Cody steps down from CPC

Feb 7, 2019 by

Published February 7, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING —Two weeks into the town election season no new candidates have pulled nomination papers. However, one more incumbent has announced that he will not be seeking re-election. He also will be unable to complete the remainder of his term because he is relocating. Community Planning Commission (CPC) member Jonathan Cody submitted his letter of resignation to the town last Thursday afternoon, January 31. “Effectively immediately, please accept this letter as notification that due to personal reasons and a relocation, I am resigning from my position as an elected member of the Community Planning Commission. Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything further from me,” he stated. Cody was elected to the post in May of 2016 and would have completed...

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Town: River can’t handle impact of 20 Elm St. 40B...

Feb 7, 2019 by

Published February 7, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Two months later, the waiting begins, each side hopeful the state will decide in its favor. After being granted a two-week extension of time by MassHousing for the public and the town to submit comments on the Ch. 40B application at 20 Elm St., the public comment period is now officially closed. MassHousing will now try to ascertain whether the site the developer seeks to develop qualifies for a Project Eligibility Letter (PEL). If so, the local Zoning Board pubiic hearing process would begin. The town was notified in early December by MassHousing that an application was filed to develop 19 acres out of the 24.2 acre former Thomson Country Club into a 200-rental unit complex divided between five buildings. Hundreds of letters of...

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Brownies learn about town flag and other local history fun facts...

Feb 7, 2019 by

Published February 7, 2019 NORTH READING — Did you know that North Reading has a flag? We didn’t. Did you also know that it was created by a North Reading Girl Scout Troop in 1973? Neither did we. Those were just a few of the interesting bits of history that Girl Scout Brownie Troop 62798 learned January 30 while earning their “Celebrating Community” badge. Even better was the fact that they learned these facts from another troop, Girl Scout Senior Troop 71901. The girls also learned some interesting facts about the American flag and how to properly handle, hold and fold it, too. They also learned about the deadly airplane crash during World War II that happened not far from where the North Reading High School now stands. How these two troops came together...

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EDITORIAL: Campaign season ground rules...

Feb 7, 2019 by

Published February 7, 2019 Now that election season is in full swing we would like to set a few ground rules for the run-up to the May 7 annual town election. All potential candidates considering a run for elective office need to be mindful of submitting their nomination papers for certification by the Town Clerk’s office by Tuesday, March 19 at 5 p.m. Once certified and ensured a spot on the town’s election ballot, office hopefuls will be allowed to submit one biographical piece about themselves, along with a photograph and their reasons for seeking elective office, which we call a candidate’s statement. It can be of any length you deem necessary; but if we feel it’s too long, we will edit it for space. In other words, try not to ramble on about...

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Preparing for the aging boom

Jan 31, 2019 by

Published January 31, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING —It was bound to happen. First it was the Baby Boom and now it’s the Aging Boom. In spite of our culture’s obsession with youthfulness — or perhaps because of it — the ability of a community to serve the needs of its aging empty nesters has become just as paramount as providing state-of-the art schools, tree-lined streets and a low crime rate. And despite all the hype surrounding the influence of millennials on modern culture, according to the AARP the fact remains that “adults ages 60 and older are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population and will make up 23 percent of the Commonwealth’s population by 2035.” To assist the town in dealing with this impending reality, the town’s leaders have signed on...

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