Salmonella outbreak at Kitty’s...

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Published in the July 12, 2018 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY RESTAURANT CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE PER NORTH READING BOARD OF HEALTH NORTH READING — Following a Salmonella outbreak at Kitty’s Restaurant and Lounge, 123 Main St., the restaurant was ordered closed on Monday, July 9 until further notice by North Reading Director of Public Health Robert F. Bracey. Bracey has been actively investigating the outbreak of this communicable disease since he was notified by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) on Tuesday, July 3 of nine confirmed illnesses and 30 suspected illnesses stemming from a likely source of antipasto salad served at the restaurant on Sunday, June 23 and again on June 25. An additional dozen complaints are still being investigated, including cases from new dates of June 28 and July 7, the...

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Friends of Library launch Performing Artist Series...

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Published in the July 12, 2018 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The Friends of the Flint Memorial Library is launching a new venture, the Performing Artist Series, to raise funds for the numerous library programs supported by the group. Set to launch this fall with an inaugural concert on Saturday, October 6 by The Twangtown Paramours, the Performing Artist Series will be offered in addition to the monthly North Reading Community Coffeehouse/Open Mic nights. Coffeehouse founder Art Grossman has organized the coffeehouse series for the past two years, which he said has been “successful by its own right in providing a wonderful environment for people to perform as well as a great evening’s entertainment while raising money for the Library by donations and the sale of refreshments.” Inspired by the success of...

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Casciano, Driver named Boston Globe and Boston Herald spring All-Scholastics...

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Published in the July 12, 2018 edition NORTH READING — North Reading High School seniors Sophia Casciano and Tara Driver were each recently named spring All-Scholastics by both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. Driver, who will play softball at Niagara University in the fall, is the NRHS softball all-time leader in career home runs with 29. She also finished with 118 career RBIs. She hit six home runs this season for the Div. 2 North champion Hornets. Driver hit .516 this season with 32 hits. She was also walked a staggering 30 times, as teams pitched away from her for most of the year. Casciano, the All-State and Cape Ann League pole vault champion, will compete for the UMass-Amherst track and field program. Casciano set a personal best of 11 feet, 3...

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Youth track camp a success once again...

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Published in the July 12, 2018 edition NORTH READING — More than 100 girls and boys participated in the annual track and field camp last month. This popular program is run through North Reading Parks and Recreation in conjunction with North Reading High School track coach Sotirios Pintzopoulos, assisted by his staff and high school track team members. The goal of the program is to introduce youngsters to the fundamentals of the sport and its vast array of events involving sprinting, middle distance and long distance running as well as jumping and throwing events. Championship medals were awarded on the last night of camp to the top girl and boy in each age category as follows: Girls: 7-year-olds – Paige Vant Boys: 7-year-olds – Luke Fosco Girls: 8-year-olds – Sydney Nussbum Boys: 8-year-olds –...

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Mike Sheridan recognized as High School Hero by Boston Cannons...

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Published in the July 12, 2018 edition BEVERLY — North Reading High School student Mike Sheridan was recognized by the Boston Cannons as a Plymouth Rock Assurance High School Heroes recipient during the team’s game on June 23 at Endicott College. The Cannons created the High School Heroes series to honor a high school lacrosse player who demonstrates character and leadership on and off the field. Sheridan just wrapped up his junior season at North Reading where he helped lead the boys’ lacrosse team to a 15-7 record and a Division 2 North Quarterfinals appearance. Sheridan, who also plays football at North Reading, got a late start in lacrosse as he actually was fond of baseball when he was younger. However, after making the decision to switch to lacrosse it didn’t take him long to catch up as...

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SC approves user fees for extracurricular activities...

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Published in the July 12, 2018 edition By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — Director of Finance and Operations Michael Connelly presented a memorandum to School Committee members June 25 recommending a new user fee structure for extracurricular activities across the district. According to Connelly, with the stipend structure detailed in the new collective bargaining agreement with the North Reading Education Association (NREA), the administration is recommending the implementation of user fees for extracurricular activities beginning in the 2018–19 school year. The proposal will maintain the current $200 extracurricular fee at the middle and high schools, and will add a performing arts fee of $100 at the high school, $75 at the middle school, and $60 at the elementary schools. Committee member Mel Webster, who served on the negotiating committee, noted that the fee will...

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