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. RPD Chief Weighs in On Zero Tolerance Underage DrinkingPolicy. Patch sat down with Reading Police Chief James Cormier last week so he could answer some questions about the new zero tolerance policy that the department implemented due to ongoing issues with underage drinking. On Sept. 2, according to Reading Police, officers reported to a house party were over 40 youths were present without adult supervision. As a result of the party, 38 minors were charged with possession of alcohol and one youth was charged with furnishing alcohol to minors, police said. After that incident, Reading Police decided to implement a zero tolerance policy regarding cases that involve underage drinking. The policy requires that any person under the age of 21 caught in possession of any amount of alcohol will be charged with minor in possession of alcohol.
2. Civil Fingerprinting Town Bylaw Passed at North Reading Town Meeting. North Reading residents voted in favor of the Civil Fingerprinting town bylaw at Fall Town Meeting Monday night. According to the warrant, the purpose of the article was to establish a local bylaw to enable the police department to do fingerprint based criminal history checks for those applying for positions such as a door-to-door sales person, livery driver and others.
3. 68 Homes in North Reading Without Water Due to Water Main Break. A water main broke around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning on Wagon Drive in North Reading. The DPW arrived shortly after to repair the pipe. According to the DPW, the water main was shut down to isolate the water main break.
4. Reading Town Manager Search Process Continues. A second company has sent the town an overview of the services it could offer to help town officials hire a new town manager – and the price. The town’s first town manager, with tenure of 26 years, Peter Hechenbleikner, will retire this coming June 1.
5. Wall At Little School to Be Repaired. Residents voted to repair the retaining wall at the Little School at Town Meeting Monday night. The Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and School Committee recommended the article.