By Bill Kirk
---- — ANDOVER — At-large Lawrence City Councilor Dan Rivera is being honored next week with the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Yankee Clipper Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Rivera is one of two area residents being recognized for their “outstanding contributions to the community,” according to a statement issued by the group organizing the event. Former Andover selectman Ted Teichert is also being honored.
The awards will be given during a breakfast event Friday, May 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St., Andover.
“This award is bestowed upon individuals who have been unselfish in their service to others and have demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in their professional and personal lives, making important contributions serving their fellow citizens, community and nation,” said the statement, issued by committee chairwoman Eileen O’Connor Bernal, attorney Peter Caruso, businessman Robert Lavoie and Andover Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski.
Rivera , who is a candidate for mayor in Lawrence, is the son of a single mother who emigrated from the Dominican Republic. As a youth was a Boy Scout, served as a civil air patrol cadet with the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, was co-chairman of Lawrence High School’s Model United Nations and high school senior class secretary.
After high school, Rivera served as a military police officer in Germany, where he was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He worked as economic development director for former U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan before joining the private sector in marketing.
Teichert grew up in Andover, son of a local small business owner, and continues to be involved in the community.
He is owner of Ted Entertainment, a disc jockey service he started in 1980. He is involved with the Andover Business Center Association’s efforts to promote the downtown and is one of the backers for Andover Day, which now attracts 10,000 people.
Tickets for the breakfast are $40 for individuals or $350 for a table of 10. To order tickets, call Ruth Crocker at 978-372-0591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is also available online at www.yccbsa.org.
The Yankee Clipper Council serves 51 communities in northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, with more than 8,000 youth from these communities involved in Scouting programs and summer camping each year.