Ben Friedman of Israel donned a wizard hat during his tour of Salem.

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Ben Friedman of Israel donned a wizard hat during his tour of Salem.

Salem serves up a spooky Halloween fare

Beware of little red devils, scary ghosts, and Harry Potter look-alikes flying into Salem to celebrate in Witch City. By Kathy McCabe

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

Autumn inspired artwork by elementary and middle school students at the Landmark School in Beverly is on display at the Wenham Museum throughout October and at the Cape Ann Historical Museum in Gloucester throughout November.

Globe North calendar

Autumn-inspired artwork, a masquerade party, a forum on homelessness, and more.

Elizabeth Atkinson: “I try to give kids hope and make them laugh a little.”

Up Close

Easing the tough ‘tween’ years

Elizabeth Atkinson of West Newbury wants her young readers to know that “this is the hardest time of life, but it will get better.”

Jodi Feil (left) and Lori Muller co-founded the new center.

Business Plan

Theia studios

A new education center for photography, videography, and digital editing opens in North Andover.

North View

Moose spotted in Westford

“I actually live on the lake so I stood on my dock and watched him swim by,” said Town Manager Jodi Ross.

Who Taught You to Drive?

Massachusetts ban on driver texting is only sporadically enforced

While more tickets are being handed out since the state banned texting, statistics show that police have not made significant headway.

The Informer

Openings and closings north of Boston

A new breadmaking and delivery company, a free retirement planning seminar, and more.

Somerville mayor proposes affordable housing push

To keep Somerville affordable for all residents, the mayor has launched what he calls a bold and aggressive plan.

Salem will use vendor in hiring new police chief

After her proposal to remove the chief’s position from civil service was denied by the City Council, the Salem mayor has decided on another route.

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Tasty, fresh Mexican treats

“We wanted to bring the street life in Mexico to Ipswich,” said Ryan Cox, an owner of En Fuego.



The Argument

Should small communities be exempt from Chapter 40B?

Should small communities be exempt from Chapter 40B, the state law that encourages affordable housing by easing restrictions on developments?

The Big Question

Do you vote strictly along party lines?

We asked four people: do you just stick to one party?


Readers sound off on cars and bikes sharing the road

Many readers shared their thoughts on the battle between drivers and bicylists.



Campus Angle

Marsh, Manchester-Essex/Columbia field hockey

Kyle Marsh scored one goal, with two assists, in her first three seasons at college.

Play of the Week

Courtney Grygiel, Andover High girls’ soccer

The Andover High soccer player Courtney Grygiel describes winning goal in a 3-2 victory against Danvers.

Tropeano, a N.C. policeman, played in the 2011 World Games and in high school.

Catching Up With

David Tropeano Jr., Stoneham High/St. Lawrence University

A three-sport athlete at Stoneham High (Class of 1991), David Tropeano Jr. is still going strong as a competitor.

Noteworthy performances from local athletes

A USA Junior Nationals swimmer, a sophomore on the women’s soccer team at Boston College, and more.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

Welcome to our new and expanded weekly Globe West, Globe North, and Globe South.

Blotter tales

Tales from the blotter

Every day, police respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events. Here’s a sampling of lesser-known incidents from the suburbs.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Extra income

Send us your submissions for this week’s cartoon, and see the winning caption and finalists from last week’s contest.

Globe North Community News


Ballot question would raise surcharge

The ballot for the Nov. 4 state election includes a ballot question on an amendment to increase the Town of Essex Community Preservation Act surcharge. Town Meeting previously approved the increase of the annual real estate tax levy for the CPA to 1 percent on May 5, and the election is required to fully approve the change. Currently, the surcharge is .5 percent, as it has been since adoption of the CPA in 2007. The question is the fifth on the state ballot.


Proposed demolitions subject of meeting

The Danvers Preservation Commission is holding a public hearing this Wednesday on whether the town should delay the demolition of two historic homes. One is the Porter House, at 487 Locust St., and the other the Mackey Funeral Home building at 22 Conant St. A developer has applied for a permit to demolish the Porter House to make room for a proposed project of 16 single-family homes. The Archdiocese of Boston has applied for a permit to raze the funeral home building to create 36 parking spaces for the adjacent St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, according to Susan Fletcher, assistant director of the town’s Department of Planning and Human Services. Under a town bylaw, the commission can delay for up to six months the demolition of a structure it determines is of historical significance in order to work with the property owner on ways to preserve it. The commission has found that both buildings are historically significant, and Wednesday’s hearing will focus on whether it should determine they are worthy of preservation. Built about 1665, the Locust Street house was historically known as the Porter-Bradstreet Homestead. It is the last surviving private, rural Colonial homestead in the town and is one of less than 400 surviving buildings of its type in the country, according to a description of the house written by Richard B. Trask, the town’s archivist. Erected in 1894, the funeral home building, known as the Albion F. Welch House, is one of the few late 19th-century high-style dwellings still surviving on a main thoroughfare in the Danvers business district, according to Trask, who called it a “wonderful example of the Queen Anne Revival architectural style.” Wednesday’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Daniel J. Toomey room at town hall.


New meters on way to business areas

Mayor Michael J. McGlynn recently contracted with a Tennessee-based firm, Republic Parking System, to install new “pay by plate” multi-space parking meters in five business districts. Medford currently doesn’t have meters, but that will change in those districts in the next few months. Under pay-b- plate systems, drivers enter their license plate numbers into meters when they insert coins, enabling enforcement officers to more accurately determine how long specific vehicles have been parked. Officials said their objectives are to deter illegal parking and ensure timely turnover of spaces to benefit business districts. The program also involves comprehensive enforcement of parking rules by the contractor, including neighborhood permit parking. The charge at meters will be 25 cents for 15 minutes. The contract is for seven years with an option to renew for three more years. Republic will make an annual payment to the city starting at $300,000 in the first year, rising to up to $700,000 in the second and subsequent years. It will also pay the city a percentage of its gross revenues, according to city solicitor Mark Rumley and budget director Stephanie Burke. Responding to feedback from businesses, the city made several changes to the plan, including adding two 30-minute free parking spaces and four paid single-space meter spots in each of the five business areas. The city will also dedicate $250,000 of its annual parking revenue to improvements in those districts.

Who taught YOU to Drive?

Peter DeMarco and Laura Levis made it safely across the northern US border for their honeymoon in Quebec City.

Who taught you to drive?

Back and forth to Canada, Part 2

You don’t want to carry any weapons across the US-Canada border, of course, but what about liquor or food? And does the wool in that suit come from Israel?

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.

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// The Best of Beverly Beckham

I was the sun, the kids were my planets, and other reflections from the Globe columnist.