PHOTO: Transcript visits Israel...

May 16, 2019 by

Published May 16, 2019

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Accolades and admiration earned for selfless service...

May 9, 2019 by

Published May 9, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The admiration was overflowing in the Select Board meeting room Monday night as a capacity crowd came to Town Hall to thank Bob Mauceri and Mike Prisco for their years of service and dedication to the town. Family and friends came to visit, share stories and offer their gratitude for the accomplishments achieved by both men on behalf of the town over the years. What was initially planned to be a collation followed by 30-minute recognition extended to 90 minutes and they could have gone on longer except Prisco had a meeting to run and deadlines to meet pertaining to the June Town Meeting warrant and finalizing the FY20 municipal budget. Serving 15 years on the Select Board, Mauceri’s service to the town dates...

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Imbriano, Pappavaselio elected to School Committee...

May 9, 2019 by

Published May 9, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Janene Imbriano was re-elected to her third term on the School Committee in Tuesday’s annual Town Election and newcomer Chris Pappavaselio was elected to his first three-year term in the only contested race on the ballot. Imbriano garnered 391 votes while Pappavaselio polled 284 to edge another political newcomer seeking a first term, Tracy DeGregorio, by 79 votes. She got 205. There were 123 blanks cast and one write-in. Both were vying for the seat held for 15 years by Mel Webster who officially retired in March when his new home in Amesbury was complete. Overall, voter turnout was extremely low at 4.57%, with a total of 502 voters casting a ballot out of 10,962 eligible voters. It was the second year in a...

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SC approves reduced FY20 school budget...

May 9, 2019 by

Shave off $325,547 from original proposal Published May 9, 2019 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — The School Committee approved the updated fiscal year 2020 (FY20) budget proposal presented by Director of Finance and Operations Michael Connelly at its April 29 meeting. The updated budget presented by Connelly totaled $31,757,773, representing a 3.3 percent increase over the FY19 budget and a significant reduction from the 4.3 percent increase recommended at the public hearing. “This budget gap, based on what we previously recommended at the public hearing, was just about one percent and that’s $325,547, so that is the amount we were tasked with at the workshop, and the administration presented this plan that essentially (illustrates) changes to our original budget recommendation, and would essentially balance the fiscal year 2020 school budget,” Connelly said. Changes from the...

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EDITORIAL: We can do better than 5%...

May 9, 2019 by

Published May 9, 2019 There was an election in town on Tuesday, but it went unnoticed by the majority of townspeople. For the second year in a row, fewer than five percent of the town’s nearly 11,000 registered voters participated in it. This occurred within hours of a special 90-minute tribute held to honor the commitment to public office by two retiring Select Board members, Bob Mauceri and Michael Prisco. Over a span of 47 years, Mauceri held virtually every office in town, serving on the Select Board, School Committee, Hillview Commission and Finance Committee. Similarly, Prisco spent the past 15 years serving the town first as a member of the Recreation Committee and the past nine years on the Select Board. This year, 502 residents took the time to visit the polls out...

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