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AAA coming to North Reading

According to their most recent monthly newsletter, AAA will be opening a branch office in the Walmart plaza sometime in the late fall. Glad to see a year-round business move into town instead of another seasonal vulture.
Fred Chalmers September 16, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Great news. Now that this plaza is full, maybe the other landlords can draw some new businesses into the Atlantic Plaza and/or the old Stop & Shop.
Joe Veno September 16, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Fred do not forget before anything goes in the old Stop & Shop it has to be approved by the Yuppies and the Do-Gooders. Which brings up another question. I wonder how much money we have now lost because OSJL was driven out of town.
Barry September 17, 2013 at 09:03 AM
A store that sells a lot of cheap crap and employs a handful of people at minimum wage. That may meet your vision of Back to the 1950's North Reading, but that's not what anyone else wants. And guess what? The Yuppies and Do-Gooders that you rail against are what is making this town into a decent place to live, not the dump it used to be. Joe, how much does OSJL pay you to continually shill for them? If nothing, then you should contact them and get a job in their marketing department.
Joe Veno September 17, 2013 at 09:23 AM
Barry you have just offended all the seniors who lived in this town in the 50's by saying they made it a "Dump". How long have you lived in the town?
Joe Veno September 17, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Also Barry you have a lot to say hiding behind your first name only !
Barry September 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM
And you have disparaged all of the educated, caring people who have moved into this town by constantly calling them names like Yuppies" and Do-Gooders. Let's face it, Joe. Time has passed you by. You will never be able to restore NR to your 1950's ideal. And that's a good thing.
Joe Veno September 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Barry you could not be any more incorrect. I know a lot of Yuppie sand Do-Gooders that are very fine people in this town and do a lot of good things for the town. Lets face it you went to far saying what you did about the senior who built this great town. Saying they made it a "Dump" Stop trying to squirm ou tof what you said. So I guess you are not going to tell us how long you have lived in town. Why I am I not suprised.
Barry September 17, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Joe, one thing that has improved over the last 50 years is the quality of education in NR. You were apparently able to make it through the school system without acquiring a basic level of reading comprehension. If it's not too much trouble, go back and read my original post. I was not attacking seniors. I did not say they built the town; they didn't. In case you didn't know, the town has been around a lot longer than any seniors have. I didn't say seniors made the town a dump. You made that all up, on your very own, Joe. But I guess that is consistent with your fantasy view of what NR should be.
Joe Veno September 17, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Barry you go back and read your post! Stop squirming. Did you or did you not call North Reading a "Dump" in your post? Do I have to copy and paste what you said or can you understand the question?
Barry September 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Very good, Joe. You can read. Some things. Don't bother cutting and pasting; I wouldn't want you to hurt yourself. I did say NR used to be a dump. I didn't blame it on the seniors. You did. You should apologize to them for that.
Joe Veno September 18, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Barry yes I can read and I also do not lack the courage to puy my name on my posts unlike you. The seniors now are the people who lived here in the 50's that you said made North Reading a"Dump". I do not need to apologize to anyone. You need to apologize to the seniors not me. Answer this, you said North Reading was a "Dump" in the 50's. so who made it that way in you opinion?
MPG September 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Actually to say that the town was a "dump" in the '50s or even 60's is a pretty asinine comment! The town was small, quite and the tax burden was low. You could walk down the streets and not see many if any cars. People were friendly and actually cared about their neighbors. Now Barry and his "educated, caring people" have made a a once nice place to live into an overcrowded, noisy, greedy town. Instead of "educated and caring" Barry, I would describe them as self-centered, me, me, me, gimme more people.
D.A.Hood September 18, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Wait a moment please. It was the Selectmen of yeaster-year that the blame lies on. The Bill Smith's, Dana Rowes, Joe Veno's and the like, they added the people, by (allowing) building homes adding to the once quiet community. For good or for bad, it was their doing. The current population is only dealing with the consequences. If you build it, they will come. And they have!
JIM September 18, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Hey Barry You are wrong, North Reading was not a dump it was a nice town for normal working people to live. There are many residents who would like to see OSJL in the abandoned former Stop & Shop building. The Yuppies and Do-Gooders are not the reason for North Reading being a decent place to live. The long time residents are the reason for that. And guess what ? The Yuppies and Do-Gooders are not making North Reading a decent place to live they are only making it an expensive place to live.
Joe Veno September 18, 2013 at 08:50 PM
D.A. Hood. The Selcetmen have no control over who builds or dose not build a home in the town. So before you go spouting off about how bad the Selectmen were I suggest you find out some facts first so you do not sound so foolish.
Lori Jensen September 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Jim, thank you for the truth about our town I was born and raised and still live in this town. Over the years I have seen this town go down. It went from neighbors caring about each other and respect for the family who didn't have enough food to feed their family. To disrespectful people we don't even know who can't even let you pull out of your own driveway who turn their back on you because your cloths are torn. Yes this town once was a beautiful place to live and I can't wait to move to a nicer town. So Thank you for the truth!
JIM September 19, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Thank You Lori, I too was born raised and still live in North Reading, But don't let them push You out of Our Town.
Joe Veno September 20, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Jim & Lori you are 100% correct. It is not us folks who have lived her most or all of our lives that caused this.
Lori Jensen September 22, 2013 at 01:33 PM
And I would just like to add my father still resides here in north reading as a senior and owns 4 property's and one of his property is over 7 acres of land. My point is he is a Millionaire and has done right by this town. So who ever this Barry person is should get his facts straight before he opens his mouth and sounds like a fool! Thank you.....and as far as AAA in this town my vote is Yes.
Joe Veno September 23, 2013 at 07:20 AM
Jim and Lori. Did you notice that Barry crawled back under his rock when you two came on board. I guess he realized he did call the town a "Dump" after you both made a comment. The residents of this town in the 50's made it the great town that it is and not the "Dump" that Barry thinks they made it. Several people have thanked me after reading the comments for standing up for the people who made this town what it is. And guess what Barry they were NOT all long time residents of the town !
Mary B September 25, 2013 at 08:56 AM
All I can say is WOW. First off, I moved to this town 33 years ago. So I guess I am a "new comer" Yes, it was a small town, I believe just two traffic signals in the entire town. Over the years, the town has changed, for the GOOD. I can not believe the hatred I see on this thread over the "Old Townies" vs. the "New comers" We are one town. The town has grown and the town has improved. It was once a farming/working class town and now a bedroom community for Boston and the businesses along 95/93. All good things. Education has improved, that's a good thing and we all should be proud of that!!! In today's world education matters and also costs money. I believe all Barry and other "new comers" want are good quality education for the young, and good support services from the town. Hopefully businesses that come to NR want the same. Hopefully good stores and businesses that care about our town, their customers and their employees, will be attracted to NR. No one wants not low paying no benefit jobs. Lori, Joe, et. al. get over it. the town has grown, matured and is open to any and all who want to live here. Welcome them with open arms, They new comers are the ones increasing your property values.
Joe Veno September 25, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Mary B, I have no problem with people moving into the town. What I do have a problem with is when I express my opinion people making comments like you made. "Get over it" I will not get over it and I will continue to express my opinion on issues I wish to. It may not bother you when some one says the town was a "Dump" in the 50's but it does bother me. I do not think there is hatred between the "Old Townies" and the " New Comers" as you put it. That is your opinion amd you are entitled to your opinion just like I am entitled to my opinion but I do not have to agree with you just like you do not have to agree with my opinion. That does not mean I have hatred for any one who does not agree with me.
JIM September 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Mary B, Do You also feel that North Reading was a Dump back then ? I believe that want we all want is good quality education for the young, and good support services from the town (which we have had in this town for years) (even before the huge tax increases of late).As for the new comers being the ones increasing our property values, that really only helps us if we sell and move away. All it does for us now is increase our taxes.
Mary B September 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Jim, How can I answer that and what on earth does it matter anyways. I have no basis for what the town was like in the 50's I was not even alive. However, your response just goes to prove my my point. I have seen the town improve greatly since the 80's. Trust me in the 80's when said you live in NR to non residents, the response was "Where?" Today you say you live in NR you get positive responses. "Good schools", "Great park", "Nice town center." All of that is the result new blood in the town, bringing new ideas and wanting to make NR the best it can be. Sad to say, the previous two responses just proves my point since I was not here in the 50's I will never be accepted in this town. Before you cry that taxes are too high, please check other towns and their taxes as compared to services and town character. I am not ashamed or embarrassed to pay my proper fair share of taxes. It is my duty as a citizen of society. Please look beyond your self interest and look for the interest of NR today and NR of the future.
JIM September 25, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Mary B I dont think that a 33 year resident would be considered a newcomer by most. What was the reason that You moved here 33 years ago ? Was it the good schools and good support services from the town at a reasonable tax rate ? I am not ashamed or embarrassed to pay my proper fair share of taxes either. Just going broke paying for some of the extaravagances that have been pushed through by special interest groups.
Mary B September 25, 2013 at 04:27 PM
I moved here, because my job moved close here. So I moved for convenience. It was not for the tax rate, as the tax rate in NR was higher than where I came from even 33 years ago. NR has never had a low tax rate - due to the fact that the selectmen have never supported a classification tax structure - higher rate for business and lower rate for residents. Until the town adopts such a policy, the residents of NR will always have a higher tax burden than a resident of places like Woburn, Burlington, Waltham, Peabody, etc. The fallacy that keeps getting perpetuated is that the high taxes is something new to North Reading. I can not speak to 1950's, but from the 1980's onward the tax burden is relatively high. Primarily due to the fact that NR has no industrial/retail base to support classification. Thus each house that is built cost each and every taxpayer more on the tax bill. The more houses in NR, the more schools and services the town needs to provide its citizens. Thus, NR should opt to entice well paying profitable businesses to move to NR and overall assist the residents of NR by providing good jobs, decent wages, good benefits and pay taxes thus reduce the overall tax burden or the ordinary resident
Joe Veno September 25, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Mary B, You said the Selectmen never supported Tax Classifaction. You are incorrect the town did have Tax Classifaction years ago and went back to the way it is now.
Joe Veno September 26, 2013 at 06:20 AM
Mary B you also said " I can not speak to 1950's, but from the 1980's onward the tax burden is relatively high. Primarily due to the fact that NR has no industrial/retail base to support classification." You are correct here that is why we do not have Tax Classification now. First you complain about the Selectmen then you give the reason why they do not change it. You can not have it both ways.
JIM September 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Mary B so what was the reason that You chose North Reading over the surrounding comparable towns ? Because North Reading is not now nor was it then anything like Woburn, Burlington, Waltham, Peabody, etc.
john nowosacki September 27, 2013 at 08:24 AM
Maybe some business savvy people could pool their resources and buy out the Stop and Shop property and put up a Drive-in Movie Theatre? There's probably room for a small bar at one end of the property. It could be called The Stardust Lounge! I would go at least once to each of them. ;-)

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