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Actor Michael Chiklis, right, talks with members of the Andover Fire Department from left, Deputy Chief Jim Dolan, Dave Pas, Joe Murphy, Brian Flanagan, Billy Valentine and Chris Morgese during a visit to the station on Main Street in Andover.

Hollywood visit fires up Andover firefighters

Celebrating the Fourth of July in grand style was Andover's Fire Department.

The men in red got a visit from Andover native and Hollywood actor Michael Chiklis, who stopped by AFD's central location on North Main Street last Friday. He was in town to host the televised "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" on the Fourth of July. Chiklis also performed his self-written song, "'Til I Come Home," which he wrote in honor of a cousin serving in Afghanistan. Legendary Pops conductor Keith Lockhart handled the music.

"It's always been a dream of his to perform with the Pops. We used to go to Boston for the Fourth and he would say, 'Some day I'll host this,'" said Andover firefighter Steve Stabile, who has been friends with Chiklis since they were 9 years old.

Chiklis spent about two hours at the Andover Fire Station last Friday.

"The guys have always wanted a long visit with him," Stabile said.

They got that and some hot Hollywood news. Chiklis' next movie role is a career criminal and he is working with JLo and Jason Statham of "The Transporters." The movie name is "Parker."

"His agent called him while he was there and Mike asked him if it was OK to tell us," Stabile said. "And it was."

After the Fourth festivities with the Pops, Stabile and Chiklis planned to go to the Red Sox game on Tuesday night. Chiklis plans to be involved with a drama camp at his alma mater, Boston University, for the rest of the month, Stabile said.

Chiklis, who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role on the cop drama The Shield, and is also known for playing the title role on The Commish, acted in and produced the TV show No Ordinary Family this past season.

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Dr. Oz assistant

Christian Stone, a senior at Northeastern University, will begin a six-month internship with the Dr. Oz Show at 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City on Aug. 5.

Christian is a graduate of Andover High School and Northern Essex Community College and the son of Sheila Stone of Andover. He is studying broadcasting and journalism and plans to graduate in May 2012.

ABC Andover to house seven students next school year

For more than four decades, Andover A Better Chance has helped ensure that the door is open to deserving students of color when they seek a good college education. The nonprofit program offers outstanding students from under-performing urban schools the opportunity to prepare for college at Andover High School.

This year the Andover ABC House at 134 Main St. will welcome three new scholars. The house is expected to be bustling with seven teenage young women from California to New York, according to those involved. To become involved yourself, or for more information about the program, go to andoverabc.org.

Movie night a box away

Andover may never have a movie-rental shop again, but it does have a small place to rent movies.

Redbox has established one of its bright red, fully-automated movie rental kiosks at Stop & Shop, 209 North Main St,, in Shawsheen Plaza. Residents have access to new release DVDs and Blu-rays, as well as catalog titles. The company plugs its "rent and return anywhere policy," which means people can rent DVDs or Blu-rays from the redbox kiosk at Stop & Shop in Andover and return them to any of the more than 27,000 redbox locations nationwide.

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