Published in the January 14, 2016 edition


NORTH READING — It’s two weeks into the new year and the North Reading Transcript is still looking for the first baby born in 2016 to a North Reading family.

The Transcript and many other local businesses are poised to shower the lucky first baby of 2016 with a variety of generous gifts in the newspaper’s 10th annual First Baby contest.

This year’s entry deadline has been extended to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18 at noon to give families a little extra time to contact us. We’re counting on our readers to help us spread the word to any expectant parents they may know who also reside in North Reading.

Acceptance of the winning entry is contingent upon the mother’s and father’s consent to have a photograph of their baby and themselves accompany a story published in the Transcript.

Entries must include documentation such as the name of the hospital or place where the baby was born and the time and date of the baby’s birth.

A new deadline will be announced by the Transcript if a winner does not come forward by Jan. 18.

Contact the newspaper by e-mail: or by phone: 978-664-4761 or 781-245-0080 with the pertinent information.

The winning family must reside in North Reading. The decision of the newspaper is final. Relatives of newspaper employees or contest sponsors are ineligible.

Participating businesses

Local businesses have generously donated several hundred dollars worth of prizes to welcome baby and pamper mom and dad. A full-page ad, including contest rules and prize descriptions, was printed in the Dec. 31 edition of the Transcript.

The local businesses donating prizes are: Abbott Shoe – $25 gift certificate; A Touch of Class – free haircut and blow dry for mom and dad; Advanced Touch Massage Therapy – free half-hour massage for mom; Walmart of North Reading – one car seat for baby; The Savings Bank, North Reading branch – $25 savings account for baby;

Also, Horseshoe Grille – $25 gift certificate; Kitty’s Restaurant – $25 gift certificate; The FarmLand, Wakefield – $50 gift certificate; Hilltop Nursery School – complimentary registration certificate, $75 value; Baubles Fine Jewelry, Lynnfield – $25 gift card for mom; and North Reading Transcript – one year gift subscription or extension of subscription for the parents.