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December 6, 2012

Town Talk

Arts auction benefits cancer victims

A non-profit organization aimed at helping families affected by pediatric cancer is holding an Arts and Artifacts Auction this week.

The auction features items donated from across the country, including old cameras, framed art, sculptures, books, handmade items and dolls.

The online-only auction started on Tuesday this week and runs through Saturday, Dec. 8.

The auction benefits the Fitzgerald Cancer Fund, and all proceeds will go towards the fund’s Neuroblastoma Family Grant program.

The organization was started by Andover native Kezia Fitzgerald and her husband Mike, who received national attention in 2011 with their daughter Saoirse after Kezia and Saoirse were both diagnosed with unrelated forms of cancer a few months apart. Saoirse, who the fund was first created to help, died last December. Kezia is in remission.

— Dustin Luca

Preschool

screenings offered

The Andover Public Schools will be conducting a screening for 3- and 4-year-old preschool children in the community on the third Friday of every month.

The screening is voluntary and available to parents who have a concern about their child’s development. It is conducted by members of the special education staff and provides information about a child’s functioning in the areas of speech and language ability, fine and gross motor skills and overall cognitive growth.

Screening results help to indicate whether more specific information or evaluation in a particular area of development is needed.

If your child will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2013 they will be screened as a part of the overall kindergarten program.

Call Mary Kay Poe at (978) 623-8850 to schedule an appointment.

Irish eyes are smiling

Famed Irish singer Brian Corcoran of Andover has a new website for his tours to Ireland. This Irish singer has been singing Irish music throughout the U.S., Ireland and Canada for years.

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