Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 17, 2013


Bruins tickets draw crowd to town park

The Boston Bruins caused a scene briefly at the Park on Chestnut Street this week after the team’s Twitter force decided to hold a flash ticket giveaway in Andover.

Working through the Twitter handle @NHLBruins, the team’s mascot Blades and a few Bruins staff were running a contest this week celebrating a return to hockey after recently ended labor disputes nearly cancelled the season.

Using the hashtag #BruinsAreBack to announce their efforts, team staff would give clues as to where they were heading to give free tickets away, and then appear in that community shortly thereafter. The effort was sponsored by TD Bank, and give-aways occurred in communities with bank branches.

Early Tuesday afternoon, the staff tweeted a photo of Blades and two staff members near one of the town’s “Welcome to Andover” signs. Minutes later, a Humvee sports utility vehicle decorated in Boston Bruins decor drove up onto the lawn at the Park.

The tickets were gone in minutes. Hearing the bad news as he arrived on the scene, Tewksbury resident Mike Newcomb threw his hands into the air and vented on his failure to secure free seats.

“This is the third one I just missed,” he said.

Newcomb tracked down the vehicle in Nashua and Cambridge, narrowly missing it both of those times as well.

Also quick to arrive were Andover police.

“We got a call that they were on town property (the grass in the Park),” Police Sgt. Mark Higginbottom said. “You can’t park on town property. We just moved them along.”

— Dustin Luca

Missing Marshall’s...

Andover households got their booklet in the mail from the Department of Community Services last week which lists all of the town-sponsored classes and programs. The booklet also has the “What’s the Buzz?” page, which is a letter from Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski.

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