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Time to boost businesses
News 3 days ago
Time to boost businesses

For Andover businesses still struggling to get back clientele after the Sept. 13 gas disaster, a hopeful solution is underway. Officials huddled...

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Plastic bag ban caught in political crosswind
News 5 days ago
Plastic bag ban caught in political crosswind

BOSTON - Advocates of a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags are among those now urging lawmakers to toss the latest attempt at legislation in...

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State to double fees for cremation reviews
News 1 week ago
State to double fees for cremation reviews

BOSTON - Scattering the ashes of a deceased family member in Massachusetts will soon cost more, with the state set to double the required fee for...

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Town seeks opinions of residents, merchants
News 2 weeks ago
Town seeks opinions of residents, merchants

Drivers may be getting some relief at one of Andover's busiest intersections, as redevelopment plans for the former town yard site are getting much...

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Public seeks state action on traffic noise
News 3 weeks ago
Public seeks state action on traffic noise

Residents of the Starwood Crossing neighborhood are speaking up and seeking action regarding the noise levels created by the interchange of...

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Amazon will deliver economic boost to the region
News 1 month ago
Amazon will deliver economic boost to the region

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...

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Our View: Amazon will deliver economic boost to the region
News 1 month ago
Our View: Amazon will deliver economic boost to the region

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...

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We all scream for ice cream
News 2 months ago
We all scream for ice cream

Courtesy imageJ. P. Licks has 16 stores, including eight in Boston and eight more in neighboring towns. It will soon be opening a store in Andover....

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Tewksbury request to reroute trucks to Dascomb Road denied
News 2 months ago
Tewksbury request to reroute trucks to Dascomb Road denied

The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Monday night to deny a request from Tewksbury town officials seeking an alternate travel route for heavy...

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Developers to propose major housing project in Shawsheen
News 2 months ago
Developers to propose major housing project in Shawsheen

A local developer is seeking approval for an apartment complex with as many as 150 units on land sandwiched between the Shawsheen River and the...

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Charity group honors to Sept. 13 gas crisis fund
News 2 months ago
Charity group honors to Sept. 13 gas crisis fund

In the immediate aftermath of the gas fires and explosions that tore through the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover on Sept. 13,...

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New office building, new ice cream store among downtown changes
News 2 months ago
New office building, new ice cream store among downtown changes

As construction cranes rise over downtown and tarped-over scaffolding masks Main Street buildings, it would appear that Andover is in the throes of...

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Philips Healthcare campus sold for $36M
News 2 months ago
Philips Healthcare campus sold for $36M

Philips Healthcare has sold its 3000 Minuteman Road property to Atlantic Management Corporation, a local real estate firm, for $36 million,...

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Hospitals short on funds to cover low-income patients
News 2 months ago
Hospitals short on funds to cover low-income patients

BOSTON -- Hospitals that serve large numbers of uninsured and low-income patients in the Merrimack Valley are getting shortchanged by the state,...

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Draper Block: 
News 3 months ago
Draper Block: "The Best Location in Town"

Today's Draper Block development combines the physical space of originally three separate buildings, each with its own business history. Space does...

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Andover overspending and corporate extortion
News 3 months ago
Andover overspending and corporate extortion

Editor, Townsman: Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman back in the 1970s popularized the expression "there is no such thing as a free...

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Selectmen authorize second submission to MSBA for high school
News 3 months ago
Selectmen authorize second submission to MSBA for high school

The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to authorize Superintendent Sheldon Berman to submit a second statement of interest to the Massachusetts...

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Elander & Swanton - Part II: The
News 3 months ago
Elander & Swanton - Part II: The "Dream Team"

When Carl Elander and Stanley Swanton became partners, the business immediately enhanced its well-known downtown presence. But not before going...

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Town budget growth is unsustainable
News 3 months ago
Town budget growth is unsustainable

The Board of Selectmen approved fiscal year 2020 for a grand total budget of $201,175,383. While it's "only" 3.8 percent higher than the last...

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New, $17.5 million public works facility poised to open
News 4 months ago
New, $17.5 million public works facility poised to open

A project 25 years in the making, the new Municipal Services Facility will soon reach completion and open it's doors to the public works department...

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Vispoli supports Chinese-American community
News 4 months ago
Vispoli supports Chinese-American community

Editor, Townsman: I'm writing in support of Alex Vispoli's re-election to the Andover Board of Selectmen. Alex Vispoli has supported Andover's...

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Property tax override attempts at 30-year low
News 4 months ago
Property tax override attempts at 30-year low

Property tax override attempts are at a 30-year low, cities and towns have roughly doubled their total savings over the past ten years, and...

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All Those Years Ago
News 4 months ago
All Those Years Ago

Such changes are being made at the old T. A. Holt store that the place is already unrecognizable. A large window-lighted store with 51-x-63 feet of...

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Senior Center a place to nurture community values
News 4 months ago
Senior Center a place to nurture community values

Editor, Townsman: A healthy community includes ethnic, religious, and age diversity, the last of which deserves greater attention in the years to...

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Pot sales drawing competition from other states
News 4 months ago
Pot sales drawing competition from other states

BOSTON - As the recreational pot industry takes off in Massachusetts, other nearby states are rushing to get a piece of the tax revenue lost to...

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Neighbors in Need? Andover Senior Center is here to help
News 4 months ago
Neighbors in Need? Andover Senior Center is here to help

Food Insecurity is a term that has come into public discourse recently and when used, it means a person does not have reliable access to affordable...

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Traffic issues continue with Dascomb Road project
News 4 months ago
Traffic issues continue with Dascomb Road project

The Dascomb Road project, which dominated headlines and town meeting discussion in recent years, has returned to the forefront as neighbors...

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Kim wants to
News 5 months ago
Kim wants to "try to make things better" as a Selectman

Roland Kim said the simple answer to why he's pursuing one of the two open seats on the Board of Selectmen is to "try to make things better." If he...

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Excessive property taxes walloping homeowners
News 5 months ago
Excessive property taxes walloping homeowners

Editor, Townsman: If you haven't started working up your federal tax return for 2018, fasten your seat belt. Andover middle income and working...

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Business Briefcase
News 5 months ago
Business Briefcase

Lawrence, MA - More than 50 representatives from community health and social service organizations based in the Merrimack Valley area gathered at...

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