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JEERS to former Andover Youth Services Director Bill Fahey for abusing his position by brokering a deal to give himself and others regular bonuses of thousands of dollars garnered from large donations made by the North Andover-based nonprofit, the Hurston Family Foundation.

With a growing number of COVID-19 cases in Andover and around the state, many people are struggling to get access to testing — either PCR or an home test. Lines at the Lawrence General testing site recently took some people more than six hours to get through. Have you been able to get test…

The New Year marks a 12-year partnership since the Andover Stories series and the Andover Townsman committed to publishing stories about the Town’s history.

With a growing number of COVID-19 cases in Andover and around the state, many people are struggling to get access to testing — either PCR or an home test.

100 Years Ago — January 13, 1922

100 Years Ago—January 6, 1922

As the omicron variant continues to drive rapid spread of COVID-19, some public health experts warn that the Baker administration has not done enough to get additional shots into arms. New infections increased at a rapid pace over the past few months, and while the share of the population t…

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The Beatles are seen performing, date unknown, from left, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chills out in his mittens at the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

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In this April 30, 2021, photo released by The White House, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter pose for a photo with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden at the home of the Carter’s in Plains, Georgia. 

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Some of our best memories happen around Christmas – who we were with, what presents we received (one of my favorites was a Chatty Cathy doll) and ornaments we’ve saved.

It is somewhat amazing to still be talking about vaccinations as we lurch toward a third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet here we are. Everywhere we turn, we see new evidence that so-called "vaccine hesitancy" is lengthening the pandemic and costing lives.

Tom was reluctant to close Ford’s, even for weddings and funerals. Tom was worried about the customers. Where would they go for their breakfast and coffee? It has been said that Tom did not leave Andover in 40 years. He was at Ford’s around the clock, six days a week.

Not too long ago, Starbucks on Main Street had a table to the right of its door. That was my favorite spot to sit. One day, I realized I was sitting where Stella Koravos had the cash register by the front door to Ford’s.

It wasn't long after Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito announced they weren't running for reelection that the Massachusetts Democratic Party issued a statement saying the pair had ceded the Bay State Republican Party to "the Donald Trump wing" of the GOP.

Will you be keeping your holiday shopping local? With shipping delays and supply chain problems making it harder to order presents to your door, more people are turning to local merchants for their gift shopping this year. Towns are even in on encouraging the move. Andover has a new progr…

As Gov. Charlie Baker said when the Massachusetts Legislature recessed two weeks ago before agreeing upon how to use nearly $4B in American Rescue Plan Act funding and state surplus revenue, this has taken way too long.

How quickly things change. Our question is a little different this week — or rather, a little the same. Even as the Delta variant continues to pummel the masses, an ominous new strain — Omicron — is on its way. As temperatures drop, everyone heads indoors and worry begins about how vaccin…

Winter is coming. The pandemic is raging. Too many people are unvaccinated. Breakthrough cases are common. And now, even as the Delta variant continues to pummel the masses, an ominous new strain — Omicron — is on its way.

Last year many normal festivities were put on pause because of the pandemic. However, this year they are all coming back, including recently staged Mamma Mia at the Collins Center and the Santa Parade on Nov. 28. At this time most Andover residents are vaccinated, but community transmission…

The life of towns, much like those of their residents, often turns on dreams and aspirations. Sometimes they come true; all too often they fall short. Andover’s evolution from an agricultural settlement to an industrial center to a commuter-oriented suburb is marked by dreams realized and ne…

At a recent Select Board meeting, Chris Cronin, director of public works, spoke about the annual water survey — specifically about the levels of lead in six Andover homes that exceeded new standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Tests were conducted in 30 homes total, he said.

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