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December 10, 2012

Winter parking ban in effect in Andover

Merrimack Valley in a minute

ANDOVER — With winter just a couple weeks away, the town’s winter parking rules are already in effect.

Parking on public roads is prohibited during snow emergencies. If snowfall is forecast, it’s a safe bet on-street parking will end in tickets or tows, according to Police Lt. James Hashem.

“If the (Department of Public Works) or a plow comes along and finds that a car is parked in such a way that it’s impeding snow removal or is creating an issue where snow is piling up behind the car, we’ll tow the vehicle,” Hashem said. “Towing is, usually, our last resort.”

Snow emergencies will be announced on the town Website and by Facebook when they are called, Hashem said.

Violating the rules carries a $20 fine, though violations are uncommon since residents are usually familiar with the policy, according to Hashem.

The rules are generally in effect from Dec. 1 to the following April 1. But if there’s a snow emergency in effect after the season ends, the department won’t be shy about enforcing the rules anyway, according to Hashem.

“If they were talking about a snowstorm in May, we could declare a snow emergency,” he said. “We’re hoping we can go another whole season without having to do it. We’re hoping to have another year like last year.”

Memorial Mass for drowning victims

LAWRENCE — A memorial Mass will be held tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. for the four children who drowned in the Merrimack River Dec. 14, 2002. The service at St. Mary of the Assumption will be celebrated in memory of William Rodriguez, Mackendy Constant, Victor Baez and Christopher Casado, whose brother, Ivan survived.

Crab Shack

to host benefit

for Lazarus House

METHUEN — On Dec. 20, Joe’s Crab Shack is hosting a benefit for Lazarus House Ministry where between 10 to 20 percent of food and drink sales will be donated to Lazarus House.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. at the restaurant located at 105 Pleasant Valley St. To print a flyer, go to www.lazarushouse.org.

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