Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 4, 2012

Town Talk

Supporting Andover High grad Jess Katz

Friends and family of Jessyca Katz, Andover High Class of 1986, are rallying to help her in her battle with brain cancer.

They have an fundraising event they’ve dubbed “Say Yes for Jess” planned on Nov. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at Point St. Dueling Pianos, 1 Davol Square, Providence, R.I.

Katz was diagnosed in July 2011 with a stage IV glioblastoma multiforme. Since that time, she has gone through radiation, chemotherapy, multiple brain surgeries and many trips to the emergency room, according to her friends and family.

For ticket info email her sister Danyka Katz Penick (Andover High Class of 1989) at People interested in helping the cause or in reading more about Jessyca Katz’s story online, can visit her Caring Bridge page at

Sun, worshippers: Solar panels to be dedicated at South Church this Sunday

South Church will dedicate the PV solar panels that have been installed on the 300-year-old church’s roof this coming Sunday, Oct. 7.

During the regular worship service (from about 10:30 to 11:40 a.m.) the congregation willl have a brief, spiritual “blessing” of the solar panels. If the weather is fine, immediately after the service people will go outside to the south parking lot, for a ribbon cutting and celebration celebrate. In case of poor weather, the event will be in the church’s fellowship hall.

Street sign updates

Have you noticed any new street signs in town? New signs are cropping up all over. Department of Public Works Director Chris Cronin said it’s a mandatory federal highway regulation to keep street signs up-to-date. DPW crews are following the mandate.

“If we’re paving a street, see an outdated sign, we replace it,” he said.

The newer signs are easier-to-read and reflective. The old street signs become scrap metal, Cronin said.

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