State Representative Jim Lyons will be hosting open office hours for the Town of Andover on Tuesday, May 28 from 1 pm to 2 pm in the Activity Room of the Memorial Hall Library.
- Andrew Sylvia
- Ashley Troutman
- Becca Manning
- Bill Gilman
- Brendan Lewis
- Bret Silverberg
- Daniel DeMaina
- Jake O'Donnell
- Karla Vallance
- Les Masterson
- Liz Taurasi
- Marc Fortier
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- Michael Hardman
- Patrick Maguire
- Robert Gates
- Roberto Scalese
- Ryan Grannan-Doll
- William Laforme
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Like pieces of a puzzle that don't quite fit together yet, the Big Three may have been separated at birth, but with each incremental step their destinies seem to grow more intertwined. No, we're not talking about those Big Three - Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo - though they play major character roles in this thickening plot. Instead, three bills have come to define the early months of the 2013 legislative agenda and resolutions on tax hikes, local road funding and the annual state budget continue to be elusive and dependent on one another. Patrick spent the early part of his week welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to Boston for a few quick meetings and a visit to the Copley …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Chelmsford's member of Congress, Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), made ending sexual abuse within the armed forces a key part of her election campaign, and she had some harsh words following recent allegations of sexual misconduct of a high ranking Air Force offi
Last week, Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Krusinski, head of the U.S. Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, was charged with alleged sexual battery, a fact that led to a strong response from Chelmsford's member of Congress. The news came on the same day that Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), was briefed by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the Department of Defense's (DoD) annual report on sexual assualt in the military. Tsongas, co-chair of the Congressional Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus thanked Hagel for presenting a plan for preventing sexual assault, but had scathing words for the current state of sexual harassment faced by members of the military. "the DoD report indicates a staggering amount of …
St. Augustine School recently received approval by town permitting boards for their Centennial Gym Project.
Without an expansion for over 50 years, some might say St. Augustine School on Central Street was due for one. Well, with the recent passage of the project through the Andover Planing Board, the administration at St. Augustine School is now looking forward to the start of their Centennial Gym Project. "For nearly 100 years, the building at 26 Central Street has remained one of a small handful of foundational brick cornerstones anchoring downtown Andover," read a statement about the project from St. Augustine School. "Its last major expansion was in 1962, when the original building doubled in size -- courtesy of an addition of classrooms and a cafeteria. This summer, St. Augustine School plans to add a long-needed gymnasium to its campus…
The former Vermont governor and presidential candidate will speak at the Phillips Academy on May 16.
Phillips Academy will present a talk by former Vermont governor and one-time U.S. presidential candidate Howard Dean this Thursday. This event, scheduled for May 16 at 7 p.m. in the Kemper Auditorium, is free and open to the public. For more information, find it on the Phillips Academy announcement: http://www.andover.edu/Calendar/Pages/HowardDean2013.aspx
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Massachusetts' problem is now Virginia's. After a macabre, around-the-clock stakeout of a Worcester funeral home this week by frenzied reporters and furious protestors, the remains of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev were secreted out of central Massachusetts and buried in a small Muslim cemetery in rural Virginia. No cemetery in Massachusetts, or public official for that matter, wanted Tsarnaev's body. And Gov. Deval Patrick just seemed relieved the tense standoff was over. "No. I have enough to do," Patrick said, when asked if he wished he had gotten involved to end the theatrics sooner. The April 15 attacks on the finish line of the Boston Marathon threw Beacon Hill policymakers off stride, quieting the raging debate …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Find out what were some of the highlights at Andover's Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting this past week.
Andover Annual Town Meeting, as well as a Special Town Meeting, finally concluded this week with the passage of over 60 articles, including those putting funds towards the coming Cormier Youth Center, $2.5 million for a host of site improvements at Doherty Middle School, and an article setting up an elderly housing district in Andover. Some of the notable articles turned down include a new economic development plan for the downtown that included selling the Town Yard land to expand downtown, a parking management action plan for downtown, and a plan to repair, rehabilitate and renovate the Ballardvale Fire Station. On the first night of Town Meeting, roughly 400 voters approved a fiscal 2014 town budget of $147,501,097, with discussion …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Congressman leads Gabriel Gomez by 17 points.
A new Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH) poll shows a strong lead for Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey over Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate special election. The poll of 500 likely voters has Markey at 52 percent and Gomez at 35 percent. Eleven percent of voters in the poll were undecided. A third-party candidate, Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions Party, got 1 percent and another 1 percent refused to respond. David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said along with the announcement of the poll that Markey has "a large lead over his Republican opponent who voters are unsure about." Indeed 32 percent of those polled said …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The article passed last night at the second session of Andover Annual Town meeting will allow for an senior housing development on the grounds of the Franciscan Center in Andover.
Andover Town Meeting voters discussed at length an article to amend the zoning bylaws to make way for a senior housing complex at the Franciscan Center. With many residents making comments both for and against, in the end, the article passed with little opposition. Andover Annual Town Meeting continued tonight after getting through the first 25 articles in the 60-plus warrant. Voters also approved $600,000 to install sidewalks in various sections of town, painting of library windows and curbing, as well as an article paying Andover's share of the cost of renovations to the Greater Lawrence Technical High School HVAC system. Article 26 asked voters to approve a senior residential community overlay district that would pave the way for a …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Roughly 400 residents made it to Andover's Annual Town Meeting last night at the Andover High School field house.
Andover's Annual Town Meeting spent well over an hour talking about different sections of Andover's fiscal 2014 budget, one of the 61 articles on the warrant this year. Voters eventually approved the $147.5 million budget. In addition to the budget, voters approved a list of large, one-time expenses, such as town vehicle purchases and large repair projects, called capital projects. This year capital projects totaled $2.28 million. After subtracting fixed costs and other expenses, the the town and school budgets combined totaled $103,878,915, which represents a 3.42 percent increase from last year. Resident Bob Pokress asked what the town is doing to start saving for the unfunded retirement liabilities it will have to pay out in future …