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12+ Things To Know This Week In Tewksbury

As fall brings increased fire risk, TFD responded to several calls last week

On Monday, roadwork will begin to replace the Pringle Street Culvert at Collins Brook. Residents are advised to avoid the area and seek alternate routes where available. For more information visit the project website. Also, overnight paving operations will happen along Main St. nightly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Nelson Street to Colonial Drive. 

Fall brings an increased fire danger from heating equipment, candles, firepits and other sources. Last week, The Tewksbury Fire Department battled two building fires, one on Wednesday at an industrial site at 500 Woburn St. and on Thursday a house fire on Brown St. And of course, a local family lost their home this month from a lighting strike. There is a GoFundMe.

Tewksbury Fire Chief Joe Kearns thanked Wilmington and Andover fire departments for station coverage. 

“In both of these fires, it was through the quick aggressive action taken by the first arriving engine companies and a coordinated attack that contained the damage,” said Kearns, who also thanked dispatchers.  Photo: TFD took part in Public Safety Night last weekend.

Capellini’s will host a two day dine out, all day Monday, Sept. 25 and Tuesday, Sept.  26. Order takeout or eat in and 15% of your order will be donated to the Tewksbury Memorial High School boys and girls soccer teams to support scholarships and activities. Please mention Tewksbury Soccer when ordering. 

Finally, Saturday, Oct. 14 is Fall Cleanup Day. As usual, it will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. This event has run since 2014, and residents have filled thousands of bags of trash and collected hundreds of tires. This year there will be tire collection and textile donations, as well as food pantry donations. Learn more and sign up here.

Monday, Sept. 25

Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking
When: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

In this transformational talk, speaking confidence coach Linda Ugelow delivers a holistic methodology that gets to the root of what’s stopping you from sharing your voice with confidence. 

Finance Committee Public Hearing
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

Got questions on any Special Town Meeting warrant article? This Finance Committee meeting is the best opportunity to get an answer. The Town Manager and other staff members will be available to address voters’ questions and concerns. Agenda

Planning Board
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (6) or Verizon (33)

The Planning Board will hear an application for a new family suite, an update on the Brelundi Italian bakery and market planned for the former Mirabella’s and decide whether to recommend approval of a zoning bylaw amendment article. Agenda

Craft & Chat
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Library

Enjoy making a craft while socializing with others. This month’s craft features making a black cat Halloween decoration to take home! All craft supplies provided. Led by longtime crafter Rachelle Toth, host of the local access TV show “Crafts ‘n’ Stuff.”

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

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Teen Crafting: Rock Photo Holders (Grades 6-12)
When: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Library 

Kick off the new school year with a new way to display your favorite trading cards, photos or inspiring phrases at school or at home! Supplies will be provided for every registered attendee, so be sure to register here while supplies last. If you have any questions, please email Teen Library Assistant Kate at This event is open to anyone in grades 6-12.

Barry Finegold Town Hall
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Wilmington Senior Center

State Senator Barry Finegold will hold a Town Hall at the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St. Constituents will have the opportunity to discuss issues that matter to them, learn more about local and state affairs and ask questions of the legislative process and Senator Finegold’s priorities.

Shawsheen Tech School Committee
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Shawsheen Tech or YouTube

There will be an opportunity for public comment as well as a vote on an updated school calendar. Agenda 

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Open Meeting: Board of Assessors
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Town Hall Annex (the building across from Town Hall, next to the Center Fire Station)

This is an opportunity for residents to speak with the Board of Assessors. Topics could be the assessed value of a property, but this board can also field questions on the ownership of various lots. Besides determining values, the assessor’s office is tasked with administering senior and veteran tax relief programs and maintaining all property-tax-related records. Residents may see the assessed value, sales history and many more details of any property online. If you check info on your home and something seems off, this is an opportunity to ask about it.

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

Thursday, Sept. 28

Select Board
When: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (6) or Verizon (33)

Now that free cash is certified, the Select Board will have a brief meeting to consider several articles that the board voted not to recommend at its regular meeting. Agenda

Workshop: Following New Dreams/Directions in Later Life
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Senior Center

Now that you are retired, you can do what you want. How do you know what you want, and how do you make it happen? Please note that pre-registration is appreciated. 

Technology Class: Tracking Priorities on iPhone and iPad
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

This class focuses on maintaining your schedule using an iPhone or iPad, specifically going into the apps Notes, Reminders, and Calendar to organize tasks and events. We also cover using Siri to set up appointments and take notes. The class is free but sign up is required and size is limited to 15. Sign up online at, in person at the reception desk, or by calling 978-640-4480. You can also visit the instructor’s website at for more information. 

FINAL Community Market of the Season
When: 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: Livingston St.

Watch for updates on which crafters, farms and food vendors will attend the final market of the 2023 season.

Zoning Board of Appeals
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (6) or Verizon (33)

The ZBA will hear a variance request to build a three-story self-storage facility at 911-913 East St. Agenda

Minecraft 101 For Parents & Grandparents
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

Do your kids or grandkids play Minecraft, or watch others play it on YouTube? Are you concerned with their sudden obsession? Does it feel like they’re speaking a foreign language? Are you flummoxed by the cubist screen? If yes, this is the program for you. Get a basic Minecraft primer so you can have conversations about the game with the kids and teens in your lives. 

Brewfest: Crash Course to Homebrewing & Roasting
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Library

Join Michael Wick in the meeting room to learn the basics of homebrewing your own beer and home roasting your own coffee in just 45 minutes! Mike will start off with a live demonstration of coffee bean roasting, and then he will walk you through some of the equipment used for homebrewing and roasting, the basic ideas behind each process, and some resources for both brewing and roasting. Must be 21, and registration is required.

Friday, Sept. 29

Rep. Vanna Howard Office Hours
When: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Dragonfly Cafe, Lowell

Have a question, need help navigating government services or have an idea you would like to share? Come by and say hello to Rep. Vanna Howard at her regular office hours.

Movie Screening: The Little Mermaid
When: 10 a.m. at Senior Center or 1:30 at Library

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases, the Little Mermaid, the 2023 live action version. A young mermaid makes a deal with a sea witch to trade her beautiful voice for human legs so she can discover the world above water and impress a prince. Starring Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King and Melissa McCarthy. Rated PG, 135 minutes, Adventure. Candy & water will be served. 

Please register here for the Library screening. 

Brewfest: Trivia Night
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Library

Join us for Brewfest trivia! Are you a true brewmaster? Come test your knowledge of beer and coffee to win a $10 gift card to Donna’s Donuts. Attendees will be split into teams of four. Each member of the winning team will receive a gift card. Doors open at 6 p.m., and trivia will start at 6:30. Pizza and brews (non-alcoholic beer, root beer, ginger beer, and more) will be available. We will provide the passcode to earn your Brewfest trivia badge and virtual raffle tickets during the trivia game. As with all Brewfest events, you must be 21 or older to attend, and registration is required.


Youth Shooting Sports Open House
When: noon – 3 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury Rod & Gun Club
The Tewksbury Smokin’ Clays and Junior Rifle Program will be holding a Youth Shooting Sports Open House on Saturday the Tewksbury Rod & Gun Club, 79 Chandler Street. Join us to learn about our exciting youth rifle and trapshooting programs. See more info including age ranges.

5th Annual Cars and Cops Car Show of Massachusetts
When: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Fuddruckers, Saugus

Event raises funds for First Aid, a 501c3 Non Profit charity that is centered around preventing law enforcement suicide. Register your vehicle, shine them up and come enjoy a nice September Saturday Car Show. There will be special guests such as movie cars, cosplayers, delicious burgers, drinks, and so much more. Rain date is Oct. 1.

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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