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North Reading




AROUND TOWN

Town government

Open town meeting in April and October. Sessions held at North Reading High School. Five-member Board of Selectmen. Town Hall, 235 North St. (on the Wilmington end). Town administrator Greg Balukonis, 978-664-6010. northreadingma.gov

Green space

KidSpot playground, Chestnut Street (adjacent to Moynihan Lumber).

Clarke Park, Burroughs Road. New climbing equipment; a volleyball court; picnic huts; beach, but no lifeguard.

Ipswich River Park. Many fields for sports, including an in-line skating rink, and quiet areas left untouched.

Parks located at each of the elementary schools. Soccer players find their home at Maguire Field on Chestnut Street, next to KidSpot.

To register to vote, license a dog, etc.: Visit town clerk's office to register to vote, obtain vital records, passports, dog, hunting and fishing and marriage licenses; election information, town reports, street lists and business certificates. Dog licenses expire June 30 and cost $5 for spayed females and neutered males, $10 for unspayed females and unneutered males. Town Clerk Barbara Stats, 978-664-6030.

In emergencies: Call 911.

Police Department, 5 Central St. Police Chief Hank Purnell, 978-664-2141 (business). nrpd.org

Fire Department, 152 Park St., Fire Chief David Harlow, 978-664-3112 (business).

Light Department: North Reading is served by the Reading Municipal Light Department, 230 Ash St., 781-0944-1340. Emergencies, 781-944-0019.

Paying taxes: Tax rate is $11.12 per $1,000 valuation for residential and commercial-business properties. Taxes are due Aug. 1, Nov. 1, Feb. 1 and May 1. Treasurer Elizabeth A. Craveiro, 978-664-6020.

Pet problems: Police Department, 978-664-2141, or Animal Control Officer Karl Berg, 978-664-3807.

For veterans: Veterans Services assists veterans by helping with everything from disability benefits to educational assistance, vocational training, homeowner loans, burial benefits, dependent and survivor benefits, and health care and life insurance. Director/Veteran Services Officer Timothy Callahan, 978-664-6011.

To report a pothole: Public Works Department, 978-664-6060. Also trash disposal, recycling, road conditions, snow plowing. Director David P. Hanlon.

Recycling: Curbside pickup every other week. The town recycling center, Chestnut Street, behind the public works garage, accepts grass and leaves on Saturday and waste oils the last Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon.

Recreation: Recreation Department Director Brian Wood, 978-664-6016. The town offers a wide range of recreational programs and sport leagues.

Library: Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park St., 978-664-4942. Director Helena Minton. Open Monday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Saturday until after Labor Day, when it will reopen 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. flintmemoriallibrary.org

Senior citizens: Mary Prenney, director of Elder Affairs, 157 Park St., the building on the Common. 978-664-5600. The center is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information and referral, nutritional services, congregate meal site. Meals served Monday through Friday at noon. Nutritional screening and counseling; elder abuse intervention program; visiting nurse on Monday, 1 to 2 p.m.; podiatry clinic, Wednesday at 2 p.m. by appointment. Exercise classes, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.

Civic and community groups

Reading/North Reading Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 771; North Reading Rotary, Knights of Columbus (includes function hall for rentals), Loyal Order of Moose (includes function hall for rentals), North Street; League of Women Voters, PO Box 171.

SCHOOLS

Public: Superintendent Dr. David S. Troughton, 978-664-7810, business office at the Middle School, 19 Sherman Road.

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North Reading High, 191 Park St., Principal Jon Bernard, 978-664-7800.

North Reading Middle School, 19 Sherman Road, grades six through eight, Principal Richard Hodges, 978-664-7806.

J. Turner Hood Elementary, kindergarten through grade five, 298A Haverhill St., Dr.Thaiadora Katsos, principal, 978-664-7817.

E. Ethel Little School, kindergarten through grade five, Barberry St., Principal William Leccese, 978-664-7820.

L D Batchelder School, kindergarten through grade five, c/o Old Central School, 25 William St., Stoneham, Principal Sean Killeen, 978-664-7814.

CHURCHES

Interdenominational: Trinity Evangelical, 105 Haverhill St., Rev. George D. Ray, 978-664-2416. Summer Sunday service, 9 a.m.

Baptist: Martins' Pond Union Baptist Church, Main Street at 4 Cogswell Road, 978-664-4926. Curt Wanner, pastor. Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.

Catholic: St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, 63 Winter St., the Rev.Thomas M. Gillespie, 978-664-3412.

Congregational: Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., Rev. Dr. Richard A. Hughes, 978-664-3703. Sunday service, 10 a.m. in Chapel, nursery care provided.

Lutheran: Messiah Lutheran Church, 708 Lowell St., Lynnfield, 781-334-4111. Rev. David Mahn. Worship, 9:30 a.m. mlcspirit.org

Methodist: Aldersgate United Methodist, 235 Park St., 978-664-2951.

Pastor: Rachel Fisher. Sunday service, 10:30 a.m. Summer Sunday service, 10 a.m.

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