Try using a salt alternative at your home this winter and help avoid the harmful effects that road salt can have on our groundwater supplies, local waterways, and rest of our surrounding environment. @mrwc_ @SalemSoundCoast @ipswichriverorg

Getting slippery out there? We know that road salt can keep our streets safer, but it can have very harmful effects on our surrounding environment. Once washed off of sidewalks and roads, the salt makes its way to nearby rivers, oceans and/or groundwater supplies where it causes a significant change in salinity – interrupting an ecosystem's natural balance. Salty water is much harder for plants to absorb through their root systems and causes great stress on fresh water creatures like fish, amphibians and many invertebrates. A perfect solution has not been determined, but there are many natural alternatives to be explored. You can do your part by using some of these salt alternatives at home!

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The Annual Town Election for the Town of North Andover will be held on Tuesday March 26, 2019

The following are offices to be elected: 

Board of Selectmen – 3 Year Term – One Seat Open

  • Rosemary Connelly Smedile – Current Incumbent

North Andover School Committee – 3 Year Term- One Seat Open

  • Amy T. Mabley – Current Incumbent – Has Taken Out Papers

Nomination Papers are available at the Town Clerk’s Office at 120 Main Street.  

Nomination papers must be taken out no later than Noon on Friday, February 1, 2019 and returned by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.  
Fifty certified signatures are required to be on the ballot.  
Please contact Joyce Bradshaw, Town Clerk if you have any questions.  Candidate packets are available now.  


Massachusetts Police Accreditation Assessment Scheduled for North Andover Police Department – March 5, 2019

Chief Charles Gray is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on March 5, 2019, to begin a three-day assessment examining various aspects of the North Andover Police Department’s Policies and Procedures, Operations and Facility.

Verification by the Assessment Team that the Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain state Accreditation, a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards.  In order to achieve accreditation status, the Department must continue to meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 60% of the optional standards.  
Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The North Andover Police Department previously received the award in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to contact Chief Gray or the Department’s Accreditation Manager, Sergeant Gene Salois.