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August 22, 2013

Tewksbury deserves credit for preserving town

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“Our involvement in Tewksbury ended tonight in a very loud and clear decision by the voters,” a vice president of public affairs for the gaming company said following Tuesday’s vote.

And for that, Tewksbury residents should stand proud for demonstrating the power of their convictions.

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Cheers to the India Association of Greater Boston, which chose Andover to be the site of its annual India Day celebration.

India Day marks the anniversary of India’s independence from British colonial rule. The India Association has for more than two decades held the annual celebration at the Esplanade’s Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston.

But this year, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, security costs around Boston landmarks have skyrocketed.

This year’s celebration had been scheduled for Aug. 18, but the event was cancelled after the cost of the event exceeded $20,000, India Association Director Zehra Khan told reporter Dustin Luca.

The organization found a replacement venue in Andover High’s Collins Center. The event will be held Sunday, Sept. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Andover is an ideal location offering easy access from Interstates 93 and 495. The India Day celebration draws participants from across New England. The four-hour program features Indian classical songs, dances, folk dances and vendor tables.

“They come not just from the Boston area, but I’ve met people coming in from New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island. People do come from far and wide,” Khan said. “This is the first time we’ve had the event outside of the Hatch Shell in many years.”

We welcome the India Association of Greater Boston and the India Day celebration to Andover and hope participants find their experience here an enjoyable one.

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