The town’s water is safe to drink...

Nov 7, 2019 by

Published November 7, 2019  By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Call it a perfect storm. During routine water sampling of the town’s drinking water supply last August three samples out of seven tested positive for “total coliform.” Total coliform is a measurement of “bacteria that are naturally found in the soil, in water that has been influenced by surface water, and in human or animal waste,” according to an explanation by the Water Department on the town’s website. When this occurs, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protocol triggers an immediate requirement to re-test the samples and take additional samples upstream and downstream of the trigger site within 24 hours of being notified by the lab of a positive test. Fortunately for the town’s water customers, all of these tests came back negative, according...

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School Com. preserves post-Labor Day school year...

Nov 7, 2019 by

Published November 7, 2019 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING —- School Committee members sent Superintendent Jon Bernard back to the drawing board when they rejected his proposal to have students begin the 2020-2021 school year on Wednesday, September 2, which falls before Labor Day. As is customary, Bernard presented the proposed calendar for the 2020-2021 school year to the committee at its meeting Monday night. “It’s that time of year, believe it or not, where we start to bring forward the draft of the calendar for the next school year,” Bernard said. “It’s not all that out of the ordinary, with one exception being that I’m proposing that school start before Labor Day in September, which is not something that has traditionally happened here in North Reading.” Bernard’s proposal called for school staff to...

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Traditional Veterans’ Day services Monday...

Nov 7, 2019 by

Published November 7, 2019 NORTH READING — The town’s veterans will be honored in traditional ceremonies on Veterans’ Day, Monday, November 11, at precisely 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend the ceremonies at the top of the town common. Wreaths will be laid at the town’s war memorials. If the weather does not cooperate the ceremony will be moved indoors in the Batchelder School gymnasium. An announcement will be made if the venue changes at www.northreadingma.gov/veterans-services. For more information email: nrvets@northredingma.gov or call 978-357-5212. “I encourage all families to join us and honor those who have served and those who continue to serve,” said Veterans’ Director Susan...

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George F. Gillis, 77

Sep 10, 2014 by

U.S. Navy veteran NORTH READING — George F. Gillis, 77, of North Reading and formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at Winchester Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Born in Wilmington on Feb. 11, 1937, he was the son of the late Malcolm and Ann (Connors) Gillis. He was raised and attended school in Wilmington. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. George was a retired truck driver for Berman’s Motor Express and Charles River Labs. He was a resident of North Reading for the past 56 years. He was a member of St. Theresa Church, Knights of Columbus, Council No. 4544 and a former member of the North Reading Auxiliary Police. George was also a member of the Teamsters Union. George had great enthusiasm for life and a remarkable ability to make and retain friends...

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