WOBURN - In a thinly-veiled shot at Mayor Scott Galvin’s recent criticism of a work-to-rule action, Woburn Teachers’ Assocation (WTA) representatives recently vowed to continue stalemated contract talks without publicizing details of the negotiations through the press and social media.
WOBURN - Paul L. Haggerty Sr., the former Publisher of the Daily Times Chronicle family of newspapers, passed away on Sunday morning, May 3. He was 98.
NORTH READING - Wednesday night the Reading/North Reading Chamber of Commerce hosted the ‘Outstanding Citizen Awards Ceremony’ at Teresa’s Prime in North Reading.
READING - Annual Town Meeting concluded last night, with elected members wrrapping up their last few remaining items of business.
WINCHESTER – Town Meeting approved next year’s operating budget on Monday night. It approved, in fact, all the financial articles before it, excepting the articles on the Wright-Locke Farm and the Special Education Stabilization Fund which are scheduled for consideration on May 28.
BURLINGTON - The Community Garden located in the fields behind Francis Wyman Elementary School has been very beneficial for the town since its inception in 2013, but the School Committee recently discussed an incident that took place where neighbors confronted a contractor who was rightfully going to remove a couple trees from the garden.
READING - The Friends of Reading Recreation (FORR) is holding a Town Fireworks Poker Tournament Fundraiser to help defray the cost of fireworks to be held at Reading Family and Friends Day (aka Town Day) in June.
WINCHESTER – Town Meeting has added a new section to the Code of By-Laws by approving a chapter on heritage districts. With the same vote, it also approved the creation of the Rangeley Park Heritage District.
READING - The Reading Lions Club will be holding their 29th annual Journey for Sight Road Race on Saturday, May 16th.
WOBURN - The bill for the harsh winter is coming due.
BURLINGTON - The state recently announced that the House of Representatives enacted Bill H.3188, legislation that allows the Burlington Police Department to exempt positions within the department from the civil service law.
WINCHESTER – After many years of talk, study, meetings, consultations, drafting and redrafting, the Planning Board has finally succeeded in producing revised zoning for the center business district (CBD) and getting it approved by Town Meeting.
WOBURN - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Wakefield Police Chief Richard Smith have announced that the body of a male found in a wooded area off Sunset Street in Wakefield last night has been identified as Jeffrey Raphael, 30, of Lynn.
Danielle Ciaccio was at her in-laws, former long time Reading residents John and Linda Ciaccio, when her seventeen-month-old son Jackson suffered a massive ischemic stroke to the right side of his brain. “While he was crawling, it was apparent he had no strength on his left side. His face was dragging on the ground,” Danielle said.
WOBURN - Characterizing the capital repairs as urgent, school officials roughly pegged at $2 million the cost of repairing structural damage to the Joyce Middle School field house and the Altavesta School’s roof.
BURLINGTON - The remaining warrant articles being submitted by the Board of Selectmen were recently approved by the members, as the budget process is now finalized with Town Meeting nearing on Monday, May 11.
WINCHESTER - The Arbor Day Foundation named Winchester a 2014 Tree City USA in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
BURLINGTON – This year’s annual town census included a brief survey and it revealed that residents of Burlington are pleased with the state of the community as well as the balance of taxes and services they pay and experience.
WOBURN - Today, Wednesday, April 29th marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon that officially ended the role of the U.S. military for three decades in Vietnam.
WOBURN - The Blues for Veterans Association (BVA) will host “A Night of Blues” fundraiser to support our veterans at the George A. Campbell American Legion Post 101, 194 Lexington St., Woburn on Saturday, May 2 from 7 to 11 p.m.
READING - Reading Town Meeting last night voted to approve an article in the Special Town Meeting sponsored by the Selectmen to improve and expand athletic field lighting at the Birch Meadow complex. Debate on this article occupied Town Meeting members for over an hour in the Special Town Meeting within the regular meeting before passage of the $1 million project on a vote of 115-43.
BOSTON – Senator Jason Lewis delivered testimony to the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General in support of new regulations on electronic smoking devices, also known as e-cigarettes, filed by Attorney General Maura Healey.
Reading —The Reading Education Foundation (REF) is currently selling tickets for the social event of the season – its 4th annual spring gala, Imagination Celebration, being held on May 2nd, 2015!
WOBURN - A School Committee subgroup recently concluded any type of Internet-based campaigns to raise money for school supplies or activities must align with the district’s fundraising policies.
BURLINGTON - Exa® Corporation announces its newest release, PowerFLOW 5.1, offering up to a 300% speed up for complex transient cabin comfort simulations — allowing vehicle manufacturers an accurate, robust, and practical method of studying exceedingly complex thermal engineering problems.
WOBURN - Conservation Commission Chairman Duane Cleak, Administrator Theresa Murphy, Event Coordinator John Tancredi, and the commission members request interested parties to Save the Date of Saturday, May 2 as the 2015 Annual Conservation/Clean Up Day at Horn Pond.
READING - Town officials have received notie that the state’s Attorney General approved has approved an Article creating a Permanent Building Committee.
WINCHESTER – Town Meeting has paved the way for one of the override votes the Board of Selectmen propose to put before voters on June 9 by approving appropriations for flood-mitigation and soil remediation projects at Skillings Field. However, it voted down an appropriation for a turf field at the same site, the subject of a second proposed override question.
WOBURN - With a significant computer purchase now delayed for over a year, the School Committee wants to finish the debate over how funds from a WMHS library trust may be appropriated.
BURLINGTON - Sears Holdings Corporation late last year entered into lease agreements with Primark, a leading fashion retailer in Europe, for seven standalone stores in the Northeastern United States.
This Friday, April 24th, marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide. Like many Armenians living today, I am a descendant of survivors; my grandmother was a survivor. She was the most remarkable person I’ve ever known. She lost her revered brother to the genocide and spent her childhood hiding in cellars to avoid death marches, yet she had an inimitable spirit and personified hope.
WINCHESTER - With less than a month until Town Meeting votes on a proposal for Wright-Locke Farm, the Board of Selectmen heard one final report. Elizabeth Ghoniem, who led the town’s Finance Committee subcommittee that created and ran the models for the cost impact for the acquisition of the farm and subsequent evaluation of proposals that led to the selection of Abbott Development, returned for another go-round.
WOBURN - Non-profit organizations must comply with the school department’s staff fingerprinting policy in order to operate programs in local educational facilities.
BURLINGTON - Herb Chambers Cambridge Street, LLC recently appeared in front of the Planning Board with a minor engineering change proposed for its 64 Cambridge St. property, next to the company’s Porsche and Audi dealership on 62 Cambridge St.
READING - Spring is finally here and it’s a wonderful time to get out and explore open spaces in Reading.
WINCHESTER - With Town Meeting this Monday, there are a number of major articles on the warrant. In total, there are 34 articles, plus four for a Special Town Meeting that deals with Skillings Field.
BURLINGTON - The administration recently updated the School Committee on the matter of redistricting at the kindergarten level due to the surging enrollment figures set to impact the district starting next year.
WOBURN - The School Committee recently consented to empowering the Mass. Association of School Committees (MASC) to select arbitrators on the community’s behalf during deadlocked union conflicts.
READING - Reading’s Annual Town Meeting will get underway Monday night, and there will be plenty for the town’s largest governing body to deal with when the evening arrives.
WINCHESTER - To be or not to be that is the question. Actually, to 40B or not to 40B is the real question, at least in Winchester.
BURLINGTON - In order to settle a grievance revolving around the Peach Orchard Place proposal that was rejected two years ago, the Massachusetts Land Court has remanded the matter back to the Planning Board for deliberation and a decision on a provision of a town zoning bylaw in relation to the project.
BURLINGTON - Each year the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center salutes individuals, groups and organizations from across the country and around the world during the one hundred, an annual event celebrating those who are changing the fight against cancer and inspiring others to take action.
WOBURN - The School Committee must hike student lunch prices by at least 13 cents to comply with pricing guidelines under a meal reimbursement program, but the Finance Subcommittee will also examine a larger cost increase.
READING - The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will be conducting a helicopter application of the biological larvicide, Bti, to control mosquito larvae over large wetlands in Reading.
READING - The Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) is proud to honor Camille Anthony, longtime selectman, town meeting member and volunteer, as their Reading Outstanding Citizen of the Year at an awards dinner at Teresa’s Prime in North Reading on Wednesday evening, April 29.
WINCHESTER - In or out? That was the main discussion the Board of Selectmen had with proponents of an article for Spring Town Meeting designed to create Heritage Districts in town. The proponents wanted people to have to opt out, while the selectmen wanted to make people opt in.
BURLINGTON – After nearly three hours of deliberations, the Planning Board came to the conclusion that the proposed site plan amendment for the Burlington Marketplace had more negative impacts than positives, so they rejected it by a 2-4-1 vote.
WOBURN - A Reading couple's effort to obtain a special permit to renovate a home in North Woburn has made some forward progress, but not enough for the City Council to take a vote until at least next month.
READING - Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) projects that Massachusetts consumers will pay significantly higher electric bills over the next few years. According to federal government data, electricity prices are on the rise across the country.
WINCHESTER - The Board of Selectmen are scheduled to hear a final report on the three Wright-Locke Farm bid proposals. Elizabeth Ghomiem will discuss the financial implications of each proposal. With Spring Town Meeting starting next Monday, tonight will be the board’s last chance to vote on a recommendation for Town Meeting (unless they wait until the night of Town Meeting when the board usually meets a half hour before it begins).