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At Bandoleros in Concord, an American dream worth waiting for

Boston Globe, by Kara Baskin • March 21, 2024

Where to: Bandoleros in Concord.

Why: For Mexican food in a suburban shopping plaza, with lines out the door in the middle of the week, coupled with a uniquely American success story. The backstory: “Every day is a fiesta in Concord,” says Bandoleros owner Elmer Melendez. In 1999, he fled violence in El Salvador to come to the United States with his wife, Delmy Madana, and two young children. He found a cooking job at Savory Lane in Acton. Later, he became a cook at Serafina’s in Concord. In 2007, he began opening his own restaurants with his wife: Dario’s in Fitchburg; Bandoleros in Devens.

His latest triumph is opening a second Bandoleros in the very space where he got a job all those years ago: This is the former Serafina’s, where he was once a young cook.

“It’s an achievement for me, 20 years later. I started out working 100 hours a week. Now, I own my own business. Life has come full circle,” he says.

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Devens Weekly News

December 30, 2022

Devens Fire Department, Skating on Rogers, Christmas Tree Disposal, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

December 16, 2022

Devens Resident News, Loaves and Fishes, Parker Charter School, Voting Updates, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

December 09, 2022

Commonwealth Fusion Systems Topping Off, Trees for Soldiers, Voting Information, and Ayer Devens Pocket Forest Project 

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Devens Weekly News

December 02, 2022

Devens Holiday Tree Lighting, Devens Annual Report, Toys for Tots, and Voting information.

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Devens Annual Report FY 2022

November 30, 2022

View the Devens Annual Report FY 2022 here.

Devens Weekly News

November 23, 2022

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!, Devens Coin Show, Voting Info, and Calendar.

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Devens Weekly News

November 18, 2022

Devens Resident Dinner, Voting Information, Regional Shuttle, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

November 11, 2022

Voting Information, TaraVista Behavioral Health Center celebrates its sixth anniversary, Devens shuttle service, DEAC Update, and Calendar.

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Devens Weekly News

November 04, 2022

Annual Devens Resident's Dinner, Shuttle Service, DEAC Update, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

October 28, 2022

Devens Dog & Music Festival, Devens' Halloween Parade, Assessor News, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

October 21, 2022

Devens' Halloween Parade, Devens Educational Advisory Committee update, The Great Exchange, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

October 14, 2022

Dragonfly Wellness celebrates the opening of IridESSENCE Community Health Collaborative, The Great Exchange has new items, Devens Dog & Music Festival, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

October 07, 2022

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry who received the Community Partner of the Year Award, DPW & Recreation's newly acquired field painting robot has been christened, Lil’ Ro, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

September 30, 2022

Jordan Clark newest member of the Devens Fire Department, Devens Board of Assessors, Harvest Fest, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

September 23, 2022

Devens Dog & Music Festival, 27th Annual Fire & Life Safety Education Conference, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

September 16, 2022

Local news & calendar of events

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Devens Weekly News

September 09, 2022

Town of Ayer & Devens Community Awarded $282,640, Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

September 02, 2022

Local News: Mulch Fires, Noise Alert, and Seussical.

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Devens Weekly News

August 26, 2022

Fort Devens Day photos, Devens Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, Seussical the Musical, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

August 19, 2022

Topics Include: Fort Devens Day food and vendor list, Fort Devens Museum, Back to School Info, and calendar of events

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Devens Weekly News

August 12, 2022

Fort Devens Day food and vendor list, Massachusetts' drought status, and calendar of events

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Devens Weekly News

August 05, 2022

Fort Devens Day Celebration Information, Volunteers Needed, 5K Huff & Cuff, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

July 29, 2022

Fort Devens Day Information, Devens Farmer's Market, Fort Devens Restoration Advisory Board, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

July 22, 2022

Fort Devens Day & Summer Celebration Information, Patton Road Closure, Devens Farmer's Market, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

July 15, 2022

Devens Farmer's Market, Firework Testing, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

July 08, 2022

Devens Firefighters Training, Devens Farmer's Market, Yoga on Rogers, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

July 01, 2022

Happy 4th of July, Devens Farmers Market, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

June 24, 2022

Devens Farmers Market, 2021 Water Quality Report, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

June 17, 2022

Devens Workforce Ride Program, Mirror Lake Beach Passes, Yoga on Rogers, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

June 10, 2022

Mirror Lake Family Fun Day, Road work in Devens, Federal Bureau of Prisons, FMC Devens hiring event, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

June 03, 2022

Devens Food Truck & Craft Festival this weekend, DEAC survey, and calendar of events.

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Devens Weekly News

May 27, 2022

Local Happenings, DEAC Update, Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

May 13, 2022

Three Can't-Miss Events in Devens this Summer, Around Town, Devens Resident Updates, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

May 06, 2022

Fort Devens Police Officer Christian Robinson, Save the Date for Food Truck & Craft Festival 2022, Devens Dog and Pet Animal Licenses, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

April 29, 2022

Devens Community Yard Sale, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry's Neighborhood Food Project, DEAC News, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

April 22, 2022

Earth Day Celebrations, Devens Farmer's Market, Community Yard Sale, and Calendar of Events.

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How four Massachusetts communities are thinking outside of the box to save the environment

USA Today, by Hadley Barndollar • April 21, 2022

When corporate offices opt for new furniture, or close up shop entirely as remote work culture persists, where do the discarded chairs and desks go? The filing cabinets, manila folders and cubicle panels?

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Devens Weekly News

April 15, 2022

Dick’s Market Garden, Bio-techne Hiring Event, Devens Community Yard Sale, and Devens Recreation Calendar 2022.

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Devens Weekly News

April 08, 2022

Devens Fire Department, Ribbon Cutting, Mirror Lake, and Easter Egg Hunt.

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Devens Weekly News

April 01, 2022

Easter Egg Hunt, Mirror Lake, Shout-out to Marty's Cafe & Deli, Pathway at King Street's Topping-off Ceremony.

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Devens Weekly News

March 25, 2022

Devens Fire Department, Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) Events, Calendar of Events. 

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Devens Weekly News

March 18, 2022

Marty's Corner Cafe & Deli, Welcome to Devens, Women's History Month, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

March 11, 2022

Devens Fire House Update, Food Truck Vendors Wanted, Women's History Month, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

March 04, 2022

Jessica Strunkin's Retweet, Devens DPW, Willy Wonka at the Cannon Theatre, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

February 24, 2022

Parking Ban, Devens Fire Dept. Training, Willie Wonka at the Cannon Theatre, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

February 18, 2022

Things to do on Winter Break, Top Tweet, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

February 11, 2022

Happy Valentine's Day, Featured Tweet, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

February 04, 2022

Snow Removal, Ice Skating Rink Update, DEAC Announcement, MWCC Training, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

January 28, 2022

Parking Ban Information, Ice Skating on Rogers Field, Clear Path for Veterans Canine Service Dog program, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

January 21, 2022

Devens Fire Dept. Receives Grant, Ice Rink Opening, Featured Tweet, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

January 14, 2022

Mask Advisory for Devens, From the Fire Chief's Desk, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

January 07, 2022

Mask Advisory for Devens, Devens DPW & Recreation Update, MassDevelopment's Annual Report, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

December 30, 2021

Mask Update, Devens Residents: Sand & Salt Available, Tweet of the Week, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

December 23, 2021

Happy Holidays, Tweet of the Week, and Calendar of Events.

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After years of doubts, hopes grow that nuclear fusion is finally for real and could help address climate change

Boston Globe, David Abel • December 22, 2021

DEVENS — It’s been compared to everything from a holy grail to fool’s gold: the ultimate solution to clean, readily available energy or an expensive delusion diverting scarce money and brainpower from the urgent needs of rapidly addressing climate change.

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Nuclear Fusion Startup Facility Isn’t the Only Project Heating Up Central Massachusetts Construction Market

Engineering News-Record, by Scott Van Voorhis • December 22, 2021

Beyond being the future site of a revolutionary nuclear fusion startup, a decommissioned military base in Central Massachusetts has become one of the hot spots for construction in Massachusetts beyond Boston, with more than $1 billion in development activity. Construction on hundreds of millions of dollars in new life sciences and other projects is underway or nearing completion at the former Fort Devens Military Base.

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Devens Weekly News

December 17, 2021

Tweet of the Week, Devens Fire Chief Tim Kelley, DEAC News, and Calendar of Events.

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How Little Bee Bookshop came to be

The Harvard Press, by Carlene Phillips • December 17, 2021

“I’m going to own a children’s bookstore in downtown Ayer,” declared Devens resident Debra Rivera one day in the summer of 2020 while sitting on the back porch with her husband. “Imagine children coming into the Little Bee Bookshop,” he responded immediately.

“And it was that simple—I knew it couldn’t be called anything else,” said Rivera. She explained that the name Debra means “bee” in Hebrew, and her husband and his family had often given her bee-themed gifts.

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Devens Weekly News

December 10, 2021

Tweet of the Week, Devens Fire Department Training, The Great Exchange, DEAC, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

December 03, 2021

Devens 2021 Annual Report, Tweet of the Week, Toys for Tots, and Calendar of Events.

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A Massachusetts company leads as the race for fusion energy heats up

WBUR, Bruce Gellerman • December 02, 2021

Some of the same billionaires who pioneered the commercialization of space are now using their fortunes to fund companies to create the energy source of the stars on earth. And a new round of funding is sending MIT spin-off Commonwealth Fusion Systems into orbit.

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Devens 2021 Annual Report

November 30, 2021

Devens 2021 Annual Report - 25 Reasons to Love Devens

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Devens Weekly News

November 24, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving, Holiday Tree Lighting, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

November 19, 2021

Devens Firefighter Steven Giaimo, Tweet of the Week, YMC Expands, and Holiday Tree Lighting.

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British fluid-device manufacturer to build out Devens facility

Boston Business Journal, Catherine Carlock • November 17, 2021

British medical device manufacturer Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group will break ground this week on a manufacturing facility in Devens, a 150,000-square-foot building that will bring 150 jobs to the area.

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Devens Weekly News

November 12, 2021

Hildreth Elementary School, Community Grant Announcement, Toys for Tots, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

November 05, 2021

$4.1M Helps Accumet Expand in Devens, 2021 Devens Dog & Music Festival and Halloween Parade, Featured Tweet, Elections, and more.

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Accumet Engineering will use $4.1M loan to build 40K-sq.-ft. Devens facility

Worcester Business Journal, Monica Benevides, November 1, 2021 • November 01, 2021

Advanced processing manufacturer Accumet Engineering, Inc., currently based in Hudson and Westford, plans to consolidate its operations in a planned 39,375 square-foot facility in Devens, using a $4.14-million tax-exempt bond from MassDevelopment, according to a Monday announcement from the state agency.

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Devens Weekly News

October 29, 2021

Halloween Information, Featured Tweet, Election Information, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

October 22, 2021

Featured Tweet, Stormwater Update, Voting, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

October 15, 2021

Harvest Fest Photos, Devens Elections, Featured Tweet, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

October 08, 2021

Featured Tweet, Hydrant Flushing, Flu Clinic, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

October 01, 2021

Harvest Fest on 10/7, Featured Tweet, Flu Clinic, and Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

September 24, 2021

Devens Community Contacts, Devens Fire Chief, Featured Tweet, Harvest Fest, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

September 17, 2021

Honoring the Fallen, Bike Rodeo, Community Yard Sale, Little Bee Bookshop, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

September 10, 2021

Featured tweet, Devens' Third Annual Residents Dinner, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

September 03, 2021

Devens Third Annual Residents Dinner, Devens Workforce Assistance Meeting, and upcoming events calendar.

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Devens Weekly News

August 27, 2021

Tweet of the Week, Fishing in Devens, and upcoming events calendar.

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Devens Weekly News

August 20, 2021

Tweet of the Week, Information from the DEC and the Devens Fire Department, and August Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

August 13, 2021

Tweet of the Week, Fire Station Visitors, The Great Exchange, and August Calendar of Events.

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Devens Weekly News

August 06, 2021

Devens History Tour, Who Lives Here?, and August and September Happenings.

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Devens Weekly News

July 30, 2021

Tweet of the Week, Red Tail Golf, Birdwatching, SUP Mirror Lake Style, and August Happenings.

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Devens Weekly News

July 23, 2021

Support a Local Biz, Birdwatching, and Events Calendar.

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Devens Weekly News

July 16, 2021

Welcome Deputy Chief Desautels, Biking in Devens, and July & August Happenings

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Devens Weekly News

July 09, 2021

Tweet of the Week, Water Rescue Training, The Great Exchange, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

July 02, 2021

Enjoy a Safe and Happy Independence Day, Devens Fire Completes Rescue Drill, The Wall That Heals, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

June 25, 2021

Marty's Corner Cafe & Deli Now Open, Devens Fire Dept Receives Grant, Yoga on Rogers Continues, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

June 18, 2021

Devens Welcomes New Firefighters, Yoga on Rogers is Back, Tweet of the Week, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

June 11, 2021

Family Fun Day June 13, Little Leaf Farms Tweet, Nashua River Watershed Summer Programs, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

June 04, 2021

Tweet of the Week, Station Visit, Lifeguards Wanted, and more. 

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Devens Weekly News

May 28, 2021

Tweet of the Week, Nashoba Valley Food Pantries, Reduce Stormwater Pollution, and Family Fun Day!

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Devens Weekly News

May 21, 2021

Topics include: Family Fun Day, Devens Vaccine Clinic, Reduce Stormwater Pollution, and MWCC Free Training Program.

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Devens Weekly News

May 14, 2021

"2021 Power 50: Jessica Strunkin", COVID-19 clinic, EMT of the Year Awards, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

May 07, 2021

Topics include: New Restaurant Opens in Devens, Online Bill Pay, National Wildfire Awareness Month, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

April 30, 2021

Topics include: The Great Exchange, Tweet of the Week, Devens Water Use Restrictions, Calendar of Events, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

April 23, 2021

Topics include: Earth Day Celebrations, Nashua River Watershed Association Video, Tweet of the Week, Updated Devens Recreation Calendar, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

April 16, 2021

Details include: Dog/Pet License, Yard Waste, The Great Exchange, Devens Recreation Calendar Update, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

April 09, 2021

Topics include: Devens Fire, Yard Waste Pickup, Business Impact Survey, MassBioEd Apprenticeship Program, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

April 02, 2021

Topics include: Recreation and Events Calendar, American Women in WWII Exhibit, EMT Training, New Great Exchange Website, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

March 26, 2021

Topics include: 'Devens in Demand' article, 2021 Events Calendar, MWCC EMT Program, Job Openings, and more.

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