Saved from the wrecking ball

Jul 11, 2019 by

Food Pantry’s future home may be the ultimate in recycling Published July 11, 2019 NORTH READING — Just a few months after its launch, The Food Pantry HOME Fund is gaining momentum as news of the partnership between Christian Community Service (CCS) – the interfaith nonprofit that operates the pantry – and the Union Congregational Church, spreads. CCS has run the North Reading Food Pantry since 1996 and serves 110 households monthly. The pantry had long ago outgrown the 450 square feet of secure space the town has generously allowed the nonprofit to use by carving out space on the former stage at Town Hall in the Murphy Center. Enter the Union Congregational Church, which is gearing up for its 300th anniversary in 2020 and wanted to mark the milestone with an equally momentous...

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Tree removal, roadway project humming along this week ...

Jul 11, 2019 by

Published July 11, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — By all accounts the road reconstruction project on Peter and Anthony roads, as well as the shorter connecting streets between them of Victoria and Richard roads remains on schedule, with tree removal begun this week. DPW Director Patrick Bower told the Transcript on Tuesday morning, “It’s going very well. We started yesterday with tree removal. They took quite a bite out of the project. We finished all but three of the trees and we were back today to finish the last few.” Bower added, “We’ll be following that up with stump grinding.” Town Engineer John Klipfel explained that a bigger crane was needed for those three trees. “The crane will be here (Wednesday) morning to remove the last three big trees.” Klipfel said 31 trees were originally slated...

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Chapter 40B Housing Development Application for 20 Elm Street filed with ZBA...

Jul 11, 2019 by

Posted on: Thursday, July 11, 2019 After many months of discussion and speculation, the official application proposing a 200-unit apartment complex on the site in and around the former driving range at the Thomson Country Club at 20 Elm St. was filed with the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Wednesday, after press time.  This means the first PUBLIC HEARING on this application must be opened by the ZBA within the NEXT 30 DAYS, which starts the clock ticking in the 40B process of a decision being rendered by the ZBA within 180 DAYS of this process being initiated… this is a provision under the “comprehensive” aspect of developments filed under 40B — that hearings be held expeditiously to prevent a community from dragging its heals on giving the applicant its public hearing…..However, the...

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Pair recognized for years of dedication to town’s youth...

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Published July 11, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Two women who worked behind the scenes on behalf of the town’s youth were recognized for their years of service by the Select Board recently. Though they may not have planned to be the longest serving members of the Youth Services Committee when the 11-member board was authorized by Town Meeting in October 2006, that’s exactly what happened. Both Kathy Dardeno and Judy Hall were appointed to serve on the committee in March of 2007 and continued to serve through December 31, 2018. Dardeno and Hall were both founding members of the North Reading Youth Services Support Association (NRYSSA), a private 501(c)(3) charitable foundation created in January of 2006 with the goal of privately funding the salary of a youth services director and appropriate...

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Blood drive at Moose Lodge July 6...

Jul 3, 2019 by

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 NORTH READING — A Red Cross blood drive will be hosted by the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1511 at 140 North St. on Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   The Red Cross has launched its “Missing Types” campaign this summer to emphasize the need to replenish hospital shelves with the most frequently missing blood types needed by patients — A, B, O and AB blood types.   Walk-ins are always welcome but you can save time by pre-registering. Simply download an application by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, downloading the Red Cross Donor App or call 1-800-RED-CROSS...

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