NORTH READING – The Reading–North Reading Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor Chuck Carucci, a native son and community activist, as their North Reading Outstanding Citizen of the Year at an awards dinner at Teresa’s Prime in North Reading on Thursday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m.

“We are excited to recognize Chuck as our North Reading Outstanding Citizen,” said Chamber President Lisa DeLeo. “His contributions to North Reading are numerous and he is a familiar figure at community events. Chuck is an outspoken advocate on many town issues that have benefitted the citizens of North Reading.”

A life-long resident of North Reading, Chuck was president of North Reading High School’s class of 1960, which was one of the first graduating classes from the newly built high school. He was also a member of the football team. Demonstrating his devotion to education, Carucci was instrumental in the planning of the 21st century’s new high school and middle school complex currently under construction and served as a member and chairman of the Secondary Schools Building Committee for over 15 years.

Patrons may recognize Chuck, the oil man, as owner and operator of C & C Oil Burner Service, Commonwealth Oil and currently Temple Fuel. He is a former member of the North Reading Business Association and served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee.

“North Reading has been a great place to live and work,” said Chuck. “I am truly honored that the Chamber of Commerce has bestowed this recognition on me.”

Chuck is responsible for the creation and organization of the NRHS Hornet Athletic Hall of Fame and the Turkey Trot road race, which takes place annually on Thanksgiving morning. He has served as a Little League coach, a youth basketball coach, president of the NRHS Athletic Boosters and served as treasurer of the Murphy School PTO. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, having served as Grand Knight in 1979. Chuck has served St. Theresa Church as an usher for over 40 years.

Besides his involvement with the Business Association and the Chamber, Carucci sat on the boards or committees of the Community Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, John T. Berry Re-use Committee, North Reading Rotary Club and the Hillview Commission. He is also a recipient of the Rotary Club’s prestigious Paul Harris Award.

He married his high school sweetheart, Marianne, and together they raised three children and now have six grandchildren.

“Chuck’s impact in the town is evident and widespread. He has earned the title of Mr. North Reading,” said Chamber Executive Director Lisa Egan. “We couldn’t have chosen a more perfect representation of the town.”

The Chamber’s selection for its Outstanding Citizen from Reading is Camille Anthony, longtime volunteer, town meeting member and selectman. Anthony will be honored along with Carucci at the awards dinner in April.

The Chamber invites anyone interested in attending the awards dinner to contact Executive Director Lisa Egan at 978-664-5060 or at Cocktail hour is from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. with dinner and ceremony to follow.

The Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1989 and merged with the North Reading Business Association to form the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce in January 2000. The Chamber has over 200 members and provides them with networking, educational and promotional opportunities. Dedicated to its members’ success, the Chamber encourages participation in Chamber programs and events. For further information or to become a member visit the Chamber website