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Delegation Delivers $50,000 for Sidewalks, $90,000 for Police Communications

At a recent Planning Board meeting, community/economic development planner Alexandra Lowder reported that Senator Barry Finegold had submitted an amendment to earmark $50,000 for design of a sidewalk in the area of the new Starbucks, including signal updates to the intersection at Main St. and Livingston St. that should help with traffic as Tree House Brewing’s delivery operation ramps up.

Lowder also discussed the delegation’s work to secure additional financial support for Tewksbury Police and Fire for their responses to the State Hospital.

Yesterday, Tewksbury’s delegation — Senator Barry Finegold and Representatives Vanna Howard, Tram Nguyen and Dave Robertson — were in town to announce $50,000 for sidewalks and $90,0000 for communications equipment for the Tewksbury Police Department.

Select Board member Jayne Wellman joined them at Town Hall to accept a ceremonial check and reiterated the importance of walkability to residents.

“One thing we hear all the time in the Select Board is the importance of sidewalks and creating those linkages,” said Wellman. “And it’s not just for health that we’re looking for and creating loops. That’s why certain roads have been selected and prioritized in our sidewalk plan.”

Finegold called out teamwork by the town’s three representatives to secure funds for Tewksbury.

There will also be $90,000 for TPD to improve communications when officers respond to calls at Tewksbury State Hospital.

“It’s always a pleasure to work with our delegation to bring these things home,” said Wellman.

Residents who want to connect with the delegation can attend a fundraiser for Nguyen that’s cohosted by Finegold, Howard and Robertson on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Tewksbury Country Club. Learn more here.

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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