Beyond the Bin: A Comprehensive Look at Recycling

Memorial Hall Library and a group called Andover WECAN (Working to Educate Climate Action Now) are teaming up for a three-part virtual series about local and statewide recycling efforts. 

The discussion will kick off April 1 at 7 p.m. with a presentation called "Is Recycling Still Alive" by Neil Rhein, founder and executive director of Keep Massachusetts Beautiful. 

Rhein will talk about what happens to trash and recyclables in Andover, as well as the world’s plastic pollution crisis and how trash and recycling are managed in the Bay State.

Participants will learn how to make informed decisions about personal habits, learn ways to reduce waste, improve recycling habits, and make small changes to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.


Representatives of Andover's Department of Public Works will discuss a new tool, ReCollect, designed to help residents with recycling questions.

The second session is April 15 at 7 p.m. Then, discussion will focus on composting and its uses in gardening.

Julia Greene, with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, will speak about local composting efforts alongside Andover DPW employees.

The last session, at the same time on April 29, will provide more strategies for reducing waste and how to throw out trash thoughtfully at the curbside. 

For information about Andover WECAN, visit

Register for the series at

New exhibit at the Addison

Mel Kendrick: Seeing Things in Things, the first retrospective exhibit dedicated to the artist’s work, will open at the Addison Gallery of American Art on April 10.

The exhibition features more than 60 sculptures—including two outdoor installations commissioned by the Addison—alongside sculptural "sketches," prints, and photographs spanning the artist’s decades-long career.

One of America’s preeminent living sculptors, Kendrick has been interrogating the nature of the medium since the 1970s. This exhibit documents Kendrick’s sustained and inventive exploration of process, medium, material, and meaning.

Guided by wood, rubber, and concrete, Kendrick invites viewers to meditate on the relationships between representation and abstraction, sculpture and body, organic and synthetic, and natural and manmade.

In addition to chronicling five decades of Kendrick’s sculptures, the showing will feature his negative print photography, woodblock drawings, and “water drawings,” large-scale cast pulp-paper works that are created by pressing pigment-stained rubber molds into wet paper paste. 

Help for job-seekers

The "50+ Job Seekers Group" meets virtually – on Zoom – the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The group caters to folks unemployed and looking for a job, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for an second career. 

Meetings each feature a  new topic and are scheduled through June. They are run by Deborah Hope, an executive career coach.

Participating on a regular basis is said to provide job-seekers with tools and strategies needed for a successful job search. Pre-registration is required.

Meetings include a presentation and workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and one-on-one coaching.

Upcoming meeting are labeled as follows: Networking 2.0 on April 7; Interview Preparation on April 21; Developing A Marketing/Interview Brief on May 5; a panel event with corporate partners on May 19; Developing A Marketing Plan on June 2; Cover Letters and Personal Branding on June 16.

Visit to sign up.

This program is a collaboration of libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover, Tewksbury and Tyngsborough. For more information visit


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