Beverly boosters Dick Young (left), Dave Contarino, Janice Dooling,  and Frank Forti.

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Beverly boosters Dick Young (left), Dave Contarino, Janice Dooling, and Frank Forti.

In Beverly, football boosters association is a vital fund-raiser

Booster clubs for high school athletics are serving an increasingly important role in an era of shrinking school budgets. By Tim Healey

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

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“Midsummer,” a romantic musical comedy, is being presented by the Apollinaire Theatre Company in Chelsea.

Up Close

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More than 1,000 people are expected to ramble through Joan Pappalardo’s apartment in the Peabody retirement community this holiday season.

Business Plan

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Jim Manning is making upwards of 60 appearances as Santa this season, mostly at homes and parties, as well as offices and other private events.

The Informer

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Salem State University will host a small business resource event.

Corned beef and cabbage dumplings at the River Bar in Somerville’s Assembly Square.

Photos by Lane Turner/Globe Staff

Local Fare

Winter outdoor food and drinks draws crowds to River Bar in Somerville

Winter outdoor dining — definitely a novelty — is a big hit at River Bar.

My Town

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A crowd assembles at Central Square in Lynn waiting for leather manufacturer Walter Dyer to drop $1,500 in bills from a plane on Dec. 19, 1980.

VOICES

 

The Argument

Is it time for Massachusetts to legalize marijuana?

One resident organized to support a legalization initiative in 2016, while another says it is not time for Massachusetts to legalize marijuana.

The big question

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We asked four people whether or not police should wear body cameras.

Beverly Beckham

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The author thinks about the children who were murdered in Pakistan, Sandy Hook ,and Dunblane; and how peace on earth fails to come.

SPORTS

 

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

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Andover coach David Fazio calls AAU a “necessary evil.”

CAMPUS ANGLE

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SUNY Geneseo sophomore Jack Ceglarski of Byfield is following in footsteps of his grandfather, and father on the ice.

CATCHING UP

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The decision to play basketball at Bates was a game changer for Beverly High grad Lauren DuBois.

Noteworthy performances

A roundup of top performances from athletes in communities across the region.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

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

Blotter tales

Blotter Tales

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Santa Claus falls into the harbor, Smokey the Bear is kidnapped, and shoplifters ransack stores in this holiday edition of “Blotter Tales.”

Cartoon Caption Contest

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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

Haverhill

Haverhill ‘Possible Dreams’ event set for Jan. 26

Team Haverhill, a volunteer action group, is inviting local business owners and residents to its annual Possible Dreams event, hoping to spur ideas for fostering positive change in Haverhill. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Technology Center at Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St. The discussion, dubbed “Sparking Creative Connections,” is designed to foster a communitywide conversation, bringing together people from across the city to share ideas and build relationships to help shape Haverhill’s future. This year’s discussion will include a new opportunity for participants to try out an idea and see if it gains traction. Attendees will be given the chance to declare a topic, kick-start a 30-minute conversation with others who share their interest, and then report back to the overall group. That report may include a next step, such as a follow-up meeting to test the feasibility of their idea or develop an action plan. Projects that are initiated at the event may be publicized by Team Haverhill. Possible Dreams is free and open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. For more information or to preregister, visit teamhaverhill.org.

Ipswich

Ipswich library director to retire

Victor Dyer, director of the Ipswich Public Library since 1999, has announced his intention to retire in January. After stints in Chicago and as assistant director of Marblehead’s Abbot Public Library, Dyer took the position in Ipswich just as a major addition/renovation project was finished. During his tenure the library has expanded its hours and services, particularly in the children’s area, and added new collections, Wi-Fi, and the annual communitywide “Ipswich Reads . . . One Book” initiative. “I love to see engaged and excited children who come to be read to or to choose books for themselves, to visit the fish or to create something to bring home to their parents,” Dyer said in a release. “I love to have a patron tell me that she discovered among the new books something unexpected that gave her great pleasure. I love to see a patron sitting down with a staff member who patiently teaches him how to download books to his Kindle. I love to see people from Ohio who crowd into our archives in the fall to track down family members who emigrated west in the 19th century.” A reception for Dyer is scheduled Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the library, 25 North Main St.

Region

Area workforce board is awarded $415,000

State officials announced last Monday that the North Shore Workforce Investment Board would receive $415,000 in funding, part of a nearly $2 million commitment to support manufacturing workforce training across the state. The funding will be used to support adult job training programs at community colleges, and is expected to benefit about 280 unemployed or underemployed workers statewide. Training will include mathematics and core manufacturing courses, including those that cover the fundamentals of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Microsoft software, and manufacturing. The workforce investment board is based in Salem and serves 19 communities: Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, and Wenham. State Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki joined Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian and state Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg to make the announcement at the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative Pioneer Valley Summit, held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

South

Andre Tippett and his wife, Rhonda (right) of Sharon light a menorah with son Coby, 16, and Rhonda’s parents, Chuck and Myrna Kenney.

Patriots’ Hall of Famer Andre Tippett lights the menorah

Tippett is a towering man with a gentle voice. When he starts to speak about the meaning of Hanukkah, his voice grows even softer.

West

Pottery by Bob Kulchuk and paintings by Laurie Miller are on sale at Gallery 529 in Littleton.

For buy-local fans, area shops are a gift

Buying local for Christmas has lots of advantages, from supporting the local economy to getting more personalized service, to limiting your gifts’ carbon footprint.

Who taught YOU to Drive?

Interactive Graphic

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

Globe e-book

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