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Stolen Motor Vehicle Suspect Arrested

 

 

On October 8, 2013, at approximately 12:45 am, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested a 16 year old juvenile from Lowell, Ma for charges of receiving a stolenmotor vehicle, failure to stop for Police, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation and speeding.

 

Tewksbury Officers made the arrest after responding to the area of Fox Run Drive for a suspicious individual possibly breaking into cars. Upon arrival, officers observed a gray Honda Accord speeding away from the area and attempted to stop this vehicle. While attempting to stop this vehicle,Tewksbury Police Department contacted the owner of the vehicle and confirmed that his Honda had just been stolen from his driveway.  Tewksbury Officers continued the pursuit into Lowell where the suspect abandoned the vehicle on Barrington Street.  The suspect then led Officers from Tewksbury, Lowell, and the State Police on a foot chase through the Moore Street area before being apprehended on Carter Street.  He was then transported back to the Tewksbury Police Station where he was booked and advised of his rights before being released to his parents.  

 

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email totewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

Representative James Miceli will also be holding office hours



Representative James Miceli will be holding office hours for the Town of Wilmington,TuesdayOctober 15th from 9:30-11:00am at the Wilmington Senior Center and also from 6:30-8:00pm at the Wilmington Town Hall.

Representative James Miceli will also be holding office hours for the Town of Tewksbury,Wednesday, October 16th from 9:30-11:00am at the Tewksbury Senior Citizen Center and also from 6:30-8:00pm at the Tewksbury Public Library.

 

Tewksbury’s Drug Awareness Week



As the Town of Tewksbury continues to face and fight the increasing drug epidemic within our Community, the Tewksbury Police Department feels that raising public awareness is a crucial weapon in that battle.

Opioid abuse is viewed as the largest and fastest growing drug problem in Massachusetts and we aim to provide our Community with a level of education that will provide an ounce of prevention and some promise for a better future. 

The Police Department will be working with various Town Departments and local organizations to provide that education to our resident populations during the week of October 20, 2013. 

These Departments are working together to create collaborative programs that further increase the education and awareness levels. 

The Tewksbury Police Department, Tewksbury Board of Health, Tewksbury CARES, Tewksbury School Department, Lahey Behavioral Health, Learn to Cope, and Lowell House, Inc. have committed to taking a stand together against the drug problem in Tewksbury.

At the most recent Board of Selectmen’s meeting, the Board voted unanimously to declare the week of October 20th “Tewksbury’s Drug Awareness Week”. To start the week, Tewksbury residents are invited to attend an Overdose Vigil on the State Hospital grounds being organized by Lahey Behavioral Health and the Greater Lowell Substance Abuse Task Force. 

This vigil, being held on Sunday, October 20th at 7PM, is in remembrance of those who’ve died as a result of a drug addiction, as well as those loved ones who are in recovery. 

This is a regional event, welcoming all communities.

Throughout the week, the Police Department will be working with Tewksbury’s student population and faculty to increase awareness about the important decisions made on a daily basis that affect lives permanently. The art teachers in grades K-4 will be working on a “Healthy Living and Healthy Choices” art project. The Ryan School will have a motivational presentation from former NFL player Cliff Crosby about making hard decisions, believing in themselves, and asking for help when they need it. The Wynn Middle School will see the performance “Dirt”, a one man show about choices, bullying, and drugs. For the Tewksbury Memorial High School students, they will see the documentary “Overtaken” and have a presentation from individuals in the film. The goal of this documentary is to save lives by educating youth on the truth about addiction and the deadly consequences drugs often have.

The Tewksbury Police Department feels that it is not only important to target the student population during this week but also their parents and all residents of Tewksbury and the surrounding communities. Therefore, the Police Department will be sponsoring a Drug Awareness Night at the Tewksbury Memorial High School on Wednesday, October 23th, at 7PM. Here we will discuss the signs and symptoms of drug abuse, how students are obtaining drugs, and how to get help. Those in attendance will hear from Jodi Barber, a mother determined to educate as many parents as possible about the dangers of drug addiction. On Thursday, October 24th, at 7PM, there will be a showing of “The Anonymous People” at the Tewksbury Memorial High School. The movie is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. For more information about the movie, go to http://manyfaces1voice.org/. Also this week, the Board of Health will be providing education to the senior population at the Tewksbury Senior Center. 

Tewksbury’s Drug Awareness Week will end with the DEA’s Drug Takeback Program at the Police Department from 10AM-2PM on Saturday, October 26th.

This education would not be possible without the generosity of the Wynn School PAC, Ryan School PAC, Hannaford, Learn to Cope, WalMart, and private donations. 

Additional funding for this program is being provided by the Substance Abuse Task Force Environmental Strategies Working Group through SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. To learn more about the programs schedule for this week or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch at (978)851-7373, EXT 230.

Community Safe Halloween

The Tewksbury Police Department, in cooperation with Merrimack Valley Pavilion, will be hosting the 15th Annual Community Safe Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 10AM to 1PM at M.V.P. 2087 Main Street.

There will be games for the children to play, face painting, safety demonstrations, as well as arts & craft tables courtesy of the Tewksbury Public Schools, Tewksbury Fire Department, Tewksbury Public Library, Blair House, Safe Routes to School, Lowell General Hospital, RTN Credit Union, Hannaford, Community Teamwork, Girl Scouts, and Tewksbury Rail Trails.

In addition to the above activities, there will be a touch a truck courtesy of Metlife, Tewksbury Transit, and Tewksbury Country Club, a costume contest, a Police K-9 demonstration, and entertainment thanks to Dance Expressions and Ram Jam Entertainment.

In case of rain, a smaller version of the event will take place inside MVP. 

For more information or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch at (978)851-7373, Ext 230.

Tips for Safe Trick or Treating

If you're going 'Trick or Treating' at Halloween, remember these safety tips, so you can have fun and keep safe at the same time!

■Always go trick or treating with an adult

■Only go to houses where you or your friends know the residents

■Don’t knock on doors where there is a sign saying ‘NO callers’ or there are no outside lights on

■Stay in areas that are lit with streetlights - take a flashlight with you just in case

■Stay with your friends - don’t split into smaller groups unless an adult goes with you

■Don’t talk to strangers on the street

■Don’t enter any house, stay on the doorstep

■Always look carefully before crossing the road, even if you are part of a group;

15th Annual
Community Safe Halloween
Hosted by the Tewksbury Police & Merrimack Valley Pavilion
Please join us for….
Free goodies for children , 
K-9 Demonstration, Dancing,
Games, Arts-n-Crafts 
Much More!!

TEWKSBURY VOTER REGISTRATION SESSION

 

A voter registration session has been scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2013 from 7:30 AM to

8:00 PM at the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 1009 Main Street.

 

Denise Graffeo, Town Clerk, informs residents who are not registered to vote, this is the deadline to be eligible to vote at the October 1, 2013 Special Town Meeting.

 

Residents may also register to vote during regular Town Clerk office hours, Monday- Friday,

7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Mail-in Voter Registration Forms may also be obtained on our municipal website at the following link:  http://www.tewksbury.net/Pages/TewksburyMA_Clerk/voterreg

 

For inquiries, please phone the Office of the Town Clerk at 978-640-4355.

Tewksbury Drug Arrest

On September 6, the Tewksbury Police arrested Jose Gonzalez, 32, of 6 State St. Apt 6J, Leominster for distribution of heroin and distribution of cocaine.

Gonzalez was arrested after he was observed by Detectives making a drug transaction at Keri Plaza located at Shawsheen and East St. 

Gonzalez is due to be arraigned in Lowell District Court on Monday. 

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

Attempted House Break Arrest 09-05-13


By William Tauro


On September 5, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Michael Shannon, 20, of 33 Devonshire Rd., Billerica for attempted breaking and entering, receiving stolen property over $250.00 and possession of burglarious tools. 

At 2:40PM residents of Oakland Ave called the Police Station believing that someone was breaking into houses. While Officers were en-route, residents were able to give a description of a fleeing vehicle. The suspect vehicle was stopped at East and Shawsheen St. 

A search of the vehicle revealed that several pieces of jewelry were in the possession of Shannon as well as a bolt cutter. 

Officers on scene investigated the matter and it appeared that the suspect only attempted to gain entry of a residence on Oakland Ave. A check of all the houses in the area proved to be negative for any signs of a break in. 

It is unknown if the suspect broke into a home in another location or where the jewelry came from. There may be a victim or victims who do not realize that have had anything stolen. If you believe you have been a victim, please call the Tewksbury Police. 

Shannon was arrested in connection with a December 11, 2012 break-in where the victims were attending a funeral. 

Shannon is scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, September 06, 2013. 

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

Tewksbury Sexual Assault Arrest 09-05-13

By William Tauro



On September 5, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Lauren Miele, 29 of 94 Pennacook Rd., Tewksbury for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and for creating the risk of serious bodily injury or sexual abuse to a child. 

Miele’s arrest was the result of the Tewksbury Detectives continued investigation after the arrest of Scott Brzezowski, 29 of 94 Pennacook Rd, Tewksbury on August 14, 2013 for 4 counts of rape of a child, 4 counts of aggravated rape, 4 counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and disseminating obscene matter to a child. 

Meile is scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, September 06, 2013. 

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

Prostitution Sting Nets Five Arrests

By William Tauro


On September 5, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department conducted an undercover prostitution operation which resulted in five arrests at three Tewksbury hotels. 

Rosilde Alves, 38, of 95 Main St., Tewksbury was arrested at the Motel 6. She was charged with sexual conduct for a fee. 

Jennifer Milisci, 27, of 25 Prince Ave., Lowell was arrested at the Motel 6. She was charged with sexual conduct for a fee. She also had an outstanding warrant for shoplifting. 

Jessica Haynes, 40, of 6 Parkwood Dr., Allenstown NH was arrested at the Motel 6. She was charged with sexual conduct for a fee and possession of heroin. 

Erin Wilson, 35, of 80 Nash Memorial Rd., Abington MA was arrested at the Residence Inn. She was charged with sexual conduct for a fee. 

Leann Garcia, 26, of 9 Hamilton St., Apt. 3, Chelsea MA was arrested at the Holiday Inn. She was charged with sexual conduct for a fee. 

Each of the suspects are scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, September 06, 2013. 

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

Tewksbury Drug Arrests

On August 28, 2013, the Tewksbury Police arrested Carlos Cruz-Rosario, 22, of 424 Lowell St., Apt1, Lawrence and Joaldy Jimenez-Gullen, 22, of 73A High St., Apt 3, Lawrence for distribution of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy. Cruz-Rosario was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

The pair were arrested after they were observed by Detectives making a drug transaction on Cardigan Rd at 230 PM.

In a separate incident on August 28, 2013 Sean McGonacle, 24, of 10 Custer Cir., Nashua, NH was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of Xanax. Also arrested were Andrew Trombly, 26, of 23 Danbury Rd., Nashua, NH and Michael Collins, 26, of 238 E. Dunstable Rd., Nashua, NH. Trombly and Collins were charged with possession of crack cocaine and knowingly being present where heroin is kept. 

The three were arrested after they were observed acting suspiciously in the Fairfield Inn parking lot on Andover St. at 8:50 PM. When Detectives approached the suspects and conducted an investigation they located narcotics and placed the suspects under arrest. 

All of the suspects are due to be arraigned in Lowell District Court on Thursday. 

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

TEWKSBURY VOTER REGISTRATION SESSION

A voter registration session has been scheduled for Friday, August 9, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 
8:00 PM at the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 1009 Main Street. 

Denise Graffeo, Town Clerk, informs residents who have not registered to vote, this is the final day to be eligible to vote at the August 20, 2013 Special Town Meeting.

Residents may also register to vote during regular Town Clerk office hours, Monday- Friday, 
7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Mail-in Voter Registration Forms may also be obtained on our municipal website at the following link:  http://www.tewksbury.net/Pages/TewksburyMA_Clerk/voterreg

For inquiries, please phone the Office of the Town Clerk at 978-640-4355.

Tewksbury Drug Distribution Arrest

 

Last week during July, 2013, the Tewksbury Police arrested Wallington Garcia, 26, of 46 Pearl St., Apt. 1, Lawrence, MA for distribution of cocaine (16 grams, Class B) and conspiracy.  Also arrested was Oliver Vidal, 35, of 127 Palm St, Nashua, NH for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy (16 grams, Class B).   

 

The arrests were made on Andover Street in Tewksbury as a result of surveillance conducted by Tewksbury Police Drug Unit. 

 

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

 

Tewksbury Police Department

National Night Out Against Crime 2013

Family Fun Night

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Please join us for a fun filled night of classic cars, refreshments, and a showing of Disney’s “Cars”.

Tuesday, August 6th

Tewksbury Senior Center (175 Chandler Street)

4:30-6PM

Classic car show, visit from Snoopy, giveaways, and more!!

6-8PM

Disney’s “Cars” in our own movie theater!!

This event is FREE.

National Night Out 2013 Press Release
On Tuesday, August 6th, the Tewksbury Police Department will be joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “30th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world. In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime”.
One of the goals of NNO is to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The Tewksbury Police Department, in partnership with the Tewksbury Senior Center and the Tewksbury Library, will be hosting a FREE “Family Fun Night” starting at 4:30PM. There will be a classic car show and a visit from Snoopy and the Lowell Spinner Canaligator. The Police Department will be giving out child id kits, temporary tattoos, the movie “Cars” on a big screen, and more. If you are planning on coming for the movie portion only, please try to arrive by 6PM so that you can get your refreshments and seats. The movie will start at approximately 6:15PM.
This FREE family night was made possible not only by the people mentioned above, but also by the generous donations of local businesses such as Wal-Mart, Big Top Party Rental, Metlife, and the Lowell Spinners.
For more information or to get involved please contact Officer Jennie Welch, (978)851-7373 EXT 230.
Photo: Tewksbury Police Department  National Night Out Against Crime 2013  Family Fun Night     Please join us for a fun filled night of classic cars, refreshments, and a showing of Disney’s “Cars”.  Tuesday, August 6th   Tewksbury Senior Center (175 Chandler Street)  4:30-6PM   Classic car show, visit from Snoopy, giveaways, and more!!  6-8PM  Disney’s “Cars” in our own movie theater!!  This event is FREE.  National Night Out 2013 Press Release On Tuesday, August 6th, the Tewksbury Police Department will be joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “30th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world. In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime”.   One of the goals of NNO is to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The Tewksbury Police Department, in partnership with the Tewksbury Senior Center and the Tewksbury Library, will be hosting a FREE “Family Fun Night” starting at 4:30PM. There will be a classic car show and a visit from Snoopy and the Lowell Spinner Canaligator. The Police Department will be giving out child id kits, temporary tattoos, the movie “Cars” on a big screen, and more. If you are planning on coming for the movie portion only, please try to arrive by 6PM so that you can get your refreshments and seats. The movie will start at approximately 6:15PM.  This FREE family night was made possible not only by the people mentioned above, but also by the generous donations of local businesses such as Wal-Mart, Big Top Party Rental, Metlife, and the Lowell Spinners.  For more information or to get involved please contact Officer Jennie Welch, (978)851-7373 EXT 230.

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70 Concord Road, Billerica, MA.
Contact: Bishop Seth Johnson- 978-667-7663

We welcome you each Sunday to join with us as we celebrate the life of Jesus Christ, how we can live his Gospel today, and in experiencing our love and service to one another as a church family.

10:00 am. Sacrament meeting-hymns, passing of the sacrament, speakers( all children
welcomed)

11:00 am. Adults Sunday School, children, primary class until 1:00pm.

12:00pm.-1:00pm.Women’s Meeting, Men’s Meeting, Young Women’s Meeting

 

1:00pm –completion of our service.

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(from left to right: Spencer Harrison-Second Counselor; Bishop Seth Johnson ;Russell Pendergrass ,First-Counselor) serve together to bring individuals and families living in Tewksbury, Wilmington, Billerica, Burlington, Bedford, Concord, Carlisle ,and HAF base, closer to Jesus Christ.

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Armed Robbery Shell Gas Station 1975 Main Street
Second Suspect Apprehended


On July 17, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested the second suspect wanted in connection with the armed robbery that occurred at the Shell Gas Station o...
n July 15th. Patrick McNally, 51, of 418 Main St., Wilmington was arrested and charged with armed robbery, armed assault to rob and conspiracy.

With the assistance from the Boston Police Department (C-11), the Tewksbury Police were able to apprehend McNally at 350 Adams Street in Dorchester.

In addition to the Tewksbury robbery, McNally is also the suspected driver for Frank Pendergast in robberies in Woburn, Billerica, and Nashua.

Please see the original press release below:

On Monday July 15th, at approximately 12:30 am, Tewksbury Police responded to a report of an armed robbery which had just occurred at the Shell gas station located at 1975 Main Street. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and spoke with the clerk and a witness at the store. The clerk indicated that a heavy set white male, approximately 5’09” to 6’ and 300 pounds, had entered the store and approached the clerk armed with a knife demanding money from the cash register. The suspect told the clerk that he would stab him. The suspect then reached into the register and took approximately $180.00 and then fled the store on foot.

Officers and Detectives were able to view video surveillance at the Shell station and learned that the suspect had large sunglasses, a long sleeved black shirt, colored pants, and white sneakers. In addition, the suspect appeared to have a black tee shirt wrapped around his head in a “do-rag” fashion. Officers and Detectives then searched the area around the station with the assistance of the Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit. A short distance from the station the K-9 Unit located a black shirt on the ground. This shirt matched the description of the shirt the suspect was wearing around his head during the robbery.

Through further investigation, Detectives were able to determine that the suspect matched the description of a suspect wanted in connection with similar incidents in the surrounding communities, including a similar robbery in the Town of Billerica on July 14th and a bank robbery in Woburn on July 15th. Tewksbury Detectives were successful in identifying Frank Pendergast, 45, of 4 Elderberry Rd., Apt # 103, Reading, Ma as the individual who perpetrated the Shell station armed robbery and a warrant for his arrest was sought and issued. Mr. Pendergast is charged with Armed Robbery (c265/s17) and Armed Assault with Intent to Rob (c 265/ s18).

On July 16, 2013, at approximately 3 pm, Mr. Pendergast was tracked to 3 Pinecrest Road in North Reading where he was taken into custody by Tewksbury Police, North Reading Police, and members of the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force for the Tewksbury warrant and a Billerica warrant for armed robbery. He surrendered to police when he realized the home was surrounded and the Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit was in route. Mr. Pendergast is also wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred in Nashua, NH. Mr. Pendergast is currently being medically evaluated and is expected to be arraigned in Lowell District Court sometime tomorrow.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to
tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov
Photo: Armed Robbery Shell Gas Station 1975 Main Street Second Suspect Apprehended   On July 17, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested the second suspect wanted in connection with the armed robbery that occurred at the Shell Gas Station on July 15th.  Patrick McNally, 51, of 418 Main St., Wilmington was arrested and charged with armed robbery, armed assault to rob and conspiracy.   With the assistance from the Boston Police Department (C-11), the Tewksbury Police were able to apprehend McNally at 350 Adams Street in Dorchester.   In addition to the Tewksbury robbery, McNally is also the suspected driver for Frank Pendergast in robberies in Woburn, Billerica, and Nashua.  Please see the original press release below:                On Monday July 15th, at approximately 12:30 am, Tewksbury Police responded to a report of an armed robbery which had just occurred at the Shell gas station located at 1975 Main Street. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and spoke with the clerk and a witness at the store. The clerk indicated that a heavy set white male, approximately 5’09” to 6’ and 300 pounds, had entered the store and approached the clerk armed with a knife demanding money from the cash register. The suspect told the clerk that he would stab him. The suspect then reached into the register and took approximately $180.00 and then fled the store on foot.    Officers and Detectives were able to view video surveillance at the Shell station and learned that the suspect had large sunglasses, a long sleeved black shirt, colored pants, and white sneakers. In addition, the suspect appeared to have a black tee shirt wrapped around his head in a “do-rag” fashion. Officers and Detectives then searched the area around the station with the assistance of the Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit. A short distance from the station the K-9 Unit located a black shirt on the ground. This shirt matched the description of the shirt the suspect was wearing around his head during the robbery.        Through further investigation, Detectives were able to determine that the suspect matched the description of a suspect wanted in connection with similar incidents in the surrounding communities, including a similar robbery in the Town of Billerica on July 14th and a bank robbery in Woburn on July 15th. Tewksbury Detectives were successful in identifying Frank Pendergast, 45, of 4 Elderberry Rd., Apt # 103, Reading, Ma as the individual who perpetrated the Shell station armed robbery and a warrant for his arrest was sought and issued. Mr. Pendergast is charged with Armed Robbery (c265/s17) and Armed Assault with Intent to Rob (c 265/ s18).   On July 16, 2013, at approximately 3 pm, Mr. Pendergast was tracked to 3 Pinecrest Road in North Reading where he was taken into custody by Tewksbury Police, North Reading Police, and members of the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force for the Tewksbury warrant and a Billerica warrant for armed robbery. He surrendered to police when he realized the home was surrounded and the Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit was in route. Mr. Pendergast is also wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred in Nashua, NH. Mr. Pendergast is currently being medically evaluated and is expected to be arraigned in Lowell District Court sometime tomorrow.         The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

 

Tewksbury Police Arrest Man Who Would Perform Sexual Acts for a Fee at Public Library


On July 18, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Michael Crosby, 40, of 450 Main St, Apt. 220, Tewksbury for sexual conduct for a fee at the T...
ewksbury Public Library.

The Tewksbury Police Department set up an undercover operation after receiving information that Crosby was posting an ad on craigslist from the Tewksbury Public Library. The ad indicated that Crosby would perform sexual acts for a fee and requested possible clients to respond to the Library where they “can play in the private bathroom”.

After Crosby met briefly with an undercover Detective, he was arrested inside the Library. Crosby is due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, July 19, 2013.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to
tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov
Photo: Tewksbury Police Arrest Man Who Would Perform Sexual Acts for a Fee at Public Library   On July 18, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Michael Crosby, 40, of 450 Main St, Apt. 220, Tewksbury for sexual conduct for a fee at the Tewksbury Public Library.    The Tewksbury Police Department set up an undercover operation after receiving information that Crosby was posting an ad on craigslist from the Tewksbury Public Library.  The ad indicated that Crosby would perform sexual acts for a fee and requested possible clients to respond to the Library where they “can play in the private bathroom”.   After Crosby met briefly with an undercover Detective, he was arrested inside the Library.  Crosby is due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, July 19, 2013.     The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

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Armed Robbery Shell Gas Station 1975 Main Street

 

On Monday July 15th, at approximately 12:30 am, Tewksbury Police responded to a report of an armed robbery which had just occurred at the Shell gas station located at 1975 Main Street. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and spoke with the clerk and a witness at the store. The clerk indicated that a heavy set white male, approximately 5’09" to 6’ and 300 pounds, had entered the store and approached the clerk armed with a knife demanding money from the cash register. The suspect told the clerk that he would stab him. The suspect then reached into the register and took approximately $180.00 and then fled the store on foot.

Officers and Detectives were able to view video surveillance at the Shell station and learned that the suspect had large sunglasses, a long sleeved black shirt, colored pants, and white sneakers. In addition, the suspect appeared to have a black tee shirt wrapped around his head in a "do-rag" fashion. Officers and Detectives then searched the area around the station with the assistance of the Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit. A short distance from the station the K-9 Unit located a black shirt on the ground. This shirt matched the description of the shirt the suspect was wearing around his head during the robbery.

Through further investigation, Detectives were able to determine that the suspect matched the description of a suspect wanted in connection with similar incidents in the surrounding communities, including a similar robbery in the Town of Billerica on July 14th and a bank robbery in Woburn on July 15th. Tewksbury Detectives were successful in identifying Frank Pendergast, 45, of 4 Elderberry Rd., Apt # 103, Reading, Ma as the individual who perpetrated the Shell station armed robbery and a warrant for his arrest was sought and issued. Mr. Pendergast is charged with Armed Robbery (c265/s17) and Armed Assault with Intent to Rob (c 265/ s18).

On July 16, 2013, at approximately 3 pm, Mr. Pendergast was tracked to 3 Pinecrest Road in North Reading where he was taken into custody by Tewksbury Police, North Reading Police, and members of the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force for the Tewksbury warrant and a Billerica warrant for armed robbery. He surrendered to police when he realized the home was surrounded and the Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit was in route. Mr. Pendergast is also wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred in Nashua, NH. Mr. Pendergast is currently being medically evaluated and is expected to be arraigned in Lowell District Court sometime tomorrow.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

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Tewksbury Attempted Murder

 

 On July 12, 2013, at approximately 9 pm, the Tewksbury Police Department received a call about a domestic argument between a male and female taking place in the lobby of the Extended Stay America hotel (1910 Andover Street).  Tewksbury Police Officers arrived shortly thereafter and were told that the parties involved in the argument had gone back to the female’s room.  Officers then responded upstairs to the room.  Upon arrival to the room, Officers heard a female screaming “Stop it. Stop it. Get off of me”.  Officers then made entry into the room and observed a male subject (identified as Keegan Cardin, 20, of 101 Hilldale Ave, South Hampton, N.H.) who was out of breath and sweating profusely. A female then came out of the bathroom screaming “He strangled me”. The female was crying and having a difficult time catching her breath. The female victim told the Officers that she had just been strangled to near unconsciousness on two occasions by Mr. Cardin and that when he had been strangling her she saw stars and she was in fear for her life. She stated that she struggled physically with Mr. Cardin and was able to break free of him both times. Officers observed injuries to the victim that were consistent with her statements. The victim identified the male as her on again off again boyfriend of 2-3 years. The victim stated she believed Mr. Cardin was under the influence of heroin and that he had forced his way into her room before police arrived. The Officers summonsed medical personnel to treat the injuries of the victim.  Mr. Cardin was arrested and charged with the following crimes:Chapter 265 Section 16- Attempted Murder to wit StrangulationChapter 265 Section 13A- Assault and Battery (Domestic)Mr. Cardin was held without bail and was arraigned in Lowell District Court today (Monday July 15, 2013).The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 and/or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov .  

 

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Tewksbury Distribution Drug Raid

 On July 14, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Jonathan Clark, 35, of 18A C Street, Apt.18A, Nashua, NH for distribution of heroin and Shawn Dejardins, 33, of 31 Pagehill Road, Goffstown, NH for possession of heroin.  They were both also charged with conspiracy.   On July 15, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Jeffrey Melo, 33, of 140 Amesbury Street, Lawrence for trafficking heroin (over 18 grams), distribution of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy.  Also arrested was David Palmegiano, 38, of 3 Ledge Road, Atkinson, NH for possession of heroin and conspiracy.   The arrests were made on Andover Street in Tewksbury as a result of surveillance conducted by Tewksbury Police Department Drug Unit.   The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov   

 

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Drug Distribution Arrest On July 7, 2013, the Tewksbury Police arrested Harry Acosta, 38, of 76 Penn St, Apt. FL2, Fitchburg for 2 counts of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and hashish as well as conspiracy.  Daniel Echevarria, 42, of 88 Mt. Vernon St. Apt. 3, Fitchburg was also arrested for possession with the intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy.    Acosta and Echevarria were arrested after Detective’s witness a drug transaction while conducting surveillance at the Mobil on the Run located at 1785 Andover St.     Over $4000.00 dollars was seized as well as 12 bags of heroin.   Both Acosta and Echevarria are scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on July 8, 2013.    The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov   

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5th of July Fireworks for Tewksbury (Friday)

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I would appreciate if you could get this information out to the public. The Fireworks is on Friday (July 5, 2013) and this information could be very useful for the Public.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Traffic Plans for Tewksbury's Fireworks on July 5th

The traffic from Main Street entering Livingston Street , as well as East Street entering Livingston Street, will be shut down at roughly 9PM (or as soon as the parking lots are full). The estimated start time for the fireworks display will be at 9:30PM (weather permitting). After the display has ended, all traffic from the upper lot (Hazel Field) will be directed towards Main Street. Traffic exiting from the upper lot up towards Main Street will be sent south on Main Street (towards Wilmington). All traffic from the lower lots will be directed toward East Street. Due to anticipated heavy traffic on Main Street from residents parking in the Brooks Plaza, Mahoney's Garden Center, and the Wynn Middle School, all traffic exiting those locations will be sent north on Main Street towards Chandler Street.

 

 

Office of

Representative James Miceli

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Fax: 617-722-2353 Telephone: 617-722-2460

From: Margaret Wilson

Date: June 24, 2013

For Immediate Release:

 

 

Representative James Miceli will be holding office hours for the Town of Wilmington, Monday, June 24th from 9:30-11:00am at the Wilmington Senior Center and also from 6:30-8:00pm at the Wilmington Town Hall.

Representative James Miceli will also be holding office hours for the Town of Tewksbury, Wednesday, June 26th from 9:30-11:00am at the Tewksbury Senior Citizen Center and also from 6:30-8:00pm at the Tewksbury Public Library.

 

The Special State Election to fill Senator Kerry’s Senate seat will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Denise Graffeo, Town Clerk, would like to remind residents of the following voting locations:

Precinct 1 Senior Center 175 Chandler St.

Precinct 1A Senior Center 175 Chandler St.

Precinct 2 Recreation Center 286 Livingston St.

Precinct 2A Recreation Center 286 Livingston St.

Precinct 3 Lowell Assembly of God 995 Andover St.

Precinct 3A Lowell Assembly of God 995 Andover St.

Precinct 4 Library 300 Chandler St.

Precinct 4A Library 300 Chandler St.

Voters are encouraged to confirm their polling location on the internet at www.wheredoivotema.com

If you are uncertain about your voter registration status, please phone the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-640-4355.

The Special State Election to fill Senator Kerry’s Senate seat will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Denise Graffeo, Town Clerk, would like to remind residents of the following voting locations:

Precinct 1 Senior Center 175 Chandler St.

Precinct 1A Senior Center 175 Chandler St.

Precinct 2 Recreation Center 286 Livingston St.

Precinct 2A Recreation Center 286 Livingston St.

Precinct 3 Lowell Assembly of God 995 Andover St.

Precinct 3A Lowell Assembly of God 995 Andover St.

Precinct 4 Library 300 Chandler St.

Precinct 4A Library 300 Chandler St.

Voters are encouraged to confirm their polling location on the internet at www.wheredoivotema.com

If you are uncertain about your voter registration status, please phone the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-640-4355.

 

Tewksbury Man Pleads Guilty To Child Rape and Extortion Charges For

Deceiving Young Victims Into Posing Nude Over the Internet

WOBURN – A Tewksbury man has pleaded guilty to child rape, extortion and numerous additional charges in connection with deceiving young victims into posing nude over the Internet, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan informed the public today.

Thomas Hutchinson, 21, of Tewksbury, pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn in two cases in which he was charged with rape of a child by force, rape, assault with intent to rape a child, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 (2 counts), indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 (2 counts), attempted extortion (4 counts), child enticement, possession of child pornography (17 counts), posing a child in a state of sexual conduct (10 counts), posing a child in a state of nudity (10 counts), dissemination of visual matter of a child in sexual conduct (3 counts), dissemination of visual matter of a child in a state of nudity, dissemination of matter harmful to a minor (2 counts), and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Edward Leibensperger sentenced the defendant to 10-15 years in prison with 15 years probation to follow. While on probation, the defendant is ordered to have no direct or indirect contact with any of the victims, no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18, to comply with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registry, to undergo sex offender treatment, to refrain from certain use of the internet or any computers or smart phones, and to comply with GPS monitoring.

"This defendant, hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet, gained access to and exploited unwitting young people," District Attorney Ryan said. "Not satisfied with only deceiving and manipulating these victims online, he then tried to extort some of them with threats of disclosing their activities online and assaulted others when he forced them to meet with him in person. This case is a stark reminder of the potential dangers of predators who manipulate the relative freedom of the internet for their own ends. As adults we have to be mindful and vigilant about the people we interact with online and especially so when it comes to our children."

The defendant’s activities came to the attention of authorities in early 2011. Around that time, a then 15-year-old girl using the website MyYearbook.com had online contact with a person, later identified to be the defendant. The defendant, posing as a girl named "Brittany" offered to introduce the victim online to a person with knowledge of the modeling business. Shortly thereafter, the defendant contacted her as the modeling representative, now using the screen name Sexybeast5655@aim.com. Initially, the defendant requested pictures of the victim in a bathing suit and then eventually asked for naked pictures and videos. Once the victim complied, the defendant threatened to post those images and videos if she didn’t have sex with his "friend." He then threatened to rape her if she refused to meet his friend in person or if she told police. The defendant contacted the victim online posing as the friend, "Tommy," using the screen name Tommy364587@aim.com and arranged to meet her in person and, again, threatened to harm her if she did not complete a sex act. On February 28, 2011, the defendant, posing as "Tommy," drove to the victim’s neighborhood, made her get in his car and forced her to perform a sex act.

When authorities became involved, they immediately launched an investigation and, in May 2011, Medford and Tewksbury Police executed search warrants at the defendant’s home and on his car. Upon searching his computer, they found numerous photos and videos which were pornographic in nature, depicting dozens of children - mainly female - who appeared to be under the age of 18. Authorities were able to identify seventeen additional victims who were depicted on those videos. Investigators also discovered tens of thousands of entries in Skype log files, showing hundreds of chat conversations, incoming and outgoing calls, and file transfers between dozens of potential victims and the defendant.

Through their investigation, authorities learned that the defendant contacted the victims online, usually through MyYearbook.com or Facebook.com, and identified himself as a female named "Brittany." Many victims were approached by "Brittany" to communicate online, through internet chat and over webcam, and encouraged to send "her" naked pictures or to perform sexual acts on camera. "Brittany" would then introduce victims online to another fictitious person named "steve.modeling," who also directed the victims to send him naked pictures and perform sexual acts on camera as part of what he claimed was an audition for modeling jobs. "Brittany" and "Steve" would sometimes offer the girls money to engage in sexual acts with others.

The defendant also posed as "Sean Mullen" and "Jess Adams" and offered to put the victims in touch with "steve.modeling" and requested naked pictures and asked them to perform sexual acts on camera. He also presented himself as the "friend" "Tom" or "Tommy."

In some instances, the defendant would tell the victims that he had recorded their actions on webcam, and threatened to post or publish those videos or pictures publicly if they did not comply with more of his demands. In several instances, as a result of those threats, victims agreed to meet the defendant and were then sexually assaulted by him.

The defendant was arrested on July 8, 2011 following the initial investigation and was subsequently indicted by a Middlesex County grand jury on October 18, 2011. He was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on December 8, 2011 where Judge Leila Kern ordered the defendant held on $5,000 cash bail with the conditions that he remain on GPS monitoring with a curfew, abide by all restraining orders, have no direct or indirect contact with the victim and any witnesses in the case, not use computers or any device which has the ability to connect to the internet, surrender his passport and not leave the Commonwealth, have no unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18, including online contact, and report to probation once a week.

Following arraignment on charges related to that initial investigation, authorities identified other victims depicted in videos found on the defendant’s computer. The defendant was subsequently indicted on 46 additional counts on March 29, 2012.

This case was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Medford Police Department, the Bedford Police Department, and the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, with assistance from numerous other law enforcement agencies including the Marblehead, Reading, Tewksbury, Wilmington, and Millis Police Departments, and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.

The Assistant District Attorney assigned to the case is Elissa Torto. The Victim Witness Advocate is Susie Marshall. The paralegal is Erika Willey. The Child Interview Specialists are Margaret Leavitt, Katie Nugent, and Alicia Compitello.

A Letter to the Tewksbury Police Chief from the Katie Couric Show 

 

Katie Couric Show

 

 

Chief-

 

On Monday, June 10th  at 3PM on , the Katie Couric show “katie” will be airing a program about the drug epidemic this country is facing. The show, “Dirty Little Secret in the Suburbs- Could the prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet lead to a dangerous heroin addiction? It’s not just on the streets anymore, it’s in suburban neighborhoods. What are the warning signs every parent needs to know about the disturbing new face of addiction? And witness a teen’s gripping and life-changing intervention.” This show features Tewksbury resident Gina Borrazzo speaking from a mother’s prospective. There were also members from the Learn to Cope organization at the show.  

 

 

 

I think that this is a great show for every parent to see and I want to get the word out for people to watch the show. I spoke with Gina today and she informed me that if any members of the local press were interested in speaking with her about her situation or about being on the show, that they could call her on her cell phone (508-423-3498). I know your crazy busy this week but I was hoping you could pass this information along to your local press contacts.

 

 

 

Thanks,

 

Jennie

Tewksbury Memorial High School

Candidates for Graduation

Class of 2013

James Christopher Aronson, Valedictorian

Caitlin Shannon Morris, Salutatorian

Rachel Marie Gillis, Class Marshal

 

 

 

Shannon Zachary Alukonis

Brian Amaral

Francesca Marie Arcari

James Christopher Aronson*†††, Valedictorian

Michael Allen Arsenio

Mark Jeremy Ayles

Vincenzo Luigi Barinelli*†††

Conner Robert Benoit

Cassidy Francis Blaikie

Matthew Olson Blaisdell†

Christopher Steven Blake†††

Natalie Theresa Bourne

Kimberly Michelle Brekalis

Jacqueline Louise Brindle††

Adriana Alice Brown*†††

Joseph Paul Burger†

Yasmeen Laura Ximenia Caban

April Marie Cain

Katherine Ann Callahan

Samantha Marie Campbell

Jayson Alexander Canning

Ashly Marie Caredeo*†††

Bridget Elizabeth Carey

Mackenzie Alishia Carr††

Michael Joseph Casey†

Cory Richard Cataldo

Nicole Alexis Chaet

Jacob David Champoux

Robert Hazen Charbonneau

Shana Casey Chartienitz

Jamal Noor Choudhary*†††

Nicholas Kenneth Cocca††

Brian Michael Connell

Garrett Michael Connolly

Samuel Connolly

Courtney Rose Connors

Melissa Ann Cordwell†††

Christopher Anthony Crawford

Nicole Monteiro Cruz

Hannah Esther Culwell

Jaimie Rose Cunha

Andrea Terese Cuzzupe

Christopher John Dardonis†††

Rebecca Grace Davies*†††

Nicole Marie DePierro

Austin Robert DiFelice

Zachary Kevin DiRocco

Joseph William DiRusso

Patrick James Doherty

Abby Rose Donoghue†

Matthew David Donovan

Jeremy Stephen Dulong††

Amanda Jean Dunn

Cynthia Lynn Dunn

Brittany Leigh Durand

Corie Elizabeth Farley

Roy Manuel Felix

Linda Rego Ferreira††

John Michael Fiorello††

Kaitlin Elizabeth Fitzgerald

Samantha Ruth Florino††

Brendan Joseph Forti

Charles Joseph Foti

Jessica Ann Freitas*†††

John Anthony Froio III††

Donald James Gibson

Rachel Marie Gillis*†††, Class Marshal

Andrea Mae Ginsburg†

Joseph Allen Gonsalves

Brian Garrity Grayson

Cortny Rose Guttadauro

Morgan Ilana Hakala†††

Nicholas Albin Hamilton

Marisa Lyn Harrington

Ryan Arthur Hartnett†

Mikayla Elizabeth Hodgdon

Ryan Daniel Hodgdon

Theodoros Charles Hondros†

Christian Anthony Hudson

Emma Lee Humphrey

Eric Robert Hunter

Paul James Hurley†

Jennifer Lucia Iannacci*†††

Michael Steven Indelicato

Tess Prescott Irving*†††

Zachary James Jacobs

Jason David Jarosh

Russell Ryan Jean

Rachel Erin Joyal

Jennifer Marie Joyce

Colleen Taylor Kelly

Devin Christine Kelly†††

Jacqueline Elizabeth Kelly

Paul Thomas Killion

Samantha Marie Laferriere†

Cody John Lafortune

Zachary Alfred Lambert

Melony Rose Lecesse

Kimberly Lehner

Alexsandra Kristine Lepore

Allyson Rose Lewis††

Marissa Lee Liggiero

Michael Christopher Linskey

Brendan Donald Locke

Catherine Ann Loiselle

Cory Albert Lucia

Caitlin Marie Ludka

Khoa Anh Phuc Mac

Nathaniel Thomas MacDonald

Samantha Marie Madore

Taylor Ann Mahoney

Michael John Manfra

Tiffanie Eileen Marsh

Bradley Jacob Marshall†††

Timothy Joseph Martel

Joseph Matranga

Marc Anthony Mazzei

Samantha Hope McGouldrick††

Shannon Delaney McInerney

Nicole Elizabeth McKenna†

Meaghan Patricia McLaughlin

Kendall Eileen McMahon

Alexandra Bernard Mecherkany

Cameron James Medeiros

Andrew Robert Merlino

Alyssa Jordyn Metras-Coltraro

Krista Lee Mignon*†††

Caitlin Shannon Morris†††, Salutatorian

Michael Mugo

Ryan Joseph Muise

Alyson Elizabeth Mulloy†

Scott Lincoln Mulno

Timothy Stephen Murphy†

Andrew Javier Ocejo

Cameron Joseph Oliveira

Jacob Ryan Oliveira

Sabrina Ashley O'Neil†

Stephanie Rose Paine††

Kyle Anthony Pandolph*†††

Sydney Elizabeth Paolella†††

Christopher Andrew Paquette†††

Sarah Lauriat Parker††

Ann Margaret Pastorello†

Michael Paul Pelrine

Rachel Ellen Pendleton

Melissa Marie Peters

Erika Nicole Petipas

Daniel John Petrie

Derek Joseph Petti

Anna Nicole Piccolo†

Joseph Sebastiano Poli

Gianna Donna Pondelli

Bradley Joseph Pontes†

Roberto Bryan Portillo

Alina Lyn Porzio††

Ashley Christine Pozzuto

Tyler Joseph Puleo*†††

Rachel Kristin Ragucci††

William Eric Ramsdell

Carolyn Elizabeth Raneri

Jared William Renaud

Nicole Marie Ricciardi†

Riley Elizabeth Ryan†

Nicaela Samson††

Carol-Ann Elizabeth Sawyer

Christopher Nathan Sawyer

Claire Elizabeth Scheipers††

Douglas Ryan Sheehan

Tyler James Slavin††

Arianna Luz Smith*†††

Matthew David Smith††

Jessica Marie Sokel*†††

Nicholas John Souza††

Nicholas Jon Stavros

Justin Michael Stewart

Timothy Ryan Sughrue

Kelli Anne Sugrue†

Christian Robert Taylor

Kimberly Rose Tecce

Sean Paul Thomann

Cory Reynolds Thomas*†††

Molly Ann Tibbetts††

Eric William Torres

Alexander George Van Ryzin

Nicole Lucia Vasques

Kristen Marie Walker†††

John David Ward

Michael Roland Weitz†

Nathan Richard Whitehouse

Emily Rose Williams

Emily Ann Wolotschaj

Nicole Dale Zanchi

Michael Paul Zurawski Jr.

 

*Denotes National Honor Society

†Denotes Cum Laude

††Denotes Magna Cum Laude

†††Denotes Summa Cum Laude

 

 

 

 

TEWKSBURY VOTER REGISTRATION SESSION

 

A voter registration session has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from

7:30 AM to 8:00 PM at the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 1009 Main Street.

Denise Graffeo, Town Clerk, informs residents who have not registered to vote, this is the final day to be eligible to vote at the June 25, 2013 Special State Election.

Residents may also register to vote during regular Town Clerk office hours, Monday- Friday,

7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Mail-in Voter Registration Forms may also be obtained on our municipal website at the following link: http://www.tewksbury.net/Pages/TewksburyMA_Clerk/voterreg

For inquiries, please phone the Office of the Town Clerk at 978-640-4355.

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Annual Wilmington Wildcat Football Golf Tournament

Monday, July 29, 2013

Country Club of Billerica 51 Baldwin Road Billerica, MA

7:30 a.m. – registration begins

8:00 a.m. – shot gun start

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The Touchdown Club of Wilmington High School will be holding its Annual Wilmington Wildcat Football Golf Tournament.

The Golf Tournament will be the chief means of fundraising for the high school football program and will fund several scholarships. In addition, a $1,000 scholarship will be given in Joe Ranno’s name. Joe was a former stand-out player who passed away too early in his life.

All proceeds from this event will go to scholarships and the football program.

Register early! Space is limited. Registration deadline is Monday, July 1, 2013.

Foursomes must be paid in full to guarantee space.

Cost is $125.00 per person. Cost includes 18 holes of golf (scramble), cart use, catered luncheon, and Golfer’s gift. Team and Individual Cash Prizes will be awarded!

To register:

. Online @ wilmingtontouchdownclub.com

. Via mail with attached registration form

Annual Wilmington Wildcat Football Golf Tournament

Registration Form

Team Captain: ________________________________________________________________

E-mail Address: _______________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

City: ____________________________ State: _________ Zip: _________________________

Cell Phone: __________________________________________________________________

The entire team must register on the same form, listing the captain as Player One. Complete

form and payment must be received no later than July 1, 2013. If you do not have a team,

please complete the above info and write "place with team" in the space below.

Name of Player

Email address of player

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If you are unable to golf, you may contribute in any of the following ways:

____ I am unable to attend but, would like to contribute a donation.

____ I am unable to play golf, but would like to attend the lunch & activities ($25.00)

____ I am unable to play golf, but would like to sponsor a hole ($50.00 family / $100 Company)

(A sign with your company/family name will be placed at one of the tees)

Please specify the name/text on the sign or submit artwork:

All checks should be made payable to Wilmington Touchdown Club and mailed to Wilmington

Touchdown Club, PO Box 904, Wilmington, MA 01887. Thank you!

Traffic for Memorial Day Parade May 27, 2013

 

 

 

The Memorial Parade will be held on Monday, May 27th, 2013 starting at the Ryan School and ending at Brooks Plaza (next to Mac’s Dairy Farm). All side streets that enter onto Main Street will be closed from approximately 12:45- 5PM. The detour for Main Street (northbound) heading towards Lowell from Wilmington line will be: Livingston Street to East Street to Main Street. The detour from Main Street (southbound) heading towards Wilmington from Lowell line will be Marshall Street to Whipple Road to Shawsheen Street to Main Street. Pleasant Street will be closed in both directions from 12PM to 5PM for the parade marchers to line up.

Tewksbury Memorial High School "Mock Crash"

The Tewksbury Police Department will be presenting a "Mock Crash" at Tewksbury Memorial High School on Tuesday, May 21st @ 9:00am, targeting the junior and senior student population. This presentation is part of the Tewksbury Police Department’s ongoing commitment to educating our young drivers about the perils of impaired driving.

The reenactment will take place in the Tewksbury Memorial High School parking lot and will serve as a realistic reminder about the ominous consequences that can result from drinking and driving. With help from several Tewksbury Police Officers, firefighters, and local paramedics, the students will watch as their classmates – made up in fake blood – are pulled from the wreckage of a totaled vehicle with the assistance of the Jaws of Life. After it is determined that one classmate cannot be saved, they will witness an impaired classmate perform unsatisfactorily on sobriety testing before being arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and Motor Vehicle Homicide.

With prom and graduation on the horizon, the Police Department is hoping to impress upon students the importance of making safe decisions, especially when on the road.

The leading cause of death for those ages 15-20 is a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 33% of 15 to 20 year-olds who were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide in 2009 had a blood alcohol content of .01 or higher. Additionally, young drivers tend to engage in other risky driving behaviors while drinking, such as speeding, distracted driving, running red lights, making illegal turns, and not wearing seat belts. In 2009, 70% of the young drivers involved in fatal crashes who had been drinking were also unrestrained. Any loss or injury on our roadways is one too many. The Tewksbury Police Department recognizes that traffic crashes are preventable, and is committed to using enforcement, programs, and initiatives such as this to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries among people under 21.

The Tewksbury Police Department will enforce a zero-tolerance policy on minors who seek to circumvent the law and those people and businesses that allow them to do so. Whether you are under age, plan to sell to a minor, or buy alcohol for a minor, we will be on the lookout. Offenders will be criminally prosecuted and businesses will be referred to the licensing authority for administrative action. The Department’s mission is to partner with the Community to combat this very serious problem.

The Tewksbury Police Department graciously acknowledges the support of the Tewksbury School Dept., S.A.D.D., Tewksbury Fire Dept., Tewksbury Funeral Home, and Penney’s Auto who have donated their time and resources to make this presentation possible.

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE

Tewksbury Town Clerk, Denise Graffeo, would like to notify voters that Absentee Ballots are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office for the June 25th Special State Election. The Town Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You may vote absentee if you are a registered voter and unable to vote at the polls because:

1. You will be out of town during the hours the polls are open,

2. you have a physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place, or

3. religious belief.

A request for an Absentee Ballot must be done in writing, by either you or a family member, and received by the Town Clerk’s Office no later than Noon on Monday, June 24, 2013. Applications may be mailed or hand delivered to the Clerk’s office. You may request an official "Absentee Ballot Application" from our office, or use any other form of written communication with an original signature. Downloadable Absentee Ballot applications are also available online at the
State Elections Division Website:

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howabs.htm

Please include your name, voting address, and the address you would like the ballot mailed to if different from the voting address. Absentee ballots must be delivered to the Town Clerk’s Office, not to the precinct on Election Day. If you need further assistance, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-640-4355.

Requesting to vote by mail: A ballot will be sent to the address listed on your request. Be sure to apply early, as the ballot must be sent by mail. When returning your voted ballot, you can either mail or hand-carry it back to the Clerk’s Office.

Requesting to vote in person: The final day to fill out the Absentee Ballot Application and vote at the same time at the Town Clerk’s Office is no later than Noon on Monday, June 24, 2013.

 

Tewksbury Police DepartmentPresents FREE

Women’s Self Defense Class

Rape Aggression Defense for Women Only

Learn How to Disable Your Assailant •

Hold Breaking Techniques • Full Contact

• Fully Certified Instructors •

Awareness • Techniques • Simulation

Special Attention: Graduating High School Seniors and College Students

Class Offered at the Tewksbury Senior Citizen Center

175 Chandler Street, Tewksbury MA 01876

Class Dates: June 18th, 20th, 25th, and 27th

Pre-registration Required, Class is Free

Email
jwelch@tewksbury-ma.gov or

agonzaelz@tewksbury-ma.gov

or call

978-851-7373, extension 230

 

Tewksbury Police Department to Offer Women’s Self Defense Class Targeting High School and College Students

Resisting aggression is a choice. You are responsible for how you respond to any event in your life. Your decisions contribute to your past, present, and future. Only you can make the choice to transform your life by committing to resist aggression.

By investing your time and effort into this program, you will be presented with educational options to resist aggression. You will be asked to raise your awareness of aggressive behavior, to recognize how aggressive behavior impacts your life, to take steps to avoid aggressive behavior, and to look at how you can be part of reducing aggression and violence. Unfortunately, in a small number of incidents, physical confrontations may be unavoidable.

Resisting aggression with defense is designed to empower women to make different decisions when confronted with aggressive behavior. This is the first step towards reducing aggression and violence for ourselves and the one's we love. All courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors.

The goal of R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) is to provide realistic self-defense options to women, regardless of their level of physical conditioning. Students at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, nor does it require students to be athletes in training to succeed.

The R.A.D. system will provide students with the knowledge to make an educated decision about personal defense. We provide information on physical and non-physical options, as well as insight into the attacker mind-set.

Every student receives a manual for reference and practice. Once a student has completed a R.A.D. program, their signed manual becomes a ticket for free lifetime return and practice with any R.A.D. instructor in the US and Canada.

The widespread acceptance of the R.A.D. system is due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology. R.A.D. is the only self-defense program endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

The R.A.D class is offered at no charge by the Tewksbury Police Department for high school juniors, seniors, and college students. Those who sign up must be a minimum of 16 years of age. The classes are scheduled for June 18th, 20th, 25th, and 27th from 6-9PM. All classes will be held at the Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler Street. While the simulations are voluntary, you must commit to attending all four (4) scheduled classes. Class size is limited to 20 students, so register now and bring a friend!

For questions or to register, contact Officer Jennie Welch, 978-851-7373, EXT 230/ jwelch@tewksbury-ma.gov or Detective Andre Gonzalez, 978-851-7373, EXT 219/ agonzalez@ewksbury-ma.gov .

Tewksbury Police Department Helmet Rewards Program 2013

 

The Tewksbury Police Department is on the lookout. They are looking to reward young people "caught" wearing their bike helmets with gift certificates. These certificates can be redeemed at the local McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Papa Gino’s, Orange Leaf, Friendly’s, The Pushcart, or a Spinner’s game. We are really excited to reintroduce this program again this year to raise awareness and hopefully increase helmet use in Town.

Massachusetts law requires children 16 years of age or younger who operate a bicycle, or who ride as a passenger on a bicycle, on a public way or bike path to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet. A bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of serious head and brain injury by as much as 90%. Unfortunately, 89% of people killed in bicycle crashes with motor vehicles were not wearing a helmet. For more information on the bicycle helmet law and bicycle safety tips, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety .

If you get caught wearing your helmet, you’ll get a gift certificate for either frozen yogurt, a slice of pizza, french fries, a hamburger, or a ticket to a Spinner’s baseball game, courtesy of the above sponsors. If you don’t have a helmet on, the Police Department will provide you with one.

The Police Department would like to thank the local business for supporting of efforts to keep the children of Tewksbury safe. This is only one of many events to come in which the Tewksbury Police Department will be working with local businesses and the Tewksbury Rail Trails organization to help make Tewksbury a safer community.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch (978)851-7373, EXT 230.

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70 Concord Road, Billerica, MA.
Contact: Bishop Seth Johnson- 978-667-7663

We welcome you each Sunday to join with us as we celebrate the life of Jesus Christ, how we
can live his Gospel today, and in experiencing our love and service to one another as
a church family.

10:00 am. Sacrament meeting-passing of the Sacrament, hymns, speakers (children welcome)

11:10 am. Adults- Sunday school - All children primary classes until 1:00 pm.

12:00 pm. Men's and Woman's Groups; Young Women’s Group

1:00 pm.  Completion of our worship. -Our Church Bishopric-

 

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Bishop Seth Johnson (center), Joseph Jackson (left), Russell Pendergrass)(right)

Our church Bishop and counselors form a bishopric, called to the members of the ward (congregation) with love and concern ,helping them become true followers of Jesus Christ.

Tewksbury Town Meeting Passes Rail Trail Feasibility Study Article

$35,000 appropriated to fund engineering study to develop bicycle and walking trails

TEWKSBURY, MA – Tewksbury Town Meeting last Wednesday, May 8, 2013, overwhelmingly passed Article 18 to fund a feasibility study for rail trails and other bicycle and walking trails in Tewksbury, just in time for Bike Week in Massachusetts May 11 – 19. A citizen’s group, Tewksbury Rail Trails (TRT) brought the motion forward in January, 2013.

The measure sought $35,000 to fund a professional study to assess existing abandoned railroad beds as well as access and development of the Bay Circuit Trail and other trail opportunities in the town.

The funding source is the town’s Community Preservation Act, passed in 2006.

“Our vision is to improve bicycling and walking safety, and to increase access to trail and hiking opportunities here in Tewksbury.  Roughly seven miles of railroad beds have lain abandoned for close to 90 years – longer than they were in use, representing an untapped resource in our community for walking, hiking, bicycling, skiing, and more,” said Tewksbury Rail Trails Chairman and founder, Peter Miller.

Passage of this article will allow the town to hire a professional engineering consultant to do the necessary research and investigation to produce a feasibility study for possible trail improvements.

Further, Tewksbury Rail Trails is committed to investigating and pursuing any and all state and federal monies, grants, or other outside sources to fund future trail improvements.

TRT already pursued, and won, a wellness grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to establish a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to promote cycling, hiking, and walking safety and access.

TRT met with and received overwhelming support from local boards including the Finance Committee, the Board of Health, the Planning Board, the Board of Selectmen, and the Community Preservation Committee. Members of the School Committee have also lent their support, along with numerous town administrators.

TRT recently partnered with the Tewksbury Police Department for a Bike Safety Rodeo in town and participated in a Wellness Fair sponsored by the Tewksbury Health Department, Earth Day events, and hosted information sessions for interested residents.

Nancy Reed, Chair of the Community Preservation Committee, said, “The Community Preservation Committee is excited about the Town Meeting approval of CPA funds for the Tewksbury Rail Trails group.  This starts the process of  developing their feasibility study for biking and walking trails for citizens’ enjoyment of and connection to Tewksbury’s open spaces. As part of a survey of 2,600 residents for the Tewksbury 2009 Open Space and Recreation Plan, citizens expressed that these types of trails were their #1 priority for recreation in the town.”

Ray Barry of the Board of Health said, “At a recent Board of Health meeting, the Board unanimously voted to support Tewksbury Rail Trails and their Town Meeting Article 18 requesting that Community Preservation Funds be secured to fund a feasibility study and phased development plan for bicycle and walking trails in town. It was my pleasure to stand before the voters at Town Meeting to voice the Board’s support for Article 18 and encourage the Town to also support this Article.  I commend the efforts of Tewksbury Rail Trails to promote exercise for good health, and I encourage other residents and/or groups with any ideas or suggestions on ways to promote good health to step forward.”

About Tewksbury Rail Trails

Tewksbury Rail Trails (TRT) is a not-for-profit citizens group of local residents with a shared interest in bicycling, hiking, and safety. Members include current and former elected officials, youth sports leaders, educational professionals, engineering and technical professionals, and media professionals. Established officially in January 2013, the organization partners with other local organizations on bicycle and pedestrian safety issues, and works to improve trail access in Tewksbury. Visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TewksburyRailTrails.


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House Passes Balanced FY ’14 Budget
Targets Investments in Higher Education and Local Aid; Focuses on Reform  (BOSTON) – State Representative Miceli joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday in passing a balanced FY ’14 budget focused on increased government accountability and oversight across the Commonwealth.  Through this budget, by increasing Chapter 70 funding by $5.3M, the House strengthens the state’s commitment to cities and towns that are paying more than their target local contribution. The $34 Billion budget ensures over $1 Billion will remain in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Rep. Miceli was also responsible for inserting a 2 million dollar amendment in the Budget for state hospitals.  The Tewksbury Hospital is one of the largest recipients of this budget item. “I’m proud of this careful, responsible budget that reflects our commitment to safeguard the hard-earned funds of our citizens,” said House Speaker  “Thanks to our sound fiscal management we have managed to maintain the highest bond rating in the state’s history while making key investments in higher education and in our cities and towns.” “The House budget recognizes the economic difficulties still facing the Commonwealth and its residents, and maximizes our resources through targeted funding and increased accountability and oversight of government programs,” said Representative Brian S. Dempsey (D – Haverhill). “First and foremost, we prioritize higher education, recognizing that affordability and access are the stepping stones to help our students attain the degrees that will give them a competitive edge in tomorrow’s job market. We also propose enhanced oversight of vital state programs that serve our neediest residents, ensuring that the services we provide truly assist the Commonwealth’s citizens, particularly our youngest citizens.” Rep. Miceli has always made sure that our budgets support substantial funding for education, public safety and elder services for his district of Tewksbury and Wilmington. This budget demonstrates the House’s continued emphasis on supporting higher education. Honoring Speaker DeLeo’s commitment demonstrated in the 2011 gaming legislation, the House budget targets over $29M in revenue, associated with the licensing of gaming facilities, to community colleges and prioritizes the implementation of the Speaker’s STEM Academy Initiative.  The House increases funding to state universities and invests in the UMass system to enable them to meet their goal of a 50/50 split, facilitating a freeze in tuition and fees.  Through all this, the House budget fosters affordability and makes a significant commitment to ensure that the Commonwealth’s residents are better equipped to attain a college degree and enter the competitive job market.The House budget takes a firm stand on reforming the agencies tasked with fostering safe educational environments for our youngest citizens. A Special Commission will examine the need for greater, affordable, quality early education and care services and will determine methods for addressing the high cost of such services. The House budget also addresses the concerns raised by the Auditor’s recent inquiry into the lack of compliance oversight essential to ensuring the health and safety of children in private care.  A compliance manager is placed in the Department of Early Education and Care to review oversight procedures and to create efficiencies that ensure vendors are compliant with new and existing regulations.    Representative Miceli has been a constant critic of how the state has utilized oversight in this area and hopes that these reforms eliminate any possibility of abuse. Continuing our focus on reform, the House proposes additional oversight within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to bolster the waste and abuse prevention reforms we enacted last fiscal year.  The budget establishes the Bureau of Program Integrity, which will provide continuous oversight of public assistance programs while maintaining eligibility verification and ensuring we focus our state resources on those residents most in need of our assistance.  The FY ’14 House budget reflects a commitment to protect and assist the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents. The budget includes increased funding to important services within the Department of Developmental Services, such as Family Support Services and the Turning 22 program. It ensures that homeless shelters receive sufficient funding to enter into 12 month contracts, providing increased predictability and certainty over previous fiscal years. To protect families in need of shelter, this budget requires that clients be granted presumptive eligibility, so that no family in an emergency situation will be turned away from shelter. The budget also provides additional funding for Emergency Food Assistance.To combat the growing problem of addiction and substance abuse, particularly for individuals 17 to 25 years old, the House focuses support on substance abuse programs, increasing funding for recovery and family intervention services to help those most in need of these vital programs. Particularly after the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon, the House budget provides targeted investments to support our public safety officials, specifically through increased funding to the Shannon Grants program; the budget also authorizes $100,000 in killed-in-the-line of duty benefits to the family of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Additional funding is also provided to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism to help us remind travelers worldwide that the city of Boston and the entire Commonwealth remain a symbol of the vitality and an important source of history for our country.

 

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

TOWN OF TEWKSBURY

SPECIAL STATE PRIMARY

April 30, 2013

# Eligible Voters

20,953

Total Votes Cast

3,145

Percent

15.0%

PRECINCT TOTALS

Precinct

1

1A

2

2A

3

3A

4

4A

Total

Democrat

263

295

243

192

271

253

298

320

2,135

Republican

125

144

98

91

142

139

142

129

1,010

Total Votes Cast

388

439

341

283

413

392

440

449

3,145

DEMOCRAT

SENATOR IN CONGRESS

Precinct

1

1A

2

2A

3

3A

4

4A

Total

Blanks

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stephen F. Lynch

155

185

150

117

175

151

172

192

1,297

Edward J. Markey

108

110

93

75

95

101

125

128

835

Write-ins

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

3

TOTAL

263

295

243

192

271

253

298

320

2,135

REPUBLICAN

SENATOR IN CONGRESS

Precinct

1

1A

2

2A

3

3A

4

4A

Total

Blanks

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gabriel E. Gomez

56

78

45

50

82

68

71

68

518

Michael J. Sullivan

43

49

40

32

45

59

53

46

367

Daniel B. Winslow

25

16

13

9

15

11

18

15

122

Write-ins

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

3

TOTAL

125

144

98

91

142

139

142

129

1,010

The machines and ballot boxes were all checked, memory packs were sealed, and the counters all

read zero. The polls closed at 8:00 p.m.

Registered

Wardens:

Votes Cast

Voters

Prec. 1 Eleanor Beattie

388

2,527

15.4%

Prec. 1A Mary Alice Casazza

439

2,764

15.9%

Prec. 2 Kathleen Brothers

341

2,512

13.6%

Prec. 2A Gail Pollard

283

2,398

11.8%

Prec. 3 Judy Colman

413

2,887

14.3%

Prec. 3A Mary Pilcher

392

2,664

14.7%

Prec. 4 John Coviello

440

2,568

17.1%

Prec. 4A Terri Perrotta

449

2,633

17.1%

3,145

20,953

15.0%

Attest:

Denise Graffeo

Town Clerk

 

Tewksbury Robbery at Payless Shoe - 10 Main Street

On April 23, 2013 the Payless Shoe store located at 10 Main St (Stadium Plaza – Lowell

Line) was robbed. The suspect walked into the store at approximately 10:10AM (store

opened at 10AM) and went to the lone clerk and occupant of the store and demanded

money. No weapon or mention of a weapon.

The suspect instructed her to walk to the back room where he followed her. The victim

called 911 as the suspect exited the store at 10:13AM. The victim was unharmed.

The suspect description from the victim is as follows;

• Light skinned Black or Hispanic male

• 5’4’ to 5’7”

• Stocky build

• Mid to late 30’s

• No accent – very calm demeanor

• Black hoodie

• Black or dark colored jeans

• Big black sunglasses and a black baseball hat

• She described the suspect’s skin on his face as “rough”

It appears he fled towards Market Basket.

Please see the composite that was completed. Anyone having any information or can

provide any possible suspects; please call Tewksbury Detectives @ 978-851-7355.

The Tewksbury Police Department is asking that anyone with any information regarding

the robbery or potential suspects call the Police Department’s Dispatch Center at the

number identified below, even if you only saw a man fitting the description in the area.

Those wishing to remain anonymous are asked to use the Tip Line or email identified

below.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to

call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373 ext. 0. If you wish to remain anonymous

please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to

tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

 

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION REQUESTS FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS

 

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BOSTON – Friday, April 26, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today requested federal relief for small businesses and private non-profits impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred on April 15.

In a letter sent to the U.S. Small Business Administration (USSBA) today, Governor Patrick requested that the USSBA issue an Economic Injury Declaration for Suffolk County so that long term/low interest SBA loans may be available to the affected businesses and private non-profit organizations. In order to receive this federal assistance, the Commonwealth must show that businesses were negatively impacted and suffered substantial economic injury.

“Requesting this federal aid will help Boston and the Commonwealth recover faster from the tragic events that unfolded at the Marathon,” said Governor Patrick. “I urge the Small Business Administration to approve our request quickly to help the small businesses that keep our Commonwealth strong rebuild.”

“The horrific acts on Marathon Monday devastated our commonwealth, causing fatalities and leaving hundreds injured while also closing businesses in downtown Boston,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “We hope the Small Business Administration can deliver resources that will assist businesses with their recovery as the city continues to heal from this tragedy.”

If this request is granted, and the USSBA issues an Economic Injury Declaration, MEMA will coordinate with the USSBA and Boston’s Office of Emergency Management to have USSBA disaster specialists available in Boston to work with impacted businesses that may be interested in the loans.

In the days following the bombing, a 12-block area surrounding the explosions was identified as a crime scene by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and a large portion of this area remained closed for 10 days. The closure of this vibrant area of downtown Boston has caused significant business disruption and negative economic impact to the area. In coordination with the City of Boston, MEMA conducted a preliminary survey of businesses to determine the potential economic impact caused by this incident. This survey found that at least five small businesses in the area near where the bombings took place were severely impacted, satisfying the requirement within the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 13, Part 123.3. This finding enabled Governor Patrick to ask for federal assistance.

President Barack Obama has already issued an Emergency Declaration for Suffolk, Norfolk and Middlesex Counties (the counties that host the Marathon route). The Emergency Declaration authorizes the federal government to reimburse municipalities, state agencies and certain non-profits for 75 percent of the cost of Direct Federal Assistance and emergency protective measures necessary to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of catastrophe in the designated counties.

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