Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 19, 2013

Out with the old,in with the new

Town Notebook
Bill Kirk

---- — Recycling free-for-all

The MBTA is sponsoring a free community recycling event for area residents on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brickstone Square lower parking lot off the intersection of York and Haverhill streets (Route 133).

The MBTA sponsors a handful of these events around the state every year as part of its environmental awareness program.

People can bring just about anything, from electronics and yard/power equipment to air-conditioners and plastic toys. Small appliances, electric tools, even textiles that aren’t moldy are permitted. Computer monitors will cost $15 and TVs cost 50 cents per pound to discard. Otherwise, the event is free.

For more information, contact Keith Saxon of the Andover Recycling Committee at ksaxon@aol.com.

Magic of Wi-Fi

Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski recently was effusive in his praise of some of the work done over the summer by town employees and contractors.

He said the Doherty School paving project was completed by the contractor in time for the start of school, with crews working weekends and holidays to finish the task. Contractors also spent the summer in the basement of West Middle School upgrading the heating system.

Over at the Center at Punchard, a new kitchen was installed, with a ribbon-cutting held last week.

The Information Technology Department, meanwhile, worked long hours getting 10 school buildings ready with wireless technology.

“The work IT did was invisible,” Stapczynski said of wireless networks in school buildings. He said town officials recently took a tour of school buildings, where there are now “hot spots” so people can hook up to the Internet.

“What is that called?” he asked.

“Wi-Fi,” someone hollered from the audience.

“Oh yeah, Wi-Fi,” he said.

Appealing openings

The Zoning Board of Appeals should soon have a full complement of members.

During its meeting last week, the Board of Selectmen set up a subcommittee made up of Brian Major and Paul Salafia to review the four applicants for three open positions.

The applicants are David Marson, a Realtor with ReMax Partners in Andover; Lisa Rechisky, who works for Raytheon; Tara Wilson, an attorney with a family practice in Brickstone Square; and Denise Bordonaro, a real estate attorney.

Three of the names should look familiar: Rechisky, Wilson and Bordonaro all applied earlier this year and were even interviewed by zoning board members. Their names were then forwarded to the town manager and selectmen.

Selectmen, however, decided to intervene and take a more active role in the selection process. They reopened the application period in an effort to draw more interest. The subcommittee will now interview the four candidates and forward their names to the full board for consideration.