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Top Five Stories Last Week

Take a look back at the top stories from last week.

Did you miss some news this week? Want to know what the top stories were? Here is a list of the top five stories from this past week:

1. Route 28 in North Reading Closed Due to Accident: Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, a small truck traveling on Main Street hit a pole and took down wires. Main Street was closed between Lowell Road and Winthrop Avenue. No one was injured, police said. According to North Reading Police, the commercial truck was from Lawrence and traveling on Main Street before it hit the pole near 157 Main St. RMLD reported to the scene due to the downed wires.

2. Parking Rules to Change at Reading's Brande Court: Drivers searching for a parking space in the lower Haven Street area take note: starting this coming Jan. 1, parking in the Brande Court parking lot behind 30 Haven St. will again be limited to two hours on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

3. : Owner of Teresa's Italian Eatery in Middleton Nick Yebba, Sr. purchased parts of the Thomson Country Club, meaning everything except for the golf club itself, for $2.2 million, he said. The pool and tennis courts will be open next summer and a membership will be needed for those. You will not need a membership for the restaurants, Theresa’s Prime and Grill 19, and there is not a minimum monthly spending requirement at either eatery. They are both open to the public. Read more about the details on the changes by clicking on the article.

4. Music OK'd at Six Remaining Evening Flag Football Games at Reading Field: Music will play at the six remaining Saturday evening flag football games at Hollingsworth Field at Birch Meadow. By a 3-2 vote, the Board of Selectmen granted the league a waiver of the board’s amplified sound rules. The board approved the rules this past February.

5. If It's Good Enough For Vito Spatafore ...: North Reading resident Paul Barker opened Pauli's Restaurant, a popular sandwich place in the North End. Shortly after he opened, Joe Gannascoli – best known for his role as Vito Spatafore in The Sopranos – was filming a promotional video on Salem Street. He wandered into the restaurant and said: “This is cool.”

Paul told him he had just opened and Joe asked if could make him something to eat. Paul agreed, and one of their most famous sandwiches was made that day.

“The next thing I knew, he was behind the counter, making a sandwich,” Paul said. “And that’s how The Vito was born. We sold three while Joe was in the restaurant.”

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