Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

February 7, 2013

Town Talk

The Andover Townsman

---- — Yearbooks wanted

Your hated high school yearbook picture could soon be sitting on the Memorial Hall Library shelves.

Memorial Hall Library is seeking donations of Andover High School Yearbooks (including Punchard Free School/Punchard High) to fill the gaps in its local history collection. There are also plans to digitize the books to make them easily accessible to researchers, genealogists, alumni and others. MHL is looking for the following years: 1917-1922; 1925-1926; 1928-1929; 1931-1933; 1936-1938; 1940-1941; 1945; 1948; 1950-1951; 1969-1970; 1986; and 1988. Pre-1917 yearbooks or the equivalent are also welcome.

If you would like to donate your yearbooks, bring them to the Reference Desk on the first floor of Memorial Hall Library. Call Kim Lynn at 978-623-8401 Ext. 36 if you would like to donate a yearbook but are unable to get to the library.

Shackless Plaza

Radio Shack has left Shawsheen Plaza and a replacement tenant has not been found yet.

“There are no updates at this time,” Suzi Robinson, Public & Community Relations, Stop & Shop New England Division, wrote in an email.

Fiddler on the Roof

The Acting Out! Theater Company will present Fiddler on the Roof, one of Broadway’s most popular shows, Feb. 15 to 17 at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College, North Andover directed by Linda Schoonmaker.

Andover residents performing in the show include Armando Belliard, Ben Ashworth, Caitlin Hawes, Courtney Plati, Genevieve Wybenga, Isabel Dawson, Isabelle DelMonaco, Jeff Ashworth, Karen Easton, Karin Ulanovsky, Kate Uluatam, Katherine Burns, Kristin Stark, Kyle M. Rys, Melissa Belliard and Shannon Booth.

Rys, who plays Motel the tailor and suitor of Tevye’s oldest daughter, Tzeitel, is excited to be performing in one of his favorite musicals, playing his favorite character, according to the group. Said Rys, “I’ve been a fan of Fiddler since I was a little boy, and even got the chance to perform in the show back in high school. To have the opportunity to perform in it again, with a much more prominent role than I did the first time around, was something I couldn’t pass up.”

Spelling bee returns: New participants welcome

The bee is back!

After a year off, the fun-filled community even known as the Andover Community Spelling Bee will take place on Friday, March 22 at Wood Hill School. Sponsored by the Andover Fund for Education, the bee draws a large and lively crowd of students, parents, teachers, administrators, town officials, and community groups in support of AFE’s innovation grants to Andover Public School educators.

Though some very good spelling does take place, the bee emphasizes entertainment, and the atmosphere is casual and family-friendly. This year Alex Vispoli will return to serve as MC, and judges will include Townsman editor Neil Fater, Brian Major and Eileen Woods.

All proceeds from the Spelling Bee support AFE grants to Andover teachers who propose new and creative projects designed to reinforce and supplement the core curriculum in the classroom. For additional information visit the AFE website,

Saluting local prof

Northern Essex Community College professor Richard Padova of Andover, recently received the quarterly employee recognition award. A frequent political science lecturer around town, this political buff has been an adjunct faculty member in the Global Studies Department for eight years and very involved with history outside his classroom.

Padova is an Historical Interpreter at Lawrence Heritage park, authored “An Insider’s View of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary 1980-2004 With a Look Ahead to 2008” and serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawrence Historical Center. In addition, he is frequently interviewed by various media outlets, particularly on his knowledge of Presidential contests.