Town Meeting OK’s funding for 40B appeal...

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Published October 10, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — It was a rare sight. Nearly a full house packed the Daniel H. Shay Performing Arts Center participate in October Town Meeting Monday night. The official tally of voters, according to Town Clerk Barbara Stats, was 547. Checking in that many voters took an additional 50 minutes, delaying the start of the semi-annual affair to 7:50 p.m. The main attraction was the request under Article 7 to amend the FY20 Operating Budget with a transfer of $125,000 from Free Cash to fund Town Counsel legal and professional expenses to enable the town to defend itself during the Ch. 40B comprehensive permit application currently before the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The issue concerns the proposed 200-unit apartment complex at 20 Elm St. by...

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Town’s ‘Safe Harbor’ declaration denied by DHCD...

Oct 10, 2019 by

Published October 10, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The town received notification from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) late Friday afternoon, October 4, that its claim of “Safe Harbor” from the 20 Elm St. Chapter 40B comprehensive permit application has not met its burden of proof. DHCD issued this determination for both the General Land Area Minimum (GLAM) and Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) claims by the town. This notification explained that the town has the option to file an appeal of this decision with the state Housing Appeals Committee (HAC) within 20 days of receipt of the decision. The deadline to file such an appeal would be Thursday, October 24. According to Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto, this denial was not unexpected at this stage in the process. Understanding that...

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Three-day alcohol suspension for Convenience Plus...

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Published October 10, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Following a Show Cause hearing before the Select Board September 30, Convenience Plus, 7 Main St., will have its package store/wine and malt beverage license revoked for three days over the upcoming Columbus Day weekend for selling alcohol to a minor. The store owner must turn in his liquor license to the Police Department at the end of the business day on Friday, October 11. No sales will be allowed all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 12-14. He must pick the license up late Monday night or before the start of business on Tuesday prior to resuming alcohol sales. The action stemmed from an incident that occurred on Friday, August 30 around 4:30 p.m. when North Reading police detectives were conducting underage compliance...

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Students give town’s METCO program high marks...

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Published October 9, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Two students gave the school system’s METCO program rave reviews during the School Committee’s Oct. 1 meeting. Lynnfield High School senior Anthony Hunt said he has had “a good overall experience being in the METCO program.” “I have really enjoyed being involved in sports and the band program,” said Hunt. “The connections I have made with not only students but teachers has helped me grow as a person. Teachers will sit down and have a conversation with me, and I feel open having a conversation with them about anything.” Senior Allysha Forde said she has had “many educational opportunities here.” “I challenged myself this year by taking an Advanced Placement class,” said Forde. “This has helped me improve personally. I have made a diverse group...

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Elementary school space needs plan may be ready by March...

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Published October 9, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Local officials are hoping to have a recommendation on addressing elementary school space needs by March, DPW Director John Tomasz told the School Committee last week. School Enrollment and Capacity Exploration Committee (SECEC) Chairman John Scenna recalled that the space committee was formed last year in the wake of a recent increase in enrollment at the elementary schools. The SECEC hired the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to conduct an enrollment study last year. “We spent most of 2018 analyzing statistics,” said Scenna. After the SECEC evaluated the enrollment report NESDEC compiled, Scenna said Superintendent Jane Tremblay analyzed how the school enrollment projections would fit into existing classrooms at the elementary schools. There are 25 classrooms at Summer Street School, two of which are...

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LHS fitness center next on improvement list...

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Published October 9, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Fall Town Meeting will be asked to pump up Lynnfield High School’s dilapidated fitness center on Oct. 21. Town Administrator Rob Dolan told the School Committee on Oct. 1 that one of Board of Selectmen Chairman Phil Crawford’s priorities this year is transforming the facility into “a vibrant fitness center for every student at Lynnfield High School.” “We will be presenting an article at Town Meeting for $100,000 to make that happen,” said Dolan. “We feel that we have an excellent plan that will not only serve the entire student body, but we feel we can have it ready by January.” In an interview with the Villager, Crawford said he made upgrading the fitness center a priority after A Healthy Lynnfield discussed how fitness can...

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