S.C. approves SEEM amendment allowing North Andover to join collaborative...

Feb 21, 2019 by

Published February 21, 2019 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — The School Committee unanimously voted to accept an amendment to the SEEM Collaborative’s Articles of Agreement at its February 11 meeting. The amendment allows for North Andover Public Schools to become a member district of the collaborative. “Among my obligations as the district’s representative to the SEEM Collaborative, I need to bring forward to the committee any changes to the Articles of Agreement of the collaborative,” Superintendent Jon Bernard said. “The board voted to allow for the North Andover Public Schools to join the SEEM Collaborative.” Prior to the vote, School Committee member Mel Webster inquired as to whether or not the addition of North Andover would impact resources for North Reading students. “Could this possibly impact us in kids not getting into programs at...

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Meeting for Bus 4 parents Feb. 26...

Feb 21, 2019 by

Published February 21, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING —School administrators will hold an open forum for the parents and guardians of Bus 4 students with representatives of North Reading Transportation (NRT) next Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Distance Learning Lab at NRHS. This is a follow up to the Feb. 11 bus incident in which a relatively new school bus driver took a wrong turn on his afternoon route on his way to the Batchelder School and stopped at a bus stop with an empty bus to tell the waiting parents he was heading to the school to pick them up. School Superintendent Jon Bernard has stated that the purpose of the Feb. 26 forum is to provide an opportunity for parents to discuss any concerns they have about incidents that have occurred on the bus or...

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Rail trail MassDOT hearing March 19...

Feb 21, 2019 by

Ballot question in the works Published February 20, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — It’s finally happening. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will be holding a public hearing on the proposed 25 percent design of the Wakefield-Lynnfield Rail Trail on Tuesday, March 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Lynnfield Middle School auditorium. “The meeting will not be run by the towns of Lynnfield and Wakefield,” said Lynnfield Town Administrator Rob Dolan. “It’s a public hearing run by MassDOT. Residents from both communities will be able to comment on the project.” Recreational Path Committee Chairman Gerard Noumi agreed. “The Recreational Path Committee has been working diligently to inform the community about the Wakefield-Lynnfield Rail Trail project,” said Noumi. “We encourage residents to plan to attend the March 19 hearing on the 25 percent design and,...

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LCWD Special District Meeting Monday...

Feb 21, 2019 by

Published February 20, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) will be holding a Special District Meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lynnfield Middle School auditorium. There will be three articles appearing on the warrant for the Special District Meeting. While Town Meeting has a 175-voter quorum requirement, there is no quorum required for the Special District Meeting. The meeting is only open to LCWD ratepayers. Selectmen Chairman Dick Dalton submitted Article 1, which will ask ratepayers to vote for a new water commissioner. Wymon Way resident Rob Almy is the only candidate running for water commissioner. He will succeed retired LCWD Superintendent/Water Commissioner Ken Burnham, who resigned as a commissioner on Jan. 2. Almy is running for the final year of Burnham’s term....

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School budget planners told to sharpen their pencils...

Feb 21, 2019 by

Published February 20, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — School officials are heading back to the drawing board in order to reduce the preliminary fiscal year 2020 budget plan. Superintendent Jane Tremblay presented the School Department’s preliminary $26,182,916 budget for FY’20 to the Board of Selectmen last week. The current spending plan represents a 5.24 percent increase over FY’19’s $24,880,140 appropriation. “In order to move our district forward while demonstrating fiscal responsibility, we want to make sure we are providing programming opportunities for all of our students,” said Tremblay. Tremblay is requesting five full-time equivalent (FTE) positions in FY’20, which she said “really represents a net of three” positions because the School Department will be reducing two classes at Summer Street School next year. One of the positions the School Department is looking to...

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Arrest made in Donovan case

Feb 15, 2019 by

Posted on: Friday, February 15, 2019 MELROSE — Published reports Friday state that 55-year-old Edward Clark of Norwood has been arrested for leaving the scene of the accident that killed Allison Donovan in Somerville last Friday night. Clark’s black pickup truck, with front end damage, was spotted by Tufts University police Thursday. The officer notified Somerville police and investigators found Clark, the registered owner of the...

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