Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 21, 2013

Editorial: Three cheers


The Andover Townsman

---- — CHEERS to Andover residents engaging in democracy. The town believed to be the home of the largest Open Town Meeting in the world may be far from perfect, but it does have people working to keep it citizenry informed.

Naturally, we believe everyone can benefit from reading their active, engaged local papers. But the League of Women Voters will provide additional depth and opportunity to question town leaders at its budget forum on April 3, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall Library. And those who prefer a little more bite to their budget commentary can check out a new website by three town residents launching today, townofandover.com.

Residents can do their civic duty at the annual town elections on Tuesday, March 26. All nine precincts are voting at the high school’s Richard Collins Field House on Shawsheen Road.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The entrance to the polling place is on the left side of the field house, the far left side of Andover High. Parking will be available for voters in the parking lot next to the field house when school is in session and all parking lots after school closes.

There is one contested race, for two seats on the Board of Selectmen. Three people are running: Larry Bruce, 254 Chandler Road; Paul J. Salafia, 283 South Main St, a candidate for re-election; and Alex J. Vispoli, 7 Alison Way, a candidate for re-election.

We encourage people to read the candidates responses on page 16, and head to the polls to pick the two candidates they believe will best represent them.

CHEERS to members of the Andover High School show choirs who continue to make the town proud with their enthusiastic performances and success.

The all-girls choir called Nothin’ But Treble has been nothing but sensational, based on the reaction of judges. The group’s airline-themed song-and-dance number has earned them a ticket on a real plane, to Chicago for a national competition of top show choirs.

CHEERS to the return this coming Friday of the adult spelling bee run by the Andover Fund for Education. All proceeds from the fun, team bee support AFE innovation mini-grants to Andover teachers who propose new and creative classroom projects.

Last year, tensions where so great surrounding the teachers contract negotiations that this bee was cancelled. We’re glad it has returned, and hope it’s a sign of the school community coming together again.

Historically, what has made Andover into a great education town has been when parents, teachers and administration are able to pull in the same direction. Community events such as the bee can help the reality of education in Andover live up to its reputation, and move closer to the expectations of residents.