NA Community: Demand ROCK THE BLOCK Rescheduling!

NA Community: Demand ROCK THE BLOCK Rescheduling!

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Angela DiCenso started this petition to Town of North Andover

On September 13, 2019, the Town of North Andover, North Andover Police Dept, North Andover Fire Dept, and Emergency Management planned an event ("Rock the Block") to mark the one year anniversary of the day our community was turned upside down – and the day that set us on the path where we proved the strength of our community spirit.  Unfortunately, due to the EEE threat levels and the Board of Health orders to avoid outdoor activities from dusk until dawn, the event was cancelled.  

Those of us in the community are outraged by the fact that alternative times and locations do not appear to have been considered.  The town encouraged residents to patronize the NAMA Fall Festival as a consolation.  The Fall Festival has been a wonderful annual tradition of NA for years. It existed long before the explosions and completely diminishes the value of instilling a new tradition to commemorate the strength of the community by attempting to call it the commemoration, especially on the 1st year anniversary.  It feels like a consolation prize. 

The EEE outbreaks last 2-3 years.  Does this mean no evening events will be considered until 2021?  Community members were so proud and thrilled with the sentiment and strategy behind Rock the Block.  An abundance of caution should be exercised, especially when the event is to reunite our community after a massive public safety threat.  Have a daytime outdoor or indoor evening venue been considered like the high school gym?  It seems as though the town officials threw in the towel without making other attempts to pull it together.  

These events heavily rely on the small businesses of NA to participate yet there seems to be a major lack of respect for their time and money.  First National Night Out was cancelled and now Rock the Block.  Small businesses do not have the luxury of consistently buy promo items or plan to staff extra employees.  Participants of Rock the Block were provided with an opportunity to have a booth at the Fall Festival but the downtown brick and mortar businesses do not generally have the resources to change the venue on short notice.  

The members of the community are demanding that the Town of North Andover, North Andover Police Dept, North Andover Fire Dept, and Emergency Management consider RESCHEDULING ROCK THE BLOCK!

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