About Reading

Reading is a great place to live, just ask anyone who lives here! Noted for its award winning school system and outstanding services provided by the town, Reading is a community of excellence. There is a safe, small-town feel in Reading. With welcoming neighborhoods where people know and care for each other, the town offers its residents many choices for recreational and cultural activities, both within the community and as a part of the Greater Boston region.

Reading has a stable and progressive community that thoughtfully plans for its future. The community values and preserves its rich history and open spaces while actively supporting smart growth and a vibrant downtown. Reading has a strong sense of community and a long tradition of civic engagement and volunteerism.

Reading Public Schools

RISE Preschool

Birch Meadow Elementary School

Reading Memorial High School

Reading Homes For Sale

Deciding to buy or sell a home is a big step in life. In order to make sure it's a step in the right direction, choose the person best qualified to handle your real estate needs: Karen Herrick of RE/MAX Leading Edge is a buyers broker and a top producer in Reading. Karen is your Realtor of choice for real estate needs in Reading Massachusetts

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Reading MA Links

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Reading Scholarship Foundation not just for graduating seniors....


Mark your calendars for a terrific excuse to skip the cooking on THURSDAY March 23th!  Dine at Mandarin Reading and mention the Reading Scholarship Foundation and 20% of your food and beverage purchase will help graduatiing seniors as well as matriculated students who could use help with the high cost of college.  

So many area individuals and families have taken the time to invest in this organization so that future Reading kids could benefit. 

Just one of the reasons we love doing business in our home town!


Our newest listing at 14 Sailor Toms Way!  $899,900 for over 3800 sq feet of nearly new, luxury living on a Wood End cul de sac!


Care and feeding of your Septic System.....

Did you know that over 1/3 of homeowners in MA are using septic systems? 


Once you get just outside Boston they become more and more common - but also potentially scary to homebuyers who are used to city sewer.   Conventional septic systems perform very well with and can last a long time with reasonable care.  Everytime time a home is sold in MA it must pass a Title V inspection - which validates that the sytem is operational.  For potential sellers who needs septic repairs or replacements or who want to hook up to Town Sewer (if available)  - the Commonwealth of MA provides some assistance in the form of low cost loans and Tax Credits.   

MA Dept of Energy Septic Regs

Here is a list of helpful tips to take care of your conventional septic system.....

DO ... 

Do have the system inspected and pumped every 3 to 5 years. If the tank fills up with an excess of solids, the wastewater will not have enough time to settle in the tank. These excess solids will then pass on to the leach field, where they will clog the drain lines and soil. More information on pumping .

Do know the location of the septic system and drain field, and keep a record of all inspections, pumpings, repairs, contract or engineering work for future references. Keep a sketch of it handy for service visits.

Do grow grass or small plants (not trees or shrubs) above the septic system to hold the drain field in place. Water conservation through creative landscaping is a great way to control excess runoff. 

Do install water-conserving devices in faucets, showerheads and toilets to reduce the volume of water running into the septic system. Repair dripping faucets and leaking toilets, run washing machines and dishwashers only when full, and avoid long showers. 

Do divert roof drains and surface water from driveways and hillsides away from the septic system. Keep sump pumps and house footing drains away from the system as well. 

Do use only additives that have been allowed for usage in Massachusetts by MassDEP. Additives that are allowed for use in Massachusetts have been determined not to produce a harmful effect to the individual system or its components or to the environment at large. 

Do take leftover hazardous chemicals to your approved hazardous waste collection center for disposal. Use bleach, disinfectants, and drain and toilet bowl cleaners sparingly and in accordance with product labels. 

DON'T ...

Do not use your toilet or sink as a trash can by dumping non-biodegradables (cigarette butts, diapers, feminine products, etc.) or grease down your sink or toilet. Non-biodegradables can clog the pipes, while grease can thicken and clog the pipes. Store cooking oils, fats, and grease in a can for disposal in the garbage.

Do not put paint thinner, polyurethane, anti-freeze, pesticides, some dyes, disinfectants, water softeners, and other strong chemicals into the system. These can cause major upsets in the septic tank by killing the biological part of your septic system and polluting the groundwater. Small amounts of standard household cleaners, drain cleansers, detergents, etc. will be diluted in the tank and should cause no damage to the system.

Do not use a garbage grinder or disposal, which feeds into the septic tank. If you do have one in the house, severely limit its use. Adding food wastes or other solids reduces your system's capacity and increases the need to pump the septic tank. If you use a grinder, the system must be pumped more often.

Do not plant trees within 30 feet of your system or park/drive over any part of the system. Tree roots will clog your pipes, and heavy vehicles may cause your drainfield to collapse.

Do not allow anyone to repair or pump your system without first checking that they are licensed system professionals.

Do not perform excessive laundry loads with your washing machine. Doing load after load does not allow your septic tank time to adequately treat wastes and overwhelms the entire system with excess wastewater. You could therefore be flooding your drain field without allowing sufficient recovery time. You should consult your tank professional to determine the gallon capacity and number of loads per day that can safely go into the system.

Do not use chemical solvents to clean the plumbing or septic system. "Miracle" chemicals will kill microorganisms that consume harmful wastes. These products can also cause groundwater contamination.