North Reading News

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Santa Claus is coming to town!

Published November 26, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Hey kids, guess who’s coming to town Sunday afternoon November 29? Here’s a few hints… He’s jolly. He has a long, white beard and wears a red suit with white trim. He must like the cold weather because he lives at the North Pole with reindeer and toymaker elves. And most of all, he likes to spread joy to girls and boys all around the world. Do you have an idea who that might be? If you guessed Santa...

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Miranda adeptly improves quality of life for most vulnerable citizens

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Miranda adeptly improves quality of life for most vulnerable citizens

Published November 26, 2020 By MICHAEL GEOFFRION SCANNELL LAURA MIRANDA at her desk in the Police Department, from where she begins her voluminous work. (Courtesy Photo)  NORTH READING — There’s a job in town government that you may not know about. Laura Miranda, LMHC, is Mental Health/Substance Abuse Clinician from the North Reading Police Department and a member of the Community Impact Team. Miranda will be hosting a free discussion next Wednesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. about self care and mental health during the changing seasons. Participants will learn the basics...

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Neighbor fund opens first week at $10,100

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Neighbor fund opens first week at $10,100

Published November 26, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Our 31st annual Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund (NHNF) has started off with a bang. Imagine our surprise when the first donation we received was a check for $10,000 from an anonymous donor. It was a wow moment. This $10,000 donation will go a long way toward easing the burdens felt by many townspeople through uncertain economic times, especially during this pandemic. Since 1990, the Transcript’s NHNF has served as the single largest source of income for Christian Community Service...

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EDITORIAL: Giving thanks in 2020

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in North Reading News | Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Giving thanks in 2020

Published November 26, 2020 In a time like few others, we will celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow. More than likely not in the typical way, gathered with family and friends around a big, bountiful table, but the spirit of the holiday will remain just the same. Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday, born on these shores from genuine religious faith, mixed with gratitude and appreciation for all the gifts this land has to offer. The promise inherent in Thanksgiving is its ability to knit together the diverse tapestry of American society around a...

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PHOTO: The pie’s the limit!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in North Reading News | Comments Off on PHOTO: The pie’s the limit!

THE E.E. LITTLE SCHOOL concluded its ninth annual Thanksgiving Pie sale, which included a remarkable response from the community in purchasing fresh pies for the North Reading Food Pantry — so much so that the school met its goal of 80 pies handily and donated an extra $182 to the pantry. Joining school mascot Little Lab are, from bottom left, Calvin Mello, Layla Roy, and Johnny and Betsy Gabriello; and from top left, NRFP director Penny Esposito, PTO members Courtney Mello and Stephanie Norwood, and Principal Christine Molle. (Amy...

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PHOTO: Food Pantry Donations

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in North Reading News | Comments Off on PHOTO: Food Pantry Donations

IT’S A TIME to give and receive, and the town’s senior citizens came through with plenty of donations destined for the Food Pantry when they picked up their Thanksgiving goodie bags in lieu of the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Volunteering to collect and sort the donations were (from left): Lauren Menzie, Amanda Doran, Michele Pacillo and Chris Stewart from Rep. Brad Jones’ office. (Maureen Doherty Photo) Published November 26,...

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Front Page: November 25, 2020

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 in North Reading News | Comments Off on Front Page: November 25, 2020

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Two-alarm fire causes severe damage to Sunset Avenue home

Posted by on Nov 19, 2020 in North Reading News | Comments Off on Two-alarm fire causes severe damage to Sunset Avenue home

Published November 19, 2020 FLAMES SHOOT from the top floor of the single-family home in a two-alarm blaze at 16 Sunset Ave. Saturday afternoon as a pair of North Reading firefighters reach the peak of the roof on Ladder 1. (Al Pereira/Advanced Photo) NORTH READING — The North Reading Fire Department, assisted by crews from Lynnfield, Wakefield, Reading, Wilmington and Middleton, extinguished a two-alarm fire that significantly damaged a Sunset Avenue home on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 14. The family was unhurt; a cat perished. FIREFIGHTERS are engulfed in smoke while...

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State computer glitch delays setting of new tax rate

Posted by on Nov 19, 2020 in North Reading News | Comments Off on State computer glitch delays setting of new tax rate

Published November 19, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The Select Board voted 3-0 with two abstentions not to split the tax rate between residential property and commercial, industrial and personal property (CIP) at Monday night’s annual tax classification public hearing. This was not a surprise because the town has only split the tax rate twice in the past, back in 1985 and 1988. Splitting the tax rate does not increase the amount of tax revenue the town would generate, it simply shifts the burden from one tax...

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Transcript launches 31st annual Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund

Posted by on Nov 19, 2020 in North Reading News | Comments Off on Transcript launches 31st annual Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund

Published November 19, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — For the 31st consecutive year, the Transcript has launched its Christmas appeal, the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund (NHNF), which supports the volunteers at Christian Community Service (CCS). This locally grown nonprofit organization is most well known for creating and operating the North Reading Food Pantry. But this all-volunteer group provides more than groceries to over 100 households in town. Its mission is to provide assistance to local residents in need in the form of emergency financial support combined with...

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