State Senator Eileen Donoghue of Lowell has long supported bringing the Olympics to Boston.

Evan McGlinn for The Boston Globe

State Senator Eileen Donoghue of Lowell has long supported bringing the Olympics to Boston.

Olympic venues proposed for Somerville, Lowell

Organizers have selected the cities as venues for cycling, boxing, and rowing. By Steven A. Rosenberg

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

“New Meadows” (above)  by Peter Baumgartner and “After the Storm” (right) by Sandy Moore are featured in a Gloucester exhibit.

Globe North calendar

The Marblehead Arts Association craft fair, classic folk orchestral music in Marblehead and Newburyport, and more.

Conor Mullen (left) and Matt Pietal at the train station in Ipswich.

Business plan

Commute from Ipswich leads to mobile gaming app

Solar Smash was recently launched by two Ipswich men while commuting back and forth to their jobs in Boston.

Girl Scout leader Becca Bono (center) with some of  her Scouts, selling cookies.

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Saugus’ Becca Bono leads another year of Girl Scout Cookie sales

Last year, Becca Bono’s Cadet troop had the 10th largest sale in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts council.

North View

Finding fun in the snow

During last Tuesday’s blizzard, Bruce Allen of Somerville and his daughter, Luci, 6, added to a snow igloo.

The Informer

Openings and closings of businesses and north of Boston

Cala’s fish stew, with shrimp, mussels, scallops, and potatoes in a lobster saffron broth.

Photos by Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Local Fare

Cala’s in Manchester offers pub food, elegant entrees

Diners will find an impressive variety on the dinner menu, ranging from Mexican street tacos and the haddock sandwich.



The argument

Has the Community Preservation Act been a success?

Two views on the Community Preservation Act

The Big Question

What is your favorite part of watching the Super Bowl?

We asked four people why the love watching the big game.

Globe North commentary

Do public libraries deserve to be funded by tax dollars? Here’s two readers who say yes.

Euan Beckham has gone from just a few words to quite a few phrases in the past five weeks.

Beverly Beckham

Some he gets right, some wrong, but he never stops trying

Children practice, practice, practice. They pile those stacking toys again and again.



Ana Maria Cardenas used a lead rope to climb a wall at MetroRock in Everett last week.


Indoor rock climbs an inviting winter workout in greater Boston

Enthusiasts embrace physical and mental challenge at gyms, as well as social engagement and encouragement.


Jake Kulevich, Marblehead High/Colgate University hockey

The 6-foot-3 defenseman leads the Raiders with 39 blocked shots while recording 4 goals and 6 assists.


Kyle Coughlin, Beverly High basketball

Beverly High’s Kyle Coughlin described his double overtime buzzer-beater against Gloucester on Jan. 25.


Laura Winn, Wilmington High/Jacksonville University track and field

Wilmington High grad is residing in Jacksonville Beach, studying art history, and still running road races.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

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

Blotter tales

// Firefighters and police rescue dog in icy pond

The Hopkinton Sergeant said, “His paws were propped on the ice, and he was sitting still, exhausted from trying to get out.”

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Plow Desert

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


Ives to chair Senate committee on community development, small business

State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives was recently appointed as Senate chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses. Ives also was named vice chairwoman of the Senate’s Committee on Personnel and Administration, and is a standing member of the senate’s Committee on Steering and Policy and the joint committees on Financial Services, Higher Education, Consumer Protection, and Professional Licensure. A former Newburyport city councilor, she represents the First Essex District, which includes Amesbury, Haverhill, Methuen, Merrimac, Newburyport, Salisbury, and a portion of North Andover. “This is a great opportunity to oversee meaningful legislation that will impact my district,” Ives said in a preared statement, referring to chairing the community development and small businesses committee. “I look forward to serving in this capacity in the new legislative term, knowing that small businesses play a critical role in the success of our local economy and economic development statewide.”


Public meeting to be held on development of former Malden Hospital site

Malden residents have an opportunity to learn more about the updated plan by Fellsmere Housing Group to acquire and redevelop the former Malden Hospital site. The city is holding a public meeting on the plan at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Beebe School auditorium, 401 Pleasant St. Fellsmere Housing Group proposes to purchase the hospital site from Hallmark Health System and redevelop it into a mix of residential uses, including assisted living apartments, conventional apartments, condominium units, and single-family cottages. The firm has made some revisions to the plan in response to issues raised by residents at a meeting in December. Wednesday’s meeting is being organized by Mayor Gary Christenson, City Council president John Matheson, and councilors at large Craig Spadafora, David D’Arcangelo, and Debbie DeMaria. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., city officials and residents will discuss the updated plan. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Fellsmere representatives will talk about the plan.


Gloucester receives creative community award

The Massachusetts Cultural Council will recognize Gloucester’s efforts to promote arts and culture with the 2015 Commonwealth Award in the Creative Community category. The Commonwealth Awards, which honor exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences, will be presented at a State House ceremony on Feb. 24. “Gloucester is extremely proud of its fishing identity and maritime heritage,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “We are equally proud to be recognized as a community that promotes and supports arts, culture, and the important contributions that artists make to our growing creative economy.”

Who taught YOU to Drive?

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.