Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 17, 2013

Town Notebook

The Andover Townsman

---- — Fire Rescue open house Saturday

Andover Fire Rescue is hosting a free open house for families on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its headquarters at 32 North Main St.

The open house commemorates National Fire Safety Month and is aimed at teaching families fire safety and prevention practices.

Participants will receive how-tos on safety procedures such as the stop, drop and roll drill and learn how to plan escape routes and to crawl through a smoke-filled room. Child car safety seats will be checked as well. Other community organizations are expected to be on hand as well to offer more safety tips and messages.

In addition, Papa Gino’s, which is sponsoring the event, will provide free pizza and children’s fire safety coloring sheets.

For more information, call Andover Fire Rescue at 978-475-1281.

Bike forum Oct. 22

Bicycling enthusiasts take note: The town is hosting a public forum on bicycling on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the police/fire station at 32 North Main St.

The forum is for anyone who is “a concerned, engaged citizen who wants to create changes to better bicycling infrastructure and safety,” according to a flier on the event.

Paul Materazzo, the town’s director of planning, is hosting the event. It is being put on by the town in conjunction with MassBike, also known as the Massachusetts Bicycling Coalition.

Town filling board vacancies, positions

The town’s Economic Development Council has two openings for members. The group is tackling a variety of local issues, including making it easier for new businesses to start up and improving downtown parking.

There is also a vacancy on the Retirement Board. The uncompensated position requires 18 hours of annual training and some financial disclosure.

Anyone interested should contact the town manager’s office.

Speaking of vacancies, there are still three open positions on the Zoning Board of Appeals. A subcommittee of selectmen, which is responsible for appointing ZBA members, has been meeting with applicants next week and should have a list of top candidates soon. The vacancies have brought some business on the board to a halt.

And, of course, a new town accountant still needs to be hired. The deadline for applications was extended one week to Friday, Oct. 18.

Sen. Finegold office hours Oct. 25

Sen Barry Finegold, D-Andover, and his staff will hold office hours on Friday, Oct. 25, in the activities room at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., downtown Andover.

The office hours will go from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 617-722-1613 or email the senator at or his chief of staff Caitriona Fitzgerald at caitriona.fitzgerald@mase.