Old-fashioned Apple Festival does not disappoint...

Sep 19, 2019 by

Published September 19, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — You’d think after a quarter of a century the volunteers who put on the town’s beloved Apple Festival every September would be slowing down. But that’s just not the case. Chalk it up to their hearty New England lineage. Every year, for the past 25 years, the members of North Reading’s Historical and Antiquarian Society and North Reading’s Minit and Militia transform the grounds and buildings of the Rev. Daniel Putnam House on Bow Street into a miniature Colonial village. And hundreds flock to Bow Street to enjoy it all. The mainstays remain — the pony rides and children’s games, the tours of an ever-expanding array of 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings, the art raffle and auction, and of course the apple pie...

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School enrollment numbers remain low for 2019-20...

Sep 19, 2019 by

Published September 19, 2019 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — It was a smooth start to the 2019–20 school year, Superintendent Jon Bernard reported to the School Committee at their meeting on September 9. Bernard stated that as of the first day of school on September 4, enrollment for the district totaled 2,407 students. This number represents a slight increase over the 2,397 reported for opening day 2018–19, however it remains lower than the 2,493 reported for the 2017–18 school year. “Trends show that our enrollment is in a little bit of a dip. It’s not anything that is unanticipated,” Bernard said. “It’s not (something) that we attribute to anything other than just a population decrease.” According to Bernard, there are 1,121 elementary students (Batchelder: 444, Hood: 340, Little: 337); 540 middle school students...

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North Reading Rotary to tackle addiction prevention exclusively...

Sep 19, 2019 by

Published September 19, 2019 NORTH READING — The Rotary Club of North Reading has announced that it will now serve as the local Rotary District’s first cause-specific Rotary Club. Rotary world-wide is known for tackling humanitarian issues, including the global eradication of polio, water and sanitation issues, women’s health, literacy and more. These issues are addressed locally and globally at the discretion of the independent clubs. Recently, Rotary International voted to allow local clubs to focus on individual causes as they deem appropriate.  “Every year our club takes a hard look at how we can help North Reading residents,” explains ccurrent North Reading Rotary President Dave O’Neil. “It led to a lengthy discussion, bringing in experts in different fields, and completing an assessment over the summer. It was unanimous. Our members want to tackle addiction prevention.”...

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Traffic alert: Road closure Saturday morning...

Sep 13, 2019 by

NORTH READING —  The section of North Street between Main Street and Lowell Road will be closed to through-traffic from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday morning, September 14, the North Reading DPW has announced. Only residents will be allowed access to this section of North Street. All other traffic will be detoured to the intersection of Main Street (Rte. 28) and Lowell Road (Rte. 62). According to the North Reading Police Department and DPW, the road closure is necessary due to tree work taking place near 203 North Street which is located between the Town Hall at 235 North St. and Main Street. “Residents of Oak, Pine, as well as the Navillus Neighborhood (Bradley, Sachem, Sullivan) will be able to access their homes. Please avoid the area if possible,” the Police Department posted...

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Fun for all ages at Saturday’s Apple Festival...

Sep 12, 2019 by

Published September 12, 2019 NORTH READING — The 25th annual Apple Festival, a highlight on everyone’s fall calendar, is this Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Rev. Daniel Putnam House grounds, 27 Bow St., across from the town common. The rain date is Sunday, September 15. The North Reading Historical and Antiquarian Society event is the fall staple that brings together dozens of local organizations and thousands of residents to celebrate the best of North Reading. New Shoe and Tine Shop The event will feature free tours of the many historic buildings, including the Putnam House, Damon Tavern, Flint House and the West Village School. Be sure to also check out the First Meeting House, the barn, the new Shoe and Tine Shop, and the Farm Museum on the grounds...

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