---- — 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.
Minogue will sing and perform selections on the Irish harp to highlight the beauty of the fall season and the rich Celtic heritage of the harp. Her songs will be in both Gaelic and English and she may even add a line or two of poetry.
The program explores the manner in which fall and the harvest season reflected the ancient cycle of the year for the early Irish and Celts.
Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.
Upcoming events at Punchard Center
The Center at Punchard (The Center), 30 Whittier Court is offering the following events. Pre-registration required for all events and space is limited. Open to entire community, pending space. Call for information: 978-623-8321. Or visit www.andoverseniorcenter.org for our complete listings.
Jewelry making: Mondays, Oct. 21 - Nov. 4 from 1-3 p.m. $30. Learn to make earrings, necklace and a bracelet. Materials provided for each item but please bring your beads and other objects to incorporate into your creations. Limit 8 students.
Meet the author: Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. $3. Light refreshments served. Former crime reporter and city editor at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, Andrew Coburn has written numerous short stories and 13 novels. His novel “Sweetheart” a suspense mafia novel set in Boston, will be screened on Thursday, Oct.17 at 7 p.m. Coburn will talk about some of the perils of reporting on the criminal underworld.
Computer 101: Wednesdays, Oct. 23 and 30 at 1:30 p.m. $3 each. Talk about your expectations for computer use and find out the basics. Follow up this introductory course with private lessons or minor repair available here at the Center or at your home from our own Computer Geeks.
The Crystal Ballroom Masquerade Ball: Sunday, Oct. 27; 6 – 10 p.m.; The Andover Townhouse, 20 Main Street. Advance tickets $10 each. At the door: $15 singles/$25 couple. Dance instruction by Tom Webster of Dance New England from 6:00-7:00. Music provided by D B’s Orchestra. Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at The Center, The Andover Bookstore or at the door.
Halloween Around the World: Tuesday, Oct. 29; 1:30 pm $3; Join Prof. Richard Padova, of Northern Essex Community College, as he takes you around the world looking at Halloween customs, practices and traditions in different countries.
The Witches of Andover: Thursday, Oct. 31; 10 am; $3; What spooked Andover in 1692? Who were Andover’s witches? What happened to them? Why were so many accused? Join historian Don Robb to explore this fascinating part of Andover’s past.