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Tuesday 05/05/2015
WTA critical of ‘publicizing’ contract strife
Updated: May 05, 2015 - 10:10 am

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.

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Paul L. Haggerty Sr., former publisher of Daily Times, passes away
Updated: May 05, 2015 - 10:17 am

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.

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Camille Anthony honored with Outstanding Citizen Award by Chamber of Commerce
Posted: May 05, 2015 - 2:00 pm

NORTH READING - Wednesday night the Reading/North Reading Chamber of Commerce hosted the ‘Outstanding Citizen Awards Ceremony’ at Teresa’s Prime in North Reading.

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Annual Town Meeting concludes
Posted: May 05, 2015 - 12:30 pm

READING - Annual Town Meeting concluded last night, with elected members wrrapping up their last few remaining items of business.

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Town Meeting approves budget
Posted: May 05, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

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Monday 05/04/2015
Community Garden incident discussed
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 11:31 am

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.

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Town Fireworks Poker Tournament Fundraiser to take place on May 29th
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 1:00 pm

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.

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Town Meeting approves Heritage District
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

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Sunday 05/03/2015
Lions Club to hold 29th annual Journey for Sight Road Race
Posted: May 03, 2015 - 10:11 am

READING - The Reading Lions Club will be holding their 29th annual Journey for Sight Road Race on Saturday, May 16th.

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Friday 05/01/2015
Cool million spent on snow removal
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 11:56 am

WOBURN - The bill for the harsh winter is coming due.

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Burlington Police exempt from civil service law
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 11:45 am

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.

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Town Meeting passes Center Business District
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

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Lynn man identified as Wakefield homicide victim
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 11:35 am

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.

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Melchionda, Ciaccio team up to run marathon and raise money for rare diseases
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 10:10 am

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.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Major school projects could cost some $2M
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 11:53 am

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.

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Selectmen warrant articles head to Town Meeting
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 11:26 am

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.

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Town named Tree City USA
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 12:00 pm

WINCHESTER - The Arbor Day Foundation named Winchester a 2014 Tree City USA in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Town survey reveals ‘happy’ residents
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 11:33 am

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.

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The Final Perimeter: Fall of Saigon
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 11:18 am

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.

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‘A Night of Blues’ concert Saturday at American Legion
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 11:23 am

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.

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Town Meeting votes $1 million expansion of Birch Meadow lights
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 3:30 pm

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.

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Sen. Lewis in support of e-cig regulations
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

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Reading Education Foundation hosts 4th Annual Spring Gala
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 7:00 am

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!

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
‘Crowdfunding’ efforts subject to school rules
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 1:19 pm

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.

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Exa works to optimize vehicle passenger comfort
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 11:35 am

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.

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Conservation Day at Horn Pond on Saturday
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 1:22 pm

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.

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State approves Permanent Building Committee
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 4:32 pm

READING - Town officials have received notie that the state’s Attorney General approved has approved an Article creating a Permanent Building Committee.

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For Skillings Field, two out of three ain’t bad
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

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Monday 04/27/2015
School board seeks final clarification on computer purchase
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 11:28 am

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.

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Sears reveals two more Primark locations
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 10:55 am

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.

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Recalling the Armenian Genocide
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 4:27 pm

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.

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Board hears financial report on farmland
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 12:12 pm

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.

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Friday 04/24/2015
School fingerprinting rules are expanded
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 11:15 am

WOBURN - Non-profit organizations must comply with the school department’s staff fingerprinting policy in order to operate programs in local educational facilities.

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Herb Chambers seeks site changes
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 11:01 am

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.

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Schedule for 2015 Bird Walks in Reading released
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 12:00 pm

READING - Spring is finally here and it’s a wonderful time to get out and explore open spaces in Reading.

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Town Meeting asked to vote on Heritage Districts, CBD
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
School officials talk redistricting with parents
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 11:29 am

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.

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Advocacy group given arbitrator selection powers
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 9:43 am

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.

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Annual Town Meeting opens Monday night
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

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40B project on the horizon
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Planning Board managing remand order
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 11:13 am

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.

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Halvorsen, Cooper honored by Massachusetts General Hospital
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 11:10 am

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.

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School lunch prices likely to go up next year
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 10:52 am

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.

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Mosquito spraying scheduled in Reading
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 8:00 pm

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.

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Camille Anthony to be honored as Reading’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year by Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, April 29
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

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Selectmen not entirely on board with Heritage District plan
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

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Tuesday 04/21/2015
Planners reject Burlington Marketplace plan
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 11:37 am

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.

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Little progress on proposal for Traverse St.
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 9:25 am

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.

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RMLD: Rising transmission costs contribute to rising electric rates
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

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Selectmen could make decision tonight regarding farm bids
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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).

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