Sunday, December 18, 2011
Beneath the surface of the Nelson S. Burbank Ice Arena, Reading's Cold War history lies buried.
The Reading High boys and girls hockey teams began play last week, and while the winter season is sure to bring more than a few tense showdowns to the frozen surface of Burbank Ice Arena, below the skates of these scholastic athletes the scars of an entirely more sinister standoff lie nearly forgotten. In 1955, the area near Haverhill Street and what is today called Symonds Way would have been no place for games. Known as site B-03—in conjunction with the control site between Bear Hill Road and today's Gazebo Circle—it was an integral piece of the Boston Defense Area, and housed type MiM-3 Ajax missiles. These were the world’s first line-of-sight surface-to-air missile, and widely deployed throughout the East Coast, and the entire country…
Monday, October 17, 2011
We received questions about the new Rams Athletic Complex on Concord Street. Here is the scoop.
Welcome to You Asked...Patch Answers where we answer readers questions. We recently received questions about the new Rams Athletic Complex on Concord Street. Patch readers want to find out more about the facility. Here's your answer. Rams Athletic Complex is a new 30,000 square foot facility located on Concord Street. The state of the art facility boasts batting cages, infield turf, pitching areas with mounds, a bullpen and fitness area. While the facility caters to baseball and softball players, they offer one on one strength and conditioning that can be helpful when playing any sport. The complex offers clinics in five-week sessions, private lessons and small group programs. They have a study room where players can take lessons or …
Friday, October 7, 2011
Gio's Famous Pizza and Roast Beef will open on Washington Street next to the East Coast Dance Center.
Gio's Famous Pizza and Roast Beef will open on Washington Street by the end of November. According to Owner Michael Panousos, the pizza shop will offer delivery, take-out, catering and a sit-down area inside. Some items on the menu: pizza, calzones, roast beef, marinated tips and kabob salads with homemade dressing. "With this location, I'm going to try different foods," Panousos said. "A sweet sauce pizza and hot, sliced roast beef sandwiches." Having been in the restaurant business for more than 20 years, and as part of the family that owns Giovanni's in Peabody, Panousos understands what it takes to be successful, he said. His father opened Giovanni's 30 years ago, and the eatery is still open and thriving today. Panousos is hoping Gio'…
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Here's a list of items that Town Meeting approved.
Did you go to Town Meeting on Monday night? According to Town Administrator Greg Balukonis, the town spent just under a million dollars total. In case you missed it, here are 10 items that were approved: 1. Flag pole replacement. The town plans to spend about $5,000 on the flag pole replacement. Dunkin Donuts donated $24,000 already. According to Selectman Stephen O'Leary, the pole should be erected by Veterans Day. The total cost will be approximately $30,000. 2. Riding Turf Lawnmower. The Parks and Recreation Department will purchase a riding turf lawnmower for $52,000. According to Operations Director/Department Head Maureen Stevens, the Toro Ground Master is 11 feet wide and specializes in large field areas like Ipswich River Park, …
Saturday, September 24, 2011
North Reading High School football and Youth Services had North Reading talking.
Here at North Reading Patch, social media is a big deal. It's how we interact with you, answer your questions and get to see what's on your mind. Social Media Saturday is a weekly feature where we highlight your questions and thoughts you've shared on Facebook and other media throughout the past week. We'll also point you to some new and interesting pages you may not have known about before. Here is a sampling of comments and happenings on our Facebook page and the social media world from the past week: North Reading Youth Services has a Facebook page that was very active this week. They sponsored a field trip to Connors Farm Corn Maze on Friday. Contact Director Erica Hansen if you are interested in future trips.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Mark Lee opened Heav'nly Donuts in May, and sales are up.
With an often full parking lot and owner who is happy with sales, Heav'nly Donuts is thriving despite recent economic conditions. Mark Lee opened the coffee and donut shop on Winter Street in May. "We were extremely nervous about the economic conditions when we opened HD -- given the unemployment rate, the recession, and the fact that consumer spending was down significantly," Lee said. Lee was confident in his product and people's loyalty to their morning coffee, which made the decision to open a Heav'nly easier to make. "Factoring in that our products are much better than our competitors made the decision a lot easier," Lee said. "We felt that if people really want there morning coffee and we can provide a superior product that we …
Monday, September 19, 2011
The Hornets lost 28 to 7 last Friday night.
The Hornets played Newburyport last Friday in what was mostly a one-sided football game. Newburyport won 28 to 7. Interceptions and fumbles proved costly for North Reading, as Newburyport took control early, and never looked back. Playing with gritty determination, however, prevented the Hornets from a complete shutout, scoring late into the 4th quarter.
The 17th Annual Apple Festival was held on Saturday at the Reverend Daniel Putnam House and Barn.
Residents ate apple pie and shopped for crafts at the 17th Annual Apple Festival held Saturday at the Reverend Daniel Putnam House and Barn. The festival boasted an apple pie contest, various entertainment, kids games, a variety of crafts, ice cream, candy and other refreshments.