Early voting by mail an option in Town Election...

Apr 1, 2021 by

Published April 1, 2021 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The voter registration deadline for town residents who want to vote in the annual Town Election is Wednesday, April 14 – 20 days prior to the election on Tuesday, May 4. In early March, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that extends through June 30, 2021 the option for voters to vote by mail in their municipal elections held by that date. The bill was originally approved last summer to enable those voters taking precautions due to COVID-19 who did not want to enter a polling place during the fall 2020 election season, but it was due to expire March 31, 2021. “The town will certainly be following the state extension for Early Voting By Mail as that is certainly less restrictive than...

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4th-grader organizes successful drive for Food Pantry...

Apr 1, 2021 by

Published April 1, 2021 NORTH READING —  Sarah Pastore, a fourth-grader at the E. Ethel Little School, took the initiative a few weeks ago to create a flyer asking her neighbors to consider making a donation to the North Reading Food Pantry. She then drew a sign and taped it to a red bin left on her front porch on Kristyn Lane so that folks could drop by to put their donations in the bin from March 5 – 21. She included a list of the most sought-after items for the pantry as well as the pantry’s website (www.nrfoodpantry.org/donate-1) where her neighbors could learn more about the pantry. FOURTH-GRADER Sarah Pastore with some of the donations she collected in a neighborhood drive to benefit the North Reading Food Pantry. (Nancy Pastore Photo) Sarah, who is 10, belongs to Girl...

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Teen entrepreneurs launch Kickstarter campaign to fund Squeaky Clean Feet invention...

Mar 25, 2021 by

Published March 25, 2021  By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Who hasn’t watched Shark Tank and thought: “That’s a great product. I could have invented that!” or “Hey, why didn’t I think of that?” But have you ever taken that next step to actually create a useful product desired by a mass audience or even a niche market? Truthfully, not many of us have done so. Step aside, day-dreaming channel surfers – and make room for a sister and brother teenage duo from right here in North Reading who are on their way to realizing their dream. SIBLING POWER. After collaborating together for over two years, Trevor and Ava Carter hope to get their patent-pending invention, Squeaky Clean Feet, to their Kickstarter supporters this summer and eventually land a spot on Shark Tank. (Courtesy Photo)...

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Dick Hoyt: Invincible Warrior – A Tribute...

Mar 25, 2021 by

By DAVE McGILLIVRAY Published March 25, 2021 He will never be forgotten. I first met Dick Hoyt in the early ‘80s. I was running in the Falmouth Road Race and this guy runs up beside me “pushing a wheelchair” with a young boy in it. I had to do a double-take. I had NEVER seen anything quite like that before. Maybe a baby jogger but not an actual wheelchair. I was first inspired by what I was seeing but then determined not to let him (them) beat me. We raced and we raced. The son-of-a-gun beat me! DICK AND RICK HOYT cross the finish line of the 110th Boston Marathon in 2006 in 3:08.27 with their good friend, Dave McGillivray, holding the break tape, at right. Father and son completed 32 Boston Marathons together. Dick...

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Elementary students return to school full time March 31...

Mar 25, 2021 by

Published March 25, 2021 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING —Barring any unforeseen circumstances in the next six days, the town’s elementary school students will return to full day in-person learning next Wednesday, March 31. The directive of the North Reading Public Schools applies to students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5. Students in Pre-K to grade 1 have been in school four and one-half days per week since September, so this change will affect students and staff in grades two through five the most. Two weeks later, all students attending North Reading Middle School and High School (grades 6-12) will begin their full-day in-person learning on Wednesday, April 14. The changes were announced by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patrick Daly Tuesday morning following Monday night’s School Committee meeting. He was pleased with the 95 percent...

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