WOBURN - Local officials wooed a West Point military academy graduate away from Salem High School to fill the WMHS principal’s vacancy being created by the retirement of veteran administrator Joseph Finigan.
BURLINGTON – The town’s Operation Access initiative to weed out handicap parking violators continues to accumulate enough funds through fines to support initiatives directly tied to the Disability Access Commission (DAC).
READING - The Town of Reading will be hosting the first of three community listening meetings on June 1, 2016 at 7PM at the Coolidge Middle School, 89 Birch Meadow Drive. At the meeting Town Manager Bob LeLacheur will discuss the financial challenges facing the town and town officials with take input from the public and answer questions.
WINCHESTER – The comprehensive permit for Winchester North, the planned 40B development at 416 Cambridge St., has been appealed.
WOBURN - Though willing to fund several new high school positions, Mayor Scott Galvin recently directed the School Committee to slash some $600,000 from the FY’17 spending plan submitted to his office earlier this month.
BURLINGTON - The Department of Public Works (DPW) received support from Town Meeting regarding an article requesting $1,100,000 to repair a battered salt shed on Grant Avenue, off Skilton Lane and Cambridge Street. Town Meeting unanimously approved the article
In February of 1978 Pastor David Wesley Reid arrived at the First Baptist Church of Reading, having served for his first seven years of ministry as pastor of Boston’s Hill Memorial Baptist Church. When he arrived in Reading he faced the immediate challenge of replacing the church steeple that blew down in the notorious “Blizzard of ‘78”. The current brick church where Pastor Reid has served for all of his 38 years is located at 45 Woburn Street. This brick building was relatively new when he arrived, eleven years old to be exact, constructed after a fire destroyed the large, wooden, colonial church that stood on the site since the late 1800’s. In its early years the church was located on Salem Street and was known then as the Salem Street Baptist Church.
WINCHESTER - On Monday, May 30, Winchester’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3719 will sponsor the town’s Memorial Day Parade and civic exercises which will mark 150 years honoring and remembering all the Americans who died in the service of their country.
READING - The North Reading Board of Selectmen and Reading’s Selectmen held a joint meeting last week to confirm both communities’ interest in an agreement by which North Reading joins the MWRA through a connection with Reading.
Wakefield – The deadline for submitting applications for need-based scholarships from The Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield (TSF) for the 2016-17 academic year has passed, but late applications are still being accepted. Any person who is a resident of Wakefield and who will be a full time college student is eligible to apply. Scholarships are also available for full time graduate level students. Current recipients of scholarship awards must reapply in order to be considered again. Application forms can be downloaded from www.tsfofwakefield.org. The applications are also available in the Lobby of the Americal Civic Center.
BURLINGTON – A mammoth mixed use development has been proposed for the former Building 19 ½ shopping plaza in the center of Burlington and it includes commercial retail and restaurant space, as well as a residential component.
WOBURN - A petition for a special permit that will allow a food truck repair company under a cease-and-desist order to continue operating in East Woburn barely escaped rejection by the City Council at its most recent regular meeting.
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation filed by Senator Jason Lewis – An Act establishing the Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health – to address significant challenges faced by the local health system in meeting statutory responsibilities and providing essential safeguards. These challenges range from funding inconsistencies across communities, with smaller communities often struggling, to variability in credentials for local boards of health and staff.
The Coolidge Middle School Science Olympiad Team returned Sunday from Wisconsin with a 26th place finish in the national championships, moving up 14 spots from last year. There were 60 teams in the tournament with all 50 states represented.
BURLINGTON – The longtime capacity issues at the Human Services Building (61 Center St.) are finally going to be addressed after Town Meeting passed two articles for renovations at 33 Center St. and 61 Center St. during the final session this week.
WINCHESTER - Think you’re paying too much for your electricity? Wish you could get a better deal without having to deal with a third party by yourself? The Board of Selectmen has a solution: Good Energy, a vendor that will help the town purchase electricity on the open market.
WOBURN - The designer of the new Hurld-Wyman School at the farm stand parcel off of Wyman and Lowell Streets indicated talk has ended about changing the name of the new building.
BOSTON - The Massachusetts legislature voted 135 to 57 to advance the Fair Share constitutional amendment to the next joint session during the 2017-2018 legislative session. The amendment would assess an additional four percent surtax on individual annual income over one million dollars, and would require the legislature to allocate the increased revenue solely on education and transportation needs.
Wakefield – The Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 7th at Spinelli’s in Lynnfield, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
BURLINGTON – Town Meeting strongly supported all of the School Department’s Capital Budget items during Monday night’s session.
WINCHESTER – 75 years ago, there was an unusual sight at the En Ka Society’s seventh annual Street Fair. Amidst all the usual fun features, there was a sober reminder that America had allies in distress and that what happened to them might also happen at home.
READING - A farewell reception will be held Thursday May 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the library for Library Director Ruth Urell. She will be leaving at the end of the month for a position with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners as Head of Library Development.
READING - On Memorial Day , Monday May 30, local residents are encouraged to attend the observance of the holiday as Reading remembers all those that have died in service to our country and to honor all those who have served and continue to serve.
BURLINGTON – It’s been one year since Town Meeting expressed its desire to see high quality sidewalks in Burlington, and the feeling hasn’t wavered as the body firmly passed a warrant article Monday night that will allocate $250,000 towards a sidewalk upgrade on a portion of Bedford Street.
WOBURN - Mayor Scott Galvin last night submitted to the City Council a proposed fiscal year 2017 budget of $138,620,497.24, an increase of 3.18 percent from this year.
WINCHESTER - The En Ka Fair is constantly evolving. It’s been around for more than 80 years and just keeps getting bigger. However, this year’s fair will actually shrink in size. Don’t worry, all the usual rides and games will be there, but just in a smaller space.
BURLINGTON – Town Meeting convincingly supported all of the Capital Budget items during Monday night’s session, including 17 from the Department of Public Works (DPW), Police Department, Fire Department, and Recreation Department.
WOBURN - After including a condition that the equipment must be removed by Dec. 31, 2019, the City Council's Special Permits Committee voted to endorse a petition from a subsidiary of Shell Oil that wants to install research and testing apparatus at a site on Gill Street in North Woburn.
WAKEFIELD - Enjoy a relaxing day of golf - or become a sponsor - for the annual Bread of Life Golf Tournament at Mount Hood Golf Club in Melrose, MA on Monday July 11th. The day begins with 8 am registration and complimentary buffet breakfast at Mt. Hood, followed by 9:00 am Tee Off.
WINCHESTER - It takes a lot of energy to construct a high school - literally.
WOBURN - Superintendent Mark Donovan recently confirmed the district will for the second consecutive year comply with state rules prohibiting WMHS seniors from ending their school year significantly earlier than their peers.
READING - Reading Memorial High School Juniors were inducted into the RMHS chapter of the National Honor Society last week. The ceremony took place at the high school’s Scholastic Awards Night Ceremony on Thursday, May 12.
WINCHESTER - Not to push current Police Chief Ken Albertelli out the door (his last day is June 30), but Town Manager Richard Howard announced his replacement: Lt. Peter MacDonnell moves from second-in-command to first-in-command starting July 1.
BURLINGTON – Town Meeting supported the fiscal year 2017 Operating Budget of $124,919,090 during Wednesday night’s session at the Burlington High School’s Fogelberg Performing Arts Center.
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Senate solidified its role as a civil rights leader in passing An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination. This bill provides equal access to public places for every resident of the Commonwealth, regardless of gender identity. Public accommodations include but are not limited to: retail stores and malls, restaurants, hotels, medical offices and nursing homes, grocery stores, theatres, public transportation, and sports arenas.
The infamous and ever-hated decision of choosing what to do with your life. As an upperclassman, the question looms in the air, like a cumulus cloud that won’t go away. For juniors, deciding what college you want to go to (if at all) and a possible major are what dominate the year. Fortunately, we have a day like Job Shadow Day to help us out. Mr. Robertson, a guidance counselor at Wakefield Memorial High School (WMHS), helped start the Job Shadow Day program nine years ago.
BURLINGTON – School officials recently discussed how they are piloting an acclaimed social media monitoring program called Social Sentinel in hopes of sufficiently securing the safety of students and school buildings in the district.
READING – Reading Village 40B developer Matt Zucker dropped a possible game changing bombshell at the beginning of the Hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals last night, announcing that hours earlier they had reached agreement to purchase Brown’s Automotive. That 6,600 square foot property at Lincoln and Prescott street sits in the middle of the proposed six story 77 unit development on a 36,000 sq. ft. lot stretching from the former Certainly Wood structure to Doucette’s Moving and Storage.
WINCHESTER – There is a new page on the town’s website announcing a new undertaking – commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of World War II.
WOBURN - Two men were taken to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center with non-threatening injuries on Friday morning after a fight that involved knives in the Webster Avenue area of North Woburn.
BURLINGTON – The Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 to utilize the $250,000 capital article request for the best sidewalks money can buy as the Department of Public Works (DPW) looks to upgrade the sidewalk infrastructure on a portion of Bedford Street.
READING – Stefanie Gable was working with a patient at the Jimmy Fund when all of a sudden he came up with a big request. Would she be his buzz buddy?
WINCHESTER – With “extreme gratitude” the School Committee accepted a $128,000 grant for technology, $38,343 worth of professional development grants, and $52,173 in education grants from the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence (WFEE).
BURLINGTON – Last night’s marathon deliberations spanning three hours saw Town Meeting narrowly defeat an article requesting $40,000 in funds for outside legal counsel pertaining to the NEEP hotel appeal. The final vote was 56-58, with one member recusing himself.
WOBURN - The City Council's Ordinances, Charter & Rules Committee last night opted not to vote on a recommendation on a proposal to give the city's six non-union department heads a 3 percent pay raise, after half of them did not attend the meeting.
J.Warren Killam School Principal Cathy Giles has become the latest principal to leave the Reading schools. She becomes the fourth of eight school principals to exit the system this year or next.
READING – The Reading Board of Selectmen recently held a two part public hearing on requested changes to the town’ liquor license regulations. The changes were requested by local resident Judy Barolak who sought the change to allow her to operate craft classes and sell beer and wine at her proposed Art Lounge at 78 Haven St.
WINCHESTER – The herring are returning, coming back on their annual voyage home to spawn and coming back in greater numbers, hopefully returning to their former abundance all the way up the Mystic River Valley. And there is evidence that a revival of the ecosystem is coming along with them.
BURLINGTON – The Planning Department and Building Department are in the process of devising a formal procedure for the proper notification of the status of building permits filed.
WINCHESTER – Town Meeting concluded Monday night with all the advertised motions being approved. There was, however, a motion from the floor to reconsider Article 2 which generated some debate before being voted down.