Hot voters approve $80M operating budget, 32 warrant articles in 70 minutes...

Jun 10, 2021 by

Published June 10, 2021 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The 161 voters attending last Saturday’s annual Town Meeting, held outdoors, were met with a scorching hot day on the Arthur J. Kenney turf field as temperature reach 90 degrees at the start of a four-day heat wave. The hot temperatures definitely contributed to the sprint to the finish line as the voters dispensed with all 32 warrant articles in about 70 minutes once the meeting got underway at about 9:15 a.m. GIVE ME SHELTER. A large golf umbrella provides a voter at Town Meeting with a reprieve from the scorching heat Saturday morning at Arthur J. Kenney Field. (Maureen Doherty Photo) “The temperature had ticked up a couple more degrees than we were expecting in the forecast but we opted to push forward...

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Ipswich River Community Chorus tribute concert to Nancy Ferretti...

Jun 10, 2021 by

Published June 10, 2021 NORTH READING — The Ipswich River Community Chorus (IRCC) is delighted to present an afternoon of free live music dedicated to renowned local music educator, performer and vocal coach Nancy Ferretti. The concert will be held on Saturday, June 19 at 4 p.m. at the gazebo at Ipswich River Park, 15 Central St., with a rain date of June 20. NANCY FERRETTI, local music educator, performer and vocal coach extraordinaire (front row, center) is surrounded by members of the IRCC at a recent rehearsal for the group’s tribute concert to her. The free event at IRP is June 19 at 4 p.m. (Courtesy Photo) Ferretti has been a beloved North Reading resident for many decades and served the community’s singers in a number of capacities. These include music educator in...

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PHOTO: Meet the Court!

Jun 10, 2021 by

THE SENIORS chosen by faculty as members of the Court of the NRHS Senior Prom were (front row, from left): Alison Rabideau, Amelia Horton, Queen Morgan Craig, Grace Gorman, Ange Nahimana and Gina DeGrazia; (back row, from left): Anthony Juliano, Ryan Kay, King John Tramontozzi, Tim Buckley, Griffin Murphy and (missing from photo): Ryan Good. (Maureen Doherty Photo)  Published June 10,...

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Attend Town Meeting Saturday morning...

Jun 3, 2021 by

Published June 3, 2021 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Okay North Reading, it’s time to gather for the Greatest Show on Earth, otherwise known as the Annual Town Meeting. Where else do you get to spend $80M in the upcoming Fiscal Year to keep the town and all its services solvent and balanced? If Saturday morning’s event does not live up to such top billing, at least you can say you will have participated in an historic Town Meeting because this may be the last time it needs to be held in the great outdoors. With the relaxing of the mask mandates and other COVID-era restrictions this past week, come October Town Meeting large groups may very well once again be allowed to gather indoors safely. Masks not required At the time the...

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BOH rescinds 3 of 4 COVID-19 mandates...

Jun 3, 2021 by

Published June 3, 2021 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Last Friday morning the North Reading Board of Health (BOH) voted to rescind three of the four local COVID-19 orders that have defined the lives of everyone in town for the past 14 months. The three-member board of Chairman Gary Hunt and members Pam Vath and Karen Martin opted to leave in place the March 19, 2020 Town Emergency Declaration until at least June 15, 2021. This is the date the board has scheduled its next meeting specifically to evaluate the results of the relaxing of standards statewide two weeks after the Memorial Day holiday. The June 15 meeting date also coincides with the date which Gov. Charlie Baker has set as his goal to rescind his statewide State of Emergency declaration from March 2020. So...

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