Let’s talk snow

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Let’s talk snow

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Snow. It’s the four-letter word that no one wants to discuss in October. However, as Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto reminded the Selectmen Monday night, it’s inevitable. Therefore, now is the time to broach a thorny issue: How to best implement the amended snow removal bylaw passed by the voters at June Town Meeting and approved, with a caveat, by the state Attorney General’s office last month. Gilleberto explained that the AG’s office opined that the town cannot assess the cost of snow removal as a punishment for the non-payment of fines issued to property owners who fail to remove the snow from the sidewalks in front of their non-residential properties on Main Street (Rte. 28). The snow removal bylaw was originally passed by the town’s voters back in 2002 as a means to force commercial property owners in the town’s business corridor to remove snow from the constructed sidewalks along their frontage in the interest of public safety. However, as Gilleberto pointed out, enforcement of the bylaw has been challenging, at best, over the years. For instance, sending the town’s police officers knocking on doors issuing warnings and fines to tenants and property owners for not removing snow within 24 hours of a storm — only to have the fines dismissed when court dates arrived in the spring, after the snow had melted — has been deemed not to be the best use of the town’s resources, he said. It also does not help promote the goal of the bylaw, which is to improve public safety and access to these businesses, he added. Following the tough winter of 2014-15, Town Meeting amended the bylaw to allow for the recovery of costs associated with snow removal done by the town when commercial property owners/tenants fail to do so. But he said, with the “continued difficulty achieving compliance” with the bylaw, at June Town Meeting  voters approved a change to the fine schedule in the bylaw, from a warning for a first offense, $50 for a second offense and $100 for a third offense to a flat rate of $300 per offense. Proposed enforcement plan With the likelihood remaining high that fines will be dismissed in court and based on the premise that Town Meeting still desires non-residential property owners or tenants to remove snow from sidewalks, and taking into consideration the AG’s opinion, Gilleberto has recommended the following enforcement plan for the 2017-18 winter season: At locations where snow has not been removed by owner or tenant, the DPW removes the snow after 24 hours and assesses the cost of removal to the tenant or occupant. Subsequently, the DPW recovers the cost via a lien on the property if the assessment is not paid. Fines would not be issued. He added that one bill would be sent to the tenant or occupant per season (Oct 15 to May 15) and a duplicate bill would be sent to the property owner of record. Under this scenario, after the bills are finalized per property by the DPW, the assessments would then be approved by the Board of Selectmen and certified to the town’s Assessors. Notice of the amount of the assessment issued would be sent to the property owners...

read more

Route 28 motors warned about having too many cars on site

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Route 28 motors warned about having too many cars on site

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The owner of Route 28 Motors, 137 Main St., was brought before the Selectmen Monday night to review compliance issues related to storing more cars than allowed on the premises. Prior to the discussion, two selectmen recused themselves from the discussion. Selectman Andrew Schultz, an attorney, recused himself because he said he had represented the dealer in the past. Selectman Steve O’Leary recused himself because he has a brother who holds a Class II license in town. The annual Class II used car dealer’s license to buy and sell second-hand motor vehicles was issued to Hajir “Harry” Vakili last December and expires January 1, 2018. The permit allows Vakili to have a maximum of 26 vehicles for sale, 24 parked outdoors and two parked inside the garage. The number of cars allowed on the lot does not apply to customer vehicles, the license states. Following up on complaints made to Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto, he requested Building Inspector James DeCola inspect the premises, which was done on Tuesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. when he counted 36. In a memo issued to Gilleberto, DeCola stated: “The owner was present and agreed to move the excess cars by the end of this week. I received a call on October 11, the following day, that he had removed the extra vehicles and is now at the required 26 vehicles, as stated on the license.” DeCola added he scheduled another inspection for October 12. Gilleberto referenced a restriction on the license that had noted of those 26 vehicles only 16 could be listed for sale “at any one time,” based on documents dating back to 2013 prior to his appointment as T.A. “I believe the building inspector conducted a preliminary inspection a couple of weeks prior and counted 35 vehicles, and as recently as today, the building department observed 29 vehicles on the property and the police department observed 31 vehicles at a different point in the day, so we got some concerns observed by others. Our concerns were only heightened when we looked at the website, which indicated 50 vehicles are for sale,” Gilleberto said. Vakili said he has been “in the auto business for 15 years and at Route 28 Motors for about three years.” “It used to be 16 (vehicles) and when we had the meeting two to three years back they bumped it upon to 26 cars for sale, 24 outside and two inside,” Vakili said. Upon re-examining the records on file in Gilleberto’s office, it was confirmed that in 2016 the Board of Selectmen had approved increasing the number of vehicles that could be advertised for sale at any one time on the premises to 26 when renewing Vakili’s license. Selectman Kathryn Manupelli said she did not recall that change being made to the license. Vakili explained that the reason he had 36 cars on the lot recently was due to the fact that he had to abruptly remove 10 cars he previously stored at another business down the street when that property owner decided to rent the spaces to another business owner who was willing to pay twice the price. Chairman Michael Prisco said whether the license says 26 or 16 vehicles can...

read more

New student club to support soldiers approved by SC

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on New student club to support soldiers approved by SC

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By MICHAEL GEOFFRION SCANNELL NORTH READING — Students for Soldiers was given the go-ahead by the School Committee at Monday night’s meeting. It was approved as a new club to be formed at North Reading High School. Seniors Kyle Bythrow and Michael Brown proposed the club saying that they had 30 to 50 students who had expressed interest in becoming members. The club’s faculty advisor will be NRHS science teacher Jeffrey Wall. The students say the mission of the club is to make sure that “no soldier is left without something during mail call.” The goal is to send care packages to deployed, active-duty servicemen and servicewomen who might otherwise not get anything from home. The plan is to create a military support club where students raise funds by selling T-shirts, having bake sales and the like. The money raised will go to support letter-writing, care packages and other methods of supporting the troops. The organizers have been in touch with local military personnel at Hanscom AFB who are willing to help distribute the packages. Major events for the club will include Christmas letters to soldiers, selling of student-made T-shirts and annual care packages. Care packages would be made up of toiletries, such as toothpaste and shampoo, non-perishable snacks and food items such as beef jerky and protein bars and other items from home, like magazines, hand and foot warmers and American chewing gum that may not be available in combat areas. When asked why they wished to form this club, Brown noted that he has a cousin who had recently joined the Marines to train as an Arabic language translator. Bythrow added, “many students have members of their family who have served or are serving in the armed forces.” The Students for Soldiers Club is based on successful models at other area high schools including Belmont High School. Following the presentation by Brown and Bythrow, School Committee member Jerry Venezia commented that it was a “great idea” and added that he was “glad you guys came up with...

read more

Hornet football beats Masco in overtime thriller

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in North Reading Sports, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Hornet football beats Masco in overtime thriller

Clinch share of division title Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By ANDREW MOUNTER NORTH READING — It seems like for the last four years, the North Reading football Hornets keep topping themselves in terms of incredible wins. Last Friday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Arthur Kenney Field, the underdog and undersized Green and Gold beat the Masco Chieftains, 20-14, in overtime during one of the most exciting football games that has ever taken place in North Reading history. “The kids stepped up and matched their physicality,” said North Reading head coach Jeff Wall. “We came in as underdogs and undermanned; we had a lot of injuries going in so we didn’t know what we had going into this game but the kids stepped up and I’m real proud of them.” One of those injured players was senior running back Jake Bedell, who suffered a lower body injury during the previous game in Pentucket. Bedell was a game time decision and did not practice with the team at all during the week leading to the contest but would go on to score the game-tying touchdown and would run for 89 yards on 23 carries. “We took it day-by-day and hoped for the best,” said Bedell. “We came in with the mind set to see how I would feel in warm ups. I looked good, the coaches were confident and I was confident, so I just went out and played.” It did not look good early for the Hornets as Masco would take their opening drive 13 plays and 81-yards, closing it with a Jay Theriault 1-yard run, who just got the ball across the end zone line, making it 7-0 Sachems after a quarter of play. North Reading would get the equalizer in the second quarter, on a 16-yard hookup from freshman quarterback Brian Heffernan to junior receiver Michael Mikula for Heffernan’s first touchdown of his short high school career. Junior Alex D’Ambrosio kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7 which would be the score at halftime. Masco would regain the lead on a 63-yard touchdown, setup by a screen pass from quarterback Matt Brockelman to tailback Peter Kitsakos making it 14-7. The Hornets tied the game again with 4:53 left in regulation, as they were winning the field position game, starting the drive at the Masco 28 yard line. It only took the home team six plays to get into the end zone, concluding with a Bedell run of 5 yards. D’Ambrosio’s point-after try went through the goal posts to tie the game at 14. The Chieftains had one more chance to win the game before overtime, as their offense gave their kicker a chance to win the game but Bill Garten’s kick from 25-yards out was blocked with five seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime. North Reading lost the coin toss with Masco who elected to defend first. In high school football, the ball is placed at the defense’s 10 yard line while both teams get a possession each. It took North Reading three plays to get into the end zone on a D’Ambrosio 3-yard run to the left, finally giving the Hornets their first lead of the game. The Green and Gold would go for the two-point conversion but were stopped a yard short. ...

read more

NRHS volleyball beats Triton, loses to Masco, Hamilton-Wenham

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in North Reading Sports, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on NRHS volleyball beats Triton, loses to Masco, Hamilton-Wenham

Hornets (9-7) are one win away from state tournament Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI HAMILTON — On Monday afternoon, the North Reading High volleyball team lost, 3-0, at Hamilton-Wenham. It was the Hornets second loss in a row as the Generals were able to complete the season sweep. With that defeat, the Hornets record fell to 9-7 overall and 6-7 in the Cape Ann League. “They actually looked better the first time they played against us,” said North Reading head coach Mike Milone, about the Generals. Hamilton-Wenham won game one, 25-17, game two, 25-23, and the final game, 25-13. Abby Paine had a season-high nine digs for the Hornets. North Reading now has to go at least 1-3 in its final four games in order to qualify for the Division 2 state tournament. Drop match to Masco Last Friday afternoon, the Hornets lost, 3-0, at home to Masconomet. The Chieftains, who completed the season sweep over the Hornets, won the first game 25-23. They won the second and third games, 25-21. “We played competitively,” said Milone. “We served poorly late in those games.” Noel Riley had ten kills, and 11 blocks. “She played a great game,” recalled Milone. Paine had 19 assists while Jenna Forcellese had 18 digs. Victorious over Vikings On Oct. 11, the Hornets beat Triton, 3-0, at home to complete the season sweep over the Vikings. They won the first game, 25-13, and the second one, 25-16. They closed the match with a 25-14 win in game three. “We passed the ball better than we have lately in that match,” said Milone. Katie Lonsdale had 14 service points including five aces. The Hornets hosted Ipswich on Wednesday night after press time. North Reading’s Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser game will take place this Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. as they host Medford in a non-league match. The Hornets are looking for the season sweep over the...

read more

Big second half propels Hornets to victory over Pentucket

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in North Reading Sports, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Big second half propels Hornets to victory over Pentucket

NR is now 2-0 in CAL Kinney Division Published in the October 12, 2017 edition By ANDREW MOUNTER WEST NEWBURY — The wild ride of the 2017 North Reading High School football team was on full display last Saturday afternoon on the boarder of West Newbury and Groveland, as they defeated Pentucket Regional High School 30-12. After scoring three points in the first half, the Hornets erupted with 27 points in the second half to win going away. For the second straight week, North Reading was without senior captain and quarterback Kyle Bythrow, so the offense ran two different play books to see what sticked. The only points scored in the first half came on a field goal as the second quarter expired while junior Alex D’Ambrosio kicked it from 24 yards out to give the Green and Gold a 3-0 lead at the half. The defense for North Reading was dominant, as they held the Sachems offense to plays of no yards or negative yards seven times, including two sacks by senior captain Jackson DeAngelo and senior Colin Boucher. The second half was a different story in terms of scoring, as the Hornets scored the first touchdown of the game just 1:18 into the third quarter. Senior Ryan Edison punched it in to complete a four-play, 60-yard drive highlighted by a D’Ambrosio 47-yard run, who was only stopped from going into the end zone by a push out of bounds. D’Ambrosio added the extra point to give the Green and Gold a 10-0 advantage. The lead extended to 17 on the next drive, thanks to Jake Bedell’s 39-yard touchdown run and a D’Ambrosio extra point, giving North Reading a 17-0 lead. The game got more interesting after Pentucket picked up their first touchdown on a beautiful 42-yard bomb from quarterback Gus Flaherty to wide receiver Nate McGrail. The Sachems got within 10 points, but the Hornets stopped any talk of a comeback as soon as the pursuing kickoff, as Bedell would take the ball 96 yards for a special teams’ touchdown. D’Ambrosio added another extra point to get the lead back to 17, at 24-7. The Green and Gold would get one more score before the day was through, as Edison added his second TD from two yards out to put the cherry on top of a great second half. The Hornets are above .500 for the first time this season at 3-2 and hope to go two games above .500 as they play the always tough Masco tomorrow night. This game is huge in terms of the division, as both teams are 2-0 in the Cape Ann League Kinney Division, and Masco owns the tiebreaker for now, with the overall record of 4-1. If North Reading wins, they would hold the tiebreaker. North Reading will have revenge on their mind as they lost this contest last year, 21-6, for their only regular season loss. Kickoff at  Arthur Kenney Field is set for 7 p.m....

read more

Helen W. Colburne, 92

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in North Reading Obituaries, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Helen W. Colburne, 92

Avid Boston sports fan Published in the October 19, 2017 edition NORTH READING — Helen W. (Dahlquist) Colburne, 92, of North Reading and formerly of Reading, died at her home on Monday, October 16, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter L. Colburne. Born in Reading on July 14, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Ernest G. and Helga (Hanson) Dahlquist. She was raised and attended public schools in Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School, Class of 1943. She worked as a waitress at the Bradford Barn Restaurant in Bradford several years before retiring. Winnie has been a resident of North Reading for over 66 years. She was a kind, caring person who always thought of others before herself. She was a Boston sports fan, especially the Red Sox and Bruins. Winnie enjoyed playing bingo and board games. Family members include her loving sons, Bryce G. Colburne and Duane A. Colburne; her daughter, Winnifred E. Abram; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. Arrangements are under the direction of the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading....

read more

Joanne Davidson Ferretti, 77

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in North Reading Obituaries, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Joanne Davidson Ferretti, 77

Involved in many choral groups Published in the October 19, 2017 edition NORTH CHELMSFORD — Joanne (Currier) Davidson Ferretti, 77, of North Chelmsford, formerly of North Reading, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at CareOne in Wilmington, surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of the late Thomas Ferretti. Born in Lancaster, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late Geraldine (Mooney) and David P. Currier, Sr.  She grew up in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, graduating from Exeter High School in Exeter, New Hampshire and attended the University of Connecticut. Joanne enjoyed music and was involved in many choral groups including the North Reading Choral Society, North Reading Theater Workshop and Senior Echoes. She enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Her hobbies included reading, crossword puzzles, logic puzzles, word jumbles and cribbage. She was a 50-plus year member of the Union Congregational Church in North Reading, singing in the Chancel Choir and playing in the North Parrish Ringers. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose, North Reading Chapter. Family members include her daughter and son-in-law, Roberta J. Davidson-Stratton and James F. Stratton of North Chelmsford; three sons and a daughter-in-law, David P. Davidson of Portland, Maine; Kevin C. Davidson, Sr. and Annemarie (Higinbotham) Davidson of Claremont, New Hampshire, and Derek J. Davidson of North Reading; five grandsons, Kevin C. Davidson, Jr. and his wife Lauren, Robert J. Stratton and his fiancée Emma Streeby, Paul M. Davidson and his wife Laura, Ryan P. Davidson and his wife, Paige, and Chad R. Davidson and his girlfriend Jeanne Smedley; two great-granddaughters, Kayden E. Davidson and Addyson R. Davidson, and one great-grandson, Grayson S. Davidson. She is also survived by her brother David P. Currier, Jr. of New Hampshire and Florida; her aunt, Polly Berry of Concord; her sister-in-law Coralyn E. Davidson of Ipswich and her former husband Robert J. Davidson of Sarasota, Florida. Additionally, she is survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. Joanne was pre-deceased by her sister, Charlotte (Currier) Williams and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Constance Davidson. Joanne’s family would like to thank the staff at CareOne in Wilmington for their care and support during her final days. Calling hours will be held on Monday, October 23 at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading, from 6 to 8 p.m. Joanne’s funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 24 at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the American Liver Foundation – NE Chapter, 188 Needham St., Ste. 240, Newton MA, 02464 or the Union Congregational Church, ATTN: Music Ministry, or the charity of one’s choice....

read more

Craig Scott Gould, 75

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in North Reading Obituaries, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Craig Scott Gould, 75

Enjoyed many hobbies Published in the October 19, 2017 edition TEWKSBURY — Craig Scott Gould, 75, of Tewksbury, formerly of Everett and North Reading, passed away October 5, 2017 from congestive heart failure. He was the son of the late Beverly Ivester Monroe and Payson ‘Pasty’ Gould, both of North Reading. He has been described by a friend as a “good guy and loyal friend”. He was a wonderful brother to his sister, Deb, always offering an ear to listen and spending time at her home in Maine. Craig loved to drive…anywhere, as long as he could take a ‘nap’ along the way. He particularly enjoyed driving his yellow Jeep, often without the top or doors. After being discharged from the Army he worked many years at Lewis Candy Company in Malden. Through the years he worked as a short order cook for Howard Johnson’s at the Route 1 rotary, in Saugus, followed by working for Monroe Oil Company in North Reading, several “second” jobs to stay busy, and eventually he went to work for H.P. Hood, Charlestown. His first job with the company was home delivery in the Andover area and when he had the opportunity he worked as a tractor trailer driver throughout the state of Massachusetts. He retired in the early 2000s after 31 years. He kept track of the drivers that he had worked with and often would meet them for coffee or just talk to them on the phone. He actually tried to stay in touch with many, many people that he had become friends with, whether from the Army or any of the jobs that he worked. In the late 1990s he discovered books on tape and would listen to them for hours while he was driving; years later this led to him purchasing a Kindle after he retired. He loved it and would read several books at once. Craig loved music – from the three tenors and opera to older country music to show tunes to rock ‘n roll (up to the late ‘80’s) -just about everything. He loved movies and collected, particularly James Bond, nearly as many of those as the music cd’s. He always seemed to find a new interest from cameras and photography in the ‘60s and ‘70s to joining the Andover Sportmen’s Club which sparked an interest in target practice with bow and arrow and pistols. Wednesday nights were always reserved for “cards with the guys” at the Club. In recent years he attended the Tewksbury Senior Center, making another set of friends while playing cribbage. While his wife was alive they took several trips to Florida and many places between there and New England.  They both really enjoyed all of the venues at Disney.  Craig is survived by his sister, Deb Desjardins and her partner, David Barrett of Auburn, Maine, his brother, Bob Colburn and his wife of Placida, Florida, his sister Cheryl White and her husband of Lebanon, New Hampshire, his brother Kevin Gould of Grafton, New Hampshire, and his sister-in-law, Marianne Colburn of Brooksville, Florida. Also, survived by two aunts, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and many cousins. His wife Barbara (Mew) Gould predeceased him in August 2013. Calling Hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North...

read more