News Nearby: A Medford Bank Robbery, Reading Eyes Medical Marijuana Moratorium and More

Each week we take a look at the stories making headlines in neighboring Patch communities.


Tewksbury residents voted 189-39 in favor of funding a $950,000 artificial turf field  Wednesday night at Special Town Meeting, with $600,000 coming in Community Preservation funding. Coupled with with a , $100,000 in construction offsets and $50,000 raised by the Friends of the Tewksbury Athletic Complex, the town will successfully avoid having to dip into the stabilization fund to finance the project.


Town Looking to Impose Moratorium for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. 

Last Fall, Town Meeting voted for a zoning bylaw that prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries in town. However, Attorney General Martha Coakley did not approve the bylaw given that it conflicts with state law. The selectmen are now in favor of imposing a temporary moratorium for dispensaries. 

North Reading 

NRHS Juniors Selling Wristbands to Benefit the One Fund. 

 After the marathon bombings and death of North Reading resident Tim Chaloux, Peter Psallidas, like many others, felt helpless. The North Reading High School junior decided to take action and do something to help those hurt by the bombings. With the help of his friend Ryan Sanborn, the pair ordererd Boston Strong wristbands to raise money for the One Fund.


Medford Police charged Robert Cornejo, 26, of Malden with armed robbery while masked for allegedly robbing the East Cambridge Savings Bank at 243 Salem St. Wednesday afternoon. Cornejo allegedly made off with a bag of cash but a dye pack exploded inside the bag. Cornejo was arrested after police interviewed a woman driving a vehicle described as the getaway car.


Highly Anticipated Somerville Restaurant to Open May 15

Get ready for fresh pretzels, hand-twisted sausage, veal Jägerschnitzel, an extensive German beer list and hard-to-find wines from Germany, Austria and Südtirol. A highly anticipated new restaurant in Somerville's Union Square is set to open on May 15.


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