Two-alarm fire causes severe damage to Sunset Avenue home...

Nov 19, 2020 by

Published November 19, 2020 FLAMES SHOOT from the top floor of the single-family home in a two-alarm blaze at 16 Sunset Ave. Saturday afternoon as a pair of North Reading firefighters reach the peak of the roof on Ladder 1. (Al Pereira/Advanced Photo) NORTH READING — The North Reading Fire Department, assisted by crews from Lynnfield, Wakefield, Reading, Wilmington and Middleton, extinguished a two-alarm fire that significantly damaged a Sunset Avenue home on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 14. The family was unhurt; a cat perished. FIREFIGHTERS are engulfed in smoke while ventilating the roof at 16 Sunset Ave. Saturday. (Al Pereira/Advanced Photo) At approximately 12:30 p.m., North Reading Fire responded to a two-story, single-family home on 16 Sunset Ave. for a report of a fire. Upon arrival, crews witnessed heavy smoke and flames coming from the...

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State computer glitch delays setting of new tax rate...

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Published November 19, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The Select Board voted 3-0 with two abstentions not to split the tax rate between residential property and commercial, industrial and personal property (CIP) at Monday night’s annual tax classification public hearing. This was not a surprise because the town has only split the tax rate twice in the past, back in 1985 and 1988. Splitting the tax rate does not increase the amount of tax revenue the town would generate, it simply shifts the burden from one tax classification to another. According to Debbie Carbone, the town’s chief assessor, state statute allows a community to increase the CIP share of the tax levy to be up to 50% higher than the residential rate. However, such shifts are typically done in communities that have...

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Transcript launches 31st annual Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund...

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Published November 19, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — For the 31st consecutive year, the Transcript has launched its Christmas appeal, the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund (NHNF), which supports the volunteers at Christian Community Service (CCS). This locally grown nonprofit organization is most well known for creating and operating the North Reading Food Pantry. But this all-volunteer group provides more than groceries to over 100 households in town. Its mission is to provide assistance to local residents in need in the form of emergency financial support combined with the resources provided by the food pantry to help clients get through hard times. Providing holiday dinners at both Thanksgiving and Christmas is also a key part of their mission. Holiday gift baskets of food are provided to families who use the food pantry. CCS volunteers...

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Early deadlines for Thanksgiving edition...

Nov 19, 2020 by

Published November 19, 2020 In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26, we will have early editorial and advertising deadlines for the Wednesday, November 25 edition of the Transcript. The deadline to submit press releases, photos and letters to the editor to the editorial department is Friday, November 20 at noon to: NRTranscript@RCN.com. All display advertisements must be placed and finalized no later than Thursday, November 19 at 3 p.m. Ads can be placed by calling 781-245-0080 or sending an email to: ads@wakefielditem.com. Legal notices only may be placed by Monday, November 23 at 11 a.m. via email only at ads@wakefielditem.com. We appreciate your cooperation and wish all of our readers a wonderful Thanksgiving. The office will be closed on the...

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