Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 19, 2013

Thanks for help with Kennedy remembrance

Editor, Townsman:

Heartfelt thanks to the Andover Townsman and The Eagle-Tribune for their interest in last month's JFK remembrance program at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill.

The pre-event articles by Judy Wakefield and Mark Vogler on Nov. 21 were very much appreciated, as well as the accompanying photographs by Tim Jean. Thanks also to the public officials who represent Haverhill at all levels of government, who took time out of their busy schedules to share their thoughts and memories of JFK at the opening ceremony. This includes Mayor James Fiorentini, state Reps. Diana DiZoglio, Lenny Mirra and Linda Dean Campbell; state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff and Kate Machet, staff member for U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, who graciously read the senator’s own words.

Thanks as well to the following for their participation and involvement in the JFK events: NECC President Lane Glenn, Professors Jim Murphy, Andrew Morse and Ligia Domenech; student Christopher Cox, guest speakers Frank O’Connor of Andover and Ron Martin of Lawrence, all of the student volunteers, members of the public and the college community who helped in any way; Lawrence Cable TV; Salem, N.H., Cable TV and WHAV Radio in Haverhill.

With so much competing television coverage of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, it was both an honor and a pleasure to organize a remembrance program that was local, hands-on and personalized.

Richard Padova

High Street

Professor, Northern Essex Community College

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