Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

September 5, 2013

Robbery an unfortunate wake-up call

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Downtown is a popular place for local youths to meet up with friends and socialize and they need to take care in their travels, Phillips Academy students who return to campus this week just up the street from the alleged hold-up should especially be warned about keeping vigilante on their visits downtown.

At a time when downtown businesspeople are seeking to encourage more activity in the commercial sector, with the expansion of outdoor dining and efforts to rejuvenate some vacant storefronts, this type of publicity can’t be beneficial for attracting clientele.

Hopefully, last week’s robbery was an isolated incident. But what happened should serve as a wake-up call that crimes like this can happen anywhere, even on the otherwise picturesque streets of downtown Andover. And the town needs to make sure everyone who lives and comes here feels safe and protected.

A chance to say `Hi’

All signs point to Saturday’s Andover Day being one of the best ever. A record-number of vendors will be participating. Two stages will be showcasing a full day of entertainment. Even the weather forecast looks picture-perfect.

All that adds up to thousands of people pouring into downtown Andover to enjoy the fun.

The Andover Townsman will be part of the excitement, too. We’ll have a table set up in front of our office at 33 Chestnut St., just past the CVS parking lot where the food trucks will be lined up for the day. We’ll be offering some goodies for the kids and featuring our various publications, including our own “Andover Stories” and “Merrimack Valley Memories” books.

We encourage you to stop by on your travels Saturday as you take in all the festivities. We’d love the chance to introduce ourselves and “Hi.”

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