Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 12, 2012

Town Talk

Resident, selectman spar over question

Two days ahead of the Fourth of July, fireworks flew at a July 2 selectmen meeting between Cyr Circle resident Mary Carbone and Selectmen Chairman Paul Salafia.

The episode took place after a work session discussing the Town Yard, during which the board took no public input, its policy, according to Salafia. After Carbone attempted to ask a question about the project, Salafia ordered her to stop speaking.

Carbone's question: how much has the town spent to study Town Yard options?

"They do exactly what they want to do," said Carbone by phone. "I'm not taking it. I'm a resident of the community, and enough is enough."

Salafia said the board has decided to hold work sessions without hearing public input to expedite the information-gathering process.

"With a nice, efficient process to try to bring in all this information, we'll certainly, happily take public input. Just not yet," said Salafia. "She baited me and tried to circumvent the process... Of the 33,000 people in this town, how come she's the only one who's had problems with us?"

— Dustin Luca

Frankenstein and the 5K

School's out but school fundraising never sleeps. Plans for Bancroft Elementary School's "Book It To The Finish" 5-kilometer race and family fun run have been announced. The run will be Saturday, Oct. 27 and participants are encouraged to dress up and run/walk in Halloween costumes.

Proceeds will help buy the playground equipment for the new Bancroft Elementary School. The 1K race starts at 2:30 p.m. and the 5K starts at 3 p.m. The event starts and ends at Bancroft School. Register online at

T-shirts will be given to the first 200 participants registered before Sept. 5. Prizes, games and refreshments will be available.

— Judy Wakefield

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