, Salem, MA

March 27, 2013

Beverly shows off its 'Idol' pride


---- — BEVERLY — If you can’t be in Hollywood rooting for Angela Miller, showing support in her hometown might be the next best thing.

Signs have begun sprouting on store windows, downtown sidewalks and front yards in support of Miller, the 19-year-old Beverly High School graduate who is one of the final eight singers on “American Idol.”

Beverly Main Streets had 50 signs made up last week and gave them all away for free in a day. Meanwhile, Todd’s Sporting Goods has sold more than 80 T-shirts and two-dozen signs.

“It shows we’re all thinking about Angie and her family,” said Heather Wolsey, the marketing coordinator for Beverly Main Streets. “We’re proud that Angie lives in Beverly and went through Beverly High School and was part of the music program.”

Todd’s Sporting Goods is selling “Team Angie” shirts for $10 and donating $1 of each sale to the Beverly High music program. It is also selling signs for $15.

The signs can be personalized to proclaim that the sign owner “loves Angie Miller. Please vote!!”

Todd’s Sporting Goods owner Todd Lampert said he’d love to sell as many signs and shirts as he can, but it’s more important that the community expresses its enthusiasm for one of its own.

“People can put signs in their windows with a piece of paper,” he said. “As long as they come out and show their support.”

Miller is scheduled to sing live tonight on “American Idol” on Fox TV. Tomorrow night, one of the eight singers will be eliminated from the competition.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or