Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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March 21, 2013

Telethon, community raises $150,000 for youth center

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“Everything worked out for everybody,” he said. “I got a haircut... Some people say I look younger, so that’s a good thing.”

The night wasn’t without issue, however, as a phone volunteer fell off the back of the telethon’s stage late into night one, live on local-access TV. The individual was treated at the scene and found to be OK while the telethon continued elsewhere on stage.

NEXT STEPS FOR FOUNDATION

With just under $50,000 to go to reach the foundation’s $2.2 million goal, Costagliola said it won’t take much to complete the Cormier Family Youth Center’s fundraising.

“We’re pretty close now. We actually have a big fundraiser in April with Whole Foods [Supermarket on Railroad Street],” Costagliola said. “I really feel like, even without getting another single donation from a grant or from a person, we’ll be able to meet our goal with that fundraiser.”

The project is slated for an August groundbreaking. The money is due when the contracts for the work are awarded, and Costagliola said the group is slated to get there in time.

“We know it’s absolutely certain we’ll have the money when the town needs for us to have it,” she said.

A warrant article was slated to come to Annual Town Meeting in May that would have removed the size of the building from the 2011 Special Town Meeting vote approving the project. It would have been a requirement for the project to move forward, officials said previously.

But Andover’s bond counsel has determined the article was unnecessary after recent changes to the building’s plan kept it close enough to the originally proposed size of around 20,000 square feet, according to Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski.

With that article removed, only one article related to the youth center will come to Annual Town Meeting. It will ask voters to shift the footprint of the building 35 feet to the north due to a wetlands issue.

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