Let’s talk snow

Oct 19, 2017 by

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Snow. It’s the four-letter word that no one wants to discuss in October. However, as Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto reminded the Selectmen Monday night, it’s inevitable. Therefore, now is the time to broach a thorny issue: How to best implement the amended snow removal bylaw passed by the voters at June Town Meeting and approved, with a caveat, by the state Attorney General’s office last month. Gilleberto explained that the AG’s office opined that the town cannot assess the cost of snow removal as a punishment for the non-payment of fines issued to property owners who fail to remove the snow from the sidewalks in front of their non-residential properties on Main Street (Rte. 28). The snow removal bylaw was originally...

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Route 28 motors warned about having too many cars on site...

Oct 19, 2017 by

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The owner of Route 28 Motors, 137 Main St., was brought before the Selectmen Monday night to review compliance issues related to storing more cars than allowed on the premises. Prior to the discussion, two selectmen recused themselves from the discussion. Selectman Andrew Schultz, an attorney, recused himself because he said he had represented the dealer in the past. Selectman Steve O’Leary recused himself because he has a brother who holds a Class II license in town. The annual Class II used car dealer’s license to buy and sell second-hand motor vehicles was issued to Hajir “Harry” Vakili last December and expires January 1, 2018. The permit allows Vakili to have a maximum of 26 vehicles for sale, 24 parked outdoors...

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New student club to support soldiers approved by SC...

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Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By MICHAEL GEOFFRION SCANNELL NORTH READING — Students for Soldiers was given the go-ahead by the School Committee at Monday night’s meeting. It was approved as a new club to be formed at North Reading High School. Seniors Kyle Bythrow and Michael Brown proposed the club saying that they had 30 to 50 students who had expressed interest in becoming members. The club’s faculty advisor will be NRHS science teacher Jeffrey Wall. The students say the mission of the club is to make sure that “no soldier is left without something during mail call.” The goal is to send care packages to deployed, active-duty servicemen and servicewomen who might otherwise not get anything from home. The plan is to create a military support club where students raise funds...

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ACLFest 2017: A year’s worth of great music packed into a week...

Oct 19, 2017 by

Published in the October 20, 2017 edition By MEL WEBSTER AUSTIN, Texas — In October, Austin becomes the unofficial music capital of the world, hosting the Austin City Limits Music Festival, a two-weekend long event featuring hundreds of acts playing for hundreds of thousands of fans. ACLFest celebrated its 15th anniversary this year and this was the fourth for me. I’ve never walked away disappointed. Before getting to the music, one has to prepare for the heat. While we already have turned on the furnace to take the chill off a few nights here in North Reading, ACLFest is usually held in 90-degree heat or higher, with abundant sunshine. This year was no exception. We lucked out on Saturday, which turned out to be overcast the entire day, but temperatures still hovered in the...

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PHOTO: The final countdown

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Published in the October 19, 2017 edition

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SAT results show sustained progress...

Oct 12, 2017 by

Published in the October 12, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Scores earned by the NRHS Class of 2017 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) continue to trend upward while also exceeding both state and national averages, according to Principal Anthony J. Loprete. Loprete recently shared the results of last year’s graduating class with the Transcript while also being careful to explain that these results are based on a new SAT test format. “They have been building up to this,” he said of the new test rollout. “Does the SAT still carry the same weight, per se? I think it does,” he said, adding, “We did very well.” Because of the change to the test, he said “a number of students may have taken the ACTs in instead of the SATs, or...

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