Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 11, 2013

News in Brief

Town collecting recycling/trash data

The Town of Andover Department of Public Works has begun a recycling/trash data collection project this summer. The project will involve interns driving and/or walking the collection routes gathering data on an iPad. Collected data will be used in a summary report for DPW purposes only and will not be shared.

Anyone with questions should contact Sandy Gerraughty, DPW business manager, at 978-623-8350, ext. 515, or

`Summer Break’ for bereaved children

Musical experiences, special keepsake crafts and a host of other fun activities will be enjoyed by children who have undergone a significant loss in their lives at Merrimack Valley Hospice’s “Summer Break” program on Thursday, July 18, at Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill.

“Summer Break” is a free program for children ages 6 to 13 who have experienced a loss, according to Jessica Sharpe, LCSW, bereavement services manager for Merrimack Valley Hospice.

Now in its fifth year, the program was created to give children who have suffered the loss of a loved one a chance to meet others who have similar experiences. Children need not have any connection to Merrimack Valley Hospice to participate. The day is supervised and directed by Merrimack Valley Hospice-trained professional social workers, nurses and grief counselors and expressive therapists.

Registration is required. For more information or to sign up, contact Sharpe at 978-552-4904 or For more on bereavement offerings, visit

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