Published in the January 5, 2017 edition

By MAUREEN DOHERTY

NORTH READING — The new year is young and the North Reading Transcript is looking for the first baby of the new year to be born to a North Reading family.

The newspaper’s 11th annual First Baby contest is in full swing and the Transcript and many other local businesses are ready to shower the lucky first baby of 2017 with an abundance of generous gifts.

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

This year’s entry deadline is Friday, Jan. 6 at noon. If a baby is not born by the deadline, it will be automatically extended to Friday, Jan. 13 at noon. 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.

Contact the newspaper by e-mail: [email protected] or by phone: 978-664-4761 or 781-245-0080 with the pertinent details.

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. A full–page ad, including contest rules, is included in today’s print edition of the Transcript.

The local businesses donating prizes are: Abbott Shoe, 254 Main St., North Reading – $25 gift certificate; A Touch of Class Salon, 135 Main St., North Reading – free haircut and blow dry for mom and dad; Walmart, 72 Main St., North Reading – one car seat for baby; The Savings Bank, North Reading branch, 6 Washington St. – $25 savings account for baby;

Also, Horseshoe Grille, 226 Main St., North Reading – $25 gift certificate; Kitty’s Restaurant, 123 Main St., North Reading – $25 gift certificate; The Farm Land, 415 Main St., Wakefield – $50 gift certificate; Hilltop Nursery School, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading – complimentary registration certificate, $75 value; Baubles Fine Jewelry, 1 Post Office Square, Lynnfield – $25 gift card for mom; and North Reading Transcript – one-year gift subscription or extension of subscription to the newspaper for the parents.