Chris and Sarah Nelson use the “Estonian Hold” to perfection.

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Chris and Sarah Nelson use the “Estonian Hold” to perfection.

Couples go to extremes in wife-carrying contest

The men rocketed up a rugged obstacle course, navigating over boulders, traversing through mud, and wading through thigh-deep water. By Taryn Plumb

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

Robert Plant in concert.

Globe North calendar

A photo exhibit that features music icons such as Paul McCartney and Robert Plant is on display in Newburyport.

Crave owner Sean Toomey and gallery owner Paula Estey.

Business Plan

Art and food merge in a new collaboration in Amesbury

A Newburyport gallery owner and an Amesbury restaurant owner are joining forces.

Showcase Cinemas

The Informer

Openings and closings north of Boston

Showcase Cinemas Woburn now has a full bar offering beer, wine, and cocktails, which can be taken into the auditoriums.

Luxury apartments debut in Medford

Lumiere Apartments will consist of 163 rental units — 16 of them deemed affordable under state guidelines.

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Local Fare

Cucina Toscana offers Italian delights

It tasted as good as it looked, which says a lot.



The Argument

Is Reading’s demolition delay necessary?

Two views on Reading’s effort to preserve historically significant structures in town.

The Big Question

Are you seeing a positive return on your property taxes?

We asked four people: Are you getting your money’s worth with the property taxes you pay?


Reader sound off on issues north of Boston

Readers discuss Chapter 40B, whether police chiefs belong in civil service, the cost of living in Somerville, and more.



For top scorers, the focus is on finishing

In the second half of Tuesday’s highly contested match for the Northeastern Conference title, things worked out perfectly for the NEC all-star.

Play of the Week

Tori Brown, North Reading girls’ soccer

The North Reading senior midfielder Tori Brown describes her game-winning goal with three minutes left of a 2-1 girls’ soccer victory.

Campus Angle

Steve McLeod, Chelmsford High/Saint Anselm College

The sophomore on the men’s soccer team at Saint Anselm College recently registered the first two shutouts of his career.

Jess Davidson, a member of the Harvard swim team

Catching Up With

Jess Davidson, Beverly High/Harvard swimming

The holder of four school records was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Beverly High in April.

Noteworthy performances from local athletes

A roundup of top players from 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

// Tales from the blotter

Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events, most of which never make the news.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Political monsters

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


Luxury apartments replace Charleston Chew factory

City and state officials recently helped celebrate the near-completion of a new luxury apartment development on the site of the former Charleston Chew factory. The Batch Yard is a three-building complex of 328 market-rate units on Charlton Street in the city’s Lower Broadway section, about a half-mile from the site of the planned Wynn Resorts casino. Post Road Residential of Fairfield, Conn., is carrying out the $90 million redevelopment, which is now partly occupied, according to city officials. The former factory had been vacant since 1985, when production moved to a Nabisco facility in Cambridge. The development was given the tagline “The Sweeter Side of Living” in honor of the site’s historic use. Post Road Residential also incorporated features in the project recalling the candy maker, including reclaimed wood from the original buildings, art pieces with the Charleston Chew theme, and the placement of the original factory sign on the roof-top deck. In a statement, Mayor Carlos DeMaria Jr. called the Batch Yard “the perfect blend of Everett’s past and future. We are proud to have it open its doors in our city.”


Forum to discuss casino’s environmental impact

Area residents have a chance to learn about the environmental issues associated with the Wynn casino project planned in Everett. The Mystic River Watershed Association is holding a public forum on the potential environmental effects of the project at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Winthrop Street Function Hall at Tufts University, 51 Winthrop St. Among the topics will be the developer’s plans to clean up the long vacant and contaminated site of the casino on the banks of the Mystic River. “This waterfront development could have huge implications for the Mystic River and its waterfront lands,” Beth MacBlane, outreach and communications director for the watershed association, said by e-mail. “We hope the public will enjoy this opportunity to hear directly from the development team to learn more about this project and prospective environmental impacts.”


Library relocating for renovations

The Reading Public Library will be housed in a smaller, temporary space at Walker’s Brook on General Way in November, between Market Basket and the Reading Athletic Club. The 31,000-square-foot library site, once home to the old Highland School, closed Oct. 11 to make way for construction of the long-awaited renovation and addition of the building. Online library services and some adult programs will continue throughout October. Children’s programs will resume in November at other locations around town, according to library director Ruth Urell. Reading voters on April 1 approved a $3.5 million debt exclusion, or temporary property tax increase, to fund the project. It was the second tax hike approved by local voters for the project, which is expected to cost $18.3 million. Last year, Reading voters approved a $9.8 million debt exclusion for the work. Plans call for the library to be renovated and an addition totaling more than 9,000 square feet to be built to address structural and systemic issues.


This used hypodermic syringe was spotted on New Bridge Street in Hingham and reported to police.

Hypodermic needles litter landscape south of Boston

Used, and often uncapped, syringes and needles are being found in public places throughout the region.

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

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

Globe e-book

// The Best of Beverly Beckham

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