Effort offline: Baldwin out of senate race

Andover resident Mark Baldwin's hopes for the 2nd Essex and Middlesex State Senate seat have been dashed.

Baldwin, CEO of Baldwin Crane in Wilmington and a first-time candidate, says he turned in more than 500 signatures, or double what was required to run. The problem came with an ethics report filled out online.

"The archaic state system encourages candidates to file online, only to demand that a receipt be printed and hand delivered to the same building in Boston," wrote Baldwin in a June 14 press release.

Baldwin's attempts to fax and e-mail the receipt prior to deadline were rejected, he said. He was denied placement on the ballot, and a subsequent appeal has failed.

Baldwin said he has chosen to end his campaign, rather than spending thousands to challenge the Secretary of State's office in court.

"My desire is to serve, and I am confident I have the skills and experience to lead and bring necessary changes to our state. I will continue to seek opportunities to work for better, more efficient government," he wrote.

This leaves a field of seven candidates vying for the the seat currently held by Sen. Sue Tucker. The primary is Sept. 14 and the general election will be Nov. 2.

- Bethany Bray

Cheer detergent: Car wash fundraiser Saturday

As the school year ends and with tryouts completed, the Andover High School cheerleaders are getting ready for their fall football season by working at a car wash. Residents with cars in need of a cleaning can support the cheerleaders by visiting the Andover High School Cheerleaders Car Wash in the West Middle School parking lot, off Shawsheen Road, this Saturday June 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Physics phenom

He's done it again. Andover native David Field has been selected as one of five students to represent the U.S. at the International Physics Olympiad held in Zagreb, Croatia, from July 17 to 25.

Field brought home a gold medal for the U.S. from the 2009 physics olympiad, held in Mexico.

He graduated from Phillips Academy one year early, walking with the class of 2010 this month.

The olympiad, held each year at a different location around the globe, tests secondary school students on material that goes beyond the average high school class.

After a series of qualifying tests, the top 20 students from around the country are invited to a two-week training camp for the olympiad, and the U.S. team is selected at the camp.

While a middle-schooler at West Middle School, Field took math and science classes at Andover High School. He will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David Field is the son of Joan and Randall Field.

- Bethany Bray

Trauma support

The pitch-man for Lawrence General Hospital's 2010 Annual Fund is an Andover man who is sharing details from an unfortunate accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Gene Doran of Andover was seated at a Shawsheen Square barber shop in April, 1986. Construction was going on in the business next door.

"The handyman thought he was shooting the 3-inch nail into concrete but it was only drywall," Doran says in the hospital's fundraising letter. Doran's spinal cord was severed by the nail.

Since then, he was once thrown from his van's transport lift and once suffered serious respiratory trouble. Lawrence General trauma specialists saved his life each time and he signed the letter, "a very grateful patient."

- Judy Wakefield

Perry movie takes best comedy at festival

Andover native Alex Perry won best comedy in the nationwide Campus Movie Fest student film competition for his five-minute film "Grow Grass Grow." Perry, who will graduate from Bridgewater State College after finishing some summer coursework, traveled to Las Vegas last weekend for the contest's finale.

Perry won the competition last year with his comedic "Scrabble: the motion picture."

He summed up this year's competition in an email to the Townsman, saying "it was unbelievable."

"We won best comedy in the nation for the second time in a row, making us the first team to win two top three honors in a row in the competition's history," said Perry.

Watch "Grow Grass Grow" at www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdGGSS7mXYA (contains scenes of fake violence, may not be suitable for young children).

- Bethany Bray

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