News Nearby: Medical Marijuana, Andover Fire and Government Fraud
News Nearby takes a look at stories making headlines in neighboring Patch communities.
Medical marijuana dispensaries are coming to Massachusetts. Whether they’re coming to Wilmington remains to be seen.
After the ballot question legalizing medical marijuana passed in Massachusetts with 63 percent voter support earlier this month, towns are scrambling to find out just what impact the law will have at a local level. Just over the Wilmington border in Reading, voters have already spoken. At Town Meeting last week, Reading residents voted by a 113-39 margin to approve a zoning article that would prohibit a medical marijuana dispensary from opening in town.
“It’s on our radar screen,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull. “It’s certainly possible that it’s something that could come up at Town Meeting, but we haven’t fully looked into it yet.”
The North Reading High School American Red Cross Club is collecting donations to fill 800 stockings for troops overseas as part of the American Red Cross Care Package Drive. Support the students and the troops by dropping items into any of their collection boxes around town.
The selectmen voted to permanently extend the hours of the patio at the Great American Tavern at their meeting on Monday night. The board originally granted a temporary extension of their patio hours last June.
A Middlesex County Sheriff's Office employee is facing criminal fraud charges for allegedly working another job while she remained on medical leave from the sheriff's office.
Andover fire officials say that 11 apartments in a building on Crescent Drive will be uninhabitable for at least two weeks due to a fire late Sunday night.
Deputy Fire Chief Al DelDotto said that firefighters responded to the Crescent Drive fire at approximately 11:38 p.m. Sunday night. Upon arrival, firefighters saw flames coming from one lower apartment in the 12-unit apartment building.