Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 21, 2013

News in brief: Shorter news items from the region

The Andover Townsman

---- — Cub Scouts Pack 79 recruitment night

The annual recruitment night for Andover Cub Scouts Pack 79 will coincide with the group’s March Pack meeting tonight, Thursday, March 21.

Pack 79 will have a Civil War memorabilia presentation as part of the event at Saint Bellarmine Church, 198 Haggetts Pond Road in Andover, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. People should use the side entrance located to the right of the church.

Celebrity bartender night for Boys & Girls Club

The Friends of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence will look to raise money for the organization by raising a few toasts.

The group will host a celebrity bartender night at Andolini’s, 19 Essex St. in Andover next Wednesday, March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In a release the Friends said they “invite you to join them to meet and greet its guest celebrity bartenders, as well as the club’s directors and members of the 1897 Club, to learn about the successful programs provided to thousands of children each year.”

The event includes complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Donations are welcome. Guests are asked to bring goggles or a new swimsuit of any size to the event to support the Boys & Girls Club’s summer swim program.

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence says its mission “is to maintain a club for all youth without distinction to race, gender, color or creed, to provide behavior guidance and to promote the health, social, educational, vocational, and character development for all of its members.” For more information, visit

Family of veterans support group

Samaritans of Merrimack Valley hosts a support group for individuals who have or have had a veteran in their family on the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Methuen Village, 4 Gleason St., Methuen.

The purpose of the group is to offer emotional support, to foster connectedness with other veteran families, and to provide a safe and welcoming place to share experiences.

Senator Finegold, staff office hours

State Sen. Barry Finegold and staff will hold open office hours on Friday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to noon at Memorial Hall Library in the first floor activities room, 2 North Main St.

Used children’s items for sale

Nashoba Valley MoM, a nonprofit organization, will hold a sale of gently used children’s items on Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at Central Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St., Chelmsford.

Items for sale include baby equipment, toys, clothes, books and more. Only cash accepted. For more information, visit or call 978-376-2939.

ENHC annual spring meeting

The Essex National Heritage Commission will hold its annual spring meeting on Wednesday, April 10 at Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill.

A continental breakfast reception will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a business meeting from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Essex Heritage Partnership Grant recipients will be announced. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-740-0444.

MVH to host free workshops on chronic pain

In April, Merrimack Valley Hospital will host a free six-week workshop to help people better manage chronic pain.

Chronic pain workshops are for anyone living with medical conditions such as fibromyalgia, whiplash injuries, post-surgical pain, neuropathic pain, neuralgia, post stroke pain, diabetic neuropathy, muscular pain, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, persistent headache, and chronic neck, shoulder or back pain.

The six-week workshop, offered through Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, will meet on Tuesdays from April 9 to May 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the hospital’s first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill.

For more information or to register, please call Sheila Hewitt at 978-946-1260.

‘Power of the Purse’ fundraising event

The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its fifth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event on Thursday, April 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Brookwood School, Route 127, Manchester.

Inspired by the Victor Hugo saying, “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled,” this signature event includes a ladies’ evening of hors d’oeuvres and wine, together with a raffle featuring chances to win distinctive purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers.

All proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

For more information, visit

Egypt expert to speak on ‘The Muslim Brotherhood’

Egypt Expert and Next Generation Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Eric Trager will speak on the topic of “The Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s Islamic Future” at the Merrimack Chapter of Hadassah’s Champagne fundraiser on Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wyndham Andover Hotel, 63 River Bend Road.

Donations from the event will support on-going work of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel. Hadassah was founded 101 years ago by Henrietta Szold and is now the largest women’s organization in the U.S., as well as being the largest Jewish membership organization. The organization raises money for programs in both the U.S. and in Israel.

Trager’s research focuses on Egyptian politics and the Muslim Brotherhood. He was in Egypt during the January 2011 revolution and his writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic and the New Republic.

He has appeared on radio and television including CNN, Fox News, and the John Batchelor Show as an analyst of Egyptian politics and events.

A 2005 Harvard graduate, Trager was a Fulbright fellow in Egypt from 2006 to 2007, received his M.A. in Arabic Studies from the American University in Cairo, and recently completed his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania on Egyptian opposition parties under Mubarak.

For more information, email The RSVP date is April 14.

Breast-cancer group looks for salons to join fundraising

In honor of Mother’s Day 2013, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition will organize a statewide Cut-A-Thon event to benefit their work towards preventing breast cancer for future generations.

On the weekend of May 4 and 5, Massachusetts salons will devote one day to donate all proceeds from hair cuts to MBCC. Salons will charge $15 per haircut and events will bring communities together in an effort to make a difference and change the legacy of breast cancer, according to a release from the coalition.

Salons wishing to hold a Cut-A-Thon to help end the breast cancer epidemic in honor of Mother’s Day should contact or 508-246-3047. The deadline for salons interested in participating is April 1.

Andover Choral Society seeks new singers

The Andover Choral Society invites new members to join it for its final concert of the group’s 83rd season.

A gala performance of arias, choruses, and ensembles from favorite operas will be presented on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College. Professional Boston-area soloists will add to the festivities.

The rehearsals are Mondays at 7:20 to 9:30 p.m. at Christ Church, 25 Central St. in Andover. For more information call 603-893-5636. The Andover Choral Society is sponsored in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Help replace veterans’ grave flags

On Sunday, April 14, Andover veterans, cadets, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and interested citizens will meet at 11 a.m. at Spring Grove Cemetery off Abbot Street to replace 3,600 flags on the graves of deceased Andover veterans.

The process takes about 90 minutes and affords an opportunity to see parts of Andover’s history up close, according to the town veterans services office.

In case of inclement weather the flags will be placed on graves at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 21.

For more information, call the Andover Veterans Services Office at 978-623-8218.

Mass. boating basics course

The Massachusetts Environmental Police and Andover Sportsman’s Club will offer a boating basics course at the Andover Sportsman’s Club, 655 Middleton Road, North Andover.

Classes are April 30, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. Participants must attend all classes.

Students must be at least 12 years of age. Youth 12 through 15 years of age who successfully complete the course will be issued a safety certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. This course will also satisfy the state requirements for personal watercraft users who are 16 or 17 years of age.

All graduates will be issued a safety certificate.

Registration is required at

MSL’s annual Animal Rights Day

Massachusetts School of Law will host its seventh annual Animal Rights Day on Saturday, March 30 beginning at 8 a.m. at the law school at 500 Federal St. in Andover.

The event is free and open to the public.

Legal issues related to animal rights and animal cruelty will be addressed by recognized legal experts in the field of animal rights law.

A police dog demonstration will be presented by the Essex County Sheriff’s department.

Kids’ activities will also be available, including an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, face painting, animal crafts, and Boo the Pony.

The Andover Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck to demonstrate its equipment to attendees.

NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled American, an organization that provides independence to people who are deaf or have a disability through the use of canine assistance, will also be at the event, as will BlueDog, a local company that provides a full range of canine-related services.

A complimentary breakfast at 8 a.m. will kick off the event. A complimentary lunch will also be provided.

Copies of the “Please, Can We Keep the Donkey?” book, written by MSL professors Diane Sullivan and Holly Vietzke, will be on sale at the event. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the Shadow Fund, established by MSL to assist animals with medical needs.

Although not required, MSL organizers request an e-mail from anyone interested in attending at, with “Plan to Attend in the subject line.

For more information call MSL at 978-681-0800.