NRHS bids farewell to the Class of 2020...

Jul 30, 2020 by

Published July 30, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The trifecta is complete! The long-awaited Commencement Exercises to usher nearly 200 members of the Class of 2020 into the world as graduates of North Reading High School was held without a hitch Friday night at the Arthur J. Kenney Athletic Field. The July 24 ceremony, attended by about 500 immediate family members of the students in an otherwise empty stadium, brought the entire class together one last time after their senior year was abruptly and permanently interrupted back on March 12 due to the novel coronavirus 2019 pandemic. It was the sincere wish of all the members of this class to hold a real ceremony rather than a virtual one, as many other communities had done, and a small army of student leaders, administrators,...

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Primer on Seven Acres Special Town Meeting August 3...

Jul 30, 2020 by

Published July 30, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The Select Board will hold a primer for the public during its next virtual meeting on Monday night at 8 p.m. The topic is the Special Town Meeting being held outdoors on Saturday, August 8 at 9 a.m. at the Arthur J. Kenney Field on the potential purchase of the Seven Acres Poultry Farm. How to join virtual meeting Residents can participate in Monday’s Select Board meeting either through Zoom video conferencing or by phone. To join via internet go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88938151460. To use one tap on a mobile phone go to: +19292056099 or +13126266799. To dial in for an audio-only experience dial: (929) 205-6099 or (312) 626-6799 and enter meeting ID: 889 3815 1460 #, then press # again. The poultry farm, owned...

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Parks and Recreation prioritizing safety precautions alongside fun and games...

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Published July 30, 2020 By ALLIE HASTINGS NORTH READING — It has been a challenging and unexpected year for us all, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect every aspect of the economy and our everyday lifestyles. As state and CDC restrictions concerning social distancing protocols begin to loosen, local organizations and businesses are navigating the ways in which they can start to branch out while keeping all community members safe and protected from the virus. Ever since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, Parks and Recreation Director Lynne Clemens has been working non-stop with her staff members to provide programs for the community that allow all participants to remain engaged in events while being kept socially distanced from one another. Given that the organization does not currently have access to many public facilities,...

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Hornet softball overwhelms Saugus, Winchester...

Jul 30, 2020 by

Published July 30, 2020 NORTH READING — They say strong pitching and defense is a winning formula. That may be true, but when you add a relentless offense to the equation a team can be hard to beat. The North Reading Hornets summer softball team had all three elements on display on July 21 against visiting Saugus and on July 22 against Winchester. For the second game in a row, North Reading jumped out to a fast start against Saugus. After a 1-2-3 top of the 1st inning, junior leadoff hitter Adrianna Vittozzi drew a walk, stole second and promptly scored on an RBI double from junior shortstop Julia Howse. Senior co-captain Emma Lord would follow with an RBI double of her own to plate Howse. With two outs and Lord still on second, junior Shea Hanson...

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Second place Northeast Hornets enter the home stretch...

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Published July 30, 2020 By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI NORTH READING — The North Reading Northeast League baseball team lost 5-1 to visiting Lowell at Carey Park on a hot, humid evening on Tuesday. With that defeat, the Hornets fell to 6-4. “We weren’t able to hit,” said Hornets manager Marco Vittozzi, as his team had six hits. Tim McCarthy was the starting pitcher going four innings. After shutting out Lowell the first three frames, the visitors plated four runs in the top of the 4th inning. “He had a tough inning,” admitted Vittozzi. “He walked a couple of guys and hit one batter.” Joe Giacalone had an RBI single in the bottom of the 4th to score Aldo Vittozzi to cut the lead to three. Lowell then scored once more in the top of the 5th. Vittozzi was the...

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Senior Day NR-Lynnfield baseball game this Saturday...

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Published July 30, 2020 NORTH READING — Taking to heart the words of the legendary Yogi Berra — “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over” — the baseball players from the Class of 2020 at both Lynnfield and North Reading High Schools will get to hear the cry of “play ball” one more time. With the support of the North Reading Diamond Club, comprised of Hornet baseball alumni, an exhibition game featuring NRHS seniors and their Lynnfield High School counterparts is scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 1, at North Reading’s Carey Park, 189 Park St. First pitch will take place at 10:30 a.m. The Diamond Club decided to forego its 44th annual Alumni Game in favor of this special matchup, believing it was important for the seniors, who saw their 2020 season canceled as a result...

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