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Merrimack Valley

December 2, 2009

Christmas sign back on display at North Andover fire station

NORTH ANDOVER — A controversial Merry Christmas sign has returned to its traditional spot outside the Main Street fire station, after the town reversed an earlier decision to take it down.

The decision to put the homemade sign back on display was made this afternoon, after residents protested its removal this morning outside Town Hall.

"The townspeople have spoken," Selectman Richard Nardella said.

Firefighters put the sign back up around 4 p.m.

Selectmen Chairwoman Tracy Watson said the board will meet in executive session Friday, where she will recommend the town also allow Andover Rabi Asher Bronstein to display a menorah on the Town Common for the eight days of Hanukkah, as he had originally requested last month.

Selectmen voted on Nov. 23 to allow the menorah for one day only, prompting the threat of a lawsuit from Bronstein.

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