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October 9, 2013

Tommy Strong Night will help renovate home for boy who lost leg

NORTH ANDOVER — Before Tommy Cox, who suffered the loss of a leg in a boating accident in New Hampshire last month, can return to his home, it will have to be renovated.

Friends of the Cox family, including Selectman Tracy Watson, have said this will cost thousands of dollars. The selectmen voted unanimously Monday night to waive the building permit fee Tommy’s parents, John and Julie Cox, would ordinarily have to pay.

Tommy, 10, who had just started fifth grade at Sargent School when the accident happened, is an “incredibly strong child,” Watson said. He is a patient at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. and is expected to be transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

Town Manager Andrew Maylor said town employees have committed to raising $1,000 to help with Tommy’s medical expenses. Friends of the Cox family have organized fundraising events.

Tommy Strong Night will take place Saturday at 5 p.m. at Jaime’s Restaurant, 25 High St. Restaurant employees will wear Tommy Strong shirts and there will be a table where shirts and tickets to a fundraiser at the Stevens Estate will be sold. Donations will also be accepted.

The Stevens Estate fundraiser will be Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Organizers plan to sell 500 tickets at $25 each. To buy a ticket to this fundraiser, make a donation or obtain more information, visit www.tommystrong.com.

“I am so proud to be from North Andover,” Watson said, commenting on how the town has come together to support Tommy and his family. The Cox family, she said, is “overwhelmed” at the outpouring of compassion from the community.

“From tragedy always comes goodness,” Watson said.

Harvest of music opener

ANDOVER - Harpist Aine Minogue will kick off the Friends of Memorial Hall Library’s 2013-2014 concert series on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the 2 North Main St. library.

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