Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 14, 2013

Three cheers for some good newsmakers

CHEERS to the Andover High boys basketball team for taking a visible stand to support a pediatric cancer charity over the weekend.

About 10 of the team’s returning players didn’t think twice when they were asked to shave their heads to raise money for One Mission, which helps families with children facing cancer deal with costly treatments and other expenses.

Tyler Reed, an employee at Commonwealth Motors in Lawrence, organized the fundraiser as his way of thanking all those who assisted him when he was diagnosed with cancer about six months ago at the age of 21. He told The Townsman he would never have been able to make it through his treatments financially were it not for the help from his friends, family members and coworkers at Commonwealth.

True, the Golden Warriors hoops team led by coach Dave Fazio has been at the forefront of charitable work over the years. And yes, Andover, along with all of the area’s high school basketball teams, probably has a special place for Commonwealth Motors and its owner, Charles Daher, for playing a major sponsorship role in the region’s annual Christmas tournaments.

But agreeing to shave your head is a pretty serious commitment to the cause. Sunday’s Buzz Off for Cancer brought in about $15,000, with Daher expected to kick in another $10,000. The freshly buzzed members of the boys basketball team can stand proud — if somewhat hairless — in knowing they have done a good deed for what we’re sure must be some very thankful families at a difficult time in their lives.

CHEERS to the Andover Police Department for making quick work in recovering two high-powered FBI weapons that were stolen out of a car parked at an FBI agent’s house in town last week. We can only imagine what could have happened if those guns — a Colt M16-A1 Rifle and a HS Precision Pro-Series 2000 Sniper Rifle together with magazines containing an unknown amount of ammunition — had gotten into the wrong hands.

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