Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 7, 2013

Town Talk


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.

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