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Last weekend’s March Madness games were unexpected: Both Duke and Villanova were knocked out early, two teams that many bracket-makers had going all the way. Is your bracket ruined after last weekend, or is there still hope?

wo stories in this week’s paper may be a wake-up call to Andover residents that crime is going up in town. In one case, police arrested a man accused of shooting two people in the Shawsheen Plaza parking lot in December. In another case, a local juvenile male ended up in the hospital and two…

Winter is finally here. That means snow days off from school, and work in some cases. Parking bans. Pretty scenery. Shoveling. Sledding. Plowing. Cross-country skiing. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Is winter an opportunity to have a different kind of fun outside, followed by some hot…

Another fatal accident, this time in Newburyport, is being blamed on texting and driving. The state Legislature has refused to act on a bill that would make it illegal to use your cell phone while driving. The current texting and driving bill is unenforceable. Police officers can’t tell if a…

The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that “snowfall will be above normal in the north, below normal in the central part of the region, and near normal in the south,” with the snowiest periods occurring in mid- to late January and early to mid-February. With the first snowfall of the season hav…

For the first time, Massachusetts voters were offered early voting for the 2016 election. Lines were long at Town Hall as Andover voters took advantage of the option, and other towns and cities in the Merrimack Valley seemed to welcome the idea happily. What do you think about early voting?

Fall has arrived, and the town is starting to show it. The leaves are changing, coffees and pastries have been pumpkin spiced, and the temperatures have started to fall (although this week saw temps in the 70s). What’s your favorite part about the autumn season?

Last week, the town water department declared, that in Andover at least, the drought is over. The reservoir Haggetts Pond, which gets its water from the Merrimack River, is full again. People are shutting down their sprinkler systems for the summer. The water crisis is over. Do you believe that?

This week’s question: Sunday was the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. This year as in years past, people were asked to do a random act of kindness as a way of honoring the heroism and good will that followed the attacks. Many people attended local memorial…

A question will be on the ballot this fall asking voters if they think there should be more charter schools in Massachusetts. Last week, members of the local and state teachers’ union held a ‘visibility’ rally in Elm Square opposing Question 2. They said more charter schools take funding awa…

Whether you believe the science of global warming/climate change or not, you have to admit it’s been pretty darn hot out there. If it ain’t the heat, it’s the humidity, as the saying goes. Are you ready for the summer’s end? Or, more specifically, the end of all this heat and humidity?

Last week, former Bruins hockey great Ray Bourque pleaded ‘no contest’ to drunken driving charges, meaning that while he didn’t admit to the facts of the case, he did take responsibility for his actions. As a result, he lost his license for 225 days. Do you think this incident, right here in…

A front-page story in this week’s Townsman reveals how state legislators, including Sen. Barbara L’Italien, R-Andover, take in thousands of dollars in so-called “per diem” payments, which is money they get paid for commuting to work. Most people in the private sector don’t get paid to commut…

It’s that time of year again: Graduation season. Little Johnny and Little Susie aren’t so little anymore. And whether they are graduating from high school or college, they need to get a job this summer so they can pay their own way. In recent months, unemployment has been going down. Last mo…

Remember how your mom or dad used to say: Eat your broccoli, think of the starving people in Biafra! As a child, many of us didn’t even know where Biafra was. History tells us it was once part of Nigeria and was the scene of horrific starving by an entire generation during a war for independ…

The groundwork has been set, borrowing has been OK'd, and a mechanism has been established to received revenue from what will soon be the old Town Yard. After Town Meeting's almost unanimous approval of the purchase of 5 Campanelli Drive to build a new Town Yard, are you confident that the t…

With the first game of the season next week — April 4 at the Cleveland Indians — it is time for another season of ups and downs, wins and losses, heartache and joy. How do you feel about the Sox this year?

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Obituaries

Lawrence Formerly of Andover - Mr. Barry Edward Connors, an Andover Townie and a more recent resident of Lawrence, passed away at home, after a valiant battle with cancer, on Wednesday morning, October 30, 2019. He was 74 years old. The second of The Baron (George) and Margaret's five boys, …