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January 2, 2014

THE YEAR THAT WAS

A look back at 2013's newsmakers

(Continued)

Water woes

In May, news of a water fee spike drew the ire of residents and elected officials. Then, things escalated as brown water flooded homes, staining residents’ laundry and generally causing concern in the middle of a rainy summer.

At the same time, James Berberian’s case against the town for dumping toxic sludge from a water tank onto his property made the front page as an agreement between the parties remained elusive. In December, selectmen voted to settle the ongoing case by paying the Bancroft Road resident $500,000.

Marathon bombing

In April, twin explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line rocked the region, including the lives of several Andoverites either attending or participating in the race, including some who were injured. A candlelight vigil took place in The Park May 1.

Drug use

Andover seems to be getting serious about its adolescent drug problem. A standing-room-only crowd attended an educational forum at Old Town Hall in the fall and officials are planning to do more outreach and education on the problem in the coming year.

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