Silent no more: Rooting out racism and violence...

Jun 4, 2020 by

Published June4,  2020By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy; instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate… Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More than half a century ago, as the leader of our nation’s peaceful civil rights movement who was on a quest for equality for all races, Dr....

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Community Raffle winner, Food Pantry split more than $6,000...

Jun 4, 2020 by

Published June 4, 2020 NORTH READING — After nearly three weeks and more than 1,300 tickets sold, the North Reading Community Raffle conducted its first drawing at 9:30 a.m. on June 1. The North Reading Community Raffle is a new 50/50 raffle which donates 50 percent of the net winnings to the North Reading Food Pantry, a nonprofit all-volunteer organization of Christian Community Service (CCS). The other 50 percent buys gift certificates to locally owned North Reading businesses of the winner’s choosing. The winning ticket was selected by a random number generator. It was conducted by raffle administrator Geoffrey Graves and was observed remotely by Pastor Rachel Fisher and George Dow of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, which sponsored and oversaw the raffle. Paula Forsythe, a retiree and former resident who still has children...

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Tentative graduation plans announced...

Jun 4, 2020 by

Published June 4, 2020 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — Superintendent Dr. Patrick Daly announced a three phase graduation for the Class of 2020 this summer, with three separate events for seniors and their families. “(We have) three really exciting events for our seniors. In addition to the amazing things, I want to make sure I credit what parents and community members are doing. If you’ve driven by, you can see the great posters and banners that are on the fence outside of the turf field. We’ve had other parents doing things like putting together videos and just so many different events that have been done,” Daly told School Committee members Monday evening during their remote meeting. Daly stated that the scheduled events will include yearbook and diploma distribution, a rolling rally, and a field-based...

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Nearly 100 residents have recovered from COVID-19...

May 28, 2020 by

More town amenities re-open during Phase 1 Published May 28, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — In its weekly update, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) informed the town on Thursday, May 21 that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases affecting North Reading had totaled 183, which included 119 residents and 64 patients living at or associated with the Royal Meadow View nursing and rehabilitation center. Of this combined total, 99 patients had recovered by May 21, which is an improvement of 11 patients from the previous week, while the North Reading Health Department continued to monitor 70 patients, an increase of two. There had been no change in the number of reported fatalities attributed to the disease from either the May 14 MDPH report or the May 12 local Board of Health report, by which time...

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