PHOTO: Remembering the fallen

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Published in the September 20, 2018 edition

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Town’s compassion shines through following gas explosions...

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Published in the September 20, 2018 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The magnitude of last Thursday’s natural gas explosions resulting in about 80 structural fires in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence continues to resonate. Tragically, an 18-year-old young man died several hours after the brick chimney of a house on Chickering Road in Lawrence that had exploded landed on top of the SUV parked in the driveway of that home at the moment of impact. According to news reports, Leonel Rondel of Lawrence had just gotten his driver’s license and was sitting in the vehicle at his friend’s house to see what it would feel like prior to a celebratory home-cooked dinner. The friend sitting with him in that car was injured. His friend’s mom was cooking dinner when the explosion occurred....

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Selectmen find unified voice in Nat’l Grid resolution...

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Published in the September 20, 2018 edition  By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — For the fourth time this summer, the Board of Selectmen debated, at length, the predicament shared by this town and every community in the state that obtains its natural gas from National Grid since the company locked out 1,250 of its skilled unionized steelworkers June 25. On Monday night, however, the five members came to a unanimous agreement on a lengthy resolution offered by board Chairman Mike Prisco with three amendments offered by Selectwoman Kate Manupelli. The document is to be sent with the town seal not only to National Grid officials, but to every state official, the state’s entire congressional delegation, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s not an endorsement for a moratorium because all five board members agree that National...

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Fall fire hydrant flushing begins Monday...

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Published in the September 20, 2018 edition NORTH READING — The North Reading Water Department, as part of the maintenance of the water distribution system, will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing program on Monday, September 24 and this program will continue until late in October. Hydrant flushing is used to remove any fine iron or manganese sediment from the water mains in the streets. Iron and manganese are naturally occurring minerals found in the soils near the Town’s water supply wells. As precipitation passes down through these solid, iron and manganese dissolve into the water. While the Water Department treats the well water specifically to remove iron and manganese, trace amounts of these minerals remain in the water leaving our water treatment plants. This remaining dissolved iron and manganese combine with oxygen in the water to form fine particles that settle...

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Large capital improvements on the horizon for schools...

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Published in the September 20, 2018 edition By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — Director of Finance and Operations Michael Connelly presented the large capital five-year request summary, with particular focus on fiscal year 2020 (FY20), to School Committee members at their September 10 meeting. “We have three major categories that we look at (for) our five-year capital plan. We have our vehicle needs, technology requests, our facilities requests, building and grounds needs, and what qualifies a request for a large capital is a total project or unit cost greater than $25,000, as well as something that would have a useful life of five years or more,” Connelly said. FY19-approved projects included continuation of the one-to-one device program, instructional technology equipment, a new gymnasium floor for the Little School, and a multi-function activity vehicle. According...

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