EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 11, 2013

Andover youth wins Congressional Art Competition


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — Joshua Allen, a student at Andover High School, has won the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, and will have his artwork displayed at the U.S. Capitol building for one year,

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas announced the winner and runnerups during a reception last week at the Chelmsford Public Library. Third runnerup is Tiffany Lu of Westford, second runners-up are Kevin Lee of Andover and Tanya Dimitrov of Chelmsford, and first runner up Austin Wells of Dracut.

Allen will receive two complimentary airplane tickets to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national ceremony scheduled for June 26 and will receive an artistic scholarship.

The annual Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by members of Congress in their home districts to encourage the artistic talent of high school students. The winners from the Third Congressional District were determined by a nonpartisan panel of artistic, cultural, and community leaders from the area.

Congresswoman Tsongas released the following statement.

“It has always been a great opportunity to encourage and share the artistic talents of our high school students throughout the Third District, providing them with the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building. I especially want to congratulate this year’s winner, Joshua Allen, in addition to all the runners up and participants in this year’s competition.

“Art plays an important role in the lives of us all. From a young age, art helps us become well-rounded individuals and encourages creative expression. Even during difficult economic times, it is so important that we continue to provide funding for public art and art education. These are all part of the broader ‘creative economy’ that helps spur the kind of innovation and business that make us more competitive in today’s increasingly global economy.”

State Police sobriety checkpoint planned

Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a public way in Essex County on Saturday June 15 into Sunday, June 16.

The exact location of the checkpoint is not given.

The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

Dan Rea to host live broadcast at Mass. School of Law

ANDOVER — WBZ Radio talk show host Dan Rea, will preside over “Talk The

Vote,” a live broadcast at the Massachusetts School of Law on Monday, June 17 from 8-10 p.m.

Presented by WBZ 1030 Newsradio and the AARP, Rea will discuss, in front of a live studio audience, the ramifications of the U.S. Senate special election in Massachusetts , which is sure to have a long-lasting effect on the Commonwealth and the nation.

The event is free and open to the public, including MSL students and faculty. The event will be held in the Old Courtroom on the 2nd Floor of MSL. The school is located at 500 Federal St.

For more information or to reserve seats in the live studio audience , go to www.cbsboston.com/wbzvote. During the event, the conversation can be followed on Twitter at #wbzvote.

Hollywood comes to Massachusetts School of Law

ANDOVER — “The Minister’s Wife,” a new movie from Secrets Movie LLC, will be filming scenes at Massachusetts School of Law (MSL) on June 17 and 18.

Produced by Mark Donadio and Miriam Marcus of Moody Independent, Line Produced by Andrea Ajemian of Worcester, and Directed by Princeton resident John Stimpson (Sexting in Suburbia, March Sisters at Christmas, The Legend of Lucy Keyes), “The Minister’s Wife” is based on a true story and Kathryn Casey’s book, Deadly Little Secrets. When Debbie Martin dies of an apparent suicide, her mother, Susan, cannot believe she would kill herself, and she embarks on a crusade to prove that Debbie was murdered.

Producers of the movie have also put out a call for local extras for the MSL scenes. Extras of all ages (no children under 12) are needed and must be available for the entire day they are booked. If interested, please e-mail contact information and a recent photo of yourself to Extras Coordinator Lynnie Hedvig at movietmw@gmail.com. In the subject line, please write your name, and the words “Andover Extra.”