Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 1, 2012

News in brief


The Andover Townsman

---- — Old Ironsides commander to speak Nov. 8

U.S. Navy Commander Matthew Bonner, commandant of the USS Constitution (”Old Ironsides”), will present a talk on the history of the ship Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Andover Senior Center. “Old Ironsides” is one of the most famous ships in the history of the U.S. Navy.

Commander Bonner will discuss the building of the ship, and its illustrious record on the high seas, especially against the British navy in the War of 1812.

The talk is part of a series on the War of 1812 led by local historian Don Robb, but members of the public may attend this session without enrolling in the whole series. To reserve a space, call the Andover Senior Center at 978-623-8321.

Town property tax bills mailed, due today, Nov. 1

The town of Andover has mailed the real estate tax bill for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013. This is a preliminary bill based on the actual fiscal year 2012 taxes.

Payment is due today, Thursday, Nov. 1. Taxes unpaid after that date are subject to interest charges of 14 percent.

The Town Offices at 36 Bartlet St. are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Payments can be mailed in the envelope provided or dropped in the white mail box with the blue “Town of Andover” seal in front of the Town Offices. Payments can also be made online through Unibank, which can be accessed on the town’s website at andoverma.gov by clicking on “online bill payments” on the left side, then “pay current Real Estate.”

If you have not received a bill, contact the tax collectors’ office at treasurer@andoverma.gov or 978-623-8246. For more information, call the assessors’ office at 978-623-8265.

Andover Chamber Music continues series Sunday

For its second concert of the season on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. at West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road in Andover, Andover Chamber Music offers up a program devoted to one of the greatest masters of all time: Ludwig van Beethoven.

The concert continues its 2012-2013 season entitled “Portraits of Genius,” which delves deeply into the music of a single composer or two at each concert. “No composer in the century after Beethoven could ignore him; everyone had to either try to follow in the path he blazed or try to go a completely different way,” according to a release from Andover Chamber Music.

Texas Hold ‘em tournament by Knights Nov. 16

The Andover Knights of Columbus, Council 1078, is holding a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. The tournament is to be held at the K of C Hall at 10 Brook St., Andover. There is a $50 per person buy-in and the prize pool and number of winners will be determined by the number of players. The tournament is limited to 100 players and all tickets must be purchased in advance.

Side games will be available along with a 50/50 raffle and appetizers will be supplied. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Standard House Rules will apply and be strictly adhered to. No one under 18 is permitted to participate in the tournament or be on the premises.

The Knights of Columbus order was founded in 1882 by Fr. Michael McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut. In the past two months, Council 1078 in Andover has raised over $4,700 through itsr Tootsie Roll drive and it co-sponsored the Special Field Games at Northern Essex College.

The Texas Hold ‘em Tournament is the Council’s latest effort to raise money to fund their charity programs. For more information, contact Paul Dollard at 978-470-1476 of John Barrett at 978-475-7829. You may also email info@kofc1078.com.

Andover Health Division schedules fall flu clinics

The Andover Health Division has announced its flu clinic dates for residents to receive their annual flu shot. The vaccination is free of charge, although providing insurance information will allow the health department to bill the insurance company for the costs incurred; this money is then used to purchase vaccine for the following flu season.

There will be a clinic Thursday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at West Middle School, Shawsheen Road, for residents 18 years of age and older.

On Monday, Nov. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. there will be a clinc at the Andover Senior Center, Whittier Court, for residents 2 years of age and older.

Both the traditional shot and the nasal spray (FluMist) will be available at the clinics. The FluMist is indicated for medically eligible people between the ages of 2 and 49.

Visit the Health Division website at http://andoverma.gov/health/ to download forms and vaccine specific information. Forms are also available at the senior center, the Town Office building, the library and at the Health Division. Flu clinic updates will be posted to the division’s flu hotline at 978-623-8347.

Coat drive at Atria Marland Place

For the month of November, Atria Marland Place will host a coat drive to help local citizens.

Throughout the month of November, new and gently used donations can be dropped off with the facility’s concierge from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Atria Marland Place encourages people to “help us make this winter a little warmer for everyone in our community.”

Drop off coats at Atria Marland Place, located at 15 Stevens St. in Andover. For more information, call 978-475-4225.

Town health clinics

The Andover health department will offer senior center clinics on Wednesdays, from 2 to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, call 978-623-8295.

Blood drive for American Red Cross

First-Calvary Baptist Church, 586 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover, will have a blood drive in memory of Jack Lynch this Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish’s Friendship Hall.

For an appointment to donate, call 1-800-448-3443 or visit givelife.org. Drop-ins are welcome.

Get your business in 21st Century shape

A great website and an active social media presence are today’s must have tools for marketing a business. Northern Essex Community College is offering a Social Media Bootcamp to help business owners of all kinds traverse this new and quickly changing landscape.

The one-day workshop will be offered Thursday, Nov. 15, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Entry K, in Lawrence. The cost is $25. It includes light refreshments.

This workshop will explore Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Foursquare, as well as the importance of having a robust website. It is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Northeast Region at Salem State University.

This panel discussion will be moderated by Margaret Somer, regional director of the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Center at Salem State University. Panelists include three social media marketing experts: Keith Griffis of Simple Media Marketing, Carol Sanger of the Web Division, and Julia Campbell of JC Social Marketing.

To register, call 978-556-3700. For more information visit necc.mass.edu/noncredit or contact Dianne Lahaye at 978-659-1222 or dlahaye@necc.mass.edu.

Something about Andover schedule

During Novemeber, the Andover Chroniclers show “There’s Something about Andover” will include a segment devoted to explaining the coming changes in Medicare. In the second segment the group interviews Frank Melendez, the nutrition program coordinator at the Andover Senior Center, who talks about the various food service programs available at the center.

Residents can watch the award-winning cable-access show “There’s Something About Andover” on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m.; and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9 a.m. on Channel 8 (Verizon Channel 47). The show is produced by the Andover Chroniclers, volunteer seniors from the Andover Senior Center, and is one of Andover Community Access & Media’s longest running shows.

DPU to investigate grid modernization

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities will launch an investigation in an effort to ensure that electric distribution companies adopt grid modernization technology and practices that will enhance electric service reliability and empower customers across the Commonwealth to better manage their use of electricity so that they can save money on their electricity bills.

Modernizing the electric grid will reduce the frequency and duration of customer outages due to storms and other events. DPU will also examine how electric grid modernization can lower overall costs of electricity and improve service to customers.

In addition, the investigation will explore the potential for the deployment of technologies such as advanced meters, cell phone applications, and smart appliances, which will enable customers to respond to changes in the price of electricity throughout the course of a day.

Equipped with real-time price information and technologies, customers can alter their use of appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines from high-price periods to low-price periods.

DPU will form a Grid Modernization Stakeholder Working Group to assist in developing a roadmap for advancing grid modernization in the Commonwealth.

The process will begin with a public workshop on Nov. 14.

New regulations on turkey hunting, deer possession limit changes

ESeveral new hunting regulations have been promulgated at the state level that expand wild turkey hunting opportunities across the state. These regulations take effect in time for the 2012 fall turkey hunting season.

Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ) 10, 11, and 12, which encompasses eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, will open for the fall wild turkey hunting season. Previously, the fall wild turkey hunting season was open in only WMZs 1-9 and 13; central and western Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard.

The statewide fall wild turkey hunting season has been lengthened from one week to a two- week season. Fall wild turkey hunting season will begin on the second to last Monday in October and continue for two weeks. The 2012 fall hunting season runs through Nov. 3.

Permissible shot sizes for wild turkey hunting have been expanded to include #7 shot. Formerly, shot sizes were limited to #4 to #6 for wild turkey hunting.

Fall wild turkey hunters are reminded that wild turkey hunting hours during this season begin one half hour before sunrise and end one half hour after sunset. Only those turkey hunters who did not harvest a season limit of two birds during the spring season are eligible for fall turkey hunting where one turkey of either sex may be harvested. All other regulations relative to wild turkey hunting apply.

The possession limit of unchecked deer in Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ) 13 and 14 (Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Elizabeth Islands) has been increased from two to four deer. Antlerless deer permit allocations in Wildlife Management Zones 13 and 14 are very high, due to high deer population densities. As an effort to increase the deer harvest in these zones, increasing the possession of a larger number of unchecked deer within 48 hours will give hunters more time in the field.

Island deer hunters are reminded that all deer harvested on the islands must be taken to a game check station on the islands within 48 hours of harvest before transport off-island. Deer hunters who hunt on the islands (WMZ’s 13 and 14) may purchase up to four antlerless deer permits per zone per day for Zones 13 and 14 available online and at any license agent location. Hunters are encouraged to purchase their permits well ahead of their planned hunting dates.

Andover Health Division offering ‘sharps’ drop-off program

The Andover Health Division has created a new program meant to protect residents from the dangers of discarded needles and other medical devices.

The state of Massachusetts prohibits the disposal of needles, syringes, and lancets in regular trash. These, along with other medical devices that can puncture the skin, are collectively referred to as “sharps” and pose a serious threat to the health and safety of Massachusetts residents if improperly disposed of, according to health workers. Sharps that are inappropriately disposed of may cause injury or transmit blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or even HIV, especially among custodial staff, sanitation workers, children and pets.

Through a donation from Pfizer, the Andover Health Division has purchased two sharps collection kiosks. The kiosks will be permanently installed in two town locations for resident convenience. Used sharps must be placed in a rigid, puncture-proof container before being deposited in the kiosks. Sharps containers will be available for sale at the Health Department and the Andover Senior Center.

For more information, visit mass.gov/dep/recycle/hazardous/medical or the Memorial Hall Library or the lobby of the Andover Town Offices.

Local legal aid programs launch foreclosure defense project

Neighborhood Legal Services and Merrimack Valley-North Shore Legal Services will participate in a two-year effort to provide legal representation for homeowners facing foreclosure or eviction in northeastern Massachusetts.

The effort is part of the Attorney General HomeCorps Borrower Representation Initiative, a statewide project funded by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office using money obtained in settlement of a lawsuit over the foreclosure practices of several banks.

The two legal services programs will dedicate four attorneys across the region to help homeowners avoid eviction, investigate fraudulent foreclosures and provide legal representation in foreclosure cases.

Both legal services programs have extensive experience representing low-income residents with housing-related legal issues, according to a release.

For more information or to apply for free legal help, visit mass.gov/ago/homecorps or call 617-573-5333.

NECS seeking singers

The New England Classical Singers is looking for singers in all voice parts for its 2012-13 concert season.

NECS is an auditioned chorus that performs three times a year in and around Andover.

This year’s repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Bach cantata BWV 150, works by Pergolesi, and the Fauré Requiem. Rehearsals take place Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. at South Church on Central Street in Andover.

For more information or to audition, visit newenglandclassical.org or call 978-474-6090.

Free booklets available from VNA Care Network & Hospice

“Choosing Hospice,” a guide to specialized care for the terminally ill, is available for free from VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit agency that provides physical, emotional, practical and spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their families in Andover and surrounding communities.

The booklet answers common questions about hospice and gives a list of resources.

To receive a free copy of the guide, call VNA Care Network & Hospice email info@vnacarenetwork.org or call 800-728-1862