Let’s talk snow

Oct 19, 2017 by

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Snow. It’s the four-letter word that no one wants to discuss in October. However, as Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto reminded the Selectmen Monday night, it’s inevitable. Therefore, now is the time to broach a thorny issue: How to best implement the amended snow removal bylaw passed by the voters at June Town Meeting and approved, with a caveat, by the state Attorney General’s office last month. Gilleberto explained that the AG’s office opined that the town cannot assess the cost of snow removal as a punishment for the non-payment of fines issued to property owners who fail to remove the snow from the sidewalks in front of their non-residential properties on Main Street (Rte. 28). The snow removal bylaw was originally...

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Route 28 motors warned about having too many cars on site...

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Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The owner of Route 28 Motors, 137 Main St., was brought before the Selectmen Monday night to review compliance issues related to storing more cars than allowed on the premises. Prior to the discussion, two selectmen recused themselves from the discussion. Selectman Andrew Schultz, an attorney, recused himself because he said he had represented the dealer in the past. Selectman Steve O’Leary recused himself because he has a brother who holds a Class II license in town. The annual Class II used car dealer’s license to buy and sell second-hand motor vehicles was issued to Hajir “Harry” Vakili last December and expires January 1, 2018. The permit allows Vakili to have a maximum of 26 vehicles for sale, 24 parked outdoors...

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New student club to support soldiers approved by SC...

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Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By MICHAEL GEOFFRION SCANNELL NORTH READING — Students for Soldiers was given the go-ahead by the School Committee at Monday night’s meeting. It was approved as a new club to be formed at North Reading High School. Seniors Kyle Bythrow and Michael Brown proposed the club saying that they had 30 to 50 students who had expressed interest in becoming members. The club’s faculty advisor will be NRHS science teacher Jeffrey Wall. The students say the mission of the club is to make sure that “no soldier is left without something during mail call.” The goal is to send care packages to deployed, active-duty servicemen and servicewomen who might otherwise not get anything from home. The plan is to create a military support club where students raise funds...

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Hornet football beats Masco in overtime thriller...

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Clinch share of division title Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By ANDREW MOUNTER NORTH READING — It seems like for the last four years, the North Reading football Hornets keep topping themselves in terms of incredible wins. Last Friday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Arthur Kenney Field, the underdog and undersized Green and Gold beat the Masco Chieftains, 20-14, in overtime during one of the most exciting football games that has ever taken place in North Reading history. “The kids stepped up and matched their physicality,” said North Reading head coach Jeff Wall. “We came in as underdogs and undermanned; we had a lot of injuries going in so we didn’t know what we had going into this game but the kids stepped up and I’m real proud of them.” One of...

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NRHS volleyball beats Triton, loses to Masco, Hamilton-Wenham...

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Hornets (9-7) are one win away from state tournament Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI HAMILTON — On Monday afternoon, the North Reading High volleyball team lost, 3-0, at Hamilton-Wenham. It was the Hornets second loss in a row as the Generals were able to complete the season sweep. With that defeat, the Hornets record fell to 9-7 overall and 6-7 in the Cape Ann League. “They actually looked better the first time they played against us,” said North Reading head coach Mike Milone, about the Generals. Hamilton-Wenham won game one, 25-17, game two, 25-23, and the final game, 25-13. Abby Paine had a season-high nine digs for the Hornets. North Reading now has to go at least 1-3 in its final four games in order to qualify for the...

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Helen W. Colburne, 92

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Avid Boston sports fan Published in the October 19, 2017 edition NORTH READING — Helen W. (Dahlquist) Colburne, 92, of North Reading and formerly of Reading, died at her home on Monday, October 16, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter L. Colburne. Born in Reading on July 14, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Ernest G. and Helga (Hanson) Dahlquist. She was raised and attended public schools in Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School, Class of 1943. She worked as a waitress at the Bradford Barn Restaurant in Bradford several years before retiring. Winnie has been a resident of North Reading for over 66 years. She was a kind, caring person who always thought of others before herself. She was a Boston sports fan, especially...

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