News Nearby: A New Starbucks And Fire Damages Senior Complex

Each week we highlight some of the stories making headlines in neighboring Patch towns.


Reading residents voted in the local election Tuesday, but the turnout was lower than expected. Of 17,594 registered voters, only 3,207 or 18.2 percent voted.

North Reading

Starbucks May be Opening in North Reading

Starbucks will go before the Community Planning Commission Tuesday night for approval for their site plan review. The coffee company is planning to open a location where Sunrise Bagels is located.


Hanson and Askenburg Sworn in As Chelmsford's Newest Selectmen

It's been a long hard campaign, but former School Committee chairwoman Janet Askenburg and incumbent Matt Hanson have won the two open seats for the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen.

Askenburg defeated Permanent Town Building Committee chairman Pat Maloney by less than 100 votes.


Westford Group Honored at Beacon Hill Second Amendment Rally

Westford Pro2A was honored by a statewide gun rights group on Beacon Hill for their work stopping a gun control warrant article from coming to Town Meeting as well as other Second Amendment advocacy and gun education efforts.


Fire Damages Recreation Building At Elderly Housing Development

Fire Department officials are investigating the cause of a mid-afternoon fire that caused significant damage to two rooms in the recreation room at the Carnation Drive elderly housing development.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Al Vassas, the fire broke out in the brick and wood structure at around 2 p.m. It started in a back room, used as a workshop, said Vassas.



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