Friday, December 16, 2011
Authorities conducted a canine search at the high school Friday morning. Reading Patch wants to hear our reader's thoughts on the matter.
Law enforcement officials conducted a lockdown and canine search of Reading Memorial High School Friday morning. Do you think these types of random, routine searches for drugs are a good idea? Please take our poll and discuss this issue with your neighbors in the comment section below.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Last week we asked Reading Patch Readers how they felt about Black Friday.
Last week, we asked Reading Patch Readers if they were going to brave the Black Friday madness for an item they have had their eye on. With 57 percent of the vote, Readers chose to avoid the entire mess by selecting, "No, I’d rather pay more money than fight Black Friday crowds." Just 1 vote, (4 percent) chose, "Yes, I can’t pass up a bargain," with 8 people (34 percent) picking, "Are you kidding? I just woke up." It seems that Reading was a little indifferent to Black Friday, but the rest of the state took full advantage of the cheap buys. Lines were reported to start at popular stores like Walmart, Target and Best Buy almost a full day before the consumer holiday. Cutting Thanksgiving short, or not having at all for a T.V.? It seems that…
Monday, November 21, 2011
In last week's poll we asked: would you rather host Thanksgiving dinner or travel to someone else's home?
By a two to one margin, Reading Patch readers thought that hosting Thanksgiving was preferable to traveling for Turkey day. With 13 out of the 19 votes (68 percent) Reading readers chose, "Host; it may be extra work, but it feels special to have the holiday in my own home." 6 people, (31 percent) voted for: "Travel; I don't enjoy preparing my home for that kind of event." Donna added her thoughts on the matter when she commented: "New England is the birthplace of Thanksgiving! I love to host...it is work...but easier than dealing with traffic and then after all that food...you can't just pass out on someone's couch..but you can go up to your own bed and take a good rest! Happy Holidays Everyone!" She made an interesting point with being at…
Monday, November 14, 2011
Last week we asked Reading Patch Readers if they would be as brave as Nick Intoni who ran into a burning building.
Last week, we asked Reading Patch Readers if they would mimic the actions of local hero, Nick Intoni, who ran into a burning building to help a confused resident escape the fire. According to the results, Reading residents are heroic indeed. Either that, or our voters were demonstrating some serious self-selection bias. With 15 votes, 13 people (86 percent of the vote) said they would run inside a burning building to help someone in need. After all, it's their duty to protect their fellow man. There was 1 vote for, "urge someone else to help; clearly they should be helped, but I'm not the person to do it," and 1 vote for, "wait for the professionals; they know what they're doing. I don't." While this sounds great, this is precisely where …
Monday, November 7, 2011
In last week's POLL: Which Local Grocery Store Do You Prefer, Reading Patch Readers choose Market Basket two to one.
Last week, Patch asked our readers: which grocery store do you prefer, Stop and Shop or Market Basket? The results are in. By a two to one victory, readers picked Market Basket over Stop and Shop. With a total of 221 votes, Market Basket took 67 percent of the vote (149) and Stop and Shop had 33 percent (72). Here are some of the comments people shared on why they voted the way they did. M wrote: "If I go to a Market Basket, it's worth the trip to me to go to the one on rt 38 in Wilmington - feels like the aisles are a foot wider & entire store much larger. It feels like any time I'm in the Reading store, regardless of time of day or day of week, at all aisles except frozen goods has at least one, if not two, employees set of with a large …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
How would you rate the department's storm response?
Update 8 a.m., November 3, from Engineering and Operations Manager Kevin Sullivan: As of late Wednesday night, RMLD has restored electrical service to 100% of its customers. If you are out of service and we are not aware, please call our main number at 781-944-1340, and we will make your call our first priority. If your electrical service has been pulled off the side of the building, it will need to be repaired by an electrician and approved by the wiring inspector. Needing an electrician may present a delay in restoring your power. In these situations, RMLD will provide every effort to expedite the restoration. RMLD appreciates your patience and understanding this entire week.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Last week Reading Patch ran a poll on which is the better holiday - Thanksgiving or Halloween? Here are the results.
Out of 37 total votes, Reading Patch Readers overwhelmingly thought Thanksgiving was the better holiday. Turkey Day had 33 votes, beating out Halloween that had just 4. This 90 percent to 10 percent ratio was a landslide for the late November celebration. Two Reader Patch Readers expressed their opinion on why those chose either Halloween or Thanksgiving. Robin Kelly wrote: "Halloween is great but it's more for the kids where Thanksgiving is about family and food." Donna Dudley, one of the few Halloween fans, added: "I like Halloween better because I like chocolate more than turkey. :-) And while Thanksgiving *is* more about family, that's what can make it more stressful. I love all the cute kids in their costumes."
Friday, October 28, 2011
Almanac predicts biggest storms at end of January, and mid-February.
The Farmer’s Almanac has weighed in on what’s in store for us this winter. With temperatures near or above normal, it is predicting many snow and rain mixes. But what do they know? Your guess may be as good as theirs. So tell us: Do you think this winter will bring as much snow as last year?
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
What do you think?
Half of Americans now support legalizing marijuana, according to a new gallup poll. But we're wondering what Americans in this community think. Please take the poll and then explain your opinion in the comment section below.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Measure could save money, improve local turnout.
A strong majority of our readers last week favored moving Reading’s local elections to coincide with federal primary elections to save the town money. Of the 39 readers who responded to the question, 35 of you favored moving the selections, while four opposed it. Reader Adam Chase noted that the move would likely increase turnout at local elections, but it’s worth asking whether or not that would be a good thing; not every participant in state and federal elections pays attention to their local government. In addition, the proposal the town considered would align local elections with party primaries, which tend to draw the most ideological voters in the community and could polarize local boards and committees. In any event, the town does …