Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 19, 2012

Town Talk

Tewksbury connection

Selectman Alex Vispoli will face fellow Republican Paul Adams in this year's September primary for state senator representing all of Andover.

While Vispoli is an Andover resident, with his home on Alison Way near the North Andover town line, his campaign materials and releases list a P.O. Box in Tewksbury.

This is because a campaign volunteer, who at the time was expected to be the campaign's treasurer, lives in Tewksbury and established the P.O. Box there, Vispoli said. The senate district includes a part of Tewksbury.

— Dustin Luca

Primary election to compete with first day of school

This year's state election primary has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 6, according to Larry Murphy, Andover's town clerk.

Sept. 6 is also the first day of school for the 2012-13 academic year, a realization that led to concerns from the Board of Selectmen about traffic congestion at the polling places.

Polling centers for the town's newly-drawn precincts will be at the Andover Senior Center, which is near Doherty Middle School, and at the Andover High School field house. Because of this, high school students with parking permits won't be able to drive to school for the first day of classes, according to Murphy.

The general election, during which voters will elect a president, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. All town schools will be closed that day, according to Murphy.

— Dustin Luca

Christmas in July

The Andover Historical Society is already getting ready for Christmas, with a planning meeting open to others who'd like to help at the 97 Main St. home on Wednesday, July 25 at 3 p.m.

For the past four holidays, the society has encouraged people to decroate history-inspired Christmas trees. For instance, the fire department has created a tree decorated with historic fire equipment.

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