Salem loft makes sails for world’s superyachts

 Doyle stitcher Alden Winder works onasail made of high-tech material.

Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Doyle Sailmakers Inc. is building what it says is the largest sail ever for a $100 million superyacht.

Margaret Jerome is known as the “Biking Grammy” as she raises money based on the distance logged on her bicycle. Her odometer recently passed 30,000 miles, covered in 14½ years.

At 82, Newbury’s ‘Biking Grammy’ helps local causes

For the past few years, Margaret Jerome has ridden with a mission, raising thousands of dollars.

Peabody Champions managers Steve Gridley offers advice while Mike Giardi (right) takes a turn at bat during a North Shore Baseball League game.

Mike Giardi, Steve Gridley lead a North Shore baseball dynasty

A Marblehead High School math teacher and a youth sports coach have led the Peabody Champions to seven league titles.

An artist’s rendering of the Roche Bros. Marketplace that is proposed for Davis Square in Somerville.

Roche Bros. plans Davis Square store

The move to open a small market at Elm and Chester streets in Somerville could bring in jobs and business for local vendors.

Deer hunting now called a necessity

The annual deer hunt at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, slated for Dec. 3, has become more accepted.

A rendering shows the distance from a proposed new garage at Salem State University to other nearby buildings.

Residents oppose Salem State parking garage

Salem State University neighbors are criticizing a 725-space parking garage amid the college’s multimillion dollar building boom.

North Reading 15-year-old Kate Pecora will be discussing her fight against spinal muscular atrophy Sunday on ABC.

North Reading teen to be featured on national TV fund-raiser

ABC will profile Kate Pecora, 15, on her success battling spinal muscular atrophy during a Sunday night telethon.

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Beverly Beckham

Writer Peter H. Reynolds tells students his hobbies are thinking and dreaming.

Beverly Beckham

Finding inspiration from ‘The Dot’

I had no idea that the author and illustrator of “The Dot,” Peter H. Reynolds, is also co-owner of Blue Bunny Books and Toys.

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// High school concussions

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

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

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Participants sought for Alzheimer’s walk

The Amesbury Senior Center is seeking participants for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Sept. 28 in Portsmouth, N.H. This is the second year that Amesbury is participating through its Amesbury Caregiver Essentials program, which advocates for and provides relief to caregivers. Last year there were 12 participants, said assistant director Doreen Brothers, who coordinates the caregivers program, “This year, we may have close to 20.” To volunteer, donate, or ask questions, contact volunteer Katrina Rioux, team coordinator, at To donate, go to


Fifteen firearms turned in at city’s first buyback event

The city collected 15 firearms, including a sawed-off shotgun, in its first gun buyback program on Aug. 16, according to a statement from the Somerville Police Department. The department and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department exchanged the guns for grocery store gift certificates. The weapons will be destroyed by State Police. Somerville Police Chief Charles Femino said in the statement: “Today there are 15 fewer guns in Somerville that will never be used to accidentally hurt someone or commit a crime.” Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said limiting the number of firearms is crucial to keeping the city safe. “We are always striving to make Somerville a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family, and reducing the number of guns that could potentially fall into the hands of criminals or our children, where they could contribute to crimes or tragic accidents, is an important part of that,” he said.

North Reading

Promotions for several police officers

Police Chief Michael P. Murphy has announced the promotion of Detective Michael McAuliffe to sergeant, Officer Scott Tilton to school resource officer, and Officer Kevin Donle to detective. McAuliffe joined the department in 1994 and had been a detective since December 2007, according to a statement released by Murphy. Tilton, who was named Officer of the Year in 2009, has been with the department since 1988 and served as the town’s safety officer since 1996. Donle has been a full-time North Reading police officer since 2002. He was a reserve officer for three years prior to being hired full time. He has previously served as the department’s school resource officer. “These three individuals represent the finest values of law enforcement and we continue to have very high expectations for them in their new roles,” Murphy said in the statement.


Alleged Oxycodone dealer facing charges

A Sept. 24 pretrial conference has been set for a Dracut man charged with possession of oxycontin with intent to distribute. Jason Sayer, 32, was originally arrested on a warrant for multiple motor-vehicle offenses following surveillance on his Mill Street home, which was prompted by suspected drug activity. Dracut police and federal Drug Enforcement Agency officials allegedly interviewed one man leaving the home, who said he purchased oxycontin from Sayer regularly. After Sayer was arrested on the outstanding motor vehicle warrant and driven to the Dracut police station, officers reported finding a bag containing more than 200 oxycontin pills in the back of the cruiser, prompting the next round of charges against him.