Experiencing college amidst a global pandemic: Stories told through students’ eyes...

Jan 14, 2021 by

Published January 14, 2021 By ALLIE HASTINGS MANY COLLEGES have added green space to their campuses to encourage students to socialize safely outdoors. Monika Stantcheva (center), a junior at Boston College, enjoys a socially-distanced picnic with friends on the converted grounds of an old gymnasium. (Courtesy Photo) NORTH READING — When COVID-19 first took the country by storm in March of 2020, schools all across the United States shut down, tasking teachers and professors with the mission to finish off their spring terms remotely in accordance with CDC guidelines. As the year started to approach the fall months and a new school semester, many undergraduate students were left to wonder what kind of decision their college or university might make – would they be forced to take Zoom classes from home, or be encouraged...

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Final tally of 2020 Christmas fund for CCS: $43,837...

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Published January 14, 2021 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — We could not me more thrilled with the community’s response to the Transcript’s 31st annual Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund (NHNF). Generosity is certainly more bountiful than the coronavirus in our little town. With so many more people needing to turn to Christian Community Service (CCS) to make ends meet during this pandemic, it is comforting to know that those who are fortunate to have their health and their wealth are willing to share their good fortune by assisting neighbors in need. It is the balm that our society needs now more than ever. We have passed along the $43,837 donated to the fund this year to CCS, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that runs the North Reading Food Pantry and also provides other vital services to...

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Town Election season officially opens Jan. 19...

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Published January 14, 2021 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Who’s ready for another election? Ready or not, a new election season gets underway next Tuesday, January 19, which is the first date candidates for political offices in town may officially take out nomination papers. The town’s annual election is Tuesday, May 4. Seats on three boards plus the town moderator’s position are up for election this year. There are two seats with three-year terms on the School Committee, Select Board and Community Planning Commission (CPC) and one seat for a one-year term for Town Moderator. There are no vacancies for an elected five-year seat on the town’s Housing Authority this year; this is the year the appointed position to that board is made, state Town Clerk Barbara Stats. Election Day: May 5 The...

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Mighty Meredith Project celebrates the spirit of giving; dreams big for 2021...

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Published January 7, 2021 By ALLIE HASTINGS THE MIGHTY KIND MMP volunteers dropped off toys and gift cards on Christmas eve to Tufts Children’s Hospital. Front row, l-r: Caroline, Catherine and Meredith Casey; members of the Pediatric Neurology Clinic (holding animals). Back row, Chris Lemone and Peter Casey. (Karen Casey Photo) NORTH READING — Despite the hard-hitting impact of COVID-19, North Reading High School sophomore Meredith Casey has been busy at work these past few months fulfilling her Fill the Box Toy Drive Campaign, an annual fundraiser that is dedicated to donating toys and gifts to children being treated at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Tufts Children’s Hospital. This was her third year hosting the campaign, as the initiative means a lot to her personally and is linked to the efforts of her nonprofit organization, the...

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31st Neighbor Fund drive raises more than $43,300 for CCS...

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Published January 7, 2021  By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Thanks to the continued generosity of the Transcript’s loyal supporters we’re proud to say that our Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund (NHNF) has raised $43,337 for the benefit of the town’s home-grown charity, Christian Community Service (CCS). The success of our 31st annual sponsorship of this non-profit all-volunteer organization speaks volumes about the character of the town’s residents and business owners. Considering what everyone has endured these past 10 months, we’re beyond thrilled that these donations will enable CCS to meet the growing needs of clients who rely on the North Reading Food Pantry to make ends meet in the coming year. We never expected to surpass last year’s fundraising total of just over $31,500 considering the hardships and uncertainties so many faced in 2020 and may...

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