Jake Wildes, 18, who is studying with Groveland police, and Officer Steven Petrone prepared to head out on patrol.

Photos by Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Jake Wildes, 18, who is studying with Groveland police, and Officer Steven Petrone prepared to head out on patrol.

A new wave of innovation in Pentucket schools

Students are being trained in varied fields, ranging from digital animation to police work. By Kathy McCabe and Kelsey Killeen

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

Paintings by Bonita Flore are at The Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.

Globe North calendar

Learn about the dietary habits of John and Abigail Adams, attend an art exhibition of decayed buildings, and more.

up close

Sheila Duncan expands Trouble the Dog’s reach with foundation

The author has donated thousands of Trouble the Dog books and plush toys to children and families going through difficult times.

Justin Krook wears a Hi Viz jacket.

Business plan

Hi Viz Technologies creates glow-in-the-dark safety gear

The Lowell company works to protect workers in industries such as road construction and mining.

The Informer

Openings and closings of businesses and organizations, as well as events north of Boston.

Crispy Thai-style calamari is served fresh and seasoned with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Local Fare

Hitting The Spot in Georgetown

“We’re taking traditional comfort food dishes and adding something special,” said the head chef at The Spot.

VOICES

 

The Argument

Should the MBTA halt plans for expansion?

Two views on whether the MBTA should continue to expand or focus on fixing the current transit system.

Commentary from Globe North readers

Readers sound off on issues north of Boston.

Veteran Mike Russo eats ziti and meatballs for lunch with his grandson Robbie Russo, 4, at Salem Food Market.

Bella English

Market owner gives back to veterans, public safety workers

The Salem Food Market owner gives away lunch to veterans, despite taking a hit in his sales because of the snowstorms.

SPORTS

 

Campus Angle

Rob Breen, St. John’s Prep/UMBC swimming

A Q & A with swimmer Rob Breen of Danvers, St. John’s Prep, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Play of the Week

Brian Groom, St. John’s Prep hockey

St. John’s Prep’s Brian Groom described his goal against Malden Catholic in the Super Eight final on March 15.

Noteworthy performances

Noteworthy performances from athletes residing in communities north of Boston.

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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A dispute over socks ends with a call to the police in North Andover, a woman leads officers on a wild chase in Holliston, and more 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

Peabody

Peabody collects $2.7 million in back taxes

Peabody has collected $2.7 million in back taxes from 227 residents and businesses over the past four years. City treasurer Jeanne Carnevale said the outstanding taxes were collected through a systematic effort Peabody initiated when Mayor Ted Bettencourt took office in 2011. The program has involved using an outside counsel to initiate land-taking proceedings against those who do not respond to notices demanding payment. Carnevale said only a handful of the 227 cases are still pending in court. She said the city wanted residents to know that while taxes have gone up, “We are trying to do our part by making sure everyone pays their fair share.”

Gloucester

McGeary announces candidacy for Gloucester mayor

Paul McGeary, president of the Gloucester City Council, has announced his candidacy for mayor, joining City Councilor Greg Verga in the race. McGeary is a three-term city councilor and is a former longtime Boston Globe employee. Neither candidate has taken out nomination papers, though City Clerk Linda Lowe noted that traditionally, Gloucester candidates do not take out papers until April. To be listed on the ballot, a candidate must return papers by Aug. 11 for the Nov. 3 election. Depending on the number of candidates, Gloucester may also hold preliminary elections on Sept. 29.

Everett

Everett named finalist for national health award

The city of Everett has been named a finalist for a national award that recognizes community efforts to help people live healthier lives. Selected from more than 340 communities nationwide, Everett joins just 14 other finalists for the third annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. Lawrence was the only other finalist from Massachusetts. Winners will be announced this fall. In a recent Facebook post, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said the city is committed to building a culture of health for all residents, noting that Everett’s public schools, health and recreation departments, and local community organizations such as Tri-Cap, La Communidad, and the Cambridge Health Alliance, have his “unyielding support and encouragement in order to provide our community with more services, more opportunities, and more education for healthier and happier lifestyles.” To learn more, visit rwjf.org.

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.