PHOTO: Leisurely stroll

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Army of volunteers from ‘In This Together 01864’ are ready to serve you...

Apr 2, 2020 by

Published April 2, 2020 NORTH READING — With the coronavirus posing particular concern for those age 60 and older or with underlying medical conditions, North Reading volunteers have joined to form “In This Together 01864.” Volunteers, all residing in North Reading, will shop for and deliver groceries and prescriptions, provide rides to absolutely essential in-person appointments, and offer a friendly check-in by phone to connect with those experiencing isolation. Over 100 volunteers have signed up to be of service. If you would like to request support for yourself or for a family member or friend in North Reading, please call one of the numbers listed below: • Elder Services (978-664-5600) • Food Pantry (978-276-0040) • Veterans’ Affairs (978-357-5212) • Town Hall Hotline (978-357-5300) Requests may also be made through the following local churches. Please...

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Isolation Sing-a-Long brings neighbors together . . . at a safe distance...

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Published April 2, 2020 By MICHAEL GEOFFRION SCANNELL NORTH READING —If you were outside last Sunday night at exactly 6 p.m. and thought you heard people singing “Sweet Caroline,” it was not your imagination. It was all the brainchild a Martin’s Pond resident Joyce Davis. First, an old friend told Davis that every night at 8 o’clock people in her Medway neighborhood would come outside and sing “God Bless America.” Then Davis saw footage on the internet of self-isolating people singing from their balconies in Italy. As it happens composer Neil Diamond had recently rewritten some lyrics to make an anti-virus version of local favorite “Sweet Caroline,” sung by Red Sox fans at Fenway Park in between the eighth inning for years. It seemed appropriate, so Davis began to organize an event she hopes...

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EDITORIAL: Who could have imagined?...

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Published April 2, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY Editor, North Reading Transcript Think of where you were at this time last year. What were your greatest concerns? Who among us could have imagined that a year later the phrase of the day would be “social distancing?” Or that standing closer than six feet to another person in any direction – especially in public – even sitting in the front row of a Palm Sunday church service – could mean putting yourself in harm’s way of catching a virulent illness that mysteriously spares the young – mostly – but which seems to make them the silent carriers who infect those mostly, but not always, older than 60? If I’d had told you in the spring of 2019 that one year later your state would ban groups...

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