Salmonella outbreak at Kitty’s...

Jul 12, 2018 by

Published in the July 12, 2018 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY RESTAURANT CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE PER NORTH READING BOARD OF HEALTH NORTH READING — Following a Salmonella outbreak at Kitty’s Restaurant and Lounge, 123 Main St., the restaurant was ordered closed on Monday, July 9 until further notice by North Reading Director of Public Health Robert F. Bracey. Bracey has been actively investigating the outbreak of this communicable disease since he was notified by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) on Tuesday, July 3 of nine confirmed illnesses and 30 suspected illnesses stemming from a likely source of antipasto salad served at the restaurant on Sunday, June 23 and again on June 25. An additional dozen complaints are still being investigated, including cases from new dates of June 28 and July 7, the...

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Friends of Library launch Performing Artist Series...

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Published in the July 12, 2018 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The Friends of the Flint Memorial Library is launching a new venture, the Performing Artist Series, to raise funds for the numerous library programs supported by the group. Set to launch this fall with an inaugural concert on Saturday, October 6 by The Twangtown Paramours, the Performing Artist Series will be offered in addition to the monthly North Reading Community Coffeehouse/Open Mic nights. Coffeehouse founder Art Grossman has organized the coffeehouse series for the past two years, which he said has been “successful by its own right in providing a wonderful environment for people to perform as well as a great evening’s entertainment while raising money for the Library by donations and the sale of refreshments.” Inspired by the success of...

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SC approves user fees for extracurricular activities...

Jul 12, 2018 by

Published in the July 12, 2018 edition By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — Director of Finance and Operations Michael Connelly presented a memorandum to School Committee members June 25 recommending a new user fee structure for extracurricular activities across the district. According to Connelly, with the stipend structure detailed in the new collective bargaining agreement with the North Reading Education Association (NREA), the administration is recommending the implementation of user fees for extracurricular activities beginning in the 2018–19 school year. The proposal will maintain the current $200 extracurricular fee at the middle and high schools, and will add a performing arts fee of $100 at the high school, $75 at the middle school, and $60 at the elementary schools. Committee member Mel Webster, who served on the negotiating committee, noted that the fee will...

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Top 50 town salaries announced

Jul 5, 2018 by

Published in the July 5, 2018 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The town has released its list of the top 50 salaries for calendar year 2017. The town’s first responders topped the list, with 12 out of the top 15 wages earned by either police or fire personnel. The top wage earner in 2017 was Det. Lt. Thomas Romeo. With over 30 years of tenure with the North Reading Police Department, Romeo’s salary, comprised of base pay, overtime pay and detail pay, totaled $206,318. The second highest wage earner was Deputy Fire Chief Barry Galvin. With over 25 years of tenure with the North Reading Fire Department, Galvin’s salary, comprised of base pay, overtime pay, detail pay and the catch-all category of “other,” totaled $192,880. Third on the list is another long-term...

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School Committee honors NRMS and NRHS retirees...

Jul 5, 2018 by

Published in the July 5, 2018 edition By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — School Committee members celebrated the achievements of secondary level retiring staff members Karen Adams, Joanne Coughlin, Eric Forman, Helena Meyer and Jane Whitney at the June 25 meeting. Retirees Linda Pescione and Paula Bugli were not able to attend the meeting. “The folks we have here tonight to be honored for their service to North Reading total 100.5 years of service,” Superintendent Jon Bernard said. Meyer is completing 10 years of service at North Reading Middle School (NRMS). According to Bernard, she worked as a reading specialist and English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, and prior to her work at NRMS, Meyer worked for both Wakefield and Lynnfield Public Schools. “(Meyer) has done a very, very nice job at our Middle School,”...

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