Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 25, 2012

News briefs

The Andover Townsman

---- — North Shore Chapter of Sigma XI Fall lecture

The North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi, a local chapter of an international organization that promotes research in the sciences and engineering, will host its fourth annual Fall Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Suite of the Post Center, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly.

Dr. Dwight Tshudy, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Gordon College, will speak on “Green Chemistry and Sustainability: What’s all this, then?” The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Anne-Marie Scholer at

Office hours for Finegold

State Sen. Barry Finegold and staff will hold open office hours on Friday, Oct. 26 in Andover, Dracut, Lawrence and Tewksbury.

Office hours will be held in Andover in the first floor activities room of Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., form 11 a.m. to noon.

DPU to investigate grid modernization

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities will launch an investigation in an effort to ensure that electric distribution companies adopt grid modernization technology and practices that will enhance electric service reliability and empower customers across the Commonwealth to better manage their use of electricity so that they can save money on their electricity bills.

Modernizing the electric grid will reduce the frequency and duration of customer outages due to storms and other events. DPU will also examine how electric grid modernization can lower overall costs of electricity and improve service to customers.

In addition, the investigation will explore the potential for the deployment of technologies such as advanced meters, cell phone applications, and smart appliances, which will enable customers to respond to changes in the price of electricity throughout the course of a day.

Equipped with real-time price information and technologies, customers can alter their use of appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines from high-price periods to low-price periods.

DPU will form a Grid Modernization Stakeholder Working Group to assist in developing a roadmap for advancing grid modernization in the Commonwealth.

The process will begin with a public workshop on Nov. 14.

High Plan Elementary craft fair

The High Plain Elementary School will hold a craft fair on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 333 High Plain Road.

Participants will be individuals who create their own craft.

Tables are $25 for adults, $10 for students. There is no fee to attend.

If you are interested in participating, contact Jill Sergeant at or 978-685-6248.

New regulations on turkey hunting, deer possession limit changes

Effective October 12, 2012, several new hunting regulations have been promulgated which expand wild turkey hunting opportunities across the state. These regulations take effect in time for the 2012 fall turkey hunting season.

Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ) 10, 11, and 12, which encompasses eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, will open for the fall wild turkey hunting season. Previously, the fall wild turkey hunting season was open in only WMZs 1-9 and 13; central and western Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard.

The statewide fall wild turkey hunting season has been lengthened from one week to a two- week season. Fall wild turkey hunting season will begin on the second to last Monday in October and continue for two weeks. The 2012 fall hunting season dates are Oct. 22 through Nov. 3.

Permissible shot sizes for wild turkey hunting have been expanded to include #7 shot. Formerly, shot sizes were limited to #4 to #6 for wild turkey hunting.

Fall wild turkey hunters are reminded that wild turkey hunting hours during this season begin one half hour before sunrise and end one half hour after sunset. Only those turkey hunters who did not harvest a season limit of two birds during the spring season are eligible for fall turkey hunting where one turkey of either sex may be harvested. All other regulations relative to wild turkey hunting apply.

Effective October 12, 2012, the possession limit of unchecked deer in Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ) 13 and 14 (Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Elizabeth Islands) has been increased from two to four deer. Antlerless deer permit allocations in Wildlife Management Zones 13 and 14 are very high, due to high deer population densities. As an effort to increase the deer harvest in these zones, increasing the possession of a larger number of unchecked deer within 48 hours will give hunters more time in the field.

Island deer hunters are reminded that all deer harvested on the islands must be taken to a game check station on the islands within 48 hours of harvest before transport off-island. Deer hunters who hunt on the islands (WMZ’s 13 and 14) may purchase up to four antlerless deer permits per zone per day for Zones 13 and 14 available online and at any license agent location. Hunters are encouraged to purchase their permits well ahead of their planned hunting dates.

Andover Health Division kicks off ‘sharps’ drop-off program

The Andover Health Division has created a new program meant to protect residents from the dangers of discarded needles and other medical devices.

The state of Massachusetts prohibits the disposal of needles, syringes, and lancets in regular trash. These, along with other medical devices that can puncture the skin, are collectively referred to as “sharps” and pose a serious threat to the health and safety of Massachusetts residents if improperly disposed of, according to health workers. Sharps that are inappropriately disposed of may cause injury or transmit blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or even HIV, especially among custodial staff, sanitation workers, children and pets.

Through a donation from Pfizer, the Andover Health Division has purchased two sharps collection kiosks. The kiosks will be permanently installed in two town locations for resident convenience. Used sharps must be placed in a rigid, puncture-proof container before being deposited in the kiosks. Sharps containers will be available for sale at the Health Department and the Andover Senior Center .

For more information, visit or the Memorial Hall Library or the lobby of the Andover Town Offices.

Help replace veterans’ flag on Oct. 21

On Sunday morning, Oct. 21, Andover veterans, cadets, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies and interested citizens will meet at 11 a.m. at Spring Grove Cemetery on 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 Andover Veterans Services office. In case of inclement weather, the flags will be placed on graves at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.

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

NILP open house, annual meeting Oct. 24

Northeast Independent Living Program Inc. will hold its annual meeting Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the NILP office on 20 Ballard Road in Lawrence.

NILP provides advocacy and independent living services to people with disabilities living in town, so they can live and work independently. People are invited to join with staff from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for light refreshments and to visit the different NILP programs and meet with staff about the group’s programs and activities. There will be an open house and voting during this time.

A business meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7, curing which time NILP will present awards including:

its Annual Community Partnership Award, given to a member of the community for his or her commitment to independent living and many years of supporting the mission of NILP and improving the lives of people with disabilities.

110 Percent Award, given to an NILP staff member for going above and beyond their responsibilities.

ADA Champion Award, given to an individual, group, organization, city or town that has demonstrated exemplary ADA compliance.

For more information, contact Kevin or Nanette at 978-687-4288 (v/tty).

New book, memorials to be unveiled this Veterans Day

The town Veterans Services Office will release its fourth “Heroes Among Us Book” this Veterans Day, at a noontime ceremony at Ballardvale Green on Andover Street.

Book IV puts the spotlight on living Andover veterans who served in World War II.

Also on Sunday, Nov. 11, the town will dedicate two memorials at Spring Grove Ceremony. The memorials are to designate the existing Veterans Burial lot, which is nearing capacity and to dedicate a future Veterans Lot. The names of the monuments are, respectively: the “Twentieth-Century Veterans Lot at Spring Grove” and “Veterans Memorial at Spring Grove.”

Free program on protecting your PC

Kate Ritter, of Essex PC9LIVES, will speak about how to protect your computer, manage files and backup your computer on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Lawrence History Center, 6 Essex St., Lawrence.

The talk is free and open to public and people do not need to pre-register.

For more information, visit or call978-686-9230.

Health clinics

The Andover health department will offer senior center clinics on Wednesdays, including Oct. 31 from 2 to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, call 978-623-8295.

Local legal aid programs launch foreclosure defense project

Neighborhood Legal Services and Merrimack Valley-North Shore Legal Services will participate in a two-year effort to provide legal representation for homeowners facing foreclosure or eviction in northeastern Massachusetts.

The effort is part of the Attorney General HomeCorps Borrower Representation Initiative, a statewide project funded by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office using money obtained in settlement of a lawsuit over the foreclosure practices of several banks.

The two legal services programs will dedicate four attorneys across the region to help homeowners avoid eviction, investigate fraudulent foreclosures and provide legal representation in foreclosure cases.

Both legal services programs have extensive experience representing low-income residents with housing-related legal issues, according to a release.

For more information or to apply for free legal help, visit or call 617-573-5333.

NECS seeking singers

The New England Classical Singers is looking for singers in all voice parts for its 2012-13 concert season.

NECS is an auditioned chorus that performs three times a year in and around Andover.

This year’s repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Bach cantata BWV 150, works by Pergolesi, and the Fauré Requiem. Rehearsals take place Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. at South Church on Central Street in Andover.

For more information or to audition, visit or call 978-474-6090.

Town property tax bills mailed, due Nov. 1

The town of Andover has mailed the real estate tax bill for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013. This is a preliminary bill based on the actual fiscal year 2012 taxes.

Payment is due Thursday, Nov. 1. Taxes unpaid after that date are subject to interest charges of 14 percent.

The Town Offices at 36 Bartlet St. are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Payments can be mailed in the envelope provided or dropped in the white mail box with the blue “Town of Andover” seal in front of the Town Offices. Payments can also be made online through Unibank, which can be accessed on the town’s website at by clicking on “online bill payments” on the left side, then “pay current Real Estate.”

If you have not received a bill, contact the tax collectors’ office at or 978-623-8246.

For more information, call the assessors’ office at 978-623-8265.

Forum focuses on job training for women

Essex County Commission on the Status of Women will host a public forum Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Misselwood Tent, 407 Hale St., Endicott College, Beverly. The forum, a joint effort between ECCSW and Endicott College, is free and open to the public and “will bring together leaders from the education and training sectors to increase awareness of the need for education and training programs specially focused on the unique needs of women,” according to a release.

The event seeks to help participants connect with agencies and institutions that can offer support and access to education and training programs and resources that exist in Essex County.

Red Cross blood drives in October

The American Red Cross will hold several community blood drives during the month of October, including two in Andover.

All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood. Blood donors are needed everyday to ensure an adequate blood supply for

patients in need.

The Andover drives are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Boston Sports Club, 307 Lowell St.; and for Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CBRE Richard Ellis, 1 Tech Drive.

To make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Essex Heritage fall meeting

Essex Heritage will hold its annual fall meeting and networking event on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm, 38 Felton St., Peabody.

The agenda will include updates on Essex Heritage activities and initiatives, introduction to new commissioners and the presentation of Essex Heritage’s Pioneers in Partnership Awards, designed to recognize individuals and/or organizations that exemplify the Essex National Heritage Commission’s spirit of collaboration through their initiatives in building partnerships that preserve and celebrate the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or call 978-740-0444.

Free booklets available from VNA Care Network & Hospice

“Choosing Hospice,” a guide to specialized care for the terminally ill, is available for free from VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit agency that provides physical, emotional, practical and spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their families in Andover and surrounding communities.

The booklet answers common questions about hospice and gives a list of resources.

To receive a free copy of the guide, call VNA Care Network & Hospice email or call 800-728-1862.