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What To Know This Week In Tewksbury

Many boards and committees meet this week, and residents can support girls hoops at a dine-out

Tree House officially opened for pours in the tavern building on Saturday. The tent will be up and running shortly, after some final permitting, and team members said to expect special beers on tap. There is construction fencing around the Country Club building in preparation for some significant design transformations.

Meetings are back in full swing this week, and for those who may be interested in joining five residents currently running for nine seats, nomination papers are available at the Town Clerk’s office.

Monday, Jan. 9

Consignment Boutique Intake
When: 2 – 5 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

Bring in your like-new clothes, jewelry, home décor and decorations. Volunteers will help with pricing your items. Consignment sellers get 50% of the marked price when the item is sold, with the balance going to the Senior Center. If an item hasn’t sold in 60 days, the item becomes the property of the Senior Center, the price will be marked down and the Center receives all proceeds. After 30 additional days, marked-down items are donated to local charities. Learn more.

Tewksbury Housing Authority
When: 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: Saunders Circle Community Building

The Housing Authority, which oversees Tewksbury’s stock of affordable units, will meet with a fairly routine agenda. One piece of new business is the unexpired term that will be on the April 1 ballot. So far, two residents have taken out papers for that seat.

Public meetings may be added after this posts, so check the calendar of events for a full list.

Beautification Committee
When: 6:30 – 8:30
Where: Tewksbury Library Meeting Room

The Beautification Committee will recap the town Fall cleanup, plan for the Spring cleanup and discuss committee changes. Agenda.

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

After hearing reports from members on committee assignments and from the town planner, the board will address another extension request for the multi-tenant business park at 120 Lumber Lane, off of East St. near the Market Basket warehouse. In July 2022, the board approved one nine-month extension unanimously after it came to light that some of the businesses renting bays were not allowed under the zoning. The board will also consider a request by StellaDoggo to operate an overnight kennel, a family suite proposal and several land disturbance permits. Agenda.

Learn The Secrets To Having A Great Obituary
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

Author James R. Hagerty will discuss his new book, Yours Truly: An Obituary Writer’s Guide to Telling Your Story. Someday, your life story is likely to be boiled down to a few lines. If you leave things to chance, your obituary is almost sure to be solemn, formulaic and full of errors — an obligatory final chapter written in haste by others. Hagerty, longtime obit writer for The Wall Street Journal, wants people to learn how to get the job done right — start writing your obituary yourself now, while you still can.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 10

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

After handling liquor license and manager changes at local businesses, the Board will discuss taking part in NMCOG’s Municipal Digital Equity Planning Program. Those who watched the Dec. 21 meeting may remember that this is a free technical assistance program from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute that will better position Tewksbury to receive state and federal digital equity funds. Member Jayne Wellman advised the board that there is $1 billion available and advocated moving quickly to capture some of that money. Agenda.

A Deep Dive Into Immigrants’ Rights & Asylum Laws
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom, register here

In September, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis routed approximately 50 asylum seekers from San Antonio, Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. Explore the legal implications of DeSantis’s actions and current issues in asylum law and policy. Led by Professor Sarah Sherman-Stokes, associate director of the Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Clinic at Boston University School of Law.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Dineout for Tewksbury Girls Basketball
When: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Kyoto

Mention TGBL & TMHS Girls Basketball or show the flyer, below, when ordering and Kyoto will donate 15% of your purchase to support these programs.

Tewksbury School Committee
When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: TMHS or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (22) or Verizon (34)

The School Committee will go into executive session then reconvene at 6:30 p.m. to recognize the TMHS Girl’s Volleyball and Esports teams, both of which are state champions. Members will then learn about preschool options, entertain resident comments and hear updates from various committees. Agenda.

Conservation Commission
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Comcast (99) or Verizon (33) 

The Commission has a fairly full agenda, including a notice of intent from Yvonne Cormier for nine lots on Vale St. 

Thursday, Jan. 12

Nonfiction Book Group
When: 10:30 – noon
Where: Library meeting room

This is just one of a number of book groups hosted by the Library. This month’s nonfiction is “The Poisoned City,” which looks at the Flint water crisis. Copies of the book are available.

100+ People Who Care Community Call
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Zoom

While mainly aimed at current members, those interested in the Tewksbury chapter of the 100 Who Care Alliance are welcome to join this community Zoom call with the board. 100+ People Who Care Tewksbury currently has 130 individual and team members and is open to any Tewksbury resident. You can find the agenda and dial-in information on the group’s Facebook page. 

Friday, January 13

Virtual Teen Event: Foodie Friday
When: 3:30 – 4:30
Where: YouTube

Join Emily on Youtube and learn how to make unicorn bars. Registration is required, and you will receive a list of needed ingredients.


Fox Class w/ Kangaroo Encounter Fundraiser
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Animal Adventures, Bolton, Mass.

Learn about all of our foxes: Arctic, Red, Pearl, Fennec, and Pale Foxes. Hands on? Yes, you will get to pet the smaller Fennec and Pale Foxes. No, unfortunately you will not be able to go hands on with the bigger foxes for your safety. We will also bring out Naomi or TKO our Red Kangaroo for some fun and exercise. You will be able to pet the Roos! All proceeds go to help us through the winter and build new enclosures. Tickets.

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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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