Andover Shines Brightly Amid Coronavirus Crisis

ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The town of Andover is hosting a competition to shine a little light during the coronavirus pandemic.

Light Up Andover asks homeowners to decorate with whatever string lights they have on hand.

"Halloween lights, Easter lights, it doesn't matter the holiday," Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan told WBZ NewsRadio.

The best part of the competition is that you don't have to leave your house.

"It's a contest that not only gets the community together while practicing social distancing, but being part of a community event when we really can't do anything else," Flanagan said. The prizes are gift certificates to downtown businesses.

The initiative comes as the town is still recovering from the Columbia Gas Explosions in 2018 that left one dead and several injured.

"Two years in a row, what we thought was a once-in-a-lifetime hardship manifested itself in back-to-back years," Flanagan said.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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