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Danvers Herald Bowling tournament to benefit scholarship fund

Danvers — The Colleen Ritzer Scholarship Fund Candlepin Bowling Tournament will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Woburn Bowladrome.

The tournament, which will start at noon, consists of teams of four players, and will include a 100 percent handicap to make it fair for all ability levels. The entry fee is $120 per team with prizes going to the top squads, including sports tickets and restaurant gift certificates. Space for this event is limited.

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WCVB: Slain Danvers teacher remembered at hockey fundraiser

cvANDOVER, Mass. —The Andover Warriors took on the Beverly/Danvers High School girls’ hockey team Monday night.

Both teams shared a common goal: to celebrate the memory of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer and raise money for the scholarship fund that bears her name.

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Salem News: Andover tops Beverly in thrilling game honoring Colleen Ritzer

By Matt WilliamsStaff writer

ANDOVER — A tragedy that brought together two communities also helped bring out the best in two of the Bay State’s best girls hockey teams at Phillips Andover last night.

Colleen Ritzer, the beloved Danvers High teacher from Andover who was murdered in October, was honored in a contest between her hometown Warriors and Beverly, which has a co-operative girls hockey program with Danvers.

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FOX25: Salon to hold fundraiser for Colleen Ritzer

(FOX25 / MyFoxBoston) Ashley Troutman – bio | email

MIDDLETON, Mass. ( – A Middleton salon is planning to hold a fundraiser for Colleen Ritzer, the Danvers High School teacher who was murdered in October.

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Salem News: Falcons put in complete effort in win over Salem

DANVERS — After back-to-back losses last week, Danvers girls basketball head coach Pat Veilleux stressed to his team the importance of playing four complete quarters….

Salem showed its support for the Falcons during pregame warm ups by wearing Danvers Strong T-shirts, with a quote from the fallen Danvers High math teacher Colleen Ritzer.

“That was a tremendous gesture by Salem,” said Veilleux. “The feeling here is still on the sad side about the tragedy. I think everybody in the conference has done something for us and it’s very meaningful.”

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Ritzer Family Statement on SJC Decision to Allow Parole Opportunity for those Sentenced for in Life

smallcrANDOVER, Massachusetts)-The family of Colleen Ritzer today issued the following statement in response to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that allows youths convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison the opportunity for parole.  The family learned of the ruling on Christmas Eve. 

“The Ritzer family feels a deep sense of betrayal and anguish with the recent decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that provides more rights to those youths convicted of horrible and heinous crimes than victims and their families. While these convicted murderers are now provided a second chance through the possibility of parole, victims slain at the hands of ‘youthful offenders’, possibly even our precious daughter Colleen, will be victimized again and again.

Our daughter and sister Colleen was taken in a cruel manner; we are now forced to endure a tremendous loss for life while her likely attacker will be afforded the opportunity for parole if convicted.  There will never be ‘parole’ for our family’s life sentence without Colleen.

If the individual charged with her horrific murder is convicted and sentenced to life in prison, he must never, ever have an opportunity for parole.  Paroling such violent offenders would be more cruel and unusual punishment to victims’ families and loved ones.

This decision should not be applauded, rather overturned as an act of justice and humanity to victims of violent crimes and their families.”



Andover Patch Person of the Year

colleen1When Colleen Ritzer of Andover, 24, went to work each day as a math teacher at Danvers High School, she went with a passion for teaching. Loved by her students, she found ways every day to make math fun.

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Danvers Patch: Special Star in Tribute to Colleen Ritzer Adorns Town Christmas Tree

starThe town’s new Christmas tree was installed in the square on Monday and among the ornaments now adorning the 30-foot tall blue spruce is a special star in memory of Colleen Ritzer. The ornament bears her name below the quote: “Find good in every day.” All the ornaments on the tree were made by the Danvers Garden Club.

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