Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 7, 2013

Town Talk

The Andover Townsman

---- — We are recognized

Andover was named one of the “Best Places to Live 2013” in Boston magazine’s March issue.

The magazine has an interesting and glowing perspective of town.

“The way life should be—just ask the people who live here,” the blurb says.

Andover’s median home price is listed at $505,000 and “ seems that there are really only two reasons people leave: They’re looking to downsize, or they’re relocating for a new job. The former is a major market influence right now, with the flight of empty-nesters creating buying opportunities for young families. Beyond the excellent school system, the town’s commitment to its young people is evident in the $4 million Cormier Youth Center, which is expected to break ground sometime this year,” the magazine reports.

— Judy Wakefield

Youth center telethon set to launch

Youth-center supporters will be back on local-access television for two nights next week hosting an always high energy telethon meant to help raise enough money to break ground on the long-awaited project.

The telethon will run Thursday, March 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. and again on Friday, March 15 during what Andover Youth Foundation members are calling “from 7 p.m. to a million dollars.”

“Get pumped, hyped, jazzed, fired up and help Andover build a youth center,” said Kyle Lightner, community relations coordinator for the Andover Youth Foundation, by email. “Catch diverse talent from all over Andover, including performances by Mr. AHS contestants, town and high school sports teams, dance troupes, choirs, choruses, bands and more! We are also excited to have special guest hosts – town officials, local business owners, AHS coaches, middle school and high school students and maybe even your school principal.”

People will be able to watch the telethon on Andover public access channels Comcast 8 and Verizon 47, or via a live Internet stream on

The event, held on the Collins Center stage, will include buffalo-wing-eating competitions and dance-offs. People are encouraged to show their support by calling in to make a donation or by bidding on items in the live auctions.

The money raised during the two-night event will go directly toward creating the Andover youth center, according to organizers.

The Andover Youth Foundation expects to break ground this summer (see story, page 1).

Selectmen host ‘let’s approve races’ night

Road races are a frequent occurrence in Andover, with several scattered throughout the year benefiting different charities and organizations. The Board of Selectmen, which oversees use of the town’s roadways, is required in its duties to approve or reject event pitches as they come forward.

On Monday, however, road races were given their own category under the board’s “Consent Agenda” as four different events slated from April to early October sought the board’s approval.

Can spring be far away?

All four were approved by the selectmen. They were: The ABC 5K Family Walk/Run, to be held on Sunday, April 28 beginning and ending at 134 Main St.; the Krit Classic V 5-Kilometer Road Race, to be held Sunday, June 2 beginning and ending at Andover High School; the Alzheimer’s Walk, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, beginning and ending at Brickstone Square; and the Hike For Hope, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 beginning and ending at Merrimack College in North Andover.

After the races were approved, selectmen also signed off on two high-profile events: ClownTown, to be held in The Park on Bartlet Street from Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19; and Andover Day, to be held in downtown Andover on Saturday, Sept. 7 with a rain date of Sept. 14 if needed.

— Dustin Luca

Boy Scout Troop 79 Winter Food Drive

There’s still time to help local Scouts feed the hungry.

Andover Boy Scout Troop 79 of Saint Robert Bellarmine Church is participating in Scouting for Food Drive.

This annual event, sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, is running this week through March 9 and will cover the northwestern section of Andover -- approximately 1,300 homes, between Route 495 and Interstate 93.

In recent years, Troop 79 has been working with Neighbors in Need, a food bank that collects items at Dundee Park in Andover.

In 2012, the Boy Scouts collected a total of 3,007 items, which were sorted and packed for the pantry. Last year, the Neighbors in Need pantry was almost bare when the troop delivered the supplies to the warehouse near the intersection of Essex and Railroad streets.

Neighbors in Need food pantries provide food for more than 500 families every week.

Residents in the area may have seen the flyers and red bags this week and can place their donations in the bag for pickup on March 9.