Thursday, December 9, 2010
Selectman David Gay provides the answer.
Now with Blockbuster going out of business in Tewksbury, are there any plans for the town to start getting some new businesses in the vacant spots? LaShanta Magnusson This is tremendous question and goes to the heart of one of the big issues facing Tewksbury. For an aqnswer, we turned to Selectman David Gay, who serves as vice chair of the Tewksbury Economic Development Committee. Here is his answer: Route 38 has slowly been filling in a few empty locations, the Mobile gas station, Direct Auto parts and a few more currently in planning stages. The town has been actively working on the re-development of the other vacant properties like Fun Land and the old police station. A combination of the Economic Development Committee, the Northern …
Thursday, December 2, 2010
New feature will serve as a resource to answer the pressing, or not so pressing, questions you have about our community.
Have you got questions about Tewksbury? Of course you do. With that in mind, we are launching "You Ask ... Patch Answers." How tall is Town Hall and when was it built? When was the last time the Tewksbury High football team won a MVC championship? How much of my tax bill goes to pay for education? What kind of business is going into the old auto parts store on Main Street? When will A Novel Cafe open for business? When is Livingston Street finally going to be repaired and how much will it cost? What questions are burning in your mind? They can be serious, historical, silly, informational or just a source of curiousity. Tewksbury Patch is determined to find the answers, but we can't do it without your help! You Ask … Patch Answers is a …
Monday, November 22, 2010
Reader wants to know how much it would cost to purchase the former recreation center.
Question: Funland used to be a great place to bring the kids and family. Given the community we have here in Tewksbury, a re-opening of outdoor batting cages, softball cages and mini-golf would do well. Does that land and equipment have owners? What would the price tag be on that property? Tom DeVeau This is a terrific question, as people drive past that property on a daily basis. It was once a popular family recreation venue. We were unable to identify the name of the owners of the property, located at 1879 Main St. A sign indicating the property is for sale or lease features the name and contact information for The Dartmouth Company, a corporate leasing agent, hangs on the fence that circles the two-acre parcel. Calls to Community …
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sign at 1300 Main St. draws interest.
Question: Did you see the sign for a Cafe Sicilia on Main Street..almost across from Preferred Distributors? Is it opening? Closed? Let me know thanks. Maryann Fezzuoglio-Frisella This was a great question and a great spot by Maryann. We took a swing by 1300 Main St. today and dropped in. Cafe Sicilia is, in fact, a new little Sicilian restaurant geting ready to open in the coming weeks. It's owned by the same folks that own Logan Masonry & Restoration. No opening date has been set, but as soon as it is, you'll read about it here in TewksburyPatch. Thanks for the question Maryann. For having her question used, Maryann will receive a Dunkin Donuts gift card and her name will be entered in our monthly drawing for a restaurant gift card.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Remains of thousands share space with hundreds of trees on East Street.
What is the Tewksbury State Cemetery that I pass every day on Dascomb (East St.)? I believe there is a brand new (and larger) green sign marking the pine woods, but where is the entrance? Peter Kazmier Tewksbury has some wonderful history, but there are significant portions that are hidden from view and cemetery on East Street -- located across from the East Street Farm -- is one such place. It is also evidence that, if given the opportunity, nature will reclaim just about anything, and fairly quickly. This cemetery was, and still is, owned by the state. It was once a frequently used as burial ground for the Tewksbury State Hospital, during its heydey as a sanitarium. It is estimated that the remains of as many as 10,000 people are buried…
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Finance Director Donna Walsh provides the answer.
Question Can we get a list of town notes/bonds, the amounts, the interest rates, and the expiration dates to get an idea of the total town indebtedness and an idea of how much of our tax dollars is going to interest to service this debt? Robert Homeyer This is a great question, given that there has been so much attention given lately to the debt related to the water and sewer projects, as well as the new high school project. The answers are provided by Tewksbury Finance Director Donna Walsh. Not counting the new high school project, we have over $118 million in debt principle on the books between now and the year 2035. The lion's share of this is related to the water and sewer projects but there is also debt related to many other …
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Question about pumping permits is also answered.
We were able to tap the knowledge of two town department heads for the answers to our latest questions in You ask ... Patch Answers. The old Purity Supreme across from Gold's Gym. Is there anything happening in that space right now or is it unused? Richard Levasseur This is a great question. After all, most of the kids graduating from Tewksbury High this year can't remember that section of the strip mall as being anything but a big vacant store front. For the answer, we went to Community Development Director Steve Sadwick. According to Sadwick, the short answer is that there is nothing happening with the property and it is presently unused. Most recently, it had been a grocery store as Purity Supreme and then Stop&Shop. But there is more …
Monday, October 18, 2010
And what about the Whipple Road Bridge?
Welcome to the first edition of "You ask ... Patch Answers." We've gotten some interesting questions out of the gate and I'll try to address three of them right away. Q. Why don't they illuminate the sign outside (Wendy's on Andover Street) at night? It remains unlit for at least several years. Richard Levasseur A. For this question, we went right to the source and talked to the store manager of Wendy's. She admitted that she actually had not been aware that the sign was not lit at night and thanked our reader for the heads-up. That said, she believes it is a mechanical issue. The sign works on a timer and should be lighting up at the same time each night. In all likelihood, the timer has shorted out. --- Q. What is the relationship of …