Unanimous vote to appeal DHCD decision...

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Published October 17, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING —The action taken Thursday night by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) was swift and uncomplicated. Acting Chairman James Demetri and ZBA members Jennifer Platt and Joseph Keyes voted unanimously to appeal the decision by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to deny the board’s claim of Safe Harbor from the Ch. 40B comprehensive permit application of NY Ventures to build a 200-unit five-building apartment complex at 20 Elm St. with 50 units designated for affordable rents to qualifying households. All of the units would count toward the town’s subsidized housing inventory because they are rental units. The DHCD decision had stated its determination applied to both the General Land Area Minimum (GLAM) and the Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) claims by the...

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Swan Pond paving passes Town Meeting...

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Published October 17, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The fate of a proposal to pave Swan Pond Road took as many twists and turns as the 2,700-foot private gravel road itself. Whenever it comes up for discussion, be it at a Town Meeting, a Select Board meeting or a workshop with the neighbors, the debates, scenarios and “what-ifs” are endless; each question generates a new answer and each answer results in a new set of circumstances to consider. Each discussion takes an hour to 90 minutes to hash out. After another such marathon session at October Town Meeting, the proposal of whether the town should spend $175,000 from Free Cash to be set aside in a gift account and only used if the residents also deposit another $175,000 in the same account eventually passed…...

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Business owners invited to free party, workshop Oct. 24...

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Published October 17, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Are you a member of the North Reading business community? Do you own commercial property in town? Perhaps you also run your own business locally? Then take note! The town’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) is throwing a party and you’re invited. Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 24 to head on over to the ballroom at Kitty’s Restaurant, 123 Main St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and be prepared for an informative night. This is a free event where you’ll mix and mingle with like-minded professionals and business owners for the first half hour, during registration. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. A one-hour workshop will follow hosted by EDC members who will bring business professionals up to...

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Clutch win over Lynnfield gets Hornets over .500...

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Published October 17, 2019 By DAN NUNN BOXFORD — The Masconomet Chieftains avenged an early season defeat to the NRHS boys’ soccer team with a tight 2-1 victory on October 8. Sophomore Kiernan Schulz scored for North Reading. Masco generated a lot of pressure in the first half, but the NRHS defense kept any chances to long range shots which were swallowed up by senior captain Will Carpenter.  The Hornets best chance of the half came from junior defender Gilly Silva who ripped a shot from 40 yards out that was destined for the “upper 90” until the Chieftains keeper made a tremendous save. The second half started scoreless but Masco scored two goals in a five minute span from the 58th to the 63rd minute to quickly jump ahead.  After a timeout with 10 minutes...

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Hornet spikers to host Newburyport for Dig Pink game on Friday...

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Need three wins in final five matches to make tourney Published October 17, 2019 By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI NORTH READING — Last Friday afternoon, the North Reading High volleyball team lost at home to undefeated Lynnfield, 3-0. The Hornets lost the three games, 25-15, 25-15 and 25-10 as the Pioneers (14-0 overall and 12-0 in the Cape Ann League) completed the season sweep over the Hornets. North Reading, meanwhile, fell to 6-7 overall and 4-6 in the Cape Ann League. They must now go at least 3-2 in their final five matches in order to qualify for the Division 2 state tournament. “They are the best team we will play all year,” said Hornets head coach Mike Milone, whose squad last made the states two season ago. “Their poise and consistency won out.” Kristina Valenti...

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Hornets look to reset during playoff push...

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Published October 17, 2019 By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI NORTH READING — On a sunny, mild day on Tuesday afternoon, the North Reading High field hockey team was shutout 2-0 by visiting Lynnfield. The Pioneers were able to complete the season sweep with the win. The Hornets fell to 6-6-1 overall and 5-6-1 in the Cape Ann League with the defeat. They now need at least five points in their final five games in order to qualify for the Division 2 state tournament. “It was our first game in a week and we came out flat,” said Hornet head coach Andrea Slaven. “They scored early and got the momentum.” Lynnfield scored off a corner 3:02 into the game. They then got the other goal with 3:52 left in the first half. In the second half, the...

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