Last Concert and BBQ of season tonight...

Aug 8, 2019 by

Published August 8, 2019 NORTH READING — Mother Nature once again interrupted plans for Wednesday night’s Concert and BBQ, which means if you are reading this on Thursday there’s still time to bring the family to Ipswich River Park tonight and enjoy the final North Reading Parks and Recreation Concert and BBQ of the season. Let Parks & Rec do the cooking tonight and entertain the kids with a Bubble Party in the Park from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Headlining the concert that begins at 6:15 p.m. is the aptly named “Backyard Swagger,” a country band. The entertainment is provided courtesy of various sponsors each week. A drawing will be held at 7 p.m. As always, a full a la carte menu of BBQ fare cooked to order will be available. Bring a blanket, lawn...

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A century of good living: Jack Garrity celebrates 100th birthday...

Aug 1, 2019 by

Published August 1, 2019 Updated: August 3, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Jack Garrity entered an exclusive club last Friday when he became the town’s newest centenarian. And he couldn’t be happier about it. His smile lit up the activity room at the Royal Meadow View where he now resides, as he greeted friends and strangers alike in his gregarious manner. A century of good living, great friendships, loving family, and an overwhelming sense of gratitude were evident throughout the afternoon as he worked the room, chatting with fellow firefighters, politicians, family and friends. A natural leader, he’s at ease around people. He served his country in World War II as a member of the Army Air Corps and then continued a career of service after the war, rising through the...

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Overall decline in substance use, but vaping on the rise...

Aug 1, 2019 by

DFC youth survey Published August 1, 2019 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — Nearly 1,050 students in grades 6-12 participated in the third annual Drug-Free Communities (DFC) core measurement survey, which showed a decline in past 30-day substance use across most areas, DFC Program Director Amy Luckiewicz reported to the School Committee Monday night. In 2016, the North Reading Youth Substance Use Prevention Coalition, a committee that is part of the Community Impact Team, was awarded a grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The award provides $625,000 in DFC grant funds, over five years, to involve and engage the local community in preventing substance use among youth. The DFC grant, now in its third year, requires that a student survey be administered annually to measure the use and perceptions of risk associated...

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First public hearing on 20 Elm 40B Aug. 8...

Aug 1, 2019 by

Published August 1, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Mark your calendars. The long-awaited initial public hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on the Ch. 40B 200-unit apartment complex application at 20 Elm St. is Thursday, August 8 at 7 p.m. It is important to note that the venue for this public hearing is the Distance Learning Lab at North Reading High School, 189 Park St. (Route 62). The meeting will not be held at North Reading Town Hall where such meetings are typically held. This is the only topic on the agenda. The proposed development is located on land formerly used as a driving range by the Thomson Country Club which sold off its function hall, pools, tennis courts and driving range in 2012 to Nick Yebba, who has since...

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Something for all ages offered at National Night Out...

Aug 1, 2019 by

Published August 1, 2019 NORTH READING — The North Reading Community Impact Team (CIT) is sponsoring its sixth annual National Night Out next week on Tuesday, August 6 at Ipswich River Park from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. National Night Out (NNO) is a free event focused on strengthening North Reading by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners. The goal is to heighten crime‐prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti‐crime programs, and promote safety across all generations. Information on substance use and mental health are also featured. Last year, over 600 people attended NNO. Focus on suicide prevention This year’s additional focus will be on suicide prevention. Elder Services Director Mary Prenney commented, “We want all generations to know that the pain is...

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