meet

Residents looking to get a final kayak outing on Long Pond have the go-ahead as the Mass. Department of Public Health (MDPH) advised the Tewksbury Health Department today that levels of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, and associated toxins are below the state guideline of 70,000 cells/ml of the algae. As this is the second low result, the advisory can be lifted. 

MDPH guidelines require two rounds of samples below guideline levels, collected one week apart, to recommend rescinding an advisory.

Supplemental financial information for Special Town Meeting goers is now available on the town website. At least $600,000 will be set aside for potential snow and ice deficits, and the handout includes a list of terms to know at STM. Need to know more? Check out our guide.

Tewksbury’s backyard hen group will meet on Wednesday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Library. This group is for anyone who keeps a flock of backyard hens or is interested in starting to harvest fresh eggs. The guest speaker will be Dylan Dombrowski from Land O’Lakes/Purina Animal Nutrition. Attendees are asked to RSVP to

The Tewksbury High drama club is hosting an Open Mic event at TJ Callahan’s this Saturday, 10/1, from 1 – 4 p.m. All students, friends and family are welcome to perform on stage in this fun and supportive environment. TJ Callahan’s will donate 10% of attendee food sales back to the TMHSTC program, so come hungry. Halloween costumes are optional.

Chief Ryan Columbus and the Tewksbury Police Department invite community members to sit down and converse with police officers at several events around town early next month. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 10 a.m., police officers and command staff will be on hand at Perfecto’s Caffe, 1900 Main St., and Cumberland Farms, 270 Main St., for Coffee With a Cop.

Coffee With a Cop is a program aimed at facilitating police sharing informal conversation and a cup of coffee/refreshments with community members. The community is encouraged to take this opportunity to bring forth concerns or questions or to get to know some of the members of the Department. 

Similarly, in collaboration with the Tewksbury School Department, police officers will also be on hand during the lunch at the local elementary schools on this date for a spinoff program “Milk with a Cop.”

Officers will get to know elementary school students, working to form relationships with youth and to create positive interactions and conversations between youth and law enforcement.

The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of crises situations. 

“I hope community members will stop by and get to know some of our officers and command staff over coffee and warm conversation,” said Chief Columbus. “The Tewksbury Police Department is a community-focused organization, and we place tremendous value on maintaining open and friendly communication with all members of our community.”

For more information, contact Community Service Officer Jennie Welch at 978-851-7373, ext 230, or email at

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