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You Know You're From Tewksbury When ...

Readers share their on what makes Tewksbury, Tewksbury.

A couple of days ago, we asked followers of Tewksbury Patch's Facebook page to finish the following sentence:

"You know you're from Tewksbury when ..."

Readers had some terrific answers, from both the past and the present.

Here is a sampling of the responses we got.

Patty Flynn you remember Trainors' Restaurant....

Danielle Majahad when u want ice cream in the middle of winter and go down to Macs and its still open

Katie Hadden you watched the planes take off and land while eating your Happy Meal at the outside tables at McDonald's.

KimNwayne Carroll Your neighbors own buffalo

Justin Robert Messina When there is a traffic jam that starts at the Wynn on route 38 at around 5:00 Monday-Thursday during the school year, CCD just got out.

Heather Mulvey You remember eating at Brandin Iron restaurant across from the other mini golf course. You went to school in the original Shawsheen School in the Old White Building in front of the now Trahan School. Labor Day Telethons at Oakdale Mall. Shopped back to school clothes at Tots and Teens in Oakdale Mall. Ate at original Oakdale Restaurant. Had pics developed at foto mat in mall parking lot. Remember getting ice cream from the little building across from Donna's Donuts. When Donnas was Lil Peach and Arcade arear was golf course. Dancing at Donna Micelis at the end of Hill St and Main.

Susan Murphy Bishop You know what the smell is on a hot day on 93 near Dascomb Rd

Joanne Kenney You still call the establishment at the corner of 38 and Colonial Drive the Hula Lau.

Michele Piccolo Chase You remember Artie the bus driver.

Cathy Peirce You still call the Wynn middle school the Junior high.

Patty Flynn you remember the "Cresendos"

Diane Nocco You spent all your money at the Grand Prix while trying to find a gf/bf ... you can say that you miss Linda and Madeline from the diner where you got to watch the planes take off while eating an ice cream.

Ray August 12, 2011 at 02:10 PM
To Sarah and Southie, Purity supreme started off where Rite Aid was, then moved to the strip mall located across the street from Gold's Gym, Purity renamed the store to Hartland's where they used to sold mostly in bulk items (similar to BJ's or Sam's) The Shopping carts where twice the size of an ordinary cart today. .
Ray August 12, 2011 at 02:16 PM
The old strip mall used to have ''Marshalls department store'' as well before they moved to Stadiam plaza...also where The piccidilly pub is located used to be an Exxon Gas station that sat vacant for years until the ''now'' old picadilly took it over
Chris August 12, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Didn't Hartland [or was it spelled Heartland?] revert to a standard Purity Supreme Store before it closed? or am I mixing it up with the one in Billerica that is now O'Connor's Hardware!
Ray August 12, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Good Question on the spelling Chris, I would guess to say Heartland. I would only be guessing Purity Supreme only renamed this store once it moved the Tewksbury Store. Maybe because they wanted to specialize in ''buy in bulk'' that's why the name change? but as for The Billerica store it was always a standard Purity Supreme as far back as I can remember until they went out of business and moved the Billerica warehouse jobs to Brattleboro VT. (moved the jobs first and then went out of business)
Ray August 12, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Can anyone Remember the Resturaunt (Burned down in the 70s) that once stood accross the street from the Branding Iron (Burned down as well)? that was next to the old Wamesit miniture golf (Meineke Muffler shop is in the location) Thanks
southie August 12, 2011 at 03:26 PM
red mill
Kathleen Brothers August 12, 2011 at 03:27 PM
I remember it as the Reno. My best friend had her Wedding Reception there.
Ray August 12, 2011 at 03:30 PM
The Red Mill, Thanks Southie, I only remembered Red something or another!
paul October 10, 2011 at 03:42 AM
if you remember the Boat that was next to the Shawsheen River at the K of C parking lot, or Rocky Hintons Speed Shop. how about Franny's Diner next to Sams Store?
Brian October 11, 2011 at 01:21 AM
How about the laundrymat?
Barbara October 21, 2011 at 07:21 PM
You remember when there was a swimming pool in front of Motel Caswell.
Chris October 21, 2011 at 07:36 PM
I do, I think they filled it win when they add the "Hot Tubs" to the rooms....lol
Lorraine O'Connor April 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM
You remember eating ice cream at Glennie's on Rout 38.
Lorraine O'Connor April 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Does anyone remember the Red Roof on 38 across from Chandler Street?
Kathleen Brothers April 30, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Lorraine, you have to be from Tewksbury to remember the Red Roof. Do you remember the Tewksbury Cabins and the gas station on the same block? Do you remember that the Eastern Mass Bus stopped at the corner coming from Lowell?
Lorraine O'Connor April 30, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Kathleen, yes, I remember those cabins and the bus from Lowell. I used to take it into Lowell after walking all the way from Whipple Road.....whew! Wonder if I could still do that today.
Bob Rauseo April 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM
It was called Tonello's back in the 50's.
Bob Rauseo April 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM
If you remember: .....Strang's Egg Farm near Revere Road. .....when Roy's Barber Shop was at the corner of Oliver Road. ....Pizza at "The Oaks". ....Skating on the pond (now filled in) at the end of Lloyd Road. ....when the town library was a tiny room in Town Hall. ...getting polio shots at a public clinic on the Town Common. Then you have been around Tewksbury for a long time.
Bob Rauseo April 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM
My wife remembers: .... the "Humpty Dumpty Tree" at the end of Euclid Road. .... the car in the middle of 'Smith Pond". .... Pie Trainor's french fries.
Bob Rauseo April 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Hey, can anyone remember when the Brown Street Bridge was still functioning?
Kathy Spencer April 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I remember the Drive in. Car load of my friends and the rolling lot. I think the price per car was around $1.25. The batting cages, mini golf and go-carts as planes took off and landed at the airport. I took my first plane ride out of TEWMAC. Wow, showing my age! :) Those were the good old days!
Kathleen Brothers April 30, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Lorraine, You make me tired just thinking about walking all that way. But, I used to walk to the old high school from the middle of Marshall Street everyday. And in the evening after basketball practice. Rain, Snow, Sleet and what have you. A friend and I were sitting on the stone wall in front of the Red Roof one day in the winter. The bus dropped off a woman and she walked in front of the bus and was hit by a car. I can still see her go up in the air, it was terrible! Do you remember anything about that?
Lorraine O'Connor June 17, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Isn't anyone updating this any more? It was fun reminiscing.
Linda Rowe June 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM
There is a group on Facebook now.
Dennis Sprague July 13, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Does any one remember Mr.Kelly who ran the gas station by the Red Roof,he always was neat as a pin and always wore a bow tie.
Jim King July 16, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Was that Tonello's? My mother worked their back in the 50's...Jim
Jim King July 16, 2012 at 02:16 AM
I worked for Rocky before I joined the Navy. Real nice guy.
Kevin October 07, 2012 at 03:06 AM
You remember the Snack Shack's great breakfasts!
TomH November 21, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Where was the best place to watch the submarine races?
Barbara November 21, 2012 at 02:42 AM
The Boulevard

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