TRP Sunday Edition 10/15

Reading Hosts Economic Development Summit

Jay Ash (@JayAshEOHED)Jay Ash, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, highlighted the issue as well. “If we don’t act, from an economic development perspective, the world will pass us by,” Ash began. He continued to suggest several state programs including MassWorks which have grants available to help communities utilize their economic development potential. Senator Jason Lewis, who represents Reading in the State Senate, also commented on the bi-partisan efforts the legislature is working on to help communities pursue development including a new retail task force, a health care bill that will be introduced in a few weeks, and continued efforts to drive down the cost of energy through efficiency. [Read more]

JAMS for Jake to take Place October 29

JAMS for Jake, a local benefit concert hoping to bring awareness to the addiction epidemic, will take place on Sunday, October 29 from noon to 7:00pm at the Symonds Field behind the Burbank Ice Arena. Some of the featured bands include: This Is Pointless, Bummer Status, In The Making, and The Bonds. [Read more]

Selectmen Consider Public Safety Staffing

Police Chief Mark Segalla and Fire Chief Greg Burns reported to the Board of Selectmen on October 10 on studies regarding staffing in their respective departments. Chief Segalla reported that the police department is down one officer from last year, four having retired with only three officers hired to replace them. He recommended five more officers be added to get the staffing levels of the police force up to the average levels of surrounding communities, one of whom would be another School Resource Officer. Segalla also reported that many of the towns queried for the study have many more civilian employees than Reading. When asked, he responded that Reading sometimes uses officers to do work such as processing of licenses that civilians do in other communities. [Read more]

RCASA & RMHS Guidance to Host Lynn Lyons

On Tuesday October 17, 2017, Lynn Lyons, Psychotherapist and Author, will provide an informative workshop addressing anxiety for parents, teachers and teens at the Reading Memorial High School in the William Endslow Performing Arts Center from 6:30-8:30pm. [Read more]

Selectmen Oust Docktor from Board of Health

The Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 to remove Nancy Docktor as an associate member of the Board of Health on Tuesday, October 10. The removal of Docktor followed difficulties that the Board of Health had faced over the summer attempting to appoint the health agent. Selectman Andrew Friedmann was the only dissenting vote. [Read more]

Chamber Soiree at Northern Bank of Reading

The Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce hosted dozens of business people from Reading and the surrounding community at their Small Business Soiree on Wednesday October 11, 2017. The evening was sponsored by, and held at Northern Bank’s Reading branch, located at 600 Main Street. [Read more]

Reading Police & Fire Welcome New Personnel

The Board of Selectmen witnessed several badge pinnings for new police and fire personnel at their October 10 meeting.  Police Officers receiving their badges were Andrew Kirwan, Zachary Fontes, and Benjamin Woodward. [Read more]

To the Editor:

This is a suggestion directed to the Selectmen, Town Meeting Members, and Town Manager:

We, the Alliance, respectfully request that the Town of Reading institute a town-wide moratorium immediately on all building and approvals for development of all 40R and 40B projects unless and until a Design Code and Code of Conduct can be developed in concert with the abutters of any proposed 40R/40B projects [Read more]

10 Years of Financial Literacy at RMHS

Shanna Cahalane Marketing Director Mike Foley RMHS Branch Manager Adam Bakr RMHS Principal

Reading Cooperative Bank and Reading Public Schools are celebrating a 10-year milestone of providing a full-service educational banking branch at Reading Memorial High School. The partnership not only offers a business course in retail banking, but also gives students an opportunity to open their first checking or savings account. The branch is convenient for RMHS faculty and staff, as well, affording them a way to bank at work. [Read more]

State Auditor to Speak at Pleasant Street Center

You are invited to join the Reading Democratic Town Committee on Tuesday October 17 at 7:00 PM at the Pleasant Street Center; 49 Pleasant Street; Reading, MA. Our special guest will be State Auditor Suzanne Bump. [Read more]

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