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From Family, and Friends, Words of Love for Colleen

The Ritzer family delivered the following statement following a sentencing hearing on Friday, February 26, 2016: Our family is devastated and feels betrayed, with the restrictions placed upon Judge David Lowy that prohibited him from imposing three consecutive life sentences without the eligibility of parole upon the individual that took…...

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Scholarship Recipients Offer Advice to Those Considering a Teaching Career

At this time of year, high school seniors are busy completing college applications, which quickly transitions to making significant decisions such as where will I spend the next four years and what will I study? Colleen Ritzer, inspired by her pre-school teacher – known as “Miss Laura” to those in…...

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2015 Colleen Ritzer Scholarship Recipients Strengthen Passion for Teaching

Three months ago, nine Andover, Danvers and Nashoba Regional High School graduates departed eastern Massachusetts for institutions of higher learning as close as Boston College and as far away as the University of Delaware all with a common goal: to pursue their dream of becoming a teacher, just like Colleen…...

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Inaugural Scholarship Recipients Motivated by Passion for Teaching, Contributing to Colleen’s Legacy

  The first recipients of a Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship have completed their third semester of college and, driven by a passion to be an inspiration to young learners, continue to pursue a degree in education so that they, like Colleen, can be an enthusiastic presence in the classroom.…...

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Ritzer Family Statement on Jury Verdict

(SALEM, Massachusetts)-Tom, Peggie, Dan and Laura Ritzer today issued the following statement. “Our family would like to thank the jury for their fair and careful consideration of the evidence and overwhelming facts presented during the past few weeks. We would also like to thank Judge David Lowy for his commitment…...

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Save the Date: Holiday Pops Concert 12.13.15 to Benefit the Scholarship Fund

All are invited to a Sunday, December 13, 2015 Annual Pops Concert presented by International Cars and its flagship dealership, Honda North. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund and other local charities. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS The concert features the Hillyer Festival Orchestra 1 p.m.at the Danvers…...

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Ritzer Family Statement on #Kindness4Colleen

(ANDOVER, Massachusetts)-Tom, Peggie, Dan and Laura Ritzer today issued the following statement in response to the #Kindness4Colleen effort that encourages all do to something “good” today in honor of Colleen Ritzer. “Our family is overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of good performed today in support of the #Kindness4Colleen effort. Since…...

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Will You Share #Kindness4Colleen?

I know firsthand that Colleen Ritzer was a caring and loving individual. Being her best friend, I was fortunate to experience her positive impact not only personally but on others as well. Colleen always knew how to cheer up someone’s day. Some examples of Colleen’s kindness include posting optimistic quotes…...

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2017 Step Up for Colleen 5K Walk/ Run May 7, 2017

The friends and family of Colleen Ritzer have created a 5K walk/run to celebrate Colleen’s life and her commitment to help and inspire others. Through the Step Up for Colleen event, organizers hope to enhance a sense of community and overall goodwill as we come together to honor Colleen and…...

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Scholarship Recipient Brings Colleen’s “Good” to Impoverished Children in South Africa

Many stories have been shared of Colleen Ritzer’s ability to transform dull, complex math lessons into fun learning exercises that students would happily participate. That legacy of a love for teaching – and devotion to students personal and academic success – was spread across the Atlantic this summer and shared…...

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