The Select Board is looking to fill a vacancy on the Community Preservation Committee. The Community Preservation Committee was established by Town Meeting pursuant to Mass. General Law, chapter 44B. The duties of the Community Preservation Committee are to study the needs, possibilities and resources of the town regarding community preservation and to make recommendations to Town Meeting for the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space, for the acquisition and preservation of historical resources, for the acquisition, creation and preservation of land for recreational use, and for the creation, preservation and support of community housing.
The Committee typically meets at 7:00PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month from September through June.
If interested, please visit the town website at www.northandoverma.gov, click on “Board and Comm Info” on the left hand side of the page to complete a Volunteer Form. Please contact Jillian Brothers with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-688-9510.
Last Day Voter Registration – Annual Town Election
Wednesday, March 10th is the last day to register to vote for the upcoming March 30th Annual Election. With a valid MA driver’s license or a valid State ID card, you can register online at www.registertovotema.com. This can be done up until 11:59 PM on March 10th. If you are new to North Andover; a longtime resident and you have never registered to vote; or you will be turning 18 after this last day of voter registration but before the March 30th election, this voter registration date is for you. Any voter registrations received after this date will not be eligible to vote in the Annual Election. Not sure if you are registered? You can check your voter registration status at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/voterregistrationsearch/myvoterregstatus.aspx
If you do not have access to a computer, or you do not have a valid MA driver’s license or State ID card, email or call our office and a voter registration form can be sent to you, or you can pick one up from our office. We are closed to the public but we are happy to meet you at the door with the proper form. Email at email@example.com or call at 978-688-9501.
Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response
CONNECT WITH US: Text COVIDNA to 67283
March 2, 2021 UPDATE
Total case count: 2522
Recovered and out of isolation: 2384
COVID-19 Related Deaths: 86
Active Merrimack cases (included in case count): 12
We have seen an uptick in cases over the past week, please continue to practice social distancing and mask wearing. Spring is just around the corner!
The Governor has announced that Massachusetts advanced to Step 2 of Phase III on March 1 and will start Phase IV of its reopening plans on March 22. For more information on what that means please see the attached press release. https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-plans-for-continued-reopening
The state is in phase 2 of the vaccine roll out. Currently, residents 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine and those with two comorbidities. For more information on the vaccine please visit: https://www.northandoverma.gov/health/pages/covid-19-vaccine-information
The State has informed municipalities that they will not receive vaccines to run local clinics at this time. The Town is actively working with residents to help with booking of appointments and transportation needs.
Residents 65 and over may also call the state at 211 for assistance registering for any state run clinic. You may call 211 seven days a week. If no appointments are available when you call, you will be placed on a call back list and will be called back when appointments are available. Appointments are added on a continuous basis as vaccine becomes available.
Wondering what to expect during an appointment at the mass vaccination site at the DoubleTree Hotel? This informational (FAQs) and orientation video was produced in partnership with some North Shore Health Departments, a Middleton Board of Health Member and Essex Tech High School Film Department: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfapEjT4bNE.
Do you or a family member need transportation to a vaccine site? The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) offers transportation to vaccine sites within the MVRTA service area for persons in Phase 2 Groups 1 and 2. If there is a need to go out of the MVRTA area (the Danvers site, for example) – those requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Click here to learn more and to arrange a ride: http://www.mvrta.com/special-services/covid-19-vaccination-transportation-service/
The State has a FAQ page regarding the vaccine, which is available here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions
Learn more about the vaccine timeline here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/when-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine
COVID-19 testing at the Stop the Spread sites is free, easy and painless. Please consider getting tested over the next two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to your family and friends. A list of the sites can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread
All of Governor Baker’s emergency orders can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency
Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for Small Businesses:
The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering:
First Draw PPP Loans for first time program participants
Second Draw PPP Loans for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan
SBA is currently accepting Paycheck Protection Program PPP loan applications from participating lenders. Lender Match can help connect you with a lender. You can also view all lenders near you on a map.
SBA also offers additional Coronavirus relief
A directory of free technical assistance opportunities for small businesses is available here: mvopenforbusiness.org
As more and more businesses, restaurants and activities remain open at a reduced capacity, we continue to encourage the community to stay diligent in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Many of the things that you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses such as the flu, include:
Wear a face covering or mask whenever in public.
Physical or social distancing whenever in public and as much as possible.
Avoid large gatherings especially as it gets colder and more events are being held inside.
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
Please join us in stressing this to your family, friends and neighbors.
If you get a COVID-19 test for any reason, especially if you are not feeling well then please isolate until you receive your test results. It is also important to isolate yourself from your family members if possible. The majority of the transmission we are seeing is from household contacts. Please be aware and protect your family. These steps are of the utmost importance and reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Due to the volume of positive cases across the State of Massachusetts, the Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC) was developed to aid Local Boards of Health in the tracing of close contacts in each community. By answering the call from the CTC, you can do your part in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. Your caller ID will show the call is coming from
MA COVID Team with area codes (833) or (857).
The COVID-19 hotline is still available at 978-208-6070. Messages left on this line are sent directly to Town staff and will be answered during regular business hours.
The best source of guidance and recommendations is the DPH website:
We will continue to monitor this situation and will distribute necessary information and guidance.
Melissa Rodrigues, Esq.