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Top Five Stories Last Week: Reading Library, Hollywood in North Reading, More

Here are the top five Reading and North Reading stories from the 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. Reading Public Library Receives $5.1M for Renovations and Addition: Finally, Reading officials received the word they’d been hoping for: the state has awarded the town $5.1 million toward a $12 million public library "gut" renovation and 8,000-square-foot addition project. 

Between Jan. 2 and Feb. 11 of 2013, a special town meeting will be held, according to the project schedule, to approve a debt exclusion to pay for the town’s portion of the project. The cost, Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner said, for an average homeowner, would be $100 a year for 10 years.

2. A Slice of Hollywood Opening in North Reading: Former Golden Globes regular Alex Williams took what she learned from being styled for the red carpet in Beverly Hills and brought it to North Reading when she opened her own salon on Main Street. 

Williams spent two years attending the Golden Globes to escort stars to be photographed by the Hollywood Foreign Press and interviewed on Extra and other entertainment shows. Williams had to look the part to do her job, and spent hours in hair and makeup before getting to work.

Opening her salon, Axle Color Studio, fulfilled her dream of offering local customers the Beverly Hills salon experience without the travel or high price point.

3. Special Traffic and Parking Plan in Place for RMHS on Election Day: All Reading voters cast their ballots at one place—the Reading Memorial High School Field House. A special traffic and parking plan will be in effect at the high school on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Town Clerk Laura Gemme told the selectmen Tuesday. The plan will affect voters, election workers, RMHS students, faculty and staff and students who are dropped off at the high school, including pupils in the afternoon preschool RISE program.

Voter traffic will be routed in toward the field house from the Oakland Road entrance nearest Birch Meadow Drive. That stretch of road, which is usually two-way, will become one-way inbound.

4. Athletes and Celebrities Work Out at Body by Boyle: Reading resident Mike Boyle owns Body by Boyle in Woburn, and has been helping athletes, celebrities and local residents sculpt their bodies since 1997. The facility was named the number one gym in America by Men's Health magazine two years ago.

According to Boyle, they feature some of the best strength conditioning coaches in the area and "train every client as an individual with an emphasis on developing everyone's inner athlete."

5. Somerville Man Arrested For Allegedly Enticing Reading Teen: A Somerville man police said allegedly attempted to entice a 15-year-old into sex has been arrested in Reading, police said in a statement. 

Justin Koser, 30, was arrested by Reading Police after traveling to the town to allegedly have sex with the teen Saturday. Police said Kosher had shared graphic conversations with the teen via online and text messages prior to the trip.

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