Ring and Ride starts Oct. 30

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Published in the October 12, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The town’s senior citizens and disabled veterans of any age will have a ride sharing program to take them to medical appointments for a nominal fee by the end of this month. Called Ring and Ride, the transportation program is provided by the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA), stated Selectmen Chairman Mike Prisco during his report updating Town Meeting attendees of the progress made by the town’s Economic Development Committee on this initiative. “We want to start slow and see how the program works and see how many people take advantage of the opportunity to use the service,” Prisco said, adding that workshops would be held at the Senior Center and possibly Town Hall, and information would also be posted on the town’s website. An informational brochure has also been created. (Note: after Town Meeting, the date of the first informational meeting was finalized for Monday, October 23 at 2 p.m. at the Edith O’Leary Senior Center located on the first floor of the Third Meeting House on the common.) Seniors are defined as anyone 60 years or older. If the program meets with success, it could be expanded for other transportation needs for this population. Prisco explained that rides are shared and fees are charged for a one-way trip. A door to door upon is available upon request during the reservation process. Rides are arranged through reservation only by calling the MVRTA’s Special Services office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance but can be requested up to two weeks in advance of the appointment, he said. The rides are available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays (excluding holidays) and riders are given a 30-minute window for pick-up. MVRTA has created five service zones for the town, Zones A through E, with fees ranging from free for in-town rides (Zone A) to a maximum of $5 for one-way service to Boston, Bedford and Jamaica Plain (Zone E). The other towns accessible through Ring and Ride are: • Zone B – Andover, North Andover, Middleton, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Reading: $2. • Zone C – Woburn, Stoneham, Danvers, Peabody, Wakefield: $3. • Zone D – Burlington, Winchester, Melrose: $4. “We will have ticket books available. Where we will be selling those we will let you know at the workshops,” Prisco said, adding, “MVRTA has acquired new vans. They are making sure the staff that they are hiring to support the town of North Reading are fully trained and familiar with the town before we get it started.” “It’s a great opportunity for the town and I look forward to seeing it get started,” Prisco said. Judging by the applause he received by Town Meeting attendees, the voters agree it is a worthwhile service that will fill a void that currently exists in the town’s transportation options. Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto subsequently told the Transcript that development of the Ring and Ride program has been in the works for many months. A state Community Compact grant of $5,000 enabled the town to hire a consultant to assist the town in evaluating the town’s transportation needs. Another benefit of participating in this program is that...

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Town Meeting wraps up its business

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Published in the October 12, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — After dispensing with five articles related to the future of the town’s water supply and backing a new social host general bylaw to curb access to alcohol and other drugs by those under age 21 by allowing the police to impose civil fines, the nearly 130 voters at October Town Meeting made short work of the remainder of the warrant last week. The following business was acted upon by the voters: APPROVED Article 2 to pay prior year’s bills totaling $9,973.06 by transferring funds from the FY2018 omnibus budget approved at June Town Meeting from: Water Enterprise expenses ($282.06); DPW Snow and Ice expenses ($216); DPW Road and Street expended ($6,945); and Pensions and Benefits ($2,530). APPROVED Article 3 to transfer $200,000 from Free Cash to the Capital Improvement Stabilization Fund, increasing the fund balance to $1,309,171. This fund is used to offset the cost of capital equipment purchases and debt financing. PASSED OVER Article 4 to appropriate money to Stabilization Fund, a.k.a.: the “rainy day fund.” PASSED OVER Article 5 to transfer funds to Other Post Employment Benefits (OPED) Liability Trust Fund. The fund balance is currently $892,546.83. Transfers are typically made in the spring, not fall and the article served simply as a placeholder in case the funding was deemed available after Free Cash was certified from the state DOR and other expenses determined. APPROVED Article 6 to amend the FY 2018 Operating Budget by transferring $4,700 from the salary pool to DPW salaries, building and grounds division, to pay wages owed to the assistant building superintendent. APPROVED Article 7 to fund repairs to town buildings: A $50,000 sum from Free Cash was approved to fund miscellaneous repairs to town buildings, including Senior Center entrance (prime and paint $8,000); security camera upgrade and repairs at the Police Station ($15,000); an upgrade to the fire protection and security alarms at the DPW complex ($10,000) as well as roof repairs ($2,983); and replacing the elevator floor ($2,800) and upgrading HVAC controls ($5,828) at the library. APPROVED Article 8 to fund the Town Facilities Master Plan with $200,000 from Free Cash to create a master plan that addresses current and future town facility needs. Selectmen Chairman Michael Prisco explained that this evaluation, combined with the recently completed Town Master Plan, will provide the town with a complete picture of its needs at all facilities for proper planning. PASSED OVER Article 9 to appropriate supplemental funds for the J.T. Berry/Lowell Road property as Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto stated there is no need for additional funds at this time. Prisco explained that the town is very close to meeting its target date of closing on the property, a future site of 450 age-restricted condominiums, on November 29. PASSED OVER Article 16 to amend the town’s General By-Laws concerning betterment assessments. APPROVED Article 17 to appropriate money for Special Counsel Legal Expenses amounting to $150,000 from Free Cash. Funds will be used to fund continued legal action related to the Secondary School Building Project. To date, the town has spent $497,000 on legal expenses and about $147,000 remained in the fund prior to this additional appropriation. APPROVED Article 18 to authorize the sale of land at 8 Devens Road (Map 42, Parcel 71), which the town...

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Town Hall, library early closure

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Published in the October 12, 2017 edition NORTH READING —The town’s municipal employees will be recognized during the annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, October 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hillview Country Club. In order to enable all municipal employees to attend and enjoy this event, Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto reminds residents that Town Hall will close one hour early on Friday, at noon rather than at 1 p.m. Additionally, the Flint Memorial Library will be closed during the luncheon but will reopen after 1:30...

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Big second half propels Hornets to victory over Pentucket

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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....

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Girls’ soccer continues to roll at 7-2-2

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Beat Pentucket, Manchester-Essex Published in the October 12, 2017 edition By DAN NUNN NORTH READING — The Lady Hornets returned home on October 2 after five straight road games and pulverized the Pentucket Sachems 4-0. Senior Jerlin Kaithamattam scored twice and now has nine goals on the season. North Reading controlled possession for large portions of the first half but had trouble breaking down the Sachems defense. It looked like the half would end up scoreless, but with seconds remaining before halftime, Kaithamattam took a pass from senior Alyssa Prusik and hit a beautiful low shot past the Pentucket goalie’s fingertips to break the scoreless deadlock. The lead quickly expanded in the second half. In the 42nd minute, senior captain Juliette Nadeau beat two defenders to the ball about 30 yards out, streaked into the box and patiently beat the goalie. Junior Mia DeNofrio and Kaithamattam would both add goals and NRHS cruised. Sting Unbeaten Manchester-Essex 3-1 The Hornets earned arguably their best win of the season as they handed the Manchester-Essex Hornets their first loss of the year on October 4. Juliette Nadeau scored two goals and senior Meredith Griffin chipped in with her first goal of the season. Nadeau quickly got the offense rolling in the first half with the opening score just three minutes into the game. In the 14th minute, North Reading extended the lead when Griffin scored off of a nice pass from Nadeau.  NRHS led 2-0 at the half. Manchester-Essex managed to cut the lead to 2-1 a little over a minute into the second half. But 56 seconds later, Nadeau put any thoughts of a comeback to rest when she capped the scoring with her second goal of the game. Georgetown Rallies to Tie Frustrated Hornets The Georgetown Royals scored two goals in the final three minutes to erase a 3-1 deficit and earn a 3-3 tie with the Hornets. Juliette Nadeau scored twice to bring her season total to an astounding 13 goals. After two goals from Nadeau and one from sophomore Joanna Kellogg, North Reading held a 3-1 lead with a little over three minutes remaining in the game. But out of nowhere, the Royals scored in the 77th minute and then added another in the 80th minute to force a miraculous tie with the frustrated...

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Hornet spikers climbing the CAL standings

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Sweep Winthrop and Georgetown to bring record to 7-5 Published in the October 12, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI NORTH READING — The North Reading High volleyball team blanked visiting Winthrop, 3-0, in a non-league match on Tuesday afternoon. With that win, the Hornets improved to 8-5 overall and need just two more wins in their final seven matches in order to qualify for the Division 2 state tournament. The Hornets won the first game, 25-14, and game two, 25-19. They then won 25-20 in the final game. “We served the ball well and did a good job of hitting out of the middle,” said North Reading head coach Mike Milone. Lauren Gulbicki had six kills and seven blocks against the Vikings, while Noel Riley had a team-high 15 service points including six aces. Retire Royals On Oct. 4, the Hornets defeated guest Georgetown, 3-0, to go to 5-5 in the Cape Ann League. “Georgetown is still a fairly new team,” explained Milone. “We came out slow, but started serving the ball better as the match went on.” North Reading won, 25-18, 25-10, and 25-12. Taylor Moore had seven kills while Abby D’Orlando had 11 assists and six service aces. Jenna Forcellese had 13 digs and 12 service points against the Royals. This Friday afternoon, the Hornets host third-place Masconomet. They then visit first-place Hamilton-Wenham next Monday afternoon. Both of those matches will start at 5:30...

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Craig S. Gould, 75

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Former resident Published in the October 12, 2017 edition TEWKSBURY — Craig S. Gould, 75, of Tewksbury, formerly of Everett and North Reading, died at his home on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St. on Saturday, October 21 from 10-11:20 a.m., followed by a service at 11:30 a.m. A complete obituary will follow on Thursday, October 19. For more information, visit...

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Robert A. Gard

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Trustee of Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield Published in the October 12, 2017 edition NORTH READING — Robert A. “Bob” Gard of North Reading passed away on October 6, 2017.  He was the beloved husband of Helen (Schlothauer) and the loving father of Angelina Smith and her husband Jake of New York; Elizabeth Gard of Texas and Joseph R. Gard and his wife Samantha of California. He was also the beloved grandfather of Elyssa, Nyla, DJ and Liam. The son of the late Arthur and Virginia Gard, he was the brother of Nancy O’Soro and her husband Bud of Reading and Carol Shiner and her husband Jim of North Reading.  Bob was a member and trustee of Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield. He worked for many years at Standard Electric Supply in Boston. Visiting hours were held at the Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park St., North Reading on Monday, October 9. A funeral service was held for Robert in the Messiah Lutheran Church, 708 Lowell St., Lynnfield on Tuesday, October 10. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to Messiah Lutheran Church. For more information,...

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Ann Gifford, 84

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Avid reader, brilliant cook and gifted gardener Published in the October 12, 2017 edition PLYMOUTH — Ann J. Gifford, 84, died Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.  She was the wife of Robert D. Gifford, and the daughter of the late Nazzareno and Anna (Mancinelli) Capozucca. Born and raised in Plymouth, Ann was a graduate of Plymouth-Carver High School, class of 1951. She went on to further her education at Northeastern University in Boston, graduating in 1976. After training and working at the Jordan Hospital, she later worked as an X-ray technician at Somerville Hospital and Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. She lived for many years in North Reading and on Lake Pawtuckaway in Nottingham, N.H. before moving to Plymouth in recent years. Ann held many interests. She was an avid reader and valued education and learning. She was a brilliant cook and loved hosting people in her home, sewing, painting, genealogy and ancestry, and political affairs. She was also a gifted gardener. Ann had a wonderful sense of humor and was also famous for her scary stories and the paranormal. She was most passionate about animals and wildlife. She enjoyed feeding all creatures and looking out for their well-being. She loved her large extended family and friends most of all. Besides her loving husband Robert, Ann is survived by her daughter Hallyann Gifford of Plymouth, her sister-in-law Nancy Capozucca of Plymouth, and her brothers-in-law, William Gifford and Arthur Gifford and his wife Alice. She also leaves many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. She was the youngest sister of the late Enis (Capozucca) Bastoni, Mary (Capozucca) Ruggiero and Richard Capozucca. Her funeral was held from the Cartmell Funeral Home, 150 Court St., Plymouth, on Wednesday, October 11, and was followed by a funeral Mass at St. Kateri Church, 126 So. Meadow Rd., Plymouth. Interment was in Vine Hills Cemetery, Plymouth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA, 350 So. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130 or the Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter, 30 Undine Rd., Brighton, MA 02135. For more information, or to sign the online guest book, please visit...

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