Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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March 21, 2013

All Those Years Ago

(Continued)

50 Years AgoMarch 21, 1963

Nearly every town department will wince at the cut, before Town Manager Thomas E. Duff is able to slice $42,000 out of their budgets. He’s promised to make it as easy as possible—but warns that the town must not expect some promised improvements.

The selectmen have voted to name a special committee to study the town manager charter and its operation and recommend “constructive criticisms and improvements” to the board. Selectman Philip K. Allen suggested the action, followed by a vigorous second from Paul W. Cronin, who commented that he was the only selectman to vote for the proposal at Town Meeting.

The actual tax rate for 1963 won’t be set until some time in April, according to Assessor William Russell. By that time, all local property values will be known, he explained, and accurate estimates of income to the town can be totaled.

25 Years AgoMarch 17, 1988

It’s mid-March and Anthony Torrisi, Andover director of finance, can finally breathe a sigh of relief. No, not because Uncle Sam was breathing down on his 1040A. Torrisi and his staff faced a different annual deadline, one that requires him to have the 1988 town budget ready for mailing to Andover residents at least 10 days before the Town Meeting.

David Birnbach announced Tuesday night that he will not be a candidate for re-election to the School Committee. Birnbach has been accepted to the graduate program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “After much consideration, I have concluded that I could not effectively carry out my duties as a member of the Andover School Committee,” he said.

The atmosphere in West Junior High School’s auditorium Wednesday, March 9 was more like a rock concert than a school assembly. The main attraction, actor Robert Urich, evoked wild cheers that pierced the air. Urich’s visit to West was scheduled as part of Students Against Drinking and Drugs Jr. week.

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