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A Penny For Your Thoughts

There’s plenty to like about North Reading. It’s been my home for 26 years. Tell me and our Patch neighbors why you call North Reading home.

So, what is there to like about this town?

There’s PLENTY to like about North Reading! It’s been my home for 26 years. Some days it seems as if I just got here… on other days, it feels as if I’ve been here forever.

I like the view from the Building on the Common. I like Ipswich River Park. I like the murals on the walls at Town Hall and in the ballroom at the Damon Tavern. I like that a lot of the police officers in town know my name—and not for the wrong reasons!

I’ve lived here longer than in any other place. I moved to North Reading with my husband and a young daughter in 1985. We came from Reading because it was, frankly, affordable. We stayed because of the good school system. Our daughter blossomed in the small class sizes and developed her life-long love of music under the eye of an amazing woman named Agatha Marano. I was always impressed that former high school Principal Bill Butler knew the name of every student in his school. Our home is on a dead-end street, off a dead-end street. And our families were close by too (here in town and in Reading and Wilmington). We don’t have any plans to move on any time soon.

Tell me and the rest of North Reading Patch—how long have you lived here? If you’re not a native, what brought you to town? Whether you’ve been here for a few years or for decades, why do you stay?

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De May 05, 2011 at 11:26 AM
We moved here in October 2009 because, like you found, it was affordable. I love the quiet and rural settings. I love being able to visit Harold Parker and hike through miles of beautiful woods. I love that after visiting China Cuisine twice, the owner recognizes us every time we come in. I love driving down my street and seeing unpaved roads (although I'm not sure if the residents of those roads like it so much). I love reading The Transcript - all the news with a small town feel. I love that I have no desire to live any place else.
Julia Whitney Robarts May 05, 2011 at 03:02 PM
I as raised in North Reading and under the fine musical tutelage of Agatha Marano as well! I, like most kids, didn't realize the idyllic upbringing I had until I was of house-buying age. What a shock it was to discover there wasn't much I could afford to buy in NR! Thankfully, my parents had a few acres and gladly subdivided so that we could build a home right next door. I am so happy to be back in the town where I grew up. There are teachers, town employees, and, yes, police officers who know my name. My kids can walk to school, Ryer's, the common and the library. While there is a lot that has changed since I was a kid (we never had to pay for busing or sports, there were no traffic lights on Route 62, and the now-barren Stop & Shop was a cool drive-in movie theatre), it is still in its essense the same down-to-earth, no frills town I grew up in. I heart NR!
Penny Morang Richards May 09, 2011 at 12:14 AM
De: Isn't it nice that we know our neighbors and merchants? I walked into Andrea's Pizza recently and was greeted by name with a walm, "Hey, Penny!" I felt like Norm on "Cheers." Julia: Yes, the traffic lights. It's amazing to me that there are seven sets of traffic lights on the 2.6 mile stretch of Route 28!

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