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Top 5 Stories: End of an Era for Board of Selectmen, Local Minister Heads for Afghanistan and More

The top headlines from Reading this past week.

It was a bittersweet meeting Tuesday night for Board of Selectmen Chairperson, Camille Anthony. After 18 years of service on the board (along with 12 years on the Conservation Commission), Anthony is stepping down and won't seek re-election.

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The Reading man arrested by Wakefield police on Feb. 29 has an alleged history of dealing controlled substances across multiple counties and has been the subject of at least two lengthy investigations by law enforcement in the past year.

John N. Moses, 23, was arrested on 11 charges related to selling steroids to college students in early February of last year after a three-month investigation by Rutland police, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

There are 128 more registered voters in Reading than in 2010, according to documents released last week by Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin. This figure bucks the statewide trend which saw a drop of nearly 2 percent from the previous state election—or roughly 80,000 voters.

The mostly quiet, suburban landscape of Reading is a far cry from the arid and rugged terrain of war-torn Afghanistan, but that isn't stopping one local minister from making the journey east.

Rev. Tim Kutzmark, minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, will be departing this week for the mountainous, land-locked country, as part of a three-person delegation studying how women are working to bring about societal, educational and economic change in the conflict-stricken country.

Every runner at this year’s 116th edition of the Boston Marathon will be looking for a little extra inspiration at some point during the grueling 26.2-mile course.

When Reading resident Tammy Stapleton needs to dig down and find that little bit extra, she won’t have to look very far for motivation.

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