Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 28, 2013

Town Talk


Raytheon could feel pinch of cuts

Andover government might not be decimated by the possible forced cuts of “sequestration,” but Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski said he is worried about the impact of the cuts on some of the big military contractors in town.

“The only thing I’m concerned about is the effect on the defense budget,” he said. “If they cut 10 percent on defense, [some] of our largest taxpayers [are] Raytheon and Dynamics Research Corp. I can’t imagine they would cut current contracts, but any hits to defense is important for us to know.”

A Raytheon statement urging action in D.C. states, ““Raytheon is well known for its high quality technology and innovation. These attributes, coupled with a continuous drive for efficiencies and affordability, represent what our country needs for lowering costs and achieving fiscal goals, rather than further deep, indiscriminate budget cuts,”

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, one of Andover’s two U.S. Congress members, said cuts to the defense budget would be massive. She noted that sequestration calls for $500 billion in military cuts and another $500 billion in cuts to non-defense, non-discretionary, like education, energy and the environment. Social Security, Medicaid, veterans benefits and military pay are not affected.

“It’s not looking particularly hopeful,” she said earlier this week. “We haven’t had a single vote on this in the new session.”

— Bill Kirk

Eggs and say cheese

Andover Public Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week, March 4 to 8 increase awareness of the school breakfast program .

Using the theme of “Be a Star,” cafeterias will celebrate with special menus, decorations and activities to encourage students to eat healthy before they head to class. The cafeterias will offer taste tests of new breakfast items on Tuesday and milk mustache photos on Thursday at all elementary and middle schools.

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