School enrollment hits 2,494 on a smooth opening day

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Published in the September 14, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The opening day of school on September 6 went off without a hitch despite a slightly higher tally of students reporting to the town’s five schools than had been projected. The first day enrollment figures of 2,494 students represents 41 more students than anticipated. The Class of 2018 still represents the highest number of students across the board, with 217. At the middle school level, grade 7 has the largest class, at 195, while at the elementary level, the fourth-graders represent the largest class at 204. But the biggest surprise came at the kindergarten level, with an enrollment of 179 (kindergarteners started school last Friday). Originally projected to be around 150, based on the birth rate of five and six years ago plus other demographic factors, such as the number of families moving into town with young children, the first indication that this number would be on the upswing came last February during the kindergarten screening process, Michael Connelly, the district’s Director of Finance and Operations, told the board. In total, the schools welcomed 1,135 students at the elementary level, from pre-K through grade 5; 548 students in grades 6, 7 and 8; and 811 students at the high school, which includes three post-graduates. “Honestly, I could not be more pleased with the opening to the new school year. All reports from the schools that I’ve received have been very positive,” Superintendent of Schools Jon Bernard told the School Committee Monday night. “I made the conscious decision on the first day of school to not be at the three elementary schools. As a former principal, I know there is a lot to do and I did not want to be in the way so I left them all alone,” Bernard added. However, on Thursday Bernard said he and the finance director spent a total of two hours visiting all three elementary schools. “There is lot of nice energy in the schools. A lot of work goes on in the summertime to prep for the opening day,” he said. On the Tuesday prior to opening day, which is the official start of school for all new and returning teachers, Bernard said he greatly appreciated the presence of all five School Committee members being in attendance as well as the welcoming comments School Committee Chairman Mel Webster made to the staff. “Your presence means a lot; that you take the time to come and be a part of that day. It is important to me, and it has meaning for the district,” Bernard said. “I’m really thankful not only for the folks that work for the district, but also for the students. My experience is that they clearly understand, no matter their age – pre-kindergarten, kindergarten – what their primary purpose is and why they are in school. Their parents are extremely positive and supportive,” the superintendent said, adding, “There was not a single bus issue reported to us. It was just a very good opening to the day.” “I really appreciated Peter Kane’s words,” commented Webster, referring to the new president of the union that represents the district’s faculty, the North Reading Teachers Association. “I thought he gave an excellent speech in terms of what he focused...

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One injured in early morning accidental fire at The Greens

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Published in the September 14, 2017 edition NORTH READING — At 2:11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, the North Reading Fire Department (NRFD) received a 9-1-1 transfer call from the North Reading Police (NRPD) followed by an automatic fire alarm reporting a fire in a residence at 4 Mid Iron Drive in The Greens condominium complex off Elm Street. NRPD reported heavy smoke with fire visible through a window. The duty crew of Captain Rick Nash, Deputy Chief Barry Galvin, and firefighters Vincent Zarella and Chris Hadley arrived on the scene and were able to knock down the fire within 10 minutes, according to a statement released by the Fire Department. “The recent increase in manpower funded by the ALS program allowed for one firefighter to hold the fire in check through a window while the remaining two firefighters forced entry and searched the residence. All residents made it out of the home prior to arrival of emergency personnel,” Galvin stated. “One of the residents received burns and smoke inhalation injury while escaping the fire. She was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital by Reading Fire Department paramedics,” he added. Middleton’s Fire Department also responded with an engine to assist NRFD on scene. Wilmington provided station coverage. NRPD along with the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office assisted in the investigation. The fire has been determined to be accidental. All units were clear at 6:29...

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Public comment welcome during OTM informational hearings Monday

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Published in the September 14, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The public is invited to comment on any of the proposed October Town Meeting warrant articles during the informational hearings being held at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Sept. 18. The warrant for the Monday, Oct. 2 Town Meeting includes 19 warrant articles and was signed by the board at its Sept. 5 meeting. The board will meet in Room 14 at North Reading Town Hall, 235 North St., at 7 p.m. and the informational hearing portion of the agenda will be discussed starting at 8 p.m. Any interested citizen is welcome to attend and participate in these hearings. The board holds these informational hearings prior to the fall and spring Town Meetings to foster greater public participation in the decision-making process that affect the town and its citizens. The information and concerns brought before the board by the public on these matters also enables the board members to make informed recommendations to the voters at Town Meeting. The approved October Town Meeting warrant is as follows: Article 1 – Hear and Act on Reports of Town Officers and Committees Article 2 – Prior Year’s Bills Article 3 – Transfer Funds to Capital Improvement Stabilization Fund Article 4 – Appropriate Money to Stabilization Fund Article 5 – Transfer Funds to Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund Article 6 – Amend FY 2018 Operating Budget Article 7 – Fund Repairs to Town Buildings Article 8 – Fund Town Facilities Master Plan Article 9 – Appropriate Supplemental Funds for J.T. Berry/Lowell Road Property Article 10 – Appropriate Funds for Study and Design of Water/Wastewater Connection Article 11 – Authorize Intermunicipal Agreement with Town of Andover and Home-Rule Petition for Potable Water Article 12 – Fund Construction of Pump Station, Reading and North Reading Water System Improvements for MWRA Water Interconnection and Acceptance of Water from MWRA Article 13 – Authorize Intermunicipal Agreement with Town of Reading and Home-Rule Petition for Potable Water Article 14 – Authorize Article 97 Legislation for Potable Water Interconnection with Town of Reading Article 15 – Amend Code – General By-Laws – Social Host Responsibility Article 16 – Amend Code – General By-Laws – Betterment Assessments Article 17 – Appropriate Money for Special Counsel Legal Expenses Article 18 – Sale of Land – 8 Devens Road (Map 42, Parcel 71) Article 19 – Acquire Property for Public Potable Water Main: 100 Lowell Road (Map 14, Parcel...

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Lady Hornets down rival Pioneers, 2-1, in home opener

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Published in the September 14, 2017 edition By DAN NUNN NORTH READING — Seniors Kirsten Bradley and Karlie Vesey scored a goal a piece to propel the Hornets to a 2-1 home victory over the rival Lynnfield Pioneers in their season opener on Friday afternoon. Junior Alyssa Crugnale was outstanding in her first varsity start with 10 saves. North Reading got on the board early. In the 3rd minute, Bradley took a free kick from the top of the 18 yard box and beat the Lynnfield goalie with a terrific shot into the top of the net. NRHS kept the pressure on and in the 16th minute they scored again. On the play, Vesey received a pass from sophomore Kiley McCarthy just outside the box and as she was falling to the ground blasted a shot past the keeper. The Pioneers refused to go away after the second goal and in the 26th minute they scored a beautiful goal of their own. The Lynnfield player placed the ball just past the fingertips of Crugnale just under the crossbar to cut the lead to 2-1. The action packed first half ended with the Hornets up 2-1. NRHS controlled play in the second half but couldn’t bury their chances. Fortunately Lynnfield never threatened and the Hornets hung on for the 2-1...

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Field hockey looks to improve under new leadership

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Salvin takes over as head coach Published in the September 14, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI NORTH READING — Andrea Slavin is the new head coach of the North Reading High field hockey team this year. She takes over for Mia Muzio who stepped down after last fall as the Hornets finished 5-14 overall and 3-14 in the Cape Ann League. Slavin is in her sixth year teaching first grade at the Hood School. She is also an experienced coach. She has coached in the CAL before as she was the head coach at Manchester-Essex for three years. Slavin also has been an assistant at the college level as well assisting at Assumption and Merrimack. She played at Bishop Fenwick and, in college, at St. Michael’s. “It will be nice to coach back in the league again,” said Slavin, who applied for the job in May and got the job in June. She met with her squad before school let out and the team started the pre-season at the end of August. Seven seniors graduated from last year’s team but the Hornets do return 12 veterans back this fall. The two captains are Olivia Esposito (midfielder), and Felicia Frammartino (defenseman). Other seniors back are Barbara Burke (forward), Zoe Kennedy (forward), Ally Kirby (midfielder), Emilie Warren (goalie), and Paige Sampson (forward). Abby Carroll (forward), Abby Delano (midfielder), and Erica Burgholzer (defenseman) are the three juniors back. The two 10th-graders back are Maggie Majeski (forward), and Makenna Lamont (midfielder). On Monday afternoon, the Hornets fell to 0-2 overall and in the CAL as they lost at home to Masconomet, 1-0. “They are one of the best teams in our league so I was very happy with the way we played,” said Slavin, despite the defeat. The Chieftains outshot the Hornets on goal, 16-7, as Warren made 15 saves. “Emilie kept us in the game,” pointed out Slavin. In the season opener last Thursday, the Hornets fell, 3-1, at home to Lynnfield. The Pioneers scored first 3:30 into the game. Burke tied it with 13:29 left in the first half as the game was knotted at one at halftime. Lynnfield then scored with 13:30 remaining in the game and then added one more four minutes later. Warren made 14 saves in that game. The Hornets traveled to Amesbury yesterday after press time. North Reading’s next game is Friday at 3:45 pm as they welcome...

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Hornet spikers 2-1 to start season

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Published in the September 14, 2017 edition GEORGETOWN — On Monday afternoon, the North Reading volleyball team improved to 2-1 overall and in the Cape Ann League as they won at Georgetown, 3-0. They won the first game, 25-19, and the second one, 25-9. They then won the final game by a score of 25-12. “They have been around as a program for four years but have already had three different coaches,” explained Hornets head coach Mike Milone. “It is real tough for the kids having that kind of turnover.” Noel Riley led the team in blocks with four and kills with eight. Jenna Forcellese had eight digs while Abby Paine led the team in assists with 12. Katy Larsdale had 18 service points including six aces. Last Friday, in their home opener, the Hornets lost to rival Lynnfield, 3-1. North Reading won the first set, 25-20, but lost the next three sets, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-17 in the final set. “We came out on fire but we struggled to sustain it,” said Milone. “They have a really solid team again this year.” Senior co-captain, Abby D’Orlando, had 21 digs, 16 assists and six service aces as she had a solid game. Forcellese had 21 digs while Larsdale had ten kills. In the season opener on Sept. 6, the Hornets won, 3-0, at Newburyport. The scores were 25-10, 25-9 and 25-17. “This is their first year as a varsity team,” pointed out Milone, about the Cape Ann League newcomers. “They had either a club or junior varsity team last year.” Larsdale had 15 service points while D’Orlando had nine assists. Seren Ventullo had five service aces and three digs while Riley had six kills. NRHS hosted Triton yesterday after press time. The Hornets play their first non-league game on Thursday as they visit Peabody. They then return to CAL action next Monday as Masconomet comes to town. Both matches start at 5:30...

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Virginia M. Fitzmeyer, 90

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Active in town for over 60 years; retired DPW secretary Published in the September 14, 2017 edition NORTH READING — Virginia M. (Reynolds) Fitzmeyer, 90, of North Reading, died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Care One in Wilmington. She was the loving wife of 33 years to the late Paul H. Fitzmeyer. Born in Winthrop on February 15, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Helen (Lomasney) Reynolds of Winthrop. Virginia was raised in Beachmont and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Class of 1944. She worked for 20 years as a secretary for North Reading Public Works Department. She has been a resident of North Reading for over 60 years and was a member of St. Theresa’s Church. She was also a member of St. Theresa’s Women’s Guild, North Reading Garden Club, North Reading Town Hall Retirees Breakfast Club and her friends’ Bridge Club. Virginia was always gentle, kind, generous and she loved reading (eight to 10 books a week). She had wonderful lifelong friends and she enjoyed gardening, traveling, swimming and loved playing bridge. Family members include her loving son, Paul M. Fitzmeyer and his wife Kathleen of Haverhill; daughters, Pamela M. (Fitzmeyer) Dickey and her husband Lee of Dracut and Susan (Fitzmeyer) Bearor and her husband Karl of Deering, N.H. and her sister Ruth (Reynolds) Dame of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. She was the grandmother of eight: Jaclyn and her husband David, Andrea and her husband Jonathan, David, Linda and her husband Jeremiah, Elizabeth, Kirsten, Ellen and Emily and the reat-grandmother of four: Norah, Paige, Eliza and Brynn. Her funeral was held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Wednesday, September 13 at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St., (Rte. 62), North Reading. Calling hours were held prior to the funeral on Wednesday morning. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choice. To leave an online condolence, visit...

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Paul A. Valle Sr., 75

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Retired Reading police officer Published in the September 14, 2017 edition NORTH READING — Paul A. Vallee, Sr., 75, of North Reading, died on Sunday, September 10, 2017. He was a retired officer for the Reading Police Department. Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday morning, September 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Stoneham. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s...

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Claire A. Lang, 76

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Retired sociology professor Published in the September 14, 2017 edition WALTHAM — Mrs. Claire A. (Larracey) Lang, 76, of Waltham, formerly of Quincy, passed away peacefully after a short but courageous and brave battle with metastatic breast cancer on Sunday August 13, 2017. Claire was born in Boston on November 13, 1940, a daughter of the late Bernard and Florence (Breen) Larracey. She graduated from Emmanuel College in 1963 and then served as a member of the Sociology Department from 1965 until 2007. In 1975, she as awarded a Doctor of Philosophy Sociology degree from Brandeis University. When she retired from Emmanuel College in 2007 she was honored with the title Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and was fondly remembered by her colleagues and students. On January 15, 1966, Claire married Thomas P. Lang in Quincy. They enjoyed many happy years together until his passing on December 13, 2014. Claire had a passion for teaching, politics, current world events, and traveling to Long Island and Chatham with her husband. She was a loving grandmother who always shared her knowledge, wisdom, and compassion which came so naturally to her. She was the devoted mother to her son, Daniel B. Lang and his fiancée, Maria Griggs, of Burlington and her daughter, Lucy Lang and husband Byron Lowe of North Reading. She was also devoted to her two grandchildren, Olivia C. Lowe and Aiden Thomas Lowe, and her brother, Richard Larracey. Memorial donations may be made to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Vernon Cancer Center, 2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462. Funeral services are private. To offer online condolences, please visit...

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