Schools ready to welcome kids

Sep 28, 2020 by

Published on September 28, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — An independent engineering firm has cleared the way for local schools to reopen tomorrow for limited classroom instruction. The firm concluded that any deficiencies in the air quality or ventilation systems in the schools can be adequately addressed using short-term measures and should not affect plans to move to the hybrid instructional model tomorrow. On Tuesday, local schools plan to enter Phase 3 of their reopening plan, which involves a blend of in-person classroom instruction and remote learning at all levels. The models differ by grade level and school, but all feature some amount of in-school, classroom instruction along with remote learning. BALA Consulting Engineers was brought in to assess the air quality and ventilation systems as the schools prepare to move to Phase 3 BALA...

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Schools set for start of ‘hybrid’ instruction...

Sep 25, 2020 by

Published in the September 25, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — With the hybrid model of in-person and remote instruction set to begin Tuesday in local schools, the School Committee was brought up to date on a number of matters this week. School Facilities Manager Bob Schiaroli said that his staff has worked with the Water Division to flush all of the buildings. He said that with the buildings not experiencing much use in the last six months, there was potential for chemicals to collect from water standing in the pipes. He said that the water had subsequently been tested in all schools and determined to be safe. Schiaroli noted that an independent engineering firm had done an analysis of the HVAC and ventilation systems in all the schools. He said that the...

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Police charge Methuen man in local bank robbery...

Sep 25, 2020 by

Posted on: Friday, September 25, 2020 NORTH READING — Chief Michael Murphy reports that the North Reading Police Department has charged a man who allegedly robbed a local bank in August. Nicholas O’Neil, 37, of Methuen, was charged with unarmed robbery. According to North Reading police, on Tuesday, August 25, at approximately 2:50 p.m., North Reading police responded to Citizens Bank, 80 Main St., for a report of a bank robbery. Through a subsequent investigation, police determined that a suspect, later identified as O’Neil, allegedly entered the bank and demanded money from the teller. No weapon was shown and he was given an undetermined amount of cash. Police obtained a warrant for O’Neil’s arrest on Monday, September 21. He was taken into custody on Tuesday, September 22 by the Tewksbury Police Department on an...

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Much has been done to get schools ready for 2020-21...

Sep 24, 2020 by

Published September 25, 2020 MELROSE — School is back in session, with most kids starting the year September 16 learning from home because of the on-going pandemic. But when the buildings reopen to the majority of students, faculty and staff — hopefully on October 19 — they will be completely compliant with all safety protocols and regulations. Supt. of Schools Dr. Julie Kukenberger, schools’ Director of Finance and Administrative Affairs Leia DiLorenzo-Secor and DPW Director Elena Proakis Ellis gave the school board a detailed look Tuesday night at what has transpired in Melrose’s academic facilities since they closed in the middle of March. A lot of the sinks, for example, now have touchless hot and cold water faucets. There is plenty of hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment in each building. Hallways have floor...

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Middlesex DA Ryan honored by MAAV this year...

Sep 24, 2020 by

Published September 25, 2020 MIDDLESEX DA MARIAN RYAN MELROSE — MAAV’s Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil will look a little different this year, but one tradition will remain the same: the presentation of the Annual Advocacy in Action Award. Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan has been selected as the recipient of this award, which is MAAV’s 10th Annual. DA Ryan has been in office since 2014 and is a career prosecutor and a talented appellate attorney. She has been a leader in domestic violence prevention and prosecution throughout her career and has conducted trainings across the county for prosecutors, law enforcement officers and service providers on recognizing the signs of domestic violence. “Congratulations to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan for receiving MAAV’s Advocacy in Action Award. I can’t think of a more deserving...

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33 Melrose artists’ work displayed...

Sep 24, 2020 by

Published September 25, 2020 MELROSE — Melrose Arts, along with the Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce its 13th Annual Window Art Walk Oct. 3-19 in Melrose. Each year, local Melrose artists team up with downtown merchants to present a beautiful display of art. Residents can stroll the downtown area and see work in various media done by local artists displayed in the windows of participating merchants. Come see what some artists have created during this pandemic. An online listing showing which artists are in each window will be available to the public on the website www.melrosearts.com. This free event is a great way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon – seeing what’s happening on the local art scene and supporting local businesses. Since the window walk lasts for two weeks, there’s no...

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