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Breaking News: Water main break on North Street

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in North Reading News | Comments Off on Breaking News: Water main break on North Street

Town Hall closed; CPC meeting rescheduled Posted February 20, 2018 NORTH READING — On Tuesday afternoon, another water main break on North Street, between the North Reading Town Hall and Lowell Road, was being repaired by the Department of Public Works (DPW). Due to the break and loss of water, Town Hall was forced to close at 2:15 p.m. and evening meetings were cancelled. Additionally, all items scheduled for Tuesday night’s Community Planning Commission meeting have been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 27. Residents in the neighborhoods off North Street and Lowell Road in the area of the break may experience several hours of no water, reduced water pressure, discolored water, or fine air bubbles in their water. The DPW is working as quickly as is safely practical to repair the water main break and restore full water service to this area. Contact the North Reading DPW at 978-664-6060 with any questions relative to this...

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PHOTO: To serve and protect

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in North Reading News | Comments Off on PHOTO: To serve and protect

Published in the February 15, 2018 edition

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Joint meeting in works on Andover water fallout

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Joint meeting in works on Andover water fallout

Published in the February 15, 2018 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Still smarting from the poke in the eye the town received after Andover voters rejected a provision to solidify a 99-year agreement that would have enabled North Reading to continue purchasing its water from Andover into the next century, the Selectmen on Monday night debated the value of continuing negotiations with Andover or turning its focus back to joining the MWRA. Andover’s Board of Selectmen have requested a joint meeting with North Reading’s Board of Selectmen to discuss the next steps between the two towns. Selectmen Andrew Schultz and Kathryn Manupelli were ready to focus solely on the MWRA option after Andover’s voters spoke by a margin of over 700 to under 400 to alter the agreement they will petition the Legislature to approve, which now differs from the one North Reading’s voters approved in October to bring before the Legislature. Given that North Reading has been an excellent water customer of Andover for 27 years, Manupelli was surprised that more consideration was not given to value of that relationship by Andover’s town meeting voters. “Their voters have locked them in,” Schultz said. “We owe it to Reading, who feels like we have left them at the altar” to re-enter the MWRA negotiations he believes. Selectman Bob Mauceri wanted to give North Reading’s residents more time to attend another one of their meetings before the Andover route is passed over, especially those who wish to voice their apprehension over joining the MWRA and to help them become more informed about how it might impact them. Selectman Steven O’Leary actively sought to have the two boards meet as he did not see the harm in hearing any options that Andover may be able to offer as a palatable alternative solution. Much to his “consternation,” O’Leary said it was pretty evident at the Andover Town Meeting that not enough effort went into explaining to the general public the value of the relationship between the two towns or about the potential of Andover’s water rates increasing by 28 percent for their own customers if North Reading is no longer purchasing water from them. Selectmen Chairman Mike Prisco was also inclined to return the board’s focus back to the MWRA, but ultimately, out of respect for the time invested by North Reading’s negotiating team thus far in the Andover alternative, he agreed to offer two possible joint meeting dates — Wednesday Feb. 28 or Thursday, March 1 — and the meeting must be held in North Reading, he said. Pisco’s caveat is that a decision will be made at their meeting on Monday, March 5 whether to stick with Andover or pursue MWRA, without exception. Since the March 5 meeting is already pretty full with budget hearings for the June Town Meeting, Prisco suggested that they not hold an executive session prior to their regular meeting that night so they could start as early as 6:30 p.m. for this agenda item. Regardless of the final outcome, Prisco told the Transcript that it is in the best interests of both towns to work together cooperatively on this matter going forward as both towns still need to come to agreements as sources of back-up water supplies for each other in the event of emergencies....

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Craig chosen as Project 351 Ambassador

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Craig chosen as Project 351 Ambassador

Unique service opportunity for grade 8 students Published in the February 15, 2018 edition By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING —Tyler Craig, an eighth-grade student at North Reading Middle School, represented the town at the annual Launch Day for Project 351 on January 28. Founded in 2011 by then Governor Deval Patrick, Project 351 unites eighth-grade students from each of the 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth, seeking to develop a rising generation of “community-first” leaders. Launch Day, convened by Governor Charlie Baker and presented by John Hancock, served to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. According to Craig, local ambassadors boarded a bus at the Woburn Mall, and traveled to the John F. Kennedy Library. After a tour of the library, students gathered in groups of 10-15 to meet with their alumni leader and discuss ways of developing leadership and service opportunities within each of their communities. Ambassadors were encouraged to create a service project this spring that will benefit Cradles to Crayons, a Boston-based nonprofit that combats childhood poverty by providing children from birth to age 12 with essential items needed at home, at school and at play. “I’m thinking of organizing a food or clothing drive,” Craig said. He noted that he is still in the planning phase of the project, and has regular communication with Project 351 leaders. Craig also had the opportunity to meet with North Reading’s 2017 Ambassador, Julia Thorstad. Launch Day activities continued at the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School in Boston, where ambassadors assisted in painting a mural and helped move books into classrooms. Student ambassadors to Project 351 must exhibit the exemplary ethic of service and embody the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. At NRMS, each grade 8 team nominated a student whom they felt exemplified these criteria. The staff then voted to name Craig as the 2018 ambassador. According to NRMS principal Catherine O’Connell, the school community is excited to provide Craig with this opportunity and looks forward to assisting him with his service endeavors. Craig, a polite and engaging student, stated that he is enjoying all of his classes this year. He loves playing baseball and basketball, and delights in fostering relationships among peers. He is excited to be participating in Project 351, and will be looking to continue the project’s mission of community service in the future. He is the son of Lisa and Richard Craig of Central...

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Bellavance, Manupelli seeking re-election

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Bellavance, Manupelli seeking re-election

Published in the February 15, 2018 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING —Two more incumbents have pulled nomination papers for the May 8 Town Election this week. According to Town Clerk Barbara Stats, both Community Planning Commission (CPC) member William Bellavance and Selectman Kathryn Manupelli picked up their nomination papers to retain their respective three-year seats. Manupelli is seeking her second three-year term. Bellavance will also be seeking his second three-year term, although he did get a head start, having been appointed in 2014 to fill the remainder of longtime CPC member Neal Rooney’s unexpired term upon his resignation effective September 1, 2014. That appointment was to last until the May 2015 election, at which time Bellavance could have opted to run for election to fulfill the remaining year of Rooney’s unexpired term, per state law. However, in the spring of 2015, the three-year seat of longtime CPC member Pat Romeo was also up for re-election so when she chose to run for the one year remaining on Rooney’s term instead of another full three-year term, it opened up an opportunity for Bellavance to seek a three-year seat, which he did. With the announcement last week by Joe Veno that he will not seek re-election to either his three-year CPC seat or his five-year Housing Authority seat, there are currently no candidates for either position. There is also only one candidate seeking nomination to date for one of the two three-year terms available on the School Committee. That candidate is Richard McGowan. Neither Jerry Venezia or Julie Koepke will be seeking to retain their seats. All candidates have until Tuesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. to return to the Town Clerk’s office for certification the minimum of 50 signatures of certified North Reading voters to ensure their name gets on the ballot. Incumbent Selectman Steve O’Leary pulled his nomination papers to retain his seat last week. Incumbent Town Moderator John Murphy has also pulled his nomination papers to seek his 14th consecutive term. It is the only one-year seat on the ballot. Register to vote by April 18 Once a candidate is certified as eligible to run for an elective office, the last day that candidate can choose to withdraw his or her name from the ballot is Thursday, April 5 at 5 p.m. The last day a resident of the town can register to vote to participate in the May 8 annual town election is Wednesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. Town Hall will be open late on both of those dates to accommodate voters, as mandated by state law, Stats said. Early voting is not available for any local elections in the state, she added. Candidates for any municipal office are required to file campaign finance reports on specific dates per the provisions of Mass. General Law Chapter 55. Those with questions about this process may contact the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance for assistance by phone: 617-727-8352, email: or visit the website at For additional assistance the public may also call the Town Clerk’s office at...

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Canine good citizens

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in North Reading News | Comments Off on Canine good citizens

By FRANCINE COUGHLIN CPDT-KA, IAABC, Owner, Bark n’ Roll, LLC NORTH READING — Having traveled around the world, I have observed the many perspectives humans have of dogs and the different roles dogs play in our human lives, within our communities, and across cultures. From the spoiled Parisian poodle dining on a plush bed at her owner’s feet inside a Michelin-rated restaurant, to the farm dogs without names working on the rural Irish farm. To the abandoned and confused pups in the seaside resort towns of the Italian coast, begging the tourists for their scraps outside cafes. To the unwelcome strays viewed as pests on some Caribbean islands. As a canine care professional, working daily in our beautiful little community for the past eight years, I would like to share my observations about our dog culture here in North Reading if you’ll indulge me. The dogs of North Reading are some of the luckiest of family pets. They are our beloved companions, often seen enjoying strolls throughout our beautiful parks and on our side streets and developments. They are adventurers, lucky to breathe fresh air and practice their hunting techniques on the abundance of squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits in our woodsy landscape – often failing miserably in the process, luckily for their prey. Hey, at least they had a good time and provided ample entertainment for the birds tweet-taunting them from above, in their lofty branches. They are the dogs that escape from their homes or yards, only to be found quickly thanks to the overwhelming support of our Facebook Community Page, who when called to action to help will do so at a moment’s notice. They were just having a little “them” time, guys. What’s the fuss all about? They are the snow and mud rollers, the rough and tumbly, the petite and polite, the boisterous and the reserved. They are the well-fed, well-trained and well-groomed family members, cherished since the moment they were brought home from the breeder or local rescue. Pure bred or mixed breed, these dogs are viewed as equals when it comes to our love for them. We share a supernatural bond and an unspoken friendship that endures. Its special and specific nature is incomparable among other species. Sorry, kitties, while you are also revered by many humans around the world, we cannot help but feel that the canine to human bond is just…different. These dogs are also the off-leash ball players in Ipswich River Park (Leash Law, ahem!), the persistent barking forces as you pass by their homes, and the rogue poopers on the neighbors’ lawns. Disclaimer that these pups are not to blame for any of the mentioned nuisance behaviors they are displaying. Those are all quite natural and acceptable from their perspectives, I assure you. Perhaps a dog park, in an appropriate spot in town, would help curb some of these behaviors? While our dog culture is not perfect, it is pretty darn close. It gives me, and my team, much joy to be a part of the lives of these well-cared-for, well-exercised and well-loved canine citizens. They brighten even the darkest of days and are a connection to the wonderful humans that work hard to give them such charmed lives. If they only knew the lengths their people went to...

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Front Page: 02/15/18

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North Reading authorities take action following social media posts, comments by NRHS student

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in North Reading News | Comments Off on North Reading authorities take action following social media posts, comments by NRHS student

Posted in the February 8, 2018 No danger to schools or community posed NORTH READING — Police Chief Michael P. Murphy and Superintendent of Schools Jon Bernard report to the residents of North Reading that actions have been taken after the North Reading High School administration learned that a student allegedly made a statement deemed to be one of concern for compromising school safety and similar messages of concern were posted on social media. There is no danger to the North Reading Public School District or the greater community. The student in question was identified, and appropriate actions have been taken, consistent with the code of conduct as outlined in the handbook that governs North Reading High School. The North Reading Police Department has conducted an investigation, led by Detective Sean O’Leary, and working with school administrators. A determination was made that the statement and social media postings, while troubling, do not rise to the level of criminal charges; however, the school district is addressing the matter in accordance with district policy. The student’s name cannot be released for legal reasons. Background On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, North Reading High School administrators were made aware of statements allegedly made by a high school student that indicated a desire to harm others at the school. Through the course of the investigation similarly concerning postings were found on social media. School administrators, consistent with the policies and procedures that have been adopted to ensure a safe school environment and response to threats, took prompt action, including identifying the student involved and meeting with the student and the student’s family. “The safety and security of students is one of our utmost priorities, and we are grateful for the strong working relationship that exists between the North Reading Police Department and our public schools,” Chief Murphy said. Added Superintendent Bernard, “I am pleased to know that our school safety and security policies and procedures work and that they were followed by faculty, staff and administrators. I am thankful to the North Reading Police Department, the students and staff of our Middle School and High School, and the community at large for their patience and support as we work to resolve this matter of concern, and maintain a safe and secure learning environment for all.” The North Reading Public Schools and North Reading Police Department wish to thank everyone for their patience and...

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Front Page: 02/08/18

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PHOTO: Brunch with friends

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in North Reading News | Comments Off on PHOTO: Brunch with friends

Published in the February 8, 2018 edition

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