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David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz was shot in the Dominican Republic Sunday night. The outpouring of support and prayers for him and his family have been unprecedented. Why do you think New England, and particularly Boston, love Big Papi so much?

In the mid-20th century, Western Electric built a plant in North Andover to create the equipment that went into the guts of the country’s telephone network. Devices used by AT&T and the Bell operating companies to transmit phones calls worked with parts engineered and manufactured off Os…

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan said in a story on the front page of this week's Townsman that he and his team of department heads have decided how the town’s share of the Columbia Gas settlement money should be spent: primarily on ‘hard surfaces’ such as roads, sidewalks and parking areas dama…

In the mid-20th century, Western Electric built a plant in North Andover to create the equipment that went into the guts of the country’s telephone network. Devices used by AT&T and the Bell operating companies to transmit phones calls worked with parts engineered and manufactured off Os…

Last week, a video was posted on Facebook, and eventually other social media platforms, purporting to show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words during a speech denouncing Pres. Trump. The video, clearly edited and slowed down to make her look bad, received millions of views. Many pe…

Thousands of Merrimack Valley commuters pass by the statue every day. Bobby Orr captured forever in bronze, flying through the air, face suffused with joy after scoring the game-winning overtime goal against the St. Louis Blues in the 1970 Stanley Cup finals.

It’s almost June and the Boston Bruins are still playing hockey. They are on to the Stanley Cup. Are you excited?

Last week, it was announced that Columbia Gas would be giving $80 million to the three communities affected by the Sept. 13, 2018 gas explosions. The $80 million settlement is broken down this way: $57.1 million will go toward road restoration, $10 million will go toward expense reimbursemen…

As an educator for more than 10 years, I have seen first-hand the impact of positive student-teacher relationships on student success and well-being.

Mary Beth Tinker was an eighth-grader in Des Moines, Iowa, in December 1965 when she and other students who felt deeply about the war in Vietnam decided to wear black armbands to class to signal their support for a truce. School officials learned of the plan, which also involved a day of fas…

Last week, Andover High School Principal Philip Conrad told varsity ice hockey coach Chris Kuchar his contract would not be renewed next winter. The news sparked outrage among parents, players and others in the community who think the administration is meddling too much with coaches at the h…

Philips Healthcare sold its building last week, marking the final chapter in a long story of corporate success in Andover for Philips. Do you think this means Andover’s future as the home of major corporations is in jeopardy?

Cheers to Schneider Electric and Run for the Troops 5K for their combined dedication to the wheelchair division of the race, set for April 28.

Town Meeting is scheduled for April 29-30, which is Monday and Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m. Do you plan on attending?

A strike by Stop & Shop workers has shuttered the Shawsheen Village store, used by many in town for their weekly or daily grocery shopping. Do you agree with the workers, who are striking to preserve pension benefits, increase pay and other workers' rights?

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Obituaries

Kingston, MA - Richard Guild Hinman, 71 died In Kingston on Wednesday, May 22. He was the son of Robert W. Hinman and Jane Guild, of Andover. He was born September 1, 1947 in Melrose, Mass. He was a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover and Colby College, Waterville, Maine. He was involved i…