By Kelly Burch
---- — North of Boston Media Group, publisher of the Eagle-Tribune and several sister publications, has launched a community magazine for Reading and North Reading.
Hitting newsstands this week, The Readings joins an extensive family of glossy, niche and community-based magazines, including The Andovers, MVB and I Do. These publications provide intensive local coverage, giving readers the opportunity to get to know their neighbors and learn more about their towns and cities.
"I am thrilled with this debut issue, which I believe really captures the character of these two beautiful towns," said The Readings Publisher Karen Andreas. "There is a great sense of community, with stories about the three Dr. Ravens in Reading, the new steeple at the Old South Church and the bartender at the Venetian Moon, to name a few."
Editor in Chief Tracey Dee Rauh, who spearheaded the launches of The Andovers, MVB and I Do, is excited to be starting another new magazine.
"What a delight it has been over the past few months to get to know these two communities," she said. "Reading and North Reading each are unique towns. They also have commonalities as New England locations rich with history, buzzing with activity, and full of promise for the future. I'm very excited to continue to tell the stories -- so many different stories -- as we publish future editions of The Readings."
In this inaugural edition, photographers and writers explore two local landmarks: the Old South Church and the M.F. Charles Building. They also catch up with a local hockey star and bookstore owner, shop locally, and learn why Reading and North Reading are perfect towns for raising pets.
"I'm a dog lover, so naturally I fell in love with all of the photos of the dogs," Andreas said. "The one with dogs peeking through the fence is one of my favorites of all time. I am sure a lot of people will frame it."
To see what's happening in the next issue of The Readings and with all of the North of Boston Life magazines, connect with us on Facebook at The Readings and North of Boston Life, and follow us on twitter at @northbostonlife.
You may even be the first to hear about the next new publication, according to Andreas.
"We have plans to launch even more community magazines in 2014, so stay tuned," she said. "I welcome your suggestions and feedback, so please don't hesitate to contact me."
Reach Publisher Karen Andreas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reach Editor Tracey Dee Rauh at email@example.com.
WHERE TO GET THE READINGS North Reading * Tedeschi, 202 North St. * 28 Convenience, 4 Lowell Road * Christopher's Market, 2 Washington St. * Convenience Plus, 7 Main St. * 7-11, 237 Main St. Reading * J.K.'s Market, 212 Main St. * Reading Quick Stop, 519 Main St. * Shell Station, 87 Walkers Brook Drive * 6-11 Variety, 85 Main St. * Mobil Mart, 178 Main St. * Shell Station, 110 Main St. * P&S Convenience, 287 Lowell St. * The Natural Food Exchange, 343 Main St.