Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 6, 2012

Town Talk

The Andover Townsman

---- — 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


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.

“I’ve been entertaining for more than 40 years. I have a wonderful memories of sharing the stage with such great entertainers as Tommy Makem, Liam Clancy, Paddy Reilly, Eugene Byrne ... Local greats Rex Trailer and Dave Maynard joined me on stage. Radio shows with Norm Nathan, Larry Glick. There are some funny and heart warming stories,” Corcoran wrote in an email.

The website is called Tour Ireland with Brian and the link is

Veterans reminder

The Andover Veteran’s Office maintains copies of military discharges for Andover’s veterans.

This is a courtesy service. This service, particularly at the time of a veteran’s death, often assists the veteran’s family.

This service is not automatic. Veterans need to provide their discharges to the veterans’ office for this service. The Andover Veteran’s Office is currently reviewing Korean Service veterans’ records.

If you know of any living Andover Korean Service veteran that has not provided a copy of their military discharge, please have them contact the Andover Veterans Office at (978) 623-8218.

You glow, girl

Andover Youth Services, Troop KBG (Kick Butt Girls), hosted a Glow Girls event called Girls Empowerment last Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Old Town Hall.

The Glow Girls are a well established and internationally known group of women that travel around the nation conducting girl empowerment workshops. Associated with the YouTube musical sensation group StarKid, the Glow Girls are dedicated to inspiring young women to find what makes them glow.

Troop KBG presented a similar message last year with the launch of the Beautiful Campaign. An initiative to encourage people to rethink how they define beauty and promote the idea to be comfortable with who you are, as you are, Karen Hua, a senior at the Andover High School, wrote in an email.

“We were so happy to host the Glow Girls event and help spread such a complimentary message to the young women of New England,” Hua said.

Local hearing expert named to board

Wendy J. Ring, Andover resident and owner of Andover Hearing Center, was recently selected to serve on the Board of the Massachusetts Academy of Audiology.

The MAA is a professional organization dedicated to serving the interests of audiologists and the people they service.

Ms. Ring will work with board members to advance the audiology profession and to support Massachusetts’s audiologists.