Meet Your Neighbor: Debbie Savoia
Debbie is a hairdresser and child protection advocacy rock star.
Patch: What is your occupation?
Debbie: I'm a hairdresser for funeral homes.
Patch: How long have you lived in North Andover?
Debbie: I have lived in town for 22 years.
Patch: What is your favorite part about living in North Andover?
Debbie: My favorite part about living in NA is the people. There are so many good people who care so much for the kids in this town. People who put in so much of there time volunteering to make NA a great place to live, the kids of NA are very fortunate.
Having a great community doesn't just happen it takes caring, devoted people.Not people who open the paper or watch the news and complain about what is wrong but people who get involved and make a difference.
Patch: What is your favorite location in North Andover?
Debbie: My favorite location used to be the North Andover High School field at a Friday night football game. The town just comes together to support the team and it is a lot of fun for young and old. Now it is going out to eat on Saturday nights with my husband to one of the great restaurants in town.
Patch: What is your favorite memory that took place in North Andover?
Debbie: My favorite memories I would say was watching my kids grow up in town and playing sports, school events, youth center years, proms & graduations!
Patch: What are your biggest interests/causes?
Debbie: My biggest interests/causes are children and public safety. Seventeen years ago I started my fight to get Megan's Law with community notification passed to protect the children of Massachusetts, and a year later on Aug. 5, 1996, Gov. Weld signed it into law. I wanted Massachusetts children to grow up in a safer state where their rights were more important then sex offenders' rights. I wanted parents to know who their neighbors where. I was a part of the great organization Community Voices (where I've recently stepped down due to family reasons), a great organization that helps to educate parents on how to keep their children safe plus so much more. Check them out www.communityvoices.net. I've tried to bring attention to the Massachusetts Missing Children so that people know who is missing and will take the time to look at their picture and hopefully help bring them home safe.
I was a Cheerleading Commissioner for North Andover Booster Club and met some really great talented girls. I work with the NAPD as a Block Captain and on a few other projects they send my way. We are very fortunate to have a Chief and Police Department who are truly devoted to this community. They really care and take that extra step to keep the people of this community involved & safe and informed like with National Night Out. They also run an internet safety contest for all 4th & 5th graders in town. They were just involved in the suitcase4kids. They work hard to keep the lines of communication open with the community.