Bus contract extended for final year...

Jan 23, 2020 by

Published January 23, 2020 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — The School Committee voted unanimously to extend the school district busing contract with North Reading Transportation (NRT) for the fifth and final year at its January 13 meeting. Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations Michael Connelly reminded the committee that the three-year contract with NRT expired on June 30, 2019, and that original contract had an optional provision for the district to extend it for an additional two years. The School Committee extended the contract for the 2019-2020 school year, and after researching other transportation companies and looking at recent transportation bids for surrounding towns, Connelly advised the committee to consider extending the contract with NRT for the fifth year. “We have an option to renew (the contract with NRT) for the fifth and...

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Scott Buckley first to announce candidacy...

Jan 23, 2020 by

Published January 23, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Current School Committee Chairman Scott Buckley was the first candidate to pull nomination papers for the May 5 town election when they became available Tuesday morning to kick off the 2020 campaign season. Buckley is seeking his second three-year term. Seats on four boards plus the town moderator’s position are up for election this year. This is the year that only one seat on each board is up for renewal. In addition to School Committee, one seat each for three-year terms are available for the Select Board and Community Planning Commission (CPC); one seat for a five-year term on the Housing Authority; and one seat for a one-year term for Town Moderator. Incumbent Select Board member Andrew Schultz previously announced that he will not...

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Measuring PFAS in drinking water is a moving target...

Jan 23, 2020 by

Published January 23, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — When it comes to measuring PFAS contaminants in drinking water, the testing protocol has been a moving target for the suppliers of public drinking water because a “maximum contaminant level” or MCL has not yet been established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to Water Superintendent Mark Clark. Instead, four years ago the EPA established a lifetime “health advisory” of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for two types of the chemical (PFOS and PFOA). Subsequently, in June 2018, the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection set its own “public health guideline” of 70 ppt for any combination of five types of PFAS (PFOS, PFOA, PHFpA, PFNA and PFHxS). Then, in December 2019, Mass. DEP upped the ante by initiating a process to recommend a...

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Parks & Recreation supplement in today’s Transcript...

Jan 23, 2020 by

Published January 23, 2020 Be sure to check out all the great activities run by the North Reading Parks and Recreation Department in today’s Transcript! Look for the special eight-page pullout supplement detailing the wide array of winter programming offered for all ages. From infants and toddlers to youths, teens, adults and retirees, there are activities offered for every level of interest. Contact Director Lynne Clemens (lclemens@northreadingma.gov) or a member of her staff with questions or suggestions at...

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PHOTO: Welcome bags for homeless children...

Jan 23, 2020 by

Published January 23, 2020 (*NOTE: Due to a production error, the full width of this photograph did not appear in the print edition of the January 23, 2020...

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