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Church within Town of Reading MA from Shanahan Real Estate

Distance to Boston: 12 miles
Population: 23,000

Reading has the feel of a small New England town, with Old South Church overlooking the spacious green common at the center of town. First settled in 1639, the town was incorporated in 1644, and celebrated its 350th anniversary in 1994. Many volunteer boards, committees and commissions assist an elected board of selectmen and a representative town meeting in governing the town. The town manager is responsible for day-to-day operations of the local government.

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Easy Commute Options

Reading is close to the junction of Interstates Route 93 and Route 95. A short commute to Boston, or easy access to the Route 128 corridor with it's shopping malls and technology companies. Reading is also served by public transportation with bus service, and a commuter rail station that is a short half hour ride to Boston.

Educational Facilities

The town wide system is made up of 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and one high school. Reading is also home to Austin Preparatory School, a co-ed, independent school, in the Augustinian Catholic tradition, founded in 1962. It is located on 55 acres of land and has an enrollment of 700 students.

Recreational Facilities

Reading is a very active town with youth sports and the Reading Recreation Department supports those activities by overseeing the many town fields. Reading is also home to the Burbank Ice Arena, an indoor skating rink used year round for figure skating and hockey. The town owns over 900 acres of conservation land that can be publicly used.

Houses of Worship

Reading is home to two Roman Catholic Churches, and also Old South United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist Church, First Congregational Church, First Baptist Church, and Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.


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