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WOBURN - Classifying the measure as beneficial to both local officials and area developers, the Planning Board last night embraced zoning legislation that would clarify the definition of "minor modifications" to previously authorized special permits.

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READING – According to figures released by Town Clerk Laura Gemme, there will be three contested races on the March 3 Town Election ballot. Twelve candidates returned nomination papers to be included on the ballot by the deadline late yesterday afternoon. It is still possible that the number…

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board received a report on the town budget through November from Town Comptroller Stacie Ward at its latest meeting. In the report, she highlights revenue, expenditures, water & sewer, and recreation issues.

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WOBURN - The City Council recently paved the way for an Arlington landscaping company's proposed move to an old auto repair facility in the South End.

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WINCHESTER - The MBTA’s Winchester Center Commuter Rail Station project has really picked up steam since the calendar flipped to 2020. Back in 2009, the town first shared its concerns with the transit authority about unsafe pedestrian ramps at the station.

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BURLINGTON - Burlington Fire Chief Michael Patterson, Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent, Middlesex District Attorney Marion T. Ryan and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey confirmed the cause of last Thursday’s fire at 26 Maryvale Road in Burlington was the improper disposal of smoking …

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WOBURN - The City Council earlier this week narrowly secured the two-thirds majority needed to override Mayor Scott Galvin's veto of legislation that will establish a housing-focused Railway Overlay District (ROD) around old industrial sites in the South End.

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The three unit residential townhouse project, the smallest of those currently underway in the 40R downtown district is moving right along at 14 Chapin Ave. Each unit has four floors including the two car garage on the first floor and includes two bedrooms plus a loft on the 6,000 sq. ft. pro…

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BURLINGTON - In 1915, Charles and Emma May Sullivan purchased this stove for their new home they had built on Peach Orchard Road. In those days, Peach Orchard Road was a dirt road with three ruts. Two for the wagon wheels, and one for the horse. Their new home was wired for electricity, but …

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WINCHESTER - As Spin, the town’s electronic scooter partner, grows, expect to see a larger presence in town. That could start with, not just additional scooters, but a docking station (or stations) at the Wedgemere Commuter Rail Station (or some other possible location).

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WOBURN - The city of Woburn’s Wayfinding Signing Project is currently being implemented with signs popping up all over Woburn Center and approaches to the downtown area.

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WINCHESTER - Roger Wilson, co-chair of the Traffic and Transportation Advisory Committee, stopped by the Select Board’s most recent meeting to discuss the town’s Traffic and Transportation Program authorized by the Select Board back in 2017.

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WOBURN - Mayor Scott Galvin earlier this week revealed he hopes to obtain both special permits and some $23.5 million in funding in 2020 to construct a new fire department headquarters off of Main and Forest Streets by the Showcase Cinemas complex.

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BURLINGTON – Money will be reallocated from one warrant article to another as the School Department prepares for its only submission for Town Meeting in January.

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READING – At the School Committee meeting Monday January 6th, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Doherty presented his fiscal 2021 School budget. His budget proposal calls for a 3.5% increase over the current operating budget, a hike of $1,652,315 to $48,419,663.

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WINCHESTER - The new year may have just begun, but residents should prepare for a busy spring. Thanks to the presidential primary in March, aka Super Tuesday, Winchester voters will make two trips to the ballot box. On Tuesday, March 3 the town will hold the presidential primary election fol…

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WOBURN - Mayor Scott Galvin recently vetoed the Railway Overlay District (ROD) legislation that the City Council late last month passed over the objections of area abutters.

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board, with the assistance of the Traffic and Transportation Advisory Committee (TTAC), is working on a sidewalk policy to, as TTAC co-chair Roger Wilson described, start enforcing snow removal bylaws already on the books, develop a standard to make town-cleaned sidew…

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WOBURN - Increasingly frustrated by a lack of consistency involving such requests, a trio of City Council members recently proposed zoning legislation that will clearly delineate what constitutes a minor special permit change.

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WOBURN - North Woburn Alderman Edward Tedesco recently yanked a proposal to change to the City Council's operating protocols by imposing new committee reporting deadlines.

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WINCHESTER – With a due date of Dec. 29, Corina Frimu knew there was a good chance her second child could be born on a holiday. Her husband, Veaceslav, had just one request – don’t have the baby on Christmas.

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WOBURN - This is part two of a two part series on the Year in Review for 2019. January through May was profiled on Tuesday, Dec . 31. Here is the remainder of the review, June through December.

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READING – The Reading Public Library invites local residents to attend a concert by an extraordinary vocal and jazz piano duo on Saturday, January 11 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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WINCHESTER - As 2019 comes to an end, one of the more controversial proposals involved the Select Board’s attempt to institute a stormwater fee during Fall Town Meeting. Even with their best efforts, and the push of other, former government officials, the article failed.

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WOBURN - Creating a pathway for a proposed 54-unit apartment complex, the City Council recently agreed to establish a Railway Overlay District (ROD) in the South End by the old Boston & Maine Railroad tracks.

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READING – A man was arrested in Reading Sunday after he barricaded himself inside of his home and refused to come out, prompting a response of a regional team of police officers and negotiators.

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WINCHESTER - 2019 was quite the year in Winchester and several stories dominated the discussion including the operating budget override passed back in late March during spring town elections.

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READING - Pastor Joseph Young joined our First Baptist Church as the Lead Pastor in October of last year and immediately set in motion a central belief that creating the feeling of community is what God wants us to practice in our daily lives. Rev. Young has much national church youth experi…

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WINCHESTEER - The Select Board approved four advanced borrowing requests at the recommendation of Town Manager Lisa Wong that had previously been approved by Town Meeting to allow the projects to begin prior to the permanent borrowings being issued. The projects are:

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BURLINGTON – The least surprising news of 2019 is the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) didn’t move forward with the School Department’s statement of interest (SOI) for the eighth straight year.

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WINCHESTER - Last week, the Select Board renewed general, commercial and alcoholic licenses as it does every year around this time. The following licenses received renewal:

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WOBURN - Even if not personally responsible for the work, an active DPW worker cannot maintain any legal ties with individuals or businesses inking snow plowing contracts, the city's attorney reportedly appraised the City Council recently.

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WINCHESTER - On Tuesday, Dec. 17 there was a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting concerning the River Street 40B project. The River Street Project is a 147-unit affordable housing project at 19-35 River St.

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WINCHESTER - The Lynch Elementary School has been accepted into the Mass School Building Authority (MSBA) process for renovation and rebuild.

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WOBURN - Attaching 20 conditions to the special permit, the City Council earlier this week sanctioned CVS Pharmacy's plan to open up a new storefront with a drive-through window in the South End by Fowle Street.

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BURLINGTON – The B-Line, the longtime Burlington Public Transit service, isn’t amassing the same ridership it did a decade ago, so the town is moving forward with a pilot program ride sharing option for the next year.

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WINCHESTER - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day arrives in about one month (Jan. 20), but the Winchester Select Board and Town Manager Lisa Wong are ahead of the game. As the town holds special events on that day to commemorate the amazing life and legacy of Dr. King, Wong proposed the board ap…

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WOBURN - The three-member Woburn License Commission has an end-of-the-year cleanup of outstanding issues ranging from extended hour party licenses on New Year’s eve to hopefully resolving their two-year long Waxy O’Connor’s liquor license issue in East Woburn.

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WINCHESTER - Is 5G a criminal act? Dunham Street resident Joseph Nazzaro sure thinks so.