Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 10, 2013

The Park: Perfection, plain and simple


We can’t argue with the benefits of that type of introspection. What we don’t think would be beneficial is too much tinkering. Andover is blessed with its share of open spaces and public places in which to enjoy the outdoors. The return of a playground on the fringes of the Park would add even more youthful energy to the site. But the Park proper serves an important function and its quaintness and simple beauty should be maintained. Don’t fix what’s not broken, the adage goes. And I think Andover residents would be hard-pressed to find much broken with the Park.

Hitting the recycling payload

Kudos to Andover for hosting what’s being called a record-breaking, one-day recycling drive for the state. More than 700 people turned out at Brickstone Square this past Saturday to unload no longer needed appliances, tools, furniture, gadgets, electronics and just about everything else one could pack in a car or U-Haul.

Organizers say the event, co-sponsored by the MBTA’s Environmental Affairs Department and the Andover Recycling Committee, collected more than 100,000 pounds of items. Volunteers filled eight, 30-yard Dumpsters and another 200 giant, corrugated cardboard boxes with materials that will now be recycled rather than clog landfills or be disposed of improperly.

While the recycling day attracted people from all across the region, we know many Andover residents took the opportunity to clean out some unwanted clutter while doing their part for the environment.

The event set a great example for the rest of the state, and Andover should be proud for having a hand in it.

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