Weather at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, MA.
The Andover Public Schools will be closed Thursday due to the snowstorm. According to the National Weather Service, it is expected to snow all day with accumulation of about 4 to 8 inches of fresh snow. Snow, freezing rain and sleet is expected later Thursday. Wind gusts as high as 29 miles per hour are also expected, said the NWS. Andover is under a winter storm warning until Friday at 7 a.m. (via Andover Public Schools Closed Thursday - Schools - Andover, MA Patch)
Two weapons were stolen from an FBI SWAT emergency response vehicle parked in Andover, and authorities are seeking your help to retrieve them. (via Weapons Stolen From FBI SWAT Truck in Andover - Police & Fire - Andover, MA Patch)
The good news is that a threat was thwarted. The bad news is that public reaction is unsatisfied. While concern is rightly placed on school safety and school climate, the tenor of ensuing discourse threatens reasoned and compassionate response. A better informed public response would be more constructive.
After School Superintendent Marinel McGrath reported that a West Middle School student was in possession of a hit list, one parent says there are many concerned about the safety of the children if the student returns to school. (via Parent Concerned with ‘Hit List’ Student Returning to West Middle School - Andover, MA Patch)
Blizzard of ‘13
A Snow Parking Ban will be in effect for all streets in Andover starting 7:00 PM on Feb 8th until further notice. No vehicles shall be parked overnight on any street, or positioned in any driveway or lot at anytime in such a manner as to interfere with snow removal and sanding operations. Vehicles found in violation shall be ticketed and towed at the owners expense. Thank you for your cooperation.
IRS Locked Down After White Powder Found in Envelope
Emergency officials have begun letting employeess go home at the
The Andover Fire Department has responded and personnel are currently investigating the incident along with the District 6 HazMat team to arrive at the scene.
The Fire Department and the IRS initially locked down the building so no individuals are allowed in or out, according to Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield.
But employees are now being let out early for the day due to the incident.
Check back to Andover Patch for updates.
Utility Scam Arrives in New England, National Grid Urges Caution
National Grid is asking customers to be on alert for a scam stating utility bills will be paid by the Federal government or President Obama after sending a social security number and bank routing information.
The scam has impacted utility customers
According to accounts from utility companies nationwide, the scammers may engage solicitation through phone calls, door-to-door contacts, and online methods.
National Grid customers in New England can call 1-800-322-3223 if they believe they are victims of the scam and the company is reminding customers to ask for National Grid ID badges of individuals who are acting suspiciously while claiming to represent National Grid.
Indian Bistro to Open in September
Raagini Indian Bistro, a new restaurant to be located in Shawsheen Plaza is scheduled to open when the kids go back to school, according to owner and manager Jaspreet Singh. It will be located in the unit in Shawsheen Plaza formerly occupied by Cardsmart.
The Board of Selectmen approved a liquor license for Andover Foods, Inc.,dba Raagini Indian Bistro on May 21.
The restaurant will be operated as a family affair, with Singh’s father as the chef, an uncle also in the kitchen, and a cousin as the host, he explained.
Singh’s extended family owns a number of restaurants including Jewel of India in Newburyport and
"Our customers, many from Andover, always wanted us to open up an Indian restaurant in town," he explained.
Raagini’s Bistro will be a little more upscale with daily lunch buffets, Singh said. The menu will include traditional Tandoori dishes and some healthy choices, as well as other Indian specialities.
Construction is scheduled to begin in a few weeks, he said.