Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 4, 2013

Town Talk


The Andover Townsman

---- — Time for food truck in Andover?

With Hometown Seafoods set to close this month, one of its workers is looking to the future. And what she sees is a food truck.

Kristine Dancause proposes an idea that we suspect foodies — and business people looking for a tasty lunch — would embrace. She’d like to partner with an investor, buy an old ice-cream truck or something similar and sell lunch items and desserts out of it.

“I’ve thought about the idea of a food truck for awhile because you’re seeing them sprout up all over the place and it’s something the town doesn’t have,” said Dancause.

She would sell to the business lunch crowd Monday through Fridays, she said.

Food trucks have been around for many years, with even Zagat’s restaurant guide adding a food truck category back in January 2011. But, except for a cupcake truck, we’re not aware of any food truck in Andover.

Dancause has worked at the fish market and restaurant since it was operating on Barnard Street, leaving while she attended college at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

— Neil Fater

Take that, big-shot types

In reaction to a new website that digs into town spending, an anonymous person or people have started a site of their own.

Called “VillageofAndover.net,” the new, anonymous site pokes fun at townofanodver.com. Townofandover.com was started by three Andover residents, Bob Pokress, Greg Rigby and Bob Landry. It includes information such as the income paid to every town employee.

VillageofAndover.net acts as if it is a similar site. There are only five paragraphs on the site.

As an example of the tone of the spoof site, one paragraph reads: “As big-shot executive types, we are appalled that many of our public sector employees make a decent living. Even though $75,000 is barely half the media family income in Andover, we are still offended that some employees make that much. Some of them might even be able to afford to live in the town they serve! Perish the thought. What would the guys at the club say if they heard our neighbors might be teachers and firefighters?”

— Neil Fater

U.S. Senate seat debate

Andover residents may have a chance to see the candidates for U.S. Senate debate locally.

Candidates seeking to fill the U.S. Senate seat representing Massachusetts will debate at UMass Lowell on Monday, April 8.

The candidates in the Democratic primary — U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey — will debate starting at 7:30 p.m. All three candidates in the Republican race — businessman Gabriel Gomez, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Dan Winslow — have been invited to debate, as well. If they accept, the Republican debate will be held at 6 p.m.

Where to vote in special primary

The Special State Primary Election for US Senate will be held on Tuesday April 30. Polling hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Precincts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and Sub-precinct 9A will vote at the Andover High School Field House on Shawsheen Road. Precincts 1, 7, Sub-precinct 7A and Precinct 8 will vote at the Center at Punchard, formerly known as the Andover Senior Center, on Whittier Court.

Voters can check for their current precinct and polling place by calling the town clerk’s office at 978-623-8255 or by going on the town website at andoverma.gov. Go to the Main Menu for Department Directory and choose the Town Clerk and then Precinct Search.

Town wants you... to serve

Andover is looking for residents who would like to volunteer for the town’s Retirement Board and Information Technology Advisory Committee.

The Retirement Board, with one vacancy, provides retirement benefits to Andover employees under Massachusetts General Laws.

Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski said ideal candidates would carry an understanding of retirement and human resource laws, and be familiar with the state’s contributory retirement system.

Stapczynski also needs to appoint the entire IT Advisory Committee. Stapczynski said he has a number of applications for those interested in joining the board, but more candidates would be appreciated.

The committee will provide advice on technology to town Chief Information Officer Paul Puzzanghera, according to Stapczynski.

The ideal candidate for the committee would be someone who works with technology for a living, and who can weigh in on how the town can improve how it uses technology in its offices and schools, according to Stapczynski.

Those interested in applying for either board can download the town’s talent bank form at andoverma.gov/publish/talentbank.pdf and follow the on-form instructions to submit it.

— Dustin Luca