Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 12, 2013

Towns Briefs

DCS fall registration under way

Registration for the Andover Department of Community Services’ fall programs for both adults and youths is under way.

Sign-ups can be completed online, where updates for classes that have a waiting list can also be found.

This month’s offerings for the program’s younger participants include Mighty Mites Soccer, Tiny Tykes Basketball and Pee Wee Tennis for ages 4 to 6 and Little Pals Playgroup for ages 2 to 4.

For youths, there is developmental tennis, football, tae kwon do, Keys for Kids and SAT Verbal and Math Preparation. The Bob French Basketball League registration is also taking place, with the early-bird discount deadline approaching on Sept. 30.

Adult programs include tennis, boot camp, Spanish, and French or Italian Conversation. Online classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The fall booklet contains course descriptions, meeting days, times and fees. Check it out at or pick one up at the Town Offices. For more information, call DCS at 978-623-8274 or stop by its offices at 36 Bartlet St. during business hours.

Andover club running Special Field Games

The Special Field Games, an annual sporting event for people of all ages with special needs that is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus and the Service Club of Andover, is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.

The event attracts more than 300 athletes and volunteers. Organizers say everyone has a great time and is a winner. All participants receive a commemorative T-shirt, trophy and gift bag. A cookout and music cap off the fun.

The event begins with registration from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies and a parade. The games start at about 10 a.m. Lunch and an awards ceremony take place in the afternoon.

Northern Essex has generously hosted the Special Field Games for many years. The event goes off rain or shine. For athlete and volunteer registration and information, visit

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