School positions updated

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The School Committee last week updated the contract for elementary school assistant principals at the Woodville and Dolbeare Schools as well as the job description for a Level 2 technology specialist. School Business Administrator Michael Pfifferling explained that the technology specialist was not a new position, but since the position was vacant it seemed like a good opportunity to update the job description which had been created six years ago. He said that when the job description was originally written, it was before there were Chromebooks in the schools and before teachers had laptops at every grade level. The job description also included many references to outdated operating systems, he noted. “The responsibility in this job is much higher than it was,” he...

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Helping PR hurricane victims one box at a time...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — It only takes one person to start a movement, and Wakefield resident Elizabeth “Liz” Stumpf started one not long after Puerto Rico was struck by Hurricane Maria, a monster storm that left behind destruction, hunger and darkness. Stumpf, a hygienist for a dental practice in North Reading, was born on Long Island, N.Y. but moved to Puerto Rico when she was two years old. When she moved to Wakefield 22 years ago to start a family with her husband Mark, she left behind her entire family in Puerto Rico, including her mother. While Maria raged on, Stumpf worried about the wellbeing of her loved ones, but power was out and there was no way to communicate. “With all of my family on...

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Life lessons learned on the gridiron...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Rotary clubs host Thanksgiving rivals at luncheon Published in the November 22, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO NORTH READING — The annual Thanksgiving Day showdown between the Lynnfield and North Reading football teams has become a rite of passage for both schools as well as a highly anticipated event in the two towns. The same is true for the annual pre-Thanksgiving Day luncheon, which was hosted by the North Reading and Lynnfield Rotary Clubs at Kitty’s Restaurant on Nov. 15. North Reading Club President Mike Walbourne served as the master of the ceremonies during the luncheon. He said the two clubs do “a lot of great work” in their respective communities. “In the coming months, both the North Reading and Lynnfield clubs will be working on a food project,” said Walbourne. “We will be giving away...

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Transcript kicks off 28th annual CCS appeal...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Thanks to the immense generosity of the readers of this newspaper, the Transcript has the good fortune to launch its 28th annual Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund this week in support of the year-round good works of Christian Community Service (CCS). All of the funds donated to the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund throughout the holiday season directly benefit residents of North Reading who have fallen on hard times. In addition to running the town’s Food Pantry year-round, which serves between 100-120 clients per month, the volunteers at the non-profit CCS have been busy providing Thanksgiving food baskets to about 95 families in town and they’ll be delivering hot meals on Thanksgiving Day to over 20 shut-ins. They will then switch gears and...

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Town’s new tax rate $16.34 Single rate remains...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — In fiscal year 2018, the town’s new property tax rate has increased slightly, to $16.34 per thousand of valuation. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Monday night to both establish this new tax rate and to keep the single tax rate in place for all classes of property – residential, commercial and industrial. The only two years during which the Selectmen set a split tax rate between property classes were 1985 and 1988. Splitting the tax rate does not generate new revenue, it only reallocates the levy burden, explained Debbie Carbone, the town’s chief assessor. The new tax rate is an increase of 21 cents per thousand of property valuation, or about one percent. It is considered an estimated tax rate...

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Melrose Emergency Fund seeks donations...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 24, 2017 edition MELROSE — As the holiday season begins, Mayor Rob Dolan asks Melrosians to consider making a donation to the Melrose Emergency Fund. “Over the past year, we have spent a lot of time reflecting on what it means to be a community,” Dolan said. “Helping our neighbors is an important part of that, whether it’s clearing a senior citizen’s sidewalk, helping with a school fundraiser, or bringing a meal to a sick friend. The Emergency Fund is another way to do that, and it allows us to help our neighbors at the moment when they need it most – at a time when we may not even know that they are facing a crisis.” The Emergency Fund provides one-time help to Melrose families who are going through...

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