Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 22, 2013

News in Brief


The Andover Townsman

---- — Rep. Lyons in town for office hours

State Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, is holding office hours in Andover on Tuesday, May 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Activity Room of Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St. All constituents are welcome to attend without an appointment.

For more information, contact Lyons' office at 617-722-2014 or by email at Paul.Gangi@mahouse.gov.

Sen. Finegold office hours

Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, and staff will hold open office hours on Friday, May 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the activities room on the first floor of Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.

Boys & Girls Club celebrity bartender a slam dunk

Andover High basketball coach David Fazio will be behind the bar at Brasserie 28 at 2 Elm Square in downtown Andover on Wednesday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

The celebrity bartender event is hosted by the club’s friends group. Directors and members of the 1897 club will be on hand to highlight the successful programs the organization provides to thousands of area children every year. For more information, visit www.lawrencebgc.com.

Andover DPW participates in foreman training

Nine Andover Department of Public Works employees attended full-day seminars on “Succeeding as a Foreman” this spring in Acton. The six-hour sessions were designed to boost participants' professionalism and confidence and were attended by both veteran and aspiring foreman.

The training was offered for free as a membership benefit by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association property and casualty insurance provider for Andover.

Panel talks health care needs for disabled

More than 80 people, including the region's state legislators and local officials, attended the Northeast Independent Living Program's annual legislative forum recently at Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. This year's theme was Health Care Reform: What Does It Mean To You and the program focused on health care issues affecting the lives of local people with disabilities and their families. Participating in the panel discussions were Denise Johnson from U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas' office, state Reps. Diana Dizoglio, Linda Dean Campbell and Marcos Devers; Dennis Marcello, district director with state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives' office; Chris Lange, regional director with Sen. Elizabeth Warren's office; Hirak Shah, legislative aide to Sen. Bruce Tarr; and former state Sen. Nicholas Costello. Special guest Tony Russo of the Bedford Veterans Administration Facility also spoke about the needs of veterans.

Given competing demands for shrinking resources, the Lawrence-based Independent Living Program is working to develop innovative solutions that safeguard and expand programs that promote independence for people with disabilities in the Merrimack Valley.

AHS grad seeking support for thesis film

Kayla Kantola, a 2010 graduate of Andover High School now studying at Emerson College in Boston, is producing her senior thesis film this summer. The film, which will be shot in mid-June in Bucks County, Penn., follows a young girl as she uncovers the mystery behind a set of abandoned trains in her hometown.

Kantola is seeking financial donations to help her in the filmmaking process. For more information, email erailedfilm@gmail.com.