Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 17, 2014

Drug counselor is 'vital'

Finegold, others push for new hire

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Then when selectmen sought further cuts in the budget, Stapczynski eliminated the clerk’s position as well.

Stapczynski said he believes that the town should hold a summit of sorts with school officials and others to determine the best course of action for tackling addiction issues.

This week, selectmen are taking another crack at the issue. The Board of Selectmen was scheduled to hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the hiring of a youth services program coordinator/social worker among other issues.

They may hear from Finegold as they decide what to do.

“I am not one to normally weigh in about whether the town should or should not hire someone,” Finegold said in the letter. But, he added, “I urge the town to fund the position and hire a social worker/addiction counselor as soon as possible so that Andover can stand strong against this terrible epidemic.”

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