Restricted access to Rec Center during paving project at IRP...

Jun 20, 2019 by

Posted on: Thursday, June 20, 2019 NORTH READING — Due to paving upgrades taking place on Saturday, June 22 at Ipswich River Park in the area of the Recreation Center, the entrance and exits to the Recreation Center, as well as the perimeter of the center, will be closed to public. This area will remain coned off until Parks Director Marty Tilton has determined that it has sufficiently cured and is ready for traffic. The main entrance to Ipswich River Park on Central Street and the parking lot will be open, but there will be limited access to the dirt parking lot area. The Parks and Recreation Department appreciates the public’s patience during this park improvement process. Those with any questions may contact the department at...

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A passion to make an impact on the world defined the Class of 2019...

Jun 13, 2019 by

Published June 13, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The Class of 2019 was granted a golden, sun-splashed evening to celebrate the biggest moment of their young lives with friends and family last Friday — their graduation from North Reading High School. They entered Arthur J. Kenney Field as a unified group of 182 members clad in matching green gowns with gold accents one last time. As the band played “Pomp and Circumstance,” they were greeted by 1,500 well-wishers who packed the bleachers and the sidelines of the field where so many of their milestones as Hornets were experienced. It was a well-deserved reward for the water-logged spring this class endured that left many of us wandering if we had been annexed by the Pacific Northwest. As the members of the 62nd high...

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We’re No. 122!

Jun 13, 2019 by

Town Meeting passes plastic bag ban on voice vote; effective Jan. 1, 2020 Published June 13, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — On a voice vote, after about 45 minutes of discussion, the 121 voters who participated in the annual open Town Meeting Monday night passed a ban on single-use plastic bags given to customers at retail store checkouts within the town’s borders. As Select Board member Stephen O’Leary pointed out, the town isn’t exactly breaking new ground here. Assuming the warrant article passes muster following review by the state Attorney General in a few months, North Reading will become the 122nd community out of the 351 in the commonwealth to adopt the ban. Currently 50% of the population in the state lives in a community with a ban against the use of...

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Music programs continue to flourish under new director Ben Owens...

Jun 13, 2019 by

Published June 13, 2019 By ALLISON HASTINGS NORTH READING – This past September, students and faculty welcomed Benjamin Owens, the new band director for the middle and high schools, into the faculty with open arms. A small search committee searched long and hard to find someone capable of filling the shoes of Eric Forman, who served as North Reading’s Middle and High School band director for 19 years. This committee, comprised of the High School Principal Anthony Loprete, Middle School Principal Cathy O’Connell and music teachers Carla Lister and Allison Kane, as well as Forman, selected Owens for the position. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Delaware and a master’s in Trombone Performance from Boston University, Owens is well qualified in the arts and has incorporated his own...

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