Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 9, 2013

Teichert named 'Distinguished Citizen' of year

Former selectman being honored by Boy Scouts

By Bill Kirk

---- — Former town selectman, local businessman and community activist Ted Teichert is being honored next week with the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Yankee Clipper Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Teichert, a selectman in town from 2000-2012, is one of two area residents being recognized for their “outstanding contributions to the community,” according to a statement issued by the group organizing the event. At-Large Lawrence City Councilor Dan Rivera is also being honored.

The awards will be given during a breakfast event Friday, May 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St., Andover.

“This award is bestowed upon individuals who have been unselfish in their service to others and have demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in their professional and personal lives, making important contributions serving their fellow citizens, community and nation,” said the statement, issued by committee chairwoman Eileen O’Connor Bernal, attorney Peter Caruso, businessman Robert Lavoie and Andover Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski.

Teichert grew up in Andover, son of a local small business owner, and continues to be involved in the community. During his term as selectman, he was an advocate for downtown business, senior citizens and public schools.

Projects he was involved with include the public safety center, Woodhill Middle and High Plain Elementary schools and the Andover Youth Center.

Teichert is owner of Ted Entertainment, a disc jockey service he started in 1980. He is involved with the Andover Business Center Association’s efforts to promote the downtown and is one of the backers for Andover Day, which now attracts 10,000 people.

He also is well-known for his work coaching youth sports, through Andover Little League, Buddy Werner Ski League, Andover Jr. Football League and the Andover Soccer Association. He has been president of the Andover Jr. Football League for 10 years.

Rivera, meanwhile, is the son of a single mother who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to find a better life for her family by working in area mills.

As a youth, Rivera was committed to public service, becoming a Boy Scout, serving as a civil air patrol cadet with the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, becoming co-chairman of Lawrence High School’s Model United Nations and high school senior class secretary.

After high school, Rivera served as a military police officer in Germany, where he was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He worked as economic development director for former U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan before joining the private sector for a career in marketing.

Rivera is currently in the middle of his second term as an at-large councilor in Lawrence, where he is also a candidate for mayor. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Northern Essex Community College, where he has played a supporting role in the expansion of the college’s Lawrence campus.

Tickets for the breakfast are $40 for individuals or $350 for a table of 10. To order tickets, call Ruth Crocker at 978-372-0591 or email Registration is also available online at

Proceeds will benefit underserved Scouts in Lawrence. The Yankee Clipper Council serves 51 communities in northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, with more than 8,000 youth from these communities involved in Scouting programs and summer camping each year.